Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gifts from Japan (Hint: Super Famicom inside!)

Rich just recently got back from a 4 day trip to Japan (where at I won't say because it might ruin the surprise of what he was there for, but it was definitely for work related things!) and of course he came back with a bunch of little goodies for me!

I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with cell phone charms, or how crazy popular they are in Japan. Most Japanese phones have spots specifically for hooking these charms to (even your DSes do!). It's amazing how many charms some people put on their phones, I saw one girl who had to have had about 7 different ones on her phone. I even got a Lucky Cat (good luck in money) from a Gacha while in Japan in February that I've kept on my 3DS. But more people are upgrading to smartphones, and the iPhone in particular, which don't have any spots for such straps.

Japan's answer? Headphone jack charms! Advertised for keeping dust out of the headphone jacks, but also for being absolutely adorable!

So, of course after hearing me talk about some cute kitty ones I had seen online, Rich came back with a phone charm for me!

Isn't it fancy? It's pink metal and super sparkly. I can remove the part with the K on it and just have the jewel on top. From the front it kind of looks like my phone has a little tiara.

He also picked up the Giraffe Nanoblock set for me, since I wasn't able to find it at the stores in JapanTown here in San Francisco.

Now, the last thing he got me isn't really a gift since I gave him money specifically for one, but I guess the effort of finding, buying and bringing it back for me is a gift enough.

A Super Famicom! One more piece to the Nintendo Collection! Unfortunately he wasn't able to find a 64DD this time around, but he said the last time he was in Tokyo (which was not where he was this time) he saw a TON in Akihabara for all really reasonable prices. So hopefully the next time one of us goes to Japan we'll be able to find one. There aren't really many other Japanese-specific releases that I need for the collection. Maybe a Famicom Disk System? We'll see. My collection has always been focused on US released systems only, but since I have most of those I might as well work on Japanese systems!

Till next time,


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Custom Orange 360 Controller - Trial Run

(also check out my custom PS3 controller and my pink/orange 360 controller!

After seeing this awesome pinkified 360 controller I really wanted to do my own in orange. Started researching paints and sandpapers when someone told me that tons of sites sell already colored custom parts.


So I went about ordering some orange parts (and accidentally ordered two sets of them) and a new white controller.

Tried to order a set of parts from Extremerate, but the payment page was really weird and I got an error message and no confirmation email, so I went to Amazon and found the same set (for more money, but with the torx 8 screwdriver) and ordered it. Go figure that two days later I get a shipping confirmation from Extremerate.

So my Amazon parts got here yesterday and today the set of gradient ABXY buttons I bought from Modjunkiez arrived, so I figured why not do a trial run on this older, slightly wonky controller I have? I'll be good practice to learn how everything goes together and if I break anything then oh well!

Why did I order extra buttons? Cause LOOK at those buttons on the Modjunkiez site, they look SO pretty compared to the ones posted on the Amazon parts I bought. Imagine my disappointment when I opened up the package and saw these ugly things.

Oddly enough, the Amazon order's ABXY buttons weren't nearly this ugly! They were all kind of the same color though. I mixed the ABXY buttons and managed to make a color combination that isn't hideous, but isn't that great either.

The wonky controller before:

New parts with my chosen ABXY colors:

There are 7 screws to open the case, which need the Torx size 8 screwdriver. The first 6 are pretty obvious, but the 7th is in the battery area underneath a barcode sticker. You can kind of see in the below picture the hole in the sticker where the screw was.

A comparison of all the ABXY buttons (actual controller buttons, Amazon order buttons, Modjunkiez buttons). I'd warn anyone that you really don't know what you're getting when ordering these online. See the button on the bottom right? It barely fit past the casing because it was made at such a strange angle.

I regret not taking more pictures of inside the controller, I figured I'll have another chance when I do the second controller. The analog sticks pop right in, as do the bumpers and the bottom piece. The buttons you just kind of place in to the front of the controller until you put it all back together. The triggers are a little more difficult, and I found this excellent guide that helped me with that.

