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Advanced MP3 Player's Surprise Santa Sack ::

Was browsing around looking for a new DAP because my current one's built-in battery is wearing down to only 2 hours. Then I found this - A "Santa Sack" filled with random goodies from Advanced MP3 Players' shop for £5 ( £7 including P&P). It's kind of like paying for a raffle ticket really and in this case, you have a chance to win a DAP, pair...


On the Way to a Smile Novel Translation Complete

Case of Shinra is now finished which means I have now completed translating the entire 264 page FFVII "On the Way to a Smile" light novel! Well, apart from the short Lifestream stories that Hitoshura was responsible for. And so, what is the moral of all those short stories or rather, what was the message Nojima was trying to get...


Europe Suggests Maximum Volume Limit on DAPs ::

A maximum volume limit of 85 decibels may soon be imposed on DAPs sold in Europe according to the BBC. However, users will be able to override the setting to bump it up to 100 decibels. Apparently, people are having hearing problems because they are turning up the volume too high in traffic to drown out the noise and some players go up to 120...


Chinglish...? Isn't Bad English Called Engrish? ::

According to the news the recession is over but while walking about in town, I found another big retailer Borders closing down which had been running for many years now. So we've had three big long running stores closing down here now - Virgin Megastores, Woolworths and now Borders. Going to be a while before things are looking up in the...


500GB Maxtor DiamondMax Hard Drive Dies

Turned on the PC today and it was stuck at the BIOS screen trying to detect the drives. Turns out my year old Maxtor DiamondMax 22 SATA hard drive might be dead - I hardly even use it and it was mainly for storage purposes. I had a whole bunch of unsorted photos that I took from events such as this year's bonfire night on it that I didn't back up so...


Case of Shinra, Reunion of the Turks Thoughts

Some thoughts about what I've translated so far of Case of Shinra. Spoilers ahead. Considering how much FFVII literature I've translated, I'm starting to think maybe I should also go ahead and translate Makoto Shinkai's 5cm novel as well instead of just having summaries for it but... We'll see. Anyway, thought we were going to get to...


Bandwidth Trouble October 2009

Oooo, bandwidth ran out again this month, one day earlier than last month I think - Probably because of the sudden surge of P3P fans coming over from Livejournal and GameFAQs for translations. Of course, lots of visitors is always a good thing for a site but just wondering how many of them will be returning visitors now that the game is out...


DSLR Photography - 55-250mm Telephoto Lens, Hoods and Polariser

Uh oh, I'm starting to buy into Canon's DSLR system which means my wallet will soon be gone. Anyway, thought I'd share a little of the information I've learned as I read more about photography and experiment with more gear. The more experienced photographers amongst you can correct me if I'm wrong about anything ^^; Different Lenses...


Case of Shinra, Translation Project Resumed

Thought I'd resume the Case of Shinra, the final short story in the FFVII On the Way to a Smile series again now that fellow FFVII fan, Hitoshura over at Thelifestream.net seems to be MIA and a number of people have emailed to ask about my translation of it. I've already updated my main FFVII Novels site with some of the translation but this...


Mid-Autumn Festival 2009

中秋節快樂! 中秋节快乐! Yes, I know it's passed. Wasn't really going to make a post about the annual Mid-Autumn Festival but, then I remembered this shot of some cakes my parents brought back from their trip to London on the day. Cute, eh? Almost £3 (US$5) each... Lots of cream skilfully decorated on top of a slice of roll. Tasted pretty good....