This week, I proudly shine ye ole light o’ nostalgia on to one of the best animated, psychological thrillers in the existence of existence. I bring to you, ladies and gentlemen, Perfect Blue. As an avid lover of all (okay, well, most) things animated, and a lover of being on the edge of my seat this movie is naturally around the top of my favorites list. I bring it up in conversation and try to get everyone i know to watch it because it’s just so dang hypnotizing. If you are looking for something different that blurs the lines of reality to watch this weekend, this is the movie for you. Or maybe you aren’t a weirdo, like myself, but you love movies like Se7en and Black Swan, and even still I would definitely recommend this movie.
It is the story of a young idol named Mima Kirigoe, voiced by Junko Iwao, who gives up the microphone in order to pursue a career as an actress. She becomes the victim of a stalker that ends up driving Mima to the brink of insanity, and the filmmakers will take you right along with her. The dynamic art style and directing make this film exciting to watch, and the never-ending surprises keep you guessing up until the very end about what is real and what is going on. Make sure you are paying attention because missing the wrong minute will derail you entirely from the story, and you’ll probably have to rewind just to be sure you are still in the loop.
Over the years many people have done their own adaptations of this movie in various different forms. You know that movie I mentioned before, Black Swan, well it just so happens the themes and visuals are so similar that a lot of people believe it to be a ripoff (despite Darren Aronofsky’s constant denial). In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, when Yami and Tea are on their “date” Tea says to Johnny Steps he is, “creepier than the guy from Perfect Blue.” Additionally, if you are a big Madonna fan (and who isn’t, am I right? Wink wink, nudge nudge) she used a series of clips from the movie in a segue performance during her Drowned World tour in 2001. If you just want to see the backdrop and not the whole concert use this link, but you should know that the end is a little, no, a lot not safe for work.
Isn’t Yaya Han just adorable in her Mima cosplay?
Ultimately, Perfect Blue is a great Hitchcockian animated film, and it deserves to be more widely known everywhere. Unfortunately, it is pretty expensive if you are looking on Amazon or online anywhere, but you know what they say, “The best things in the world cost money at some point.” Well, I hope you guys are having a great Friday! Enjoy your weekends and watch this movie.
In case you didn’t know, or previously care, a lot of the Lego games were on sale a little while ago in the Xbox marketplace. So, for five dollars each, I couldn’t pass up on the Harry Potter years 1-4 and 5-7 games and all their interlocking brick charm. Sure, make fun of me for playing “kids games”, but dagnabbit I’m still a kid at heart! I got 100% of the achievements for the first game this week, and, in honor of the amazing journey the game allowed me to relive, I dedicate this week to the fantastical wizarding world of Harry Potter. In order to make this of a reasonable length I am just going to cover the four houses in this entry because whew, I could go on forever about J.K. Rowling and her vast, dynamic world.
One of the biggest aspects of this series that carries throughout many of our lives, are the four houses of Hogwarts. Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin may sound like foreign gibberish words to people who have never heard of Harry Potter, but to us fans it is who we are. Fans patiently await their eleventh birthday for their Hogwart’s acceptance letter, just so that they can end up in the house of their dreams. I have always been placed in the Ravenclaw house, but recently more quizzes have been true to each house, and I have ended up becoming some type of Ravenclaw / Hufflepuff cross-breed. I call me a Ravenpuff!
If you don’t know anything about the houses (or only know about your own) this next section will be full of fun facts for all. Let’s start off with the Gryffindor house, founded by Godric Gryffindor. A Gryffindor values bravery, courage, and honesty above all else. It’s house corresponds with the element of fire and the bold colors red and gold with the symbol on its crest being a lion. Professor McGonagall was the glorious Head of House. The common room was located in one of the towers of Hogwarts behind the singing portrait of the Fat Lady. This is the house most know the most about because of it being the central house of the books.
