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Preservation

February 23, 2017 | 22:22 | Written by: snake911

I took advantage of a President's Day sale this past weekend to give myself a little gift...or two.  I'm both excited and terrified for this upcoming project I have in mind.

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A barrier maze to distract you

February 16, 2017 | 22:46 | Written by: snake911

Got a new batch of articles for the GitS feature.  Check it.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface

This story may have been too smart for its own good.  Read this and see a cranky man complain about something he doesn't quite understand.  But he does complement it for having all dem purty pictures.


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Possibly the best format for this material is having it be on television, giving it the opportunity to breathe across 26 episodes rather than compress it down to a two hour flick.




Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor

The third and final manga in the series.  Well, as of 2017 it is.  If Man-Machine Interface wasn't your idea for a good GitS story, then this should balance things out.




Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG

Director Kenji Kamiyama and team outdid themselves with the second season of Stand Alone Complex.  This might be my pick for the best the franchise has to offer.




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Sounds of the future

February 2, 2017 | 20:08 | Written by: snake911

I wasn't originally planning to, but I decided to throw in a soundtrack to the GitS feature as a bonus.  I know I'm being selective by only picking one soundtrack as the music for the TV shows and movies are awesome too, but there's something unique about this soundtrack for the PS1 game that other soundtracks don't, so it gets its own article written for the feature.  Trust me, it deserves it.

Megatech Body CD., Ltd.
The original 1997 Ghost in the Shell game is fantastic enough for its gameplay alone, but when coupled with a great soundtrack, it elevates itself for possibly being one of the greatest games in the PlayStation's library.  Read this to see what the gushing is all about.

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New kicks

January 30, 2017 | 19:32 | Written by: snake911

Both my car and me for about a year now have been in desperate need for some new footwear, so over the weekend I finally decided to help out my car first by giving it a new set of tires.

Beaut, right?  I went with Yokohama this time as many people on enthusiast forums for my car (Honda Fit – 2nd gen) say that Yokohama's are a good brand to go with.  Never having used that brand before I took the plunge after doing some research on the performance of their all season tires.  And after a few days of driving I have to say I made the right decision.

Granted I've only had them installed since Saturday, but I can already feel the difference in how my car handles.  One of the biggest changes I've felt is how much better it is at turning corners.  Before it always felt as if the back tires were only one degree away from sliding outwards, causing a spin out; but now I don't feel that anymore when I go on a circular freeway onramp.  In addition to turning, accelerating is better as it feels like it's gripping the road tighter than before when the tires felt they were floating slightly above the surface like if I was hydroplaning, even though it wasn't raining.  And just overall, the ride is much smoother to where I'm not feeling every little bump on the road anymore.

The last time I had my tires replaced were four years ago and it showed.  The treads were basically gone making it look like I had racing slicks, alignment was way off on I think three tires, and there was a large lump on one of the tires, giving a sign that it was on the verge of bursting any minute.  My M.O. is usually to replace my tires when one of them blows out, but with a generous donation, I took the initiative to get the tires I wanted and replaced them before that happened. Thanks Dad!

I decided to go with the full package, so in addition to getting four new tires, I also got balancing, alignment, and replaced my brake pads.  It's amazing how changing your tires could make it feel like you've bought a brand new car!

Next I'll be replacing my shoes, because like my tires, the treading on the soles are practically gone, the padding has been worn thin and flaking, and the heels feel like they're lower than the rest of my feet.  Bleh.

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Fast 5

January 28, 2017 | 17:05 | Written by: snake911

Here are five random images I found on my phone.  All of them are 7+ years old!  Eeek!

This is the only Del Taco I've been to that had these cool looking bottles set up as decorations at the condiments table.  They were illuminated from the inside and represented their three hot sauces including Del Taco's signature Del Scorcho and Del Inferno plus good ol' fashioned Heinz Ketchup.














 

A co-worker told me he knew of a donut shop that sold these massively huge donuts near where he lived.  Not believing him, he bought me one as proof of its existence…and he was right.  It was big.  So big in fact that I needed to place a dollar bill next to it so when I tell others about this mythical blob of flour, sugar, and oil as a reference for just how massive this thing actually is.



 

I didn't know it at the time that this was going to be rare, but this photo was taken when I went to a live taping of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brian.  This is not to be confused with Late Night with Conan O'Brien that he did between 1993 and 2009 or the show that he currently does on TBS.  This is the short lived 2009 – 2009 show he did after Jay Leno passed it to him and before Jay stole the show back only after Conan hosted it for only a few months.









 

I found an arcade that had Street Fighter IV in the US.  This was at the time before the console versions were released, but shortly after Japan arcades got them.  Rumors were going around that some arcades in the US actually had SF4 setups and I happened to come across one in Walnut, CA at an arcade called Super Arcade that specialized in arcade games from Japan.  Man was that a rad arcade; spent some time in there during my college years.  Good times.

 

A pretty cool indi game shop that has since closed down.  Many classic games were bought here that are now in my collection.



















 

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Get ready to brain dive!

January 19, 2017 | 23:26 | Written by: snake911

It's here!  The first entries for the Ghost in the Shell feature that covers the materials of the franchise prior to the soon to be released live-action film are here for your perusal.  This first duping of content includes all of the OG media that's critically acclaimed.

As noted in an earlier blog entry, these are sort of but not really reviews for the listed media, along with some personal opinions dashed in for some originality.  Hey, this is my personal blog after all, so it should come as no surprise.  All of this is to let people get a glance of the Ghost in the Shell world that inspired the upcoming movie starring Scarlett Johansson, which I’m anticipating to watch when it comes out, but am also cautiously optimistic to see if it’ll be good enough to capture the reasons why this franchise is so great.

The order which I’m releasing these may be a bit off from a US release standpoint.  When I organized everything by date via a spreadsheet, I decided to go with the Japanese release dates, but using the dates in which the collective books (tankobon) were published instead of the original comic release dates.  That seemed to make the most sense to order this feature.

Oh, and remember that there will be some spoilers in this GitS feature, so watch out if you're sensitive to knowing plotlines or characters, or endings.  I'm noting it here and at the top of the index page too, so consider yourselves warned!

Ghost in the Shell - Manga

The one that started it all and spawned a huge cash cow for Shirow Masamune.  Oh yeah, in this entire feature I’m referring to him as "Shirow Masamune" rather than what I believe is actually "Masamune Shirow."  Why?  Because all of the US content has it shown with Shirow as the first name, so that’s why and I’m sticking to it.

Ghost in the Shell - Film

I think most people were introduced to the Ghost in the Shell universe starting with the 1995 film rather than the manga.  Acclaimed by many including Roger Ebert, it’s become a classic for both cyberpunk and anime buffs alike.  In terms of availability, I think it’s on every streaming service, so it shouldn’t be very difficult to track down if you want to watch it.

Ghost in the Shell - Game

I don’t think a lot of people know about the PS1 game that allows you to control a Fuchikoma.  The proof for that may be the reasoning as to why the price for the game on eBay is so darned high: a minimum amount of copies exist.  And if that’s the case, then that’s a real shame because it’s a fantastic game with great graphics, fun gameplay, and a cool soundtrack.  Un-oh, I think this article might have upped the price on eBay by a few bucks.

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