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This Site is Going Crazy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Saturday, 25 October 2008 12:35
Yeah, things are getting kinda weird around here.  Been trying to fix things, random PHP stuff, random CSS stuff, trying to do things the right way.  Probably the biggest thing that might happen is a loss of all the comments.  Might happen.  Here's hoping it doesn't...
 
Zettai Ryouiki For Laymen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Thursday, 23 October 2008 12:47

Recently, I had trouble describing the concept of zettai ryouiki.

There are lots of websites available detailing this particular moe attribute.  Lots of examples (Tamaki, Rin).  Lots of numbers ("According to Hatena Diary, the golden ratio for the ultimate zettai ryouiki is 4:1:2.5 (length of skirt : zettai ryouiki : length of socks above knee) and the acceptable margin for error is ±25%.").  Lots of funny details ("The sock is raised at 16cm and


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leaves plenty of flesh, yet for some strange reason, it is less appealing...").

Despite that, I was struggling to efficiently describe the concept to someone who is not a Japanese anime/manga/game fan.

It wasn't until now that I realized a nice and simple analogy that I can use:

Zettai Ryouiki is to the Legs as the Exposed Midriff is to the Torso.

I think this is a good analogy that communicates the concept quickly and easily.  Feel free to disagree.

 

 
Not Playing Games Lately... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Monday, 20 October 2008 11:43

Thank you, 360voice.com, for allowing my Xbox 360 to berate me for not playing it ten days in a row.

Thank you for making me feel horrible by coercing me into seeing my system as a living thing with wants and needs.

Thanks.

Really.

 
The Japanese Can Test Cameras PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Friday, 17 October 2008 13:54

Earlier this week, I got a new camera.  It doesn't have a super awesome sensor like the Nikon D700, and it doesn't have a huge catalog of lenses that can work with it, like the Pentax K20D, but it is: pretty awesome.  Mostly because it gets me to do things slightly differently.  The Olympus user interface is actually quite good and fast, but it's also VERY different from the Minoltas that I grew up with or the Sonys and Pentaxes that I've used recently.  The 4:3 aspect ratio has me thinking about framing a little differently than I used to.  The articulating screen has me thinking about how I move the camera around me differently as I search for the shot.

Despite how much cameras have evolved over the years and how each camera maker has sought to make their own photographic ways unique and cooler and better than the competition... you gotta hand it to the Japanese.  They know what really matters when it comes to cameras.

Eventually I'll get around to reviewing the cameras that I've loved (and sold!) over the years.  No hot Japanese bikini models to help me with that endeavor... ah well...

 
Mr. Pizza Factory's Website is Hilarious PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 09:09

Mr. Pizza Factory is a fine pizza place in Los Angeles's Koreatown.  The sweet potato mousse and the scone crusts and only slightly ridiculous toppings... yum!

Also: Mr. Pizza Factory's website is: HILARIOUS.

 
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