drakyndra: The Music Meister demands you sing! (Batman TDK: Looking Down)
( Jul. 20th, 2012 07:07 pm)
At least 10 people were shot dead at a Dark Knight Rises premiere in the US.

...What the actual fuck is wrong with people?

I was going to get around to doing a reviewy thing of the film (I really liked it, though I can see why some people wouldn't), but after hearing that...

:(
drakyndra: Batman > You at DDR (Batman: Batdance)
( Jun. 19th, 2012 11:46 pm)
Whoops, forgot to update for a couple of weeks.

On the other hand, not much real notable has happened around here. Work, sleep, getting flaily about Korra and The Dark Knight Rises trailers (mostly over on Tumblr - hey, they have shiny arts there, and I am shallow for that stuff) - the earthquake tonight is about the most exciting thing that's happened to me for a while, excluding fandom.

So... yeah. My life, not the most exciting right now.

But Korra season finale this weekend, and I did buy me some midnight premiere tickets for The Dark Knight Rises, so there is that. (I got two, so if anyone in Melbourne wants to go with, call dibs and we can work something out. It's a student ticket, though.)
And so goes another week.

No thoughts on Korra yet, since I went to sleep before the HQ versions appeared online, and now I'm waiting for my off-peak hours to start again so I can download. But the fanbase is tearing me between lulz and facepalming.

Otherwise, I had a job interview on Friday, which I am supposed to hear back from on Monday/Tuesday, so there is that. Oh, and for my housemate's birthday I went and saw Avengers again, though we ended up stuck in the very front row, which was less fun.

Also, my mother is enquiring about what I want to do for my next birthday. Say, anyone know of anything interesting going on around Melbourne at the end of May/start of June?

And yeah, that's my personal life.

In other news, I bring amusing (non-spoilery) Avengers art (It's totally worth it for Loki's face in the last panel), and also these guys, who buy cheap landscape paitings from op-shops, and then add monsters to them. Which is win.

Also win, the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. Which is full of shiny. And impressive music which me likey.

Yes, all my linking is definitely making me think I should get a Tumblr already.
It was an interesting enough week there, I suppose.

Volunteering Tuesday, then on Wednesday I went to see The Avengers with peoples. I did consider doing a review type thing then, but at that point barely anyone on my flist would have seen it, so I didn't think I'd get much response.

I do have some comments to make, starting with the fact I could definitely feel Joss Whedon's influence on things. People who have seen Whedon's stuff now what I mean here: snappy dialogue, a certain specific type of humour. Plus, you know, a popular character dying dramatically before the big finale in order to motivate people. Oh, poor Coulson, the doom of being liked by Joss Whedon and not heading a movie of your own. Your fanboy crush on Captain America was so cute (and thus you were obviously doomed).

Otherwise - Thor's situation from the end of his movie was really handwaved away; Hulk was really impressively awesome, him and him as Bruce Banner were rather show-stealers. Hulk vs Loki was the greatest lulz ever. Also, Tony Stark was like totally hitting on Banner. I now ship Natasha/Hawkeye, because they were honestly sort of compelling, and I want all the fics ever of Steve being introduced to pop-culture or other modern things.


So that was that.

Then on Saturday I went to Worn Wild, which was basically just a market (...in a bar) for goth or alternative clothes and accessories. Got a new hat, and a headband, and a few other accessories. I was tempted to get one of the corsets that were on special, but decided against it in the end.

And then today I went and watched Korra. Which remains very good, even if the fandom jumping instantly into shipwar mode is making me sigh. And roll my eyes. Of course, I happen to like both Mako/Korra (because I like the way they bounce off one another) and Mako/Asami (because I think they were cute and sweet) so I am probably Doing It Wrong here. And yeah, the whole "Asami is too nice, she must secretly be EVIL!" theory is blatant in it's real subtext. I'll admit that Mako/Asami will probably need a bit of drama at some point to tell me long term, but drama and SHE MUST BE PLANNING SOMETHING really not the same thing.

