It has been a while since I posted here, hasn't it. Whoops?

It my defense, I've been busy with Teh New Job and what-not. And... other forums, I suppose. (Sorry LJ, I've been cheating on you).

But there were some Doctor Who thingamies airing earlier, so I had to return and comment.

So we had the prequel to the Christmas special, which managed to be both lulzy and made me want to give the Doctor a hug. He's all a bit Scrooge right now, isn't he? Also, Vastra and Jenny and Strax need some kind of wacky Victorian crime-fighting show, because they are wonderful.

And then there was the actual Christmas special trailer, which does look rather interesting. Those snowmen with the evil grins! The evil snow! The new companion, who is incidentally looking not quite as Mary Poppins as this picture, but still... Also, Doctor in Amy's glasses.

Plus with both we got intros with Matt Smith and new girl Jenna, who is adorable.

In completely different news, Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0 came out in today, and I've had a fun few hours watching people flip out over spoilers/fake spoilers/misinterpreted spoilers/badly translated spoilers. It seems to have settled a bit more now the spoilers are coming from more reliable (and understandable) sources, not that's killed the endless character wank. Which is a bit less popcorn worthy.

'Course, it's not like I'll be able to see it for ages until a decent camrip/DVD rip is gotten and subbed. (Which will of course set people flipping all over again. Huzzah.)

But if you're curious, the first six and a half minutes are on Youtube, in HD. Subs are around if you know where to look...
So the last episode with the Ponds happened, and fandom was very... fandom about it.

As was I, with an added dash of lack of sleep, since someone [livejournal.com profile] yinake kept me awake on MSN talking about random stupid music and Game of Thrones and Code Geass and what if the Code Geass characters were part of Game of Thrones.

Yes, so, spoilers!

That time I went to New York and we saw the sights retroactively got kinda weird. )

So, that's that until Christmas, I suppose. iView so conveniently didn't include the mini-trailer for the episode, so I had to chase it down on the BBC website. It was very short, and I am mildly disappointed they didn't tell use the episode name.

But I can wait. And now the ficcers and vidders take charge of things.
drakyndra: The Music Meister demands you sing! (Doctor Who: The Pond Family)
( Sep. 23rd, 2012 11:49 pm)
So, the whole returning to my LJ to once more post about Doctor Who has struck once more!

But, I'm okay with that. Also, was thoroughly pleased with this episode (I have decided to ignore a big chunk of fandom, because I am entirely enjoying this season so far.)

Anyway, on with the spoilers.

To get the obvious criticism out of the way: Yes the ending was a bit of a cop-out, and could have been better. I mostly don't care, since that wasn't really what this episode was about at all (namely, Doctor-Companion relationships in general and his with the Ponds in specific), and also because I feel like the Shakri is being set up to return again - we only dealt here with a hologram on the spaceship, so I imagine at some point we'll meet him for real.

The companion stuff was what made this episode - so how fitting really, that this was the episode when we meet Kate (Lethbridge) Stewart, daughter of a past companion shush, the Brig totes counts. I agree with the consensus that I like Kate and nice UNIT, and want them to be returning characters. The fact this was described as her "debut" episode by the BBC Twitter account bodes well, I think. (And I suppose since Oswin or Clara or whatever her name ends up being looks likely to be a non-contemporary companion, Kate could be our modern day link?)

The Ponds were utterly lovely, both in how they were torn between their two lives, and how it was a genuine conflict there because they liked their normal lives. The whole "Ordinary lives suck" thing that popped up a bit with RTDs companions rather soured me on some of them, not to mention got out some nasty parts of fandom. So seeing that averted was nice, plus it made the choice for the Ponds to travel at the end more meaningful. They chose that because it was good, not because the ordinary life was bad. As with the complete non-judgement of Brian staying at home. (Also, good on him for wanting to know what happened to past companion, and good on the Doctor for being straight with him.)

The real heart-breaker was the Doctor's speech to Amy, about how she is seared onto his heart, and how it's about not running away, but running towards things before they flare and fade away. I teared up a bit there. (I think next week will genuinely wreck me, both with the sad and with Moffat deciding to feed off my nightmares.)

One thing that got me about that speech, aside from that line being rather lovely, was how it reminded me of a lot of poetic lines about light - burning out and fading away - which struck me as a lovely metaphor. And then reminded me of the whole flickering light thing that some people have noticed this season and the discussion about if it's a plot point or a red herring (or possibly a metaphor, now). Maybe, maybe not, though it'd be a bit fitting - the Angels like to put light, don't they.
...And now I want this half-season (or maybe even the Pond and Doctor era as a whole) to be vidded to No Light, No Light by Florence + the Machine.

