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September 22, 2021 - Let Go by Avril Lavigne

Let Go by Avril Lavigne front Let Go by Avril Lavigne back Let Go by Avril Lavigne CD Let Go by Avril Lavigne lyric book

Let Go is the 1st album by Avril Lavigne released on June 4, 2002. I remember my mom playing this CD in the car when I was little so it's special because of that. I also remember seeing the cassette version at school. This is a really solid album though, I like most of the songs. The lyric book is nice with the handwritten style text and many pictures. My favorite songs are Losing Grip and Mobile.

Let Go by Avril Lavigne enhanced CD software screenshot Let Go by Avril Lavigne enhanced CD software screenshot

This is an Enhanced CD so when put in a computer there is special software on it. I ran it on my Win 98 laptop and although slow it worked and is pretty cool. There are two copies each of two videos, one at 220x160 encoded with CVID and one at 160x120 encoded with SVQ1; both at 15 fps with mono audio. A lot of stuff to fit on a CD with a full album.

Avril Lavigne

Button I made.


September 13, 2021 - Sony Mavica MVC-FD81 Digital Camera

Sony Mavica MVC-FD81 Digital Camera front Sony Mavica MVC-FD81 Digital Camera back

The Sony Mavica MVC-FD81 was released in 1998. This camera does a max image size of 1024x768 and video size of 320x240. The best part of it is the manual or auto focus option and the worst part is an only 3x optical zoom. I really like the option of turning the backlight off and using the light pipe to light the screen but it only works in direct light. Focusing is not easy to see on the screen especially when taking pictures in weird angles. It's not bad but there are better options in the mavica line.

Flower Flowers Flower Flowers Flower Flowers Tire in the woods Birch tree bark Waterfall Acorn on mushroom Snail on leaf Flowers Lake Petosky stone

These were taken throughout the year with the newest being from a week ago. I've taken some videos with it too and they're not too bad.


September 4, 2021 - Light Bulbs

Lightgraphix Rainbow Bulb and Loftus Black Light Ultraviolet Bulb packages Lightgraphix Rainbow Bulb and Loftus Black Light Ultraviolet Bulb

These are rainbow and ultraviolet incandescent light bulbs. I think they are from the late 90's and I remember first getting at least one of them in the early 00's.

Rainbow Light Bulb in the woods Rainbow Light Bulb close-up Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Rainbow Light Bulb off Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Rainbow Light Bulb on

The rainbow bulb has a rainbow gradient painted on it. It's bright and is a cool effect. On the game boy camera it looks like a normal bulb haha ha ha.

Black Light Ultraviolet Bulb in the woods Black Light Ultraviolet Bulb close-up Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Black Light Ultraviolet Bulb off Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Black Light Ultraviolet Bulb close-up Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Black Light Ultraviolet Bulb close-up with hand Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Black Light Ultraviolet Bulb on

The black light is more interesting, the bulb is solid black and has only dim visible light. It's a nice violet glow though. It gets scorching hot even after only a minute of use. The game boy camera can see right through it and is just as bright or brighter than the rainbow bulb on it.


August 29, 2021 - SHAMROCK by UVERworld

SHAMROCK by UVERworld front SHAMROCK by UVERworld back SHAMROCK by UVERworld CD SHAMROCK by UVERworld DVD

SHAMROCK is the 5th single by UVERworld released on August 2, 2006. It is one of the classics during the early years. This is the limited edition which features a black car on the front cover instead of red and a bonus DVD. It's also one of their CD's featuring animated depictions of the band; a unique set of album covers. SHAMROCK is a fun upbeat song, my favorite part is in the middle when the singer raps in an interesting voice. The b-sides are a bit slower but very good and each great on their own.

This is the full 14 minute DVD ripped from my disc. The limited DVD includes a digest from a concert on April 3, 2006 at SHIBUYA-AX. Six songs are featured and are pretty much all time favorites for me. It's really nice of them to have the last song in full instead of just a partial, great bonus DVD over all!


