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December 31, 2008 at 11:59 pm

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Tachikomatic Days Update

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I’ve been tinkering around with the new and version of Tachikomatic Days but it’ll only be up later next week! In the mean time, what sort of widgets/plug-ins do you guys recommend? O:

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December 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm

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[Coraline] Coraline’s Mystery Packages

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Sadly, I have not received any but man, I am envious of the 50 lucky people who’ve received a priceless piece of stop-motion and hand-made history. I’d love to get hold of one of the 50 handmade boxes because well, if I can feel the amount of pride and effort that went into making those individualized packages from all the way here, imagine how much wonder and awe I’d feel if I have a box right in front of me!

Tomopops Coraline box

Tomopop's Coraline box

ASIFA-Hollywood has a wonderful post collecting all the boxes that have been sent out and received. Do check it out for the delicious handmade and weathered goodies, plus its awesome posts on animation.

Again, I love the Coraline team for doing this because not only is this awesome marketing, but it’s allowed me to jump in on really wonderful and dedicated blogs out there! I would never have stumbled upon ASIFA-Hollywood or have Geeks of Doom under my radar if the Coraline team had not sent out these mystery boxes.

The Coraline Mystery Boxes

Now Coraline is set to be released in Feburary 2009, and is adapted from Neil Gaiman’s novellette of the same name. I have yet to get a hold of a copy of the novel, but it’s on my to-buy list (along with the 01210298 other books I want to buy and read).

Coralines creepy fun

Coraline's creepy fun

Now, why I love Coraline (other than it being written by the godly Neil Gaiman, and the film version being directed by the genius Henry Selick) is it’s whole Alice in Wonderland quality. Only, a little more dark and edgier. It’s the creepy children’s tale for the modern age. Looking at Coraline Jones reminds me of myself and my too-busy parents (they still are always too busy) and how I used to run around looking for adventure. It’s sad that the lovely old fashioned words like “spunk” don’t exist in the Singaporean vocabulary. It’s been mutated into naughty words like “talkative”, “restless”, “asks too many questions”.

I’m going to cover more Coraline news as it comes out but for now, jump behind the cut for a sneak peek the movie.

And yes, IyB is going in a slightly different direction – slowly but surely!

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December 20, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Posted in Film

[Japan 2008] Day One and Two: Touch Down in Tokyo

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First off, kids go and get Fall Out Boy’s latest album once your (good) CD shop stocks it. Absolutely lovely stuff. I won’t go so far to say that it’s their best album but it’s very easy on the ears, that’s one thing for sure.

And now back to our regular program!

As you might (or might not) remember, I visited Japan back in July as part of a study trip – which required us to write two effing 3000 word papers on transportation systems amongst another assignments. Of course, all the hard work that came before – I had to help out in the logistics of the trip – and after the trip was well worth the 10 day trip to well, heaven on earth.

leaving on a jetplaneisn't it good, norwegian wood?

Mind you kids, the trip wasn’t all fun and games. We were there for research! And things that held more clout, like academic and cultural exchange! Along the way, we had to behave our best (something which Singapore tour groups tend to forget) because we were representing our faculty and university – hell, we were representing Singapore and God forbid that the stereotype of a rude Singaporean tourist should proliferate!

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December 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm

This is the dawning of the rest of our lives / on holiday

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And it’s a goooooooal. Well, not really. But the ball o’ holiday fun has finally made it across the pitch and past the arms of the Exam Goalkeeper. Can anyone say “freedom”? I’ve been recovering from an untimely attack from the flu bug for the past 24 hours (my exams ended yesterday so I’ve been MIA for well, just a little over a day) and now it’s on to making the most of this one month break before I plunge back into nerdom.

This is going to keep me busy for the next couple of weeks

This is going to keep me busy for the next couple of weeks

So as I’ve hinted in my previous posts, I’ve made it past the first hurdle on the road for a one-year exchange in Japan. My choice of academic poison? Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies. I visited the campus back in July and my love for the tree-sheltered campus kind of swelled up beyond recognition. The next few weeks will be spent scrambling around to get bank statements and other (confusing!) paperwork done. I took a quick look at the application procedures for other Japanese universities and they all seemed rather simple in comparison. Sigh. But if all goes well (that is, if Waseda accepts my application), I’ll be spending one awesome year in Tokyo. :D Uber excited much?

Of course, that doesn’t leave much time for anything else. Still, I’m hoping to shift Tachikomatic Days onto its new server by the end of the month, and also post a few articles that I’ve been putting on the backburner. Articles to look out for?

  • The long-delayed coverage of my July 2008 study trip to Japan – 12 days spanning 4 cities!
  • Figure reviews/photoshoots – GSC’s Ryogi Shiki; GSC Hatsune Miku 1/8; MaxFactory’s figmas Yuki, Konata, Tsukasa and Kagamin; Revoltech’s Rei, Yotsuba (Summer version); and possibly a review of GSC’s Excellent Maid Saber which I acquired… last year
  • unibody MacBook review sometime in January

That’s about it for now. One month’s a short time and I don’t want to overwork myself. Oh, and I just turned 20 last week.

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December 5, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Posted in News, Otakuisms, Rant

Preview of GSC’s Ryogi Shiki

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....there's something wrong here...

taken with an iPhone2G, processed with projectpolaroid

Ryogi Shiki arrived in the mail a few days ago. There’s something odd about her though!

Review will be up after my last paper – which is tomorrow. I want my exams to end now so I can play TF2 with the guys! I refuse to buy L4D because I am scared of zombies. Zombies gnaw on things. I don’t really like gnawers.

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December 3, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Protect your precious iPhone 3G’s screen with Rei!

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And two other Evangelion-centric designs, might I add.

iphone_evangelion_1Akihabaranews.com reports an influx of Evangelionized iPhone screen protectors on the streets of Akihabara. It seems to be fairly sturdy (I don’t know if it’s just me but I can see the thickness of the protectors) so do expect decent protection from Rei and company.

Do want! My iPhone 2G is in need of a new screen protector and the NERV design would go very well with the NERV sticker I have on the back of my iPhone.

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December 3, 2008 at 12:35 am


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