June 7, 2018 I Go Back To Purple! (Samsung Galaxy S9+)

After months of searching, I finally got me a new cellphone.  Not really new as it is an open box item, but new to me.  After years of using a Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, I finally got me a new phone.  I did write up a post about my “journey” of getting a new cellphone, but it got halted due to my computer situation.  I may put it up in the future, but I don’t know.  It was half complete & I don’t know if it will be good material to put up in the future.  I will think about it.  Anyways, this is what I got.

This is the Samsung Galaxy S9+ in lilac purple.  This again is an open box from Best Buy’s Geek Squad.  Reason why I went for the open box route is not only it was on sale, but I didn’t know what phone to get.  I spent too much time waiting.  Waiting for new tech like foldable screen & under screen fingerprint reader.  There are a lot of brands out there, but I decided to stick with Samsung for now since I know what I’m getting.  Plus, you purple on the phone, I go in.

I have a feeling that I will change phones much sooner than this current run.  It took me nearly 4 years to change phones which isn’t too bad in terms of getting value from my Galaxy Note Edge.  So, getting an open box phone versus brand new was a good decision on my part at least.  Phone lifecycles are now shorter than before as well.  I may change brands in the future.  Those China brands are getting better & better, so I may go that route.

In terms of the phone’s condition, looks very good.  Was concern about scratches & dents, but I found none from what I saw.  Very good.  But I don’t plan to use the phone yet since I want to get a case & screen protector for it.  Got them ordered already, but they are coming from China.  So long wait.  Until then, my Galaxy Note Edge needs to hold out for now.  Was planning to use the Galaxy S9+ if I found some physical damage to it.  But it was not the case.  Phone got lucky.

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Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight & Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight Coming Early 2019 In North America & Europe

So Atlus USA finally made the announcement of bring Persona 3 Dancing in Moonlight & Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight outside of Japan & into North America & Europe early 2019.  What?  Don’t I mean Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night & Persona 5 Dancing Star Night?  No.  What I typed earlier is correct.  Atlus USA decided to change the name a bit for those 2 games.  Don’t believe me?  Look at these official trailers.

Was going to make a separate post about the differences, but that’s too much & too little content for it.  So, I’m going to do it here.

Aside from the titles being different from the Japanese & English names, the biggest one is the name of the protagonist of the games.  They don’t have names in the English version which is strange.  The Japanese version has the official names & I don’t know why the English doesn’t take them.  They got the name for Persona 4’s protagonist over here, so why not the over 2?  The anime adaptions for the P3 & P5 carries the names & they were shown here with those names.  Maybe it will change later.

Anyways, the P3D & P5D will be released for the Playstation 4 & Playstation Vita.  But the Vita will only have a digital release since Sony will have stopped production of Vita game cartridges when the game released here.  The PS4 version is said to have a special edition.  What it is will be announced at a later date.  Probably around E3.  It may be the same as the Japanese version with the 2 games being released as one package with some tweets here & there.  But I will buy that special edition for sure if the contents in there makes sense to get.  I may get the PSV version as well since the game is more designed for that type of console & headphone setup.  But PS4 version will be on my list for the PS VR mode even though it will probably be garbage.

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Online Dating Site: JapanCupid Experience Part 4 (Special Add-On)

Just a little thing that I did on JapanCupid.  I know that I mentioned that I dropped it from the experiment, but there is a change.  It’s not really a big thing, but it is something that I should have done a long time ago.

As I mentioned before, I kept using JapanCupid but at a very rare occurrence.  Although I dropped it off, I kept it for international friends & penpal searches.  But I decided to go back to it to see what’s there.  Not a huge change.

It remains very low in the number of girls on there in terms of what I’m looking for & in my area.  To make things more worse, they don’t go online much according to their login history.  If you look at it closely, it is way too long.

Thinking of trying it again, I redid my profile.  It’s not the same as my OKC & POF profiles.  But it has some of the stuff in my profile that won’t make it look too different from those 2 accounts.  The profile has me mentioning that I am looking to date & make  friends/penpals.  After completing my profile, I decided to message a girl that got my attention.

The girl I got me attention has a bunch of nice personality traits that I liked.  Our beliefs about love in terms of not cheating & lying matches was one of them.  There are some things that I don’t match with her in terms of hobbies & interests & I don’t know how far she is from my location.

