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Enemies of the stupid, UNITE!

06/10/06 @ 03:32:31 pm, Categories: Baka-chan vs. Stupid People, Credit Where Credit's Due, 59 words, 3325 views  

I have discovered yet another ally in the fight against stupid people who don't know the difference between right and wrong.

Read the full story!

It gives me the warm-fuzzies reading about the global community response this guy has gotten via the internet. (As well as the stupidity of the thieves...) Give 'em hell, man! Get that Sidekick back!


04/14/06 @ 02:57:42 am, Categories: Shiny Things, Life of Baka, 372 words, 746 views  


So, as many of you know, I bought a bunch of Range Murata stuff off Amazon Japan on Tuesday. ('A bunch' being 25,868¥ worth, after shipping.)

So, here's what I ordered:
Range Murata 3rd Drawing Works 'form|code', Limited Edition. (A hefty 9,500¥)
Super Color Comic Robot Volumes 1~4. (Coming in at a incredibly not bad 1,600¥ each)
Ultra Jump Megamix Volume 1 (A bunch of special shorts for Ultra Jump magazine, with a Range Murata cover, and a short set in the universe of Shirow Miwa's Dogs.

I was going to get Robot Volume 5, but Amazon was being a bastard, and when I tried to check out with it, it said my shipment would go out JUNE TWELFTH... Screw that. So I got a couple manga instead, namely Gantz Volume 1, and Keroro Gunso Volume 11.5. ^^

Now, I don't know what you people are used to when ordering stuff, but I sure didn't expect to get my package the second day after I ordered the stuff. Even if I did pay 5,400¥ in shipping...

This morning, I went to bed at 9am totally dead, having stayed up all night tweaking a gallery I'm testing. (More about that in a couple days maybe) But then, for no conceivable reason, I woke suddenly and completely at 11:22... I was like "wtf?", but I decided to get up and get a drink. I stopped at the computer though, to check the tracking, for the hell of it... When I checked before going to bed, the package was still in Ohio... Now, Amazon said I'd have it the 13th or 14th, but I didn't believe that shit for a second. I mean... Really! Two days from fragging ZIPANG fer chrissakes? Not for what I paid.

Anyway, before the tracking page could refresh and tell me it was 'out for delivery', I heard the *beep-be-buh-beep* of the DHL guy scanning the package in as 'Delivered', and then a knock at the door. I was like...


Lemme tell ya, if you have any interest in Murata's work, you'd better get form|code right-friggin-now. That's all there is to it. There were only 8,000 copies made, they've all been distributed. And, it is the single must beautiful man-made object I've ever laid eyes on.


03/21/06 @ 11:50:03 pm, Categories: Credit Where Credit's Due, Random Randomness, 83 words, 1076 views  

Gabe and Tycho over at PA have done what I guess you could call a 'pilot' for a podcast...just testing the water. A look into the kinds of conversations that spawn the comics. At any rate, it's a good listen. As the *chan kids would say "I lol'd." and I did, a lot.

I hope they make this a regular thing, 'cause it sure is funny. (As one might expect.) And it lends credence to my idea of doing a podcast ^^


PSP killed the iPod Fanboys

03/20/06 @ 10:35:25 pm, Categories: Baka-chan vs. The Gaming Community, Shiny Things, Baka-chan on Games, 361 words, 1296 views  

Why is an 'iPod killer' the holy grail of portable consumer electronics right now? I've had one since Q4 2k5. It's called the Sony PSP. Seriously. So many people whine about how it doesn't have any good games... Guess what? Learn to 'wakaru the nihongo', my friend. All the American games suck.

DS? What's that? Oh yeah. That little handheld game console. It sure is a cute little thing. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind having one of those as well; Nintendo's core franchise games can be fun... But I doubt it'd get as much use as my PSP.

When I leave the apartment, my PSP comes with me, attached to my belt in its Hori Street Style variable case. With at the very least, a copy of Lumines, since it's the most 'any time' game I have. It's also packed with my flavor-of-the-week in music, some manga, this week's raws for all the anime I'm watching, and maybe even a book or two. I also use it to download and listen to podcasts, and to read my favorite webcomics and sites and news.

