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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

Panasonic ipalm PV-DC3000 Panasonic ipalm PV-DC3000 Panasonic ipalm PV-DC3000 Panasonic ipalm PV-DC3000 Panasonic ipalm PV-DC3000 Panasonic ipalm PV-DC3000

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