Friday, July 20, 2012

Mirrorless Cards Revealed

On Monday, Canon will formally join the EVIL mirrorless camera category. Every major manufacturer will them have cast their lot into the fight for the post-SLR era.

On the one hand, I really like the direction they took with the EOS M body and the EF-M 22mm f/2 pancake set. It basically looks like an S100 with a lens mount, which is a good form factor to aspire to, in my opinion.
Lookit the sexy smallness. Like a loli, though not quite DFC...
(from Canon Watch)
But when I look at the EF-M 18-55mm IS (unknown aperture, but most likely f/3.5-5.6), I see the problem with choosing APS-C - the zooms will always be hideously big. This standard zoom does not appear to really gain any size advantage from the new mount, and that makes me sad.
... and XL busts don't look right on lolis for a reason.
(from Canon Watch)
Haven't Samsung already built the system Canon would be making? Don't get me wrong, Canon's ecosystem is preferable, but still, shouldn't a small system actually put more effort into being... small?

I want beautifully compact lenses beyond the pancake prime, like these in the micro-4/3 system:
Part of me really does wish Canon went with the G1X 1.85-crop-factor micro-4/3-esque sensor. Then perhaps we could have seen truly smaller lenses. It is fully possible that Canon can pull some unexpected optical tricks in the future (collapsible standard zoom?). But while I would gladly eat my words on this, I'm not holding my breath.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


(Valentines & Waifus!)

Among the single nerds/geeks/weirdos/outcasts, I think otaku are the only ones who seem to actively celebrate Valentine's Day. is flooded with celebratory posts.

Personally, I can't really get into the idea of buying a ridiculous amount of expensive perishables (flowers, cake, candy) for a waifu who can't use it anyway.

... But I can understand an INexpensive perishable. ^_~

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Real Life uses Reality Check! It's super effective!

Thanksgiving is a special holiday to me. We Americans use this day to reflect on the good things in our life. We give big ticket thanks--for life, health, friends & family--as well as small ticket thanks--for mp3s, dolls, internet & porn. Then we gain 10 pounds from one meal.

[Insert fat American joke here.]

For me, Thanksgiving came a little early, at least the serious reflection part. I am grateful for my health and the safety of the people I care about, when many in the world do not have these luxuries.

As everybody knows by now, Japan has been hit with one of the worst earthquakes in recorded history. I am not in Japan, nor am I from there, but I feel great affinity toward them. I have Japanese friends. I appreciate Japanese sensibilities. Almost all my hobbies originate from or are produced by them.

This post is meant to be a list of possible ways to show support those affected by the tragedy. As a (former-ish) economist, I believe that the forces of greed and competition are neutral in nature, and can be harnessed for good. If you are less greedy than I, you can simply donate to the Red Cross Japan relief fund or other organization of choice.
This is just what I caught wind of. I also received offers from my credit card providers (to donate reward points) and from airlines (to donate points or provide point incentives), so if it hadn't occurred to you to look at those, you could check your relevant accounts as well.

I wish Japan all the best.

Monday, September 20, 2010

RE: Migrations and Archive Fail

UPDATE: Finally, it works. Moving on then.

If you care, the fiction posts have been moved to another blog, Prismatic Angels. I think the separation can only be a good thing considering the differences in subject matter.

So my archive is broken. Just this blog's archive, mind. Google's customer support feels like it is in name only, even worse than India's. At least I can get a human to pretend to care about my concerns rather than just getting straight-up ignored. So until then, the blog will just have to do without. At least the rest of the blog works (for now).

Friday, September 10, 2010

[Done] Figure sales are posted!

UPDATE: The eBay listing fee promo is over; no more eBay listings for now. List of unsold items follows. Please contact me if interested.

Maburaho manga vol.2 (limited ed.)

Yours [defects, email for details]


Haruhi Suzumiya (Gothic Lolita ver,)Wai Fung

Saber (bikini ver.)


Kanu Unchou (ADESUGATA ver,)

Kasumi [defect, email for details]

Mizuho Kazami (pink wedding dress ver.)