Now, this has been an interesting few days for fandom.

First, Doctor Who managed to upload "The Night of the Doctor" as a web mini-episode, which caused much fannish flailing and literally caused me to shriek out loud about 25 seconds in.

Well played on keeping that under wraps, Mr. Moffat. Well played.

Oh, and then Legend of Korra went and uploaded the 2-part series finale online as well last night. (Disclaimer: Mum was in Melbourne for a visit + show yesterday, so I haven't gotten around to watching it yet. Though I know more or less what happens.)

So fandom seems to want to keep me busy.

In other news - aside from work and vaguely sort of getting ready for the overseas trip: Technology!

I has a shiny new mobile phone, and I am so very delighted with it and all the nifty things it can do. Though I am always open for recommendations of what (Android) apps are essential to get. Or amusing things I could use as ring-tones. (Family, of course, is as always The Imperial March).

Oh, and since I know a few people on my flist are somewhat informed on these matters: When it comes to eReaders, what would people recommend when it comes down to Kobo vs Kindle?

We're talking for Australia, here, which my affect the prices and availability some, but opinions would be appreciated.
drakyndra: The Music Meister demands you sing! (FMA: Animated Pride)
( Nov. 5th, 2013 10:28 pm)
Oh my poor dear Livejournal, how neglected you have been.

Well, as I think some people may have noticed, I do still occasionally comment on various people's LJ posts, and I definitely read things, but activity-wise nowadays I tend to be more involved on my tumblr and my twitter accounts. And occasionally even on Facebook or IRL.

Aside from that I've had a rather busy year - I was doing Honours (in Sociology) at Uni, which meant writing up a thesis + coursework to do, which kept me rather occupied for a while - people who follow me on other sites as well would know a bit about that.

But that's all over and done with for the year, meaning for the next month I'm basically just messing around plus work to get some more spending money before I head off in December for a couple of weeks in Sri Lanka, and then Christmas in Singapore. Which should be fun - I'll try and take some pictures.

Oh, and whatever my friends end up arranging for the Doctor Who 50th - I believe someone has cinema tickets booked, so that should be fun. Especially the normal glasses plus 3D glasses bit.

So yeah, that is my life right now.

I shall try to remember to update more frequently, because while I'm on Twitter and Tumblr more often (and yes, people are quite welcome to follow me on either site - though perhaps send me a PM if your username is something different so I know to follow you back)), neither of them is real great for dedicated conversation.
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.)
Another week gone, and while the cold has mostly gone with it, it has left behind the Evil Cough of Doom to bother me.

I am now living off vast quantaties off tea with honey and lemon, and hoping the stupid cough leaves soon. It is rather obnoxious.

Aside from that, the week was mostly spent at work, listening to Triple J to fend off the boredom of hours of mouse-clicking (hey, it's found me some new music to listen too - that "Take a Walk" song by Passion Pit is ridiculously catchy) and bumming around home in my PJs.

Oh, and my actual birthday came and went. I went to the museum with Teh Family, so there was that. Aside from the Mesopotamia exhibit, Mum and I wandered around to look at the rest of things, Saw Phar Lap, flailed a bit over the dinosaur skeletons, as one does.

Dad gave me a call, and said he'll get me something when he's back in Australia. I asked for a laptop. He wanted some more precise specifications.

Sadly, I haven't had much time to check out the shops, so computery types, any recommendations on currently available laptops? Something relatively decent to carry about, mostly for use for the basics, decent memory space and screen size.
Well, I have had my first week - well, half-week - at the new job. Which is rather like I had been told - easy and rather boring. Also, the almost 6 hours of clicking away on the mouse may end up giving me carpal tunnel syndrome.

I am also developing a renewed appreciation for people who write silly things on their test papers. Not that it gains them any marks, but it keeps markers entertained when they are in a long shift. Well, it's that or radio (my iPod currently seems to be imploding on me).

The plus side is that I don't start til 4.30pm, which gives me plenty of time to do stuff in the day - though the fact we finish at 10:30 at night - and only get home at midnight, means a big chunk of that is sleeping.

Aside from that, since it's my birthday on Monday, my Mum is in Melbourne again for the weekend. We - Mum, my sister and I - went and had Mexican for dinner tonight, and will be at the Museum tomorrow afternoon. Also, Mum gave me my present which is a shiny purple suitcase to match my carry-on bag. Apparently she had to get it online, since the colour is no longer sold in Australia.

Clearly, this is all a message that I should travel some more with my nice new luggage.

In other news, I seem to have gotten a cold, and so am not feeling my best. :\

Also, my mother was asking me what this tumblr thing was, to my amusement.
drakyndra: The Music Meister demands you sing! (Korra: Naga and Pabu)
( May. 9th, 2012 09:58 pm)
So, I have a tumblr now. Tumblrs are cool.

Yeah, sort of felt I was missing out on a lot of fan type things by going without one. So please, everyone, let me know your tumblr names so I can follow you, and recommend other ones for me to follow. I think most people know my fandom interests, and I also like shiny pretty things, funny things, and occasionally interesting meta/serious discussion. (Though I don't think Tumblr is the easiest place for ongoing discussion.)