August 21, 2021 - Laserdisc: Austin Powers International Man of Mystery

Laserdisc: Austin Powers International Man of Mystery front Laserdisc: Austin Powers International Man of Mystery back Laserdisc: Austin Powers International Man of Mystery Laserdisc: Austin Powers International Man of Mystery screenshot

The film was released on May 2, 1997 and this laserdisc the same year. This edition has the 2:1 widescreen film and many special features including audio commentary on the left analog audio channel (the right analog audio channel has Dolby Digital Surround sound encoding). The audio and video quality are very good on this which isn't surprising, it's the older discs that start degrading. This is a funny movie with some memorable scenes so I enjoyed it.


August 13, 2021 - Canadian Currency

Canadian 1, 2, 5, 10 dollar bills Canadian coin collection Canadian coin collection Canadian penny

I collected these bills and coins when I was little, maybe around 20+ years ago. Canada's money is colorfull and interesting, more than my native currency (USD). It's cool seeing nature and wildlife on it. It's not even hard to see canadian money circulating in the USA, my bank even gave me a canadian penny mixed in US ones during a withdraw and I've found canadian quarters in vending machines too. The two-dollar coin is super cool made with two different metals.


August 4, 2021 - Nintendo DSi Camera Photos

Nintendo DSi

The Nintendo DSi was released on November 1, 2008. It's improved on most aspects of the previous model and that included an addition of two built in cameras. They are used in the camera app and a number of games. Pictures have a resolution of 640x480 and are saved in the internal memory or an SD card. The camera software has a lot of effects and borders to mess around with. The photos turn out better than you would think but you have to be very still when taking pictures because they will blur easily.

Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Prosecuted! Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Drive-up Payphone Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Landscape Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Shadow in the flowers Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Stream Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Stream Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Waterfall Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Stream Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Stream Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Field Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Wood path Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Train tracks Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Train tracks Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Train tracks Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Abandoned building Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Abandoned building Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Abandoned building Nintendo DSi Camera photo - Abandoned building


July 28, 2021 - Nintendo 64 Transfer Pak

Nintendo 64 Transfer Pak Nintendo 64 Transfer Pak

The Nintendo 64 Transfer Pak was released in 1998. It allows connectivity between Game Boy/Game Boy Color games and a handful of Nintendo 64 games. For most games it doesn't add much extra content.

Pokemon Stadium and Transfer Pak with Green, Red, Blue, and Yellow Pokemon Stadium 2 and Transfer Pak with Gold, Silver, and Crystal

It was packed in with Pokemon Stadium and it's that series where the Transfer Pak gets the most use. The games are region locked so the Japanese GB/GBC games will not work with the North American N64 carts. In the Pokemon Stadium games you can use your GB/GBC games to export pokemon to battle with, oranize pokemon and items, and even play the games using the built in emulator with a speed adjustment.

Pokemon Stadium Game Pak Check screenshot Pokemon Stadium 2 Game Boy emulation screenshot Pokemon Stadium 2 screenshot Pokemon Stadium 2 Egg Emergency screenshot

The Pokemon Stadium games unfortunately turns Missingno into a Ditto and puts the level from 138 to 86, not cool! One of my favorate mini game in Pokemon Stadium 2 is Egg Emergency. I can get a perfect score in hard mode, still need work in very hard mode.

Hori Controller, Nintendo 64 Transfer Pak, Game Boy Camera Nintendo 64DD Mario Artist screenshot Nintendo 64DD Mario Artist screenshot Nintendo 64DD Mario Artist Talent Studio screenshot - Danbo

Of course my favorite use of the Transfer Pak is with the Mario Artist series for the Nintendo 64DD and the Game Boy Camera. You can pick from pictures saved in the camera or take pictures right from the N64 game! After picking or taking a picture you can blur it and change the color of the light and dark areas. The pictures can then be used in the Mario Artist games for whatever you want including creating faces in Talent Studio.