My personal, possibly crack, theory is that the mysterious (and pointedly unnamed) person who started Hiroshi Sato out with his loan had some kind of role in founding the Equalists - and they are going to come calling in to pay that back. And since his daughter knows the Avatar, why, let's just get Miss Sato to do things for us. Cue blackmail, and Asami having to fight against people she likes to keep herself and her father safe (which incidentally allows her to go back to being on Korra's side once Amon gets sorted out - I heard he was a Season 1 villain only).

...Yeah, it's possibly silly. But it's the sort of silly I like, and this episode seemed to be full of pointed references to past events that will most likely to end up plot relevant. Like that guy who Aang dealt with in Republic City in the past. And the flashbacks at the end, which have got to have significance beyond just fanservice. Aside from that, the episode was filled with Tenzin and family being awesome (The kids being hilariously so, Tenzin being an awesome mentor/father figure), and Korra making me cry. That poor girl, so afraid and alone! She so needs some "I like you for you, not just being the Avatar!" moments.

All the stuff with the Equalists there is really well written and 3-dimensional, being both utterly frightening and being very much justified in their complaints - all the ruling Council is benders, the cops with all their power seem to be, most of the triads and criminals, apparently, and the people who are opposed to this are being pretty much oppressed.

That said, I can't be on Amon and co.'s side on this because to paraphrase a comment someone else made: The fact their complaints about the current system are entirely justified doesn't change the fact the movement completely fails to propose any alternates. "Destroy all benders" isn't exactly a goal that will make things any better for anyone. Powerful douchebags will still abuse that power, and the innocent and powerless still get oppressed. And we can see with the Satos, and Mako and Bolin, in Republic City power isn't just about bending or not. For the record, Geass fans, this is why I was never really on Lelouch's side, while I did sympathise with the Black Knights. No matter how valid your complaints are, if you don't have a viable political alternative, any success you have will break down pretty fast.


And that was my dose of tl;dr for the day. Now all I want is to know where the good Korra icon-makers are hanging out. Also, for someone to write me a FMA/Korra crossover, because that'd be nifty.
Oh, today. Proof that even when you stay home to avoid the heat (and the crazy wind; seriously, the wind has been noisy as hell all day) you can end up really busy.

This morning involved more spamming of resumes via email, and I have decided it is rather convenient when you find a whole bunch of similar jobs on seek.com.au. Then you can just use the same cover letter, and copy-paste the appropriate company name and details in the right spots.

I do have one more interviewy thing coming up, but it's for a volunteer position. Which will be helpful on a resume, but doesn't exactly pay. On the plus side, it's close enough that travel will be pretty convenient.

And then I got involved in the cleaning up-ness, since we have that iPartment inspection coming up on Wednesday. We've still got vacuuming and mopping of floors to-do tomorrow, plus the kitchen benches need some work, but it's a bit better now.

I got into some of the cupboards, going through things so we had some more space, and alongside some really very random things, like a fruitbowl, I've also managed to sort things out so we've now officially got a booze shelf. There was some seriously random stuff there, like bottles of things I can't even identify. And some almost finished bottles we are intend to very shortly turn into completely finished bottles.

Checking out some of the boxes from my room also turned up some interesting stuff - lots and lots of old photos, from when I as back in Kinder, and some of my old ballet ones. I sort of wish I had an actual scanner to show the ballet ones...

I also got randomly creative with my dinner, since I decided if we are cleaning the benches tomorrow, I hardly want to mess them up by having to cook tomorrow night. So I decided to make something with enough leftovers for tomorrow night and ended up with P Pasta - Penne with Pesto, Pine-nuts and Parmesan. Also, I have rather more than one meals worth of leftovers.

And your regular supply of links for today:
- Naturayarte Leaf Art. Some of which qualifies as holy fuck how do they even do that? Plus, obviously, teh pretty.
- Dalton M. Ghetti's Pencil Art. So, this guy took thrown away old pencils, and carved them into amazing arty things. Some of which are honestly quite astonishing.

...Yes, I did find those two links from Cracked.com.

- Super Seeking Sidekick. Well, what else would an ad for a superhero sidekick even sound like?
- Lego man launched into space. There's a video of it and everything. Those darn kids, making me feel so unaccomplished at my age...
- Microwaves Ruin Everything. Haven't you ever wondered what happens when you put all those things you aren't supposed to into the microwave?
Okay LJ, WTF r u doing?

