Well, to follow on from my previous post (And yes, I am enjoying the rebloggings on tumblr. Though if your name their is different from LJ or what-have you, please let me know, oh mystery follower), I once more have things!

This time, a bit more physical. Mostly.

There's volume 5 of the Utena manga (in English), since I finally managed to find someone selling it second hand for a reasonable price. Yes, it's an ex-library copy with the reference sticker in place, but given as new copies are like $80 at cheapest, I think my just over $20 was rather a bargain.

Also: new second-hand furniture in my room. With actual drawers. Which is greatly helpful when it comes to storage - or will be, once I've finished sorting things out (I'm currently at the mid-point of cleaning, where everything is messier than what it started out.)

Then there's plans for my birthday (mostly family related for now, though if anyone knows of something fun on at the end of the month, give me a buzz), or at least the weekend beforehand. So, dinner at a nice Mexican place - note to self, actually book tables sometime this week - and then on the Sunday we'll go to the museum for the Ancient Mesopotamia exhibition thing.

Plus I am informed my mother has a large present to be dropped off at my place, which has me hmmming away.

Oh, and finally I have this week's Korra episode, which I must get to watching now I have some free time...
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 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).
drakyndra: The Music Meister demands you sing! (Code Geass: Sad Knight of Seven)
( Apr. 4th, 2012 11:34 pm)
So, I sort of quit the door-knocking job.

Which ended pretty painlessly and all, manager guy says I can use him as a reference and what-not, but does mean I am rather without a job again. Though I suppose I can go to that volunteer thing that was open and yet I never got around to starting on account of full-time work.

So that's that, I suppose.

In other news, I am off to Mum's and then Bendigo over Easter - I think I'll head down on Friday evening. Plus, some of my online purchases showed up, so I will have a nifty outfit to wear to Supanova, whichever day I end up going on.

Hey, flistians, which of you guys will be going, and on what days? I really wish they had a schedule out already.
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.
Weather has gotten all hot again. Of course.

I got my laundry and groceries and you know, household stuff done on Saturday instead of Sunday like I normally do, so on Sunday I headed over to the Lunar New Year thing going on in Richmond.

So I got to see some Lion Dancers and some rather decent dancers to whatever-pop, and some really terrible karaoke-ers, and carnivale rides that I didn't actually go on. And the food! The vast, vast amounts of food. Including a couple of Vegan places, which suited me fine when it came to dinner.

I also bought a shiny teapot and cups, so I can have my tea (when it is less hot) and a fake Louis Vuitton headband.

My weekend, everyone!

And then today was mostly just me sitting at my computer, spamming my resume at people who were advertising jobs online.

Speaking of, if any of the Melbourne types know of any jobs that are open (or for that matter, non-Melbourne types who know of people in Melbourne who need workers), could you drop me a line? I'm okay with dull admin things, though I'd prefer to avoid working with food.

It's just resume spamming gets kind of old fast. :/

Your links of the day are pictures of an adorable baby seal, and [livejournal.com profile] jimhines being kind of awesome about the fail of many women's poses on book covers.

I shall go against the crowd by posting about neither awards ceremonies or Sherlock.
So, Kim Jong-Il has died. Didn't see that one coming.

To borrow a quote, it's been a bad year for dictators, and it kind of makes you wonder who's next. Or what else is going to go in the world, since international politics seems to have become rather unpredictable these days.

It's also meant my Twitter feed has been full of terrible yet amusing jokes. Or other links. I know I shouldn't have found this video nearly as entertaining as I did.

I just hope it doesn't cause much trouble in the area - [livejournal.com profile] yinake, you let me know if things start getting crazy, okay?

Anyway, more personally my Christmas shopping is done. Now I just need to wrap things

My shopping jaunt also led me to discover that a certain second hand book store was halving a closing down everything half price sale, which is always cheering. Especially since they had a couple of books I wanted. And also the Star Wars manga. Because, you know, nifty.

