Well, I just spent most of the last few days at this years Supanova.

I normally only go in for one day, so the whole weekend thing was a bit new (and a bit exhausting), but then again I've generally had actual things on during the week, which I need the chance to sleep in a bit more. At the moment... well, I can sleep in tomorrow.

I didn't end up getting any autographs or photos with anyone - sorry, I just find it all so very over-priced - but I did see a bunch of panels. Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Wil Wheaton and the Phelps twins from HP. Also Jaimie Alexander (Sif from Thor). Oh, and some of the Cosplay, and the FMA:B movie on Friday night, and caught up with [livejournal.com profile] lizbee and [livejournal.com profile] connikins and a bunch of other people I know (and some whose faces were vaguely familiar).

Actually I spent most of today wandering around with Connie, who seems to run into people she knows everywhere.

I didn't really cosplay anything, but I did dress up - I'll post pictures if I find any online - both days in corsets and bustles and hats and whatnot. Saturday with my eBay parasol with a sort of black and white and red theme, while today was sort of Queen of the Goths, as I claimed I was dressed as to someone.

Also ended up repeatedly talking corsets with a guy in a dress (and corset) who was very well informed.

The FMA movie was fun enough - I mean, yeah, filler movie, so it didn't exactly add anything profound to the FMA universe (Though the manga is pretty perfect, so it's not as if it needs anything...), but at least it didn't do anything horrific to the characters. And the action scenes were wonderfully animated - I know there was some debate on the quality of the animation as a whole, but I mostly liked it. And plus points for some interestingly morally gray characters (technically, terrorists I suppose) dealing with colonisation.

The main issues were basically pacing - it was sort of ACTION...long period of set-up and exposition... DRAMA AND ACTION - and that when you get down to it the story was more about the new characters than the established ones. Which wasn't necessarily a bad story (and at times had some interesting reflections on the Elric brothers), it's just, you know, you go to an FMA movie for the Fullmetal Alchemist and pals. Not other people.

I do, though, sort of want to see fic about the characters from it. Maybe Julia seeing Ed again post series, or something?


Oh, and pretty typically for a con, I ended up buying a bunch of stuff. Some manga volumes from series I haven't finished; some Daleks to add to my Dalek army (including a plush one that talks when you squeeze it); A plush Threetie from Mawaru Penguindrum; A random book that was going cheap; a Nerv key-ring; a plush tentacle (...don't ask).
Firstly: Hello there to the several people who have friended me from the [livejournal.com profile] penguindrum meme. Don't worry if I haven't friended you back yet, I prefer to chat a little with people so I get to know them before I add them. So talk about stuff here!

Otherwise, I have decided that since the last bunch of posts have been about RL type things, this one might be a bit more fannish. Which yes, does mean more links. I'm sure there will be more RL stuff in the future, since Dresden Dolls is this weekend, and Mum's got us some tickets for the tennis in a couple of weeks.

But now, to the fun stuff:

- The Third Rebuild of Evangelion movie finally has an English title. Which, you know, bodes well for there not being more delays. Plus the 4th (and last, since it's called FINAL) is supposedly due out next year. So hooray for that. Hopefully the English release won't take, you know, forever.

I have also noticed that said title for 3.0 seems to have set off a whole lot more of the "sequel theory" stuff (I can see why, based on the title). I do love fannish speculation.

- I can't actually recall if I brought this up on my LJ or not, but there are some details floating around now for the Code Geass stage show. Which I rather wish I could see, even if I don't understand it. To agree with one of the comments there, I don't even care if it's good or not, the idea of Code Geass on stage is so damn entertaining it'd be fun either way.

There has also been some actually good official art for once.

- I have found on Tumblr a whole two entirely separate Texts from Last Night/FMA blogs. Or whatever you call individual tumblrs. Plus this screencap episode guide for FMA.

I think no fannish experience can be truly complete without a bit of crack. And some of them are just so, so perfect. Is there an Eva TFLN blog? Because that could be terrifyingly amazing.

- The top news stories of 2011... told via lego. Yeah, it's not fandom. But it's still nifty.

- And finally, for whenever someone is pissing you off, the Fuck You Symphony.