The Ravenclaw house was founded by Rowena Ravenclaw, who was known to be one of the most intelligent witches. Her love of learning was poured into Hogwarts helping to make it the finest school of witchcraft and wizardry. The students sorted into Ravenclaw also value intelligence above all else. The element of air and it’s colors are blue and bronze (the movie changed bronze to silver to be more aesthetically pleasing). Despite what the movies tell you, the house symbol was originally an eagle, but I guess the raven does seem to appear “more correct”. Filius Flitwick, the charms teacher, was the head of Ravenclaw house. The common room was also located in one of the castle’s towers with a long-winding staircase leading to it. Unlike the other common rooms, a riddle must be answered to open the door instead of the normal password.
Hufflepuff house is one of the most understated houses in all of Hogwarts, but one of the best if you want to feel like you belong. Founded by the lovely, warm woman Helga Hufflepuff it is the only house that isn’t constantly plagued by rivalry after rivalry and actually is based on the concepts of loyalty and kindness. Many joke that a Hufflepuff is only good for finding things, but a Hufflepuff would be one of the best friends you could have. Honesty, friendliness, and a hard-working attitude are what Hufflepuffs value and they will never betray you. Professor Sprout was the head of house, and the house colors are yellow and black. They represent the earth element, and of course who could forget their fiercely adorable badger mascot? The sunny and comfy common room is the only one with repelling devices on the barrels of the corridor.
Now for the final Hogwarts house, Slytherin. Salazar Slytherin was cunning and sneaky and believed whole-heartedly in only allowing pure-bloods (wizards born with both magical parents) into Hogwarts, and the tensions ended up growing so strong with the other houses, particularly Gryffindor, so he left. He created the Chamber of Secrets right before doing so actually. A Slytherin values ambition, cunning, and resourcefulness, and they have a certain love of themselves that just isn’t matched in any other house. The colors of the house are green and silver, they are akin to the element of water, and their animal is a serpent. The head of house is the dashingly, slimy Severus Snape. Their common room is located in the dungeons of Hogwarts, underneath the Black Lake, and the lighting is perpetually green.
Well, those are the four houses. Do you know which one you belong to? All have their benefits and downfalls. Even the mention of any of those words make me smile. I’m sure you will be getting more Harry Potter flashbacks in the future. I’ll try to make sure none of them are too long! Have a happy Friday everyone. 🙂
That’s right! Flashback Friday is here again. Isn’t Friday just the best day of the week? This week I want to share with you a fellow lover of Friday’s, and one of the most iconic cartoon strips from the 80s and 90s, Garfield & Friends. I remember waking up early on the weekends and running over to my grandmother’s house to read about what that adorably lethargic fat-cat was up to. Garfield was the original Grumpy Cat, and the reason most people probably fell for that bad-tempered feline.
Being that he is a copy written character, I can’t really show any pictures of him so there will be plenty of links to the official website. If you get the chance to explore that page, and are a huge or even moderate fan, you will love it. There is so much to explore through! I found the strip that was published the day I was born for example. If you are born on/after Jun 19, 1978 (the first one ever!) you can do the same too. 😀
The first book that Jim Davis published was originally in 1980. It was titled Garfield at Large: His First Book, and it features the first strip through to the one published on January 22, 1989. The last panel is one of the best endings to a fantastic book of full of snazzy art and a witty humor. Jim Davis really seems like he would be a pretty cool guy, and you can read and see more of what he is like in an interview on Garfield’s official website.
I’m normally not one to get very political (especially on the interwebs), but since I am a creator of a page that expresses my opinion, I definitely feel the need to defend the French cartoonists that were killed because of something they drew. So, I dedicate this post in honor of everyone injured, killed, or affect by the Charlie Hebdo attack. No one should fear for their life for being and feeling differently than anyone else. No one should feel the need to keep their thoughts silent because another group of people disagrees with them. Artists are a great people who have the power and will to change the world. The only people who care if the world changes around them are the ones that are afraid that the world may change them. If other people can change you, maybe you weren’t suited for the original belief to begin with. Change is not bad. Words are not bad. Art is not bad.
