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February 27, 2014

Seiyuu appreciation post - Hatano Wataru

I'm still super sad that Art died.

Get the Google Now Launcher now!


The Google Experience Launcher –now called the Google Now Launcher– has finally made its way to the Google Play Store.

There’s a quick list of some features:
  • Google Now is a part of your home screen. After activating it in the launcher settings, you simply swipe left of the main home screen and it’ll be there waiting for you.
  • Saying “Okay, Google” while on any home screen should automatically open the voice search for everyone.
  • Instead of a pop up box, long pressing the home screen allows you to add widgets, wallpapers, or enter the launcher settings.
  • A larger viewing area thanks to translucent status and navigation bars (where supported).
  • It is only available currently for Nexus devices and Google Play Experience devices. Unfortunately, we don’t know when it’ll be available for everyone.
Google Now Launcher

February 26, 2014

[Life] Textbooks bought today

This year I will be completing a one year graduate diploma degree that will allow me to become a high school mathematics teacher.
I went to buy the required textbooks this afternoon. It costed $290, which is almost 2 weeks of my pay. Since I'm studying at the moment I can't work as much as I used to, so my income has drastically decreased. The cost of the whole course costs about $6,000. It'll be fun paying that back. Ha-
So I'm all geared up and ready to roll! Come at me kids, throw me all your maths problems.

D-Frag! - Episode 8 [v.P]

Wooser S2 - Episode 8 [v.P]

February 25, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 officially announced + specs

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now official. It's running Android 4.4.2 on a 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of storage (plus microSD). The screen measures in at 5.1 inches and 1920 x 1080 resolution, with an IR blaster and USB 3.0 rounding out the inputs.

The 16 megapixel camera on the back can shoot 4K video at 30 FPS, and has a new selective focus to provide simulated depth of field. The 0.3 second autofocus time is also pretty impressive. Samsung is reporting 21 hours of talk time from the Samsung Galaxy S5's 2800 mAh battery, plus a new power-saving mode that flips the display to black and white. You'll also find a fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. In-line with the more sporty features of the S Health app, the GS5 is fully dust resistant and waterproof up to 1 meter of submersion.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Specifications
NetworkLTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)
Display5.1" FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)
Processor2.5GHz quad-core application processor
OSAndroid 4.4.2 (KitKat)
Camera16MP (rear), 2.0MP (front)
VideoUHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilizationVideo Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
AudioAudio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Camera FeaturesHDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot & More
Additional FeaturesIP67 Dust- and water-resistant
Ultra Power Saving Mode
Download Booster
S Health 3.0
Quick Connect
Private Mode
Kids Mode
Google Mobile ServicesChrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
ConnectivityWiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2x2),
Bluetooth: 4.0 BLE / ANT+
USB 3.0
NFC
IR Remote
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture(IR), Finger Scanner, Heart rate sensor
MemoryRAM: 2GB
Internal Memory: 16/32GB
microSD slot up to 128GB
Dimensions142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g
Battery2800mAh
Standby time: 390 hrs / Talk time: 21 hrs

Sources:
http://www.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-s5-officially-announced
http://www.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-s5-specs

February 22, 2014

Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai Concert 2013

I was lucky to get my hands on this lovely DVD/BD release of Hatsune Miku's "Magical Mirai 2013" concert held at Yokohama Arena on 31st August 2013.
In summary, it really was a magical journey to see Miku sing and dance to her songs.
Magical Miku!!
All her outfits look amazing and cute! It's not just Miku that makes an appearance in this concert, her other pals such as the Kagamine twins, Luka, Kaito and Meiko also makes an appearance.
More screenshots and commentary below.

Chrome Theme: Guilty Crown


I finally made another Chrome theme. This time I've used another wallpaper from the Guilty Crown anime series to create this nice dark blue theme. Enjoy!


Project Tango by Google

Project Tango: Google wants to give mobiles a human understanding of space and motion.

Google has announced a new research project aimed at bringing 3D technology to smartphones, for potential applications such as indoor mapping, gaming and helping blind people navigate.

Check out the video below and you will be amazed!

February 21, 2014

Inspector Art - Hamatora

Source: @hamatora_PR
The Hamatora team thanks fans for watching the latest episode, #7.

February 20, 2014

Hamatora - Episode 7 [v.P]

I can't believe Moral killed Art. I loved Art!! Brb. Crying.

February 19, 2014

My $1 Mousepad Finally Came

So my custom $1 mousepad finally came in the mail. I had been expecting it for a few weeks now. I decided to add my favourite wallpaper of all time to the mousepad (as you can see in the picture above).