The search engine only gives a minimum distance of within 50km.  That is huge based on where I am as within 50km can go down past the US border.  Close to Seattle almost.  The potential girl is listed in Vancouver, but that is a huge area.  It can span to North Vancouver which is nearly a hour drive for me from where I am.  Nevertheless, I took a chance & messaged her.

In my message, I basically said that I like what I saw in her profile but not in detail.  I also mentioned how I noticed that she hasn’t been online for a long time & hope she is willing to chat with me if she is still looking & not in a relationship.  Ended it off saying that I respect her decision if she doesn’t want to talk to me if I’m not who I’m looking for.  After sending it, I nearly forgot something that JapanCupid does.

After sending the messaging, I got a message notice saying how the message is locked & can’t be viewed unless the girl or I become pay members.  I remember this situation from before, but didn’t remember how it worked.  If you don’t remember how it works, let me refresh you.

Cause I’m not a paid member, my messages will not work.  I will not be able to send or read messages to & from standard members.  If a paid member sends me a message, I can read it but I can’t write back.  If I send a message to a paid member, that person can read it & write back.  In terms of reading that reply back, that part I’m not sure.  I assume I can read it if I read the rules correctly.  Because the girl that I send the message to can’t read my message, I thought about paying for membership.

Looking at the membership prices, I didn’t expect to see those price ranges.  There are options for a month, 3 months & a year.  Regardless of more months being more cheaper, the prices aren’t.  There is a gold tier & a platinum tier.  The price difference is around $5 a month.  But the price for gold is $34.99 per month.  This is Canadian dollars.  To me that is a lot!  Considering the number of girls that I’m looking for & their frequency being online, this is not worth it.  Even for experiment purpose, too costly.  Other dating sites are much cheaper.  More than half JapanCupid’s prices.  I did mention that I don’t plan to put money down on these dating sites.  I was willing to make an exception for this one since it was going out of the experiment.

So I decided to leave it & use the “interested” function on the girl to let her know that I am trying to communicate with her.  I don’t know if she will see that I have sent a message to her (or even get a notification about it), but I put the interest thing up to at least try to get her to read my profile & show that I’m not a bot in some way.

When I put up that interest & message, she didn’t log in for 3 months.  Two weeks later, I find that she logged in.  But she won’t do anything.  There was no sign of her looking at my profile in response.  Don’t know if she got a notification that she got a message as well.  So I assume she has no interest in me or she has a lot of notifications from other people from a 3 months of absence & didn’t reach mine’s.  Working that list.  Either way, no response.

In her profile, she mention being a temporary.  Not sure if she means on temporary working visa or something.  I just did the messaging & interest nevertheless.  After sending the message, I had an idea that could overcome the communication issue.

To “resolve” the communication issue where I & a potential partner would face, I decided to add into my profile my OKC & POF names while mentioning the messaging problem.  I don’t know if it is a good idea.  I could be violating something on JapanCupid about mentioning other dating sites that don’t belong to them.  It could be seen as an advertising pull.  For now, I will do this as it will help me see who is real & who is a bot.  The next day, I got a message from a woman outside my range.  That for sure is a bot.  If she was real, she would have know about the messaging problem in my profile.  Anyways, so far my account is safe.  Problem with this method though is the other person having either having OKC or POF.  If they don’t, what are the chances of them signing up to one of those sites just to contact me?  They will probably just phase me out & move on to the next person.

Again, this is not a major subject for this experiment.  My expectations for results are still very low due to the restrictions placed by JapanCupid.  If something does happen, I may put this back into the game.

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I See Itashas In The City!

If you are not familiar with the term itasha, it is basically a car that is decorated with anime or game images.  Basically, an otaku (or obsessed Japanese anime fan) car that focuses on characters from a series most of the time.  They are either decorated poorly with little or too much images or nicely done.

When I was in Japan, I never got to see any of these kinds of cars on the streets.  But in the city I live in, I have seen 3 cars a few years ago.  All of them were Vocaloids; mainly Miku Hatsune.  The ones I’ve seen were all Toyota based cars; Scion xBs & I think a Camry or Corolla I don’t remember.  They aren’t simple stickers.  They were nicely done with images all over the car that had large images of Miku & her name logo.  Even the windows were decorated.  Definitely eye catchers.

I really didn’t think there would be itashas here & done in a way that express the car owner’s (or driver’s) love for Miku at the time.  In honestly, I too have some car stickers that I have been holding out on.

