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情人節後的第一天是禮拜二…

好久沒有寫東西了… 為什麼? 知道的人就知道, 不知道的人就去問知道的人好了, 請不要問我…
也很久沒有畫畫了… 為什麼? 沒有為什麼… 就是沒有畫… 而且我也不是靠這個吃飯… 所以很久沒畫很正常…

有很多事情, 如果沒有一直做, 就會停很久… 甚至永遠不會再去碰…
其實也很難說… 還要看你懶惰還有喜新厭舊的程度… 還有你的個性…
還有… 很多其他原因會影響到你可不可以, 願不願意, 想不想, 要不要再去碰… 碰什麼? 我也忘了…
我喜歡從多方面去思考一個問題… 但是往往會自打嘴巴… 相互矛盾… 不過這樣也創造出了無限的Possibility…
(對, 都是我自己說的…)

以上全部都是廢話, 對不起, 浪費了你的時間…

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這兩天因為買了隻iPad用的筆, 就又開始亂畫一通…
其實sketchbook是我最早買的iPad的app之一, 我也忘了多少錢, 7.99還是9.99. 但是比起那個PC版的便宜太多了~ 所以毫不考慮就買了! 買了之後呢, 也用了他亂畫了一陣子, 不過總是有點不習慣… 而且不曉得為什麼… 用手指的時候, 一些比較細微的地方就是比較不順… 可能是因為我手指頭太粗壯的關係… 直到那天, 買了這支似乎許多人推薦的Alupen… 盒子裡面就一支筆, 一個套子, 一張貼紙, 還有一小本產品目錄… 套子是用來套筆的… 除非你的可以套得進去… 不過不建議…

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它的造型就像隻鉛筆, 然後他應該彷彿似乎是鋁做的, 筆頭是橡皮吧? 空心的, 寫起來的感覺… 會有點心虛… 就有點點像是那個… ㄟ… 彩色筆但是筆頭有裝彈簧, 所以有點軟軟彈彈的感覺… 如果還是不懂… 就去買一隻來寫寫看就知道了… 如果你沒有iPad的話, 你可以買了之後來找我…  這個alupen咧, 本
來只有銀色的… 不過後來有了黑色, 綠色, 紅色, 藍色, 金色… 認識我的人應該都會知道… 我不可能只有買這一支… 所以, 如果你有興趣的話, 我還有一隻黑色的可以賣給你… 只賣不送, 謝謝…

其實我還滿想去學畫畫的… 但是因為我天生不好學… 所以還是算了… 買了本drawings for dummies, 看看哪天有空來看看有沒有幫助好了…

很多人看了我畫的自己就會要我幫他們也畫一張… 但是我在這裡必須跟大家說… 林北只會畫我自己… 除非你長得跟我一樣有特色, 不然我還真是不會畫人… 小狗小貓可能還可以… 人真的很難… 所以, 如果你跟我一樣長得像蠟筆小新… 我就幫你畫… 不然… 你可以先幫我繳那個烹飪學校的學費 (Le Cordon Bleu 或者 Culinary Institute of America皆可), 等我學成歸國, 我就煮一餐7-course meal給你吃~ 但是我還是不會畫… 當然啦… 也有例外的時候… 不過那是可遇不可求還要看林北的心情…
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這個sketchbook app裡面內建了許多的筆, 從什麼鉛筆原子筆到什麼奇怪的傢伙都有, 但是咧… 因為我的畫畫基礎是來自小時候在課本裡面亂畫, 所以只會用鉛筆原子筆畫, 也就是說… 我不會上色… 也不會光影… 恩.. 真的應該去翻翻那本給笨蛋看的畫圖工具書… 不過我個人覺得… 右上角的那個側面抽菸的圖, 還滿有… 禪意的…. 你不覺得嗎? 不是什麼東西都需要上色吧~?

今天就到此為止好了… 反正也沒有什麼人在看這個Blog… 常常覺得我是在自言自語… 但是再怎麼說, 也總比在路上自言自語引人側目的好… (不過還好我學會了把電話關靜音, 然後假裝講電話…)

不過話說… 雖然我三個多月沒有更新過了… 居然還一直有人來看ㄟ~~~ 不過既然來了, 就留個言嘛… 哪怕只是一個"Hi”… 我不會介意的…

10-10-19 My New Clock Radio

Posted: October 19, 2010 in Toys

When I can get something 50% less than the price sold in Taiwan, it’s a bargain.
對我來說, 能夠以半價買到一樣的東西, 就是超值.

