Ten is the magic number

October 14th, 2010

10 years. 10 iPods that I’ve owned, in the counting. I think. A little crazy, I suppose.

1. iPod 2nd Generation
2. iPod mini 1st Generation
3. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation
4. iPod Photo
5. iPod Video
6. iPod Video Black (again!?)
7. iPod nano 1st Generation
8. iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation
9. iPod Classic
10. iPod touch 2nd Generation

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Do I still need to blog here?

October 12th, 2010

With facebook and twitter and all that?

Some more HDR

March 30th, 2010


March 24th, 2010

So everyone is playing with HDR images these days, I might as well share my recent HDR “masterpiece.”

First, 3 images were shot with auto-bracketing. It was very cloudy out, so the pictures kinda sucked. By the way, it’s the Brooklyn Bridge.

After PhotoShop’s “Merge to HDR” automation:

Then adjusted with Topaz Adjust’s filter. Done.

Click, click, click and done. Quite impressive, considering the source pictures were completely trash!

Is it allergy or what?

March 18th, 2010

What the hell? Since Monday I had bitter taste after eating anything, whether it’s sweet, sour, salty or spicy; and of course, bitter. My saliva just got bitterer after sautéed mustard greens. And that’s not just the after taste. It’s almost as if I have this constant flow of bitter saliva right after eating. It’s so weird.

I have been searching “bitter taste” but I couldn’t find anything. Until I searched again with the terms “after eating” then I found out it may be related to pine nuts. Pine nuts?

I rarely eat pine nuts, but I did have some pine nuts in my salad on Sunday when we ate out. As there’s definitely a number of people out there who are experiencing the same thing, I had to wonder that this is no coincidence.

I, too, thought I was going to die! Seriously. But what the heck? Now, the question is, when the hell is it going to go away? Do you mean those pine nuts continue to stay in my body after a few days? Whatever the heck is in the pine nuts, it’s simply freaky.

According to the entry of pine nuts on Wikipedia:

Risks of eating pine nuts
A small minority of pine nuts can cause taste disturbances, developing 1–3 days after consumption and lasting for days or weeks. A bitter, metallic taste is described. Though very unpleasant, there are no lasting effects. … Also, it has been hypothesized that this bitter side affect is caused by an allergy that some people may have to pine nuts, but this does not explain the recent appearance of this syndrome. Metallic taste disturbance known as metallogeusia, are reported 1-3 days after ingestion, being worse on day 2 and lasting for up to 2 weeks. …

A post on UK’s Mail Online last year has also mentioned the phenomenon.

PSN profile

January 11th, 2010

Get your Portable ID!

Pop-up Kinkaku-ji in LEGO

October 20th, 2009

This is a completely insane model. I am wordless.

“レゴで世界遺産の金閣寺を作りました。飛び出る絵本の様に飛び出します。 ”

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More food “toys” from Bandai

July 2nd, 2009

First a soumen shop for home
Bandai soumenya

…then a skill-free gyoza maker
Bandai gyoza maker

In Memoriam: Pina Bausch (July 27, 1940 – June 30, 2009)

June 30th, 2009

Pina Bausch (Photo by Atsushi Iijima)
Photo credit: Pina Bausch (Photo by Atsushi Iijima)

My first experience with Pina Bausch was her 1997 piece Der Fensterputzer (The Window Cleaner) which was created in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society and the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong. I saw the premiere in Hong Kong just before the handover. A couple of years later, I was lucky enough to live New York and see every one of Tanztheater Wuppertal’s performances at BAM since then: Danzón (1995), Für die Kinder von gestern, heute und morgen (2002), Nefés (2003), Sweet Mambo (2008) and Bamboo Blues (2007).

It’s hard to believe that I will never see her new work ever again. It saddens me to think that I’ll never have a chance to take a brief glimpse at her timid and introvert self at the end of every performances at BAM. Each the piece that I was lucky enough to see had a very special place in my heart. They all moved and touched me tremendously. It makes me weep just by remembering the bodies have moved…

Guardian: Pina Bausch, German choreographer and dancer, dies

NY Times: Pina Bausch Dies

2 in 1 sink

April 20th, 2009

You can totally use it as a urinal at the same time. Brilliant!
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