Sunday, September 28, 2008

making the MONEY$

so my friend louis got me to thinking about building bikes again. long story short he poked and prodded me until i decided to build another bike but this time to sell. so among my upcoming projects i will be building a new bike!
not too sure what kind or what size or anything yet. i just know i'll be investing about 300 into building a fixed gear bike.
some of you may know my previous bike the black one. i built on a slim budget of 200 dollars, then sold it for 380.
i'm not sure if i'll be able to make a profit off of this thing but i enjoy wrenching on bikes anyways so i mine as well make some extra money.

see the problem for me is it's hard to build a bike knowing i'll be selling it. often living paycheck to paycheck already. to invest such a large portion of my earnings with no guarantee of profit is a hard thing to do. but i won't know if i can do it until i try right? i have plans of like making a line of bikes and putting my stamp of approval on each one.

and in any case building bikes is a learning experience in itself so i never turn down an offer to build or repair a bike.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

materialism on thursday

lately i've been craving a few things . but when i say lately i mean today pretty much. for those that know me know i'm not actually too materialistic(for those that think they know me this will come as a surprise) yea i'm not actually materialistic in that all that i have i wouldn't care if it was gone tomorrow. because i know none of it belongs to me . everything my shoes my clothes my toys my bikes my tech all my money. all of it. if it were gone tomorrow i'd understand. because it's not mine to begin with. and when you leave this world you can't take it with you, you just turn to dust. it's not a new mentality i've had this mindset for about the last 5 years of my life.

getting that out of the way i'm not gonna lie and say i don't like nice things i just don't let them take influence over my life .
there are a few things i want for the winter that would make my life a whole lot easier. one would be these babies
air max 90 boots so i can slosh around in snow in style and not have to get somewhere change out of my big ugly snow boots into my sneakers.

i think thats all i'll put up for today so i don't seem like too much of a sneaker freak.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

how to make a fish eye on the cheap

have you ever longed to take pictures with a fish eye lense? haha
some of you may not know what a fish eye picture even looks like .
well for those that do and always wanted one or wanted to have a camera that was capable.

look no further. i'm gonna tell you how i built my own fish eye and wide angle lenses for 20 bucks and 7 bucks. no you don't even need a dslr just some handy hands and some ingenuity .

-some pvc pipe
-some foam sheet
-spray adhesive
-tape (electrical preferably)
-peep hole like the ones used for doors you can find these at the hardwear store for about 6 bucks.

just remember
160 degree=wide angle(which is better in my opinion)
and 200 degree= fish eye lense

so once all these things are aquired; take the stupid sleeve thing off the peep hole( unscrew it) next cut your piece of foam sheet to a small strip long enough to rap around the peep hole but short enough that it doesn't go beyond the end.

spray both the peep hole and the foam sheet on both sides, then rap the foam around the peep hole. this process may need to be repeat according to your pvc pipe width.

once it is the correct size(snug enough to fit into the pipe without falling out)
insert it into the pipe.
next tape the outer rim of the peep hole so it stays inside the pipe. lastly apply either tape or foam to the adjacent end of the pipe so your camera can snug into the other end.

once it fits onto your camera your gonna have to zoom in a bit but you won't need to go beyond the optical zoom . this is the end result


some pictures i took today no tricks this is what the pictures look like through a 7 megapixel regular digital camera.

photo credit brian

it takes a while to get your pictures right . and also the effect varies from camera to camera. some better then others. so don't go blaming me when your pictures look like fuzz through a tube.

why is it that EVERYONE comes here yet NO ONE comments on it.
my other works here :

Monday, September 22, 2008

of human interactions no take backs.

girls are so difficult. it feels so hard to be a guy.
you know lots of girls complain about how some creep bugged them about phone numbers or msn or facebook or whatever. it's always the guy messing up! "oh he came on too strong" or "why didn't he say anything?" or " did he really just say that?"

but heres the reality check. it's the guy that has to do the approaching not the girl. it's the guy that has to initiate conversation.
and girls wonder why guys mess it up or have cheesy pick up lines. but if you flipped sides and suddenly the social norm was that females had to do the approaching things would be just as awkward.

i think there is credit deserved for an honest guy to just man up the courage to talk to a girl. sure you may say you'd rather most guys just didn't approach you at all.. but then what. are you gonna get frustrated when you send the guy you like mad love signals and he does nothing, YEA. the truth is yea a guy is gonna fumble a lot if hes an honest regular guy whos got a crush or whatever. and girls complain? let's see you do it!

i feel like a teenage girl talking about this stuff but i gotta get it off my chest cause it's bugging the hell outa me.

