Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Final Japanese Post

Like Emily said, I just bought a new laptop. It is an HP Pavilion dv4000. Is that good?

The old laptop was shutting off whenever I ran a program that used a lot of memory...like Windows Movie Maker.

I kept trying to make something similar to the following movie, but everytime I tried to convert it into a .mov file, the frickin' computer crashed. Grrrr!!!!

When I got the new computer, I slapped together this video using two video files, a few purikura pictures, and a jpop CD:

Click HERE if the video does not work

The name of the picture booth is purikura. The English translation is "print club." Japanese school girls take to purikura like a sorority girl takes to strawberry martinis and cheap beer.

Every school girl has a little book filled with pictures. The printed pictures are only as big as a finger nail, even so most girls have pages and pages of purikura pictures. It takes them years to fill up their books.

I hope the video captures the insanity of purikura. I can understand why the girls think it is so fantastic. Not only is it a lot of fun, with the music, the different backgrounds, and then the million different ways to decorate, but the lighting is also very flattering, so even a zitty-faced fat girl comes out looking like a super model.

These machines are all over the place. They are in all of the malls, in department stores, and sometimes are just on the side of the road. We found this machine underneath Takaoka Station.

I don't get it, either.

This should be the last post about Japan.


I miss you, Japan!


gretel said...

japan misses both of you too!

angry sicilian said...

Operating System: MS Windows XP Home
Processor Name: Intel Pentium M 750
Processor Speed: 1.86 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
Hard Drive Capacity: 80 GB
Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 GM
Primary Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW
Wireless: 802.11g
Screen Size: 15.4 inches
Screen Size Type: widescreen
System Weight: 6.4 lbs

Sucks for video games, good for stealing internet, battery life, and surfin' the web.

Upgrade the ram in the future.

A traveler like you should make good use of HP's QuickPlay feature that allows you to watch DVDs without booting the computer.

LightScribe is fun for direct disk printing, don't do it when you need to go somewhere fast or are using batteries. It takes a while.

-- Your HP Rep.

Jill said...


Should have bought a Mac.

Anonymous said...

im so confused...are the pictures really the size of a finger nail? how can you possibly see them?

Saipan Chamoale said...

Japan is on this Earth to give small useless things.

Yes, the pictures are that small and yes girls spend half a decade (or longer) filling up their books.

Anonymous said...

this is for angelo...
oh yeah welll our photo booths are cooler... i mean the pics are true classic b/w photos...and the fat pimple girl is never mistaken.
Alex form orlando roy's.