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Photogenic Weekend Returns! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Monday, 02 April 2012 21:59

pwFor many years, one of my favorite websites to keep up with was Kazuhisa Nishikawa's Photogenic Weekend.  Every week, the popular Japanese camera news site Digital Camera Watch (which I'd usually refer to by the beginning of its URL: dc.watch) would feature a new photo spread by Nishikawa, a working gravure idol photographer, created with a recently released camera.  Starting in 2004, he just kept plugging away week after week, camera after camera trained on various models. It was a really excellent feature, and one I had mentioned on this blog before.

Then one week in March of 2011: there was no new feature.  For a few months after, I would return to the site hoping to see an update... only to be met with disappointed.

Yesterday, however, while trawling the internet for news about the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera, I discovered: PHOTOGENIC WEEKEND IS BACK!

After a hiatus of more than a year, the website has returned with a dedicated URL, http://photogenicweekend.net/, and a new feature. The new Olympus is taken out for a spin with model Hitomi Yasueda. Unlike previous Photogenic Weekend installments, the emphasis is on the camera's video capabilities, the article's two embedded youtube videos accompanied by a mere two photos of our model.  Still, it's the first week, and most cameras are usually put through the wringer for a good month before moving on to the next body.

(See what I did there?)

Finding out the feature has resurrected itself into a new website was a really pleasant surprise. It's definitely cool to see some of these new cameras put to use almost immediately.

It would be a bit more cool if the models were a bit more attractive, I think. :)

 

 
The first post of the year... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Thursday, 26 January 2012 09:12
Anime Los Angeles 2012

...is the first post in more than a year!

I've been going crazy in the mean time.  Good crazy, but crazy nonetheless.

Probably the biggest change has been my new job.  (Not the most important change, though. That honor goes to my girlfriend, Valerie!  ^^)  For the last year, I've been working as the audio director on a fighting game that should be released very soon.  Being a hardcore console game title, the team is working: hardcore!

My own work situation has me balancing this job with my teaching gig at USC.  If it's a day where I'm not lecturing, I'm usually spending about 4-6 hours at home doing sound and music before doing another 6-10 hours working in the game itself, whether it's further design, scripting or (oh please god no!) coding.  If it's a day where I'm teaching, well... things get out of hand.  Friday, for example, has me lecturing for 7 straight hours, from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Usually the best I can do is fit in 2-4 hours before or after that stretch... and then I get brain or ear fried. (I'm using headphones 95% of the time thanks to the open floor plan, so I'm getting some serious ear fatigue...)

Going to try to get back in the habit of posting stuff.  Who knows if it'll actually happen, though!  At the very least, I hope it's not another year before I do another post; hopefully the next one has a little more substance than this...

 

 

 
New Year's Resolutions...? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Saturday, 01 January 2011 23:48
Cosplay Observer (Picnik fodder)

Haven't updated this thing in months, I know.  Part of it is because of lack of time, and part of it is this general feeling that I haven't been feeling very otaku about anything.  Heck, I barely remember the last time I felt even mildy interested in any particular subject.

Hopefully this will change in the coming weeks.

I'm going to try some different things on for size.  Really exploring what my PSP can do.  Augmenting my penchant for still photography with some videography.  Creating some physical (rather than digital) games for anime and manga fans.  Writing more songs with vocals.

And then there's the really big one: COSPLAY.  Yes, I'm going to dress up.  Yes, this scares the crap out of me.  I'll probably spending some time talking my way through this and hopefully showing what I'm doing to make progress between now Fanime 2011...

 

 
Stuff: On Stuff PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Friday, 06 August 2010 08:49
Still working on moving in...

Things I like to think I'm good at include (in no particular order): teaching, writing game music, game design, photography, and talking extensively on topics I am knowledgeable on.

Things I'm not very good at include: writing about topics I am knowledgeable on and maintaining this blog.

Kind of sucks, that.  I know I have real info to share out there that people would appreciate.  Things like: greater insight into the whats and whys of my music composition process.  Or: a review of the only Wii game I own.  Or even: talking about trends I've seen in six years of teaching video game design and production classes to students ranging from 14 to 40.

Well...!

I'll deal with all that.  Soon.  Even with my squeamishness about writing in a space that has sites like School Girl Milky Crisis providing material written far more eloquently.  I'll just have to get over that.  Not right at this very moment, granted, but soon.  This month, even!

Just give me a moment to get my new apartment in order, along with wrangling some decent internet service.

(One more thing to add to the list of things I'm good at: maintaining a healthy colon-to-period ratio.)

(That doesn't sound right.)

 
I Got A Seven (7!) Patty Whopper PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Sunday, 25 October 2009 14:45
The Seven Patty Whopper

Guys in Japan celebrated the launch of Windows 7 with a 7 patty Whopper.  Hacker types this side of the pond used their own open source methods to hack their own 7 patty burgers.

Me, I just went to the local Burger King and ordered one.

Yeah, the cashier looked at me incredulously as I ordered it, but the order went through swiftly enough.  On top of the regular Whopper, you just order six extra patties at $1.39 each.

Final price after tax: $12.54.

I ended up sharing the burger with three friends.  Check out more pics on my flickr...

 
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