Things Japanese related!

•April 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Hi,

 

I know I haven’t used this blog in awhile. Why? Not sure why. But I have another blog that I created. It deals more with stuff I found in Japan that I thought was fun or unique.  Check it out:

 

http://ozz78onlyinjapan.blogspot.com/

 

I will be updating that vlog much more so be sure to have a look!

2010 in review

•January 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 9 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 20 posts. There were 24 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 13th with 60 views. The most popular post that day was Religion vs. Science Pt. 1 Religion doesn’t make sense to me.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were japanesemusicdream.wordpress.com, mixi.jp, facebook.com, twitter.com, and youtube.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for superbad, religions, dot matrix printer, religion, and superbad pictures.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Religion vs. Science Pt. 1 Religion doesn’t make sense to me February 2010
1 comment

2

Tips on how to gain weight and be FAT March 2010
1 comment

3

Yui, the Japanese Avril Lavigne October 2009
2 comments

4

Woofstock 2010:Summer of Pug June 2010
1 comment

5

The fun and exciting world of Printers (not!) May 2010
1 comment

Aliens, Wizards and Weirdos!

•November 23, 2010 • 2 Comments

So I saw three movies in three weeks so I thought I would post my opinions on them all in one post.  Enjoy!

Skyline

Summary:

Alien balls of light that can turn into giant alien robots take over
the world by stunning people and sucking them up into their ships.
Best scene:

Its hard to pick with so many brilliant scenes (sarcasm) but the
chase outside the building when the bellman saves the group from the giant
alien comes to mind.
Best laugh:

To tell you the truth I laughed at the scenes that were supposed
to be serious. I laughed when the dirty whore was jealous of the young whore
for cheating with the gangster rapper.
Best cry:

I cried because I paid full price for this film
Cheesiest part:

Everything from start to end. But the ending (which I will
not ruin for you) is the cheesiest. True love overcomes all, even brain
sucking aliens.

Due Date

Summary:

A busy guy gets stuck with a not so busy guy on a roadtrip to reach
busy guy’s wife in time for his baby’s birth. Chaos ensues.
Best scene:

Lots of funny scenes but I quite enjoyed the scene in the car when busy guy is trying
to sleep. Not so busy guy starts doing something that helps him sleep. The dog joins in. Busy guy is not impressed.
Best laugh:

The whole movie was jokes but the Mexican border crossing is pretty dope(pun intended).
Best cry:

Washroom scene when not so busy guy cries about his dead father. The dog’s face made me cry.
Cheesiest part:

Techically this whole movie is cheesy but in a good way.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1

Summary:

Harry and his amigos leave Hogwarts to search for the hoacrux, which are objects containing Voldamort’s (oh shit I said his name)  soul.  Harry is wanted by the corrupt Ministry of magic and a fugitive on the run.
Best scene:

The battle in the sky between death eaters and Harry and the Order of the Pheonix. Pretty sweet effects and fast paced action.
Best laugh:

The akwardness between Ron and Hermione when Ron returns after abandoning them while hiding in the forest.
Best cry:

Definitely the loss of my favourite and beloved house elf.  Atleast his death wasn’t in vain.
Cheesiest part:

Great film and well done but the only cheesy part was the over-acting of the Malfoy family’s fear of Voldemort (dang I did it again!). They need to relax.

My reception to Inception

•August 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The movie this summer that everyone is talking about and seems to bring as much hype as Avatar did last year is Inception. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and sidekick Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I am not going to bore you with the plot, the money it has earned or even the records it has broken. For that, feel free to go to IMDB or some other review of the film.

If you are reading this then you have already seen the movie and love it or you are thinking about seeing it. If you haven’t seen it yet you can still read on. But, be warned I will be discussing specific scenes. I won’t give away the ending (although everyone seems to interpret it their own way) so if you don’t mind finding out some of the best and worst scenes than you might enjoy what follows.

So here are the categories:

  • Best Overall scene
  • Best laugh
  • Best cry
  • Cheesiest part
  • One of a kind moment

Best Overall Scene

Without a doubt if you ask most people the best overall scene will probably also be the one of a kind moment: The anti-gravity fight scene.  How Leo didn’t fight to be part of it is beyond me. I think although the movie is great, story line is strong and visually it is incredible, without this fight scene people would have not considered Inception as a CGI achievement.  Not only the fight sequence is well done but how smoothly the characters make their way across the hallway and battle with the weightlessness while still being able to make it look believable.  Even adding little bits like tying all the people together with phone cords to transport them together made the situation so interesting.

Best Laugh

Although Inception was a sci-fi, suspense drama it was still able to infuse a little bit of comic relief to keep everyone entertained.  Most people will remember the European character (not sure if he is supposed to be German) always mocking others and having a synde remark here or there. But for me, the best laugh was when the character Arthur (Levitt) was sitting with Ariadne (Ellen Page) in a dream sequence. The subconcious was getting suspicious and Arthur pulled Ariadne close and kissed her.  She questioned whether it helped diffuse the situation and Arthur answered with “It was worth a shot”.  A kind of funny, akward flirtatious moment between the two made it cute and funny.