Now, the iPod fans will be like "But it doesn't have any storage!" Sure, currently you can only have up to 4gb of directly-accessible space... But that's going to change soon. In the meantime, there's stuff like a battery-powered 40gb HD enclosure that can hook up to the USB port and send stuff over to your card. Besides, how much music do you really NEED to be able to access at once? I typically don't listen to more than 1-2 different playlists over the course of a week, and maybe a few random songs.

And the iPod Video? What the hell?! The iPod is about the SIZE of the PSP screen. I don't get it. Watching videos on an iPod Video just because they gave it a screen, is like porting Adobe Photoshop to the DS just because it has a touchscreen and stylus.

I've got no problems with these devices. But when fanboyism kicks in and overrides common sense and obviousness of utility...that's just plain friggin stupid.

iPod = Killed iPod Video = Pwned Yeah, watch Ergo Proxy on your iPod.
Click to enlarge the picture, more coming later.

Final Fantasy XII is better than you [UPDATE]

03/20/06 @ 01:58:44 am, Categories: Shiny Things, Site News, Baka-chan on Games, 66 words, 684 views  

I did in fact play FFXII for 9 hours straight for a SECOND DAY in a row. But I got stuck on something, and used that as an excuse not to play it since, and actually get some work done.

I posted the introduction to my review, to whet your appetites. Yes, I finally posted something to the GPMoD Magazine site. The end may well be nigh.

The Special Hell

02/28/06 @ 10:20:06 pm, Categories: Shiny Things, Pretty Pictures, Random Randomness, 19 words, 1196 views  

Shuffle! House...because sometimes having a wallpaper image of them isn't enough.

Shuffle! House - Primula

In other news, Lobster is a Rori-Pedophin.

Japanese toys just win.

12/14/05 @ 02:01:59 am, Categories: Shiny Things, 412 words, 714 views  

When I got my PSP from Lik-Sang, I had them throw in their last 2 Nintendo History Collection Namco Special gashapon, and their last 3 Sega History Collection gashapon.

These are the greatest things ever. Almost as cool as my PSP.

Nintendo Collection

Sega Collection

What I got: 2 Sharp Famicom Twin Systems (My favorite console design, EVER. Except the red version one is better-looking.) 2 SEGA Mk.IIIs, and a MegaCD.

These things are insanely detailed. I wish I could take pictures...

The MegaCD comes with a 6-button controller for the MegaDrive. This controller is no wider than the tip of my thumb, and yet it has the 'SEGA' logo, and 'Start' printed on it as clearly as the real thing. The 3 new buttons (Forget what they were, XYZ?) are painted grey, the Start button is blue (On the Japanese systems the start and reset buttons are blue, not grey.) And, this I didn't notice until I took a REALLY close look at it; the ABC buttons and the D-pad are painted flat black to set them apart from the gloss black plastic. This is but one component of a 200yen gashapon.

The MegaCD comes with the MegaCD unit, with a CD tray that actually comes out, a tiny CD, a tiny CD case (Really just a little bit of plastic and card you wrap jewelcase art around, it doesn't 'work'.), and a 32x with a 32x cartridge of Virtua Fighter. The 32x, like the MegaDrive itself, and the TwinFami console, has a two-piece spring-loaded dust flap in the cartridge slot, just like the real thing. I mean, holy attention to detail, Batman!

The dreamcast, which I really really really want, comes with a pair of VMUs which hook together, go in the controller, and even come with the little dust caps for the ends. (As well as a controller, the console, and a copy of Space Channel 5.) How crazy is that? And the whole thing is about the size of the Dreamcast logo on the lid of a real DC. INSANE!

I really want get the whole MegeDrive set, so I can make a pepakura TV with a virtua fighter screenshot on it, and have a Zaku and a GM sitting and playing the thing ontop of my monitors. xD How great would that be? The Famicom and Famicom Disk System would be great, too. Because when you get the FDS, you get tiny FDS diskettes of Kid Icarus, and Legend of Zelda. Cool.