July 17, 2021 - Dry Vanilla Ice by Harukatomiyuki

Dry Vanilla Ice (ドライ・バニラアイス) by Harukatomiyuki (ハルカトミユキ) front Dry Vanilla Ice (ドライ・バニラアイス) by Harukatomiyuki (ハルカトミユキ) back Dry Vanilla Ice (ドライ・バニラアイス) by Harukatomiyuki (ハルカトミユキ) inside Dry Vanilla Ice (ドライ・バニラアイス) by Harukatomiyuki (ハルカトミユキ) track list

Dry Vanilla Ice (ドライ・バニラアイス) is the 1st concert DVD by Harukatomiyuki (ハルカトミユキ) released on August 12, 2013. It's performed at Shibuya WWW. It's one of the rarest DVDs I own. It was only sold at the concert and online for a limited time; I bought it from an auction site. This is an amazing concert even though it's very small and simple. I like the low light atmosphere and a lot of my favorite songs are here. It also includes audio commentary from Haruka and Miyuki.

Three of my favorite songs from the DVD: ヒヤリトミユキ, POOL, and Vanilla. ヒヤリトミユキ changed its name to 7nonsense when released on their first album.


July 12, 2021 - GOLD by UVERworld

GOLD by UVERworld front GOLD by UVERworld back GOLD by UVERworld CD GOLD by UVERworld DVD GOLD by UVERworld promo picture GOLD by UVERworld lyrics

GOLD is the 15th single by UVERworld released on March 31, 2010. I bought this new when it was first released. It's the limited edition version which means alternate cover art and bonus DVD included. I like how golden the cover and discs are, seems to fit the theme. GOLD is a upbeat and exciting song and I like it. The b-sides are not as much and kinda forgetable. Track 3 is a nice slow song though. The DVD has a promo video of an older song called "=" and messages about the bands 5th anniversary. The video for GOLD (not on the included DVD) is Japans first 3D music video; back when 3D was first catching on, now it's dead.

This is the full 6 minute DVD ripped from my disc.


July 9, 2021 - Sony Mavica MVC-FD73 Photos

City and bay Snake eating frog Flowers Closed car dealer Lights Airport Flower Sun dial Flower Flowers Flowers Mushrooms Bug Bridge Berries Airport Airplane Boats River Parking lot Parking lot Flags Lake Flowers Lights Sunset over water Cars on road

I really like these!


July 1, 2021 - Zippy Race

Zippy Race for Famicom Zippy Race for Famicom cartridge front Zippy Race for Famicom cartridge back Zippy Race for Famicom front close-up Zippy Race for Famicom LED

Zippy Race was released in 1985 for the Nintendo Famicom by Irem. It is a motorcycle racing game that was first released as an arcade game in 1983. Irem released multiple Famicom games with LEDs in them and this is the only one of them I own. The LED doesn't have a special purpose other then look cool while the game is running. It definitely makes a unique set of games though.

Zippy Race for Famicom screenshot Zippy Race for Famicom screenshot

It's a challenging game though, made it to the second level after a quick play. It has alternating 2 player too.


June 24, 2021 - Game Boy Camera Photos

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Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Bike near river Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - River Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Sky Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Bench Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Graffiti Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Graffiti Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Barred up door Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Bridge Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Tree roots Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Graffiti on tree Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Graffiti on tree Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Graffiti on tree Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Trees Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Road closed ahead sign Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Stream Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Waterfall Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Leaves and branches Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Stick tepee Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Graffiti Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Stairs Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Water tower Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Window Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Building Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Building Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Building Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Fan in wall Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Sky Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Graffiti Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Graffiti Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Train tracks Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Bridge Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Train tracks

I like some of these a lot!

Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Landscape panorama Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Graffiti panorama

I tried shooting panoramic shots and they turned out better than I thought. The game boy camera has a panorama mode with horizontal or vertical photos and they can be two to four photos long.

Game Boy Camera Printer prints Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - https://7nonsense.neocities.org/ QR code

Taking a picture of a QR code from a computer screen with a Game Boy Camera makes a readable code! The printout is even scanable too. Really cool! I printed a few and put them in places.