Saw this in the newspaper the other day, selling for around 10K in Taiwan, I went directly to Amazon. I feel bad for the people who paid full price here in Taiwan…
前幾個禮拜在報紙裡面看到了這東西, 台灣售價大概是1萬出頭, 我的第一個反應當然是去Amazon看看. 我只能說我很同情那些在台灣買到的人…

This clock radio can charge your iPhone/iPod (iPhone 4 compatible) and play whatever music you have on it. It also has built in FM/AM radio, alarm that wakes you up in the morning, it can also play from an auxiliary source. The sound is good, for a clock radio, and I like it’s retro styling. I’d say it’s a good buy, unless you buy it in Taiwan.
這台Yamaha的收音機鬧鐘除了可以讓你聽廣播, 叫你起床, 播放你的iPhone/iPod裡面的音樂, 替你的iPhone/iPod充電之外, 還可以利用外接音源線再連接一個訊號. 音質我覺得以一台那麼小的東西來說, 算是不錯了, 我也滿喜歡他的復古的造型. 以Amazon的價錢來說, 這個真的滿划得來的. 如果是在台灣買… 恩…
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The remote can control your iPhone/iPod. 遙控器可以控制iPhone/iPod.

10-10-15 Los Angeles

Posted: October 19, 2010 in Food and drink, Toys, US

Didn’t do much this time, other than the usual eat, shop, eat, shop…

But this time I met up with Ben and Wei Wei and their kids for lunch. Ben lives in Chino Hills, so we each drove half way and met up in Cerritos at the BJ Brewery. It was nice to meet up with old friends, and Ben, sorry to disappoint you on the “glamorous lifestyle” of airline pilots. It’s not glamorous at all… it’s only in the movies… or in the “royal airbus fleet”…
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這次回LA跟Ben還有Wei Wei碰到面, 還有他們的小朋友. 為什麼照片只有食物咧? 跟老朋友見面總是愉快的, 不過很抱歉, 我讓他們對飛行員的那種奢華淫蕩的生活形象幻滅了… 根本不是那回事… 那是電影裡才有的情節… 恩… 或著某皇家機隊…

For dinner Kevin, Michael and I went to a Chinese place near the Santa Anita mall. We were going to Bucca di Beppo, but it’s a bit late, and I need to get Michael back to the hotel so he can fly back later~ Chinese is good too~
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晚餐是跟Kevin還有Michael在一家中國餐廳吃的. 本來要去一家在Pasadena的家庭式的義大利餐廳, 但是怕麥可會來不及趕回去上班, 所以就下次再去囉~

There are actually way more stuff than this that I need to bring back…
iPhone4 bumper and the fake carbon back cover from Griffin was courtesy of Apple. The Ed Hardy ones are authentic Ed Hardy stuff, not the cheap ass fake ones they have on Ebay…
其實這些只是一小部分… Bumper跟那個假碳纖維的殼是Apple送的. Ed Hardy是買的. 真品, 不是Ebay上面的假貨…

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And yes, finally, it’s back! My bike is complete!! well.. for now… hahahaha~
有了這個, 我的車終於完成了… 至少… 目前算是完成了…
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I bet I have more watches than Paul…
我的錶應該比保羅那隻章魚多…

These are the watches that I wear these days… None of them are really expensive, only one costs more than my chair, but I think they all look pretty good~~ I actually have more watches, but… I can’t find a couple of them, and some of them had finished their service and are living the rest of their days somewhere in my closet.P1030256 
這些是我現在有在戴的錶… 都不會很貴, 只有一隻比我的椅子貴, 但是我覺得都很有型~~ 其實我還有更多的錶, 不過有幾隻我找不到, 還有幾隻在櫃子裏面享受他們退休的生活.
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Quartz movement, both are 50mm, both are inexpensive~
Fossil can display two time zones~
Invicta can only display one time zone, but it’s got a stop watch and displays date~

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兩隻石英錶, 兩隻都有50mm寬, 兩隻都滿便宜的~
Fossil 這隻可以顯示兩地時間
Invicta 這隻有碼表還有日期

