I didn’t realized my CD was a Korean import until it arrived. Not that it matters as long as it’s not bootleg. The obi strip says “PONYCANYON KOREA.” The tracks are exactly the same. Inside there’s a sticker of the front cover art. iTunes Japan also has Kiki’s OST except it’s missing the last two tracks.
I replaced my 50″ Pioneer Elite plasma with an 80″ Sharp AQUOS LED. I like the picture better on the plasma–The picture was clear and bright at any angle. You have to be sitting directly in front of the LED to see clearly. Also, the Sharp’s color seems unnatural. It takes some getting used to. The Sharp is perfect for anime though. It’s nice watching Crunchyroll on a tv this big at 1080i. I’m using a Mac Mini. You might see it below the screen.
I love the fact I can watch Crunchyroll during my break at work. I’m not limited to watching on my phone either. I hook my Droid Razr to the TV using a HDMI to HDMI micro cable.
Sword of the Stranger is one of the few anime I’ve seen at the theater. I’ve also seen Ghost In The Shell (1995) and Cowboy Bebop (2001).
There’s over 2,000 songs in my anime and jpop playlist that I want to hear but my iPod keeps playing the same songs over and over. The Shuffle feature doesn’t seem to help either. I’ve played around with the Last Played feature and achieved the desired results.
Create a Smart Playlist with the Last Played and “is not in the last” option. Go back in time as far as possible then stop where there is still music. This is your first playlist. It may only have a few songs–songs you haven’t heard in the longest time. Your first few playlists will be sparse. Keep adjusting the time forward to keep songs in your playlist. The drawback to this playlist is having to adjust it.
I just ordered another 10,000 yen iTunes card and noticed the price dropped. Last year, the price for the same card was $136. Then the price went up to $141 in January. Now it’s $124. That’s better. I was slightly discouraged when they raised their price in January. Japan Codes is cheaper than JBOX for iTunes cards. That’s why I keep using them.
They were ordered from Amazon Japan and shipped by Tenso. There’s a mix of new and used CDs.
My package held in U.S. Customs finally arrives. It appears untouched. The packing slip was still sealed in its pouch. Looks like my package just sat there for 3 days without being inspected.
My CDs from Japan should have arrived 3 days ago. Instead, they’re sitting in U.S. Customs. I haven’t had this happen before. I called Customs at (877) 227-5511 today. They said my package can be held for 45 days. She said since it was CDs there shouldn’t be a problem. I asked what happens if I haven’t received them after 45 days. She said contact the U.S. Postal Service.
I searched the Internet and one Customs person said, “shipments just sit at the cargo location without being examined or inspected, especially air shipments.” So Customs people get off your lazy asses and do your job. Get off the Internet! Get off facebook! Stop reading this blog and clear my package!