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Help! The Internet is being a pain today. When I arrived from work this morning, right away it didn’t seem normal – on iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro. Many images were broken, about half of the websites I visited wouldn’t load, and the Google search from the Safari address bar would come up with a can’t find the server-type error. Going to Google.com and searching from there worked okay, though.

I’ve reset the network connections on both iOS devices, re-joined the WiFi – not to mention renewing the lease – and it still wasn’t 100%. I’ve pulled the plugs and reset the modem/router too. One weird thing is that torrents have been downloading fine, also Chrome, but downloading assets on Real Racing 3 also gave connection errors, so I know it’s not Safari.

How weird!

At the moment it seems to be normal (15 hours after the initial problem) so my fingers are crossed that it’s all good now.

 

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Why hello there! It’s Wednesday, and we all know what that means! Today’s lovely 3D lady is Natsuki Ikeda. This one is fairly basic, with nothing really jumping out or tucked away, so no real depth. Still, it works good and that’s all that matters.

Natsuki Ikeda

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Scandal Hello World

Another year, another Scandal album. Yay! Preorders gave just begun for the early December release, so I had to order a copy on vinyl. Thankfully I did, as they’ve sold out of the vinyl already. Go Team! I can do the CD/DVD copy at a later date. I don’t have a record player though, so it’ll sit in the box with other records I bought but haven’t listened to.

My BluRay/DVD player is playing up though. It used to read discs from all regions, but it’s somehow reverted back to Region 4. And it won’t accept the CD I used previously to change the region. Grrr. I’ve been looking at new BluRay players anyway, and found some on eBay that have been physically altered to accept foreign BluRay and DVD discs. This is fantastic. I have so many foreign DVDs which I’m unable to play, and the drive on this laptop is locked to Region 4 too. Grrr.

Shonen Knife Tweet Like

In other news, I see Shonen Knife in Melbourne next January. I heard back in August that they’d be touring late 2014, early 2015 (off the record, mind you) and that came true this week. I was planning on going to Tasmania to see them, but then they announced other cities, so I decided on Melbourne. Over Brisbane. Again. I really don’t like Brisbane, it seems. Even Naoko form Shonen Knife favourited my tweet, as you can see above. Rock on!

And that’s been my life for this past week. Just spend spend spend.

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I like Photoshop. I’ve been using it for the past 16 years, yet can’t get past the intermediate level, but I enjoy it immensely and love learning new techniques to make my average photography a little better than average.

Anyway, I’ve spent a lot of this time past week playing around (much like every other week) and I came across a pic of Azusa from K-ON superimposed onto a photo of NWA, the rap group of the ’90s. Total opposites. One is a wholesome, cute anime character, the other is a bunch of hardcore gangsters (Who went on to do children’s movies.)

This gave me an idea. How awesome would it be to place other K-ON characters amongst bands that are the total opposite? So far I’ve done one, which is Yui with Metallica. I had to scrub out the guitarist to fit her in, but it came out pretty ok, I think.

metallica k-on

And another piece of basic Photoshop editing I did was just to amuse myself.

Magpies

I tweeted it to Collingwood Football Club, saying I’ve created a poster for the 2015 membership drive, but they never replied. I guess they’re too busy at the local tattoo studio to reply.

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It’s Wednesday! Say hello to Anri Sugihara! This one is not the best because I’ve pretty much thrown it together in the past 30 minutes, but it’s still pretty good. Enjoy!

Anri Sugihara

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Nike+ Sportwatch GPS

I bought a new watch earlier this week. It’s pretty cool, and doesn’t have too many wanky features, unlike the Apple watch. Before the new watch, I’d been rockin’ the Nike+ Sportwatch with the foot pod to measure my mileage. I got the first one in May last year. It was nice, but after 4 weeks began to come apart and the display would fog up. Taking it back to Myer for a replacement, they only had the white one available. I reluctantly took it as I really needed a watch, and didn’t want to wait for more black ones to come back in stock.

It was nice for about a week, then the band became hideously discoloured. It went green, like a pair of pants after sliding through the grass. As weeks went on, bits would chip off and the band begun to come apart and the rubber around the screen began to tear and peel. No foggy display this time, just an annoying feeling, and having to push it back into place.

Nike+ Sportwatch GPS

Then come July the memory was full. Usually you just sync to the computer to clear the memory, however this laptop and the computers at work didn’t want to acknowledge it’s presence. The display would go strange when plugged in to charge, flashing on and off and come two weeks ago, it wouldn’t charge. So it was dead. A total waste of $199. I expected a watch of that price, a watch that’s designed for sport yet can’t handle an office job, to last a bit longer than 16 months. Two watches, actually. Going by online reviews, it looks like I’m no alone. Unfortunately the 12 month warranty is over, so the watch is now on the way to the tip.

So I bought a Garmin Vivofit watch. The main watch part clips into the band, which doesn’t have any screws or seams, so it won’t fall apart like the Nike watch (fingers crossed). While it doesn’t have GPS, it does connect to the computer and iPhone and has a pedometer built in, amongst calories burned and sleep tracker. Kinda all the features already in the iPhone, but on my wrist so I don’t have to do much to catch a quick look at the time. And the replaceable batteries last a year!

The only bummers with it is that there’s no light on the display and you’ll need to connect a little device to the USB port to sync with the computer. At the moment I’m really happy with it. I was looking at the LG watch, but it wasn’t a full band, more like a bracelet, and reviews said it keeps rotating and that’d be annoying. The Vivofit is not much thicker than my Scandal wristbands, so I still feel that weird, naked sensation of having taken off a heavy watch.

Garmin Vivofit

While I’m happy, for now, with this new one, I have to tell you to avoid the Nike+ Sportwatch if you want something that’s gonna last. As a watch, the battery life was great – weeks and weeks of time telling – but once you turn on the fitness tracker part, it’s over and out within 8 hours. The build quality is poor and the white band doesn’t stay white for very long. Best you spend your money on something better.

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I'm Cory and this is TokyoSkyscraper, a place where I can share my thoughts and work, and everything in-between.

I'm from the Sunshine Coast, AU, and my current love is J-Pop/J-Rock. I'm also a big fan of art, photography, design and I'm currently learning Japanese. すごい!

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