Both solar powered, both radio controlled multi band atomic timing thing…
Citizen has both home city and world city as well as UTC on it.
Casio can display two time zones, but it’s suppose to withstand 6Gs or was it 15? designed for the Red Bull Air Race, or… was it some guy in the Air Race wearing this… I can’t remember, and I don’t care… I don’t think 744 can take that many Gs… it’ll automatically disassemble itself way before reaching 15Gs…
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這兩隻都是太陽能, 有碼錶, 有鬧鐘, 有日期星期顯示的自動對時電波飛行錶
Citizen 這隻可以顯示兩地時間加上UTC標準時間
Casio 這隻只有兩地時間, 不過他主打什麼可以抗6個G還是15個G… 好像是為了Red Bull Air Race設計的錶, 還是某個Air Race的駕駛有戴著隻… 管他的, 不重要… 400要拉到15個G… 拜託, 早就解體了…

Both Quartz movement, the Skagen has carbon fiber face, Luminox has carbon fiber casing~
The Skagen has day, date, and a second time zone display.
Luminox displays day only, but it’s got the self-powered micro gas lights, so it stays illuminated 24 hrs a day~
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這兩隻也是石英錶. Skagen這隻是碳纖維的錶面, Luminox是碳纖維塑鋼的錶殼~
Skagen 可以顯示兩地時間, 也有日期跟星期
Luminox 這隻只有日期, 不過他有微發光管, 所以他24小時都會發亮~

Both are automatic movement, and both are suppose to be pilot watches.
The BC4 is limited edition with a unique 24hr display, the big crown adjusts the outer rim for a second time zone.
The BC3 is a classic, simple in design with day/date, my first automatic watch, had it for almost 8 years?
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這兩隻都是Oris的機械飛行錶
BC4 這隻是Blue Eagle限量款, 有著特別的24小時的顯示, 還有外圈可以調整第二地時間.
BC3 這隻是經典, 我的第一支機械錶, 買了有8年了吧~

I am going to find my other missing watches…
我要去找那幾隻失蹤的錶了…

Sometimes I feel like that I’m a unemployed bum…
有時候我覺得我自己是個無業遊民…

Jay and I are off today, so we went to have a afternoon coffee, and let him play with my iPad. Then we went to Qsquare, the new shopping mall next to the Taipei Main Station, which is also the Taipei Bus Station building… I personally think Bus Terminal is a better description of the place, so I’m just gonna call it Taipei Bus Terminal…  Walked around the place for a bit, cuz we both never been, ate dinner, and bought a few things at the Hand Tailung, one of my favorite shopping places~ oh, and also look at hot chicks… hahaha~
我今天跟Jay去喝下午茶, 看雜誌, 玩iPad. 然後後來又去了京站逛逛, 吃飯, 在我最喜歡的商店之一, 台隆手創館, 買了點東西, 當然, 還有看辣妹… 哈哈哈~~~

This is a coffee shop near my house, again, everything is near my house~~ it’s got free wifi, magazines, and a bunch of comic books. Most importantly, they have a patio for smokers!
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這家咖啡廳在我家附近, 他們有免費無線網路, 雜誌, 還有很多漫畫~ 最重要的是, 他有吸煙區~~~~

Jay playing with iPad, checking out something… yes, he wants to buy a Tumi bag~~ Welcome to the club~
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Jay 在研究他要買哪個Tumi的包~~ 歡迎加入Tumi的俱樂部~~~

Bumped in to William and Fiona at Qsquare’s food court, bumming cigs off of me… hahaha ~ Actually, they called me to see if I wanted to watch Shrek at Qsquare, which I declined, but afterwards, Jay and I thought that since we’ve never been…
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在京站碰到了王氏夫婦, 其實是他們打電話給我說他們要去京站看史瑞克問我要不要一起, 我本來沒有要去, 但是後來我跟Jay想說沒有去過才去晃晃的.

The place is actually quite big, got lots of selections, but I did notice there are quite a few SE Asian cuisines, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnam… a couple of Japanese, a couple of Taiwanese… a few desserts, and a couple of bakeries.
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美食街很大… 很多吃的… 有很多家都是賣東南亞食物, 馬來西亞, 泰國, 越南… 然後有兩三家日式的, 台式的, 賣甜點的, 還有兩家麵包店.

