Precision Design DSLR300 Flash Review

A few days ago I mentioned how I had purchased a flash for my camera. Well I’ve had a few days to mess around with it and have a few thoughts. First of all, this flash is BRIGHT. I’ve taken pictures in very low light situations and when I bounced it properly, it came out great. My one complaint is that the flash and the camera dont do as much talking as I imagine an official Olympus Flash would do. The camrea’s flash settings really dont effect how the flash fires at all. How you can controll it is the little switch on the back of the flash itself it has a few different modes that are different strengths.

All that being said, I’m glad I bought it. For the price you really cant beat it. It has a great range of motion so you can pretty much always get it to point where you want it to bounce.

Counterfeit One Piece Figures (Megahouse) – Spotting Fakes.

I’ve been buying Megahouse One Piece figures for awhile now. It’s been a combination of getting them on ebay and from hobby link and so far I’ve been pretty lucky. A few weeks ago I purchased a Luffy figure from an ebay user with a pretty high (98.8%) positive rating. For around $20, this seemed to good to be true.

It was. I got the figure a few days ago and it is totally a counterfeit. I cracked the cheap plastic base trying to get the feet into the pegs, and noticed that there were several differences. And awayyyyyy we go!

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The hair on the counterfeit is a lot less detailed, and the tips aren’t as sharp. You’ll also notice that there is a weird bumpiness to it. The whole figure is made out of a hard shiny plastic instead of a smooth matte vinyl, so you can see there is a lot more specular highlights on the fake. The color of the skin tone is also off (lighter and less red). The eyes and eyebrows are poorly painted, as well. The eye’s lines are thicker, and the eyebrows are thinner. It also looks like the face is slightly higher up on the head in the fake one. Its weird how all this small stuff makes it look so much less like Luffy.

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The torso probably has the biggest differences between the genuine Megahouse figure and the fake. The shirt is in an entirely different position and looks a lot lower quality. The hands are further apart and the wrist on his left arm is tilted back more. Also, the hat wont sit correctly.

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The pants, like most other places on the figure are painted much more sloppily. You can see the blue spilling over onto the white frayed part. The white part itself is much more solid of a color instead of being more rendered.

There are other differences, too. Molding issues like visible seams, the actual torso being less detailed, scuffs and dark spots on the skin, The base not fitting the feet, The feet being way too long and weird looking, etc…

The moral of the story here is to order them from legit sites and that if you find a deal that is too good to be true you’re probably right. Lesson learned.

Real Triggers – Snap on reality

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When going from the PS2 to the PS3 Sony switched up the back 2 shoulder buttons. Instead of being normal buttons like L/R1 they added triggers. While this decision was probably for the best, the shape they chose for the triggers is not so positive. Throwing all ergonomics aside and spitting in the face of rational thought, they felt that convex triggers were the way to go. I don’t need to tell you that certain situations in gaming can get intense, which in this case these convex monstrosities result in slippery ass triggers which your fingers slide right off of.

Enter the Gioteck “Real” Triggers. Assuring you of their existence right in the name, these triggers pop over the existing triggers on your Sixaxis or Dual Shock 3. Once attached they make your triggers concave, so your sweaty little fingers stay right where they should be. For only $5 they pretty much fix my only gripe with the PS3 controller. Neat-O, I cant wait for mine to come in the mail!

New, New, New Boots

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I haven’t been having very good luck with boots. The pair of Aldo boots that I bought at the beginning of December have broken. The sole split where your foot flexes, and the heels are worn down pretty bad. I tried to go see if I could get them fixed, but the shoe repair guy said it’d cost like $50 to fix them, and seeing as I only spent like $80 on them to begin with it didn’t really make much sense. Liz suggested that I buy a really nice pair, so if they did break it would make sense to fix them, plus they’d probably last longer to begin with. I ended up getting some Blokes “Sick Bloke” boots. Hopefully this pair will last more than 4 months.

Update: So I just got the boots in the mail this morning and I’ve been wearing them all day at work. I really like them a lot. They look pretty sharp, and feel like they are really well made. I think their longevity is almost certainly going to trump every pair of boots I’ve owned recently… knock on wood.

Mad Catz Fight Stick SE

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This weekend I placed an order for my Mad Cats Fight Stick SE. Unfortunately, everywhere is sold out at the moment, but I’ve found reports around the internet which assures that they will be replenished through March and April. Street Fighter IV is one of the best, most fun fighting games I’ve played in awhile.