Best Cry

Now I hardly every cry at movies (except Stars Wars Episode I, at how bad it was) but the saddest moment was when Cobb(Dicaprio) was trying to convince his wife Mal (Cotillard) that she was not in a dream. She didn’t believe him and jumped out of the hotel window committing suicide.  Not only did my heart sink as she dropped but seeing Cobb’s face red and weepy struck a chord. I was a little veklempt.

Cheesiest Part

It is rare that a movie doesn’t have some cheesy waste of time moment put in to either indulge the advertisers or make the producers feel they are artists but this movie lacked cheese. The only part that could kind of be considered cheese is when the son of the CEO was at his father’s deathbed and opened the safe to find his father’s last will and testament as well as a small paper fan the father had kept as a memento of his son’s childhood.  Tears ensued and I dug into my Reese’s Pieces.

One of a kind moment

The anti-gravity scene is definitely the unique scene this movie had to offer but another scene that could compare is when we first enter the dream world of Ariadne.  Watching her play around with her subconcious and change the roads, create bridges, smash mirrors and finally get attacked by her own subconcious was both educational and a unique perspective on dreaming.

In Conclusion Inception was definitely worth the price of a movie ticket and will lead to great debate and discussion with your friends as everyone interprets it in a different way.  Go see it if you haven’t already and pee before you sit as the movie is pretty long. But it passes by like a dream…bad pun, I know.

Magibon and Me!

•July 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

To watch my funny interview with Magibon go to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIXohA2g6xU

Hi Everyone,

Do you know who Magibon is? Well if you don’t then you are not really into YouTube in Japan.  And if you do, then you are a nerd like me and have watched most of her videos.

She is an “idol” on YouTube as she is the 3rd most subscribed person in Japan.  The funny thing is she is not Japanese nor does she speak it…much.  Her videos are basically her staring into a screen, smiling with her big doe eyes, saying her name and sometimes adding a sentence or two of  random thought in Japanese.

Most people who would make these kind of videos would probably find they get about 30 views at most.  However, for some reason the Japanese public have fallen in love with Magibon and now she averages a few hundred thousand hits per 40 sec. clip.  I believe she is a YouTube partner, has had some of her videos hit more than 1 million views and there are dozens of parodies and/or replies to her videos. She even posted a video where her image was playing above a crowded department store somewhere in Tokyo ( i think). 

After watching her and seeing my videos get lucky if they hit 200 views, I decided to make a video myself spoofing her.  I am not sure if she will ever see the video since hardly anyone watches my videos but it would be fun to see her reaction to my video. 

If you want to see the video you can watch it at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIXohA2g6xU

Thanks for reading and talk to you all soon.

Woofstock 2010:Summer of Pug

•June 14, 2010 • 2 Comments

And other dogs too…

If you want to see my video of the event check out my YouTube channel at:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MKNx3mqesQ

So Maple was too young to go to last year’s Woofstock so we decided to take him this year. For those of you who have never heard of it, Woofstock is a huge festival for dogs. Along the St. Lawrence market area, there are rows and rows of vendors selling products, giving away free samples and offering everything from dog treats, clothing and toys to more customized services such as doggy day care and pet funeral services and urns.

Besides the shopping and free stuff, there was also a dog show, agility course and other events. Maple had tons of free treats, had his first liver flavoured sno-cone and even got to try an agility course. Ofcourse the best part was seeing all the different types of breeds of dogs. Mini tea-cup poodles, pugs, beagles, retrievers, german sheppards, Great Danes and even a few Sharpes. Saturday was rainy so the crowd thinned out but Sunday was packed with people and pets.

One of the groovy chicks at Woofstock

If you want to see my video of the event check out my YouTube channel at:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MKNx3mqesQ

The fun and exciting world of Printers (not!)

•May 31, 2010 • 2 Comments

This post is dedicated to my friend/coworker Terry as we decided to give each other a topic to discuss for our blogs.  I was lucky enough to receive the topic of printers. I’m sure it was payback for giving him the topic of Pumpkins.  So the following is my input on the topic of printers.

I have decided to focus on one specific printer: the Dot Matrix printer.  The one I believe has the coolest name and is sadly missed.

History

For those of you babies born after the 80’s you might not remember this printer. This printer uses the back and forth motion and a ribbon to punch ink into the paper using pins.  Another key feature is that the plate that has the pins which punch into the ribbon are made of either ruby or sapphire. A printer with bling bling. How sweet is that.

Why I love the Dot Matrix

  • The name makes me feel like I’m a spy or secret agent
  • The noise created by the back and forth motion may annoy some but to me is like a dope rap beat
  • The edges which ripped off I often used to fold into puffy stars which i filled in bottles all over my room (no I’m not gay)
  • The paper was all connected in a giant stack so i could trail it all over the house like toilet paper
  • The ink was smudgable so if I could quickly smudge a note I had just printed it would look like it was ancient scroll I had uncovered making me feel like a young Indiana Jones

It is obvious that the dot matrix is almost all but gone. Ink jet and laser printers have taken over and set the standard.  But don’t feel too bad for the dot matrix because it is still used in many data based duties such as banks, aviation and research as quantity is more important than quality.  Also in movies where hippies living in the dessert pick up signals of alien transmissions always print out these findings using a dot matrix. 

I am happy knowing that if there is ever a day when I am sad and need the  nostalgic and familiar sound of print on tractor paper I will always have my Epson FX dot matrix printer at my parents home where they still use it.

Viva la Dot Matrix!