I was hungry, I wanted to eat everything!! The beef glass noodle thing was actually pretty good, it was from a Thai food stall. The veggie hot pocket thing was pretty good too, and so was the scallion pancake. All were better than I expected, but then again… I was hungry… so… Oh! one of my favorite ramen places Makotoya, and my favorite omelette rice place Coco Ichibanya is also here! but didn’t see it till after we finished our dinner…
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這個牛肉粉絲堡還滿好吃的, 那個花素餡餅還有蔥油餅也滿好吃的, 三樣都超出我的預料, 不過… 我當是滿餓的, 可能不準.. 哈哈哈~ 喔對! 我最喜歡的拉麵之一, 誠屋, 這裡也有啦, 還有我最喜歡的蛋包飯餐廳Coco一番屋也在這裡~ 不過是我們吃完才看到…

This is what I got from the Hands shop, a big ass ice maker~ Good for whisky glass~~ bigger ice cube means melts slower.  This is the poor men’s substitute for making a big ass ice cube, there’re two better options… which I’m still thinking… hmmm…
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在台隆裡面, 我買了這個窮人用的製冰盒~ 它可以做出大塊的冰塊, 比較不容易融化, 適合拿來喝whisky~~ 這種大冰塊的製冰器, 還有兩種比較貴的選擇, 我還在考慮中…

Also got this “personal ashtray” for… personal use… or it is an "ash tube"?
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還買了這個隨身的菸灰缸… 還是菸灰管?

Saw this static discharger thing… You use this to touch the metals first, and the electricity will be discharged into it, and a light or something will come one, and it’s free of static electricity, so you won’t get zapped! I’m gonna try this on my next flight!
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還買了這個靜電東西… 拿他先觸碰金屬的門把阿什麼的, 他會把附在上面的電吸進去… 然後有個燈還是什麼東西會顯示的… 我明天在飛機上要來給他試試看~~

Jay got this for me on his Kyoto/Kobe/Osaka trip last month, it was the second most expensive nail clipper they had at the shop~ Hahahaha~ I can’t read Japanese so I’m not sure what is so special about it, but it clips nails very well~~ recommend it~
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這個是Jay上個月去他的京阪神之旅幫我買回來的, 全店裡面第二貴的指甲刀~~~ 我看不懂日文, 所以我不曉得他為什麼比較貴… 但是他真的滿好剪的~~

Qsquare is actually a pretty nice place to shop, spacious, high ceilings, and new~ I don’t recognize a lot of the brands they carry, maybe I’m too old… and I don’t see a lot of people buying stuff… so… I don’t know… There are actually quite a few restaurants on the 4th floor, they were all packed since it’s Friday night, but it’s the regular ones you see at other shopping malls… 
京站其實還滿不錯的, 空間寬敞, 又挑高, 又新~ 不過他們這裡很多的品牌我都不認得,可能我太老了吧… 然後我看那個提袋率滿低的… 所以… 恩… 四樓其實還有蠻多餐廳的, 不過就是平常百貨公司會有的那幾家… 不過因為是禮拜五所以全部爆滿…

That’s it for today… Good night!!
今天就這樣, 晚安!!!

 

I like watches… but most of the ones I like, I can’t afford… so are many others things in life…
我喜歡錶, 但是大部分我看上的, 我都買不起…

Fortunately, I have a semi-decent job, so it keeps me needs fulfilled and desires usually satisfied. I have been looking for watch for quite a while now. A watch, my dream watch if you may, that’ll keep me happy for years. I have been buying watches, but I wanted something different, something unique, something not a lot of people have (which usually translate to really really expensive). Rolex, IWC, Breitling, Panerai, Bell & Ross, and many others are all on my list… but I only have two wrists… then again, not like that’s ever stopped me before… hahaha~
不過還算幸運的是, 我的工作還算過得去, 所以還可以滿足我的需要以及我大部分的欲望… (購買慾望) 雖然我還是一直有在買錶, 但是其實我一直再找一支錶, 一直夢想中的錶, 一隻特別的, 獨特的, 沒有什麼人有的錶 (不過通常這也代表了價位會很恐怖). 什麼勞力士, IWC, 佩納海, 一堆錶都在我的名單上, 但是我一次也只能帶一隻…  不過這個爛理由從來也沒有阻止我買過其他的東西…

Anyway, so recently, I looked at a Chopard, it’s nice, it’s good looking, price is ok, but it’s size… being used to my 50mm Invicta… anything under 45mm looked so small… Oh, side note, today the owner showed me a pamphlet/catalogue of this new watch company, TW Steel, specialized in big ass watches~ Quartz movement, affordable, and stylish~ OK, so back to my endless search of a watch… I also found this limited edition watch that I’ve been looking for in the past 4 years in a antique watch shop, I went with cash in hand, but again… I didn’t like the way it looked on my wrist…
最近我看上了一隻蕭邦的錶, 真得很漂亮, 價格也還OK, 但是大錶帶習慣了… 45mm以下的我都嫌小… 喔, 今天老闆給我看了一家新的錶的公司的型錄, TW Steel, 全部都是大錶徑的石英錶, 而且價格也很漂亮, 喜歡大錶的人可以參考參考. 好, 回到我的尋錶之路… 前一陣子我也找到了一隻我找了很久很久的限量錶, 我錢都帶去了, 不過一戴到我的手上… 我就還是把他留給其他有緣人好了…

