Things that annoy me, a runaway spider and foggy Melbourne!

Travelling on the way to work this morning and I saw a woman, not a younger person as most people would think, but a woman old enough to know better with her feet on the tram seat. I cannot begin to tell you how much of a pet hate this is of mine and maybe it’s a sign that I’m getting older but I hate it when people have no respect for things and take them for granted. And they usually leave the seat dirty for the next person (thank you) and then complain about the ticket inspectors’ fine.

Walking through the back of house at the Melbourne Museum and I saw the critter below casually walking in front of me, I was wondering if he somehow escaped from Live Exhibits or maybe he was a genetically engineered spider looking for someone to bite? Probably not 😦

And then coming home tonight, the fog in Melbourne was incredible, visibility was literally cut down to a bare metres in front of you making driving difficult I imagine for the people driving home 😦 It rarely gets like this in Melbourne and I’ve never had to drive through it…so far.


I’m in the process of collecting my thoughts for an insightful blog post which should be up in a few days…ideas take time, don’t you know? πŸ™‚


Japandaman’s goodies, Otaku happenings and light bikes

Wow…it’s been a while since my last post, I’ve just been so into my new duties over at Otaku Fuel. First up, in case you don’t know, I’m now writing product reviews for them and am also their blog contributor, two things that are keeping me very busy and very happily so I must add! Otaku Fuel are a US based site that specialise in anime, manga, cosplay accessories, in fact anything and everything J-pop culture related…they’re a superior site with an excellent product range. Look up their site and Facebook page and while you’re there, check out their merch, links are above πŸ™‚

I’ve also decided to take some pics of my small but growing Otaku collection for everyone to see, pics below with some descriptions πŸ™‚

A peek at my manga, Bleach and Vampire Knight and the Death Note Collection Vol. 1, Ryu from a gatcha machine, Mario and Spider-Bear!

My 3DS and Psp Go living peacefully together, my CD collection (J-Pop and OST’s), my magazines are just showing.

My Japanese magazines collection. Dengeki Games on the left which unfortunately has been discontinued. The Playstation and Famitsu Weekly magazines were purchased in Japan when we were there. The Dengeki’s and other magazines were purchased from Kanga Kanga, a Japanese magazine/book importer based in downtown Melbourne. Taka-san runs the place and is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable so pay him a visit and have a look at what he has on offer, there’s heaps for everyone!! The Kanga Kanga site has address details, keep up to date with his blog, Twitter and Facebook page πŸ™‚

Ryu, Mario and a Nintendog!

Spider-Man 2 bobble head which was a present from my stepsons quite a few birthdays ago.

And one of my most prized possessions, the Premium Package of Metal Gear Solid which I purchased when we were in Japan from Super Potato Akihabara. Great site here which has a walk through the store which is extremely rare and shows you what to expect. Having been there twice I can vouch for the store and say that as far as retro goes, it’s the best in the land. Great place to find rare items or gaming goodies that were never released in Australia.

That’s all for now but I will take some pics of my figures and post them up soon as well. Final Fantasy and Death Note figures only for now but am hoping to change that soon when I have my coins in my pocket!! πŸ™‚

And lastly,the vid below is what awaited me when I left work this evening. Riders on light bikes performing tricks, how cool, right?

See you all soon and thanks for sticking around! πŸ™‚


Two days off from work and still tired…head is lightly pounding, calf muscles aren’t happy and shoulders weigh a ton!! Oh and my eyes aren’t too pleased to be open either 😦 But I must soldier on!!


New job, new possibilities!!

So I start a new job back at the Melbourne Museum tomorrow. Well, I’m in training for a few days for a customer service role for the upcoming King Tut exhibition which I’m really looking forward to…should be great! Another thing to look forward to this week is the much awaited release of the Nintendo 3DS…should be awesome.

Random Happenings Sep 8th – Sep 11th 2010

Decided to wait a few day so I would have enough pics to post as even though I love my life I don’t have enough interesting things to photograph to put up in a post a day, that will no doubt change when we’re in Japan though πŸ™‚

I was on my way to work and was waiting for the tram to take me to the MM when I turned around and looked up at what used to be the Melbourne GPO, still is but consumerism turned it into a shopping centre like everything else 😦 Anyways, I thought it would make a good pic πŸ™‚

At work now having to pull data off a busted hard drive while Ryuk supervises everything πŸ™‚

Moving some new stock around MM on a pallet machine…not a huge fan of Dell but they do the job.

Later on the day for lunch, I thought I’d head into the city proper for some lunch and saw this older dude scooting around on an awesome looking hog!

Fast forward to a few days later and at the shopping centre in the middle of the city, Melbourne Central, I spotted a few cute animals ranging from puppies, kittens, turtles and rabbits at the local Pets Paradise store πŸ™‚

I like this photo above…dancing turtles?

On Saturday, Laucha and I were in the city to get some last minute things done before the Japan trip and we spotted a newish ramen place. Ended up having lunch there and it was good!! No pics as before I knew it, it was all gone 😦

Apple geeks will know that the latest update to the iPhone 4 recently was released. That would be the iOS 4.1 update making it the second update since the iPhone 4 was released a little over a month ago. Hopefully this recent update will address some issues affecting some users. One of the points of interest as an added piece of functionality however was the inclusion of an HDR option for the camera. HDR or High Dynamic Range photography is basically taking multiple pics at different exposures at the same time and then superimposing all the pics on top of each other resulting in greater colours and detail. Below you’ll find 2 pics taken when we were driving home, the first one was normal and the second one was taken using the HDR option. You can see there’s brighter colours and more detail in the HDR shot even in the clouds. I think I’ll be playing a lot more with this as the file size difference is insignificant.

Lastly 2 shots taken last night of our animals sleeping. Ichigo, the ginger moggy, is always good for a laugh watching him sleep and this pic is no exception πŸ™‚

Ichigo and Cuba having a snuggle as they sleep…cute.

As I type this, Firefox has just told me that there’s a new update to the beta taking it up version Beta 5…we’ll see what changes if any have been made.

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.,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
View Larger Map

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™‚