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changing tastes over the years
Posted by tai on Aug 12, 2012 under Audio, Featured

Lately I’ve noticed myself adding a lot of K-pop to my library, and it made me think a bit about how my listening habits have changed over the past many years. I knew in my head that I have transitioned from Cantonese (Hong Kong) music to Mandarin (mostly Taiwan) to Japanese and recently towards Korean, but I wanted to see if my music library could point that out. Getting the data was relatively easy with my Foobar advanced searches, and then it was just a matter of putting the data into excel and later into illustrator to find the best way that would graphically show my transitions.


It’s worthy to note that my tastes have been heavily influenced by the people I spend the most time around. Middle school (up until 2003) was spend almost exclusively around Cantonese-speaking friends. In high school (2003-2006) I met my first and Mandarin-speaking girlfriend, and being around her and her friends led me to start following a bunch of mandarin-speaking artists, many of whom I still follow to this day. Towards the end of high school I started getting into anime and other delicious Japanesey things, including a very anime-influenced Japanese music collection.

hajima, hajima, mamamamamamama

Near the middle of my university studies (2010) I met my very-into-j-music girlfriend, and started transitioning out of anime (which explains the death of this blog) and into more mainstream japanese music, though that isn’t apparent in the infographic. That’s not to say that I don’t watch anime at all, but I’m just not as eager to jump into the latest seasons and discuss the happenings of each and every character like I used to do. And lately, everyone has been listening to K-pop, because K-pop is awesome.

Anyway, enjoy the graphic, and perhaps think about or leave a comment below on how the people in and around your life have affected the music you listen to every day and other simple things. If you’re into this sort of graphics, check out a full entry with documentation of prelimninary versions here, or look at my friend’s site here whose graphics have inspired mine.

On a side note, yes, this blog is more or less dead, but I don’t intend on ever shutting it down, though in the future it might be amalgamated with all my other blogs and sites on a personal archival collective, or something of the sort. And I do read and approve all your comments, much love if you do or have done so in the past.

the world seen through a rainbow
Posted by tai on Nov 19, 2009 under Documentation, Featured, Print
Sora no Kikou ~The sky of the longing for memories~

Sora no Kioku ~The sky of the longing for memories~

Early this autumn, my friend from Japan brought me back several items, the one presented in this entry is Sora no Kioku ~The sky of the longing for memories~, (新海誠美術作品集 空の記憶) featuring digital backgrounds by the studio CoMix Wave. The book is a 175 page softcover, the majority of which are images, which I find uncommon for most fanbooks. The pages are smaller than your standard letter/A4 meaning the images are a small, and knowing the level of detail in Makoto Shinkai’s work I think these images could be spectacularly crisp even if enlarged 4× the size. Inside you will find hundreds of backgrounds from Byousoku 5 Centimeter (5 Centimetres per Second), Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days), Hoshi no Koe (Voices of a Distant Star), and a TV advertisement for the newspaper “Shinano Mainichi Shumbun”.

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one-of-a-kind otaku deliciousness
Posted by tai on Jul 17, 2009 under Documentation, Featured, Only an Otaku

I finally received my custom Nokia Suprnova 7310 about a month ago, but I only recently found the time to take some photos and write an entry about it. I’ve been extremely busy with school, and aside from a few of the Haruhi-chan mini-episodes, I haven’t watched any anime since returning from China in April…

Front & Back of my Nokia 7310 Suprnova

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Today is TsundereStorm’s seven-month anniversary, and to celebrate, layout version 1.0 is released. Kagami’s autumn attire will be archived until next autumn, and during the spring and summer months we will feature Kannagi in a breezy blossoming park. A few changes still need to be made, but If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or find any problems with the new layout, please leave me a message. Some images show the wrong fonts, this main fonts used by this site are Lucida Sans, Georgia and Verdana, as shown in this screenshot. And just like the previous layout, 1.0 is IE 4/5/6 incompatible. More details, including the design development of this layout, can be found on the corresponding about page.

There probably won’t be many updates for the next two weeks, but once I’m back home things should start to pick up again. I’ll be doing some periodicals on K-ON! and am considering following Saki, since I am a mahjong player myself), and I’m looking for somewhere to buy more Ghibli artbooks.

calm, pastoral ambience
Posted by tai on Apr 3, 2009 under Audio, Commentary, Featured, Special

You have most likely heard of the popular Korean MMORPG Ragnarok Online, and many of you have probably played it at some point or another. I would like to bring attention to the sequel of that game, Ragnarok Online 2. Also produced by Gravity, Ragnarok Online 2 was to be another of their flagship games. It features the world of Ragnarok in full 3d, with new monsters, multiple playable races, but most importantly for this review, an OST composed by Yoko Kanno. She composed about 90 tracks for this game, which was first released to the public in 2006 in the Korean closed beta.

RO² Prontera 2

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