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Every little thing in my ordinary life 33

October 28, 2010 2 comments

New monitor
I told you that there was something wrong with my computer. The monitor blacked out and I saw nothing although I heard the sound that Windows XP was boosted. The clerk of a shop told me that the monitor didn’t work. I bought a new monitor. The new monitor comes with LED.

I cleaned up the inside of my computer before setting up the monitor. I had much dust around the fan in the computer. With a vacuum cleaner in my left hand and a toothpick in my right hand, I picked the dust from the fan, like a dentist and an assitant. The computer was cleaned enough and set up.

I was waiting for the monitor to show its beautiful colors. Nothing happned. ‘Not again? My computer itself doesn’t work after all?’ thinking like that, I read the instructions of the monitor at the first time(Hey! Read it before setting!). You had to push(touch) the sign showing ‘switch’ at the lower right part on the monitor. It was not a button, just a mark of switch. Like a touchscreen of iPad, all you had to do was keep touching in order to turn on. The old monitor didn’t have such switch! Finally, I had boosted my computer again.

It was so clear and beautiful that I couldn’t help playing games. I was supposed to record my playing and upload it on YouTube, but I found it impossible because the spec of my computer became low.

The clerk of the shop told me that the CPU of my computer no longer dealt with high-speed graphics and multiple tasks. Although I recorded my playing on a mystery game, the sound had been distorted to listen to.

I’m planning to replace the CPU(Core2Duo with Core-i7 870), the motherboard, the memory(DDR2 with DDR3), the graphic card(Geforce8800 with Sapphire Radeon HD6870) and the power supply. Before the replacement, I think I should buy a new laptop so that I am able to be online without my main computer.

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Another Alice obtained another life in another wonderland?

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I went to the theater to watch “Resident Evil: Afterlife”. This is the first time I’ve watched a 3D movie.

“I’m gonna be bringing a few of my friends,” five years had passed since Alice flung her last words to the members of the committee of the Umbrella corporation, the largest company in the world which caused the series of catastrophes. Zombies, undead people who were controlled by appetite for human flesh, were the top of the pyramid of food chain on the earth.

Alice and her cloned Alice (who were also created by the Umbrella corporation at the previous story) commenced the attack for the headquarters of the Umbrella in Tokyo, Japan, in which Chairman of the committee, Wesker, directed. Cloned Alice became capable of psychic as well as Alice. The attack looked successful, but Wesker quickly decided to dump the base and tried to escape. He operated a helicopter and flew away from the base. In the helicopter, Wesker noticed that someone hiding. It was Alice. Wesker was also as doped and strengthened by the Umbrealla corporation as Alice was. His overwhelmed agility was beyond Alice’s one. An injection that he held in his hand, which was able to nullify Alice’s super power, had nailed around Alice’s neck. He had made her a normal person. Looking at Wesker smirking, she left her word ‘Thank you’, and managed to explode the helicopter.

A few months later, Alice, who escaped from the explosion of the helicopter, was looking for the place in Alaska. It was called Arcadia, which was the place filling with food and no infection. Although she achieved the place, she had no hint of evacuated people. Instead of such people, one woman had attacked Alice. It was Claire. She was the leader of a group at the previous story and headed for this place. Alice found something like a spider-shaped device on Claire’s chest. Something happened around here. Was it sure that Arcadia was around Alaska? Did someone bait people escaping from many places by using the name ‘Arcadia’? What for? Who?

There was another ‘Arcadia’, and someone had been hidden behind this name. It was Wesker.

I love zombie movies. I know you can easily see what the endings of zombie movies go. I know you can easily know who would die and who would survive in zombie movies. ‘simple entertainment’ is the secret of zombie movies, I think.

I was interested in 3D techniques from Resident Evil. AVATAR, as I wrote, I watched it with 2D. I just thought the 3D vision in front of me when I wore the 3D glasses would be similar to the one when I was excited with SPIDERMAN in the Universal Studio Japan and CAPTAIN EO in the Tokyo Disneyland. I expected too much. I haven’t understood yet that such 3D films are necessary. I guess these films should be the first step for hologram films in the future. It needs much time to improve techniques so that we enjoy such hologram films in the theater.

There were a lot of scenes in order to emphasize “That’s the 3D!” in this movie, which was like the one that Keanu Reeves was dodging bullets as he was leaning back in MATRIX. So many scenes that I was a bit fed up with them.

I thought I could have enjoyed the film if I had played a series of games(BIOHAZARD in Japanese titles, RESIDENT EVIL in English titles) because a lot of characters related to games appeared in the movie. One more thing, I would like to watch the movie again and check two characters in it. One is a girl standing on the street in Tokyo. Is she Mika Nakashima? And the other is a lady with the device on her chest commanding an order in a helicopter. Is she Jil Valentine?