June 16, 2021 - Personal Trainer: Walking

Personal Trainer: Walking box front Personal Trainer: Walking pedometer and cartridge Personal Trainer: Walking title screen Personal Trainer: Walking menu icon Personal Trainer: Walking box back

Personal Trainer: Walking was released for the Nintendo DS in 2008. It's not really a game but an interface for two included pedometers for counting steps. The pedometers connect to the DS using infrared built into the game cartridge and can store a week of detailed up to the minute step reports and 30 days of hourly and daily step counts. The device also has an LED that blinks when steps are counted; it starts red and will turn green when you reach the set step target. This is one of the few Nintendo DS games to support Mii characters. You can also transfer a Mii from the Mii Channel on the Wii; this is what I did.

It's a nicely made device and I've read that it is pretty accurate. I've used this for a couple weeks now and it has been interesting to see my activity throughout the day in such detail.

Personal Trainer: Walking rhythm graph Personal Trainer: Walking life rhythm Personal Trainer: Walking step count graph

These are some different types of info you can view. The second image was a day at work and the third was during a biycle ride and walk.


June 8, 2021 - Keychain Digital Camera

Keychain Digital Camera model 66581-UT by Sakar package front Keychain Digital Camera model 66581-UT by Sakar package back Keychain Digital Camera model 66581-UT by Sakar accessories Keychain Digital Camera model 66581-UT by Sakar

The Keychain Digital Camera model 66581-UT by Sakar International was released around 2008. It has a max resolution of 352x288 and 16 MB of internal memory that can hold 20 pictures at the highest setting. There are actually a good amount of settings that can be adjusted by the mode button and the two digit LCD screen. It takes one "AAA" battery that has to stay in the camera or the pictures will be wiped. It's really hard to frame shots, you have to be lucky to get something good. I bought this new on eBay and had a similar one when I was little.

gtkam screenshot

I use gtkam, a libgphoto2 frontend, to get the photos off the camera.

Keychain Digital Camera - Pine cone Keychain Digital Camera - Trees Keychain Digital Camera - Snow Keychain Digital Camera - Frog Keychain Digital Camera - Road in the woods Keychain Digital Camera - Metal thing Keychain Digital Camera - Birch tree Keychain Digital Camera - Woods Keychain Digital Camera - Birch trees Keychain Digital Camera - Trees Keychain Digital Camera - Trees and lake Keychain Digital Camera - Trees and lake Keychain Digital Camera - Field Keychain Digital Camera - Lake Keychain Digital Camera - Lake Keychain Digital Camera - Lake Keychain Digital Camera - Beach Keychain Digital Camera - Lake Keychain Digital Camera - Lake Keychain Digital Camera - Swamp Keychain Digital Camera - Swamp Keychain Digital Camera - Flowers Keychain Digital Camera - Grass and tree

These are the best out of over 120 photos I took with this thing. Some are surprisingly not too bad!


June 1, 2021 - Seiko DPU-3445 Thermal Printer

Seiko DPU-3445 thermal printer Seiko DPU-3445 thermal printer test page Seiko DPU-3445 thermal printer with palm m100 PDA running PalmPrint
The Seiko DPU-3445 thermal printer was released around 2001. It's a small battery powered point of sale type printer. I bought it for only $20 and it is in really good condition and works well. It also came in a nice case. It uses 112 MM wide thermal paper; I was able to find a new pack of 5 rolls online. It uses a serial or infrared connection and I bought it to use with my palm PDA via IrDA. This was written and printed using my PDA!

On my palm PDA I'm using PalmPrint. It has a lot of options and works well except for cutting words off at the line change on the print out.

Seiko DPU-3445 thermal printer bottom with batteries

The printer happens to support the same battery as my Sony Mavica cameras! I didn't know that when I bought it so it was a surprise.

Toshiba 220CDS laptop back IR port Windows 98 infrared monitor screenshot

I also connected the printer via IR to my Toshiba 220CDS laptop running Windows 98. On the generic text driver it printed the test page with no problem and no pesky wires needed.


May 25, 2021 - Olympus Camedia D-100 Digital Camera

Olympus Camedia D-100 front Olympus Camedia D-100 back

The Olympus Camedia D-100 was released in 2001. It can record a 640x480 or 1280x960 resolution image and uses a SmartMedia card to save. Like a lot of these point-and-shoot cameras there is no opitcal zoom only 2x digital. It's a little slow and clunky to use but ok when you get used to it. It sucks batteries down quick so the screen is used just for confirming/reviewing shots and settings. The viewfinder works well for normal shots but requires practice for macro shots as expected; I had trouble keeping the screen on during macro shots for some reason.

