Month: September 2006

Notepapering

Last night at 10, I was seized by the irrational urge to own a good notebook (preferably leather) and kickstart some useful writing. I should mention that I was seized at 7 by a corresponding urge to protect my new iPod in a preferably leather case, but managed to fight it off. So I ran out and took a cab down to town, all the while debating the differences between Moleskines, Ciaks, and Miquelriuses. It’s not an easy snap decision! Long story short, I ended up with (not settled for, mind you) 2 handsome pocket-sized black leather Ciak Notos. I’m convinced they’re better than Moleskines for several reasons, but I can’t yet be sure. But strongly in their favour: 1) Italian leather bound, 2) flexible covers, 3) horizontal elastic (holds pens), 4) thicker paper, 5) more of it. See for yourself: Ciak

Review: Lupin III – Castle of Cagliostro

Fans of Hayao Miyazaki (director of most Studio Ghibli films, including Spirited Away & Princess Mononoke) don’t always know about his first feature-length animation: The Castle of Cagliostro. The 1979 movie features a master thief known as Lupin (the third), which translates to ‘Wolf’. The name Lupin III will be familiar to anyone who’s ever trawled an anime fansite or read a book on the history of the form, but I had never seen any Lupin prior to this film and it didn’t hurt my enjoyment of it. Here’s a brief synopsis:After raiding a casino and making off with 5 billion (dollars?), Lupin and his accomplice discover that the notes are counterfeit. So well made that even the casino was unaware. They decide to go to the source of the money, a small Monaco-like country called Cagliostro (Cal-ee-os-tro). There, they get tangled up in a web of political intrigue and a quest for hidden treasure that can only be unlocked by the fabled union of “light and shadow”. Well. It’s a little over-the-top, a little …

Pocketmod Powerpack returns

I’ve been receiving some emails and comments about the missing Pocketmod Powerpack on this site, in an old blog post. I haven’t used a Pocketmod in a long time because I’m always glued to my desk, and I tend to scribble things on lots of loose papers which then get typed up into a note database. But since some readers have been good enough to remind me that I once made 7 Pocketmod templates customized for every need and situation, I may yet give it a go. I’ve also uploaded the missing files again, at the aforementioned page, so if you’ve been wanting them, there you go.

More purchases

I’ll admit it, I’ve been terribly weak with the product resisting lately. A couple of days ago, after the Showtime announcement, I plonked down money for the newly ‘enhanced’ 80GB iPod with video. And because I’m such a daring and unconventional Apple loyalist, I even got it in newbie Black. The decision was prefaced by several hours of White-or-Black, 30GB-or-80GB meandering. In the end I decided on black because I’ve stopped using white earphones. Ridiculous. And now I’ve gone and bought into the stupid Tasty TwentyFive MacZOT that’s currently running. Long story short for those who don’t visit MacZOT, I’ve thrown USD$25 dollars into a mysterious fire, with no idea what I’ll be getting for the money. I won’t know till 3pm on Monday, at which time I fully expect to be overloaded with work, anticipating a heads-will-roll meeting 3 hours later. And the bloody iPod won’t arrive till maybe next Friday. Why am I only blogging such mundane things? Should I mention the flowers that have been put up on Orchard Road? Have I …

Something I bought, something I want

I got myself another pair of Sennheisers yesterday, this time they’re headphones. The PX100s are relatively cheap, and awesome. It’s just that maybe my head is a little too big for them. I am told by many colleagues that I have a big head, and there’s reason to believe they also mean it dimensionally. I bought them mainly for use at the office, to plug into my Mac, but I’m beginning to think they are far too good to leave at work. Anyway you should try them out if canalphones like the previously-mentioned CX300s are not your thing. Which brings me to this fantastic Japan-only coinbank that could actually get me saving. There’s a little monochrome screen on it, with a cartoon man living inside. Everytime you deposit money, he benefits, and you can watch his spartan apartment slowly grow into a luxury yuppie hellhole complete with BeoSound systems. Ok, I was kidding. TokyoMango describes it better.

24-inch iMac, at last

Last night, Apple released my dream computer. The 24-inch iMac, powered by a Merom Core 2 Duo processor, at the low low price of SGD$3,388. It’s now no longer a question of what new Mac I will get, or whether I even should, but when and how bloody soon. I was at the site yesterday afternoon and the top-of-the-line 20″ iMac model was $2,888. By midnight it was $2,588, and up to 50% faster to boot. The cheapest entry-level 17″ iMac now starts at $1,688, also with a Core 2 Duo chip, but only an integrated graphic processor. That is amazingly cheap, and I don’t think anyone should be considering a PC/Dell at this point when you consider what you get for that price. See for yourself.

I (heart) KIT

So here I am at work at 9.45 on a Monday night. I should state that wasn’t really a complaint, because I’m listening to Vic Chesnutt and using the hell out of my newly-purchased KIT program [Mac OS X only]. I love it to death. The point of this post is just to tell you how great KIT is. It stands for Keep It Together, and the best way to describe it is to call it an iTunes for documents. Or a localized version of furl.net. You can drag anything into it, and it keeps it in a searchable library. Photos, videos, music, notes, webpages. It also features a note-taker, which means that it has replaced xPad for me. And the reason I haven’t been posting so much lately is that I’ve started an ad-related blog for storing ideas and interesting YouTube videos, and that’s been keeping me busy. Ask me for the address if that sounds like your kind of thing.