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alice moving under skies never seen by waking eyes
28 September 2012 @ 02:38 pm
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alice moving under skies never seen by waking eyes
06 October 2011 @ 11:10 pm
The fact that we have Zune Network trailers streamed on our XBox Live means that I'm finding out a lot more about upcoming movies than I have in ages. And there are so many off-kilter ones that I'm dying to see. Like...

Dirty Girl, which is coming out tomorrow in limited (limited limited hella limited, as in it's playing in NYC, Florida, and Hollywood) release, is about the school "dirty girl" and, apparently, a chubby gay friend stealing a car and escaping their home town on that most quintessential of teenage things, a road trip. (I say "apparently" because everything else came across clear as anything in the trailer, but I had to read summaries to realize that the two defining features of what appears to be in behavior and dialogue a fantastic character are "fat" and "gay".) I'm a sucker for stories about women who transgress sexual norms, and okay, I'm a sucker for roadtrip movies. (True Confession: I have seen the Spears roadtrip movie. More than once.)

Anonymous is the one about Shakespeare where all the academics go OF COURSE SHAKESPEARE DID OR DIDN'T WRITE HIS PLAYS BUT IT DIDN'T GO DOWN LIKE THIS, WHAT IS THIS, HBO HISTORY? but I was an English major, I love period dramas even when they play fast and loose with accuracy, and I am a sucker for trailers with good music. (No, seriously, go watch the Anonymous trailer; while you're at it, watch the John Carter trailer and the Assassin's Creed: Revelations trailers for other examples of fucking awesome music. Yes, I know, AC:R is not a movie but Iron is a great song.)

Melancholia also appeals to me on its "good music trailers" basis and just, I don't know, it looks like magical realism and I eat that up and it's got weird visuals and it'll make me cry in an uplifting cathartic sort of way (I hope) and Kirsten Dunst, clearly my thoughts on this film are well composed indeed.

Also, Pirates: Band of Misfits. Why have you not already watched the trailer? It's Wallace and Gromit Does Piracy and it's not to be missed. Go watch it right now. Go.

Sidebar: I'm reading A Dance with Dragons finally and I really don't know what to make of it. Did I grow up and realize that the equation "sexual violence = REALISM" is a stupid one? Or did GRRM throw in way more rape than before—which is saying something, considering the previous entries in the series? Sans spoilers, there are some great "FUCK YEAH!" moments, as in other books (which are really what I read ASOIAF for) but mostly I am either going "wait, who the fuck is this, why do I care" or ".... ugh, really? really?", so I think this series and I might be breaking up.
alice moving under skies never seen by waking eyes
28 August 2011 @ 03:13 pm
a. I wish I had watched "Let's Kill Hitler" when I was drunk on rum and tropical things and really drunk last night during the hurricane instead of this morning when I was just kind of buzzed on mimosas. I don't really know what fucking happened or how I feel about it, but I am really satisfied with Rory's contributions to that episode.

Also there were some good one liners, and I think Amy gave a robot an autoimmune disease.

b. I gave myself like TEN HUNDRED Madoka icons, let's celebrate. (ETA: mostly they are shippy because I SHIP THAT WHOLE CAST SO HARD I DON'T EVEN KNOW. HOMERUN-CHAN WILL MARRY GOD AND THAT'S THE END OF MY STORY. /see icon.)

c. Hurricane Irene barely bothered us, but it sure did make it windy and make lots of doors in the house open as though we had poltergeists. That was pretty cool. Having a hurricane party of gamer nerds made the hurricane 100x more fun.
alice moving under skies never seen by waking eyes
24 July 2011 @ 11:16 pm
So, in the process of making costumes for Otakon - next week, oh god, so much work remains to be done! - I got to thinking about the costumes I've done in the past. I'm going to try and compile an actual list, with pictures when I have and/or actually want to share those pictures.

I guess it's like a cosplayium vitae?Collapse )
alice moving under skies never seen by waking eyes
30 April 2011 @ 12:36 pm
I'm around. I swear. I've been working and playing games and roleplaying and being non-functional; people who are interested in my daily life and aren't already following should just stalk me on Twitter, I update there more frequently. I'm @futureblouse.

Anyway, as traditionally happens at this time of year, I'm planning cosplay for the summer. Right now, I think Justin and I are looking at two ~things.

costume plans below!Collapse )
alice moving under skies never seen by waking eyes
03 April 2011 @ 08:51 pm
Taken from lots of people on my F-List.

Pick any (or several) character from a fandom of mine and I'll answer the following questions:

1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.

2) Is he/she important to the general plot?

3) Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?

4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?

5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)

6) Is there anything about the character you would change?