Caterpillar nest Path in the woods Flowers Stream in the woods Abandoned building with graffiti Trees Path to barn Flowers Flowers Flower by fallen tree Flowers Train tracks Train tracks over river Flowers

It didn't do too bad of a job, it was a nice cloudy day when I took the pictures.


May 25, 2021 - Birds

Bird Bird nest Baby birds Baby birds

The birds hatched! Their mom wasn't very happy when I was near and was yelling at me.

Baby birds

Update from May 31. Getting so big!


May 17, 2021 - Sony Mavica MVC-FD91 Photos

Bird eggs Dandelion flower Flower Flowers Flowers Dandelion flower seeds Flowers

I got the trusty Mavica FD91 out and there's still nothing better haha. The manual focus, viewfinder, and tilting LCD screen makes things so much easier. The eggs are still safe but the bird picked a bad spot for a nest.


May 14, 2021 - Sony Mavica MVC-FD73 Photos

Cherry trees Cherry blossoms Cherry blossoms Flowers Bird eggs Flower Flower Tree Dandelion flowers

My only complaint with this camera is getting the autofocus to do what I want!


April 30, 2021 - Palm m100 PDA

Palm m100 PDA Palm m100 PDA Palm m100 PDA Palm m100 PDA - Bomberman for palm os by hudson soft Palm m100 PDA - Note app

The Palm m100 was released in 2000. It is a touchscreen PDA with a monochrome screen. It uses a serial or infrared connection to sync with a desktop computer. The bottom part of the screen has some quick access buttons and the handwriting recognition area. The recognition is not bad once you get used to it. It powers up instantly and runs on two "AAA" batteries that should last for months. The batteries are also required to keep all data in memory. This is a good and bad thing, the good thing is just rip the batteries out in an emergency when you want all data deleted, and the bad is you need to do regular backups and keep an eye on the battery levels. This device has no internet connections at all, only serial and infrared. That means no dead apps requiring a running server; I like this fact. The infrared is really cool, you can beam apps and files to other devices and use remote control apps. There are also a lot of apps and games you can find online, some very useful. My favorites are a unit converter, RPN calculator, file manager, clock, IR remote, drawing apps, workout log, and many games. The main apps, date book, address book, todo list, and memo are all great too (buttons on bottom for quick access to these).

I'm trying to use the palm regularly and it has already come in handy a couple times and is faster and easier than dealing with my tracking device...I mean "smart" phone.

Froggy on Palm m100 vs Frogger on Game Boy Light Dr. Mario Liberty emulator on Palm m100 vs Dr. Mario on Game Boy Light

A frogger clone that looks, plays, and sounds just like the one I have for Game Boy. Dr. Mario playing on the Liberty Game Boy emulator. The emulator looks really good but plays slow and with no audio.

Palm m100 PDA electroluminescent backlight vs Game Boy Light

This is the Palm's electroluminescent backlight compared to a Game Boy Light. It's not as bright and inverted. I love this kind of backlight even though it's dim and only usable in complete darkness.

Palm desktop on windows 98 screenshot J-Pilot 1.8.2 on gnu/linux screnshot

At first I used the Palm Desktop software on my Windows 98 laptop, then I bought a serial to USB converter so I could use it on my main computer. The software I'm using is J-Pilot and all functions work nicely.


April 23, 2021 - Sony Mavica MVC-FD73 Photos

Flower Danbo behind fence Danbo in the flowers Danbo under a tree Flowers Birch log Water Flower Growing trees Birch log Swamp Lake

April 21, 2021 - Matchbox Cars

Matchbox collector's mini case Matchbox collector's mini case with models Matchbox models - trucks Matchbox models Matchbox models Matchbox models

I have 29 Matchbox cars in a nice collectors case from around 1969. They are made in England and very detailed. These were my dads who originally bought and played with them. I also have a Hot Wheels collection from when I was little but I think I like Matchbox more.