To-Do List and some stuff.

12/14/05 @ 12:27:30 am, Categories: Shiny Things, Site News, Credit Where Credit's Due, 200 words, 1166 views  

Okay, tomorrow, I'm going to start re-organizing this blog. I'm going to delete all the categories, create new ones, and then re-categorize everything. If this sounds mind-numbing to you, it's proof that you're not stupid.

Later this week, I'm going to put up the dedicated 'GPMoD Magazine' site, which will be a blog just like this, but will be where all the videogame/anime stuff goes with media and whatnot.

Now, for the stuff.

Truth be told, I can't even remember how I found this, it rebooted my head when I read it...'s an awesome, high-quality, and extremely professional graphic novel, created specifically for viewing on the PSP. Folks, I present NYC2123. I fragging love Cyberpunk.

Some...more stuff.

Speaking of head rebooting... I saw 'Mind Game' earlier today... After the first 30 minutes...the rest of the movie, is like you're on drugs, basically... I'm not kidding. I think you'd have to be stoned or tripping for it to totally make sense to you, but even sober you take something away from it. (God knows what though...) And the animation is great, too.

Don't listen to what I have to say about it, just watch it. It's an experience.

Hands-on with the PSP.

12/09/05 @ 02:29:53 pm, Categories: Shiny Things, Baka-chan on Games, 1740 words, 748 views  

Ore no PSP

Sorry about the lack of pictures, I plan to take some when I get some film for one of my cameras... In the meantime, you can get some pics from Lik-Sang. (Scroll down a little.)

About the order:
So, I ordered my Ceramic White PSP Gigapack from on Sunday (The 4th), and got it yesterday (The 8th), not bad for shipping from Hong Kong. Granted, I did pay $33 for shipping. But I wanted this sumbitch NOW NOW NOW, so it's all good.

I also ordered 2 Hori Liquid Crystal Filter screen protectors, Armored Core Formula Front International, a seriously slick Hori Portable Pouch Style case, and some gashapon. (I also had Lumines (US), coming in from Newegg, with my WiFi card.)

They included a coupon for $5 off my next order (Just like Play-Asia), a pair of black and white glossy Lik-Sang logo stickers, and a 'badge holder'.

btw, I haven't 'switched sides' or anything. I would have bought my PSP from Play-Asia except ACFFINT and the Hori pouch weren't currently 'Ships within 24 hours' at P-A. I still ordered some stuff from Play-Asia though. The Asian version of the GiTS:SAC game for PSP (For $13), and the copy of MSGSD:Generation of CE for the giveaway. (For $40!) As well as some gummies and stuff, of course. Why the hell not, you know? I wanted to get Rez for $13 while they still had it, but I ran out of $$$. At any rate, I love both Play-Asia and Lik-Sang. They're great stores.

First looks:
It became immediately apparent how well-packaged the PSP is. The box is almost SOLID with stuff. Upon unwrapping my beautiful new toy, it was striking just how incredibly gorgeous the PSP's design is, especially in white.

The unit itself is very weighty, it feels well-made, and you can tell that it's just full of hardware. It feels incredibly solid. The finish on the faceplate is one of my favorite stylistic accents. The color isn't on the surface of the faceplate, it's on the inside. The surface is actually 1-2mm of crystal clear plastic, with the white behind it, giving the effect of a deep mirror finish.

Even the little accents like the metal circle around the PSP logo on the UMD drive door are a testament to the craftsmanship, it is machined in a circular pattern, creating a circular brushed metal effect that catches light and creates angular highlights much like a CD. VERY slick looking.


After getting the AC adapter hooked up, I booted up the PSP. It asked me to configure the language, and the time and stuff like that, then I was greeted with the PSP bios, or 'media crossbar' I think they call it. I put in my 1gb PSP-branded Memory Stick Pro Duo that came with the gigapack, and proceeded to format the stick.

