UppCon:09 aftermath

18 01 2009

I’m home from UppCon:09 in Uppsala, Sweden, and I’ve got some stuff with me! Not that amazing stuff, maybe, but at least it’s something necessary in every home. Of course I have pictures of everything I purchased (actually no, I miss pictures of Busou Renkin volumes two through five and a Manga Techniques book about screen tone) and I have finally finished adding watermarks to them – this time without other watermarks as well (lol) – using my new blog watermark which states the new title 「夜風記」 rather than the old one 「夜風の所」. You can find a gallery with some of the pictures at the end of this post and you can visit konventbilder.se for pictures from the actual convention (just click the image with the title “UppCon:09” underneath it; I wonder if I’m in any pics). Now, time for my convention diary, or whatever I should call it – it’s not like I actually kept a diary or something…

Three more gunplas for my bookshelf. How will I have room for any more?

Three more gunplas for my bookshelf. How will I have room for any more?

Last week: I packed a few necessary things like a sleeping bag and a pillow for extra comfort and let the days go by. January 15, my friend who was also going to attend her first convention ever (UppCon:09, just like me) bought tickets for several of us who were going to travel up to Uppsala together.

Day 1: The 16th January was here and I hadn’t slept a second the past night, and I still hadn’t packed non-necessary things such as a pad to draw on and my nearly empty iPod (which, of course, I forgot next to my computer when I left), so I got up (from the computer chair), grabbed my bag and added a few manga volumes, my white Nintendo DS Lite (I did not use it anything the entire weekend, though) and a few other things, put on some socks, and waited for when I had to leave, which wasn’t that far away by then.
The time to leave home for the weekend has arrived and, together with my father who was going to work at the same time, I went to the bus station and got on the bus to Slussen. After we got to Slussen I took the subway to T-Centralen, or Stockholm C, while my father went another way. Well at T-Centralen I met up with my friend who had gotten me my ticket the day before, paid her 70 SEK (the ticket cost 69 SEK but I let her keep the last 1 SEK which is about 0.12 USD – aren’t I generous?) and then we and several other people I had never met before in my life left for the platform, got on the train and about 40 minutes later we were at Uppsala C.
After a two or three minute walk from the train station we reached the Uppsala Koncert & Kongress, or the UKK, and it was time to stand in line… for four hours in minus 20 degrees, celcius! That’s cold, and as if it weren’t enough, the opening of the convention got delayed by almost an hour so we ended up standing there in the cold for almost five hours. About half an hour before we were supposed to be let in, they gave us free soda – warm; however, it did not warm as much as give us yet another problem to deal with – now we were not only cold, but we had to pee as well. I am never doing that again, standing in a still line for five hours in Uppsala in winter… Don’t try this at home (or anywhere at all), kids! You’ll freeze your not-yet-fully-developed butts off.
When we finally got into the convention are of UppCon:09, I was so tired there was not much fun to do that I could actually appreciate, half asleep as I was, so I mostly walked around the different floors, up and down, looked at items I thought about buying and items I would never in my life even want to receive as a gift, bought some pocky and even some pretz (pretz do not measure up to pocky, believe me), then I went to bed. Well, I kept walking around as a sleep-deprived zombie for a while and even watched episodes 1-4 of Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji (lit. Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji) which was, even though it’s very annoying style of anime and Yu-Gi-Oh!-like story, it was quite interesting and I found myself watching through all the episodes that were offered at the convention until it ended and then I went to bed.

Busou Renkin volume 1. I also got volumes 2 through 5 on the third day, but they aren't shown here.

Busou Renkin volume 1. I also got volumes 2 through 5 on the third day, but they aren't shown here.

Day 2: I can’t believe I have written so much and still have only covered the first day… of course, not much happened the second day but buying stuff I didn’t really need (see gallery below) and then I just went to bed again. Oh yeah, I also got some nendoroids that you can check out in the gallery below! My first figures besides the Keroro squad.

Day 3: Okay, that was a quick cover ofthe second day and I would like to keep this short as well, but if I say that it will probably go on and on forever, so I won’t say it… again. Actually, no, I’m too tired and I’m not feeling very good (I think I might be sick after the Friday morning, you probably understand why that might be), so I’m just going to end this right now with a short note that I ended up paying only 275 SEK instead 475 SEK due to some happenings that I will not go into detail now, mostly because I’m tired and feel bad, as I just said.