Also, fic that needs to be written: Sarah Jane gets Amy started into journalism; Kate meets up with other UNIT characters (including Martha); Kate and River as companions children; other alive companions dealing with the cubes.

Shout out to Chicken Dance cube, because LOL.

And that would be that.


Also, I found me some icons.
drakyndra: The Music Meister demands you sing! (Trigun: Fierce Vash)
( Sep. 16th, 2012 01:40 pm)
I never got around to posting anything about last weeks episode, did I? Which I thoroughly enjoyed, for the record, but I think at this point most of what I could say about it has already been said. Or is mini-arc stuff, and so will remain relevant discussion for another few weeks.

(For the record, I think a lot of people are overreaching for hints as to ~what it's all about~. The arc seems really very obvious - the Ponds gradually moving away from the Doctor now.)

So, onto this weeks episode, in the aptly named town of Mercy.

Gosh, the writer loves him some Western archetypes, doesn't he?

Even the alien parts of the story pretty much took an old Western sort of plot - man with a dark past, who has become a respected member of society is chased down by someone he once wronged - and added a bit of Doctor Who-ish alienness.

I could have done without the a voice-over bookends, though. Didn't find them necessary.

Now, I know a big chunk of the debate on this episode is about the Doctor's seeming tilt to the dark side - and I think that may have been the point of having the Solomon stuff in the Dinosaur episode, to establish this as a character development, rather than a one-episode OOCness.

Now, putting aside the fact that people seem weirdly obsessive about the "Man Who Never Would" thing while ignoring that using a gun isn't exactly a new thing for the Doctor, or for that matter that you don't need a gun or even to kill people to be dark and brutal (The Family of Blood say hi!) - I do think there is a bit of a trend there, and that Amy was right when she said this was about the Doctor traveling on his own.

I've seen some spec that this might be because a timey-wimey Doctor who has doubled back and is from after the Ponds have left - which is possible but I feel unlikely - but I think it is mostly linear, it's just that the Doctor was basically lying last week when he said he wasn't trying to wean the Ponds off him.

Though to be more precise, I think he's trying to wean himself off the Ponds. He can see that as much as they enjoy the travel they are settling into homelife - next episode seems to be all about this sort of thing - and as such is trying to put a bit more distance there so that the last goodbye doesn't hurt so much (especially since he feels so much guilt over the other new Who companion departures, so the Ponds living happily on their own terms is very important to him).

It's just that, in distancing himself from his human friends, he's also distancing himself from humanity as a whole. And hence, the darkness.

And a slight response to a reaction I found of this episode (not anyone I know, fortunately, just found through trawling tags on Tumblr) talking about how Amy is OMG THE WORST EVER for daring to criticise the Doctor's moral choices when he travels alone and then asking to go back home rather than stay with the Doctor forever: It is not Amy's (or any companions for that matter) duty to be the Doctor's moral babysitter. And if you are giving up things you love or that are important to you in order to prevent a friend from crossing lines it is no longer a healthy relationship.

The fact that someone genuinely thought that it was okay to suggest that... bothers me.


In other news, I need decent Eleven icons. Who can recommend me some good icon makers or sets for him?
So, I was going to be rational, sleep like a normal person, and then watch Doctor Who on iView when I woke up, but I got caught up downloading some music and it was like 3.30, so I went "What the hell" and sat up until after 5 so I could see it before I got spoiled.

(I thought I had been spoiled, but LOL nope, that was only minor compared to what happened in the episode.)

So I legit freaked out when I realised that that brunette girl in the episode was the one playing the new companion (Though was pleased to note she was apparently from the future, smart, and quirky), and then doubly freaked out when we found out that Oswin was a Dalek. Which was done really well, even if I couldn't keep all the jokes about Dalek companions I had heard out of my head.

I am genuinely quite curious about how they are bringing her back (and yes, like half of fandom I noticed that the Doctor has no idea what her human body looks like, so he may travel with her for a bit without even realising it is her.) But I mean, identical relation? Somehow in her past that she has forgotten - she claimed she had never been to space before, but the Dalekisation does do a number on memories. Who knows?

But I'm a fan - I love Daleks, and she was fun and quirky and sort of touching, even if I did occasionally have to go back and re-listen because I missed lines in the fast talking.