The D-pad is actually secured by two, tiny phillips head screws, so I had to wait for this set of mini screwdrivers to come in before I could replace the stock gray D-pad with the orange.

The finished product:

I love it, and have given it the name Orange Soda. I didn't like the orange Xbox Home button at the top, so I left it at the normal 360 logo button instead. The ABXY buttons turned out a lot better than I expected them to as well.

Till next time,


Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekly post update fail, lets try again!

Apparently updating my blog is a lot like working out for me. If I skip it just once then I end up skipping it altogether before just giving up on it completely.

And that is why I skipped weekly updates for...a whole month.


I guess I could use the excuse of The Busy Trap and say I was just too busy to update, but that would be a lie. It was more a mix of: nothing to update about and general laziness (also a newfound Reddit addiction). I wonder if I'll attempt Blog Every Day in August this year? I only have one trip for that month planned.

What have I been up to for the past month? Mostly working, which is good since I thoroughly enjoy my job, a lot of Internetting and a lot of watching Breaking Bad so that I would be caught up for the final season! I've also recently gotten back into Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon White (I guess maybe this time I'll try to beat it).

Two weekends ago Rich and I went to the San Francisco Zoo! It's actually not that far from my apartment, so we stayed the night at my place, woke up, got breakfast down the street and then walked to the zoo! It was pretty awesome, lots of peacocks roaming around (I love peacocks!) and we got to watch them feed the tigers!

 <3 Giraffes! 

 and <3 sleepy snow leopards

I love me some peacock!

The tiger feeding was really cool, they put the meat inside of cardboard boxes and the tigers rip them open. We also learned that they're fed horse meat because it's closer to their natural diet than beef.

Earlier this week I had two friends in town, one a friend from college in town from Austin, TX and one a friend from Twitter in town from Barcelona, Spain! We all met up at Japan Town and did some exploring and shopping before chowing down on the best ramen in the city.

Adorable little mini things!

 Fuku Sushi's hall of fame. There's Rob Schneider, Robin Williams, Keanu and Yoko Ono on there!


 I NEED to get some of these! They were $32 there which seemed crazy expensive.

Picked up the nanoblocks Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion) since I saw it when I was in Japan in February!

This past weekend we did some more exploring (after catching up on sleep from seeing The Dark Knight Trilogy the night before). Went to Golden Gate Park for the first time and walked through a decent amount of it before having lunch at a BBQ place we always pass on our way to work. Found the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park and will have to go back some day, it looked so beautiful.

Prayerbrook Falls in Golden Gate Park 

The best graffiti.

A lot of my weekends (and even some weekdays after work) have been spent going to the local card shops with Rich! One day he watched a few coworkers playing Magic: The Gathering and now he's hooked! He's got three decks he's working on right now, mostly black decks with some blue and green in there as well. I used to play MTG back in college for a bit and decided to start back up with him! Right now my main deck is a red deck, specifically a burn deck. Still needs some tweaking, but it's getting there! Just got a fancy new deck box for it!

Speaking of cool things I've acquired recently, I just bought a Mario 25th Anniversary edition DSi XL. I've been looking to add a DSi XL to my collection but I've always found the colors hideous. Then on Saturday I went into a GameStop and in the used section saw this pretty red one, lo and behold it was the limited edition one! It will go perfectly with my Mario 20th Anniversary Game Boy Micro! It's got a few little wear spots on it, but otherwise looks great! Now all I need is a normal DSi and I'll be all caught up on Nintendo systems again (until the 3DS XL!)

It also will come in handy for my renewed interest in Pokemon White while Rich is away in Japan, since I sent my 3DS with him for StreetPass tags. 

Isn't it beautiful!

I ALSO recently got the COOLEST watch ever! Remember the Watch Pause Screen in Goldeneye 64? Hell. Yeah.

I found the instructions of how to get one of these awesome watches HERE! Was only $6 total (free shipping!) after the CLOCKWATCHES promo code!

Hopefully I'll have more interesting things to update about soon! I've also got a trip to LA coming up in August that I can't wait for. Need to soak up some heat and sunshine.

Till next time,