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$1 Solution to my problem.

March 14, 2009 Leave a comment

What I wanted….

  • Headphones that sounded decent, not audiophile quality.
  • Remote control for the iPhone with a mic.
  • Portability.
  • Cans that wouldn’t fall out of my ears when I turn my head.

The stock iPhone headphones provided 75% of my needs. They would just fall out of my ears whenever I turned my head or moved. So I bought a $30 pair of inner-ear cans, which also provided 75% of my needs. Every time the wires moved (97% of my listening time), it was annoying beyond usability. Inner-ear headphones can go to hell from now one.

Was there a 100% effective solution for me at a decent price? I think yes!

iHeadphone Remake

A trip to the “dollar store” (100 Yen store here on this side of the Pacific), led me to a package of foam earphone covers. With these babies applied to the stock headphones, I get my decent sound (some will argue), mic, remote, portability, and they don’t fall out of my ears!

I thought I had outgrown this phase, but I’m beginning to create another headphone graveyard. I had a headphone graveyard back in Sea-town, and now I’m making another one here in K-town. These will have to do until I can afford my Sennheiser HD-25-II’s.

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In-ear headphones… is it just me?

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment
Hate you.

Hate you.

So I just bought a new pair of in-ear headphones for my iPhone, they were not my first. Several years ago I bought a pair of Sony’s that sounded really nice, but bit the dust after a couple months.

My new cans, just like my old Sony’s had a problem… a freaking annoying problem that I believe occur with any in-ear headphone. While they suppress ambient noise very well, they operate like stethoscopes. Every step I take, every move I make [sic]… freaking sends sounds through the cable into my ears!!! What’s a worse distraction when listening to Sting, ambient noise from cars driving by, or crunching on a potato chip with your ears plugged. I really can’t imagine those $300 – $1000+ varieties to operate any better, either.

I don’t want to say it, but I will… I’ll never buy another pair of in-ear headphones again. Now I have my eyes set on these babies.

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P for PictureBook

December 25, 2008 Leave a comment


From jkOnTheRun… I’m starting to get excited! Unfortunately, the end price may end up breaking the bank. Hopefully, $NaN.00 doesn’t mean, “If you have to ask, it’s too much.”

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2008 Leave a comment
A KFC Christmas

A KFC Christmas

So we’re a day ahead of the US. I can still wish everyone back home a Merry Christmas.

One of the interesting things I learned many years ago is the tradition family Christmas Eve dinner is KFC. Here in Kanazawa (and probably other areas), KFC basically closes down and you’re only able to buy if you’ve pre-ordered.

Combine the party barrel with a Christmas cake, and you’re good to go – Japanese style.

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Happy Birthday Domo-kun

December 22, 2008 Leave a comment


Now famous all over the world, Domo-kun was born on December 22nd, 1998 to promote NHK’s BS station.

Categories: Japan, Stuff

Amazon MP3 download issues in Japan.

November 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Ever since Amazon launched their MP3 download service of DRM-free songs, I’ve been a fan. So when people asked me what kind of present to send me while I’m in Japan, I’ve said Amazon gift certificates so I could buy songs from them. With the release of a couple of new albums I planned on purchasing, I used my newly gifted Amazon credit and attempted to download.

According to the download faq, Amazon does not block downloads of music from outside the US. The only requirements are a US billing address and payment method (US issued credit card or gift certificate). So what happened? Basically, when I attempted to download half of the songs downloaded and the other half failed. In several rounds with customer service, apparently the files were there, but for some reason they would not download.

Results with Amazon downloader just said the download failed and to contact customer service. Trying to download individual files in Safari downloaded a 0.2kb file. Firefox was a little more helpful, giving the following error:

File Not Found
Firefox can’t find the file at; filename=”10 – She.mp3″&e=1227791218&h=2aebd576fc04ed68de951a75b0fa6c38.

While a resolution may have been possible over the phone, I didn’t want to pay for the international phone call. So after everything was said and done Amazon decided to refund my money, basically giving up. I’ll be trying iTunes next.

Has anyone out there had any experience fixing this issue?

Praying mantis

September 5, 2008 Leave a comment

I’m trying out wp on my iPhone. Check out this praying mantis.

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