Arcilla… suave… / Frequent Liar Miles / Karma-chameleon

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not to be confused with Gerardo’s “Rico Suave”

My sister discovered this little item inside Daiso Japan, a dollar-store type franchise located in San Francisco’s Japantown. Yes, that is “Arcilla” on the box. “Arcilla suave” is Spanish and essentially translates to soft clay, as noted on the package. I had absolutely no idea that arcilla translated to that until I saw the image. I guess arcilla was never on our list of vocabulary words during my 4 years of Spanish in high school. Now that I know the definition, I find the meaning of my surname strangely fitting… for myself in particular, anyway. As moldable and shapable as clay is, I believe the same applies to me.

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“Tsumibito” / 罪人 – supercell (cover)

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Straight out of the ghetto sound laboratory. How about that pop filter?

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Not to mention the awesome mic stand right there.

As you can see, let’s just say I don’t run quite the professional production. But I do what I can. I’ve come a long way from the Logitech headset covers I suppose LOL.

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All By My Selfie / Haters Gonna Hate

I can't find the scan image, but the pose was something like this...
I can’t find the scan image, but it somewhat resembled this pose…

Long ago, when the Internet was relatively young and social media was still in its infancy, I used to frequent this website called Asian Avenue. It was essentially a community where you could create a profile page for yourself, upload pictures, and chat with other users. I suppose it was kind of like how dating sites are today, though I didn’t really use it for that purpose. (Okay, maybe I did sorta kinda meet my ex there, but that’s not important…) Webcams and digital cameras weren’t common electronic devices back then, so getting pictures of yourself uploaded onto the web was somewhat of a task. You either had to have a webcam or a scanner. I didn’t have a webcam at the time, but I did have a scanner. Unfortunately, I had a very limited selection of pictures of myself to scan and the ones I did have were quite dated at the time. Obtaining pictures of myself was mostly limited to those taken during special events like weddings or school portraits. Instead of waiting for the next of those to occur, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I turned off the lights in my room, placed a towel behind me to block out external light sources, and opened up the lid on the scanner. I pressed the scan button and tried to remain as still as I could while the light of the scanner slowly worked its way across the surface. I probably pulled 2 decent images of myself with that little endeavor. I remember also having a lot of fun manipulating the images by moving with or against the image sensor. As embarrassed as I am to admit to doing this back then, I suppose you could call that my first selfie.

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Hell Week…. or rather, Hell Season / Back to School

“Do you love your job?”

picard-facepalmI was asked this question not too long ago by a few of my co-workers as I was going through my rounds, helping out with their tech needs.

Valid question, I suppose… since they were actually witnessing a small glimpse of the chaos that is the weeks before school begins.

One would think that Summer work at a school equates to no work, as there’s no kids or teachers on campus. This is totally false, at least for the technology staff at our school. Summer for the ginormous staff of 2 (+1 temporary) in a campus supporting 800+ kids and ~65 staff was definitely not one spent lounging around in an air conditioned office with our feet propped up watching YouTube videos. Our project-filled Summer involved several tasks which could only be done while the classrooms were empty. Here’s just a few of the tasks that come to mind:

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Old Habits Die Hard

This is probably the first time I could say that I’m actually current with regards to the gaming scene. I own a 360, PS3, PSP, Vita, 3DS, 3DS LL (XL in JP), and a Wii. The only current generation console that I’m missing would be the Wii U, which I’ve been waiting to go on sale.

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I have quite a collection of titles in my gaming library. I don’t play as many genres as I used to, but out of the ones I do play, I’d say I’m relatively current. The latest additions to my library are Ni No Kuni, Fire Emblem, Project X Zone, Time and Eternity, and Shin Megami Tensei IV. I have Tales of Xillia and Rune Factory IV on pre-order and a few other titles which I’ve forgotten about.

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Monogatari – On Love

I’ve grown fascinated with the Monogatari universe ever since I first watched Bakemonogatari. The dialog and narrative are probably the major driving elements of the show. Despite its otaku panderings with character archetypes and particular fetishes, I have to say this group of shows is definitely quite unique and intriguing.

In watching the first episode of Nekomonogatari Kuro (Black), the Araragi family goes into discussion regarding matters of love. Koyomi asks his younger sister about the topic since she has a boyfriend and he’s feeling uncertain about his feelings. Continue reading “Monogatari – On Love”