girls complain about guys hitting on them . dude.. i wish girls hit on me. it's so easy ! most girls keep it secret who they like. but guys are stupid and we got this social norm where we do the initiation. so if a guy likes you you know about it. but damn it girls keep you in the dark until the last second!

sigh. now i REALLY feel like a teenage girl.

i don't know why but i feel so trapped in by everything. i can't really spread my wings. how does this crazy world work anyways?? being single sucks. i almost feel it would have been easier to just have a messy ugly break up and never talk again. things wouldn't be as complicated with friendships and social life. i feel tied down by the past. when i should be free.
when will i be able to like someone again? will i be able to like someone.. i find it hard. i guess when you're in a relationship for a long time you build up a image of someone. then when you're not with them everyone else sorta pales by comparison
but this is life, and this is relationships.
i've been thinking about this stuff a lot.
i think i need more bro time too much time alone. should play video games or do light drawings lol.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


i need a new job i really don't want to show up at london drugs anymore. . .
i don't wanna be one of those people that worked there since they were 15. and they're 30!!!
so here it goes. i'm gonna apply at a few more places but. these three are my primary targets.
one: mavi new location
two: not super champion but some decent bike store (that one may be a long shot)
three: bike messenger chris spotted this add

Friday, September 19, 2008


what time is it? why it's ...

i gotta get a new job! working at london drugs is so soul crushing. i mean you gotta work in retail while you're still young and beautiful hahahaha i kid of course. i don't have a big head full of myself. but i do have aspirations of greater things then price checks and carry outs. i had a job interview at london drugs brentwood and that was kinda lame. to be honest i don't want to work at any london drugs none the less the one closer to my house. i only went out of obligation. anthony gave me a talkin to about how to get the job at mavi. and i do understand what i need to do. anyway, aside from that stuff tonight i went on a little ride with the burnabeast crew whut! and i put some stickers up in some clever locations . i find it quite fun to think of new and creative places and ways to put up stickers. expect great things from me.

hey eddie you got something on your face...
sorry cat this is just too funny
drive with caution booooooom up ahead
my personal favorite "dogs allowed"

by the way by showing these pictures it doesn't in anyway mean i put them there. i can just appreciate the skill and thought that has been put into their placement.

i really need to start sleeping earlier then 1 am

Monday, September 15, 2008


to me it's pretty funny when people ask me if i watch anime or read manga because i'm japanese.
i also find the average person thats all intense on my culture taking japanese lessons and learning their rudimentary japanese to be funny. like those hongers in my old japanese class. i mean yea i'm flattered you have love for my culture. but hell i have love for other cultures you don't see me going and bumb rushing french people! or black people! i also find it funny when people find out i'm japanese they ask me what i eat at home... like what are you expecting me to say?? "let's see well mondays i eat sushi, tuesdays is ramen night, wednesdays bento, then thursday is tempura.... "

gimme a break. i do however have a mutual respect for someone who actually knows stuff. like a while ago when i met this dude on the bus, and we talked about internment camps and japanese refugees.

so what am i getting to?? oh thats right once in a while i do eat a good home cooked japanese meal and it's neither normal nor impressive to me, to me it's just dinner. so quit your jibber jabber!
tonight i made real yaki soba if you want my recipe it's gonna cost ya.

and another thing i think that i will be taking a little break from blogging so here are a bunch of my recent favorite videos you would do well to watch them all!!!!!!! or else...


i like how in the middle the guys just start macking on random girls watching. something like that would never happen here.
you'd be like "heyyy" the girls would be like " like... ew!"

Hamakin - Yokohama Friday from hc100 on Vimeo.

i love these guys i wanna ride with them so bad.

sigh i think i was meant to be born in japan...

DAY OUT WITH THE OSAKA CREW from hc100 on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

liveblock party explosion!

there wasn't an explosion at the block party. but!!!! it was super fun! i had a lot of fun riding down there with a motley crew consisting of jay, anthony, and slowpoke(karina) we go there so early like around 12:45 when it starts at 1. so i got a chance to see/hear some cool stuff. got to hear keys n krates doing a rehearsal. i hope they have a cd cause that sound is so fresh!! i just keep watching their youtube videos.
listen to them they're iLL!!!

anyway yea i got my free tshirt from livestock. i was gonna try looking for gman cause he said on via that he'd have one for me but yea didn't even have to ask. i just walked into livestock looked at their new stuff and the guy that always helps me when i go there just came out with a tshirt that was my size and was like "hey did you get one yet?"

i put stickers everywhere. i ran into bob k again he was glad to see me wearing his hat. he told me it's from italy, bonus!

i enjoyed cyphering with my hommies. but i pretty much wussed out when colin and hakai and rory came. too intense for me.
so i decided to just leave. but on my way i spot these cars rolling down the street and they pull into the parking lot.

i asked this guy if i could take his picture with his car he obliged

anyway there is too much to blog about and my mind is getting hazy it was bad enough putting all those photos on facebook..