There was also this amazing Strawberry cake I had from Brunettis. And then at dinner someone went and screwed up my order and I ended up waiting about an hour for all my food to come. And this was not at some fancy restaurant. On the plus side, they gave me free slice to make up for it.

Your nifty thing of the day goes out to the couple of Leviathan series fans I know I have reading, who I strongely recommend should check out Scott Westerfeld's newest blog post for this bonus Christmas story and art. Contains spoilers for the end of Goliath, and crossdressing - not the kind you'd expect from the series, either.
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.
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.
My, what an entertaining weekend.

So, on Friday when I was wandering around the city for a bit, I was wooed into buying a dress because the shop was giving out free champagne. Which I suppose works out as a net profit for them. Now I need something nice to go to so I can wear the dress.

Then on Saturday I went to an 18th birthday in the city - yes, I apparently do know people who have just turned 18, it was a surprise to me too - which went rather as most 18th would be expected to go. AKA bar, pub, bar, karaoke bar, in that order.

Okay, the karaoke bar was a bit different, but I can now say I have been to one. Pity those other people went and stole our song. We were going to sing Bohemian Rhapsody.

And today was slightly less active, seeing as I spent the morning sleeping things off, but I did finally get around to seeing this week's episode of Penguindrum. To which my response can mostly be summed up as Cut for Episode 14 spoilers )

However, despite it's recent release I am yet to read the new Pratchett book, since my copy hasn't arrived yet. *sigh* At least I have thus far avoided spoilers, aside from a few small ones.

Oh, and I found out via Facebook that my sister's housemate is engaged. That's modern technology for you. Surprisingly enough, I have actually met her fiance, too.

Random question for peoples: Next weekend, I have been invited to an Apocalypse themed party (A friend has their birthday on the 21st, which is supposedly Rapture Day. At least according to that dude who previously said it was in May.) There is a call for Apocalypse themed costumes. Anyone got any suggestions for something apocalypse-themed I could go as? Preferably something that won't take too much effort to make
Stupid degree. Because of it and it's funky timing, everyone else gets to be on mid-semester break, and I won't be yet. Boo.

But since I had yesterday at a seminar thing for Uni, and spent this afternoon writing up an essay (Which is now done! Well, except editing and what-not), I shall talk about something else entirely.

So, how about that Penguindrum? Anyone else on the flist watching? Because Ikuhara has been bringing the delightful mindfuck in these past few weeks, and this week's episode ended on a doozy. And I have absolutely no idea where everything is going, and we're only half-way into things.

Also, Shouma/Ringo OTP!

And since on I'm on the topic of anime, apparently today was Update Your Fics day for my flist. I name no names, just that you people know who you are. But I am pleased.

...Also I made this post to the Code Geass comm about a certain forthcoming action figure. Because yay, shiny merchandise, especially shiny Suzaku figures. Girl's want fanservicey merch too, you know. That I will be unlikely to ever get, but eh. I like knowing shiny things are out there.

Or if you want some of Japan being crack, check out European philosophers as magical girls. As you do.

Speaking of buying things, after the seminar yesterday, I wandered down into the city and ended up at the Spencer St DFO, and ended up buying some new jeans, since my current ones are kinda too big.

And who can say no to $10 jeans, amirite?

And then I went and bought some stuff on Book Depository, which cost more than the jeans. Ain't life grand.

Also, I made a Thai curry the other day, and the recipe actually worked out! Well, mostly, since I think I cooked it for too long, and the cauliflower was sort of disintegrating. But now I have a fridge full of leftover curry.

And we have so far had two people come and take a look at the iPartment windows for a quote, so hopefully in the not too distant future, the window frames will no longer be borked. Sigh.

Here, have a prettiful video of Australian stars.
Or Puss In Boots making like Old Spice Guy if that's more your thing.

