My Room, July 2009.

For the Otacool contest ran by DannyChoo, I took some pictures of my room as it looked during July 2009. I actually have pictures of my room from various states of dis-array for at least three and a half years, but here I’ll show you the most recent configuration.

It is I

It is I

I think this is a pretty good picture of myself, considering I took it with the camera held at arm’s length. Yes, my beard is red.

Also, before you go further, my room is not messy, it is busy. It’s what you get when you take two rooms’ worth of stuff and stuff them into one room. I know where things are, and aside from my RAM pile, it’s pretty organized, as much as space permits.

The desk.

The desk.

This is my desk. You can see it has a role-playing game related mousepad, some nendoroids, a mess in front and around the monitor, disks, and stacks of books. One of the stacks kinda toppled later, and required some rearrangements.

A better look at the stacks.

A better look at the stacks.

The stacks in more details. Trade paperbacks of comics, some card games, books, Fullmetal Alchemist manga, RPG books, more books and some comics (mostly Knights of the Dinner Table magazines).

My shelves.

My shelves.

These are my shelves. They have a lot of stuff. The computer is at the bottom right corner of the picture, hidden for the most part by the desk, you can see the UPS which stands on top of the computer. Mess at bottom of the photo is my “RAM pile”, mostly stuff I need every week for school, and books which I finished, put there for lack of space, and became buried in the burial mound. It will get cleaned up sometime soon, I hope.

Rest of the room, mostly.

Rest of the room, mostly.

This is what my room looks like from the doorway, for the most part. Boxes with magazines, books, and childhood mementos, cat’s litterbox (cleaned daily), yellow box is full of comic TPBs and magazines, with a rug on top for the cat to lay on. Boxes of comics, boxes of childhood mementos, and the three boxes at the right are new additions, full of comics, RPGs, and regular books. Beforehands these books were on my floor, protected by plastic bags, which helped my room be slightly less organized.
Picture on the wall is of Silver, my late cat.

The box from under the table

The box from under the table

Since I didn’t have enough room for RPGs on my shelves for several years, this is a box of material that is either not as good, or that I didn’t feel I’d need to reference as often. Relegated and kept under my desk. Includes most 3.X Dungeons and Dragons books, because I know the rules nearly by heart.

Some shelves from closer.

Some shelves from closer.

This is an example of some shelves. Due to room consideration, most shelves are stacked like the lower shelf. You have 6 stacks of books. Two rows of 3 columns each. Yes, some books are hidden behind, and yes, it can take some time to excavate them, but I know where most books are, shelf-wise, and usually stack wise.
The higher shelf has more of my bigger books, so the open space on top is stacked with books to the filling. And some toys.

The comic book shelf.

The comic book shelf.

This is the shelf where I keep comic books, TPBs that is, single issued are kept elsewhere. With figures, figure-glue, more comics, RPGs, and many music CDs on it to keep the shelf busy.

RPGs

RPGs

These are two out of my three RPG book shelves. Table-top pen-and-paper roleplaying game books. The third’s edge can be seen at the bottom left corner. There are more “indie RPGs” and such there, and behind the air freshener next to Peruvian Snoopy in the center of the picture.

RAM and RPGs

RAM and RPGs

The infamous RAM pile, who knows what lays under its crushing weight, aside from newspapers and school material? It continues to the right… also seen is the promised third RPG bookshelf.

Manga

Manga

Manga section, the box has some more books, as does my clothes closet and public house territory (see below), the big books like Ghost in the Shell (1,2) and Akira 1, are on the TPB shelf. 

Some CCGs/TCGs

Some CCGs/TCGs

This is a truly tiny sampling of some of the cards I have in my room. I have boxes more, and more games. You can see here Babylon 5, Legend of the Five Rings, and Magic: the Gathering cards. I have boxes and suitcases more of Magic, a drawer full of Poke’Mon cards (including cards which used to be quite rare and fetched $20-30 each online), Shadowrun cards, and some other random cards.

Under the bed.

Under the bed.

The space under the bed is not spared either, this is about a third of its size, and the size left relatively empty. Comics and RPGs, my tennis racket’s head, painted Hordes miniatures, a huge poster (I think it’s the 151 original Poke’Mon, actually), some more cards, magazines… shoe boxes filled with more cards, old mail, you get the idea.

The room is not enough...

The room is not enough...

Because even that is not enough, I had to expand. This is the manga shelf in the DVD library. The DVDs are on lower shelves. I didn’t share it, but there are manga books, magazines, Dragon Dice boxes and other assorted things at the top shelves and bottom drawers of my clothes closet.

A box.

A box.

This is another intrusion into family-space, this time my box of unpainted miniatures is kept at the family room at the top floor.

A boxs contents

A box's contents

Because the previous picture was not illustrative, here’re some of the contents of that box. Most of them, but not all. I also have some figures in my room. I really need to find time to paint them again. And I also want to find the time.

Treasures?

Treasures?

And to close this post, a couple of my “treasures”. Hard-cover American Gods signed by Neil Gaiman, and a hard-cover Burning Empires illustrated by Chris Moeller, who created the setting world of the Iron Empires. The flash hides her face, but that’s that for now.