And in other news, I have a job. Training is next week. So there is that.
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.
Well, I had a (relatively) interesting weekend. Went to a trivia night on Sunday, and my team did not actually come last, so huzzah for that. So we won a packet of Tim-Tams, which is all good.

Plus, I went and watched The Legend of Korra (well, all of it that's out so far), which was pretty decent recent, though I really need to get some better quality downloads there, since image quality was... not great on mine. The music was lovely though. Enjoying it so far, and it looks both fun and interesting, but one look at the fandom and I think I shall steer clear from most of that. I can see wankiness brewing on the horizon. I'll stick around for the icons, though.

Oh, and thanks for whomever on Facebook for informing me that A). Douglas Adam's Dirk Gently books have been made into a TV series, and B). It started on ABC this evening. Dirk looks nothing like he was described in the books, and I am still trying to decide if the depiction and story changes are intentionally a mildly mockery of BBC!Sherlock or if that's just me reading too much in.

Then today I experimented with cooking again - well, made that curried lentil soup again, which was still nommy, and experimented with grilled balsamic mushrooms and (purple) carrots, which almost worked.

And I suppose the next few days will be busy, too. Volunteering tomorrow, then on Wednesday I believe I am due to see Avengers with [livejournal.com profile] neo_leviathan and... others. So there's that.

In other news, I rather need a haircut, anyone know somewhere decent around Melbourne, that will do something interesting to it without costing too much?

Also this is very possibly the most terrifying bit of Evangelion advertising I have ever seen.
Well, Tuesday marked the start of my casual volunteering thing. Which is not per se a proper job, but it fills up some time and will bulk up the resume for a bit.

And it's really pretty easy work, when you get down to it - Find your ISBN, check the details on the computer are correct, fix any that are incorrect, scan the cover, add them to the Website and then put a price tag on. Rinse and repeat.

Here's one I actually was responsible for.

But yeah, pleasantness of that aside, means I am still in need of a paying job. Sigh.

In other news, I got into a discussion with one of the people downstairs about the cat who seems to have adopted our building (Black, fluffy, very friends, no collar but seems very healthy). Apparently it used to belong to one of the couples in the place next door, but they moved away and left the cat behind.

Which is kind of appalling, even if the cat seems well fed and has a coat in decent condition that implies someone's been looking after it. Mr Downstairs was asking if it was me, but I just pat it when I'm around.

And have some ridiculous signs for your amusement.
Well, back in Melbourne after my little Easter jaunt. It is currently rather cold and wet, which is making me feel much better about the whole quitting the door-knocking job thing, even if it means I need to do a bit more work into finding something else.

Easter involved piles of chocolate (of course), a bit of time with Mum and The Sister, and some time in Bendigo, which I haven't been to in quite a while, and me getting through The Hunger Games trilogy. I may post some thoughts on the books later on; for now I am still trying to decide if I actually like the series or not. They were certainly compelling reading, but I'm having trouble parsing just how I feel about the series as whole, which is vaguely frustrating.

Currently being grumpy at the post office, since they seem to have decided to give me a final notice on a parcel delivery without giving me the other prior notices. Or pressing the buzzer to check if I am actually home at all.

In other news, I found this xkcd update unhealthily hilarious.
Oh pffff.

It appears that according to the letter I have received from Telstra, and the fellow at the Telstra shop whom I went and chatted with today, that come August when the phone network gets upgraded, my lovely smartphone which I just got last birthday will no longer be compatible.

Which means I am very likely to be down one working phone.

I am going to be making an angry face in your direction, Telstra.

I shall have to comfort myself by resorting to reading about the real life Snake on a Plane (Oh, Australia...)

Or listening to the Dalek Relaxation Tape. It is in fact surprisingly hilariouseffective.
Well, I'm back in Melbourne after Road Trip No. 2. And Daylight Savings, which I almost forgot about - lucky my phone seemed to switch automatically.

Seymour was very... country town, which was not all that surprising. And the cabin I was in was teeny-tiny, with a sort of fail heater and like an anthill in the bathroom (really). Also, one day someone left the oven going all day by accident, which fortunately didn't result in anything burning down.

The work side of things was pretty normal, aside from my rather horrible cold during the start of the week. But I also had a whole bunch of people make me cups of tea (or get me cans of drink, like yesterday). Also, there was this feral bogan guy who hit on me at one point.

I'm actually kind of looking forward to Easter now, just for the time off from worky stuff. Plus I need to sort out WTF is going on with my phone bill, because the one I just got is sort of ridiculous. Though yelling at Telstra people over the phone sort of helped with that.

Oh, and one of my eBay buys showed up (Red Swarovski crystal - or supposedly, anyway - earrings), and turned out to be so much nicer than the picture.
Well, all the exhaustingness aside, sometimes work has it's rather good points.

Like today, in which some bloke whose door I knocked decided to give me a free bottle of Sauvignon Blank.

I mean, free wine! How can one say no to that?

The rest of the day ended pretty well too, surprisingly so given how little sleep I had. I shall endeavor not to let that happen again, I suppose.