Check out the link below for more details on how to grab your own custom made mousepad!
http://i.imgur.com/x5R62H4.jpg

Some features of the mousepad:
  • 9.25" x 7.75" rectangular mousepad
  • Durable heat-resistant polyester fabric top
  • Neoprene rubber non-slip backing
  • The mousepad is 1/8" thick.
  • It will not discolor or fade, machine washable.
If you are thinking of getting a new mousepad, or you feel like replacing your current one, definitely give this a go!

Wooser S2 - Episode 7 [v.P]

Pretty endcard once again.

February 18, 2014

[First Play] Ys: Memories of Celceta

A bustling town deep in the frontier at the foot of an endless sea of trees... It is into this wild and untamed setting that a young man collapses, memories gone and only his name to guide him.

Bereft of his past, Adol Cristin wanders the town of Casnan searching for clues to his identity. Joined by an information dealer who claims to have known him, the young adventurer helps rescue doomed miners from a collapse; an act which attracts the attention of the Romun Army general in town. Impressed with their skills, the pair is enlisted to explore the Great Forest and map the vast expanses of Celceta – a task which many have attempted in the past, but from which none have ever returned alive.

Alone in this strange and uncharted frontier, Adol must brave the perilous sea of trees as he struggles to regain his memories and decide whom he can trust, and who is simply attempting to take advantage of his memory loss in order to deceive him...

February 17, 2014

Inspirational comic: Ambition

It's a blessing to be able to find something you love doing. Don't be afraid to let that love grow. You may encounter hardships, but never, never let that passion die.
Click for larger size.
Source: http://www.incidentalcomics.com/2013/01/the-nature-of-ambition.html

Featured Wallpaper: Lilly Satou

Lilly Satau from Katawa Shoujo

February 16, 2014

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February 15, 2014

Featured Wallpaper: Guilty Crown

GC. This is one awesome wallpaper.

PaSBA #3: Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie!!

This time our recipe was sourced from bbc, boisterously name Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie, this recipe proved to live up to its name.

Lemon meringue pie, for the uninitiated, is a crispy buttery shortcrust pastry filled with sweet yet tart lemon curd and finally topped with fluffy light-as-clouds meringue. Before making this recipe I had personally never sampled this delectable treat, though I'd seen it often enough in bakeries to make me crave something I have never tasted.

Oh well. The idea of it sure sounds saliva-inducing enough. The real thing was too.


The Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie

Pastry: 
175g plain flour
100g cold butter
1 tbspn icing sugar
1 egg yolk

1) Whack all ingredients into a food processor, process till dough-like. Flatten evenly into pie baking pans. Leave in refrigerator 1 1/2 hours. Blind bake* in Oven,200C 15min. Remove Baking paper, bake another 5-8 minutes.

Lemon Curd:
 1 tbspn cornflour
100g castor sugar
finely grated zest of 2 lemons
125ml fresh lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
juice from 1 orange
85g butter, cut into bits
3 egg yolks and 1 egg



1) Combine cornflour, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan. Gradually stir in strained lemon juice.
2) Pour water into orange juice till total amount is 200ml, strain into pan.
3) Stir constantly over medium heat till thickened and smooth.
4) remove from heat and beat in butter until melted. 
5) Beat eggs and egg yolks together and stir into saucepan. Return to medium heat.
6) Stir vigorously until mixture thickens and plops off spoon. Remove from heat and set aside.


Meringue:
4 egg whites
200g castor sugar
2 tsp cornflour

1) Whisk egg whites to soft peaks then add half the sugar in a spoonful at a time. Beat lightly in between.
2) Whisk in cornflour followed by the other half of sugar also a spoonful at a time.
3) Reheat filling and pour into pastry case.
4) Put spoonfuls of meringue around the edges of the pastry case to anchor it. Put the rest of the meringue in the middle spreading it evenly.
5) Place in oven for 18-20min until meringue is slightly browned and crispy.
6) Allow to sit in pie tin for 30 minutes before removing. Allow to rest another 30-60 minutes before cutting and serving.





Note: Blind Baking is usually used in recipes calling for tart bases; this is to ensure that the pastry is thoroughly cooked and crisp. To blind bake simply cover the pastry with baking paper and weigh it down with dry beans, lentils or rice.

