Usability isn’t Only For Noobs

“Developers will be using this, so it doesn't need to be super simple”, or “Technical users can figure this out, it doesn't need to be streamlined for n00bs”. That's like saying “this book is for cryptologists, so print it in your shoddy handwriting, they're used to...

Learning & Remembering German Nouns

My younger son has only been to Germany once, and while I had him attend Kindergarten there for two months and he was once able to speak simple sentences it is all but gone now that he's eight years old. It is quite a challenge to have him remember even the simplest...

Kilian vs Evil Dead

For months I had been wondering what costume to wear on Halloween. Star Wars? Nah, been there, done that. And after The Force Awakens, the new Star Wars has less appeal to me anyway. Old geezers prefers to live in the past… Doctor Who? Too unknown (in Japan). Also...

The Mystery of The Other “s”

In German, beside the common ‘s’ we have a letter ß called Scharfes ‘s’ (sharp ‘s’). Sometimes it is also somewhat old-fashionedly referred to as Eszett, literally ‘s-z’. Why would anyone need more than one “s”? – you might ask and you’ll find to your surprise that...

72 and Not a Bit Rusty

When I got tickets last year for Paul McCartney’s OUT THERE tour the concert was cancelled. Paul got a virus. Fast forward one year and Paul is coming to Tokyo again. This time round I didn't care how much the tickets would cost, I just got two. And he came, he saw...

Podkost Reloaded – It’s Back. Again. Th…

For all you Japanophile Germanophiles out there (yeah, it's actually a thing), my German podcast "Kilians Podkost" has been revived after a hiatus of 3 years. This year looks like it's going to be the year when I was picking up old habits… So if you understand German...

New Site: Drummer, Interrupted

I just restarted playing the drums after an 18 year hiatus, for now I have only uploaded two videos of me casually playing along some tunes, but I will be uploading short drum lesson videos over the next days and weeks. So for everyone who is interested in playing the...

Calligraphic “Kakizome”

It's a bit of a wrongly chosen term, actually. "Kakizome"  (書き初め) refers to the first calligraphy that you write in the new year, a tradition still upheld by many Japanese, so in my case I’d probably need to call it "Kakiosame" (書き納め) – kind of the last calligraphy of...

Joining the Sith – Finale

This just a quick post to show you the final product. I totally forgot to post this, since I have been posting pictures over Google+ and Facebook at the time… Here's the complete costume that even got me two 1st prizes at costume parties. It was fun, let's do this...

Joining the Sith – Mask

The mask is what took the most time to prepare. I started off with a simple carton template, that I based on a photo of another cosplayer’s mask. Then I started laminating newspaper stripes as paper maché. The...

Joining the Sith – Armour & Mask

This is all made from some kind of foam (some of it EVA, but I think not all) – don't ask me about the material, I just went into Tokyû Hands, a DYI shop in Tokyo and bought what seemed appropriate. The Mask This is mostly a “standard” Sith Acolyte mask as seen in the...

Joining the Sith – The Garb

I've been busy working on my costume as well. It's a mix of bits I had lying around and other parts I made from scratch for this opportunity. Honestly, for the whole costume I had made no real plan whatsoever. I just made it up as I went along. I wanted first to make...