Thursday, 15 April 2010

Danny Choo at SOAS!!! 13/4/2010

I recently went to SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) to see Danny Choo talk about "Creative Industries in Japan."
The talk consisted of how Danny got to where he is today which then followed about what he plans to do the future. These include DCTV and Chinka. Now he progressed further into the talk about how anyone gets to Japan. Now i found this area particularly important as I too have that dream to one day live and work in Japan. The one place that has made me into the person i am today just by influence of Anime, Manga and other Otaku related goods.

He finally ended by talking about what anyone would need to get themselves to the land of the rising sun. These included knowing the culture, mastering the language, building a complimentary skill set and finally, staying passionate and focused. This is something that i plan on doing.
After that, we had a networking session that included talking to "light minded people" which was quite good as those who brought their Daughters and other girls then got to display them. Rin of course was with me that day.

Nearing the end of that night, i finally got my chance to speak to Danny and i got some well needed advice which i am extremely grateful for.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Gadget Show Live

part of my course is about knowing about today's current software and hardware. So there is no better way to find new gear but to go to a very nerdy convention. And that's when we got an offer from the college to go to the Gadget Show Live event.

For those who don't live in Briton, Gadget show is a fairly large tv program that airs on Channel Five on Monday nights. It pretty much does what it says on the can. The show is about gadgets but the show is really popular over here as it usually shows all the newest gadgets and other gadgets that you wouldn't have otherwise really been interested in until they show you how it works. The show has 4 presenters and every week, they always have some form of challenge that requires them to use a certain type of gadget.

The event i went to was only a preview event as the main days were filled very quickly so i got to go on the preview day instead.
The day began with me lugging around my backpack and my camera bag to college which were quite heavy due to lunch and my camera. This was then followed by a 2 hour bus ride to Birmingham which i then spent playing DJ Max Clazziquai as usual.
As we arrived, it became extremely clear that the place was a very large exhibition center but i couldn't really tell if it was larger than excel.

As the day progressed, i saw many new bits of kit, tried out the new NVidia 3D system and also got to play the almost complete Split/Second.
However, the best part of the day was the Nikon photography masterclass that i attended. I learnt how angle shifting photos are taken. They used 30 Nikon D700 Pro range DLSR cameras. Photos of a model were taken in Sequence with 0.15 seconds between camera shots. This allows for a panning shot of the object.
This i feel was the highlight of the day and the rest of the day was pretty good too.

Thanks of reading.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010


Hey guys,
For those who don't already know, i'm a big fan of anime and recently, the new season of my favourite anime of all time has just started.
Heres an overview of the series.
K-ON! is a slice of life, music, comedy series which revolves around a club called Keion! (or
けいおん! which directly translates to Light Music Club) and its 4-5 members. All the characters have their funny points and cute points (as most animes do) and I find this particular series to have the MOE-factor over almost ever other series.
The main characters include,
Hirasawa Yui - The clumsey, happy go lucky, easy going character who is extreamly childish.
Tainaka Ritsu - The ambigous yet upbeat character in the group who is also the self-proclaimed president of the club.
Akiyama Mio - The rather adult character of the group who is at times rather embarrassed easily and can be quiet an easily frightened person.
Kotobuki Tsumugi - The easy going, rather childish person of the group. She is the rich girl of the group but it is never clear that she acts like one even through polite exterior.
Nakano Azusa (Azu-nyan) - My favourite character of the group, Azusa is the extremly cute final member of the first season and is known best for being dressed up by the rest of the group as a cat and is the most popular character of the group.

Well, thats a breif overview of K-ON!'s main characters.
I'm off.
Check K-ON! out if you haven't already done so.

Ja Mattane~!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

MacBook Pro 15"

So, Due to the recent release of the iPad, I have been checking out Apple MacBook Pros as i feel that the performance of my laptop is really out dated for the things i want to do. I've been reading up on the 15" 2.8GHz model and i find it to be perfect for what i'm looking for as i'm looking for a decent MacBook that will last me through my University years however, I don't know what i'm doing for University yet so i'm still deciding on what to get. Ever since my older brother got a MacBook Pro (13"), i found it to be really accessible for any user and also found it to be a much lighter that my current 17" Dell Precision. I find that if i had a lighter laptop, it would be with me everywhere. So i'm currently stumped on what to get but a MacBook Pro is at the top of my list at the moment. Which should i BUY!?