The Screen:
I am happy to report no dead or stuck pixels whatsoever. Also, it did occur to me that the screen may seem dimmer on the white PSP simply because of the contrast... Those concerns were wholly-unfounded. The screen is so bright that it makes everything around it appear dimmer than normal. (In my livingroom, with all the lights on. I have yet to take it outside because there's like a foot and a half of snow...and counting.) The refresh is superb, everything looks good and crisp, but at the same time, can look soft. (AC:FF Int uses a subtle motion blur effect that just about makes all the graphics look like prerendered video.)

Despite the unit's small size, the screen is quite large, and I have no problem becoming totally immersed in the game under normal playing conditions. (It later occured to me that this is an obvious thing, since even the original Gameboy could immerse you when you're really going.)

The Sound:

The PSP's in-built speakers can be a little tinny, but they are miniscule and it's to be expected, they are still good speakers, but with headphones connected, the audio fidelity is incredible. (The music in Lumines is just amazing.) I've also hooked the PSP up to the Line-In 2 on my Audigy 2's platinum drive, and blasted Lumines from my 6.1 speakers a couple times. It sounds spectacular.

The Controls:
The buttons all have a very positive feel to them, and I like the analog 'disk'-- it's not quite an analog stick, as it slides instead of leaning --the only problem I've had, is that the volume control seems to respond sluggishly, but that may be the way the software is designed, and not a problem with the buttons just seems to me that sometimes I try to change the volume and it doesn't actually do anything the first couple of times.

At this moment, I only have two games for the PSP, but so far I haven't felt that the lack of second and third L/R buttons, or the lack of a second analog stick, really impacted the game at all. (And I've played Armored Core: Formula Front extensively on the PS2.)

The Connectivity:

The WiFi is great. I haven't gotten the WiFi card on my computer working with my PSP yet, but I was surfing the net using an unsecured wireless connection somewhere in the building. (A strong one, too.) My Japanese PSP has longer WiFi range than the US models, because of FCC regs limiting range, or transmission power, or some damn thing...who knows. I don't know anyone around here with a PSP, so I won't be able to comment on WiFi gaming until I get my wireless card working so I can tunnel.

The USB is as-advertised. Fairly fast (I wasn't using a 2.0 port though, so I'll have to check that out later.)

Miscellaneous Miscellany:
I'll talk about the games individually later, so for now I'll talk about the other things I did with the PSP. I immediately loaded some Asian Kung-Fu Generation mp3s, and an mp4 video. The music played fine, albeit a little tinny through the PSP's speakers, but that's to be expected. (The speakers are fine under most conditions, but the headphones are optimal.)

The MP4 however, was 'teh fail'. I was trying to play a mp4 video that wasn't properly formatted for the PSP, and it said "Yeah, right...". I then proceeded to get a properly formatted video from PSP Connect. (The SOCOM 3 trailer.) And it played fine. My next project is to get a converter and run a bunch of anime raws through it and see how they come out.

UMD video is awesome. I was watching my Eureka seveN Vol. 1 UMD (Which I got for $20 with the DVD and the series box, on sale at P-A...their sales are crazy, aren't they?), and it was great.


The PSP earbuds and controller are great, though I haven't really used the controller yet. The earbuds are extremely high quality, as I would expect from Sony. It's worth mentioning that I haven't bought non-Sony headphones for about twelve years now. The controller seems to use their standard external controller interface, and would probably work with a Sony MD player, or my sister's Discman. (Which didn't come with a controller, but has the jack.) There's a bit more to it than that though, because SOCOM has a headset that plugs into the controller and has a microphone. (People have also modded controllers with cellphone headsets and stuff to get working SOCOM headsets.) So there's more to the controller than it seems.

The USB cable is disturbingly short. The first thing I thought when I saw it was 'What the hell am I supposed to do with THAT?!'. I'm not kidding, from tip-to-tip, plugs and all, it's about 20.5 inches. It's absurd. If you're going to make it that short, atleast include an extension. I mean, that's barely enough cable to hook the PSP up to my computer when I'm sitting infront of it, and I have a USB port on the BACK OF MY KEYBOARD.

