Random Happenings Sep 6th 2010

So today marks the start of my last working week at the Melbourne Museum before we jet off to Japan. Working at the Museum or MM is extremely rewarding with interesting and exciting environments and just as many interesting people with always something new to do. This current job is easily the best I’ve had and I’ve had some pretty ordinary ones. One that comes to mind was my most recent experience within a local government environment. I’m not going to name names as I’m beyond that (hopefully) but sheesh, that wasΒ  a terrible experience towards the end with me asking for help and more training and constantly been told ‘next year’, it honestly was like talking to a brick wall while staff and people that are in positions to help you were idly sitting by on their hands. Anyways enough of my dark days and onto better things but if anyone reading this can take just one thing away from my story is that never believe that what you are doing is the best that you can do, the grass is always greener on the other side if you’re willing to make the leap and just believe in yourself πŸ™‚

So here is a pic of my work area today, I’ll point some things out for you all.

Starting from the left is the recent copy of Dengeki Games, a Japanese multi platform gaming magazine that I get imported in for my by a neat little shop in the city called Kanga Kanga run by a young Japanese man who’s name eludes me but he always greets me by my name when I make my regular visits to pick up my mag. The magazine is all in Japanese which I can’t read but I love looking at the pics and I can roughly make out what games they’re talking about but it always has gorgeous graphics which make the mag worth buying for. I call them my picture books which makes Laucha laugh…at nearly $AU30 for the magazine though, I better learn Japanese ASAP so I start getting my money’s worth!!

Smack bang in the centre leaning against my pc is my PSPGo and my iPhone 4. The PspGo has received a bad rap with many pundits saying that the hardware is a failure for many reasons like digital content been charged full price on PSN when you can buy it second hand on UMD in most shops for next to peanuts and also that some games will not be receiving the digital content treatment at all as the Kingdom Hearts game has been reported not to be receiving or that games take aggges to be made available on the PSN. My opinion is that for me, it more than suits my purposes and beats having to carry around multiple UMD’s with you on your person. I’ll probably end up buying a large capacity micro sd card for it Japan so I can carry more content. I know the PSPGo isn’t for everyone and while I can see and agree with the angry non believers, for me it’s perfect and I have zero complaints. The iPhone 4 needs no introduction and those with eagle eyes will notice that I am running the Mirai Chan clock app from popular Japanese blogger, Danny Choo. Great little app with heaps of pics of Mirai Chan and the clock itself can be moved around and customised however you want…I loves it. The latest incarnation of the iPhone has also received bad raps from the Antennagate scandal but I have to say for me, even when I apply the ‘death grip’, it’s not that big a deal and I’ve certainly had no dropped calls. Also with the proximity sensor issue where the phone doesn’t dim it’s display when you’re on the phone therefore activating functions with your cheek, this has never happened to me personally πŸ™‚

On my desktop I have a Nendoroid figure made by Good Smile Company, the figure is of Ryuk the Death God from runaway success anime, Death Note which has received the live action movie treatment as well. Three live action movies have been made which proved to be extremely popular with Japanese audiences.

And lastly On the right I have my trusty and ever reliable unibody 13″ Macbook which recently received an upgrade in the form of a Samsung 640GB HDD up from the standard 160GB HDD it comes with. Laucha and I share this machine and it is now our primary machine as, well, me and Windows…not a fan, not at all πŸ™‚

Walking to lunch today thought I’d turn around and take a quick snap of the Melbourne Museum where I work…had the sun in my eyes so the pic didn’t come out too well…BTW, all the snaps on this blog have been taken with the iPhone 4…pretty good quality for a camera phone methinks πŸ™‚

Decided to have lunch at the nearby St. Vincent’s Hospital and their cafe puts on a good spread I think with healthy eating to be had.

Today’s lunch was beef goulash with fried rice and noodles, noodles weren’t too crash hot but everything else was spot on and filled my belly. Also had a can of Mother energy drink to wash everything down with.

Ended up walking back to the Museum through the Carlton Garden as it turned out to be a sunny gorgeous Spring lunch. Below you’ll find snaps that I was inspired to take.

The steel bands are to stop the possums from destroying species that Parks are trying to preserve and allow to grow. The next couple of shots are of the Royal Exhibition Building or REB.

The last shot is a bit worrying…I think it’s someone’s home/park bench? Never see homeless in the park though…

For those of you interested I’ve included a Google Map below that shows the Melbourne Museum and the Carlton Gardens where you’ll find MM and REB.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=melbourne+museum&sll=-37.799544,144.995048&sspn=0.007494,0.01929&ie=UTF8&hq=melbourne+museum&hnear=&ll=-37.803884,144.970222&spn=0.011868,0.018239&z=15&output=embed
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On the tram, on the way home…wasn’t too full for a change.

Ended up deciding on Chinese for dinner, the actual restaurant fronts onto the main road while the back is a little take away area.

And these are the fruit of our spoils…special fried rice, season vegetables, chicken cashew and beef in black bean sauce…went down very well πŸ™‚

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Founder of japandaman.com, co-host of It's Japan, Man! K-Pop DJ.

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