Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wish List Wednesday: We Love Adventure Time!

Beemo Tunic Tank ($29)
I love Adventure Time.  I didn't think much of it at first, but the show really grew on me.  Now I am a full fledged fan.  And what better way to show off my love than to fill my closet with Adventure Time.  These are my favorite designs from We Love Fine's Adventure Time collection.

Vamp Queen Tunic Tank ($29)

Gentleman Beemo ($25)

Fionna and Cake Logo ($25)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Name That Tune Tuesday: Hill Valley Preservation Society

The Hill Valley Preservation Society is an Atlanta based band that only covered 80's t.v., movie, and video game themes.  I got to see them live when they did a concert in Tampa, Florida.  Not only did this band produce awesome cover songs, they also donated all proceeds to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease Research.  My favorite cover is the Fraggle Rock theme, but they don't have that one uploaded to YouTube.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wish List Wednesday: tokidoki x Marvel T-Shirts

tokidoki x Marvel Captain Sketch Tee ($24)
 Last week I gushed about how much I love tokidoki tees.  This week I want to gush about how it is even better when you add Marvel superheroes to the mix.  My favorite shirts have two of my favorite Marvel characters on them.

tokidoki x Marvel Mary Jane tee ($24)

tokidoki x Marvel Spidey Hammock Tee ($24)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Name That Tune Tuesday: Nyan!

You can find just about every song covered with the Mario Paint Composer if you endless amounts of time to waste on YouTube.  One of my favorites is the Nyan Cat/Poptart Cat song.  I actually have a few different covers of Nyan Cat on my Ipod.  This is one of the more chipper ones.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wish List Wednesday: tokidoki T-Shirts

Aloha Unicorno Tee ($24)
 I am pretty sure that it is no secret that I love tokidoki brand to anyone who reads this blog.  Ever since I bought my first Moofia figures, I have been entranced by Simone Legno's creations.  I named my dog TokiDoki, I have the tokidoki Barbie, I collect the vinyl toys, and I even have to Cactus Pup paintings my husband made for me.  Is it any wonder that I love the clothing, too?  This is a sample of some of my favorite shirts.

Ring Leader Tee ($24)

Tropicool Tank ($33)
Women's Criminally Cute Top ($62)

The Agent Tee ($40)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Super Smash Bros. Announced

Nintendo announced a new Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS at E3.  The new characters to be announced so far are Mega Man, the Villager, and the Wii Fit Instructor.  I honestly had no desire to own a Wii U or 3DS, but this has me seriously rethinking things.  If the Wii U has a price drop by the time this game releases, then I may have to break down and buy both.  Are you excited for the new Smash Bros. game?

Name That Tune Tuesday: Funky Pills

Funky Pills by Virt is a cover of the Dr. Mario songs Chill and Fever.  This is by far my favorite cover of Fever.  I want to give a big thank you to my youngest brother, who introduced me to this version a few years ago.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Free Photo App Review: DecoPuri

App: DecoPuri
Grade: B
Description:  This app is another purikura photo editor.  Like DECOPIC, which I reviewed last week, this app has frames, stamps, text, and some other shared features.  DecoPuri has also has whitening (which is just as it sounds) and skin.  The best way I can describe the skin function is that is smooths out the picture.  The decoration menu is located at the bottom and is stationary, while a second menu for functions like "undo" can be easily moved around the screen. 

The original picture.

Four examples of the picture edited with DecoPuri.

Pros: The movable editing menu is my favorite feature.  You have the ability to fix mistakes always at the tip of a finger, and the mobility keeps it from blocking off any part you need to access.  The slider bar for editing a placed stamp enables you to get the right size/angle without your fingers in the way.  Not all the stamps and frames are Japan/kawaii theme, which makes this a great purikura app for non kawaii fiends who also like to decorate their pictures.  My favorite is the "horror" set.

Cons: You can only have square pictures, which is a huge detractor for me.  It bothers me because a square does not always from the shot properly.  I really like having options when it comes to cropping a photo.  Also, many of the stamps and frames are a bit bulky and random to have a real purpose.  There is a lovely Alice in Wonderland frame, for example, that is so thick that is takes up a large portion of the screen.  There is no shop to purchase more stamps and frames, nor does it have any addon packs you can download.  What you see is what you get.   I should note that the company that makes DecoPuri, TACOTY JP kk, does have a second camera app if you want to decorate sweet and cute.  This should be all one app, in my opinion.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wish List Wednesday: Pokemon T-Shirts

Pocket Monster Blue shirt ($20)
Squirtle is my favorite Pokemon of all time.  When I first started playing Pokemon Blue I chose him for the same reason most do, because it make the first gym easier.  Then the little guy started growing on me and even evolving.  I really think all the of the original starting Pokemon are pretty awesome.  Which is why I just about flipped when I saw Tee Turtle has shirts for all three.

Pocket Monster shirt ($20)

Pocket Monster Green shirt ($20)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Name That Tune Tuesday: That's the World of Warcraft That You Play!

If you are not a fan of World of Warcraft, then this song is not for you.  This is a pretty old song, released in 2006, and is based off Vanilla WoW.  (Vanilla refers to pre-expansions.)  Despite song of the class characteristics being off, I feel the sentiment of the lyrics still holds true. I know my husband finds this song a tad annoying, but I think it is catchy.  If you also like Ian Beckman's That's the World of Warcraft That You Play!, then you can purchase it in iTunes for $0.99.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Free Photo App Review: DECOPIC

Grade: A-
Description: This was the first app I found and tried when I did a search for "kawaii photo app".  DECOPIC is easy to use is most instances.  The general idea is that you can edit your pictures to look like that were taken in a purikura, a Japanese style, photo/sticker booth.  Any picture, whether taken with the phone's camera or downloaded to the phone, can be brought into the DECOPIC app to be edited.  You have two shape options when importing your picture, original or square.  From there you can decorate your photo with the different option on the bottom menu.  There are several features such as frames, clip art know as stamps, filters, and the ability to write.  The stamps and frames are divided into themes, which there is no shortage of.  You are given several themes to start out with, and more pop up in their store update every few months.  Most of the themes in the store have to be purchased with money, though.  The app has no adds, so it seems like a fair trade in the long run.  After you are done you have to option to upload the picture to Twitter, Facebook, both, or neither.  I usually just save the finished project to my phone.

The unedited original picture I took.

Four examples of the picture edited with DECOPIC.
Pros: The app is fairly simple and straight forward.  I like that you can choose to keep the picture as a rectangle or crop it to a square.  The store is updated on a fairly regular basis for new seasons and holidays, which keeps it from getting boring.  All the fonts are free and the writing is easier than in some other apps.

Cons: My biggest complaint is that to buy the extra themes you have to use DECOPIC coins stead of just purchasing them straight up with money.  Most of the theme packages are in the 200 coin range, more if you want one of the Hello Kitty themes.  There are three ways to earn coins: Friend referral (which is new), downloading apps from their advertiser page, or buying them with real money.  Downloading apps from the advertisers only earns you 10 to 25 coins on average, which you also have to open and play to get credit in most cases.  The coins you purchase with real money are priced by yen.  So you need to take the time figure out whatever the current conversion rate it.  Honestly, I am not even sure you can use an American currency credit or debit card because I haven't tried.  My only other real complaint is that the undo button only appears during certain functions.