chibimuse: Eve smiling (eve)
2012-12-31 07:09 pm
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Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year!
It has been a very big year for me, in both ups and downs. The lowest low was the end of my short lived marriage last February, and the highest high was graduating from University in March with a bachelors degree in Industrial Design.

Some other big achievements this year:
-Learning to play the Ukulele, and performing a Ukulele duo on stage for 300 people!
-Performing in a ton of burlesque shows, and creating a bunch of numbers that I am very proud of. They all had incredibly geeky themes, including a farscape Chiana number which made the few other people in the room who knew what the fuck this was about very happy.
I also sucked a friend into become a boy-lesque performer! He is having lots of success, it makes me very proud.

It was a long hard year of pulling myself back together and putting my life back on track, and I'm excited for a new year with new challenges and new joys. Also, 2013 includes my life long dream trip to Japan (April 2013!)I hope you all have a wonderful New Years Eve, and I wish you the best of luck in the coming year.
chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (Default)
2012-12-16 12:33 pm

Current Animated Addictions

 I am currently deeply in love with two animated shows, Adventure Time (if you have seen my tumblr this should be obvious) and more recently, Gravity falls. 

After I finished watching Avatar the last Airbender and the most recent season of Korra I felt a major gap in my fun animated show watching. Thank gosh Adventure time came along! It is so strange and wonderful, I love all the characters and the beautiful animation style. The female characters are strong and independent as well as being diverse. Princess bubblegum's balance of smarts and femininity is pitch perfect!
There are some clips on the site:

Gravity falls is one I have been hearing about as awesome in fannish circles since it's debut this fall. It certainly lives up to the hype! It has lovely animation and a very smart and weird sense of humour. The main characters are twin siblings (12 yrs old) who solve supernatural mysteries in the town of Gravity falls, where they have been shipped off to stay with their great uncle for the summer. Gr-uncle Stan is a well meaning but negligent guardian, which allows for lots of adventures. Dipper is smart and neurotic as well as being a realistic 12 year old. Mabel is feminine but also smart and adventurous, which is a balance that not enough children's shows hit!

If you haven't already become addicted to them, and are like me a big fan of pixar, avatar, and other animated things that get filed in the 'family' section, you will probably love Adventure Time and Gravity Falls. 

chibimuse: ATLA team hug "heart" (heart)
2012-12-09 01:31 am
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Come one, come all

[personal profile] kouredios 's friending meme has given me a bunch of cool new people to check out and sent a few new people over here to my journal, which is fantastic!
If you're one of those cool new people following me, welcome! I also have a tumblr if you are interested in more visual media,

I have been doing very little interaction with other people online lately, mostly lurking and liking things on tumblr, which is kind of sad now that I think about it. I am looking forward to being more active, with more chatting and discussions. 

If you have a question about me, my fandoms, my interests, or pretty much anything else, ask away right here!

If you also listen to the /Report, we should become besties forever. 
chibimuse: Amy with floating hair (amy)
2012-10-15 11:37 pm
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Post Dr. Who 7x05 comfort

I was absolutely torn up by all the feelings about the doctor and the ponds when I watched The Angels Take Manhattan. I cried a bunch, because I do love the dynamic between that trio.
Like a lot of people I was also frustrated by a lot of things:
-The statue of liberty angel (How can the statue of liberty walk across to a building without somebody seeing it? It didn't even DO anything!)
-The many times angels should have been looking at each other and therefore permanently frozen due to not having their hands up in front of their faces
-The temporal disturbance of New York being the reason the Doctor can't go get the Ponds in the past. Why not take the train from somewhere else!? (Someone explained this as the Ponds interacting with the Doctor again being the paradox that he is avoiding, not their location, but it doesn't come across that way in the episode.)

If you were similarly saddened by that last episode and desirous of some comforting gen followup that fixes all the problems, you should definitely check out this podfic: 'Stealing Time' by [personal profile] such_heights
chibimuse: Troy and Abbed in vending machine (vending)
2012-08-27 11:57 pm
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Community vid rec

This is a fantastic Community vid that highlights a bunch of great moments from the series in a very well-timed cut with fantastic use of bits of sound from the clips in addition to a great song choice. If you haven't seen the show Community you should definitely check it out.

Time To Begin by Man is Evil

chibimuse: Eve smiling (eve)
2012-06-14 10:08 pm

Frankenstein's Cumberbatch

 I went to see the National Theatre Live encore showing of Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the creature. Holy crap AMAZING and I loved it a lot!
Seeing plays at the movie theatre that I would never have gotten to see otherwise is fantastic. The movie theatre was full and at least half the crowd was women around my age. I suspect most of these were fellow cumberbitches due to the very suggestive squealing sounds at key moments.  I haven't seen the other version where Cumberbatch plays Frankenstein, but since the play is mostly from the creature's POV I was happy just seeing the one I did.

