Friday, January 29, 2016

I Bought Another New Typewriter

I bought this Brother Change 11 from the same person I bought my Smith & Corona.
I asked him if he has any typewriter that is portable--light, small, and durable--then he suggested me this one. It is definitely small and lighter then the one I have. Not the best one, he said but the better ones are more expensive. I did not want to spend so much money for this typewriter, so I just bought this one. Still, this typewriter was in a good shape.

1/2 key and - key were not retracting back when I tested before I buy this. Those keys were not important keys, but the fact that the typewriter had a problem bothered me a bit. However, I thought that I can fix it very easily and if cannot I will just rarely use those keys!

I came back home with the typewriter and started to clean the unit. I disassembled the unit quite easily and blasted with air compressor. Then used paint brushes to clean out all hidden dust out of the unit. It turned out very clean and nice. I used Isopropyl alcohol to clean all surface marks and dirty stuff. For sticky gums on the typewriter keys, I used Zippo lighter's fuel, which is flammable and strong, dissolves gums affectively. I put some little bit of all-purpose oils to the joints of all keys. Then, the keys that were not retracting fixed.

Now this unit is complete and new.
The case is a bit dirty. I tried to clean but just cannot get it clean.
I do not mind since it is just a case. What is inside is more important than the outside.

Look how small it is compared to Smith Corona Galaxie 12.

I liked the function that I can change line spacing to 1 1/2.

Friday, January 22, 2016

It was Snowing so I took Danboard Outside.

I do not have a nice camera like DSLR. I wish. I think I can take a lot of great pictures. But, DSLR are very expensive, and I do not want to spend so much money for it. Especially when I am not going to do any expert photographies.

I went outside with a coat and a Samsung camera.
It is rare for me to go outside just to take a picture. Moreover, to take a picture of a figure in snow?
That was out of the question.

Still, I enjoyed quite a lot. The problem with my camera is that I cannot turn on the flash if I want to. It is always set on auto. If I want to change that, I have to change program setting and will have to adjust ISO and expose time etc by myself. Shivering in 19 degrees and changing the settings are not my preference.

I still took some pictures.
I could not spend enough time for each of them since it was just too cold outside.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Looking at Audience Tracking...

Huh? So many Russians suddenly!
Also Why so many South Koreans?

Bought a Danboard Figure from Yotsubato!

Yes, yes. I recently started reading this comic.
I already finished everything! I heard Korean Volume 13 is coming out.

I thought that maybe I cam buy something to entertain myself.
I earned some money by selling merchandises on eBay and decided to let my brother to spend under $100 to buy whatever his toy. He bought two anime figures.

After I let him buy something, now I wanted to buy something too!
However, I am no anime person who likes girly stuff.

I fell in love with Yotsubato! comic books and decided to buy a figure from the comic.
I did not want to buy anything that was a human. Hard to maintain and somewhat too much.
I found this 'Dam-bo' or Danboard interesting.

I enjoyed reading about it in comic books. So, I decided to buy this figure as my first ever figure.
It cost about $40 I think. The figure is just about the size I was expecting.


I have these books in home. As long as I am in the U.S., I will have to read
online English version, which is sometimes bothering. Different culture.
At least Japanese and Korean have somewhat cultural similarities.
Still good translations though.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sword Art Online Novel Book Size Comparison for Japan, US, and Korea

This is a comparison of the Japanese version, the US version and the South Korean version of the Japanese novel, Sword Art Online. This will only deal with the size of the books, not the contents or how well the translations are done accurately since those are normally finished well.

I have only one Japanese SWO novel. My friend gave me as a gift. If I must say, since I read Korean version of novels already, I can tell that the translations done in English are somewhat different. This is probably because the Korean language has closer relation and similarity to the Japanese language. English version still does convey linguistic meanings and contents, but not everything is accurate.

The book is still in good shape. For now, simply look at the size comparison.

My friend from Japan said that the intention of their small books is to read with a single hand. That is why these novels are called 'light novels.' Easy to hold with a hand--small and light.

The Korean version is a bit bigger, but just look how big the English version is.
I did align the edges of the books. So the picture may looks not aligned correctly, but they are.

Here is a better view for the comparison.

Contents comparison.
Note that Japanese is written differently.