Some of the most fun and quirky artworks, that I can’t help but find absolutely delightful, are crossovers. I mean the best episode of the Jetsons was when they met the Flinstones, obviously. A little while ago, I discovered a little, awesome website called TeeTurtle, and if you like crossovers, or just plain old cuteness, you will definitely want to be checking out their website. All of their shirts are perfectly mashed topics that are so surprising, but they meld perfectly. I don’t know who is thinking these things up, but they all seem to be able to see me smile.
[Want this Hedgehobbit shirt or pullover?]
The guy who designs all these shirts is known as RemyB and, I must say, he has an eye for all things charming. All of these shirts are made of super soft cotton and screen printed in the United States. Do you like Doctor Who and Pokemon? What about Legend of Zelda and Star Wars? Do you wish you could have Toothless in your pocket? I could spend hours browsing their online shop admiring and longing for all the fusions of enticing memorability.
[The Teen Titans / Edgar Allen Poe mash-up called Quoth the Raven is so dang cute!]
[I’m such a big Tim Burton fan, so how could I not love Scream Team?]
I was finding myself having a particularly hard time choosing just one item to be on top of my wishlist for this site. The two above have to be the closest though. I grew up on Teen Titans (I even went as Raven one year for Halloween) and Tim Burton, and Poe is one of my most favorite poets of all time. So many of the shirts available on TeeTurtle I would be so gracious to receive and lucky to own.
Now, I wanted to apologize for missing Flashback Friday last week. So, I am so so sorry that I didn’t get to take you all back on Memory Ln. I had to get stitches on the tip of one of my fingers at the end of last year. I have been unable to type or crochet, and I was just super grateful that I could still play video games. I got them removed yesterday, so I am able to type again (Yay!); however, it is still painful to type because I severed a whole bunch of nerves. I will be keeping on with the blogging nonetheless, but I feel I should warn everyone that I don’t think any of my entries will be very lengthy. I hope everyone else is having a good year so far. I look forward to future comments and feedback from all of you!
Last year my mom decided that she was going to start a new family tradition, and it seems like I’m the only one that ended up taking it seriously. The idea was to take a small mason jar and, throughout the year, write good or exciting things that happened to us during that year. Then at the end of the year we would all open them and read some of our favorites out loud. There are cute Pinterest versions of this that look way more adorable than what ours actually looked like, but I don’t use post-its very often, so my entire jar is full of purple ‘L’s.
[I’m the center jar, if you didn’t know]
For this lovely post I wanted to share some of the awesome things that happened to me this year. I’m going to try to not bore you with the really weird ones that would require major back story, or things that are just too personal (sorry boys). Anyway let’s get started on a review of this nerd’s old year. This time of year really makes us all reflect, and it’s the good that should give us the hope we need for the year to come.
1.) I Turned 21!
That’s right folks, I turned 21-years-old this year. Meaning, since I live in American, I can finally drink myself into oblivion. Not like I actually ever do that. It’s laughable how excited I was to turn 21 considering I only drink socially, don’t really ever want to go out, and rarely get drunk when I partake in alcohol anyway. I love being able to go into restaurants and order some crazily named concoction with a thousand different liquors that all end up tasting like marshmallows though. Being able to go anywhere I want, and not be refused entry because, “I’m not old enough,” is pretty dang awesome as well.
I am now an age where all of the doors are open, but stepping through them is my option alone. What were some of your best memories of being 21? If you aren’t 21 yet, what antics are you preparing for your special day?
2.) I Got my First Tattoo!
If you haven’t already figured out I love anime, you will definitely realize now. As one of my birthday presents to myself, I decided to get my first tattoo. I’ve always been a “tough girl,” so I’ve wanted a tattoo for a very long time, but I was never quite sure of what to get first. In 2013, I started watching Fairy Tail the anime (free to watch on Hulu) and shortly fell in love. It’s concept of magic and friends-as-a -second-family really spoke to me, and the character, Erza, just embodies everyone I want to be and everything I am. After discovering her, it seemed the guild symbol was meant to be on my arm.