Actually, now I think about it I do have some RL stuff, namely a question: Anyone know of anywhere in Melbourne it is possible to get dried karkadeh/hibiscus tea? One of the things I found during last months room clean-up was the packet of karkadeh I got when I was in Egypt way back when, and I made it up last night so I could chill it and drink today. It was very good, and now I want more, but I dunno where to get it around here. I'm not entirely sure I want to resort to buying plant-life off eBay yet...
Today I got an email from an "Olivia Armstrong". If you're familiar with FMA, you'll know why I found that entertaining.

The even better bit, though, is that it is one of those "contact my attorney to get part of $17 million" scam emails. (Well, she'd certainly have the money for it...)

Oh, how I enjoy entertaining spam.

And since I'm on about anime, there's finally pictures up of that Knight of Zero Suzaku figure in the finished colouring. So pretty, I want. Though I assume it'll be far too expensive for me, mind.

It had some new official art done for it, even.

Ah, shiny things.

Some other shiny things I have been linked about are Electronic Embroidery, which is nifty, and these pictures of really pretty libraries.

I am now looking down on you, Baillieu.
You know, I didn't even realise computers could get a virus in the start menu, but apparently that is in fact the case. (Also, whoever is responsible for a virus that causes computers to not be able to shut down has a really warped mind).

...And that is why about 3 hours out of the last 24 have involved rather too much mucking around with anti-virus programs, and why my computer has been so wonky the last couple of days. Though I seem to have things mostly sorted now.

Though I shall have to leave a note to self: Do not trust emails that claim to be from Australia Post.

Speaking of, a pile of books (well, three) arrived in the post from Book Depository for me today, and three more should shortly be on their way. Now, if only I didn't have those darn assignments to do, I could get cracking with all the reading I want to do. Plus there's a new Discworld book out in like a week. Gah, too many books I need to read.

And despite appearances, FMA fans, I did not in fact forget 3 Oct '11 which is Don't Forget Day. I was just otherwise occupied. I did see that there's a pile of new fic floating around, some of which I may read when I get a bit of spare time.

What is everyone else up to?
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.
Haha oh wow.

So, in preparation for the upcoming new FMA movie, which is a couple of weeks away, there is a theme park in Japan running an advertising/celebration campaign in which you can purchase 23 FMA themed desserts/snacks.

And they are just... amazing. I mean, some of the ideas there are just beyond words.

You can buy a dessert of Lust's boobs. A Lust's boobs dessert.

It's sort of amazing. I wish I could go there, just to try some of them.

Dear me.

In other news, it is less than 24 hours until JKR's announcement about this PotterMore thing is, which means her YouTube link is full of owls. No really.

That's vaguely Hitchcock.

Weird Al made a Lady Gaga parody, which is rather good, actually. Or it amused me, and I happen to be generally fairly positive towards Lady Gaga's ...Lady Gaganess.

A cat gets caught barking. Yes, that wasn't suspicious at all.

Also, for some random reason I now want a NyanCat LJ icon. If anyone knows where I could get one, that would be greatly appreciated.
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?
drakyndra: The Music Meister demands you sing! (Dressed to Kill)
( Apr. 11th, 2011 10:45 pm)
Ah, the wonders you see at Supanova. Seriously, I love that photo there. It's just too good.

And while I'm linking things, FMA is having a one-shot "Prototype" in the magazine in June. Which I must confess to being deeply curious about.

Anyway, today was the last lectures before Easter break, though I still have a few classes on Wednesday. Bleh.

Plus I also had out regular FOUL meeting which resulted in some rather interesting conversations about Supanova, Draco Malfoy's wimpiness, the Harry Potter movies, David Tennant's epicly fanboy family tree and under what circumstances we would kick Hitler in the balls. This all made perfect sense at the time.

Also, one guy declared that the clothes I was wearing made me look like a female version of Chrestomanci, which is quite possibly the most flattering thing anyone has ever said about my taste in clothing.
So, I have nothing of any particular relevence to report on (Unless you are a member of [livejournal.com profile] code_geass, in which case you've probably seen it already), so here, have some random entertaining links I've seen around.

- Josh Groban sings Kanye West's tweets. I think that speaks for itself, really.
- Spock and Kirk teach us about the dangers of anger. Star Trek: An education in anger management.
- This rather well edited FMA:B action AMV. Also featuring music that ended up causing me to spend an afternoon listening to a rock opera. About Mozart. In French.
- ZOMGSCIENCE. LEARN SOME MOTHERFUCKING SCIENCE, BITCHES!
So, that interview I had last week and didn't hear back from? I finally heard back from them.