The stand is nice, most people regarded it as a cheesy little thing, but it's really well-made, and I like it. I just can't imagine using it for anything-- actually, that's not true, it'll be perfect for my Yujin 'Nintendo History Collection' gameboy gashapons. ^_^

The case, or 'PSP Sock' as I've started calling it, is really rather nice. It provides enough protection to just toss your PSP in a bag or pocket, and I typically stuff it in there when I'm going to set it out to charge, to keep dust off it. It's well made, and very cushiony, and I like how they did the PSP logo on it.

The cleaning cloth that comes with the gigapack is very nice, it's microfiber, so it probably won't even scratch the bare screen if used properly. (I put on my Hori screen protector the second I got it out, more on that later.)

The PSP-branded Memory Stick PRO Duo 1gb was something else that struck me; I'd never seen a memory stick before, so I was astounded at how small it is...and a GIGABYTE no less! Now I really want to see the SanDisk 'Gamer' MSD's with their transparent neon shells. That's gotta be cool.

Well I knew the Gigapack didn't come with a wrist strap, but that still bothers me a little... Because none of the new Sony wrist strap accessories match the white PSP as well as the original white leather one. But whatever.

What really bothered me, is that the battery, which was supposed to be the new 2200mAh extended battery, turned out to be the normal 1800mAh battery. Oh well. I'll likely never be away from power that long anyway. And of course, the shortness of the USB cable (See above.) is annoying.

For what it's worth, I'm not really bothered by the version 2.50 firmware. Sure, if I had 2.00 I could downgrade and put all my games on a memstick, play homebrew, and all that stuff... But meh. Someone'll come out with a mod or crack sooner or later that'll be so good and so fundamental that Sony will give up and have to recognize that homebrew HELPS SELL HARDWARE.

It is kind of a downer that I can't play regular video files, despite the hardware probably being more than capable. And Ogg Vorbis audio support would be great. (Lossless would be better, but I'll live to fight another day.)

PSP wo katta.

12/08/05 @ 12:31:40 pm, Categories: Shiny Things, Life of Baka, 364 words, 1311 views  

PSP wo katta.

So, I slept in this morning... Got up at around 12:30. Had a vague recollection about a very soft knock at the door... It must have been another door on this floor, or I imagined it, I thought. I checked the tracking on my packages (US version of Lumines, ordered from Newegg, and my PSP from Lik-Sang), the PSP still said it had been released by customs in Louisville Kentucky, but that's it, and Lumines was still in New Hampshire...

I wasn't too worried about Lumines, because it said 'Re-sceduled delivery Dec. 9th', but I was exceedingly worried that I wouldn't get my PSP before the weekend.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw my package-tracking Konfabulator widget refresh, and the icon next to the PSP entry noted that it was 'Delivered'. So I was like 'wtff?!' and refreshed the tracking page in my browser... Nothing. So I clicked the button on the widget to take me to the tracking, and it showed that overnight it left Kentucky, went through New Hampshire, arrived in Rutland, and was put on the truck this morning for delivery. I put aside my numerous questions about why the tracking wasn't refreshing in my browser, and threw on my old sneakers... (Didn't even tie them)

You see, my father works in recieving at the store next door, and it's not uncommon for the UPS guy to give him my packages when he drops stuff off there, to save him the flight of stairs. So I flung open the apartment door-- it's worth noting at this point that I'm in the t-shirt and sweatpants I wore to bed --saying "PSP WO KAISEI!!", and proceeded to trip the fuck over my PSP and do a header into the opposing wall of the hallway. Rolling over, I see the package at my feet and think "Well, isn't THAT special." I then tear-ass back into the apartment and shred the packing material in a wholly animalistic manner to get to its glorious contents.

Okay, so I didn't get my PSP by running around Akihabara the night before release and finding a place that was selling early... But this was my PSP adventure.

Yay~! Kattaze! ^o^ b


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