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Figure photos, moe dump, and more.

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Kemono Friends

People often say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but what about the rest of its presentation? Imagine going to a bookstore to find a book printed in Courier New font, on recycled paper, using an inkjet printer, with spiral binding; can we still take it seriously?

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Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 Circular Fisheye for Sony E-mount

It’s a blurry living picture! Click it and drag it! The Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 circular fisheye is a budget lens ($150 on Amazon) with great qualities. It is light and small; tiny, even, only a little bit bigger than the Sony 16-50 kit lens. It has decent sharpness, has great build – all metal construction,…

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Lightfield!

Light field photography is an interesting concept: Instead of capturing an image created by the main lens on the sensor directly, the image created by the main lens at some point – in front of or behind the sensor – is again focused by an array of micro-lenses of extremely short focal length onto the…

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Milky way @ Anza-Borrego

Shiki gives off the impression of beautiful and deadly. I imagine a scene that someone being “terminated” by her would see, with a feeling of part desperation and part admiration, would be her walking away into the light, with some dynamic backdrop. I need to get back into figure photography. It has been too long….

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Laser: Corporate anniversaries

Qualcomm used to give out glass blocks for employees’ 10, 15, and 20 years anniversary. But for cost-saving, recently they switched to crummy-looking plastic blocks. Having cut the previous plaque for a coworker, I think I can make something similar too, so I tried making this. First time working with acrylic, and man, it was so…

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Laser: Puzzles and map puzzles

So it turns out that one of the natural application of a laser cutter/engraver is a map-puzzle. And indeed, it is precisely the case, as the fine beam of light easily slices through intricate details that no scrollsaw can match, and without the hassle, price, and maintenance of a jigsaw cutting machine for low-volume production…

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Still moar laser: Customized, laser-engraved USB drives

I always wanted to make custom USB cases, ever since I was in highschool. Back then, attempts at this with cardboard and origami paper didn’t work quite as well, with the nature of how these things are abused. I thought about making one with a 3D printer, but my first 3D printer was DOA and…

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More laser CNC’ing: Thin-MiniITX case

After seing how nice wood would look as a computer case, I made another one. This time for my Synthesia machine, which is a Core i5-3330S salvaged from an old broken AIO given to me, on an Intel Desktop Board DQ77KB Thin-Mini-ITX form factor. Before this, it used to be bolted onto a scrapy-looking plexiglass…

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Laser CNC’ing

TL;DR: Schematics for the case included below. There will be times when you buy something totally on impulse just because “it’s cheap”. This was one of those. This motherboard was on sale for $25, so I just went ahead and ordered. I didn’t need it: I have an 8-core Xeon workstation, an Alienware gaming machine,…

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This post is an image dump.

Sometimes I take photos that are (hopefully) not garbage, but I’m also not happy with any of them.

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Winged beauty

Even before Tenshi arrived two weeks ago, I had been having, in my mind, this image of Tenshi walking her dog. It took me a while, however, to get an photo going. The first thing that happened was me breaking her wing not even 5 minutes into unboxing :(. Tenshi has big, translucent, majestic wings…

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E.T.

I plunged and got my first Erio figure, for a very much inflated price now that CM Corporation had gone out of business. The pose is really well done. Erio is sitting in a basket of a bicycle that is about to dive down from a cliff into the sea. She has this signature gullible look on her face, legs…

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Peekaboo

That’s naughty, Tsukiko. …and Sakamoto, quit looking so excited!

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Shinobu

Last photo before leaving Vietnam. Visited the countryside today, and was reminded how easier it is to get good-looking wild flowers in here than in California. Shinobu evokes a reassuring feeling, and in turn, calm and peace. Then loneliness comes after. This figure perfectly captured all that. The scale figure with donuts is cute and…

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Summer 2015 – Week 1: Hochiminh city & Soreyuke! Burunyan-man

The weather is hot and humid, like usual. This is my natural habitat. My skin couldn’t get used to the dry air of San Diego after 9 years living there. For the first time ever, I travelled light. I brought only my share of clothes for a week, plus the necessary computers. It should be…

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Nadeko

I suddenly had an hour of free time, and the sunset looked good, so I took Nadeko with me to the beach. Having taken sunset photos before, I know that I only have seconds to set up and take the shot. Yet despite preparing the pose beforehand, I still don’t have enough time to get the…

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Yuri Kuma Arashi – Time to eat

Shaba-daa… Shaba-daba-daabaa. This anime is a prime example of why people should not quit watching a non-linear show after the first few episodes. Art is outstanding – beautifully designed characters, colorful background, lots of attention to details and expression. The OP is good on its own; the soundtrack blends into the storytelling perfectly and doesn’t distract…

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The $25 phone with free service

My FreedomPop ZTE Force 4G LTE (what kind of name is that?) arrived yesterday. I got this from FreedomPop directly, for $25, no contract, and the plan has 200 minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB a month, all free for life. I’ll dig more on how they do that later, but I kinda suspect this may be similar…

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Yuno & a camera phone

Whew, that was a lot to be done for new year celebration. Now that it’s over, I can resume my #figurefridaychallenge, and with the current challenge being cameraphones, I now have infinitely more #instagram than ever before! For still subjects, the only disadvantages of a cellphone camera are no aperture/DoF control, and generally lower resolution (lens…

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Black & White

BRS is still one of my favorite games, despite the fact that I already finished “BRS Maniac” achievement, twice, on 2 different PSPs. Don’t let the trailer and box art fool you: the game is actually very cute. BRS is strong but hot-headed; while WRS is more calm and composed, but lacks passion. I wanted…

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