So, I have another interview arranged for next Friday. I shall assume this is a good thing. (Okay, technically this is the first interview at the potential workplace. The application form and first interview were just with the organisation sponsoring the traineeships.) But it's still good! Except having to be in Collingwood at 9am.

...I also have another interview on Monday. This one, interestingly enough, is for another company that already told me they didn't have any positions open. Apparently things have changed in the past couple of weeks.

And tomorrow is state elections. Voting, how exciting.

Some frivolous links for your gratuitous entertainment:

- Following up the flying squid in the fascinating yet mildly terrifying category, I give you the development of psychic twitter. Also a potential horror movie in the making.

And a couple of AMVs because I was bored and in an AMV watching mood today:
- You're Everything: FMA AMV for Ed, Al and Winry. Because dawwww. (Also, check out who commented on it.)
- So They Say: Code Geass AMV to Dr Horrible music. I LOL'd uncontrollably at how it managed to be both incredibly appropriate and incredibly inappropriate in parts.
- And using the same crossover, Everything You Ever, which entertains me for personal reasons.
HOLY SHIT FMA!

...Or for those who aren't fluent in flailing, new FMA movie now has a trailer and website. I honestly don't know what to say about the art style; I do wish we had some plot details. And I am experiencing some fannish streams crossing, since the director is apparently best known for directing episodes of Code Geass.
So last night I ended up going over to [livejournal.com profile] fa11ing_away's place for Birthday Drinks. (Speaking of which, I am not sure if I actually said so the other day, but Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] fa11ing_away!)

But yes, saw a bunch of people, some of whom I haven't seen in a while, and some who I see a lot of. And [livejournal.com profile] fa11ing_away, obviously. I came bearing Margarita Mix and Tequila.

There were Ninjabread men! Also many strange and interesting varieties of pizza. Including dessert pizza. (Because what would a party be without a rocky road pizza?) And Periodic Table cupcakes. No really, I have a picture:

See what I mean )

And we talked and messed around. Played Settlers for a bit. Oh, and her housemate introduced us to the wonderful song The Captain's Wife's Lament, which sort of defies words. (Just... watch that the whole way through. You will see - well, hear - exactly what I mean.)

In completely different news, The upcoming FMA movie now has a title! Er, maybe. It sounds rather oblique to me, but hey that's how these things go. But from the looks of things, it'll be set somewhere in the middle of the series. Which isn't that surprising.

I hope that means more news is on the way soon.

ETA: HAHA oh wow. I appear to have gotten a Nigerian scam email, purporting to be from the United Nations' committee investigating Nigerian scam emails.

How very post-modern of the scammers.
So, I got an email telling me that the application I sent off on Monday has been received. Which is, I suppose a good thing since the closing date was Friday. But still pretty fast for interstate mail. And now to wait to see what people think.

Anyway, today was the second part of trawling the city checking out costume shops. This one actually started in the morning for once (since I apparently completely failed at getting any sleep last night, and I figured if I was awake I might as well), and started out in the city.

Again, it wasn't hugely productive in finding just what it was I needed (I shall have to be getting crafty, tomorrow), but I did manage to find me a whole lot of really freaking interesting stuff around the CBD.

Such as: Random alleyways full of interesting cafes that I knew existed in theory but had never been to. And their not unattractive waiters who complimented my jacket in an attempt to get me to have lunch there (I think the fact it's a jacket I got from Savers years ago made it even more amusing). Or this one building with amazing little crafty shops, a kimono wearhouse, an elevator which had it's own attendent (who had decorated his elevator with flowers). And mysterious ~doors to nowhere~.

It was actually an incredibly fun day, despite the exhaustedness. Or possibly even because of it, since it added a mildly surreal note to things. Oh I so needed that coffee at 3pm.

And then I checked out some of Lygon Street and ended up taking another long walk through Brunswick again. as one does.

Also, thank you to the random stranger man on the train who gave me some change so that I could buy a ticket when the inspectors got on. You are a very nice person, and I would totally pay back that $1.50 if I knew who you were.