This is an official decal sheet from Good Smile Company from their Good Smile Racing division.  These are full size decals that are used for full sized cars; not scaled model cars.  Good Smile Company doesn’t make these anymore & there is only 1 sheet in this package.  So that means for only 1 side of the car technically.  Because of that, I never used this.

Anyways, the point is that itashas may be coming to a city near you (or it may already have)!  With the Japanese culture being more open to others & hitting outside of Asia hard, don’t be surprised to see one.  Although I haven’t seen a Vocaloid one for a long time (the fame probably died down here), I do see some other anime related stuff at rare times.  Not sure if they are from a series or something since I haven’t been heavily in the anime scene for a long time.  But there are some that I do know though.  Regardless, you will not see me do one any time in the future.  I’m getting too old for it & ricing cars.  By the way, I never riced cars as well.  Didn’t have money for those things.

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May 25, 2018’s Haul Shows Art Can Be Enjoyed In Many Forms (Soejima Shigenori & P-STUDIO Art Unit Art Works 2010 – 2017)

It’s Persona week with Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night & Persona 5 Dancing Star Night released this week.  Also, new Persona 4 stuff is coming which includes a game.  A lot of Persona stuff.  To celebrate in a way, I got this from CDJapan.

It’s Soejima Shigenori & P-STUDIO Art Unit Art Works 2010 – 2017.  This is Soejima’s 2nd artbook as I got the first one that was from 2004 – 2010.  This time, the volume has the P-STUDIO ART UNIT division.  This covers from Catherine to PROJECT Re FANTASY & some side art.  I thought this book was a hardcover.  The first volume I got was from Udon Publishing, so it’s an oversea’s version & it was a softcover.  If memory serves me right, the Japanese/original version was hardcover.  This second volume has two slipcovers & one of them has an alternative art cover.

The book is slightly thicker than the first volume in terms of more artwork.  It has promo art, covers, & an interview with Soejima & the 3 members of P-STUDIO ART UNIT (unless that is the whole team).

I think that is all the haul coming this month from what I remember.  It’s going to be pretty thing for the summer months I think.

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Online Dating Site: Plenty Of Fish Experience Part 4

This part will talk about my interaction with the girls on Plenty of Fish (pof).  As mentioned in the previous part, I will not mention names of the girls that I made contact with.  Just descriptions.

Before I get into it, this report will cover over a year’s span.  Also, I learned something about pof that almost made me drop it from the experiment.

Just before I was heading into the 2nd part of the experiment, I found 1 girl that I had a bit of my eye on.  She changed her description a bit to the point where she says that she will give up on love & delete the app.  Seeing that, I decided to contact her to tell her basically not to give up & hope she will find love.  Once I sent the message, I was denied.  pof said that I couldn’t send it since I wasn’t an upgraded user.  When I saw that, I thought that I had a problem here.  Like JapanCupid where I wasn’t able to read or write messages to other users, I felt that I might have to drop pof as well.

Seeing that rejected message, I decided to investigate this by looking at my profile settings.  Looking at the mail settings, I saw this option “Allow emails (first contact) from only upgraded users” with a yes or no toggle.  At first, I wasn’t too clear on it.  It seemed like I can only get emails from upgraded users only with that “first contact” part.  First contact is basically sending the first message.  I decided to turn it off & hope for the best.  I hoped that whatever I did didn’t restrict me from getting messages from people.

On to the actual test.

I did find 1 girl in my city that got my attention.  We’ll call her girl A.  She is younger & shorter than me.  Her character that I got from her description is a positive joyful girl.  Also looking at her pics, she had a 90s vibe to her style (pics & tastes from her description).  Liking what I see, I messaged her.  However, this is where I ran into some problems.

I had some difficulties writing the message.  My message was brief where I basically said that I read her profile & liked her positive energy.  I ended it in hopes she would contact me as I wanted to know more about her.  I didn’t mention my name since I figured that it would show up as the sender nor describe myself thinking that she would read my profile anyways.  I didn’t mention what I meant by her positive energy in terms of what’s in her profile that made me feel that way.  I didn’t write too much since I wanted to get something started & hope it would lead to a long conversation.  But overall, it’s very poorly written.  So, did I get a response back?

