Category Archives: Cool

East Meets Old West

One of my buddies (and also fellow coworker), started his own clothing company called Yancha Digs. It’s philosophy is the mixture of samurai culture and skateboarding culture. They have all kinds of cool designs mixing the two together in interesting ways. Recently I got a shirt from them which throws together two of my favourite things.

Clint Eastwood and samurai swords. How perfect is this combination! Especially since the “Man with no name” character was based on some Kurosawa samurai movies to begin with. Currently this shirt is classified as a prototype, and not for sale, but there are lots of other cool designs on the site and more being created all the time. So check out they’re site and buy something if you like it. They have all kinds of stuff, T-shirts, hoodies, even skate decks. It’s all available at Yancha Digs.


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Dragon Quest Merch


What’s this a real post!! I bet everybody thought I forgot about this poor blog (I did a little bit). Truth is it’s all due to laziness (and not having much to write about)! So out of building feelings of guiltiness and neglect, comes a post.

Anyways here’s some of the various Dragon Quest merchandise I bought over the past while. Most of it was for the 25th anniversary. Some of it I actually got at the DQ museum that was in Tokyo last year. First is a special slime for the 25th anniversary.

What’s different about it? Well it’s wearing a bow-tie first of all. Also on the back it has a special patch.

I also picked up this cool slime glass.

I use it everyday to drink juice in the morning. There’s a couple more slimes on the back too.

These special booklets were only for people who went to the 25th anniversary museum.

Inside is some simple quests for you to do while you looked at the exhibit. If you did everything correctly you got a special pin as shown below.

Here’s a slime handkerchief I got. I thought it was really cute.

One thing I tend to do when I go somewhere in Japan is buy a special handkerchief for that place. They always sell them everywhere, and they’re also really handy and useful. A souvenir that you can actually put to use.

I got this book at the local Yodobashi Camera electronics store.

It’s almost what you would call a Dragon Quest history book. It’s filled with tons of info about the series.

I just wish it was in English…

All the artwork is cool though.

Here’s some playing cards.

They have a really cool slime design on the back of them.

Also some the cards have some cool pictures on them.

Finally here’s an Eco-bag. It looks like a Famicom (NES) box when it’s all folded up.

When it’s open you can see the hero symbol on the front of the bag.

So that’s my round of all my goodies. Lately I’ve been acquiring some good Jojo stuff due to its anniversary this year so expect a future post on that.


Filed under Cool, Games, Japan

Ipod Touch

I recently bought a 32 gig Ipod Touch. I have to say it’s really enjoyable to use. It’s become my default device for e-mail, Facebook, and even replying to comments on my blog with the Worpress app. It’s also great for carrying all the photos I’ve taken over the years. So far my favorite apps are:

IMDB: gives you a nice and easy graphical interface with access to all the info on the website.

Kotoba!: a free Japanese to English / English to Japanese dictionary. Very handy when you live in Japan. It can also do other languages like German and French.

WordPress: you can do almost everything you can do on the real site, including writing posts, managing and replying to comments, etc.

PathPix: a very fun puzzle game, kind of similar to Picross, but instead you’re drawing lines.

Plants vs Zombies: great funny strategy game. Defend you house from zombies with you garden.

Espgaluda 2: fantastic¬† “bullet hell”¬† shooter made by the legendary Cave.

Tap Tap Revenge 3: like Guitar Hero or Rock Band, but free and portable.

Canabalt: a really fun and simple arcade game.

Life Magazine: a great app where you have access to pretty much every photo that has appeared in Life Magazine since it started. Great for seeing really interesting pictures.

Smart fm: great for learning some Japanese and also free. It ties into your site account, so you can study on the go. Unfortunately it’s not available in the Japanese ITunes store. Who’s going to need it more than foreigners living in Japan, but they can’t get it? I had to make a “special” Canadian account to get this one.

All and all a great device. It’ll probably serve me well when I take my vacation in Europe this summer. I already have a ton of tour guides, maps and transit ready for the trip. Plus I’ll be able to surf the internet and check my e-mail at the hotel, and it’s like a million times lighter and smaller than a laptop. Bonus!


Filed under Cool, Games, Japan, Tech, Useful

Up Close

Check out these sweet pictures I took of the moon using my telescope. It was my first time trying it, but I think they turned out OK. I had to use my very old digital camera though, because the lens on my G10 is too big. It’s kind of surprising how quickly the moon moves when you’re looking at it through a telescope. It makes framing the picture nicely quite difficult. Not bad though for pictures of something that is 384,403 km away. As always, click on the picture to get a larger view.


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Check out this really cool Cashern T-shirt from Uniqlo. I think it goes really well with my two Gatchaman shirts. I was a little worried about the light blue color, but was entranced by the cool picture. Once again I couldn’t resist.

cashern t


Filed under Anime, Clothes, Cool, Japan

GameSpite Quarterly 1

This just got delivered to me today. It the new quarterly magazine/book for the awesome website GameSpite. I had previously bought GameSpite Year one Vol. 1, and loved it a lot. So getting the new book was a no-brainer.

game spite quarterly 1

The book focuses on the Game Boy and it’s 20th anniversary. I’ve read a good part of it already and it’s fantastic. Go buy a copy now at GameSpite.


Filed under Books, Cool, Games, Retro

More Goonies

Recently I got a really cool Goonies T-Shirt. Well I think I’ve got an even better one now.

goonies t shirt 2


Filed under Clothes, Cool, Japan, Retro