Some random links to add to the whatever:
- Fullmetal Alchemist is going to hit 50 million manga volumes sold when the final one comes out next month. Go go FMA! That really is a lot of sales.
- The world's largest gummy worm for sale. Just... admire the wrongness of that.
- A time-traveler in a Charlie Chaplin film? Strange and mysterious. Who else sees a Doctor Who episode in that?
- All bomb scares should end this way. Aww, kitty!
So, I went to Armageddon today. It was, as expected REALLY FREAKING COLD out, which a bit of last minute clothes shuffling. (Sorry miniskirts, I don't think I could deal with that today even with colourful tights.)

Ended up with an ankle-length black skirt, black top with billowy lace sleeves and my gothic lolita hat. And white boots, because what the hell? End result with jewellery and sparkly make-up ended up looking kind of goth, actually. And vaguely Victorian - enough that a couple of guys running a stall decided that I must be a steampunk fan and tried to point me in the direction of the books they were selling with much flattery of my taste.

Or they were just trying to hit on me. Not entirely sure.

I ended up going to the panel with Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann and Sophie Aldred, which was actually quite funny. I think the technical difficulties added a distinct note of fun to the proceedings. I also watched the cosplay contest, and actually watched the entire first two episodes of the FMA:B English Dub for the first time. Which was... interesting, having watched the whole thing in subs.

Got an autograph from Vic Mignogna (who also complimented my outfit, and when asked said he'd dubbed up to episode 58), and I wanted to get John DiMaggio's but kind of that failed miserably.

I mean, I showed up too late for the morning session, which was fine - line was long, he had other stuff to do - I said I'd come back after lunch. And then when I showed up, the lady there was refusing to let anyone else line up before he'd even started doing autographs. And then said to come back in an hour. Which I did, and was still told to come back later. So I did, and was told there were no more autographs allowed, despite the fact there was nothing else on.

I think this would have all been less frustrating if she hadn't decided that no-one else could join the line just as I tried to join the end of it. Seriously.

I also had a near-miss with [livejournal.com profile] lizbee - I hadn't realised she was actually there until late in the day, and when I did, I sent a message asking where she was. I was in a queue at the time, so I couldn't rush off, but when I finally did head in her direction - I got a message saying she had just left. Literally, two minutes ago.

That one was more disappointing than aggravating, though.

Otherwise, there were a lot of nifty cosplayers around, but I was too lazy to take pictures. Lots of Doctor Who types, including a Jack with a hand in a jar to my amusement. Slightly less heavy on the anime-types (or at least animes I knew), though I sort of pitied the Yoko I saw in the (lack-of) heat. I saw some Insurance Girls from Trigun, which was nice - I normally I only see Vash and Wolfwood cosplayers around. And so on and so forth. Had a few people take pictures of me, and I shall once more wonder if any of them will ever actually find there way online.

Didn't actually buy much - an FMA stopwatch (sadly, it was first anime, so the year on the "Don't Forget" was off, but I'll live), some interestingly flavoured licorice, and a wooden sword because why not buy a wooden sword. It wasn't hugely expensive.

And that was my day. I can't say it was really up there with my best convention experiences, but that's the way these things go. And it was entertainment for a day.
Well, doesn't that just figure? Right when I think the weather is starting to take a turn for the better, suddenly it decides to go right back to the cold and windy again. I ended up all sneezy for my time in town today. I think I am allergic to cold weather. :(

Also means I shall have to do some reworking of what I was planning to wear. Stupid weather. (I think I'm going Sunday, for what it's worth).

Have some random entertaining links:
- Darth Fairy Princess. Cutest Sith Lord ever!
- Girl turns herself into Jared Leto. Wow, the wonders of make-up. Seriously, that's like professional film levels of transformation. And makes most of the cosplayers I know look rather amateur. Yes, I know they are amateur.
- Hand Dance to "We No Speak Americano". Ye Gods, the choreography they have going on there. Seriously.

And because I'm always in favour of supporting fannish awesome, check out [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest for a whole lot of nifty fanfic about the ladies of FMA. Obviously.
You know, there is something deeply unnerving about reading a Facebook status update and realising that not only does someone who was in my year at school have a child, but that the kid is already three years old.

I mean, that's just plain weird.

Fandomly, I missed posting on Don't Forget Day, woe. ;_; Though I noticed a big pile of FMA fics popping up at the Pit dedicated to it, and there's probably truckloads of fanart for it around, too. I stand by the suggestion I made to [livejournal.com profile] csakuras over Twitter: next year someone needs to make a cake shaped like a house and set it on fire.

