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I was surprised to see that the 1997 Digimon Virtual Pets (Digivices) are selling for a lot on eBay right now. I'm seriously debating selling mine. I have a dark blue one (the one that looks like a rectangular rock) in really good condition, but it's always been my favorite giga pet, along with my Pikachu GS 2. I miss my Talking Nano Puppy - I lost him a long time ago. I don't think I ever owned an actual Tamogotchi. I wonder what happened to their popularity?

My little sister, who is now 13, has almost no memory of virtual pets, though I did make sure she had the Pikachu GS 2 when it came out years ago, along with a couple of the more "modern" Nanos. Granted, her generation also has no memory of life without computers. When I was her age, the most advanced technology was a pixelized Oregon Trail played on a desktop that would make a long clicking sound whenever it had to process the unfortunate death of a squirrel or bison. You'd think everyone's life now exists on their iPhone or other device.

Speaking of iPhones, there is a horrible selection of virtual pets. You'd think that with modern processing speeds and the ubiquity of portable devices, there would be a plethora of virtual pets. Imagine if iPhones had debuted in the early 90's! I can only find a few legitimate virtual pets in the iTunes AppStore - the 3D iHusky, 3D Touch Pets (Cats or Dogs) and the 2D (but perhaps more expansive) Kimimon. The latter option comes closest to the original concept behind the 90's Tamogotchi, though it is far more advanced in both options and graphics. For now we must settle with things like the Pokewalker. I think it would be nice to find emulations of these past giga pets, for any platform.

Perhaps the days of giga pets are long gone, left to a digital grave, a fad of the 90's. But I'm sure there are those who, like me, hope the phenomena will one day be resurrected, much like the pets themselves.
  • Listening to: Icarus by White Hinterland
  • Reading: The Greatest Show on Earth by Dawkins
  • Watching: The Secret of Kells
  • Playing: Pokemon Heartgold
  • Eating: Pomegranates
  • Drinking: Darjeeling Tea
Just wanted to say that I'm going to make more of an effort to keep on top of things here on dA. It's been just over a year since I wrote my last journal and I've decided to continue with modeling if anyone decides they want to work with me. I felt like it was creating the wrong impression of me - superficial, conceited, or self-absorbed (I am the exact opposite) - but I don't want to live my life based on what other people think of me. Modeling is another artform to me and idk why it gets a bad rap - maybe it's just 'cause I'm surrounded by Mainers here who haven't ever left the state, LOL.

Anyway, I'm busy with several projects (mostly websites) and such, but anyone can keep up on my weekly activities by visiting my site, - maybe I will post my modeling page again. I just restored my Model Mayhem account. I'm taking a couple online classes this Summer, but I should have plenty of time for other things, too. I'm graduating with my BS in biology soon - only two more semesters! Then I'm leaving this backward state, maybe the country, too. Science labs are seriously lacking in the US.
  • Listening to: Empire State of Mind
  • Reading: How to Build a Dinosaur
  • Playing: Pokemon Heartgold
  • Drinking: Darjeeling Tea
I will be modeling this Summer. If you want to work with me (either as a photographer or model) then let me know. I am pretty skilled with photography and I have all the necessary lighting, umbrellas, reflectors, etc. as well. I have basic skills with makeup, though I'm very able when it comes to Photoshop and photo-retouching.
  • Reading: Once Upon a Time in the North
I'm currently on vacation in DC with my family, mostly for the Smithsonian. It's been really incredible so far - the gemstones, the historical sites, the ocean expo - it's all overwhelming but beautiful and the weather has been great - maybe a bit too warm, even at night, but that's OK. Maybe I'll post some photos. We're just trying to fit everything in the next 5 days or so.
  • Listening to: God Laughs (Delta Goodrem)
  • Reading: The Language of God, by Francis Collins


Wed Sep 26, 2007, 10:02 PM
finally made one!

I finally got around to making a lightbox today - definitely worth the hours of labor sawing CPVC pipe, getting toxic glue stuck to my fingers, and making a mess overall. But it only cost me $15 to make (that includes the clip-on lamps I bought). Again, definitely worth the effort - just checkout the 3 lightbox photos I submitted! They're awesome.

If you'd like to make your own lightbox, you can follow the online tutorial I used here:…

Just be prepared for a nearly full day's work - it's not as easy as it looks, but the payoff is great!

  • Listening to: City of Blinding Lights by U2
  • Eating: Little Lad's Herbal Popcorn
  • Drinking: Mott's Apple Juice