Friday, October 31, 1997

Greetings from J-List October 31, 1997

Happy Halloween, everyone, from Japan, which is 16 hours ahead of California (which is why my updates may always seem a day ahead if you're in the States). There is understandably not much Halloween spirit around here, being as we are in a country that doesn't care about Halloween. I was watching late-night Japanese TV with my wife last night, and a model named Hayami Yu was on TV making pumpkin pudding in commemoration of the American event. She mentioned that it was originally a day when spirits of the dead return home, and said that it was similar to the Japanese Obon holiday -- which caused my wife to nod our heads, as we had not thought of the two as being similar at all.

Some nice new items for you tonight on the magazines page. The new JoMag and Momo Creams are in, and they look very spiffing. Also, some new items have popped up on the videos pages (5) and elsewhere on the magazines/shashinshu pages. I see that I had the wrong picture for one of the Final Fantasy action figures on the anime page -- this error has been corrected, if you're interested in these toys.

I have closed the calendar orders because our distributor told us that the end of October would be the end of orders. If you're still interested in seeing some of our great calendars, don't worry -- we bought some extras, many of which are on the calendars page right now, as "b" calendars. These are in stock now and can be sent off right away, so let me know if you want one of then. I have updated the calendars example page with pictures of Akira Fubuki and others, since, well, they looked good.

I have updated my Newton Pre-Buyers' Guide again with some more screenshots of the Newton's web browser, and more. You can find a lot of information about the Newton portable computers at my site, so drop by if you have time. Thanks.

Well, that's all for now. Until next month, I'll see you later.

Sunday, October 26, 1997

Greetings from J-List October 26, 1997

We're having a nice, quiet weekend here in Japan. It's cool, but not cold, and we're getting some shopping and relaxing done, and late at night I have been putting serious hours into Civilization II, recently released for the Macintosh (you can find it at http://www.cdw.com/. I will make a small update today, though.

Our deadline for ordering calendars has passed, although we're going to leave the calendar information up for a while, until the 5th of November or so. The reason we set the deadline early is that we wanted to be sure to get orders in in advance to allow the calendar company to get the calendars to us before they start becoming unavailable. Unless the calendar you want is extremely popular, we should still be able to order and get your calendar for you -- so let us know what you want. Note that payment by credit card is the best way to do this, since we don't have to inconvenience you if the calendar is not available.

I hadn't mentioned it before, but along with the two new Final Fantasy action figures, we have available three dolls in the Sentimental Graffiti Collection. These are soft vinyl dolls of high quality by Tsukuda Hobby, and they are nice, although without the very high attention to detail of the first vinyl dolls from Lyceen (the ones that came with the CD ROM, and have removeable cloth panties instead of molded plastic ones). These are much more reasonably priced, though. See these and other items on the toys page.
We're having a nice, quiet weekend here in Japan. It's cool, but not cold, and we're getting some shopping and relaxing done, and late at night I have been putting serious hours into Civilization II, recently released for the Macintosh (you can find it at http://www.cdw.com/. I will make a small update today, though.

Our deadline for ordering calendars has passed, although we're going to leave the calendar information up for a while, until the 5th of November or so. The reason we set the deadline early is that we wanted to be sure to get orders in in advance to allow the calendar company to get the calendars to us before they start becoming unavailable. Unless the calendar you want is extremely popular, we should still be able to order and get your calendar for you -- so let us know what you want. Note that payment by credit card is the best way to do this, since we don't have to inconvenience you if the calendar is not available.

I hadn't mentioned it before, but along with the two new Final Fantasy action figures, we have available three dolls in the Sentimental Graffiti Collection. These are soft vinyl dolls of high quality by Tsukuda Hobby, and they are nice, although without the very high attention to detail of the first vinyl dolls from Lyceen (the ones that came with the CD ROM, and have removeable cloth panties instead of molded plastic ones). These are much more reasonably priced, though. See these and other items on the toys page.

After spending some minutes fawning over the Akira Fubuki and Ozawa Madoka posters, I decided to take some digital pics of the pages inside. They are at http://www.jlist.com/personalstuff/calendarspics.html. Note my camera is just a digital, but you can certainly see the great professionalism and high quality of the pictures inside. Let us know if you want to make an order.

I have some new screenshots of web browsing on the Newton Messagepad. See my Newton Pre-Buyers' Guide (http://www.jlist.com/peter/newtonrev.html).


After spending some minutes fawning over the Akira Fubuki and Ozawa Madoka posters, I decided to take some digital pics of the pages inside. They are at http://www.jlist.com/personalstuff/calendarspics.html. Note my camera is just a digital, but you can certainly see the great professionalism and high quality of the pictures inside. Let us know if you want to make an order.

I have some new screenshots of web browsing on the Newton Messagepad. See my Newton Pre-Buyers' Guide (http://www.jlist.com/peter/newtonrev.html).