April 15, 2021 - Yurayura by Hearts Grow

Yurayura (ユラユラ) by Hearts Grow front cover Yurayura (ユラユラ) by Hearts Grow back cover OBI Yurayura (ユラユラ) by Hearts Grow back cover Yurayura (ユラユラ) by Hearts Grow inside with CD

Yurayura (ユラユラ) is the second single by Hearts Grow released on December 6, 2006. It was used as the 9th opening of the anime Naruto and has a special back cover with artwork from it. I like the CD art of the bands logo. I first heard this song in 2009 or so and really liked it, so catchy; one of the only songs I can sing along to. The B-side isn't anything special and track 3 is the instrumental of track 1. Hearts Grow disbanded in 2009 unfortunately.


April 13, 2021 - Sony Mavica MVC-FD73 Photos

Light bulb Bay Bay Boat Bridge River River - Slow no wake Edge of bridge Lake Cattails Flowers Leaves Daffodil flower Flower Thorns Dandelion flower Moss Flowers Small plant

Flowers are starting to bloom!


April 7, 2021 - All in 1 USB 2.0 Card Reader

All in 1 USB 2.0 Card Reader Model A-8819B box front All in 1 USB 2.0 Card Reader Model A-8819B box back All in 1 USB 2.0 Card Reader Model A-8819B box inside All in 1 USB 2.0 Card Reader Model A-8819B Memory cards

This is a generic USB memory card reader and writer from the early 2000's. I bought this new on eBay. I've been expanding my camera collection and need to work with memory other than floppy disks. This seems to support everything I need and even has cool LEDs on it! It came with a software CD and USB extension cable. Now I have to figure out which hole each card goes in.

All in 1 USB 2.0 Card Reader Model A-8819B software cd screenshot All in 1 USB 2.0 Card Reader Model A-8819B software cd screenshot

I was surprised to see a lot of different stuff on the software CD. The second image are the files for this device. This is plug and play on newer computers so normally you would not need any of these files.


April 5, 2021 - Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P32 Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P32 front Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P32 back Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P32 screen

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P32 was released in 2003. It's really simple to use and I was suprised on how clear and nice the photos were. There is no optical zoom which is unfortunate but it has "smart zoom"; I guess that's better than digital zoom but I still didn't use it. I'm actually glad it takes two "AA" batteries rather than dealing with proprietary rechargeable sony batteries. The cameras OS is quick and easy to control which has been normal for these early Sony digital cameras.

Bike near lake Boardwalk through woods Boardwalk benches Leaves on boardwalk Plant Birch trees and cattails Pine cone Twisted tree River Graffiti Graffiti on abandoned building Graffiti on abandoned building Field Path through field Stream Abandoned building Abandoned building Cattails

There were some beautiful days, still not a lot of color but it will come soon.


March 29, 2021 - Radio Shack EC-21 Calculator

Radio Shack EC-21 Calculator and Blackjack case Radio Shack EC-21 Calculator and Blackjack front Radio Shack EC-21 Calculator and Blackjack back Radio Shack EC-21 Calculator and Blackjack front Radio Shack EC-21 Calculator and Blackjack VFD display

The Radio Shack EC-21 Calculator and Blackjack Game was released in 1978. It's a simple calculator with a blackjack game included! It was easy to figure out and is pretty fun to play. It has a case, a nice aluminum body, clicky buttons, and a beautiful VFD display. I found it at a thrift store for a few dollars a couple days ago.


March 21, 2021 - Sony Mavica MVC-FD87 Photos

Trees Tree Stream Trees Lake behind trees Trees Stream Mossy logs Pond Lake

Really nice out today, went for a walk.


