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Exquisite Corpse DS
August 26, 2007, 3:10 pm
Filed under: Awesomeness


In my experience, Picto-Chat on the DS has only been entertaining in two situations. One, when you first get your DS and the “gee-wiz factor” of wireless networking forces you to seek out another DS owning human so you can instant message them from 3 feet away.

Two, when you are forced attend a weekly lecture featuring artists who swear that rolling around on the floor with a pumpkin on their head is original, non shitty art.

My friends, I have uncovered the next big thing in Picto-Chat functionality: Collaborative Art (that you can never, ever keep in its original form)

Equal credit must be given to my dear friend Ali as well. She’s cute as a really cute button, and I always enjoy giving cute buttons their dues.

The process is simple. One person draws a set of lines (usually 3 to 5) on the top of their Picto-Chat window. They send this to the other person who then copies it to their window. Using these lines as a guide, one person is designated the top half of a creature, the other person takes the lower regions.

Provided one of you is not an idiot, the results should be entertaining! Unfortunately, one of us was an idiot (hint: not the button), so only some of the results were entertaining.

Click that big fat MORE button to see just that!

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The Flow (working title)
July 5, 2007, 6:35 am
Filed under: Japan, Totally Random


So the post count has dropped severely. There are a bunch of reasons for this, one of them is what you see before you.

Its a fun little 3D video I made with a title I am not sold on yet. Click the image for a link to the .MOV file.

If you have any better for a title, please let me know. Enjoy!

edit: would probably help if the link worked, yah?

I suddenly desire a bath
June 21, 2007, 1:44 am
Filed under: Japan, Totally Random

This soap makes me excited to get all dirty, just so I can wash myself off!


According to my girlfriend, this Japanese soap is not only very old but very famous (the brand, not the soap itself.) She was even able to sing the commercial for me (we’re seeing a counselor, don’t worry.)

If anybody has any info on this soap, along with any of the old commercials, I hope you will extend the information to myself. This stuff is excellent! I think I am going to buy a box and bring it home to my friends.


almost not worth it
June 19, 2007, 10:25 am
Filed under: Japan

Japan is horrible for my coffee addiction. At home we have a machine that simplifies the coffee creation process into a single button affair. But here in my Polly Pocket sized apartment, one cannot afford such luxuries. I will outline the entire process for you in a single post without any breaks. Excited?

Start by pouring tap water into a frying pan and placing pan on the Easy Bake Oven stove top.

Remove coffee packet from wrapper and lay out on wooden cutting board.

Tear off along the dotted line (be sure to hold it right side up otherwise coffee grains will spill all over.)

Unfold wings, allowing the packet to support itself and walk around.

Open up packet into a cute little basket.

Place into cup.

Your water should have started boiling 10 minutes ago,

so pour boiling water into tea pot.

Now pour boiling water into coffee packet. (note: DO NOT attempt to pour the boiling water directly into the cup from the frying pan. I learned this lesson multiple times, so you don’t have to!)

Let sit for a minute. Enjoy aroma.

Move coffee packet to auxiliary cup. Repeat the last two steps with this new cup, thus cheating the coffee packet into giving you a second tiny cup of coffee.

We are trying to be healthy here, so only add a little sugar.

Add Hokkaido (only!) milk. Only the best Japanese cows will do.

Place next to Apple computer on ethnic Japanese table.



one quiet night in nagai
June 4, 2007, 12:14 pm
Filed under: Japan, Totally Random


The Osaka day was very humid and I had escaped to my micro apartment with the ambition of actually getting some design work done. My companion for the day was the air-conditioner in my window.

air-conditioner – “craaaank, CLANG, chug chug chug chug … blorp, SLAM!”
me – “Shut the fuck up! All I want is your cold air!”

It’s a delicate relationship at best. I decided it might help if I let the air-conditioner rest while I sought the coolness provided by the now evening, Nagai outdoors. I grabbed my keys and cigarettes and headed out.

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an evening with Darren
June 1, 2007, 5:14 am
Filed under: Japan, Opinions


It was a quiet evening in Japan. The day had begun to pass into the west, in preparation for its magnificent rebirth the next morning.

My girlfriend and I sipped green tea under an orange sky in the park near my apartment. I lowered my cup and looked into her eyes mirroring the sunset. Silently, we agreed that it was time.

High-school children were all around, riding their bikes and laughing, relaxing after an incredibly long day at school. The couples were always obvious as the girl would be riding on the back of the boy’s bike, either sitting on a rack or standing on pegs.

My bike has no pegs, so Mayumi had to balance on the frame itself. She somehow managed beautifully, and we glided out of the park on an old bike with a broken chain and unresponsive front brake.

After many nights of false starts, it was now time. The mood was right and we had plenty of time to relax. It was time to finally watch, The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky.

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Drilling holes
May 28, 2007, 12:02 pm
Filed under: Gaming as Usual, Japan

What you see above you are two copies of the same game. Normally I might only purchase one copy of a game as the consumer’s desire has not yet caused me to feel unsatisfied without acquiring multiples of the same object. In this case though, I suffer some form of “collector’s” obsessive compulsive disorder.

The true fault lies in my, still horrible, comprehension of the Japanese language. Typically, when I buy I game, I expect the sales clerk to merely retrieve the game and hand me the complete package after an exchange of some monetary details.

I shift into panic gear when the man behind the counter starts asking me questions. “Uhh, hai!” is all I can exhale while a drop of sweat starts to collect on my forehead. The man smiles awkwardly in return as if saying, “you really want to buy this?” I mimic his smile with my own uneasy version and accept the yellow bag containing the game – with no box.

“SHIT, he told me there was no box for the game! I don’t know the word for box!” The collector in me is punching at my tear ducts. I hold the yellow bag to my chest and quickly shuffle outside where I proceed to vent by knocking my bike over.

Thus my journeys and trials in Japan ‘o’ land continue. While here, I have a good mind to continue blogging about about life and other wonderful things that interest me. It has been a while since I have contributed anything of value to this blog (ever?) No time like the right now to get things rolling again.

So how does this epic tale end? Where does that second copy of Drill Dozer (Screw Breaker here in Japan) come from? On the advice from my girly friend, I made a second trek to the retro game store I originally intended to go. There I found multiple copies of Drill Dozer, in boxes and for half the price I payed at RipOff Gamez. I could not resist humoring the collector within and purchased a fully boxed second copy.

The most troubling part of this whole ordeal was the calm I experienced at the end. Am I really that anal?


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