Yeah I'm kinda bored right now. Someone comment before I forced to resort to sorting out my jewellery.
It's been over a week since I lost posted. By my standards, that has been an absurdly long time.

Um, whoops?

Anyway, had a rather busy week. Weekdays were busy with placementage and teaching and other whatnots that contributed to far too many early mornings.

On Friday evening, it was FOUL Silly Night. Which meant pizza, trivia (My team lost), a rather long and convoluted series of the hat game, and random silliness. And then I went back to [livejournal.com profile] de_chel's place with a few others for some drinks and gay Shakespearean poetry on the fridge. As one does.

And yesterday I went to Manifest. Which was exceedingly... Manifest. But good fun.

I think my experience of it can be summed up with the following picture:
Cut for me meeting my AU genderswapped twin )

Yeah, I was cosplaying as Mari Makinami from Rebuild of Evangelion

I met up with [livejournal.com profile] isarae almost entirely by accident - she was as Luluko, and at least one of the friends she was with was a Suzako - so I spent a significant amount of the day wandering around with them, as we looked through the Trader's Hall or at cosplayers. Or when they went to Anime Idol to go see one of their friends perform. They had great costumes, I had to say (Though there were some really awesome ones I saw around. I was highly impressed at the Mawaru Penguindrum group - complete with plushy penguins - already.)

Amongst other sites, we saw one of those SEELE communication slab things... caramelldansen. Now that will stick with you.

And after that we went to actually buy things from the hall - I ended up with some of the Chii's Sweet Home manga (No volume 5 left, alas), a squishy stress relief Adipose, some pocky, a couple of phone charms and some jewellery.

Anyway, right towards the end after [livejournal.com profile] isarae and her friends left was when I ran into James up there in is male!Mari cosplay. He ended up being in a group of people doing genderswapped Evangelion cosplay (...and a Zero) who had come over from Adelaide for Manifest.

I ended up having dinner with them, heading back to their hotel room for drinks, and then some of us went up to Mana Bar for more drinks (It was small and crowded; I don't recommend Saturday nights there). And then we went back to the hotel room for more drinks.

...Yeah, that was a lot of drinks. Though it was less the number of drinks and more the density. AB shots of Absinthe and Bacardi, oh my. Hence why I didn't do very much at all today.

A couple of the guys were nice enough to walk me to my tram stop, though. And then texted me this morning to see if I'd survived.

And that was my weekend. Or at least the parts of it I remember.
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. ;)
Assignment has now been handed in, meaning I am now entirely finished with the semester (except for waiting for marks).

Which means holidays, huzzah!

So after doing my handing stuff in bit, I spent a bit of time chatting with Goldie at Union House, before wandering around and looking at shops,and basically just hanging around the city for a few hours. Ended up buying a couple of books from the Borders closing sale whatsit. And some turquoise earrings that were on special.

I also had a lavender macaron (I know, I was surprised to see that had lavender ones, too). And a hot chocolate with liquor in it. Which was not unpleasant.

Though yes, the absence of class means I am now rather more up for social type things in the city now. Anyone got anything coming up soon?

To finish, I shall link you to the wonder that is Samuel L. Jackson reading "Go the F**k to Sleep".

Because how could anyone not love that? It's pure class, really.
Stuff I did today:

- Went to class
- Headed down to the Spencer Street shopping centre, and put some nifty (but kind of expensive) boots on lay-buy. I think the current plan is that when Dad asks me what I want for birthday, I get him to pay off the rest.
- And then went and saw Thor, since I don't want to get too behind in my viewing of current movies.

It was actually kinda fun, though I am mildly disappointed we never got a scene of Spoiler for something that didn't happen ) Also, Loki was so damned interesting.

Yes, I know I am a bit late on this. But I don't seem to get to the movies as often as I like these days.

Also, hey, check out some nifty pendulum patterns!

And I am getting me some new icons. Yay for shiny things.
And more Uni has been had.