Serah's Analysis
Taste: 9/10. Absolutely delicious! The light sugary fluffiness of the meringue was the perfect accompaniment to the tartness of the lemon curd.
Texture: 8.5/10. On the whole the texture of the mreingue and lemon curd was perfect. However the crust was a bit of a let down it didn't hold it's shape very well making plating a nightmare though it did add an additional but of crunchy texture to the meringue which worked quite well.
Difficulty: Easy-Medium. Not too difficult, though definitely harder than sticking all the ingredients in a bowl and just going crazy with the beaters. Do proper preparation, get all your utensils and ingredients out before you start the curd and meringue and it should be not problem at all.
Overall: 9/10. Definitely worth making again though I'd probably replace the crust with a digestive biscuits crust or a basic pre-made shortcrust pastry.

Pumpkin's Analysis
Taste: 9/10. Perfect balance of sugar and citrus flavours.
Texture: 8/10. The meringue was very light and soft. Make sure to put the pie in the fridge to chill and for the lemon custard to set. The tart base could be thicker.
Difficulty: Medium-Hard. There were quite a lot things to do and keep track of.
Overall: 9/10. Loved this dessert.

February 14, 2014

V.Day pick up lines

Whether you're spending V.Day (aka forever alone day) with 3Ds or 2Ds, here's some funny v.day cards to give to your loved ones.

Pumpkin will spend her night with these boys from Colorful*Step!

February 13, 2014

Rovio teases all-new Angry Birds release


Bird games are big news again, but the original it seems is coming back for more. In a message posted on its Twitter account, Angry Birds developer, Rovio, is teasing a brand new game. And that's about it, really.

A "big adventure" complete with new birds is what we're told, and nothing else. Rovio's last release on Android was the racing focused Angry Birds Go, so perhaps this next one will see a return to the bird-flinging nature of old. Or maybe something completely different. We'll have to wait and see.

[via Android Central]

February 12, 2014

Pumpkin's Palette: Nobukatsu + Himiko

After watching Episode 6 of Nobunaga the Fool and finding out that two important characters got killed off (Nobukatsu and Himiko), I needed to release my pain and sadness of losing these two short-lived characters. So I decided to rough sketch them as a memoir for these characters that I liked.
RIP Nobukatsu, you were an adorable and responsible little brother. RIP Himiko, you were an admirable wife who sought to put your beloved's best interest first.

Gackt - P.S. I LOVE U

How on earth is this guy 40? Lol.
Another highly anticipated release is Gackt's 44th single "P.S. I LOVE U"which was released today.
It is such a beautiful song! ~cries a bucket of tears~ It's a extremely sweet love rock ballad. You can read the translated lyrics here: http://amaia.livejournal.com/296108.html
It's pretty much about wishing your beloved one happiness even after you have gone.

GRANRODEO - 「変幻自在のマジカルスター」

Another anime song released today is GRANRODEO's "Hengen jizai no magical star". It is the second PO song for Kuroko no Basuke second season.
It's a pretty cool love song. But I laugh at the choice of outfits for Kishow and Ezuka.

STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION - "AXIS"

This is the ED song to Nobunaga the Fool. It was released today.
I love the beats of this song.
The anime is pretty average though, it's a mix of Japan and European history + Mechas.

Wooser S2 - Episode 6 [v.P]

This week Wooser parodied Gargantia.
It also gave us some lines to contemplate over: "If people were ever able to control their dreams, they wouldn't need reality any more. Nothing ever works out in the real world. For example, the odds that you'll be able to go out with the one you like is very low. So lately, whenever I've had free time, I've spent it sleeping."

February 10, 2014

PaSBA #2: Chocolate Cupcakes

This time sourced from bestrecipes.com, this one was a keeper. A perfect cupcake base, yet simple enough to be tossed together and baked in just under an hour this recipe is the one to use!
Chocolate Cupcake Base
3/4 cup Plain flour
1/4 cup Cocoa powder
1/2 cup Castor Sugar
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
80g Butter, melted
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk

1) sift together dry ingredient and then add sugar. 
2) Make a small well in the center and add the rest of the ingredients.
3) Beat 2 minutes on medium, make sure all lumps have disappeared. (remember to scrape down sides of bowl!)
4) Place patty cases in muffin tray and fill them just above halfway with the batter.
5) Bake 10 min for mini muffin tray or 16 min for regular muffin tray.
6) Cool and ice or just leave plain.

After making the cupcakes we stuck them in front of a fan made a makeshift baking paper icing bag and piped a few of these goodies with the leftover ganache from last week (Yes, ganache lasts for at least a week in the fridge because of the high sugar content!)


