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Posted on: May 28, 2010

I really wish someone would release a remake of Grim Fandango for the iPhone/Android. Maybe even porting the GrimE engine to these platforms! If I remember right, Manny was about 250 polygons, most of the backdrops where pre-rendered. Taken together with the polygon count of the rest of the scenery it shouldn’t be too much to handle for a modern smart phone.

If remaking Grim Fandango doesn’t appeal, maybe a follow-up/alternative storyline set in Rubacava or something similar would have greater appeal?

Anyways, I’m sure I’m not the only one longing for a chance to relive the dark and moody open-mic nights at The Blue Casket!

The Blue Casket

Gmailは最近遅すぎますよ!! どうしてくれるの!!

Do I fondly remember the summer evenings spent hanging out on the beach with the gang, or playing football on the fresh, dewy green grass on clear spring mornings? Nope! Because that never happened!

But I DO remember Gods, and how mega-cool the intro music was!

HU! HU! HU!

I just have to share this! I do not watch that much anime lately, there just isn’t enough time, and I guess having watched a lot you just tend to get picky.

Anyways, today I happened to stumble upon a little gem called Kamichu (かみちゅor神中). It’s a soft spoken, slow and easy show about a junior high school girl who one day discovers that she’s become a god (literally). But since being a god, and indeed the very nature and meaning of the word god is very different from what we are used to in the Christian part of the west, it does not actually have that much of an impact on her daily life.

As the story progresses her (and the viewer’s) understanding of the gods of Japan and Japanese Shinto deepens, and while she struggles to confess her love to a fellow student, and becomes the commercial hope of a local bankrupt shrine, we get a particularly detailed and accurate picture painted of many of the local traditions and shrines around Hiroshima prefecture where the series takes place.

The story is set in 1983-1984, which of course only makes it better!

so amazing…

Posted on: May 21, 2010

time

Posted on: May 20, 2010

I wonder

If I will ever solve the Enigma

Listen. Read. Think. Communicate.

Two days ago I picked up my first totally personal laptop/notebook/netbook/whatever-you-wanna-call-a-pc-you-carry-around. I wanted something that was small and light(relatively) with enough performance to allow some simple (non-graphics-related) coding and doodling. Also, since I was sure I’d be running Linux on it compatibility was a big issue.

After doing tons of research that really wasn’t to much good, I decided to go for the Lenovo Ideapad u150. Mostly because it was cheap and I always had confidence (= good experience) with Lenovo machines in the past. Also, before reading further keep in mind that it’s a Japanese config, so there might be differences from the machines sold under the same name in Europe and the US.

Since it came without any form of optical drive, installation of Linux would have to be done using a USB stick. No problem, though, just format a large enough stick, grab the latest syslinux and write a MBR onto it, copy the files from your distro-iso and setup the correct files in the root dir.

I decided to go with Ubuntu for this machine. Normally I would have run Debian Testing, but I figured I could spoil myself with some support-wheels. Installing Ubuntu 9.10 was a breeze. Really, the whole thing went so smooth it was almost scary (=boring? ;) ).

A reboot confirmed that grub had recognized the win7 partition, which I’ll leave around for a while for the Lenovo diagnostics apps. Booting into the Ubuntu Gnome desktop I was pleasantly surprised that all the hardware (including fn-keys, wifi, bluetooth …) had been recognized and setup properly’ (except for one little detail, see below). Again, almost to easy to be all together comfortable…

The only thing that needs to be fixed is that sometimes the screen-brightness fn-keys wont actually change the brightness of the screen *lol*. Pressing them displays the nice little gui feedback and everything but sometimes the actual screen brightness just stays the same.. this I will have to look into.

The verdict: A very very nice experience indeed. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a decent, easy to handle and very portable PC.

Update 1:

Fixed the brightness keys issue with the solution described here:
http://github.com/zaius/bright

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