You can see the trailer here to get a hint of this awesomeness:
I definitely recommend checking this out!
chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (harry)
2012-06-12 11:34 pm
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 Do any of you have a Tumblr? I'm always on the lookout for cool people to follow on Tumblr, because I currently only work 14 hours a week and am always  happy to do anything else other than those 14 hours of work.
Mine is
It's a mix of nerdy fandom and the occasional vintage fashion.

chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (harry)
2012-05-30 01:58 pm
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Eurovision 2012!

I didn't follow it live, but you gotta love watching the Eurovision Song Contest. If you have never heard of Eurovision you are missing out on some seriously hilarious videos, I highly recommend checking it out.
The winners have already been announced but I'm just watching the videos now. You can see a full announcement of the standings with convenient pictures and videos here:
So far the most ridiculous I've watched is Ireland's submission by Jedward. The duo of cheese ball blonde space-knights dances in a fountain and has provided the internet with this fantastically bizarre visual:

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more Euro-pop craziness!

chibimuse: Stitch with a bra on his head (stitch)
2011-08-25 09:52 am
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Kittens! Bismarck & Parnell

We have adopted an adorable pair of beige tabby kittens!
Bismarck is named after Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck is the darker orange kitten. He's an adventurous and outgoing little guy, but he needs a lot of cuddles and is very clingy. He has an adorable but strange habit of suckling my shirts.
Parnell is named for Charles Stewart Parnell, who was the 19th century Irish politician who invented the Boycott. Parnell is calm and friendly, and a little bit skittish. He is much bigger than Bismarck, and has very cool ring markings on his sides.
They are currently 14 weeks old.
More adorable photos under the cut!

Kittens, being adorable )
chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (radio)
2010-02-28 07:39 pm

closing ceremonies

Yay we won at Hockey! We hear honking up and down our street for a straight hour after we won.

But Russia is so much more awesome than we are performance-wise! I loved that 10 minute presentation more than our entire opening ceremonies.

Oh my god I am so embarrassed watching the closing ceremonies.
Listening to John Furlong, VANOC head, murder French was so horrible that we muted his entire 10 minute speech.
We have no dignity as a nation, none. I get the whole 'don't take life too seriously' sentiment, but that was painfully bad. 
Blow up flying Moose + Beaver, 'sexy' maple leafs, dancing lumberjacks and voyaguers, do not want.
Sexy Mountie is a costume that never should have been made, so wrong! I want my sexy Mountie in Paul Gross form only.

Michael Buble singing 'the maple leaf forever' and Alanis Morisette, yay!
Ahg Nickelback? AVRIL!? Simple plan. Hedley. We are kind of an emo country.

but YAY hockey win!

I am back to class tomorrow, no more lounging about leisurely and avoiding downtown.
Time for Vancouver life to go back to normal, we'll see what the total debt tallies up to soon.
chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (bat'leth)
2009-10-22 07:48 pm

Interaction Design

My core class in university this semester is based around electronics and human interactions with objects. We are exploring new ways to use sensors and electronic output (such as motors, lights, and sound) to create a unique and meaningful 'interaction'.
Or as Phnelt re-interpreted the assignment: what can you look at and think "this could be more sonic!"

For our first mini intro project we made a rudimentary lego mindstorms robot crocodile that opened it's mouth and eyes when someone waved a hand in front of it, wagged it's tail when it heard sounds, and snapped it's mouth shut when a button it it's mouth was touched. Very cool, but not particularly original or creative as far as the application of electronics go.

So now I've got a very basic understanding of how sensors and digital output programming works, and no idea what to do with it.
Our class brainstormed a bunch of ideas, but it came down to the fact that there are very few situations where I'm not already interacting with electronics, and I don't really want to add more electronics to my life. Ever seen those TV adds for gizmos that automate something that really didn't need it, like scissors? DO NOT WANT. It just makes things more complicated, annoying, and dependent on batteries.

Lots of the ideas from our class were focused on medical technology. Last year someone made a waist belt that vibrated in specific spots depending on where sounds were coming from, for Deaf people to have an improved awareness of their surroundings. Another was a prototype of a pair of rain boots that lit up different colours based on whether they were in water or not.

The best route seems to be making our interactions with things that already involve electronics more "sonic" somehow. Does anyone on the flist have a deep need for something in their life to be more sonic?
chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (wonder)
2009-09-21 03:06 pm
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taylor swift+merlin?