The answer is no.  She did look at my profile since I get a notification saying that she did.  So, I believe that I setup the messaging part correctly in my settings.  In terms of reading my message, I don’t know since you can only tell by being an upgraded member.  Before I was able to tell as it was a normal feature from way back.  You can even tell if the receiver deleted your message without reading it as it happened to me before.   I decided to wait for a couple of days to see what happens.  No message back.

Reasons I got nothing from girl A are either that I’m not what she’s looking for, thinks that I’m a scammer, buying some time to see if she can find someone better, is currently working with someone, or she did try to message back but my settings prevented it somehow.  Out of all the possible reasons, I think (& do hope) it’s the first reason.  From that point, I got nothing from her as she seemed to be in the market based on her online activity.  Now, she hasn’t been online for a long time.

While waiting for girl A at that time, I was hunting around for others in case girl A didn’t respond.  Given how I refined my search settings, it became pretty hard to find another girl.  Hard as in height requirement for her & interest.  Most of the interest involves outdoor activities that I don’t do like skiing & snowboarding.  Also, their contact requirements involves having a pic which I can’t do at this part of the experiment.  Time later, my experiment came to a halt due to many issues.  These issues were explained in a previous post.  It was health & computer issues.

After coming back over a year later, I was a bit surprised that some of the girls that I seen before are still here and some that I can’t find.  Probably found someone or quit & moved on.  There are new girls, but our needs don’t match well so far.

The next report will probably be a mixture of me trying to contact girls again if I can find someone at least & maybe going on to the next step where I will put at least a picture of me up if it reaches to that point.

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Online Dating Site: What’s Going On? (Part 5)

In the previous post, I was talking about what was happening in the experiment & it was quite lengthy.  To summarize if you don’t want to read it, health issues & computer problems held me back for over a year.  But I am going to mention a few things that happen from the previous update post to now.

I was using OkCupid & Plenty of Fish in the experiment.  Along the way, I had to drop OKC from the experiment.  Reason for it was a change of their policies.  If I remember correctly, the policy change was from the trend of online dating problems that was coming out.  Problems of crimes like sexual assaults & scams.  So instead of users using nicknames or screen names, they have to use their real name.  The profiles, if I remember correctly, don’t have your actual real name in it.  Because the first thing it asks you after mentioning the policy changes is to enter in your first name.  The name entered will be shown to everyone.  This is to show visibility to others.  There is no way to skip or bypass this.

Because of this change, I was a bit on the fence on it.  If I showed my name, it will expose my identity & ruin the purpose of the experiment.  Doing this in secret from people I know.  Got many friends asking me about when my wedding is going to be or try to find someone to hook me up with.  I can’t put a fake name on it as it will pose future problems to my potential partner.  Testing theories is one thing, but lying about myself via name is much harsher.  The idea about the policy is to not only make the online dating experience safe for both sides, but to be truthful to one another.  After some thought, I dropped it.  This ended up with me using only POF in the end.

POF became a heavy use subject on my experiment.  I did make a report on it, but it ended up in the draft section.  I was currently working on it, but stopped due to lack of time.  I will put it up in the future once I proofread it & make sure my findings are correct.  But to give you are brief idea of it, girls were pretty much the same & I got nowhere with it.

This is all before my computer went out.  Now with a new computer in hand, I did some changes.  I have decided to put my real name up on OKC.  I cannot make an experiment with 1 dating site.  Instead of wasting time on searching for a new dating site, I decided to just keep it for now.  Interesting thing to note is that OKC & POF are owned by the same company, IAC’s Match.com.  I didn’t realize how many dating sites that Match.com owns.  It even owns Tinder.  Although I highly think that OKC & POF will share data or policies with one another, I may face something that will affect my experiment.  Plus, I figure if I search for a new dating site, it may be a site with a lot of scammers or owned by Match.com.  Plus, finding a free one took a lot of time at the start.  Not doing it again.

As a side note, I decided to go back to JapanCupid from time to time as I mentioned before.  But it will be a bit more invested than before.  It may not be part of the experiment unless something big happens.

Anyways, I will continue with the experiment & “try” to speed up the process.  I put the word try in quotations because it may not happen.  You can’t really speed up love unless you are desperate in getting marry soon.  I will post reports for POF, OKC, & maybe JapanCupid if something happens there.  POF will probably remain the biggest one due to the large number of members there that meet some of traits that I’m looking for.

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