As for the long weekend, I enjoyed it's longness. Multiple days in a row of sleeping in! Plus we had one of those fannish meetups, which was rather fun. And then after I went and had Venezuelan food for dinner with some of the girls, got complimented on my hat by some random old guy, and then had ice-cream.

There should be more days like that.
You know, I was going to do a post here about the busyness of work (and the mild melodramas therein), and the temporary housemate, and how the book I just finished reading was so totally inspired by Watchmen despite being an entirely different genre (Vaguely steampunk fantasy, in this case).

But then just before 10pm one of my fuses exploded, so I've spent the last hour and a half trying to find the emergency electrician contact number, (which failed miserably, even after calling both my housemate and my old housemate), and eventually calling one number, which directed me to another number, which directed me to the actual number for the electrician. All of which was done in that dark.

Of course once he actually showed, it was all fixed in about 10 minutes, so that's life for you.

At least I can sleep in tomorrow. And the day after, huzzah long weekend! And I think [livejournal.com profile] connikins has her meetup think tomorrow, too.
So, that makes the first week of the sales job. As I said in the last post, first day was mostly just PowerPoint and paperwork; second involved more listening in to information and the like at the office, Thursday I followed around one of the more experienced types to get an idea of things, and on Friday I went off on my own (and actually made two sales!)

The main thing I've gotten out of it all is sunburn, and a need for sleep. Though that might partially just be because I need to get myself back on a fairly regular schedule.

Otherwise, last night I ended up going to Steam Up, with what turned out to be a rather large number of my friends. I got to wear a corset that I got on eBay which I believe is a Made in China knockoff of some fancier designer and literally just arrived the knight before the event, and had rather a bit of fun watching the shows they had going. Drinks were expensive, too.

I also haven't had a huge amount of time to keep up with everything online lately, so just what's up?
Well, the job trawling has ended on a reasonably positive note, as I've been asked to come in for training next week. Admittedly, it's for a sales job thing, but I shall stick it out for a few weeks to see how it all works out. If it's not great, I can get back to volunteering and looking for something better (Though I shall have to call the volunteer guy, and tell him I'm not going to be around for a couple of weeks at least to start with), but if it does alright, we shall see.

Some of the more professional/longer term things I am still yet to hear back from, so it's all about the wait and see-ness, I suppose.

And since that's due to start up on Tuesday, I basically get a long weekend and can bum around for a bit longer. Huzzah!

Some entertaining links for the moment:
- Cat Opera. So, that is apparently an actual thing. Who knew?
- The most Beautiful Bookstores in the world. Yes, I really do want to visit some of those.
- I'm pretty certain the people behind this picture and heading knew exactly what they were doing.
So, that's made for a busy, busy few days. Aside from the iPartment inspection, and the frantic cleaning that preceded that - I actually ended up finally sorting out my bookshelf, which lead me to the discovery that I actually can fit all my books on there. Just.

I also ended up with three job interviews yesterday. Well, two job interviews, and one for a volunteer position. Plus I have another interview tomorrow morning, and another I need to reschedule (There was a clash...).

The interviews are mostly "We'll only call back if you are successful" so that's a bit wait and see, but I do have the volunteer spot, so at least that can go on the resume. It's for the Brotherhood of St Lawrence online bookstore (which can be found here, if you are wondering) and I can basically come in whenever to help out. I'm thinking maybe one day a week, but we shall see.

And a professional question here: How long should you volunteer somewhere before you ask the supervisor if you can use them as a reference?

And then after that, my computer went and screwed up on me. Or rather Windows went and screwed up on me, so I had to go and reinstall Windows, and then restore all my programs and settings and what-not. Many thanks must go to the HouseMatt, who did most of the complicated work, since I was too busy freaking out about why the speakers didn't work and where the hell all my files had gone.. (And when Matt wasn't around, I went and... cleaned out some of my cupboards, which means I at least know where all my old photos are now. And my old quotebooks. And my passport from when I was 2 years old.)

Yeah, totally asking for a new computer or laptop or something for my next birthday. Well, I got this one for my 21st, so it'll be 5 years old in May.

Getting back online, it appears I missed a few things. Like I said on Twitter, one day without Internet, and suddenly there are official Watchmen prequel comics? Anything much else going down?
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?
Happy Australia Day, peoples! (Or Invasion Day, if you prefer)



I celebrated by... doing nothing. I felt bumming around the house and being lazy was a suitably patriotic way to spend my day.

Oh, and trawling through eBay a bit.

Aside from that, not a real lot is going on. We apparently have an apartment inspection coming up, which is rather awkward seeing one of my housemates is currently not in the country - I shall have to see if we can get that pushed back until we are all here.

Otherwise, just check out some of the random entertainment I have been filling my Australia Day with.

- Playing the rings of a tree trunk like a record. I don't actually get how they are doing this, but it's rather nifty.
- If the 2012 Oscar nominated movie posters told the truth. Exactly what it says it is.
- Time2Travel. Over on Tumblr, someone has started to put together what is essentially a Lonely Planet guide... for Time Travelers. Which I am sure will come in handy.
- Chocolates designed to look planets. Aka, more awesome things you can find in Japan. No Pluto though, alas.
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