Gauis saying "Someday he will see you for who you really are" in the last episode totally continues "because you belong together."
I saw the video for Taylor Swift's song You Belong With Me and I immediately thought that there NEEDS to be a Merlin vid to it!

I went looking and found out there already is one:
But I just don't see Morgana and Arthur as a pair at all, they're too much like siblings. Plus Morgana hasn't really been a negative for Arthur much in the show.

What I really wanted was for the "other girl" to be Uther's persecution of magic. Where the song talks about "her" bringing him down it would be Uther executing a sorcerer, that sort of thing. I'd have to think of something suitably metaphoric for 'high heels' and 'short skirts', but it would be an interesting juxtaposition.

I really need to take the time to get good at vidding so that I can bring these things to life instead of just writing them down and hoping I have some cash when sweet charity rolls around.

chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (bat'leth)
2009-09-20 12:10 pm
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NEW Merlin! *squee*

Merlin's dialogue could have been taken directly from a high school romance drama, with Gaius playing the comforting father. "Someday that boy will see you for who you really are!"
Merlin and Arthur's love is so true.

I am excited for new vids this season, and that crystal heart is so going to be used as a metaphor for Arthur's love. Also, apparently Arthur is too sexy for his shirt.
Can't wait for the next episode!
chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (Default)
2009-09-12 10:31 am
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chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (golden snitch)
2009-08-03 11:36 pm

Golden Snitch Nipple Pasties

Catch them if you can! )

Somebody linked them in an article on Entertainment! :D

 (I somehow failed to post this here at the time, it was only on LJ)

chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (Default)
2009-05-25 09:06 pm

Pickwick and Bureaucracy

We decided to name him Pickwick!
He has gotten much bigger in the two weeks we've had him, and he is much more active! This does mean he spends less time cuddling and sleeping in our arms, but he plays a lot more. We are both pretty clawed up from his playful pursuit of "catch the hands and feet and bite" game, but he's so cute and you know he's just trying to play.
Photos of Pickwick! )Fleas, Ottowa  )
chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (Default)
2009-05-12 10:24 am
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We adopted a little boy kitten yesterday!
His birthday was March 21st, 2009. He's only two months or 7 1/2 weeks old, and he is so tiny!
[personal profile] phnelt  is running a poll for his name over at her dreamwidth. please vote!
we've narrowed it down to four options;

kitten photos! )
chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (Default)
2009-05-01 10:17 am

Back home!

Today is my first day back from [ profile] phnelt and I's epic trip to New York and Washington DC with her family. Photo post to follow as soon as I upload and pick the best pics.

assorted tourism )
chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (Default)
2009-02-15 10:26 pm

Dr.Who on the hill

I firmly believe that the song "The Fool on the Hill" by the Beatles would make an amazing Dr.Who vid.

the man of a thousand voices )

chibimuse: mabel from gravity falls pointing a grappling gun (Default)
2009-02-10 06:25 pm

Carmen, Coraline and The Last Five Years

I attended Carmen with [ profile] phnelt recently, and live professional opera is indeed joyous! As a kid I saw Madame Butterfly and a version of the King and I, but no other live operas. I paid a ton for the tickets, and they were still awfully high up, but luckily my cousin is studying opera here so now I can get $15 tickets to the matinees! Rigoletto is next. Glee! The music is played so often that of course I knew half of it, and damn it was stuck in my head for a week. I found myself humming it at the bus stop!

My next venture out was to Coraline in 3D! I loved it. I've been avoiding doing a re-read of the book until I saw the movie, to prevent nitpicking. I'll have to re-read it now so I can compare. I'm a big Tim Burton fan and him combined with Neil Gaimen is a dream come true for me. The crazy taffy ladies reminded me of the aunts from pushing daisies. Also, the mouse circus was friggen intense. Vote yes to the sophisticated gent of a cat too.
Sadly Phnelt and I both had headaches after the 3D, but I am pretty glad that 3D is really catching on as a mainstream movie thing. Too bad I missed seeing Bolt.

Last night I went with a buddy to a two person performance of the musical The Last Five Years, the musical that produced the song "I could be in love with someone like you" of the SGA vid! That song was never actually in the musical, but was written for it and then replaced with a different song. I have been wanting to see that musical ever since I first saw the vid. I've had some other songs from it downloaded for a while. It turned out to be a pretty emotional show in a really honest way. It was awesome, both actors were great singers, and the woman had actually played a small part on stargate atlantis! Majorly serendipitous.