This comment thing is just ridiculous. I mean yeah, my personal LJ happens to be S2, so commenting in it is fine, but since it's been rather dead lately most of my commenting goes on in communities, and they are getting rather fucked over in the change. Which is not fun at all.

I know some people are heading over Dreamwidth way. Technically I have an account there, but I only ever use it for commenting on other people's accounts. If you're heading over there for good - or will be crossposting and want comments there, give me a shout and I'll add you.

*sigh*

Giving the backlash this is getting, I rather wonder what "changes" we are going to get in the next 24 hours.

Here, have some distracting trailers for blockbuster movies to look forward to.

There's The Dark Knight Rises, for all your broody Bat needs. And explosions. And Selina Kyle's awesome wardrobe, which I want.

And then there's The Hobbit (Part 1) featuring New Zealand Middle Earth, Hobbits and vast amounts of Dwarves. There will be so many Dwarf fangirls when this movie comes out.

Also, if you want something other than trailers, there's X-Men with Googly Eyes. Enjoy never being able to take Magneto seriously again.
Oh hey Penguindrum fans! (I know there is at least one on my flist) You can make your own flashback boards!

I even made one for myself (Please forgive the crappy Google Translate Japanese. Now, if only I could work out how to embed it...

For those who are curious as to what it's about, Mum was down in Melbourne last night, so The Sister and I went and had dinner with her. I was actually rather hoping for Mexican, but the place we looked at had an enormous queue, so we ended up back at the hotel restaurant. It actually wasn't all that bad, even if it meant I ended up walking in a great big circle in those absurd heels I was wearing.

But yes, family dinner then, which means I must now really got onto sorting out the rest of my Christmas shopping before I head back to Hamilton for Christmas itself (Or to be precise, a couple of days before - which, yes, does mean I will probably miss out on seeing the last episode of Penguindrum for a few days. No spoilers for it, plz.)

I also have to ponder what I shall get with the Harvey Norman gift voucher, which was Dad's present. I could be useful for the other iPartment residents, and get a food processor so they could use it too. Or I could be more selfish, and get a new digital camera - mine's a few years old now (5 years, actually, now I think on it) and tends to play up in really hot weather.

*sigh* Oh the great pains of having to think about shopping.

Some other entertainment (on neither shopping nor penguin related topics):
- The 10 best commercials of the year. I love it when advertisers show a little intelligence. And fun.
Also, the 30 freakiest ads, if you want a little more WTF in your advertising/
- Cello Wars. Ah, the Star Wars cello duel. Because what could be more niftily entertaining than that?
- There's a new Dark Knight Rises poster image out. Plus there's all that stuff about the prologue, but there are no special screenings of it in Australia. *pout* And I ain't paying for Imax tickets to see Tom Cruise's movie, sorry.

...I guess I'll just have to wait for Sherlock Holmes and the full TDKR trailer.
Well, one assignment has been completed (and as I was rather intending, before [livejournal.com profile] fa11ing_away's birthday bash this weekend), leaving me just one thing to do this semester. And the thing I finished isn't even due until Monday. It also has a table with pretty rainbow colours.

Of course, it just happens to be the one which requires some creative use of ICT. Yeah, so I'll have to ponder that for a bit.

Oh, and speaking of [livejournal.com profile] fa11ing_away's birthday party, (masquerade themed, for those not in the know), I have sorted out my outfitness. There was a mild issue with my mask and my dress not matching very well, but I have come up with a cunning plan to make my colour scheme work. Now I'll just need to work out public transport arrangements when wearing what is basically a ball gown. Huzzah!

So what is up with you guys in LJ land? Aside from the ones I have chatted to, recently.

And your daily supply of linked nifty things:
- I could legally get Batman number plates for my car. If I actually owned a car, that is. But points for that, Victoria.
- And since I'm talking Batman, the Book of Batman. Of course someone is making a Batman bible.
- Magic cards with googly eyes. It's hilariously adorable! And actually makes me think Magic is vaguely interesting for once.
So today I went and saw the Queen.

I'm not even a monarchist, but it was, you know, the Queen. She doesn't exactly visit Melbourne every day.

Not a particularly good view, but there were a lot of people there. And honestly, getting there 15 minutes early was enough. I didn't fancy hanging around for hours waiting.