All in one tattoo, the blue Fairy Tail guild symbol on my left arm shows my strength, my weaknesses, my heart, my freedom, and how I care for my friends. I don’t think I could have chosen a better “first” to highlight for this year.
3.) James Introduced me to Nocturne.
A flashback for some, a whole new world for others, Shim Megami Tensei is one of the best game series around. If you have never heard of this series and like games like Final Fantasy or Chrono Cross, you are really missing out. They are turn-based RPGs that all revolve around demons, but not just any old formation of pixels. These demons are all taken from various religions and mythologies from across the globe, and are so well done you can actually learn a few things for playing these games.
I got to play the third ever game released in this series this year. Being that it is for Playstation 2, it was a backwards leap in technology, but not so backwards that I could feel nostalgic. In didn’t matter though, I spent hours and even days on this game because it is just so wonderfully executed, captivating in the story-board department, and just a joy to play.
If you haven’t played it click here to see the beginning trailer to maybe peak your interests. If you aren’t a big game person but love anime they have a whole show based on another one of their games that has an amazing story line. Alright, I’m done plugging for now. 😉
4.) I Sold my First Crochet Project!
Another awesome thing that happened to make last year that much more amazing was the sale of my first crafted project. With the head and cape based on a personally translated Czechoslovakian pattern for the Pokemon character, Piplup, this was an extremely challenging and adorable amigurumi I had been commissioned to create.
Selling anything that was made by hand is an awesome feeling, and really drove the nail in the coffin for my love of crafts and crochet. Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to open an online shop and sell all things crafty and nerdy with a little bit of pizzazz. Oh what 2015 may hold!
5.) I Saw MC Frontalot, Front Stage, in Concert
Have you ever heard of a little genre of music called Nerdcore? If you are a fan of Dungeons and Dragons, memes, grammar, or various other topics related to poindextering, and if you don’t mind hearing music that sounds like hip-hop. Yes, my good nerds, I like rhythm and flow in some my music, and let me tell you, Frontalot has one of the sickest rhythms in the music industry. Additionally, the fact that he raps about things I’m interested in (and not drugs, money, or hoes) is unequivocally why he became one of my favorite music artists. I’m so glad that I got to see him in concert, and I don’t think I will ever forget his unique but entertaining stage presence.
6.) I Attended my First Renaissance Festival.
It’s kind of pathetic why this was my first year attending the amazingly awesome festivities that are Renaissance Faires. I always wanted to go, but I refused to do so unless I was in costume, and nobody took me seriously on the costume front. Year after year I watched as my family would go and come back with awesome things, so last year I decided that no matter what I was wearing, I would go. I’m so glad that I did. Even though most of the day I was just so envious of everyone walking around with beautiful gowns, corsets, or amazing hats, it was still an experience that made me feel at home and overjoyed.
My elf ears actually came from going, and since I got to wear them around for the rest of the day, the second half of my day there I really felt like I belonged. I will be attending every forthcoming festival in the future even if I have to build my ideal attire one year at a time. It is a great weekend getaway and everyone that works there works so hard to make you feel like you’ve really gotten away to a century long long ago.
7.) I Started a Blog
Yup! That’s right. This past year was the year that I started writing this crazy internet source of geekdom. Within these past few months, I have grown to love sharing myself and my thoughts along with some trivial knowledge on the side. I hope that I will be able to continue to provide more awesome content for everyone to enjoy.
In the future, I want this blog to grow into some place special for everyone that partakes. I also want to be able to branch out into new forms of content, possibly including YouTube to post videos, and I would love for anyone that reads to want to involve themselves in my weird life. I welcome feedback and friends with open keyboard. I hope you all have had a memorable past year and that you all have an awesome new one! Keep on being yourselves. 🙂
So many things happened this week I don’t even know where I should begin. This week’s flashback is going to be a little different. I noticed that I haven’t really posted all week, and my last post was pretty short, so I’m going to try and make it up to all of you. Get ready for a super long post packed with all the things I should have been writing about all week. I’m going to throw Rudolph, Burton and Carter, Nerdy Christmas gifts, a whole lot of Middle Earth, and an update on my checklist of the month all in this Flashback Friday. If you didn’t notice, but I’m sure you did, not all of the parts of this entry are going to be reminding you of childhood. I’m going to just cross my fingers and hope that Rudolph will make up for that, so let me start with the movie that will send the flashbacks tingling through your noggin (that way if you aren’t interested in my life you can just stop reading when it comes to that!).
The Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, stop motion film directed by Larry Roemer was and is still always playing on my TV in the month of December. It was released as a TV special in the year of 1964 (on December 6, if you want to get specific). It was originally sponsored by the General Electric company, which I think is fantastic propaganda because they make refrigerators, don’t they? Did you know that the song came first? If you knew that did you also know that the poem by Robert L. Ward came first? That would be one awesome flashback because that poem was written in 1939. Wait, wouldn’t that make it the 75th anniversary of the poem and the 50th anniversary in the same year, or did I maths wrong somewhere? That is pretty intense!
I was a pretty weird kid in my youth, and this whole movie was about being yourself no matter what everyone else says about you. The best place to really see that message is on the Island of Misfit Toys. Their are a bunch of really weird trivia facts about that island. Apparently the misfit part of “a dolly for Sue” is her psychological disorder, and that’s coming from the producer. Another fun fact about it is the original movie didn’t air with the last scene, where Santa takes the Island’s toys and actually delivers them to children. They got so many letters about the toys because they never followed up on them in the original. They made that whole new scene answering everyone’s questions and have aired it that way ever since.
Yukon Cornelius was always my all time favorite dude in this movie. He was such a kooky character, with his ax-licking, that even though he never talked about being bullied directly one can just tell how much he didn’t care what anyone else was thinking. He was just worried about being himself and finding his peppermint mine. That’s right folks, Yukon wasn’t really looking for silver and gold, he was searching for peppermint. I’m pretty sure this scene is one of the ones excluded so that the misfit toys could find the homes that they deserved.
Moving on to a bit of super sad news about one of the only celebrity couples I ever cared about, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton. Now, they may have never officially been married, but they had been together for thirteen years and had two kids with each other named Billy and Nell (for as crazy-strange as their parents are I’m surprised their names are so normal). They began their relationship when they were filming Planet of the Apes in 2001, and their life became a quirky romance ever since. As I’m sure you all know, Burton ended up becoming known for casting his lovely lady in almost all of his productions alongside The Depp. Virtually all of the movies he directed after Planet of the Apes had Helena as at least a secondary role. I am personally a huge fan of Helena, and even though I now feel that true love doesn’t exist, I am glad that the two are going to remain friends and raise their children together.
Let’s switch over to a little Middle Earth. On Monday I had the pleasure of going to see The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, and now the Peter Jackson renditions have finally come to a close because I severely doubt that he is going to be making the Silmarillion into a movie anytime soon. That’s probably for the best anyway. Well, back to the topic at hand, The Battle of Five Armies definitely lived up to my expectations and more. I wasn’t very impressed with The Desolation of Smaug, so maybe my expectations weren’t up too high, on top of that, I had negative criticism within the first five minutes of the movie. They definitely pulled themselves right back on track to make an entire movie about one battle more intense than my not-a-fan-of-war-movies-self was expecting. The middle part I did find myself slipping off into thoughts about how they might end it, but that’s just because I realized my heartstrings were’t being pulled, and I normally end up balling at the silliest of things.
My first negative comment really has to do with how much the second movie disappointed me. All the second movie had going for it was the fact it was a filler movie. I don’t think it would ever be worth it to watch on its own. Now, if they would have added the beginning for Battle of Five Armies to the end of Desolation of Smaug, both movies would have made sense. Both movies would have been whole. The second not-so-good opinion I have of the last Hobbit movie was that it maybe did seem to drag a teeny bit in the middle. Keep in mind that the only war-type movies I like at all are basically Troy and Lord of the Rings, so maybe it was just a bit too much fancy sword moves for me.