So the search continues…

Last night, went to the night market with my mom to get my Citizen fixed, buy cat food, and have some dinner. After getting everything done, and got a electric mosquito swatter, I went back to the watch shop to see if they have this one particular watch I wanted to see. And after the owner making some phone calls, some discussions and to make a long story short… Here it is…
昨天晚上我跟我老母去夜市買東西吃東西還有修我的一隻Citizen. 等我們東西都買完了, 還買了一隻充電式的電蚊拍, 我又跑回錶店, 問老闆他們有沒有一隻新出的限量款… 老闆打了個電話, 然後跟我研究了一下… 看圖八…

This is my second ORIS
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這是我的第二支ORIS

The owner was very nice and called the dealer and got this cap for me too~
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老闆還特地請代理商給我一頂這個帽子~

The box is big… being a limited edition and all…
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盒子很大, 限量版的果然有差…

Manuals and stuff
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使用手冊什麼有的沒有的~

Certificate, with some guy’s signature and shows the relationship between the design of the watch and aviation.
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這本證書裡面有個簽名,不過我不曉得是誰… 然後又介紹Oris跟飛行錶的歷史, 還有這支錶的一些設計靈感的來源.

It comes with a patch, Blue Eagles, to find out more about them, please Google…
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Blue Eagles的徽章, 你不曉得它們是誰的話, 麻煩請自己Google一下…

The biggest difference between this and the other BC4 series watches is the dial, it’s on 24hrs, not your normal 12 hour face.  There are a total of 1969 pieces of this watch made, and this one is 1260/1969. The owner called Oris and got all the numbers of the watches they have on hand, and let me pick out the one I like. Since all the of the numbers don’t really mean anything to me, I just picked one with a 6 for luck.
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這支錶最大的不同是在他的錶面是24小時的, 跟普通我們錶12小時不一樣. 限量1969支, 這支錶的編號是1260. 老闆還特別打去總公司問所有還沒有賣出去的錶的編號, 然後讓我選… 不過沒有一個是對我有什麼特別意義的, 所以我就隨便選了一個有6的…

The clasp imitates the buckle of the safety belts. I have no idea if it’s an ETA movement or what, and I don’t care… but the owner told me it’s a unique one, and it’s a nice one to keep. And as you can see, I’ve set the first time zone to Taipei time, and the second time zone to GMT/UTC/Zulu.
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皮帶的釦子是像安全帶一樣的設計. 這支錶的機芯是什麼我也不曉得, 我也不在乎, 不過老闆說這種24小時的機芯還算不常見, 滿值得蒐藏的. 我已經把它設成台北時間, 然後外圈是設在我們比較需要用到的GMT/UTC/Zulu時區.

It’ll need some time to get used to reading the time on this one, but that’s why I like this watch, it’s different. So you think my search is over? Guess again…
這支錶的時間還需要習慣習慣, 不過這個也是為什麼我喜歡這支錶的原因, 它與眾不同~ 所以你覺得我找到了我一直再找的那隻錶了嗎? 嘿嘿嘿…

10-04-29 X-Mini II & X-Mini Max II

Posted: April 28, 2010 in Toys

On the left is the X-Mini Max II, and on the right is X-Mini II. Both pack with big sounds. The Mini Max offers stereo sound and obviously the Mini II doesn’t since it’s only got one speaker. It’s sound quality is pretty good with nice mids. Highs and bass is not too bad consider it’s size and price. It’s compact size is good for people who travels around with a MP3 player, iPod, iPhone, laptop… I think it’s a good buy, especially if you travel around like myself, or you simply just like to share what you’re listening to on your laptop with the people around you at Starbucks…
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左邊這個是Ariel自己買的, 有提供立體聲的X-Mini Max II. 右邊是我買的X-Mini II. 兩個都是好東西. 不要看他size蠻小的, 但是聲音還滿大的. 音質也算還不錯, 中音表現OK, 高音低音都可以接受, 畢竟以他的大小, 價格來說, 這樣的表現很好了~ 如果你有常常出國或者喜歡在Starbucks跟其他人分享你的音樂, 是可以買的~

 

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Here is a sample I just made on it playing with different types of music.
剛剛拍的測試, 加減看.