I may need more icons soon.

Also, nicely played to Moffat and everyone for how well the spoilers were kept under wraps.
Well, another more-or-less busy week here.

Tuesday was volunteering again, then spent the next couple of days mostly just working my way through sorting out clothes for the new cupboards and what-not. Which is sort of an adventure in itself, since I found all sorts of things that I don't even remember having, plus a few things I haven't worn in years. On the other hand, I think I've had the skirt I am wearing since I was about 13, so yeah.

But I ditched some things with holes in it, dumped a pile of things in bags to shove into one of those charity bins when I get around to it, and am basically mostly sorted out with the clothes. Though working out dividers or shelves or something for that wardrobe will be a pain. *sigh*

Then Friday was training for new job - pretty easy, basically. Actual work is due to start next Wednesday, and henceforth most of my shifts are the afternoon/evening type (aka 4.30pm-10.30pm). So if you want to invite me to do something, try either weekends or lunchtime-ish. Or let me know more than a week in advance so I can inform the scheduling peoples.

And that was about it, excluding my somewhat spamminess on Tumblr. It's so easy to find shiny pictures...

Then today I slept in, listened to Marina & the Diamonds, and watched the new episode of Korra. Which I mostly predicted. Sort of. Well, I called that Hiroshi would be an Equalist, and Asami would be completely ignorant of this. The actual confrontation going down today - or, you know, steampunk mechas - not so much.

Also, I have a great big demand for Darth Sato and Asami Skywalker art, because that was so what I was thinking. (And, yeah, I loved it, because I am a sucker for "I love you, but must fight against you because what you are doing is evil" plots in stories.

Plus, we got girl!bonding; the Sato's way awesome house, which I shall miss though we will now get everyone living on Air Temple Island funtimes; Tenzin and Lin being badass even as they failed and we've hit the point where I honestly don't know where things will go know. It's all a mystery here on in.

...kinda wanting some crossovers with mecha series now, because that would be fun. Zero vs Amon comparisons would be sort of hilarious and creepy.

Also, that fic where Cabbage Corp is the Apple of the Avatarverse.
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, that was a rather busy weekend, after all.

On Friday evening I went to go see Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with what ended up being a rather larger group than I had expected. But hey, we got to have a great big movie watching clump in the audience.

Non-spoilery comment on the movie: Decent fun, but another sequel that isn't as good as the original. And something felt off about the pacing though I couldn't say exactly what.

Also, despite being thoroughly spoiled for Okay, movie spoilers behind here )

...Those comments seem grumpy than I really felt about it. Huh.

The other big event of the weekend was seeing the Dresden Dolls in concert last night. Had dumplings for dinner with a few friends to start off with, then wandered down to the Forum (which had the most amazingly epic door line I had ever seen - what happens, I suppose, when you show up just before the doors open, so everyone is there bust still outside.)

I sat up the back for most of the support acts, and then migrated forward in front of the stage for the Dolls started (mostly trying to avoid having tall people standing in front of me). The show itself was great fun; lots of their best known songs, including some of my favourites (I can never resist Mandy Goes to Med School), plus some really fun covers. I have to applaud them for doing Fight for Your Right To Party. Or a rather nice take on The Mercy Seat.

Also, the curtain call performance of Mein Herr from Cabaret, which started with Amanda in the audience and involved her later crowd-surfing up to the stage. (She went right over my head, too.)

And then I found out today that one of my housemates is over in Europe. Which he hadn't actually told me about in advance.

So that was my weekend. How about you guys?
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.
So, yesterday my copy of Snuff by Terry Pratchett finally arrived. (The pay-off for the later arrival being that Book Depository had it for $10 cheaper than anywhere else).

I'm currently reading it - or, I should say, I'm currently re-reading it, since I rushed through the whole thing in one go yesterday, and now I'm settling down for a bit slower read as a tram/free-time novel.

Anyone on my flist read it, or in the process of reading? There's been something of a dearth of conversation about it in the usual places that I look, and I think I feel like some bookchat.

ETA: Spoilers in the comments.
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
So, assignment I was working on in last post is now over and done with (well, putting aside editing and rewording) - which to my surprise got done on a Friday, when it wasn't even due until Monday. Wonders never cease.

I suppose I should work on the other thing due Wednesday tomorrow.

So, today I ended up doing some social type things, mostly involved in a Teddy Bears' Picnic I was invited to, of all things. But it involved socialising and foods, so it was all good. Hung out at the Flinders St steps for a bit waiting to meet people for it, and randomly saw some guy in a Fourth Doctor Scarf, and even more randomly someone in a Massacre Princess/blood-stained Euphie outfit.