And then after lunch I went to the Melbourne Cemetery and took photos. Which was technically for one of my classes, but was mostly just so I could wander around and look at interesting old gravestones. And stone angels, which I got a few pictures of for the Doctor Who fans.

Oh, and wonder why there is an Elvis memorial in the Melbourne Cemetery.

Of course, all this wandering around the sun seems to have left me with sunburnt arms, which will be less fun.

Since I don't want this post to be entirely about Things I Did Today Which Got Me Sunburnt, have some links of entertainment.

- Bad Romance, performed as a harp duet.
- So Spiderman swing dances now? Or 2007, when that was filmed, but it's still nifty (Especially the acrobatic stuff. Appropriate for Spiderman, huh?)
- Why you should be very careful if a ninja dare you to fight him. Okay, people need to do something like that around here.

And for future reference, in case you need it, MindBleach.org. The link to click whenever you have seen something you really wish you just hadn't.
Ah, Armageddon. Featuring cosplays, comics, creepy dudes who come up and tell you that you are "cute", and my old arch-nemesis: Long slow autograph queues.

But it was a reasonably fun way to waste a day. Got some signed DVD covers from Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop) and Kyle Herbert (TTGL), and some signed cards from Kevin Conroy, aka. voice of DCAU Batman.

Because what would a convention be without gratuitous Batman?

I went to the panels from Robert Picardo, who's entry consisted of signing an opera about Star Trek (as one does...) and Louise Jameson, so got some sci-fi behind the scenes goss, which is always worth a laugh.

And then I bought some new manga to read (Afterschool Charisma, aka. School for Clones with background conspiracy, featuring marriage-obsessed Elizabeth 1, Gino-expy Napoleon, kinda-gay Einstein and moe Hitler. Yes, really.)

Plus, I now have a lightsaber! Or to be more precise, a Light Sword, the non-copyright infringing cheaper alternative. Because that is what one does.

Didn't really see anyone I knew there, aside from some faces I recognise from past conventions.

And now I am tired, so there will probably be sleep soon.
Oh weekend, how I had missed you so. Mostly for the chance to sleep in for once, but there you go.

But yes, after the far too much going on days of placement, it's nice to be able to just bum around home for a bit.

Sleep in. Do laundry. Get groceries. Watch the newest episode of Mawaru Penguindrum - things are really getting going now - getting crafty on accessories for my outfit for Manifest.

Anyone else planning on going to Manifest? It's on next weekend, and I figure I'll be there for one of the days, don't know which yet. (Be nice if they'd put out a schedule already...)

And that would be that.

Have some lulzy pictures I have seen!

There's Portraits of Dogs as they shake off water (They are some of the best expressions ever, really), as well as some really great comic cover blurbs.

Teh internets, how you amuse me.

What's been up for everyone else lately?
Things I did today: Fainted at the comic shop.

Right onto a rack of comics, too.

No, really. And I still don't know why (Well, IDK if I actually lost consciousness. I did end up on the floor while the guy standing next to me proceeded to panic.)

But seriously, I was just standing in Minotaur, flicking through the comics (Detective Comics #881, to be precise), when I noticed that I was feeling rather light-headed. So I reached up to put the comic back on the shelf, and then I just sort of... fell onto it - the rack, I mean. And then onto the floor. Where I sort of lay for a few minutes before the guy next to me, whose name and phone number I really should have gotten since he was nice, went and got my water bottle out for me.

Which made for a rather odd afternoon.

No idea what that was all about. (Best guess is that my rather graphic imagination + some of the more disturbing/brutal aspects of the scene in the comic did not combine well in my brain. Well, I am just not good with witnessing certain types of injury, even in fiction.)

I ended up buying a new hat to make me feel better. Well, it was on special.

Oh, and I also went on school placement today. ;)
I have decided that what this world really needs is a Royal Society for the Protection of Apostrophes.

Oh, the apostrophe abuse I have witnessed today. *shudder* It was awful.

And so goeth the life of a student, with another week of actual class down - leaving me with a couple of days break before Friday and my three weeks of block placement. Sleeping in on weekdays, I was miss you. And I still need to come up with plans of just what activities I shall have people doing.