I did tell you that I enjoyed this movie, right? It might not seem that way right now, but I just wanted to get the negative out of the way. I’m not going to whine about the story inconsistencies only because I actually never finished the book (I got to right when the second story ended actually. Don’t judge me!). Besides, from what I have read, what most everyone seems to be complaining about was possible within the time-frame of Middle Earth’s history, it just wasn’t written about in the books. Anyway, The Battle of Five Armies was very enjoyable to watch. The soundtrack was beautifully composed and kept the same sort of sounds as all of the other movies with just the right amount of variations that let the music dance in your ears like the armies seemed to dance their precisely executed battle maneuvers. The visuals were stunning, but how could New Zealand ever be un-pretty? The end definitely had the tear-jerkers that I was expecting, and because I had gone so far through the movie, they caught me a bit off guard. Overall, my favorite bits of the movie were when they wrapped everything back around to the Lord of the Rings movies with scenes that just seemed to be filmed from the other side of the wall. I happen to be a lover of Easter Eggs, so I probably fan-girled pretty hard at those couple of moments. I would end up giving this movie a 7/10.
While we are at it, let’s keep this post on the Middle Earth bandwagon and talk about what my boyfriend ended up getting for Christmas that I am super stoked about. I was able to convince a certain party that this particular Xbox game he could not live without, and my success is due to the fact that I just really wanted to play it. As a couple, we now own Shadow of Mordor! The only problem is that, since it is technically his, I have to wait until he beats it because I “am too good” at games, and I have the tendency of making him feel really self-conscious when we are playing the same game.
Anyway, I’ve been watching him play for a couple hours, and I can’t wait until I can finally get my chance to explore the realms of Middle Earth. The combat itself isn’t anything super new. It’s sort of a combo-type adventure game with a bit of the same fighting style as Assassin’s Creed. The graphics are intensely real (except the couple of times I’ve seen them not completely render). All of the cut-scenes have seemed to flow with the game play and are just so dramatic and bold that I am dying to play through the story-line myself so that I really know what’s going on. What really keeps on hooking my attention, however, is the enemy-evolving system that I have personally never seen in a game before. Some of the best advice I could give to a brand-new player is, make sure you gain intel about who you are versing because, in this game, if you die your enemies get stronger. So far, the only really annoying thing I’ve noticed is how often it brings up a loading screen, but if you get past that you will find a game that is one-of-a-kind and super B.A.
We are now at the section of the post that will be about my life, if you are at all interested in that sort of thing. If you aren’t you can just skip to the bottom to see what quote I’ve mustered up from the deep. First, I figured I’d give a short rundown of some of the most interesting gifts I’ve received and gave away as a sort of Wishlist Wednesday doodad. If pictures are requested that can always be arranged, but I warn you I don’t know any fancy photographers, and I don’t normally wear makeup. Anyway, carrying on.
Aside from the barrel-full of yarn that I normally get, I normally get a lot of clothes. I guess because I’m a girl. Eh, who knows. Awesomely, I finally got a Michonne t-shirt, that I find that hilarious because I also got a Darryl shirt. I don’t fan-girl over Darryl, but it’s a pretty rad shirt style-wise, aside from the fact I apparently “claimed” him, and it is too big on me. I also got some Batman pajama pants and earrings. The boyfriend got a Twisty the clown shirt, and I am totally going to be stealing that at least a couple times. He also got more Magic cards from me which I’ve had the pleasure of poking through a little bit, and he got a couple expansion packs for our Munchkin game (if you’ve never heard of it and like d&d, RPGs, and/or trading card games it is a hilarious, back-stabbingly good time).