Was there some unknown cosplay thing on in Melbourne today, or was someone just wearing that for the hell of it?

I didn't end up bringing a teddy bear, instead I brought plushy Death and cake. And the whole picnic lunch ended up going for about 4 hours over three different locations, so there's that.

And after I wandered with Yuhan and Alex up to some gaming shop to kill time by playing board games. And I didn't lose, huzzah!

...Yes, these things amuse me. But it's either talking about that, or Mawaru Penguindrum, since we seem to have got to the point in the series where my comments on the reaction post all seem to be getting the TL;DR penguin on account of theories. And Ikuhara mindfuck.

Speaking of TL;DR and theories, does anyone read the Leviathan trilogy, by Scott Westerfeld? Sort of steampunk AU WW1 era series, featuring a secret heir to an empire and a girl dressed as a boy so she can join the (equivalent to the) air force?

I took some time off from assignmenting earlier this week and finished Goliath, the last in the trilogy, and I have feelings. I kinda want talk meta-y with people about the ending - at possibly contrast with Terry Pratchett's Nation on a certain point.

Anyone willing to join in chat?

ETA: Okay, some spoilers in the comments (for Goliath and Nation).
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.
So, they finally announced some more main parts for the next Batman film. (Casting spoilers, obviously. Not that they really imply anything about what the plot will be)

And naturally, comics fandom is being very... comics fandom about this. Of course. I'm currently choosing to remain quiet on the matter until I see some footage - after all, I remember a lot of the stuff being said about Heath Ledger back in the day. Plus you can't judge a story until you know what happens in it.

But at least things are moving on in that production.

And for the SuzaLulu crowd on my flist, which seems to have been rather active as of late, I found this rather good AMV of the two. (It's ambiguous, so could just be seen as a tribute to their complicated friendship, if you don't ship that way.) Just ignore some of the comments, that's my advice.

Also, Note To Self: It doesn't matter how much you feel the need for some fresh fruit in your diet, how much you like nectarines, or how much they are on special at the supermarket. After buying a carton and eating them for two weeks straight, you will get sick of nectarines.

ETA: From the Thing You Never Knew Or Wanted To Know Existed file, I give you Vegemite Gelato. I don't think there are words to describe the expression my face made when I saw that picture. (Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] hacked2death)
Had a vaguely sociable weekend this one just passed. On Saturday night I went with a bunch of friends to go see Tron: Legacy at the movies. Which actually made for quite an enjoyable experience, even if I'd never actually seen the original movie at all.

I mean, yeah, the plot was a bit average and all, but it looked and sounded really cool, and was fun, and really what more could one want. Yes, something of a triumph of style over substance, but I like me some style.

I didn't see it in 3D though, since that gives of the guys I was with a headache. But I hear the 3D is actually supposed to be good for the film, so maybe if anyone else has plans to go see, I might tag along.

And one spoilery comment )

What else... saw this week's episode of Panty and Stocking, which was very... Panty and Stocking. If unexpectedly actually dramatic, cliff-hanger and all (Though this means I am left with the frustrating knowledge that the last episode comes out when I will be at my mother's place. I somehow doubt I will be watching it on her computer...)

Oh, and there's dinner with my father tomorrow night, before he flies back over to Thailand.

And I think I need a hair cut.
Oh busy day today.

Had a job interview this morning - it was group interview, too, which was interesting. (As in, actually sincerely interesting). We were asked to call back tomorrow afternoon to find out if they want us to come in for actual training, so I should know about that pretty soon. It's only a casual position, though, so if I do find something more full-time, it'll be ditched. But oh well.

Next up: 9am Friday interview. *sigh* Oh, and I've got another interview also being organised, but no time and date worked out, though I'm hoping I can wangle it to be Friday afternoon some time. It'd just make things easier that way.

Apart from that, today I finally got around to seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part One). Huzzah for Cinema Nova's $6 tickets.

To paraphrase something I said elsewhere, I think the real benefit of having cut the book in half for this is that it allowed the movie to have both the plot important stuff and emotional character moments with compromising or rushing either, the way some of the other movies have. It didn't feel like it was nearly as long a movie as it actually was. And there was some definite pretties though.

