Back with new content and a new PC

大学生の人生は大変だろう

Alright then… first post of 2016. Sorry about the sudden disappearance of new posts. What was supposed to be a month-long break from the blog for school turned out to be a disaster.

You see, I was going to write a Christmas/New Years post about my 2015 weeb highlights for 12 Days of Anime, but apparently my blog was hacked (hence the new layout you see before you, my old customized Pool theme was infected and had to be replaced because it was no longer supported by WordPress). Based Maestro thankfully fixed the blog for me, kudos for the great service even after all these years. But by then, it was no longer Christmas nor New Years Eve, so I decided to scrap that post entirely and the disappointment made me go on an indefinite break. I did spend some time to rework a newer theme to my liking, but… that was basically it. I think I have an idea as to why my blog was hacked, but I’m not going to get into it. Not worth it.

Here are some of the anime/manga/video game titles you may have seen if I was able to write the post on time: Owarimonogatari, One-Punch Man, Non Non Biyori Repeat, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu, Shenmue III, and others. I might probably just give them individual articles one day, however.

But yeah, what have been up to since my last post? Well, my typical normie life aside, I managed to save enough to build myself a new PC during Black Friday, of course for my Design major, digital fan art, HD/1440p PC gaming, console emulation, and XTREME!!111 animu viewing. Here are the build specs.

Processor: Intel Core i7 4790k @ 4.00GHz (with overclock later when I get a better CPU cooler)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 5 (the psuedo-sound card audio quality provided by the motherboard is sextastic out of the box)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Red 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866
Local Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
Secondary Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (should have gotten the 2TB version, but I was a dumbass and got scared by Backblaze’s circumstantial failure rate statistics)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer (reused, the case leaves room for me to add in a Bluray player, but I already have a PS3 in the meantime)
Case Fans: 1 Stock (Bottom-mounted), 1 Thermaltake Pure 12 LED 41.0 CFM 120mm Fan (rear)
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Drawing Tablet: Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch w/ Clip Studio Paint Pro
Monitor: Dell ST231​0 23″ Full​ HD Widesc​reen LCD
Speakers: Altec Lansing ATP3 3-Piece Speaker System

Once I get my gaming keyboard/mouse combo and a new mouse pad, I’ll post pics of my setup. Very recently, I also received my copy of The Fruit of Grisaia along with the Grisaia series display box from Sekai Project’s KickStarter (the side I have on display vs. the other side). Can’t wait for the other two to come out.

Anyways, I’ve planned to start off a new year of Mahou Zenkai ~The Otaku Spot~ with a new series of posts called Localization Decisions For Literal Dummies, where I take a piss on extremely asinine localization/translation decisions and mishaps that happen in Official English versions/subtitles of the anime, manga, and games that come over here. Quality Control can be really bad on the translation side because of editors (people taking the translated text and making it sound natural in spoken English) not being familiar with the source material. Generally though, it also probably happens because they weren’t really thinking period or they’re just simply the type of people that like to smear their shit all over foreign works because they think they’re more creative than the original creators. With video games, it also isn’t limited to translation, but also handling the UI and typesetting as well. This series will generally consist of shitshortposts unless the subject matter happens to be really, really stupid.

Just as always, I’ll also continue to update my series of Cardcaptor Sakura posts and continue my recap of the Suzumiya Haruhi light novels. I must say, I am absolutely hyped at what CLAMP has in store for Cardcaptor Sakura‘s 20th anniversary. Cheers to an upcoming fun year.

2 thoughts on “Back with new content and a new PC”

  1. Welcome back.. From the specs, it looks like a powerful computer. I would consider building my own custom Hackintosh since I am not that happy with the new Mac lacking upgradability and no nVidia graphics, but I settled with an older 2006 Mac Pro I got on the cheap and then upgraded the processors to two quad core Xeon 3.0 GHz (eight cores close to the performance of a first gen Core i7), a nVidia Geforce GTX 970, 250 GB Samsung SSD, 750 GB 2.5 7200 RPM HD from my 2012 Macbook Pro (which got an SSD) and 16 GB of ram and it runs games. While it has old buses that limit the potential of the SSD and possibly the GPU, it runs games decently close to 30 to 60 fps at 1080p when the games can use all 8 cores, which is true with some of the newer AAA games. Even runs Raise of the Tomb Raider decently at full resolution. I guess since I know how to upgrade CPUs and applying thermal paste, maybe I’ll build one in the future once I get a promotion and possibly when the new nVidia Pascal GPUs come out

    But yes, I’m not a big fan of Windows 10 given the privacy issues and forced updates, which is why I would rather use other OSes and continue to use Windows 7 until its not supported.

  2. @chikorita157: Tinkering with an older Mac computer and adding in new parts is a nice viable temporary solution until you save up the funds to build a Hackintosh with all the DIY parts. It’s a shame that Apple makes it a pain to install OSX on commodity hardware. The operating system is pretty much the only reason to go with an Apple product, so if there was a world where you could easily install OSX onto a machine you built yourself (failure to upgrade soldered parts and dealing with a 5400RPM hard drive for content creation is a big no for the price range) + boot camp for games without worrying about part compatibility and running into issues, I would totally support that option 100%. Though I am completely comfortable with Windows 7 by itself, Final Cut Pro X and other Mac-exclusive software is pretty sexy.

    Yeah, I’m staying away from Windows 10 right now. I like the UI and the snappiness, but that privacy issue and forced updates aren’t worth it for anyone imo. I already have everyone I need with Windows 7… until they give it the boot.

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