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Fall

This week’s #figurefridaychallenge is about “Progression”, whatever that means. So I was looking at the progression of seasons for the challenge, then it hit me, that I had the personification of Autumn right here. Also, trying out my brand new Sony a6000. Kit lens 16-50mm @50mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6 1/80s handheld. Color, details, contrast, sharpness. Any complaint? None…

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Kaiyodo’s Chii

I wanted to like this figure, a lot. It has a great idea; Chii’s pose was sexy with her disheveled dress revealing her thigh band; and the sofa was a nice touch. The moment I saw her photo, I thought to myself “I gotta have her!”. She was sold out everywhere, and I had to buy…

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Illya

This $25 figure has always felt special for some reason. Sure her pose is only okay; the seams are visible everywhere; and her parts are not the most durable: her hand is already losing grip on the wand after half a year; and the way she looks downward makes it pretty hard to photograph her. And she’s…

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Twintails

I love twintails. Twintails are awesome. They symbolize girls who are cute but don’t know about it; who are strong-willed but still yearn for support; who don’t want their feelings openly expressed. In other words, those who are type A tsundere. I took this photo while trying to get a profile shot of Sora. I…

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Raspberry Pi as a completely wireless embedded development platform

It is finally complete: the RPi development computer! Pictured is me powering the RPi from the breadboard. You can do it the other way around, too: connect a USB battery pack to the RPi, then power the Arduino from the RPi; just mind the current limit on the 5V rail of the Pi. Turned out it…

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Coronado with Kirino

Peace. Loneliness. Aspiration. Ambition. The San Diego skyline evokes many different types of emotion when people see it. Today, I took Kirino to Coronado island for the first time. When she gazed at those lights that outshine that of the stars, what was it that our little darling was pondering?

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Figure Friday challenge: Black

I am lazy. Anyone who know me for more than a day knows that. Without the #figurefridaychallenge, I wouldn’t have picked up my camera to take any photo. With a fresh, not-so-easy-but-still-open-enough topic every week, it had reignited my passion for figure photography. This week’s challenge was about black, which is a rather vague topic. Some people…

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Kuroneko’s straw hat

I always liked this version of Kuroneko’s (Shironeko’s?) straw hat. A lot of details, striking but realistic color, nicely placed ribbon. The figure itself is good, too, with Kuroneko’s signature look, contrasting with her translucent dress revealing the striped bikini underneath; sexy. The thing is I don’t like beach queen figures. Maybe because they don’t reflect how…

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Conspiracy theory: Shiro from NGNL is actually an EArTh

There are plenty of people who made the connection between the EArTh Shiro and Reisen “Udongein” Inaba already, so I won’t dig more into that. What I found out just now is that there’s a surprising amount of similarity between her and No Game No Life’s Shiro. Their appearance are very similar: long white/purple gradient…

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What kind of name is Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade?

(Nice little thread from gamefaqs) “Its a badass one for a badass vampire.” “It’s a Nisio name.” “I mean, I can accept names like Shuraragi, Episode and Guillotinecutter. But Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade?” “I always thought it was a pretty good name for an iron-blooded, hot-blooded, cold-blooded vampire.” “Heart-Under-Blade is the literal breakdown for the kanji…

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Chicago, day 5

Instead of going on the architecture trip and seeing the Skydeck like everyone else who comes to Chicago for the first time would do, I decided to come with my friends to Silver Beach. In hindsight, that was the best decision of the week. I wasn’t even in Chicago for more than a couple hours…

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Chicago, day 4

Today was pretty boring, with not much going on. UEFI sessions didn’t have much more info than what I already know. There’s an interesting session on virtual graphics adapter, though. I have an affinity for water; and like Vietnam, Chicago simply has a lot more water than California. The city is built next to a…

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Chicago, day 3

I still get lost driving around downtown. I keep forgetting that Chicago streets are three-dimensional, and so navigating grid-style does not work at all. I learned a new word: “fog computing”. It’s when the Cloud flies so low they become fog. And this is somehow related to the Internet of Things. I found a spot…

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Chicago, day 2

One point of going to conventions is to network with other professionals, so I tried to do that. I can follow other Qualcomm guys, but since I couldn’t find them, I resorted to plan B, which is to find groups of people discussing things that look interesting, listen in, and try to slip in comments….

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Chicago, day 1

Flight delayed; airplane extremely cramped and crowded. No entertainment, no food. Middle seat. Budget took 35 min to process 2 persons. Hotel parking is $50/day. And they charge for everything, including water. View from window is beautiful. They gave me a room on the top floor. FreedomPop WiMAX works! Yay for free internet.

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