...But hey, at least I can sleep in tomorrow.

And I censused today, so there's that. It was ~thrilling~.

Since the last lot of random links got a pretty good response, here, have some more random entertainments! No idea where I've managed to pick this lot up from.

- A building with windows full of post-it note video game characters. And then it started a post-it note war. I approve.
- Actually, the whole site has a bunch of nifty things to look at/watch. Like the statue of dinosaur Batman. And SNAKE ON A CAR. And so on.
- The WIN section of FailBlog is pretty much along the same lines, even if it is sorta old news. But hey, you can check out Epic yo-yo guy showing off or nifty brass bugs, amongst other things.
- Piano Stairs! ...I want piano stairs. They look fun.
- Heavy Metal Harry Potter Theme. Which is an awesome that speaks for itself, really.
- A video advertising the Quidditch World Cup. No, not the one in the books, the real one. Er, sort of real.
- And to finish up my mini series of Potterness, A fanvid in memory of the Harry Potter series
So, today I went in with [livejournal.com profile] notalwaysweak and a few other people (most of whom I didn't know) to go see the last Harry Potter movie.

Yes, I know, it's been out for almost a week and I hadn't seen it already. Call myself a Potter-fan indeed.

Ah well. I still cried.

Spoilers for the movie, since I am pretty sure everyone knows about the book by now )

...And now I feel like reading Potter fanfic again. Any recent things out there to recommend? I prefer gen or canon ships, mostly, and something with plot or world-building would be fun.

In other news, you can now see an official (non-camera phone) version of the teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises.
And I have discovered that Utena caps and Texts From Last Night make a disturbingly fitting combination.
drakyndra: The Music Meister demands you sing! (Batman TDK: Commissioner Awesome)
( Jul. 12th, 2011 10:45 pm)
So hey, the first poster for The Dark Knight Rises, aka the new Nolan Batman flick Is on display.

...Not that it really says much about the content of the film itself. That, apparently, is to come in the teaser trailer with Harry Potter, or so I am told.

Personally, I saw it and was rather reminded of Inception. Anyone else agree?

And on the subject of geekery, we have the report on the rumours of Rupert Murdoch's latest acquisition.

Just read it, if you are a Potterfan. (The comments to the [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political post on it are a thing of joy and wonderment forever, but are locked to members. Oh, the macros...)
It has been a good weekend for events organised at the last minute over FaceBook.

On Saturday, Allen said he had a ticket to Circus Oz's steampunk night available, so I got to go see that, which was rather fun. Also fun were all the nifty steampunk costumes in the audience. I wonder if someone has posted some of them online somewhere - anyone know of any links.

My outfit was a little mediocre, since I found out about it like two hours before I had to leave, but there you go.

And after circus funs I went with Allen and a group of his friends to an afterparty whatsit at The Alchemist. They had mulled pear cider, mmmm.

And as noted on twitter, I missed the last tram home and ended up having 1.30am post-alcohol dumplings. Which are now officially the best dumplings.

Then today I was with Geoff and Tristan (well, Geoff was late because of the evils of Melbourne's trains and missed the start of the movie) and we went to finally get around to seeing X-Men First Class. Which was decently fun, though there is a lot there I could nitpick. I ended up giggling over Magneto's very obvious Irish accent in the big climactic scene, because... yeah.

And that was my busy, FaceBook organised weekend. Here, have a link to a long new trailer/PV for the new FMA movie. Apparently it opened in Japan this weekend, too.
drakyndra: The Music Meister demands you sing! (Spoilers)
( Jun. 6th, 2011 09:25 pm)
Oh bleh.

My Exam/Presentation/Whatever thing was today. And I am grumpy at myself because it went less well than I had hoped. I kept forgetting what I was supposed to say next and having to look at my notes. In retrospect I seemed to cover all the major points I meant to, but as presentations go, it was rather less than spectacularly executed.

And for some bizarre reason, my body decided the best time to be all nervous and unable to eat was after the damned exam, which rather ruined my lunch.

*sigh*

At least that's done with, leaving my just one more assignment to get done for the rest of the semester, and that got it's due date pushed back a couple of days.

