pez: (RoF - Zephyr's reading habits)
Yesterday I spent around 4 hours sanding down a sword by hand. Was pretty tired afterwards, and then it started getting worse and by bedtime my whole shoulder-to-wrist was a limb of burning pain and I couldn't even hold a cup of water. RSI by sword sanding! Way to go, me. Took anti-inflammatories and painkillers, still took forever for me to get to sleep. But it's pretty much okay now.

I've been on a Shingeki no Kyojin* high lately and decided to make the cosplay, despite not even knowing what the character's name should be translated to since every scanlation and dub group do their own thing for Rivaille/Levi/Levy. In any case, for the costume, since I've been wanting to make a bodice block for myself anyway, I thought this was the time to do it. Silly me to not read the instructions properly, the block doesn't contain seam allowances. So I ended up wasting fabric. Used the block to draft a new set of pattern with seam allowances now. Luckily the jacket I need to make is very short and I think there's stil plenty of fabric left for making two of them.

Should make myself some icons...

Writing has slowed because events are just slow. Managed to give two characters mental problems (they have very legitimate reasons to be that way) and then everyone around them are going WAH WHAT DO. Progress is slow because nobody knows what to do. Oh dear. I really need to stop writing myself into a corner.

*Shingeki no Kyojin, also known as Attack on Titan. 44 chapters of manga is out, and 4 episodes of anime so far. If you haven't read/watched it, go now. I promise you it's good.
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Watched it! This is a film I would've loved to watch in the cinema, but with no UK release date, I just couldn't wait any longer. XD

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing, it was a good way of rehashing the beginning of the story, with ways of introducing characters that don't end up in that shounen manga format that really only works in weekly manga. I was very worried when a friend said that they merged Aoshi and Hanya's characters, and gave him guns, but that wasn't really the case - the Oniwabanshou were simply entirely absent from the film, replaced with unnamed fighters, some of whom took up some of the tasks Aoshi did for Kanryu. But they were simply not Oniwabanshou at all and didn't claim to be. I'm okay with that.

Go faster!

Jul. 31st, 2012 10:49 pm
pez: (Last Remnant - Qubine & Dave)
Follwing the Olympics, yup. Working from home and Olympics being in this country means watching it is REALLY EASY. /o/ Gymnastics and swimming is always fun to watch. And Gary Lineker suggested that Stella McCartney might have touched Tom Daley inappropriately. And the pretty team outfits. And the special knee length hoodies some swimmers get that are probably just giant slankets with a zip. And the little hat with ear-shaped bits that the horses get to wear in the equestrian events. And the go-faster stripes on one of the swimmer's cap. And all the sparkles in the Russian gymnasts' hair. And people becoming completely incoherent when they discovered they (or their children) won a gold.

In non-Olympic news, with Troika fic being completely stuck, I've been poking at TLR stuff. But I only get so far and I read what I have and I think, "Oh, Qubine ♥" and it doesn't get any further than that.

We got given flowers by a woman whose bag we found on the DLR and subsequently returned. I discovered that lilies and I don't get on very well, which is sad because they were pretty. But they are supposed to be poisonous to cats anyway so it's no huge loss I guess.

The spambots seem to have stopped for now, phew!
pez: (Masa - Stitch)
We bought the DVD for the Alice's Adventure in Wonderland ballet, because we can't justify paying £80+ each to see it at Royal Opera House. The videos we've seen on Youtube are pretty damn amazing, so I have high hopes for this DVD!

I bought even more wigs for the shop. There might be an opportunity for me to supply wigs to a brick and mortar shop in Brighton, so fingers crossed.