March 13, 2021 - Game Boy Camera Photos and More

Game Boy Camera Printer prints Game Boy Camera Printer prints Game Boy Camera Printer prints
Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Paczki donuts Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Danbo on TV Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Puzzle pieces Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Famicom disk system box Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Baby mario Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Window Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Super Famicom controller Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Super Famicom mouse Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Map Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Reel-to-Reel Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Reel-to-Reel Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Snow melting Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Bird bath Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Trees Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Bird feeder Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Snow height meter Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Tree Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Plant in pot Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Wheel Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Owl Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Tree Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Bird house Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Laptop computer Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Lava lamp Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Yotsuba with flags Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Matchbox cars Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Basketball hoop Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Tree Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Tree

These are from the last couple months. Starting to get warmer out!

Nintendo Game Boy Camera screenshot - Shutterbug US, EU Nintendo Game Boy Camera screenshot - Shutterbug JP Nintendo Game Boy Camera screenshot - Game Face Nintendo Game Boy Camera screenshot - Game Face Nintendo Game Boy Camera screenshot - Ball

In the Japanese Game Boy Camera (Pocket Camera) I noticed that the game face doodle mode didn't exist. I couldn't find any info how to do it until I was looking at the 1999 Nintendo Pocket Camera website. The secret number one explained to hold select and press down until you go onto a hidden selection. I was able to edit my game face now! I thought I knew all the secrets but I guess not!

Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - Baby mario Nintendo Game Boy Camera photo - DJ - Tripy-H Nintendo Game Boy Camera screenshot - DJ Nintendo Game Boy Camera screenshot - DJ Sound 1 Nintendo Game Boy Camera screenshot - DJ Sound 2 Nintendo Game Boy Camera screenshot - DJ Noise

I printed out music I made in the DJ game mode. Also have screenshots to compare with the printout. The Mario photo was printed with a special wild frame and comment.


March 5, 2021 - Panasonic ipalm PV-DC3000 Digital Camera

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The Panasonic ipalm PV-DC3000 was released in 2000 and was one of the first cameras to support SD cards. I like the unique look of it and it's built solid but they used a rubber coating over half of it that is getting a little sticky. It can do up to 2048x1536 images, 320x240 videos, and uncompressed TIFF's. It takes a bit to turn on and SUCKSSS batteries down (4 AA's). The zoom is slow and loud and only 2x optical unfortunately. The low light is not great and the flash blows everything out; I wish you could turn down the flash power level. Still, it's a nice historically significant camera that I can't wait to use more of.

Ice Tree reflection in ice Tree Moss Leaf in snow Leaves Tracks in snow Pine tree in snow Log in snow Snow on log Moss on log Leaves Rock Sony TC-630 Reel-to-Reel Sony TC-630 Reel-to-Reel tape counter Fresh baked cookies

Taken with the Panasonic ipalm PV-DC3000 from the past couple days.


February 24, 2021 - Laserdisc: The Cranberries Live

The Cranberries Live Laserdisc front The Cranberries Live Laserdisc back The Cranberries Live Laserdisc The Cranberries Live Laserdisc lyrics The Cranberries Live Laserdisc tracklist The Cranberries Live Laserdisc screenshot

I have the Japanese Laserdisc version of this released on January 25, 1995. This is a concert at the London Astoria 2 on January 14, 1994. This Laserdisc is a 2-sided CLV disc with digital and analog tracks. The Japanese version adds subtitles to what Dolores says in between songs. There is a nice booklet included with a tracklist on the front and lyrics to all the songs inside along with info in Japanese. This is a really good concert, a lot of my favorites are included.

The Cranberries Live DVD front

I also have this on DVD released in 2005 with added surround sound, picture gallery, and randomised play mode. I really prefer the Laserdisc version; the DVD doesn't seem to look or sound as good.


February 17, 2021 - KL-1 Circular Slide Rule

KL-1 Circular Slide Rule front KL-1 Circular Slide Rule front KL-1 Circular Slide Rule front KL-1 Circular Slide Rule back

This is a Soviet circular slide rule from the 70's. It's the size of a pocket watch, works well, and is a very interesting device. The front face is used for multiplication, division, and squares. The back face is for trigonometry functions.