Serah's Analysis
Taste: 9/10: Chocolatey enough without being overbearing, this is perfect to go with flavoured icing.
Texture: 9/10: A lovely cakey texture, not dry and not too heavy.
Difficulty: Easy: After I had all the ingredient and utensils out on the kitchen bench, Pumpkin and I made these in under 15minutes and they were baked in another 15 minutes, we cooled them quite fast using a fan.
Overall: 9/10, delicious chocolatey yet light. Definitely making these again next time with nicer patty cases and actual icing bags and maybe some shiny cachous.

Pumpkin's Analysis
Taste: 8/10 Got the chocolate taste.
Texture: 8/10 Soft and spongey. Make sure you whack on a 6 inch layer of ganache, otherwise it'll taste a little dry, and who doesn't love extra sugar.
Difficulty: Easy. Just mix and bake.
Overall: 8/10 This super simple recipe is great for tea parties.

February 9, 2014

Pumpkin and Serah's Baking Adventures (PaSBA) #1: Chocolate Cake

After a rather long absence and unfulfilled promises to upload pictures of a certain supernova event, Serah has returned to the land of the cyber-oriented and with the gentle persuasion of Pumpkin, a new series (hopefully more long lived than Serah's previous series) is born!

Mission Statement: Every Tuesday we vow to bring you new recipes and baked goods! (Though posts may be published late) We seek to show the world that otakus and computer geeks alike can indeed cook!

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Today we present, The Chocolate Cake!
Sourced from the ever reliable taste.com, this chocolate cake turned out to be actually, pretty average, to be honest not exceptionally wonderful, but a great comfort food for some end of the day R and R.

We also created some lovely simple ganache which came out pretty much perfect.

S&P's Multi-purpose Super Simple Perfect Ganache (S&P MPSSPG)
-400g Chocolate (dark choc for some added richness)
-300g Cream

1)Melt over lightly simmering water.
2)Allow to thicken, pour over cooled cake for a thin layer of icing. OR allow to completely solidify in fridge and pipe or make into truffles.


Serah's Analysis
Taste: 7/10 : Not too rich and perfectly sweetened but somewhat lacking for the true chocolate fanatic.
Texture: 6/10 : The ganache icing helped, but slightly dry.
Difficulty: Easy : I would rate this pretty easy, but I've tasted much better chocolate cakes of the same difficulty.
Overall: Not bad, though not really worth making if you're looking for something more exceptional.


Pumpkin's Analysis
Taste: 7/10: You can definitely taste the chocolate.
Texture: 5/10: It's a little dry.
Difficulty: Super easy: You pretty much throw everything into one bowl and mix.
Overall: I wouldn't use this recipe again, you can find better recipes. Though the icing was superb considering the amount of sugar and cream we threw in it.

Nagi no Asukara - Episode 18 [v.P]

Game Over for Flappy Bird

The somewhat reclusive developer of inexplicable runaway hit Flappy Bird has announced that he "cannot take this anymore" and will be removing the game from app stores in 22 hours, as of 2:02 PM EST today. Dong Nguyen explained on his Twitter account that the takedown isn't due to any legal reasons, and that he won't be selling the rights to the game.

Flappy Bird apparently is making $50k every day in ad revenue, which makes the take-down seem bizarre, but one can imagine that an indie developer that never sought the spotlight may be under a little too much pressure. He said earlier that the game has ruined his simple life, so he hates the game. Nguyen says he'll keep making games though, and with any luck, they'll experience at least a little bit of the success of Flappy Bird.

[via Android Central]

February 8, 2014

Pumpkin's Palette: Yato

While I'm on a roll, this one is for a dear friend Bella who loves Yato from Noragami.

Pumpkin's palette: Yukine

My pretty shouta boy Yukine from Noragami.
It's been a while since I last drew.

February 7, 2014

Flappy Bird Highscore: 50


New highscore in Flappy Bird: 50. I will try and aim for 50+ next time and post another pic when I do!

February 6, 2014

Google Drive updated with quick-scan widget and animated GIF support

Google Drive

Google Drive has updated which includes two changes over the ubiquitous bug fixes, namely animated GIF support and a new 1x1 shortcut to the document scanner.

The former you'll find in any document you've embedded an animated GIF in, and the latter you'll find where you normally find shortcuts and widgets you want to place on your home screen.

Also pretty cool is the new training video you see when you first run the app. It's very "new Google" and worth wiping data on Drive just to see it.

The update is slowly rolling out to all devices, so make sure you check the Play Store regularly.

[via Android Central]