[ profile] storme has been steadily going through all the Tenimyu DVDs. We've gone from Hyouteimyu in Winter to Rikkai 2nd Service. Next is Higamyu and after that I have no more DVDs. I've downloaded Shitenhoujimyu subbed, but need the backstage. [ profile] solaas sent me National finals. Now to try to find all the things inbetween!
pez: (Masa - Stitch)
We've finished watching Madoka a while ago. It's good, I enjoyed most of the art and plot, but it wasn't anything surprising - half way through the story we already guessed most of the rest of the plot. I think within the first 2 episodes we already decided which one was the "bad guy", and pegged who was going to die as the story developed. I wish there were more surprises. And some bits of the story could have benefited if they had more time. Maybe one more episode on Sayaka and Kyoko, because as it is now, it's all very sudden how things changed.

And we're watching Tenimyu! Finished Hyoutei and DL3, and half of Rokkaku. So much madness.

I've been reading my old fics and thinking, damn, I wish I have PoT things to write. Maybe I should look up some prompt communities.

Storme has not tried to burn down the flat again. So far.
pez: (Kai - and this time the future is ours)
Wedding preparations are coming along. Today Storme and I went to give Notice of Intent to form a Civil Partnership (that's quite a mouthful). We have a venue booked, and we have the date! 1st October is when we will form a civil parsnip!

To help with finances I've taken on cosplay commission work. At the moment I seem to be making the costumes for the entire cast of Sengoku Basara. Right, I exaggerate, but you get my drift. Also doing other bits and pieces. So I've been pretty busy.

Storme is being shown PoT. We're about 9 episodes in so far. It's kind of fun to rewatch actually! We've been told that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is worth watching, that it's a magical girl series that pretty unusual. Of course not like Utena but still, worth giving it a try.

Not impressed that there won't be more Sherlock on BBC for a long time.

Kind of feel like writing fic again. Now, if only I have ideas...
pez: (Glay - bass)
The X Japan gig last night was phenomenol. I got such a good view of Sugizo the whole time, and saw Toshi and Yoshiki quite close too. The set list was pretty short but they did play a few songs I really like. Yoshiki. That man. His charisma. O_O Sugizo on the violin, fuckfuckfuck. And his outfits, goddamn, why can't I be a skinny Japanese rockstar? Toshi's voice is as good as ever. And I want his shiny gloves! And pat Yoshiki on the head because he started crying as soon as he mentioned hide. And give him some PG-FUCKING-TIPS. XD (His English is definitely better than Toshi's.)

Set list:
1. Jade (new single) (love it btw)
2. Rusty Nail
3. Silent Jealousy
4. Drain
5. Kurenai
6. Born to be Free
7. I.V.
8. X
9. Endless Rain
10. Art of Life

With Sugizo's violin solos and Yoshiki's piano and drum solos in the middle. At the very end they had Forever Love playing in the background as they mucked about taking photos of the audience and then did their bows. Lots of clips on youtube already.


Jun. 17th, 2011 11:31 pm
pez: (Yamato & Tezuka - waai <3)
Got tickets to see Gackt in July! /o/

Not so much into the makeup and whatnot, but his voice, oh god. ♥

2 things.

May. 30th, 2011 10:48 pm
pez: (Phoenix Wright - Frilly Badger)
  1. Saitou Takumi has been cast as Miles Edgeworth in the new Phoenix Wright movie.


pez: (Last Remnant - Let's do it!)
Christopher and His Kind - fandom is sure to explode. ;)

Minamicon draws near. [ profile] storme and I plan to bring Sigmund & Edward, and Rush & Dave with us.

Fic writing is... interesting atm. I broke some things, I fixed them and broke a few others at the same time. Splendid.
pez: (Last Remnant - Emma and Valeria Heart)
Order of new Rub n' Buff arrived. Although it's not grainy, I'm still not happy with the result. It appears that white Rub n' Buff is not as waxy as its metallic equivalents and has poorer coverage and spreading power. I can use it, but one tube can only cover the front of my cuirass! O_o It also means I end up with a thickass layer of wax/paint/pigment which, Rub n' Buff or not, I worry about cracking with movement. So I'm going to go for spraying acrylic instead, since I don't like the brushmarks with painted acrylic. *buys the airbrush stuff I've been meaning to buy for a long time* Not being a perfectionist, just want to make things look good. Not sure if I need to remove what I've already applied first or not, though.