It's been a while since I read the book - probably for the best, since I'd most likely nitpick the film more if it was fresh - but while there were some scenes I wish they hadn't cut and some additions I didn't entire buy, it mostly worked out well for me. And there were some scenes that I am pretty certain were line for line of book dialogue, which I found oddly pleasing.

Slightly more spoilery stuff )

So, back again in six months, I suppose.

Oh, and I got the new Jasper Fforde book. It's a Young Adult book, so I'm already two-thirds of the way through it, but it's fun so far. Lighter on the puns and literary allusions and more obvious on the subtext, but still very, very Jasper Fforde. I'm not entirely sure if the main character really convinces me she's almost 16, though.

And your random YouTube videos for the day:
- A kitten riding a tortoise. Come on, say dawwww!
- EVERY ANIME OPENING EVER MADE. Okay, not literally true, but there is such a point there.
So, last night I finally got around to seeing Inception. Yes, I know that this makes me about the slowest person ever. On the other hand, I still haven't seen Avatar, so who knows.

And so, yes, I now see what all the fannish flailing over the past few weeks has been about - well, some of it anyhow. I think I'm more interested in the mindfuckery than the shipping, really.

But it was very interesting in the way that means I'll want to go see it again - not because I wasn't sure what was going on, because I (mostly) got that. I just want to pay attention to stuff I missed the first time round. Or was distracted by people talking in the row behind me. *grumble*

Otherwise - effects were great, especially the dreamscape stuff (and that fun gravity flippery). I liked the entire team, though I wish some had a bit more backstory/character stuff. But I think Saito was my favourite. I have no idea why. And the music is ridiculously catchy.

Also, my one spoilery comment: Cut for politeness )

Yo, [livejournal.com profile] connikins, I know you are all about Inception fandom at the moment. Recommend me some communities/meta/discussion/fic/whatever. Other people are also welcome to drop in recommendations. Or just talk about the movie.

I also have a strange desire to read an Inception/Cowboy Bebop crossover.
I see my flist has once more been taken over by Doctor Who flailing. (As far as I can tell, mostly positive, but I'm not sure how reflective this is of the whole).

...Which I suppose means wank in the future. Season finales seem to do that.

In other news, today I watched the new Futurama episodes. Which were not at Futurama's best, but since Futurama's best can be pretty effing amazing, I'm happy enough.

I also watched the live stream of the second last FMA:B episode. I'll save my episode thoughts until I get to watch a version which isn't all laggy (and has subtitles), but my god it is weird to see something animated that I only read in the manga two weeks ago.

Also, only one more episode of FMA to go. Ever! ;_;
You know, earlier this evening, someone rang our place... and asked for a family sized pizza. I'm not entirely sure what that was about.

And to business: WTF LIVE ACTION BLUE BEETLE SHOW IN THE WORKS?

I think I would die of squee if something actually came of that. And then possibly just die if it wasn't good.

Following up on yesterday's post, a couple of (spoilery) FMA one-shots I liked. There's probably more good ones out there, these are just some that struck my fancy. All have spoilers for Chapter 108.
- And In The End (Ensemble)
- A Puppy Story (Some Royai)
- Promised Pecentages (Ed/Winry)

Anyway, to-do list for tomorrow:
- Hand in final SSRM assignment.
- Meet up with Dad for dinner before he goes to Thailand. Again.
- Go to the anime shop to get Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu, since I will actually have time to marathon series after my exam

And a random dose of amusement, the entirety of an email from my Mother, from a conversation about bus trips from Philadelphia:

"The Niagara Falls are near Buffalo, Atlantic City is a beach resort/casino complex, Washington is where Barack hangs out."

...Well, it amused me. And we're apparently going to Washington, anyhow.
I probably should try and move away from the continual flailing over FMA and focus a bit more on getting some actual work done, shouldn't I?

...Okay, maybe tomorrow then.

For now I'll continue flailing over the fact that FMA:B is animating stuff I was reading just a couple of months ago (And my endless amusement that the last chapter was so long they somehow managed to get the show an extra episode).

Or trawling DeviantArt and Pixiv for shiny new fanart. Or checking FF.net for fic (Mostly one shots for now; I might link some I like later on).

Or checking out YouTube for interesting AMVs/MMVs.

There's a couple of amusing ones of episode 60 of FMA:B - this one, because everyone seemed to have the Evangelion thought, or this one for hilariously inappropriate lulz.

And this MMV with spoilers for 108. That's a really well done 30 seconds of AMV.

I also have a couple of lovely new icons made from the last chapter, but I can't really GIP because of spoilers. Alas.
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