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Rasberry Pi LCD Vesa-Mounted ScreensJul 31, 2pm

I got a raspberry pi today, and, no, I don't mean from McDonald's. I mean the tiny microcomputer that fits in your hand and costs less than $40. These little machines can run linux and do almost anything you want them to - albeit slowly, for obvious reasons.

The IT CrowdJul 30, 6pm

I think I watched all of The IT Crowd for the second time this week, all while programming for my con registration system. Sometimes you just need some (hilarious) background noise to be able to focus, you know.

Supporting GeeksJul 20, 3pm

For those who don't know, we love to support geeks and Otaku of all kinds.

Harajuku Lolita Stores Video GuideMar 31, 10pm

While I've been called a "Princess" by my friends (I sure hope they were teasing), I'm just not as into pretty Japanese fashion as you might think. But wait. I'm uploading a video of dresses and shoes.

Tokyo Part: TwoMar 19, 6pm

Continuing my rampant adventures in the bustling metropolis of the world's second largest economy, I spend quite a bit more time in Tokyo after the first two days. Day Three - March 11, 2013 Day Three included my first truly uniquely-Japanese experience, at Kabuki Theater in Tokyo.

First Days In TokyoMar 9, 5pm

Less than twelve hours after my flight lands in Tokyo, and I found myself with enough to write an entire novel of my adventures... if only my memory would serve me so faithfully. However my first time out of the country, and for my very first day, it has been quite an adventure.

Ideal Japan ItineraryMar 7, 4pm

I've finally created my ideal Japan itinerary, covering major points along Tokyo, Kyoto, and all the way across to Kagoshima and Hiroshima. To prepare for Project Anime Japan at the Tokyo Anime Fair, I've even updated a few of my business cards with a tiny bit of Japanese (Email me please: ryanATryankopf.

Learn Japanese GamesMar 2, 4pm

Learning Japanese is going to be tough if you attempt to learn an entire dictionary's worth of vocabulary through memorization and repetition. Learning by rote is slow. However, learning with fun methods, like games, can be a much better way to keep new vocabulary in your memory.

Learning Kanji and vocabulary more easily.Feb 28, 12pm

Often, to memorize something people will try to simple repeat it over and over until they've got it, only to notice that by the next day they've forgotten it entirely. The best way to remember something is to create a story around it, something that will add additional connections in your brain to help you remember.

Planning for Japan TripFeb 27, 2pm

I hope to visit Japan in the next month to get an opportunity to really experience the culture and language, and hopefully use some of it to apply towards making the conventions even better.
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