As always, you can see the rest of the pictures on the Flickr Set!

20 comments on “My Room, July 2009.

  1. nikbv says:

    Talk about busy. Somebody needs an entire warehouse to store stuff in…

  2. Kanon says:

    That’s a lot of stuff! I really love your Yoko nendoroid and Yuki petit nendo. They’re so cute!

    Looks like you have a nice collection of cards, manga, and figurines, too ^^

    • Guy says:

      The figurines collect themselves :) I see something nice, or get something from some cereal, and if it’s good I keep it.
      Many of my childhood mementos in boxes are small figurines and such, that didn’t make the cut to premium space, but were too nice to just be given away.

  3. Snark says:

    Well, you definitely beat me for title of messiest room.

  4. Andy K says:

    Hey Guy:

    Later, I’d love to hear your reflections on being an Otaku in Israel. Or an Israelite Otaku? In any case, things that you see/go through that folks in other countries might not (BESIDES shipping costs, that’s just too easy a topic).

    -Andy

    • Guy says:

      “Israeli” :) Israelites are the ancient Hebrews.

      Hmmm. It’s more of a “Geek in Israel”, I’d try to come up with something for an editorial. I kinda stay away from the Otaku culture in Israel, in part because they’re mostly 14-16 and very loud, and mostly into Yaoi, so I kinda have less stuff to do with them.

      I can deal with those who are more wide-ranging “Geeks”, that is, those who are into comics, sci-fi and fantasy in addition to manga and anime. Maybe I’ll detail some of the conventions in Israel, and stuff. I’ll think it over.

  5. Tommy says:

    HOLY CRAP, that’s a lot of books and stuff in your room. I know I said that before, but I have to say it again. :P

    My room used to be like that pre-figure collecting days, so I know what you mean by “I know where stuff are.” ^^ I know it’s hard to believe, but we have a system when we live in a space like that.

    • Guy says:

      My system is my amazing memory ;)

      I remember when I allowed the cleaning lady into my room years ago. And that’s the risk about letting an outside “organize” your room. She put everything into the shelves, into whatever space was readily available.

      It sometimes took me weeks to locate the misplaced items.

      • Tommy says:

        LOL, that never happened to me. But I hate it when I can’t find something when I’m looking for it, and it turns up when you don’t need it anymore because you’ve carefully placed it in a very visible location such as on top of the tele.

  6. lovelyduckie says:

    Ah! I used to have to sleep in the same room as a litter pan…I almost wonder if that’s why my sense of smell now seems so dull in comparison to my friends now. I like Neil Gaiman too, although I haven’t read too much of his stuff. I’ve only read Anansi Boys and Coraline. I also watched Stardust and Coraline the movies. American Gods is on my “to read” list, that list grows quicker then I can read though.

    • Guy says:

      I clean it daily. I have a very keen sense of smell. I also think the cat appreciates it more, to have a clean litter-box.

      It’s a de-scenter, so there’s no vile smell coming from it. It helps that he only really pees there, and excretes his feces in the garden (he spends the days outside).

  7. FSF says:

    The first thing that came to mind was “ordered chaos”. You have enough material to put some hobby shops to shame.

    • Guy says:

      What’s really sad is that I have about twice as many if not more sci-fi/fantasy books than shops around here, even if you counted their numerous copies of the hot books as different books.

      I want to live near Barnes and Nobles or be eligible to Amazon’s free domestic shipping :(

  8. Ninjovee says:

    Wow. What a room. If I had a room that looks like that, my mom would throw a fit. LOL… Then again, I still do not have a permanent room until today. TAT;

    I’m somewhat afraid that the huge pile of books and comic books would suddenly topple over and bury your pc along with Yuki and Yoko

    • Guy says:

      Mothers are calmer if you do this more slowly.

      As I’ve commented, that stack did fall, the Nendoroids only needed me to return them to their standing position, no harm no foul.
      My computer screen got these marks, and using a cleaner fluid didn’t clean them; I was worried I scratched it. Turns out it was semi-smudges, so I rubbed gently and persistently with a finger till they were gone, then cleaned my computer with a cleaning fluid.

      Appropriate LCD monitors cleaning fluid, of course.

      And no permanent room? How so?

  9. thetsundere says:

    Wooww -stares- that’s a lot of stuff! xD Very cute nendos… and are those miniatures in the box Warhammer? (my brother had a ton of those)

  10. oneandonlyjem says:

    That’s nifty that you’re into Dragon Dice. I would walk into those stores and my jaw would drop in awe with the level of detail of the battlefield and miniatures. I don’t think I could ever get into a hobby like that because it would take away from my already time-consuming extracurricular activities. Gotta be choosy about what’s taking up time.

    Pretty good that you have a good sense of where everything is at even though you have mounds and stacks of items here and there.

    • Guy says:

      Yes, I usually cycle between interests.

      Miniatures, video games, online RPG fora, anime… cause each is a full time jobhobby, and all of them can’t really be done simultanously. Need to learn to set days for each, instead of weeks/months.

      I’m not sure I’d be willing to have these piles if I didn’t know where everything was.

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