7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her?

8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?

9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?

10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?
alice moving under skies never seen by waking eyes
03 April 2011 @ 12:53 pm
Overall, this has been a good weekend! Good things are beginning to happen; here's hoping they continue and don't, in the nature of most upturns in my life in re: finances, living situation, etc&etc, turn right around into a ditch. For instance:

- we've got two places that seem like really good possibilities for a new house - one in Haverford, one in Conshohocken, both with two bedrooms and fenced yards (!!!!); the Conshie one is a lot cheaper, but the Haverford one has bay windows. Both are conveniently located for me (Haverford is two minutes to work, no lie, and Conshie is probably not more than twenty minutes in traffic); Justin's going to have a bit more of a commute, although the Conshohocken place is right off the highway, so he'll have no trouble getting to work at the times he works. There's little traffic on 202 at 1:30pm or 10:00pm.

- and we've actually finally succeeded in our money-saving scheme in the short term! Slight amount of disposable income, finally, yay! It's a tiny mile marker, but it feels really significant to me, given that a month or two ago I was fairly convinced we could not actually live on the income we make, and were going to have to do Something Drastic (tm).

- I have finally, mostly, reclaimed my life from Dragon Age 2, which I was playing obsessively over the course of about two weeks. The reasons why are complicated. It's not that DA2 is the best game ever (it isn't) or actually, even, a game without some serious flaws (because it has them––flaws in design, copious bugs, designer laziness, even, which is the part that makes me saddest). I just find the characters compelling; I like that the plot is at many points very character-driven. Big problems don't happen, as in many epic fantasies and as in DA:O, because Evil Demons and Dragons Are Doing Evil Things, but because humans (/elves/dwarves/you get the picture) have human failings and tragic flaws. DA:O explored that a little, yes, but many times the confrontation between Good and Evil was privileged over the confrontations between viewpoints or the consequences of mistakes. (DA:O's best storytelling, I felt, came when the Good/Evil took a backseat. DA2 tries to shove Good/Evil out of the way for the most part, although it still creeps in, as it is wont to do.)

The fact that it's got a really clearly marked three act structure and a framing device, this is bait for my English-major soul. (Although, really, it should have been a five act -- they seemed to have tried to shoehorn a five-act tragedy into three acts, and sometimes the pacing gets screwed. If you want me to explain why it's a tragedy, I'll do so, but it'll be ~spoiler filled.)

- Guess what I did with my life after getting it back from Dragon Age? Oh, that's right, you guessed it, started playing ME2 again so that I can play the newest DLC, The Arrival. Thoughts on that when I get to it (because I have to play things in the proper sequence don't you understand.)

- We're going to clean the house today, and get food at Trader Joe's. And thus there was much rejoicing in the House of Us.
alice moving under skies never seen by waking eyes
06 March 2011 @ 04:01 pm
Day 04 - Your guilty pleasure game.

Dragon Age. Indubitably, Dragon Age: Origins. Making lots of characters, thinking up ~emotional arcs~ and complicated reasons and emotions and backstories, and playing this one game over and over and almost always ending up with a squishy-hearted inability to do anything other than romance Alistair.

My life is thrilling, isn't it?

30 days of video gamesCollapse )
alice moving under skies never seen by waking eyes
06 March 2011 @ 11:33 am
So I finally upgraded my Photoshop from Elements to CS, and I have been looking for something to do with it all day; eventually, I settled on coloring one of those old Sailor Moon coloring book imagesCollapse )

I also played even more Valkyria Chronicles last night––damn it, Rosie, Alicia, I love you two. So, so, so much.

Justin and Ben have also taken to calling my most-used units the "Teen Girl Squad", which is… not entirely inaccurate, although I think Rosie is supposed to be in her early twenties? Not sure. But I use Rosie who is a devastating shock trooper who has the Potential for literally laughing off suppressing fire from the other side, and tends to blow kisses at people after she guns them down. Alicia, who is the most threatening baker in the entire war––and who I used to claim every single command point for the first, like, third of the game. Marina, who is a sniper that, when fully upgraded, can activate Potentials that make her aiming crosshair a pixel wide. And Dallas the queer mechanic I have tweeted about before. There's also a canonically bisexual scout but I don't use him a lot––because he'd totally harsh my ~badass lady~ team, and for secondary scouts I like Aika From Skies of Arcadia and Susie the Pacifist better. (Then there are the junior members: Welkin rides along in the tank; Welkin is The Girlfriend, the game is not even a little shy about making this obvious. And Largo comes along in case a tank needs blowing up, although at this point Rosie the strong-against-infantry shock trooper has taken down more tanks than him, I think. She's terrifying.)