February 8, 2021 - Sony Mavica MVC-FD73 Photos

Clock Dog Toilet Snowy field Plant Pinecone Tire tracks in snow Pine tree branch Ice in leaves Sony trinitron Nintendo Pocket Camera Diskun Pocket Sonar Game Boy Printer test print Glow in the dark puzzle Game Boy Camera photo on old tv Beware of dog sign Small model car Dragon Dragon Nintendo Color TV Game Block Kuzushi Nintendo Color TV Game Block Kuzushi Keychain games Danger! Nintendo Color TV Game 15 box Nintendo DS Pokemon Green

From the past few weeks. It's my first time using this camera and I like the simplicity and the great 10x zoom! It's also one of the lowest resolution cameras I have but thats not going to stop it from getting good photos.


January 24, 2021 - Nintendo Famicom Disk System Belt Repair

Nintendo Famicom Disk System box, ram adapter, ac, mahjong Nintendo Famicom Disk System ram adapter in twin famicom Nintendo Famicom Disk System mahjong Nintendo Famicom Disk System Chatnoir Professional Mahjong Gokuu screenshot Nintendo Famicom Disk System soccer

I imported a cheap boxed Famicom Disk System (released in 1986 for the Famicom) from Japan and knew it would need repair. I have a few new belts already and have successfully repaired one before. This is the third one in my collection now. I also have a Twin Famicom that I used to test it. This Disk System is in very good condition and came with the RAM adapter, AC adapter (normally sold separately), and a game "Professional Mahjong Gokuu". The game is supposed to be a single sided Nintendo published game "Mahjong" but was apparently written in a kiosk with the two sided Chatnoir published version of mahjong instead. I used that other disk "Soccer" and the B-side "Baseball" to test it too.

Nintendo Famicom Disk System inside Nintendo Famicom Disk System inside Nintendo Famicom Disk System ram adapter inside

Opening it up is easy, just six screws. All that's in there is the disk drive, power supply, and battery compartment. It can be powered with six "C" size batteries. The RAM adapter has all the brains in it.

Nintendo Famicom Disk System old belt Nintendo Famicom Disk System old belt

The old original belt all melted and stuck to the parts inside. Rubbing alcohol took care of it quickly. I didn't bother to turn it on and test it before since it would make more of a mess.

Nintendo Famicom Disk System new belt Nintendo Famicom Disk System new belt

The new belt inside, hope it will last another 30 years.

Famicom Disk System spindle adjust

It's important to align the spindle. I loosened the hex screw and pointed it to the read/write head then tightened it again. I didn't do this at first and it could not read most games tested (error 27).

Nintendo Famicom Disk System read/write head Nintendo Famicom Disk System raised nintendo lockout

Here is the read/write head (which I cleaned) and the disk drive face plate that includes the raised letters "NINTENDO" to allow official games to play in the drive.


January 16, 2021 - MY SHORT STORIES by YUI

MY SHORT STORIES by YUI cover MY SHORT STORIES by YUI back MY SHORT STORIES by YUI CD MY SHORT STORIES by YUI DVD MY SHORT STORIES by YUI lyric booklit MY SHORT STORIES by YUI sticker

MY SHORT STORIES is a B-side collection album by YUI and released on November 12, 2008. This is the limited edition which includes different cover art, DVD, and sticker. This is one of my favorite albums from YUI. Some of my favorite tracks are Skyline (6), Free Bird (7), and Oh My God (9).

MY SHORT STORIES by YUI DVD screenshot MY SHORT STORIES by YUI DVD screenshot

The DVD includes three music videos and live concert footage. The concert song selection is really good and the added street lives throughout are nice. With 62 min of content this is one of the best bonus DVD's to come with an album; usually it's just a collection of music videos.


January 7, 2021 - Tempo Digital Clock

Tempo Digital Clock Model TDC front Tempo Digital Clock Model TDC back

The Tempo Digital Clock Model TDC was probably made around the 80's. I don't know much about it, couldn't find anything online. I found it at Goodwill and was immediately interested in it. It works well but seemed to lose a few seconds after a day. The hold switch pauses the time and still allows you to set it with the two buttons.

Tempo Digital Clock Model TDC inside front Tempo Digital Clock Model TDC inside Tempo Digital Clock Model TDC inside Tempo Digital Clock Model TDC MM5314N chip close-up