And some YouTube videos of Lulz:
- Lady Gaga flight attendents? I want that to happen next time I'm flying somewhere.
- Dancing at the Movies. Because it's a whole lot of fun and cheerful (See how many movies you can identify).
Well, had an interesting night last night.

I went to the 21st of my sister's BFF, which meant I knew only a few people. On the other hand, there were nibble and pizza and helium balloons and very nice cupcakes. And drinks were on a tab (so long as you stuck to certain drinks), and after a few glasses of champagne the not knowing people thing sort of becomes irrelevant.

Music was interesting, too, even if the bass was turned up way too high. (Whoever was in charge of the playlist ended up rickrolling everyone, too, GDit!)

Also, someone was walking around taking photographs of everyone's shoes. Not entirely sure what that was all about.

And that was that.

Otherwise, recently I saw Dad before he went back to Thailand again, until December.

And other stuff happened.

Here, have some links which entertained me:
- Cthulu's Old Spice commercial. I know this has been floating around on my flist, so I am sure some of you have seen it already. But it makes me LOL. Vaguely related topic: Anyone know where I could get some Old Spice Guy icons?
- And have some pictures of David Bowie posing with wolves. It's David Bowie with wolves. Nothing more needs to be said.

Oh, and subs of the most recent FMA:B OVA - the one with Mustang and Hughes at the academy, with the LOL QUICHE bits. And the serious stuff - are now online. It was... interesting. And kind of sad, really.
Hey, I saw those lions when I was in Las Vegas! Or at least similar looking lions in that same enclosure. They were a bit less bitey then, though.

Since RL is being less than productive at the moment (As in during the last two weeks I have achieved 4 "Thanks but no thanks" responses to job applications, and not much else), excluding the social life - party last Friday, getting to see the Tim Burton exhibition with family on Saturday, housewarming for [livejournal.com profile] fa11ing_away this weekend - have some fandomness:

- FMA Gaiden! Not yet translated, but it looks short but cute.
- Also FMA, this hilarious news from a couple of weeks back. Spoilers if you haven't finished the manga. I would totally have said yes, though.
- We still don't know anything about this upcoming FMA movie, though.
- On the other hand, news about the Code Geass Gaiden was less newsworthy. Interesting discussion in the comments, though.
- ...Yeah, that's about it. I do need to catch up on Futurama, though. And work my way through my anime To Watch list.

My random out of print CD I bought off eBay seems to have arrived fine? Yeah, I think I need better things to talk about. I also have a free icon space. Now, where do the nifty icons hang out...

ETA: Oh wow, Australian music from the start of the decade. The only time I've ever heard rap mentioning Cheryl Kernot.
And so I am now an official university graduate. With fancy certificates - two of 'em - and everything.

...That said, apart from 30 seconds or so of momentousness as I walked across the stage, it wasn't exactly the most exciting event ever. Yeah, it was mostly watching people I don't know also get their certificates.

On the vaguely entertaining side, there was one girl graduating named Xiao Mei to my amusement (FMA fans will get why). Oh, and our speaker was some guy named Ziggy, which is more evidence that I am being haunted by David Bowie songs.

But there were photos and flowers (still need to find a proper vase for them) and meeting up with teh family.

As for the other significant part of today: Election! Though final results are yet to come through, so I don't know how I am supposed to feel yet.

That said, I hear the Cthulu summoners had some success. Or something along those lines, which is a nice change.

Incidentally, after reading the Greens slogan on a How To Vote card, "Standing for what's right, not just what's easy", I now think their election strategy has been obtained via reading Harry Potter books.

There are worse sources of inspiration, I suppose.

ETA: And then there is this which sort of defies words, really.
drakyndra: The Music Meister demands you sing! (FMA: Al All Grown Up)
( Jul. 6th, 2010 10:48 pm)
So howdy there to all the new people who have added me from the [livejournal.com profile] fm_alchemist friending meme!

Drop me a line here to introduce yourself properly - because while friending memes might give you an outline of what people might be interested in, the don't always give the best idea as to who people actually are.

So: Introduce yourself, tl;dr about your favourite things, link me to introductory posts or profiles, ~theorise~ about what this new FMA movie will be, ask me questions about me, or just generally get some proper conversation going now that it's not actually the middle of the night in local time.

(Also, great excuse to show off new end of FMA icons. No, I'm not being gratuitous here at all *looks shifty*)
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