Extra: This actually happened on the third day, which is today, but it doesn’t really have anything to do with UppCon:09, so I added it as an “extra.” I registered to the eBay site Tradera earlier today or yesterday (not sure which) and there was this package I wanted to get my hands on: Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II original version (meaning not platinum). I don’t really like Disney (actually I hate Disney), but as the rest of the game is Final Fantasy, I just have to check it out. Due to UppCon:09 I was not sure I was going to be able to lay my bid at the package right at the last second (a great tactic, really), but when I rushed home and opened up my computer I had five minutes left until the auction ended and I added ten SEK to the last bid which was 300 SEK (very cheap, considering a normal game would cost around 700 SEK and this is two games, one of which is not even being produced anymore or available for purchase like anywhere) and after clicking refresh like a maniac over and over for five minutes, the auction ended and I had won it for 310 SEK. The final price came to 336 SEK, and that’s less than half the price of one of the games I just purchased when it came out – I saved almost a thousand SEK on this purchase! It was a really great feeling when I realized I had actually won the auction, now let’s just hope the games are just as great as people say they are…

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Three Mikurus…? Well, I guess you can’t have to many Mikurus, am I right?





This is 夜風記 【よかぜのしるし】!

16 01 2009

That’s rights! Yokaze’s Place 夜風の所, which was never a great name, has now acquired a new title: 「夜風記」. It is pronounced as 「よかぜのしるし」 (not 「よかぜき」), or “yokaze no shirushi,” and literally means “Yokaze’s Narrative,” or “Yokaze’s Chronicle.” The plan was to quit using the wordpress.com service and start using the wordpress.org service instead (the difference is that wordpress.com is restricted and uploaded with “.wordpress.com” after whatever you choose to use for your blog’s domain while wordpress.org is less restricted and free as long as you get your web hotel and domain at another front), but there seems to be some problem with connecting to my MySQL database and I did like this for the moment, changing the title and content slightly on this current blog and making a simple redirect from the new domain “yokazeblog.com.” Anyway, this works fine, right? The problem with my database will probably fix itself soon, and otherwise I’ll just contact my web hotel and have them fix whatever the problem actually is and soon I will be able to use more plugins and have much more freedom as a blogger. If you notice the word “Yokaze’s Blog,” 「夜風の所」 or both anywhere on this blog except when written in an older post, please contact me so I can fix this, and if you see it somewhere else at the web, please notify them that the blog has changed title, thank you.

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What do you think of my new header? Yes, I love Kannagi. :D

Also, as I said in my previous post, I will be going to Uppsala here in Sweden for my first ever convention UppCon:09 (click here for a translated version) and I won’t be back until Sunday evening. Since I won’t be bringing my new laptop (it is still too new, I can’t take that risk – yes, I’m a worrier about some things) and therefore you won’t be getting any news from me during this weekend and I probably won’t post anything at all until I get home to Stockholm, but this may vary. I gotta get up in less than–three hours? OMFG, I gotta go to bed!!–so see you Sunday, everyone! I don’t have a camera, so I promise I won’t bring lots of pictures back from the convention, but pictures will be available at konventsbilder.se (click here for a translated version) during the whole weekend. ^^;





UppCon:09, I’m on my way!

14 01 2009

The Swedish convention about Japanese popular culture UppCon is this weekend and I’m going there for my first ever convention experience! I’m hoping and believing that it will be awesome, and hopefully I’ll befriend many more people! If you’re in Sweden and attending, maybe we’ll see each other as well? Read more about UppCon:09 here or here for a translated page.

The UppCon logo in pizza corners.

The UppCon logo in pizza corners.

The UC logo is really alike to a logo I made not too long ago, but because of the similarities I discarded it. Hope I’ll see you there, and tomorrow again here!

P.S. Some time during tomorrow or next week will I be moving my blog to a new location and change name (not to “Yokazeblog”), so be prepared for some changes and please stick with me! :)





Hideo Kojima gave me a handshake!

22 11 2008

It’s true! I mean it! Hideo Kojima and I shook hands! *shiver*

So, I have finally gotten the images my friend TehShien took for me during the signing I stood in a line in cold, snowy Stockholm, waiting two hours for and I can finally make this post, even though it now was several hours it happened. Anyway, so I got to Webhallen and stood in line at about 11:30 AM and it was then quite long, but not at all as long as I had expected. After waiting for almost an hour in line it started moving, little by little. Just before that my friend (mentioned above) came with his slow camera, as he described it himself, and took this picture of maybe half the line – it doesn’t cover it all.

I'm the one to left. More than that you will probably never see of me.

I'm the one on the far left. Don't you just love my hair?

As said before, a while after my friend showed up and took the picture above the line started moving (forward, thank god) and we just had to wait about an hour more! During that hour, though, we both made several new friends (people in a line like this tend to get quite social with the ones around them – that goes for me as well) and also met an old friend of mine that I had so far only known through MSN, or Windows Live, and Hissatsu.se – teh interwebz, you know.
When we finally got to enter the warmth of Webhallen after the two or three hours wait outside in the cold we got in line, and guess who we met there? Of course, it was …

Who is Hideo Kojima's personal bodyguard? But of course, it's Snake himself!