Though, I feel the need for some cheering entertainment - anyone up for taking advantage of Cheapass Tuesday movie tickets tomorrow? I could use a movie, and I hear that the new X-Men movies is actually quite decent. I also hear that Charles and Magneto have a whole lot of homoerotic subtext going on, but that's an entirely seperate point. Except for when it isn't.

Aside from that, I've mostly been watching Doctor Who fandom go mildly kerblooey - either because they had their minds blow, or were underwhelm/predicted things, which is interesting.

I had the personal experience of seeing one of my housemates walk in just in time to hear only the very last line of the episode. Poor bastard.
You know, as Armageddon goes, I'd have the give that one an "F". There wasn't even a nice dramatic thunderstorm.

That aside, I've had a rather busy few days and it's only Saturday so far.

Thursday evening I went with [livejournal.com profile] lena_supercat to check out her public speaking club... thing. Which was actually kinda interesting, though I am undecided about actually joining because LOL, the cost.

Friday involved a seminar thing for Uni, then drinks after with other student teachers at the school I was at to celebrate the end of block placementing, and then off to Fitzroy for the book launch of "Matthew Lang"'s book The Secret of Talmor Manor. Which, aside from getting books, a reading, and some signings, involved some music from a mini-orchestra, an art auction, and a drag queen as MC. As one does at a book launch.

But I do now have another book to add to my (now rather depleted) To Read pile. Which is all signed and lovely and everything. (Kisses to you, "Matthew".)

(There was also a jaunt in the middle to get something to eat in the city, which involved watching a whole bunch of Free Palestine protesters to take their protest into the middle of Melbourne Central. I also visited the place that sold Durian Strudel, but wasn't game enough to try it. I have blueberry instead.)

And then today Mum sent me into the city to pick up her suitcase from Myers, since they were having a sale on luggage today. Which hey, allowed me to scope out books I can consider getting and also have dinner at a Japanese restaurant at the time the world was supposed to be ending. Unless practicing my skills at eating rice with chopsticks is a sign of the apocalypse, it all rather passed me by.

And that was that. Onto fannish stuff!

There is now a full trailer for the upcoming FMA movie. And also official art. Be nice if someone would translate the dialogue in that trailer, actually...

Oh, and speaking of pre-release publicity, we have the first picture for the next Nolan Batman film. Featuring a rather buff Tom Hardy.

Actually, to get back to the books thing, before the 10% off thing at Book Depository is over, I think I might pick some stuff up. Anyone got any suggestions of some books I really need to read?
So in this weeks comics...
AHAHAHAHAHA! Oh DC comics, I love you so much for that.

And from that company that does those cheap animations of news reports, the epic tale of George R. R. Martin. I don't think I even have words.
Well, today I had intended to go get some shiny new clothes, since [livejournal.com profile] connikins was cleaning out her old stuff and selling some of it, but to my great misfortune when I went to meet her at Uni, nothing I liked fit properly when I tried it on.

Alas.

So instead I actually did productive things today. Got a new student card with a new photo - finally! - and renewed my student union membership. No new transport concession card, because apparently post-grad students don't get them. Boo.

And yeah, I also met up with a few people at Uni, who I haven't seen in a while. Which was nice. If occasionally strange - seriously, have you seen what Sam has done with his facial hair? He looks like a late night TV host from the Seventies.

I also went and got some earrings replaced, because I only bought them last week and they managed to break before I even took them out of their packaging. I mean yeah, they cost me $7, but it's the principle of the thing.

I decided to do some more experimental cooking again. Okay, mostly not so experimental - I got ingredients to do pasta primavera and tofu and green bean satay again, but today I tried out an ~exciting new recipe~, Angelhair Pasta with Ricotta and Peas.

Which tastes pretty decent, even if it doesn't look much like the picture in the book. And it kind of made a mess of the counter, whoops. And I may be eating leftovers for a while.

And that's my exciting and wonderful life. Hooray.

I also bring you:
- Kate Beaton's take on Batman. Which must be seen by all, but especially if you like Kate Beaton's webcomics, or Batman. Or both.
- So, did you hear about the guy who got mugged by an octopus?
- And to bring things back to comics, Cracked with a list of awkward sexual moments in comic books.

...That ended up weirdly comicsy.
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