New in: figma Usada Pekora

As I teased with my Ryuko Nendoroid recently, there was another shipment arriving very soon. It’s the Usada Pekora figma! It was announced in June of 2021 and I have been waiting for it patiently.

As a pre-order bonus, I got the alternate expression Nousagi (the little bunny guy with the “XD” face).

This is my first figma and it looks surprisingly good. This brand is more akin to something like an action figure. The figurines have movable joints to create all kinds of cool poses. There’s a big amount of flexibility when it comes to how you want to present your piece, which I really like.

Like Nendoroids, they also come with swappable face plates for different expressions. Pekora specifically, also has her infamous Rocket Launcher with her and a sunglasses accessory.

New in: Nendoroid Ryuko Matoi: Souvenir Jacket Ver.

Today, my first Nendoroid arrived. It’s Ryuko Matoi from Kill la Kill, with her outfit from the final/special episode of the anime.

I ordered this Nendoroid last year and due to the pandemic, the delivery really got dragged out. I’m glad it finally made it here, because I really like Ryuko and Kill la Kill in general.

A while ago, I decided I would be trying out Figuya more, which is a reseller based here in Germany, instead of Good Smile Company directly. This is mostly because then I won’t have to deal with customs fees and confusing international shipping. Figuya is a reputable seller so I don’t think I have anything to worry about there.

Regardless, I still have some more figurines coming in from Good Smile Company directly, including one which was already shipped and will probably arrive later this month. I will of course give an update on it when it arrives.

New in: NieR: Automata, Final Fantasy XIII, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz! (DE)

I’ve had most of these lying around for a few weeks now. NieR: Automata was a birthday gift at the end of October and I got Xenoblade 3 a little bit before that.

Final Fantasy XIII was an eBay purchase, as this copy which looks like it’s new and contains the manual only cost me 6 euros. I know most people don’t like this game, but still, that really surprised me. I got Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster from Amazon on the same day.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz was an impulse purchase today. I went to the store to get Persona 5 Royal on Nintendo Switch originally, but then I saw this on the shelf and it was the last copy. I haven’t finished watching 2wei Herz yet, which is the second cour of the second season, so this was a good reminder for me to do that.

New in: Splatoon 3, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes and Metroid Other M

Fire Emblem was an impulse buy this week, since I have wanted to get it since it was announced. So was Metroid, actually. I have been wanting to add it to my Wii collection for a while and found a good price on eBay.

Splatoon, however, was pre-ordered for a while. I’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time. Recently, I took part in the Splatfest World Premiere for Team Rock and had a blast. I’m glad to finally be able to hold this game in my hands.

I pre-ordered Splatoon 3 online, hoping to be lucky and get the game a day earlier, like a lot of other people. The package was dropped off today (release day) at around 2:30 PM. Actually the tracking suggested it may even be delayed by one day. Next time, I will just go to the store and pick the game up myself.

Trying to live a healthy life is a pain

I’ve been ordered by my doctor to live a more healthy life. That mainly means changing my eating habits, doing more excercise and leaving the house more often. Needless to say, I am struggling with all of these.

Anyway, this is my progress for today. I’m mainly just walking around aimlessly in the city. Since it’s summer, I should probably take advantage of it and go outside at least once a week.

Still working on my eating habits. That one is a bit tougher.

Notice of service shutdown: qpost

qpost is a social network I started in Summer of 2018 when I was looking to build an alternative to Twitter. I spent a good chunk of my time on it between 2018 and 2020 and really enjoyed building it.

However, I have since come to realize that qpost is not going to replace Twitter and it shouldn’t. I no longer believe in the need for an alternative to Twitter. I believe the entire model of Twitter has aged poorly and should be replaced entirely. Neither do I believe in services that only exist to be “alternatives” to other flawed popular services.

Most existing Twitter alternatives are heavily politically influenced, which is something I never wanted qpost to be. The initial idea of a “censorship-free alternative with free speech” however seemed to make people believe otherwise. I often noticed people believing qpost was just another Gab or Parler.

The name did not really help either. I am not a marketing genius and didn’t come up with the name “qpost”, so I was upset to find out that it is mostly associated with Qatar Post and Q-Anon. It was incredibly hard to be seen and be taken seriously with a name like that.

These are all things that led to me deciding to shut down qpost. This is a decision I have made a long time ago and it is about time to follow through with it. I have moved on to other projects, and already shut down other deprecated projects of mine (namely Yoshino Chat Bot and Kostenlos-WLAN), so it only makes sense to do the same with qpost.

qpost will officially shut down on June 1st 2022. New registrations have been disabled as of the publication of this post and the Android app has been unlisted from the Google Play Store. After this date, all data including user accounts, posts, follows, favorites and anything else will be permanently deleted.

qpost allowed users to either create native accounts or sign up with Gigadrive accounts. Gigadrive accounts will not be affected by this shut down. Those who wish to convert their qpost accounts to Gigadrive accounts should contact support@gigadrivegroup.com.

The source code of qpost was published under the GNU General Public License v3.0 and will remain as an archive on GitHub and GitLab.

Thank you very much for supporting this project.