Who else than Snake himself is most fit to be Hideo Kojima's personal bodyguard?

When we got close to the desk where Hideo Kojima was sitting, signing copies of Metal Gear Solid 4 and other games of the Metal Gear series that fans brought with them for signing, I realized you had to purchase the game before getting into the line. Great. That’s just great! I had to leave the line when it was supposed to be my turn and I got away from there without a signed copy of Metal Gear Solid 4 or even a hello from Hideo Kojima whom I was standing right next to at the moment. I figured then it was no big deal, I just had to buy a copy of the game and walk up to him again. Was I right? No, for once in my life I was completely wrong. The stupid bodyguard (not Snake, one of the others) wouldn’t let me get my game signed. That’s even better than great! But then, after trying to explain what had happened, the guy that had seen me when he let a bunch of us to get our copies signed said, “oh, I recognize you,” and let me in. Yes! Luck was smiling at me today – not anymore – like it did that time I was four years old and won a trip to Legoland in Denmark (although, I’m not sure I would consider that “luck” if it happened me today)! I carefully opened the game package when I was back in line and carefully pulled out the cover paper (you know what I mean, right? The thing with the game title and everything on!) and let Kojima-san sign it for me. AND THEN WE SHOOK HANDS!! When they let me out of the line again I had my signed copy of the game and I had shook hands with Hideo Kojima! I was shaking. I tried to say thank you in Japanese when I got the autograph, but I just couldn’t. TehShien did, but he only managed to stutter it. BUT HE GOT AN “ARIGATO” BACK, THE BASTARD! (I’m playfully overreacting, just so you know. *hides bloody knife*). Here is a picture or two of the autograph I got and then I’ll just add some videos, if we caught any good ones. Hopefully I caught Kojima-san on picture, but I’m not certain I did …

Here's the autograph, folks!

Here's the autograph, folks!

And here's a bright close-up!

And here's a bright close-up!

The video is bad and the sound is annoyingly loud (it’s not like you hear anything interesting), but at least you get to see Hideo Kojima several times, signing Metal Gear games. If you wonder what someone says about half way into the video, it’s my friend (the one who took the pictures and recorded this video) who says, “it has bad graphic quality, this thing,” in Swedish.





Mirror’s Edge

22 11 2008

DICE has done it again, and this time it’s Mirror’s Edge!

Mirror’s Edge is to me, after playing the training, the prologue and the first chapter, one of the most awesome games ever! This goes up at the top together with the Fable games and Tales of Symphonia, and that’s high! You have to check out this game, Mirror’s Edge is just filled with wonderful graphics, nice gameplay, great story (so far I haven’t really found out anything, though) and horrible flash sequences – but it’s worth it!

If you shoot me, I'll kick you!

If you shoot me, I kick you!

Did you know that …

… DICE was founded and currently has it’s headquarters here in Sweden?
… I suck at making game reviews?





Welcome to the New Xbox Experience

22 11 2008

HELL YEAH!

I recently got home from meeting Hideo Kojima and getting his autograph at Webhallen in Stockholm and guess what’s going on with my Xbox 360? (Of course you do, you’ve all read the title. Right?) I booted my wonderful Xbox 360 console and an update is available. I download it and WOO-HOOOO!! The New Xbox Experience is here, and with it a completely new, fresh dashboard! I haven’t checked it more than what was announced at E3 earlier this year and my Xbox 360 (actually it is my TV screen) currently shows the text “Welcome to the New Xbox Experience!” As soon as I have posted this I will check it out and I will probably spend hours just exploring all the new features as well as creating my own avatar (you know, that new Xbox Mii thing). Now I can’t wait anymore, so I’ll just add some tags and press ‘publish’ and later I will be back with my post about how the earlier mentioned event was and also include some pictures of Hideo Kojima (if I got any good, it was my friend who took the pictures and I still haven’t got them) and my new signed copy of Metal Gear Solid 4 for the Playstation 3 that I do not own yet. Christmas gift, maybe? Gee, I kinda wished my parents were reading this blog …





Winter has finally come!

22 11 2008

There wasn’t any winter last year, no snow at all. But now, this year, it’s different! It has snowed to times already, not too long ago, but both times the snow just disappeared immediately the night after, but not this time. The snow is actually here and my theory about snow being officially something you only find in history books is shattered, or at least for this year. Anyway, now I’m going out to roll around in the snow and make snow angels!