Archive for July 23, 2007

On Time With Yamanote Line Train Clock

July 23, 2007

Train Clock

In Japan the trains run like clockwork, they say 7:15am and they mean it. The only time I thought the train was late, it was due to an earthquake so it had an excuse. But the other times, I would miss it due to being slow to leave my apartment. I know I could of kept a better eye out on the time, but why do that when there is a clock that does it for you.

JR (Japan Railways) is selling WiFi clocks that update on where your train is on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo. You can figure out just how long till it arrives and realize to yourself, “Oh shit, it is at Shibuya. I better run.” Also I have a strange fascination with the Japanese train system. From actually enjoying the Densha De GO! line of games to almost humping a Hikari Railstar Shinkansen in Okayama, there is something sexy about a long, thick tube…. OF STEEL DAMN IT!!

“YOOOO!!”

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Asian Harry Potter Knockoffs

July 23, 2007

Potter Knockoff

Lots of people love Harry Potter. I think the writing is juvenile but I like the movies. As with all matter of things from the West in Asia, they get bootlegged. Ever since it gained popularity, the Potter books have been targets of poor knockoffs, some even just being The Hobbit with the names changed and titled Harry Potter and Leopard Walk Up to Dragon. Check out the quality of writing inside these literary masterpieces:

“Harry doesn’t know how long it will take to wash the sticky cake off his face. For a civilised young man, it is disgusting to have dirt on any part of his body. He lies in the elegant bathtub, keeps wiping his face, and thinks about Dudley’s face, which is as fat as Aunt Petunia’s ass.”

J.K. Rowling can’t even write this smooth. The picture above is from a Japanese fan fiction that was a underground manga doujinshi.

I love Perry Hottar.

YTMND: Le Tour De Dog

July 23, 2007

Le Tour De Dog

I like biking and nothing can compare to seeing the guys out on Le Tour De France. To think that for 20 days, these guys can bike almost 150 miles a day through the Alps, the countryside, and the rolling hills of France is insane. Even with drugs, this seems impossible. And Lance did it 7 times. Even Miguel Indurain could only do it 5 but that is still insane.

That was until he showed up and took out German rider Marcus Burghardt. He was swift, stylish, and without a lack of confidence. He had a slick, breakaway style that could only led to victory. He is the dog that knocked the shit out of Burghardt but then came back to win it all.

“See spot run.”

Shanghai Dragon: Chinese FPS That Hates on Japanese

July 23, 2007

Based on the historical occupation of China, Shanghai Dragon puts you in the role of a Chinese man fighting off the invading Japanese occupation force. For you who don’t know:

In July of 1937, the Japanese invoked one of the provisions of the Boxer Protocols of 1901 which allowed Japan and other countries to station troops east of Beijing. They held military training exercises near Peiping and, claiming that a soldier was missing, demanded the right to enter the city of Wanping. When they were refused, they bombarded the city and occupied it on July 8.

Hence this game is full of latent hatred towards the Japanese. But can you really blame them for not being a little mad, what with all the past events. I know I get pissed when people invade my personal space let alone my country. I am a beautiful butterfly that needs room to spread my wings.

Take that invaders.