Friday, September 12, 2008

sticker time muhahaha

so jeff gave me a bunch of stickers for his website
me being a sticker whore of a moderate to extreme level received them with great honor and responsibility. stickers are not just meant for sticker fights and putting on your entire body and pretending they're clothes. sticker placement is an art form unto itself. anyway i was glad to know they're the sort of water proof ones not the crappy paper ones that disintegrate. i stuck a few stickers here and there already

just ask me if you want some i took a fair size stack. i'm sure brian will want a bunch(don't worry brian you can have as many as you're little asian hands can carry.
i have a feeling this will be here for quite some time it's pretty hard to detect and if you see that sign in person you'll say how the heck did he get it up there?
by the way by showing these pictures it doesn't in anyway mean i put them there. i can just appreciate the skill and thought that has been put into their placement.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

chillin time

been taking a few days off of everything to just chill. it' kinda nice but i kind of feel guilty at the same time for relaxing so much. i think it's cause everyone else is either in school or working, but i'm just laying around reading books playing video games and facebook creeping. well despite this guilt of just laying around the past week has been alright. i do feel a bit unfulfilled lifewise.
i need a new adventure! like a new job or a trip or school or the army . anything! i just need adventure. life is so boring not taking any chances. like pastor darryl always used to say: if you're not living on the edge you're taking up to much space.

just to make this post even more confusing and multi themed heres the book i'm reading .
it's a good book. i like the whole "endless adventure" sorta feel. it's a bit like lord of the rings with the dwarfs and elves and mystical creatures with a bit of harry potter coming of age adventure thrown in.

the other day i bought the sequel "Eldest" the other day cause i'm almost done eragon. perfect timing cause when i finish eldest the third book is coming out on the 20th!! called brisingr. i feel a bit like a little goober for reading these but hey i've seen grown ups read harry potter! so stop judging me!

Monday, September 8, 2008

orange julius of my life.

i don't know about you but i got mad love for orange julius. i don't care how many calories or what. i just drink that stuff by the gallons. today i just wondered around the city . downtown, main street, gastown, sunrise i was all over the place. soaking in that fine sunshine . anyway today i came to the sudden conclusion that i don't like to blog unless i have something phenomenal . but thats stupid. thats just like adrian lol. i want to document everything not just the good but the bad as well. not some but all of life. so i don't care if you don't like orange julius . i like it! and i'm going to document it . and hey if a reader can relate to my love for the OJ then all the better but blogging shouldn't be for the readers all the time. it should be for you too. so don't be afraid of writing a straight post of "hate hatehate hatehate hatehate hatehate hate..." or whatever. nobody wants to read some site just about clothes and pictures and stuff we want the nitty gritty ! so hell yea check me drinking orange julius pina colada lol

mmmmmmm livin large folks thats what 10.29 an hour gets you.
that cup is as big as my face...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

check one two..

things are going swimmingly. it feels like things are going in the right direction. for a while there i was feeling like the sky was falling but i'm okay now. no i'm better then okay!! emo ryan has receded back into the depths of my brain. writing for via is really fulfilling actually. i mean i knew it would be cool but today when i finally saw my face and name under the 'about us' section on the website it gave me a great feeling of accomplishment . sometimes i wonder wether bob k is actually a pay it forward genius. and that he just let me write on via not because i got chops, but because he knew it'd make me exceedingly happy. hahahaha i know it's probably not a big deal to anyone or bob that he let me write for his blog thing but to an avid reader and sorta fan it feels like a new status. but anyways i said emo ryan was gone so i'll stop being so gay.

the icf summer camp was really fun. i forgot how relieving summer camp can be . it's like a vacation on a much smaller budget . relaxing in the hot tub and swimming in the pool and enjoying the scenery was dope summer camp is dope. RELIGIOUS ALERT!
and it was really refreshing to see a church that walked so closely with God. i mean i believe that when a church as a whole works to together to glorify God like that, the holy spirit actually can move around and stretch his arms a bit. you wouldn't believe the stuff i experienced. but now i'm starting to bore the secular folk . ..

so anyways life is back on track i still have a few things i need to do before i feel super great but i am confident things will work out .

ps. my next via post coming soon !!!

Monday, September 1, 2008


first post for via is up go check it out!