Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Exhaustion in the Best Way [Otakon 2011]

I had so much fun this year at Otakon. The convention seems to get just a bit more enjoyable every year, and I'm sure it's due to me getting to know more and more people at the con. I met up with about half of my high school anime fans, some of my college friends surprised me with their appearance, and I spent this year at a hotel thanks to Neo and his family.

As usual, time to tally up the viewings and goods! If there's a star next to it, expect a full review of it soon on the site.

Media Watched:
  • Kanon (UGUUUUU~!)
  • K-ON! (Yes, I've avoided this one. I'll remedy that soon, practically no choice now.)
  • Hoshi o Ou Kodomo* (Absolutely beautiful animation, interesting storyline as well.)
  • The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya* (Can't believe I watched this before Neo did. :D)
  • Bible Black (Yes, I know. I'm terrible. But it was dubbed. DUBBED, I TELL YOU!! Only Fan Parodies made me laugh harder this con.)
New Games Played:
  • KOF XIII (I SUCK at this game. Ugh. That being said, looks gloriously, plays gloriously)
  • Drummania 8 (Again, suck. Still fun, though.)
  • Sin & Punishment (WHY did this game not come out in the States until so recently?)
  • Sonic the Fighters (Bad fighting engine, but a good guilty pleasure)
Swag: As some of you may know, I'm a Redditor. So, in an effort to get up a swag thread ASAP, I made this thread all on my phone. Feel free to post your swag listings in the comments or at the Reddit thread!

  • The CD is Sophisticated Insanity, signed by Hiro Yura*
  • 2 LoZ mangas based on Link to the Past and The Minish Cap (guilty pleasures.)
  • Gundam is a 1/144 00 Raiser (I still haven't built up my God Gundam from last year...)
  • Scrolls are FMA Brotherhood and GitS: SAC.
  • And lastly, a TF2 Heavy T-Shirt from Glitch. (SO MUCH BLOOD)
About $120. Kinda bummed I didn't get as much free swag as last year (bad timing), but was a very good, if crowded, con this year. Free swag was a Last Exile poster, Paper S. Sayian Hair, and JList paper eye-glasses.

I did miss out on several showings due to them filling up, as well as several free swag moments since I failed to make it to the industry panels. Neo has a much better swag list to post when he gets the chance.

I'm still kinda recovering from Otakon, and the realization that I go back to school very soon. I won't leave anyone hanging, however. Pictures and clips will be up soon!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Plan

1. Get picked up by friend, head to Neo's.
2. Pile in, head to Pre-Reg.
3. Hop into line. Wait 2 hours.
4. Pick up tickets, dance like a mad man.
5. Head back to Neo's for anime moviethon until midnight.
6. ???
7. Profit.

PS: Ha! It's up before Thursday! Awesome!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Why hello there! Zero here!

I'm back...again. I know, it's really bad that I haven't posted since January, and it's completely my fault. Simply lost interests and will; I seem to be slowly losing my ability to multitask, and college is not a good time to lose it. That being said, I'm going to try again here on 365 Days of Te-

...Tang? Tang. Tang!

I feel like "365 Days of Tech" isn't fair anymore. I do a lot more than Tech, and have done so from the get go. So, let's be honest here. That being said, I had to think of a word other than "tech." I ran across "tang" in the thesaurus (yes, seriously), and ran with it. (Great title origin, eh?)

First major posts will come Wednesday, as I plan out the week ahead. Because it's Otakon Time! I've got a basic schedule down already, so this is gonna be goooood.

Zero, out! }-

Saturday, January 15, 2011

After These Messages...

Hello everyone! I know I left you all hanging a while back. I'm still in the middle of changing up how I do stuff around here. The most prominent change will be that I'll have a new PC in my hands.

I already have it built, with pics and everything. That'll be up when I confirm that the computer is working...which it isn't yet... completely. I'm having random and differing blue screens that, so far, tell me nothing of what the actual problem is. A list of the BSOD bug check screens and their driver sources so far:

  • CACHE_MANAGER | ntoskrnl.exe
  • NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM | Ntfs.sys
  • BAD_POOL_HEADER | fileinfo.sys
  • MEMORY_MANAGEMENT | ntoskrnl.exe
  • *New* SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION | atikmdag.sys
  • *New* BAD_POOL_HEADER | ntoskrnl.exe
  • *New* MEMORY_MANAGEMENT ntoskrnl.exe
  • *New* BAD_POOL_CALLER | ntoskrnl.exe
...Yeah. Now for a list of stuff that I've tried to remedy the situation:
  • Ran MemTest-86 on my ram, in sets of 2 and all 4 sticks for several cycles; no errors.
  • Ran Samsung's HDD diagnostic tool; no errors.
  • Updated the Video Card driver, though I'm not sure if this'll have any influence on the issue considering what caused the blue screen.
  • Updated the Motherboard BIOS.
  • Updated several other drivers involving Realtek (Audio, LAN, etc.). Still not sure if I've gotten all of my drivers updated. Is there a program that can help out with this?
  • Moved locations. There's no outside power loss.
If I get another blue screen, I'll update this post. I'm half-hoping it's the fact that I'm using 64-bit Windows 7, and a reinstall will fix the issue. If that's not the issue, though, that's another 30 minutes I'd have wasted, so I'd like to find out if it's actually a hardware issue so I can prepare to return some of the hardware when I get back to my dorm.

Oh, and so that everyone knows my hardware specs:
  • GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • GeIL Value PLUS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Desktop Memory Model GVP34GB1333C9DC x2 
    • [8GB of RAM] (Aw, the price for this RAM just went down!)
  • Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply 
    • (Could it be that my Power Supply isn't powerful enough? I'm pretty sure my components are under the threshold.)
  • AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ970FBGMBOX
  • ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • Samsung Internal Half Height DVD-W Supermulti SATA 22X Lightscribe
  • Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive
  • All inside a NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Update: Just now added 4 more BSODS, all occurring today. All of them are referring to the kernel. So, gonna reinstall the OS and see if this isn't the magic cure-all solution. I just installed Civ 4, too...

FINAL Update (Hopefully): Reinstalled Windows 7. I still got a BSOD or two. Thankfully, I came across someone who told me about Memtest86+. Used it, and found out exactly which stick was messing up. I'm running on 4GB right now, but so far I've only had one screwup occur, and it wasn't a BSOD. I think a program just froze. No issues beyond that, and it has been running for quite a time since without one.

I'll give myself one more week or so to get stuff together; I'm in another semester of classes, and this one's gonna be tricky. Updates kick off once again in February!