It’s unfortunate that Buy.com is saying they arent expecting more till March. Awesome.

Street Fighter IV

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I’ve never been very good at fighting games. That being said, I do still enjoy them a great deal, and i’ve been excited for Street Fighter IV since it was announced.

SFIV is pretty damn difficult in Arcade Mode. I managed to get through the Arcade Mode once as Ryu (Which unlocked Sakura). If I want to unlock everyone, its going to take some more skillz– skillz I dont have. I really like Akuma, so I’ll have to eventually get through the game with most of the people to get him.

I was just looking on Gamefaqs about how to do super combos and focus attacks. Hopefully with this knowledge I’ll be able to get through the game with some other characters.

I wans’t too sure about the art style when I first booted it up, but its grown on me a lot and now I love it. The animation is fast and fluid, and its really cool to see the fighter’s facial expressions change as they get hit. I kind of wish the anime cutscenes were done in engine, but what can ya do?

Oh, and for those playing on the PS3, installing the game reduces the load times by about 3 seconds.

New shipment from amazon.com!

So today I got a bunch of stuff I ordered from Amazon with a gift certificate.

Dr. Horrible Sing Along Blog DVD
I watched it online. Liked it a lot and figured that it’d be worth owning. How can you go wrong with Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion!? YOU CAN’T!

The Time Traveler’s Wife
I was looking for a book to read and liz said that I’d probably enjoy this one.

Human Anatomy for Artists
I am an artist, and I like human anatomy. The choice seemed clear.

New Router – Linksys WRT54GL

For the past 3 years I’ve gone through 2 routers. My first was a Netgear Wireless-G, my second was a Belkin Wireless-N. I’ve been pretty consistently frustrated with both for this whole time. My Belkin, for example, would disconnect me almost daily requiring me to go in and fiddle with a bunch of things to make it work again. Also, UPNP never worked so I had to set up all sorts of port forwarding and if you wanted to DMZ something it would F up your whole network.

Anyway all that hellish crap is in the past. I just got a new Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G router and its fucking amazing. One of the first things I did was update the firmware to the custom Tomato firmware. I really liked how tomato scanned the wireless signals in my house to help figure out what a good channel to set it to is. UPNP actually works, too. I didnt have to forward a single port yet I can download torrents with perfect NAT, and get PS3 NAT2!

If anyone out there in internet land is looking for a new router the Linksys WRT54GL is a fantastic choice.

New boots (attempt 2)

After my first attempt to get some boots, I needed some time to recover from the shock and dismay that I had endured. Well, its 6 months later and I’m ready to try again. I was looking around and I found some that I liked on Aldoshoes.com. Whats even better is that they are $140 boots on sale for $79, and I found a coupon on retailmenot.com for an additional 15% off. So far so good. Also, I’ve been big into not having laces recently so this helps me continue that trend.

Today I bought 2 things.

How does it feel to be lied to, reader? I actually I bought several things today, we went grocery shopping. The 2 high ticket items are the ones pictured above– Little Big Planet and an Energizer Charge Station for PS3 Controllers. I figured that Little Big Planet is a good way to get some color and light-heartedness after long bouts of Fallout 3, which I plan on playing the majority of the day tomorrow.

Little Big Planet feels a lot better than it did during the beta. A lot of the official levels are really inventive and cool. I’ve also played a lot of the really great user created levels that I’ve been seeing people talk about online.

Kyle Crumrine – Picture takin’ fool.

In an attempt to lift my spirits after a brutally depressing and upsetting week I caved and purchased my new camera. As I said before my intent was to get the Olympus E520, which I did. I was originally not going to get the kit lens, but on amazon it was only $7 more expensive than the body only version so I figured what the hell. Plus, a new 14-54mm lense comes out in Jan, which is an upgraded version of the lens I wanted. Cant wait till it comes in!

Crumpler Bags

As I’ve said, I plan on getting a camera soon. With that, there comes a need to buy a camera bag among other accessories. My friend Jason clued me into a really good bag manufacturer called Crumpler and said he was looking into getting a larger “6 million dollar home” bag so that he can fit all of his lenses and stuff. This leaves his older “5 million dollar home” bag available for purchase at a discounted rate, so I think I’ll probably buy that off of him when he gets his new one.