Wednesday involved more tutorialising, this time in the new teaching building, and by new I mean they haven't actually finished building it yet.

Also, our classroom had whiteboard paint on the walls, which means you are allowed to write on them. This may be fun!

And we got assigned groups for homework stuff, so yeah.

And today I we had Professional Practice seminar stuff, by which I mean preparation for our placements. I actually have a placement now, though I won't be saying any details on it in public - I saw what happened with that lady who with the bitching about her students blog.

Then I went to the College of Optometry to make an appointment to get my eyes checked next week, and then bought some new clothes to wear on my first day of placement. Because we were told to dress like we were going to a job interview, and I am somewhat lacking in suitably professional summery clothes. (I have summery clothes, and professional looking clothes. Just not much that is both.)

And that made my exciting and wonderful day. Here, have some live action Mario Kart.
So, Night Market.

Going to the Night Market reminded me of how much fun it is to go there, with all the music and crazy international foods and quirky stalls and whatnot. And sangria. Can't forget the sangria.

And also tonight there were espresso martini's which deserve some sort of warning, and are probably responsible for everything else that happened tonight. Including this post. Fear the espresso martini. FEAR IT, sweet flipping Jesus!

But hey, I got to buy some leather gloves, which are deeply inappropriate for this weather (and which probably explained why they were so cheap), and a denim corsety top thing. Which is technically a bit too big, but when it cost $8.50, I think I can live with a bit too big. And a cupcake with marshmallow icing, and some dried cherries.

Also, I bought a cactus. I think I am going to name it Hector.

So yeah, I'm also trying to get my body clock back to something resembling sanity before class starts up again. And also before Friday, since we have an orientation thingy on Friday morning. This may mean less ridiculous late night chatting sessions, I am afraid.

And for some things that are not inspired by that damn espresso martinitonight's adventures:

- So there's going to be a Good Omens miniseries. Apparently. I look forward to hearing more about this, if only for the reactions to the casting, which will be... interesting.
- A collection of fan-made alots. Yes, it's supposed to be spelled that way. And now I want my own alot. :/
Well, I appear to have finished my Christmas Shopping, which is good. It was busy enough around town now, I'd hate to think of what it would be like next week. Yes, it was rather last minute-y, but it wasn't that last minutey. Really.

I will admit to being rather baffled as to why it is cheaper to buy 30 Christmas cards than it is to buy 5. Seriously, that's all sorts of ridiculous.

...And people keep asking me what I want them to get me, and I don't knooooow. There's nothing I especially need right now (unless I experience a sudden and unfortunate technology catastrophe in the near future), and all my personal shopping as of late has been of the "Oh that looks shiny and affordable, I might get that." I mean, it'd be nice to have a new and better iPod or camera, but the old ones still work fine at the moment, so it's not as if I need that.

*sigh* I apologise to everyone who is trying to shop for me, I'm being very unhelpful, I know.

The other Christmas thing I need to work out is travel arrangements, since I am planning on heading back to Mum's for Christmas. The main deal at this point is what dates to head there and back, and what the train timetables are like. Because everyone loves a 4 hour train ride.

What's everyone else got planned for Christmas? And for that matter, what's on for New Year's - Melbourne types, has anyone got something organised?
So, the organisation that was arrange those job interviews I've been going to recently - all three of them - finally ended up getting back to me with a response.

And I didn't get a position at any of them. Dammit.

So now I am all grumpy and pouty at that great big waste of time and effort. I would be totally be open to people finding something fun and happy to distract me now.

Aside from that, I need to go into town tomorrow to finish off my Christmas shopping, since despite my best efforts, I couldn't quite complete it all at the Night Market. Alas.

And your regular dose of links:
- As YouTube advertising goes, this is actually ridiculously clever.
- I'm not entirely sure I have words for this video. But here are some key words, anyway: Monks, Fire, Brass Band, Segways.
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!
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