Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Small cars of the LA Auto Show

N8 | The Volkswagon Beetle

N8 | Mini Cooper S

N8 | Smart Car Electric with Bike Rack

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

At the LA Auto Show

N8 | View from the top of the Toyota booth

Last Sunday I attended the 2011 LA Auto Show.  It was pretty crowded and I didn't get to do as much as I would have liked.

N8 | Mitsubishi electric concept

I spent the first hour checking twitter to see the Chargers score.  I didn't realize I could just sit in a car and listen to the radio.

N8 | Hot Wheels Hot Rod

Ford had a really cool 5 screen google maps interactive display.  I forgot to take a picture of it : (
I noticed most people looked up where they lived.  Some people looked up the pyramids in Egypt.


N8 | The Mini Slot machine

What I loved about the Mini booth was this slot machine.  The three slots on the screen were projected on the roofs in the background

N8 | There's 2 gigs in that thing

Monday, November 28, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Goofing with the Camera Lover Pack

Test 2
N8 | The sun effect

App testing
N8 | That Instragram look

I'm not big on camera apps.  These are from the Camera Lover Pack.  I use them once and forget I installed it.  I don't think I've used molome in months.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy TARDIS Day

N8 | The TARDIS lands at San Diego Comic Con

48 years ago today, BBC aired the first episode of Doctor Who.  I began watching last Summer.  That's a lot of catching up to do.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

In the window

N8 | Don't Blink

Parked on a street near the Hollywood Improv and saw this window display.  Reminds me of a weeping angel from Doctor Who.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011


The Steve Allen Theater is the place to be Saturday nights at midnight.  Ron Lynch hosts Tomorrow, a variety show that has been running for 6 years now.  Last night's show had a performance from the Radioactive Chicken Heads, a pianist, a burlesque dancer, "Jesse Ventura", skits, and lots of standup. 

N8 | The Hosts of Tomorrow from Yesterday

The show last night was one of the best.  Kate Micucci showed up and sang a song.  Brendon Small and Craig Anton showed up and did silly stuff with Ron Lynch and the Doorknockers.  There was a stretch where I was laughing for 15 minutes straight.

Tomorrow is dark for December and returns in January. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Theme Building at LAX

N8 | Encounter Restaurant

Someday I'll go inside.  The restaurant used to spin around, that must have been cool.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Toy Run in Little Osaka

Earlier this week I visited a small neighborhood in west Los Angeles some call Little Osaka.  I visited the Giant Robot stores and some of the shops.  Lots of yummy smells in the area.  My main purpose of the visit was to visit the market there.

N8 | Gokaiger candy

The market has Kamen Rider and Super Sentai toys.  I can't find this stuff like this when I visit Little Tokyo. I saw some Fourze and Gokaiger toys.

N8 | Gokai Galleon

Inside the box is a little model kit and a piece of candy.  Pretty simple toy to make.  I definitely need to make another visit.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

They Might Be Giants at Amoeba Records

I found out Monday night that They Might Be Giants would be playing a show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. I got there about an hour early.  I found a great spot in the second row.  Underneath the record racks was a stool I sat on while I waited.

N8 | In store marquee

N8 | They Might Be Giants

N8 | You can see the drummer in this one

They played for about half an hour.  I was very pleased they played Istanbul.  They also played Alphabet of Nations.  Good times were had.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Nokia N8: 1 year later

I have been using a service called 4square&7yearsago.  It uses the foursquare api and shows me my check-ins from a year ago.  This morning I was reminded that my Nokia N8 is now a year old.

N82 | My first hands on

I have really enjoyed using my N8 over the past year.  Most of the photos on this blog from the past year were shot with the N8.  I am really glad there was a camera ui update for the Symbian Anna release.   I switch modes a lot and the update made it easier to do so.  I hope a future update makes the camera available from the lock screen.

N8 and the CR-115
N97 | N8 and the CR-115

Living in LA, I drive a lot.  While most of the time I know where I'm going, I will use Nokia Maps anyway.  The newest version has been working well in getting me around traffic spots.  It reminds me when I'm speeding so I don't get a ticket.  A lot of the time it gives me a weird route, so I disobey the directions.  Hearing "route recalculation" is a bit annoying.

Watching the Nightly News
N82 | Watching news

I download a lot of podcasts.  Watching a lot of video podcasts eats up bandwidth.  Some months I use up 10 gigs of data.  Glad I have an unlimited plan.

N82 | Belle on a green N8

Updates have been delayed over and over.  Belle is due soon, but not here yet.  Still, I'm pretty happy with my N8.  There's nothing on the market right now that makes me want to change phones.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Kamen Rider Super Sentai Art Show part 3

Also a part of the art show was a henshin contest held in the courtyard of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo.

N8 | Toys for sale

Anime Jungle set up a vendor booth and had plenty of Kamen Rider and Super Sentai stuff for sale.  All the good stuff is around $100. 

N8 | Takoyaki

Fried octopus balls.  There was an episode of Gokaiger centered on takoyaki I wanted to try some, but I already ate.

N8 | Kamen Rider Bad guys

There were a ton of Kamen Rider costumes at the show.

N8 | Eyeshine 

Eyeshine is a local band fronted by Johnny Yong Bosch, who was on a bunch of Power Rangers shows.

N8 | Judges for the Henshin contest

N8 | Henshin contestants

The guys on the right did a cool breakdance skit

N8 | Final three

I loved the Kotoha/Shinkenger cosplay here.  The guy in the middle did a great Hurricane Red henshin.  The Kamen Rider on the left won the contest.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Kamen Rider Super Sentai Art Show part 2

Here's some Super Sentai art pieces from the exhibit in Little Tokyo.

N8 | The first sentai - Goranger

N8 | The card themed JAKQ

N8 | A very creepy portrait of Gokai Green

N8 | Not sure what series this is from.  The helmet designs are Gokaiger, but the suits are original.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kamen Rider Super Sentai Art Show

Last week I attended the Kamen Rider vs Super Sentai Art Exhibit in Little Tokyo.  Here's some of the Kamen Rider highlights

N8 | Kamen Rider Statue
The insides were gutted.  There's a coin slot on it, maybe it sings a song with a coin.

N8 | Looks like a recycling effort

N8 | I like the bad guys and their pose
N8 | I have no idea what's going on here

N8 | Magenta

Friday, November 11, 2011


AT&T Classics
N8 | AT&T Classics

Two weeks ago, I attended the gdgt live event at Club Nokia.  Saw some tech demos and got some freebies.  Despite the many giveaways, I didn't win any of the Windows Phones they were giving away.

Check out the small photo set here


I changed the address of the rss feed.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 09, 2011