July Log

A month or so has passed, and now I am finally blogging again. Failing to do so in the school holidays and leaving it until now was probably not the best idea, but on a Friday night at home there’s not much else to do. Actually, I’ll take that back. I have a plethora of things on my agenda, things both constructive and others procrastination in its purest form. I have Korean Drama to watch, anime to catch up on, music compositions to complete and etcetera. I could even read a book, or study for those final tests approaching ever so quickly. However, with all this time I do not feel like doing any of them, always thinking “I have tomorrow!” (I don’t have a shift tomorrow, so I have an empty Saturday for the first time in awhile). So now, I shall blog.

Some movies I’ve watched since last time:

  • Taxi Driver (old movie starring Robert De Niro, directed by Scorcesse): 9/10 Entertaining, well played.
  • True Grit (Coen brothers): 7.5/10 Simple story, very well executed
  • Super 8 (JJ Abrams, Speilberg alien flick): 8.5/10 A fresher take on alien flicks, I loved seeing it from a child’s perspective. Enjoyable script.

This post, finally following the format of a ‘Log’ as the name of my website ought to suggest, will do just that; provide a summation of my experiences since the last post until now. I will do that to the best of my memory, hopefully with photos (just phone shots, so don’t expect the best quality)  to make things more colourful and exciting ^^

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I went to the Supanova Pop Culture Exhibition/Show, which was a fairly spontaneous decision. Tagged along with a couple of friends, and unfortunately none of us cosplayed. I went in there planning not to spend much money. The atmosphere was brilliant, fans of all different things all together in one big happy display of geekery and consumerism! Support our economy by purchasing goods at higher prices than available online! Highlights for me were failing at Dance Dance Revolution, and getting the autograph of the seiyuu of Asuka Langley of Evangelion fame, Yuko Miyamura!

Below are just a few quick shots I took with my phone, so do excuse the blurry outcome. Here we have the ‘Black Beauty’ from the film The Green Hornet, which quite frankly was not very good. Despite that, I did manage to sit through it twice without either dozing off or getting annoyed at how cliché/cheesy it was. This was most likely due to my bias for Jay Chou, who I thought managed to do quite well. This overall pathetic film was the debut for the Taiwanese singer, composer, director and actor into Hollywood. I hope he has a brighter future in Hollywood! Be sure to check out his music, and the films Secret and Initial D. And then there’s Kung Fu Dunk, which wasn’t all that good. I didn’t even bold its title. Nor the film that made me write this paragraph it seems ><”

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Here we have just a few shots of some of the elaborate cosplay that was on parade. A very nice Master Chief of Halo fame, Alicia Melchiott from the Valkyria Chronicles, a remote controlled R2D2, TDK Joker and a lovely Wonder Woman.

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Pictured above, next to my lovely simple harmonic motion notes is the Eva 2 model I purchased, just because Yuko Miyamura was there. The fact that it would be signed was enough to justify my spending ^^;

Pictured below is cheaper purchase I made, purely because it meant I would have another item signed ^^” In fact I was the last person in line allowed to have multiple items signed! Everybody behind me left with only one autograph.

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Also went to SMASH!, which was held at the Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour. Arriving there, there were masses of fellow otaku, plenty of cosplay, but it was a mess. The ‘lines’ consisted of people who were all just as confused as I. Thankfully, they eventually got it sorted and it was fine ^^ They even kept us updated on their @smashcon Twitter!

Upon entering, It was no doubt an amazing venue; spacious, multi-level complex with a wonderful auditorium. For more, plus photos, head on over to Roger’s blog! http://www.gochisou-deshita.net/anime/smash-anime-and-manga-convention-2011/

But I did get this free poster :D

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Assessments are coming up soon, so I’ve been practicing a little more piano lately.

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I’ve been trying to reread Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley…because I like sci-fi dystopias I guess. Unfortunately dad’s Kindle broke :( so that’s been put on hold for now. No idea how that happened, perhaps a production fault? Or fragility/ After contacting Amazon, they’re already shipping another one over! Very nice.

Started reading Urasawa and Tezuka’s science fiction Pluto. Essentially a re-envisioning of Tezuka’s renowned Astro Boy. It’s great, and it’s helping to kick my sci-fi geek levels up one notch. Also, it’s an Urasawa mystery series, Urasawa being the man responsible for Monster and 20th Century Boys, the former of which I am watching, and the latter I plan on reading later this year. Thus, it piques my interest even more so!

Volumes 2 and 3 of Pluto arrived today from The Book Depository, which was recently announced to be now on the shoulders of the giant Amazon, which doesn’t sound like a bad thing. Of course, as long as the prices stay tempting and the shipment remains free ^^

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They also packaged some lovely educational bookmarks, one with the periodic table and the other with a Morse code guide. It’s a shame I don’t study chemistry or… methods of communication…?

I borrowed some Astro Boy from the library today as I was abstaining from doing my math homework. It caught my eye, and I thought “Why not?’”

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Now I’m off to do some more work, and perhaps read some manga! Farewell!

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