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First Gundam, now Giganator invades Japan!

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I’m still squealing in delight that a full life-size Gundam was constructed and displayed in Japan. But today I learned of equal, nay, even greater news. Not satisfied with the epic Gundam construction, around ¥135m was raised to construct a life-size Tetsujin 28-Go!

I’ll give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor.

Secretly I am hoping the trend continues and more life-size constructions are planned. I assume I am not alone in hoping Patlabor is one of the titles being considered. How about the famous space battleship Yamato? Totoro? Or even a life-size Lynn Minmay? Maybe push the line a bit and hold a concert by Sharon Apple from Macross Plus!?

Maybe the West could adopt this trend and build a life-size Stay Puft marshmallow man! For now though, enjoy the wonderful photos posted at The Mainichi Daily News website in Japan (article is in English) and at Danny Choo’s excellent blog. You may also visit the official Kobe Project web site.

NOTE: The image in this photo belongs to user cwabs and the whole series can be found on Flickr.
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October 6th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Cast your eyes to the right of the page…

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Over the past few days (rather, when I have had the time/energy/will) I have made a few changes to the site template (if you have never scrolled to the very bottom of the page before, you will not know this site uses a self-modified version of the excellent Journalist Wordpress theme).

If you take a look down the right hand side of the page layout you will find I have made a few text-based changes and also added a few external links. Before anyone waves a handkerchief in my face, no, none of the links are referrals in an attempt to make money from the site’s five minutes of popularity so do feel free to click away minus malice. I’ll be brief in my explanation of each new external link I promise!

Giftbox Wishlist
How often have you been (not ungrateful I hope) a bit disappointed with receiving a gift that has had zero thought put in to it with regards to the gift-giver having a clue about what you enjoy? “I just don’t have a clue what to get him/her” are the typical words to come out of the mouths of unprepared gift givers. Perhaps you are one of these people too?

I stumbled across Giftbox a few weeks ago, it suited my needs perfectly as not only can you create public wishlists to give hints to family and friends, but you can avoid being unprepared too and manage all the important dates on your annual calendar so you don’t forget what occasions have been or are upcoming. My favourite feature though is being able to keep track of what gifts you have given and to whom. This way you can make sure you don’t fall foul of ‘repeat gift giving’. All together Giftbox is a great site that does exactly what it says on the tin.

If you are curious and want to check out my (somewhat fanciful) wishlist, you can check it out by clicking the link.

The Goodreads website is a popular social networking site for bookworms. Being a bit of a book lover myself, you can click the link which will take you to my Goodreads profile page. Here you may see a list of books I have read, am currently reading and wish to read in future. You can also read and write reviews and comment on many books of virtually every imaginable type.

Take a look at my Goodreads page and maybe sign up yourself!

A great website for video game addicts. I’m actually not quite the hardcore gamer I used to be. These days I like to play the odd game on my Nintendo DS but video games don’t quite tug at my emotions the way they used to in my early to late teenage years. I signed up to Backlogger so I can keep a progress check on all the games I am playing and compare my efforts against those of other players.

Backlogger offers a free forum signature so you may display your catalog across the web. You can see what I am playing by looking at the image below. Want to see what I am playing on my Nintendo DS? Click the link to be nosey!

YouTube Channel
Occasionally I make videos for instructional or demonstration purposes. I may move in to making video reviews and/or features in future. I upload my videos to YouTube, to find all my videos in one useful place you may visit the Stuff I Wrote YouTube channel.

Want to see what you can watch right now? Have a look at the channel page on YouTube.

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October 3rd, 2009 at 1:31 pm

A slight increase in site traffic today…

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Ajay Bhatt

Don’t try to act so surprised, we all know before today the only person who read this blog was me!

Today I feel like Ajay Bhatt!

What a day it has been, it appears the previous post regarding the Windows 7 party pack unboxing has proven to be quite popular across the Internet. It has been covered by rather large and popular names such as Ars Technica (who were very pleasant and asked me a few questions about the party pack and my emails, you can read more plus the interview on their website). Also big names The Consumerist and Engadget covered this blog entry in their news stories. Not to mention lots of forums, folk on Twitter and various other social networking and tech websites.

It’s quite a lot to take in to see your daily visitors jump from 31 to approaching 20,000 and still counting (I’m getting hits every 3 to 4 seconds, incredible). I shall enjoy my 5 minutes of web fame before falling off the map in to obscurity!

Some answers to frequently asked questions about the party pack

  • Yes I received both 32bit and 64bit editions. The 64bit edition comes in the form of an Anytime Upgrade DVD which comes separately in the package. You can see it in the white disc sleeve on the photos. The other disc which is in the black Windows 7 card sleeve is the 32bit DVD.
  • I have installed the Signature Ultimate Edition tonight and can confirm it a) needs activating, which it did successfully so it is not a different kind of key and b) it is just Ultimate Edition with different packaging. I have yet to find anything different about it from a quick snoop around.
  • I’ll take some more snaps of the bags if you wish although my schedule is rather busy right now, if I said the weekend, many folk will likely have received their packages by then so images may appear for you sooner than you think!
  • No I am not a plant, nor do I work for Microsoft. I simply sent an email with no intention of receiving a reply but Microsoft graciously replied to my email and very kindly offered me the gift.
  • No my bedsheets are not from the 1940’s.
  • Has anyone else played Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days yet? I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to it this weekend!

Thank you for all your great comments both on this site and across the ones I have seen so far on the Internet. I hope maybe some (or hopefully all!) of you will return here some day to read more articles at Stuff I Wrote.

Thank you!

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October 1st, 2009 at 9:43 pm