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Every little thing in my ordinary life 32

October 23, 2010 Leave a comment

busy busy busy
I’m writing this article at an Internet cafe. I have three meetings today and the second one has just finished.

The next RAKUGO play is going to be difficult and tough
As I said, I decided to join the class of RAKUGO in English. Last Saturday, I went to Tokyo to attend it. As for the first RAKUGO play that I showed my friends in August, all I had to do was copy what Mr.Katsura Sunshine demonstrated. This time, however, I have to arrange a basic script that the teacher gave to me. The basic script is an about five-minute play. I need to add a few lines and make an about fifteen-minute play. Ummm, it’s going to be hard.

The teacher gave each student each play, which is different with one another. Some students didn’t completely remember all the lines, some students had already finished arranging the lines. Me, I just remembered the basic lines. I just thought it would be okay.

Referring to professional RAKUGO storytellers’ plays, I have to add interesting lines into the script. The recital is going to be held next year.

A high-end computer
Something wrong with my computer. Although the H.D.D. works when I turn on the computer, the monitor doesn’t go well and still blacks out(I mean, the switch of the monitor shows the green light and it looks like as if there’s no problem, but the monitor shows nothing) . I guess the problem of the monitor. Sometimes it works, sometimes it keeps blacking out.

My computer is already out of date, so I hardly play latest games. I’m cosidering buying a new computer or upgrading my computer in order to be able to play games. Having said that, I have no time to play games. lol

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Traffic was terrific

October 19, 2010 10 comments

I spent two days in Izu peninsula. As I wrote in my previous article, I left my house late. It was eleven c’clock in the morning.

I was wrong.

I never thought that the traffic would be so jammed at the first day of the long weekend.

I have visited Itou city before, and it took just four hours or so at that time. I expected that, this time, I would arrive at Shimoda city in five hours or more.

I was wrong.

I was stuck in traffic several times. Several traffics on the Tomei highway connecting Tokyo and Nagoya. I arrived at Numazu, from which I had to drive on the local roads, at four thirty. Izu peninsula has so many mountains that the number of roads reaching Shimoda city is not so many. Once I got out of the highway, new traffic congestion waited for me. I just thought I was at least able to visit Jouren no taki within the first day, the warterfall which I wrote at my previous article, before I dropped by the hotel.

I was wrong.

The second obstacle during my travel was rain. The weather forecast said that we caught heavy rain around Izu peninsula. It was rather a storm.

Jouren no taki is around the top of the steep hill called ‘Amagi touge‘. As I said in my previous journal, I was supposed to sing a song, ‘amagi goe‘ while going over the hill.

I was wrong.

The rain was too heavy and the wind was too strong to see the road clearly. I had to focus on driving. Fortunately, the car right in front of me was MAZDA roadster(NB6C, MX-5) whose driver seemed to know the road deeply. He told me what the next corner was with hazard lights. I thought I would have had an exciting time if I had still had RX-7.

It was seven thirty when I arrived at the hotel. I had been driving for a long time.

The wedding party was so great. I know how difficult they had been going until they married. That’s why I was so moved when I saw my friend’s tears. Unfortunately, I have to skip the detail of the party, but it was so amazing.

Here is the waterfall, Jouren no taki. Due to the heavy rain, the stream was a bit dirty.

This area is famous for horseradish.

This is an uncommon bridge called ‘the looped bridge’. When you pass through the hill, you have to drive this bridge. According to wikipedia, this bridge was built after the landslide of this area. You might become car sickness.

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Every little thing in my ordinary life 31

October 9, 2010 9 comments

Invited to a wedding party
It’s 9 o’clock in the morning. I’m going to Izu peninsula, Shizuoka prefecture, which it takes over four hours by car. My friend has invited me to his wedding party. He and his wife has been married for a year. This time, they finally obtained a chance to hold the party.

He and his wife had a tough time before they married. It’s a long story. I gave him some advice, sometimes as his friend, sometimes as an expert of law. I’m glad that I join the party and I have a chance to see their smiles embraced in happiness. I’ll enjoy the two-day travel.

Thanks to my laziness, I haven’t had no preparation for the travel yet. For now, all I’ve just done is to be ready for the money for the wedding party, which is called shu-gi. In Japan, people joining wedding parties have to bring the money. The amount of money is different with your position and relationships between you and grooms/brides.

There are many places for sightseeing in Izu peninsula. I hope I would be able to visit as many places as possible. It sounds inadequate for the purpose of this travel, though, I would like to go over the hill called Amagi-touge from which a song, Amagi-goe, is originated. This song is famous for…infidelities and adultery. You know how come I said it sounded inadequate.
Going over the hill, Amagi-touge, I think I will sing the song. After the hill, I’m going to celebrate my friend. Amazingly ironic.

I’ll post an article of my travel. Hey, should I write a journal about Tora-san first?

Here is the song, Amagi-goe.

I’ll reply to your comment later. Sorry about that.

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