The last thing I want to squeeze in this ridiculously long post is a little update on my Things to Finish Before the New Year post. I was able to finish the crochet project, and even managed to make a pair of fingerless gloves, despite the fact that I completely messed up the gauge and had to undue two days worth of work. I shall post pictures on a later update that will probably come at the beginning of 2015. The other thing I want to inform of is that I am going to be holding off on finishing D.Gray-Man. I had been watching it on Hulu, and thought I was over half-way through the series when it was pointed out to me that there are over 150 episodes and not just 48. One hundred episodes is just not plausible for me to finish in the next couple of days, sorry guys. It looks like it will be on my back-burner for a good long while. I only have three episode of American Horror Story, and I have less than one million gold for Diablo 3, so here’s to sitting at home and being nerdy for the next couple days! I hope everyone has had a good year, month, and day.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
For this week’s flashback, in honor of the finale of Legend of Korra, we are going to go back to the memory lane that started it all, Avatar: The Last Airbender. If Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Appa weren’t a part of your childhood, you really missed out on one of the best story-telling cartoons Nickelodeon ever created. Watching their journey through the elementally divided nations of their world with peril and adventure around every corner was so captivating. So captivating that, when I heard they were making a movie, I re-watched the whole show in a week (we aren’t going to speak of that horrid movie however).
The characters in Avatar: the Last Airbender were some of the craziest and most awesome characters that everyone wanted to be or at least be best friends with. Aang had his inner child way out the outside, but was still just and thoughtful when it came to others. Sokka was definitely always trying to hard, but despite his failures was still able to make the audience smile. King Bumi was the most spunky mad genius since Mojojojo and all he wanted was to have a crazy fun time. Toph was my favorite because she probably still is the toughest chick on television and was still always down for poking fun of herself.
My favorite episode of all time from this show was The Cave of Two Lovers. It was hilarious but still dangerous and romantic. If you don’t remember this episode, it was one of the first few of season two, and was when they were on their way to Omashu. While Katara was teaching Aang a little waterbending, they ran into a group of wandering musicians, and they were the best part of the episode. The whole gang plus the musicians headed into a cave where they get trapped, lost, and end up meeting the origins of earthbending, the big, bad badgermoles. Man, this show really had everything you could ask for as a kid.
I’m sorry this post is so short, the holidays have me running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I hope I was able to at least bring back some memories for all of you! Well, until next time ladies and gents.
ZUKO. If the Earth kingdom discovers us, they’ll have us killed.
IROH. But if the fire nation discovers us, we’ll be turned over to Azula.
ZUKO. Earth kingdom it is.
It’s time to see what geeky item I am longing to get my meaty claws on. This particular item is what actually made me want to do these wishlists at all. It is just so perfectly nerdy and amazing and new. It is sure to be any reader’s favorite thing to wear, and if you haven’t heard of them, you should definitely check out their whole stock because it is fabulous. I’m talking about a little company called Litographs. They print your favorite books on t-shirts, tote bags, and posters, and they also make literary temporary tattoos.
[This clever temporary tattoo, designed by Benjy Brooke, can be found on their website here]
All of their products are hand dyed and printed in the United States. Each is truly unique from the others, and they have over 100 books to choose from. With books ranging from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll there is a book for every type of reader. They also are partnered with the International Book Bank, so for every sales of a shirt, poster, tote, or five tattoos they give a new book to a community in need. I don’t know what else could convince you to buy one of these amazingly breathtaking pieces of art. Except maybe your favorite book isn’t available. You know what though? You can request it here.
[The Macbeth by Shakespeare shirt designed by KJ Martinet can be found here]
The above shirt is the top one of my wishlist from this site. I am a big fan of Shakespeare, and Macbeth has always been close to my heart. There are a lot of other exquisitely created shirts that I would be so grateful to own, and would wear every day, if that wouldn’t be really gross.
This company really offers one of the coolest yet intellectual products I have actually seen myself owning and loving in a long time. What girl would love a darling Secret Garden tote bag and what guy wouldn’t love a Treasure Island poster where he could actually read Treasure Island if he looked close enough?
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison
I am a lover of learning new things, so when I had a friend call up and say she wanted to play Magic, I got super excited. I ended up getting the Duels of the Planeswalkers game at the beginning of September with Games with Gold, but I never really played it that often; therefore, I only really knew the basics of the game layout and how turns worked. We went off to Target to buy news decks, and my friend came with me. Cards were bought, then we were off to a restaurant to meet a few others and actually play.
