For your Internet purchasing comfort, we now ship your packages with 50% more AIR!! Packaging FAIL. During Cyber Monday (which for those of you not in the know has less to do with a day reserved for the celebration of illicit activities online and more to do with the Monday following Black Friday in the US every year where all the tech sites put extra sales on their merch online) I got a few things with some extra government cash that came my way (go accidentally understating the amount of income tax you paid! w00t!). Some made total sense when they arrived, like a 4-bay hard drive enclosure, that came in a box that fit a 4-bay hard drive enclosure! Or a 1.5 TB hard drive, that came in a box only somewhat larger than itself. But this? This was just horrible.

I came home today to see this box on my computer chair.


Knowing what I was expecting and thinking there was some mistake, I opened it to find… a 4 GB MicroSD card. …but it’s tiny as hell – what do I need a MASSIVE box for? All it contained was this, a receipt and some paper – to keep it from jostling around? WTF. Use a bubble wrap envelope! This is just WASTEFUL.


In case you don’t know just how small this is, here’s a picture with a nickel for comparison. I KNOW, RIGHT?


Newegg, change your practices. This is just sad 🙁

–case p.

[HD]自主制作アニメーション『the TV show』

Videos like this can make you wish you weren’t living in NortAmerica.
You can basically look at it like the same sequence of videos done four times over, but it’s after the first time where the madness starts to begin!

  • Round one is the premise;
  • Round two brings you to reality to show you how it all fits in;
  • Round three shows what happens when we merge that crazy TV land with reality;
  • Round four shows the consequences.

What do we get? 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = EPIC WIN.

–case p.

P.S. On second look, there could be more like 7 rounds… and you’ve gotta watch out for all the subtle changes – for there are MANY!

The Calamities – Martha and the Vandellas “Heatwave”

The first of the videos to surface of The Calamities’ performance last Thursday! One of Carny’s friends brings you “Heatwave”.

Another classic done Calamities style! Please note that without monitors on stage, the singers couldn’t hear themselves sing.

Which is the reason I’m giving you for sounding like I’m yelling.

I can sing, really. I’ll prove it to you sometime!

I’ll karaoke with the best of ’em…!



I recommend The Bitter End if you want some edgy comedy that’ll make you laugh. And cry. And make grotesque faces at your monitor.

From the brother of people I went to school with, The Bitter End.

It’s a bandwagon you should already be riding like poison children.

(You’ll see what I mean…)

–case p.

The Calamities: Now With Video!!!

Hey all,

I got around to posting some video on top of the photos that have been popping up on my Flickr and Facebook. Here’s an example above, and I think there’s another five for you to check out in the 2009 OPS Battle of the Bands gallery on my Flickr here:

The videos so far include interviews, intros and other such humorous filler – the songs will come later into the week, along with my blog post.

Hope you’re looking forward to it!

–case p.

The difference between Harry Potter and Star Wars: A New Hope = …pretty much nothing!



Another example of the classic S&M (Steal and Modify) model in action.

The worst part?


Damn it all. » Archive » Even worse than Twilight


Count Blockula = every college/uni man’s nemesis.


BustedTees – Yes We Catan


This t-shirt? Want.

The good, the bad, the ugly.

So a little annoyed with Apple today.
I asked for people to give me Apple store gift cards for Christmas and birthday gifts over the last couple of years – this was so it would make it easier for people so that they wouldn't need to go online and get confused with getting a giftcard for the online store.
I went in to the Apple store today to see how customizable the computers are in-store, and they only do RAM and matte screens.
Which SUCKS, because I wanted to upgrade to a 3.06 GHz processor on the top-of-the-line 15" and a faster hard drive.
I guess the silver lining is that getting a replacement hard drive doesn't void AppleCare, so I can always change it down the road if needs be. Just a little annoying that I'm being hampered from getting my "dream machine", but I suppose I'll end up saving about $350 and still have a good amount of power (it'll be 2.8 GHz).
I also picked up some trades at lunch:
  • Usagi Yojimbo vol. 20: Glimpses of Death
  • Usagi Yojimbo vol. 21: The Mother of Mountains
  • The Boys vol. 5: Herogasm
  • The Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 5: Escape from the Eighth City
I foresee great reading in my weekend!
And in a total show of faith in customers, the guys at the Hairy Tarantula gave me a copy of Usagi vol. 19 to hold on to when I complained that the copy I had had 8 pages misprinted and put in upside down. All I need to do is bring the misprinted copy in the next time I'm in. That's pretty awesome customer service.
All in all, a fairly productive lunch. I'll eat later – my lunch is actually defrosting on my desk.

The iPod Chronicles, Chapter Two

So today I remembered my iPod. As I pressed Shuffle Songs to rev it up and do my walk to the train station to get to work… nothing was happening. I took a quick look through the library only to find that there WAS no library. I really need to get that p.o.s. fixed…

All was not lost, however! I remembered that in my bag I had an iPod filled with music, fully charged and good to go. But it DOES have that broken screen… and the right ear output only works when the input jack is put at certain angles…and I need to send it in for repairs sometime soon before the warranty is up in January…

Moral of the Story: Screw iPhone sales. Put a camera in the iPod Touch already! Or wait! What if I buy an iPhone and just get no phone service? Hmmmm….
–case p.