I have a really bad pain at the base of my neck this week. It's likely posture and stress related. At one point even turning my head was painful. It's much better now though, I can tilt my head back and not go OW.

I've been listening to Jay Chou a lot at work (which is what Jay Chou is for. He is not for watching in the cinema ewww.) So, I've always known that he has a bad pronounciation of his own language, but in 說了再見 he literally sounds like he's imitating a westerner trying to pronounce Chinese. What the hell? Ah well. Beautiful song anyway. 煙花易冷 still takes the cake though, not because of Jay Chou's singing but Vincent Fong's lyrical genius.

Currently making cosplays of Shishio Makoto AND Seta Soujirou. Ah, Kenshin. I'm nostalgic.
pez: (Last Remnant - vale of the gods)
Thanks for the offers of being my stab victims, but I think you guys are not qualified enough. How unfortunate. :P

Watched Black Swan on Saturday, It's not perfect but it's my kind of film. I like psychological stuff, as most of you already know. The King's Speech next, I think.

I spent too much time making cosplay armour last weekend rather than tidying the flat. I'm sure I can get rid of a couple more boxes if I tried...

The Dremel is a wonderful, wonderful tool.

Work continues to be ridiculous. This week I need to put together the information gathered on site last week, and do work that other offices want me to do but never told me before when they gave me the brief a few months ago, but they suddenly want it this week. I thought I'm done with that project and now there's more of it to finish. To other people it's likely not a big deal, but I have serious problems dealing with this sort of attitude and lack of communication; I just can't work like that and it makes me too angry to concentrate. This is why I've always done better in personal work compared with group projects. I still haven't got a clue why I have a job that basically spells "group work".
pez: (Yamato - *squee*)
ASOIAF: A Game of Thrones HBO trailer. I'm SO getting Sky after moving house so that I can watch this (and get cheap internet).

Loads more on the making-of site: I love watching the artisans videos.
pez: (Glay - bass)
I thought about posting "Stand My Ground" by Within Temptation, but this one fits better.

Faye Wong - A Love Letter to Myself

Hey I even translated it for you, though bear in mind in Chinese it's a lot more poetic )

30 days of music meme question list )
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Hate is a pretty strong word; I don't have a band that I hate, and I struggle to come up with a band I dislike as well. There are bands I don't particularly like, but I don't spend energy disliking them, my time's too precious for that. So here's me skipping day 12.

Day 13 is a guilty pleasure song. Hm, I don't know. Here, have a random one.

XDDDDDDDDDDDDDD I was 13 when this song became really popular.

30 days of music meme question list )
pez: (Glay - bass)

Natsuoto. Beautiful MV, great song.

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Just spotted the DVD of Hamlet (animated Shakespeare). I wonder if it's the DVD version of this. Because I watched the latter many years ago and always wanted a DVD copy of it...
pez: (Glay - bass)
There are many sons I know all the words to, although I do catch Cantonese lyrics a lot better than I do English ones.

So, I guess it's "post a few random songs" time. All rather old ones...

許志安 - 灰飛煙滅 which I probably should've included in the "song that makes you sad" post.

黃耀明 + 彭羚 - 漩渦 - Anthony Wong has the sort of voice that sends shivers down my spine. I don't mind Cass Pang's voice either.

黃耀明 - 這麼遠那麼近 - speaking of the guy, I must post this one because I approve of the gay although they avoided it with the MV.

張國榮 - 左右手 and (dammit I want something with better sound quality than this) because his voice is so smoooooth and these are the most epic songs ever. And why not have 玻璃之情 too. Sadly this video was just a series of footage and other videos mashed together, because by the time this song was released he had already died.

謝霆鋒 - 玉蝴蝶... a friend from uni hated this song, but I think it has very beautiful lyrics.

In general, I think 林夕 is a genius when it comes to lyrics. 林振強 was another of my favourite, and he didn't only write great lyrics, he was also amazing at comedy and satire.

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