I got the Born of the Gods set with a black/green combo. The Archetype of Finality is actually one of the cards I ended up getting. I got pretty lucky with my deck, so lucky, in fact, that out of two of the games we played I actually won once. We were playing five-player games with three experienced players, but one had just bought a new deck, and one other newbie besides myself. In the first game, I came in second place losing to a blue/red deck with a god-card.
Weight of the Underworld was another card found in my deck. I can’t wait to keep playing and buying more decks, but I do really love the one that I have now. What kind of decks do you guys like to play with? What are your favorite cards? Is there anything you think I should know to move forward with my learning process?
“When I asked my commander the reward for killing that prancing nuisance, he told me, ‘None! I want to kill him myself!'” – Phrogas, soldier of Akros
Is anyone else excited to see the new Pixar movie? Inside Out’s teaser trailer may have been posted on YouTube at the beginning of October, but it just started trending this week. This trailer just screams potential, and haven’t most people been waiting for Pixar to make something other than those pointless Cars movies? Inside Out is all about the voices in our heads, and a young girl struggling to adjust to a whole new life in San Francisco. It seems like Pixar is planning on going back to their roots and really demonstrate how to make CGI characters show their emotions. In honor of their fantastic ability to create a connection with their audience even in less than five minutes, I wanted to flash back to a few of Pixar’s greatest shorts.
For any of you who have seen Monsters Inc., you may remember seeing this first Pixar short. For the Birds was a charming animation featuring a bunch of little blue birds and one big, goofy bird. It is a great story about bullying. The little birds make fun of the big bird just because it looks different, and they try to exclude it from their group. They get what’s coming to them, with some instant karma, in the end, and it is just oh so satisfying to watch. For the Birds is a great example of Pixar at their finest. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2002, and several other awards besides. If you pay attention, in the original Cars movies, there is an Easter egg that references to this short as well. Overall, this is definitely one to “show the kids,” and it is still incredibly enjoyable as a grown-up.
Now, let’s move on to my absolute favorite Pixar short, Geri’s Game. Geri’s Game was sold attached to A Bug’s Life in 1998, and quite honestly the only reason I watched A Bug’s Life so often. What is possibly more captivating than watching an adorable old man play a very competitive game of chess? Geri plays chess in an empty park with an opponent that is so formidable that it could only possibly be himself. That’s right, Geri is playing by himself, but with himself. He takes on two personas and even changes his appearance while he switches from chair to chair. There might be a few errors in the animation of the actual game, and the box that they put the pieces in disappears at one point, but it is still a fantastic joy to behold.
In all honesty, this one is probably my favorite because it reminds me so much of when I was a child (I didn’t have siblings that would play with me and I didn’t live around other kids). Geri is a great role model for all the lonely souls out there.
You can’t have a list of great Pixar shorts, and not include the one that started it all. This might not be the first one they ever produced, but it was the one that branded them as a company. Of course, I am talking about Luxo Jr. Luxo Jr. was the first CGI film to ever win an academy award, and it won that award in 1986. Despite it being only two minutes in length, it is the epitome of how to make animated objects show emotions. These two lamps don’t even have faces, and Pixar found a way to really make us connect to those desk lamps and feel every semblance of excitement, confusion, and sadness (it took every ounce of strength for me not to do another Twilight joke). This extremely brief short, if you didn’t know, is the entire reason that, to this day, Pixar still uses a jumping lamp in their logo before each movie.
After all is said and done, Pixar really does know how to create unique, stunning, and spellbinding works that’s themes and appeal will be relevant for decades to come. If you are interested in owning these three shorts and more, pick up Pixar Short Films Collection – Volume 1 on Amazon or wherever you buy your favorite DVDs. Clicking on links on this blog will take you to watch the actual videos, if you so desire. I hope you all enjoyed this weeks Flashback Friday, and if you have any specific requests make it known to me, and I’ll see if I can help you reminisce.
“The only thing predictable about life, is its unpredictability.” – Remy, Ratatouille