Beauty and the Beast - facepalm

After watching the last episode of Death Note...

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Non-spoilery version: Today's lesson is, when writing the scripts for a popular televised anime, never use a sentence or phrase that has ever factored into a major Internet meme. Your professional pride will be dashed forever under the uncaring heels of YouTube posters. :P
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Ding! Lvl 27!

> It is your birthday!
> You have gained a level!
> Age goes up by 1.
> Finances go up by 1.
> Responsibilities go up by 1.
> Interest in Travel goes up by 1.
> Social pressure to Get A Boyfriend Already goes up by 1.
> Desire to write Sephiroth/Hotaru smutty epic goes up by 50.
> Guild demand for crazy pally tanking goes up by 50.
> Guilt over neglecting LJ goes up by 100.
> Laziness goes up by 9999.

> You attack Actual Grownup Responsibilities
> Actual Grownup Responsibilities hit you for 99999 (crushing blow)
> You die.
> Your equipped items suffer a 10% durability loss.

In other, more serious words, it's my birthday today, I'm 27, and I still feel like I'm only 18 years old. :-( WTH, I'm almost 30, 30 year olds are supposed to have a mortgage and be married and have kids and go to parties involving finger food in order to network. I'm sitting around the apartment my parents paid for and playing video games between writing fanfic and Death Note stuff. >.> Seriously, I feel like I kinda missed out the whole, "growing up" phase of life.

... not that that's necessarily a bad thing. ;-)

At any rate, today should be fun... Nata is taking me out to see Cirque du Soleil, which is always made of awesome. Then this weekend I'm having the gang come around for pizza and cake (which may or may not be a lie). It's a welcome break from the samurai drama that is EATING MY SOUL. :P

In more general news,
Happy Independence Day!
to the Americans on my friends list. Here's to a day of fireworks, BBQs, and whatever else you strange foreign people do on such a day. ;D
MST3K - I seem to have died


I really, REALLY have to learn to stop being such a good worker. I keep thinking that by being a good worker, I will get all the really cushy, "ya dun wrry just relax" jobs. Instead, I seem to be the go-to person for the, "We need you to start this instant and finish yesterday, so drop anything remotely resembling free time" jobs. And now they're coming at me from OUTSIDE Ocean.

My latest project is a live action samurai drama that was offered to me by one of the translators I worked with through Ocean. This sounds AWESOME AND DEEP AND EDGY except when you realize that samurai dramas are the Japanese equivalent of soap operas. At one point I had to write the direction for the heroine to engage in, "GRIEFSTRICKEN CRYING ADLIB" when what I really wanted to write was, "OVERACT AND GO RED ALL OVER WHILE SHRIEKING IN AN OVERDRAMATIC WAY". Plus they DON'T STOP TALKING. EVER. Gorram it, I want to see samurais fighting each other with swords, not endless talking heads. Although then there was a fight scene in the episode I was writing, and I wanted to get back to the talking heads. >.>

Did I mention each episode was 43 minutes long? >.>

Having said that, I confess I'm still glad to have taken the job. For one thing, I'm being paid $15 per running minute, so $700 an ep is in no way to be sneezed at... especially since I've been starved for work since Death Note finished. For another, it's really interesting to try working on a live action dub for once. It's a lot more challenging as there tend to be lots of awkward pauses... but in some ways, it's easier, as I never have to worry about the original Japanese not matching the lip flaps. ;-) And despite my general malaise over the series itself, it has a few redeeming features; the main "antagonist" is actually pretty darned awesome in that badass Saito Hajime kind of way. Plus I found out by accident that watching a samurai drama on fast-forward is made of win. Chipmunk samurai fights ftw.

So, enough of work. Time for goofy fun, care of the, "Compare your fandoms to boyfriends" meme, which has been floating around my flist from time to time but is, today, brought to you by megalomaniageek.

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And because I have no life... why don't we try it again, only with pairings? ;-) (Feel free to pass THAT on as a meme if it hasn't been already XD)

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Lo, go forth and meme. ^^
WoW - Kael'thas dancing

Yay for memes!

I felt in a meme mood, and lo my flist delivers. ^^

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.

2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.

3. Post that to your journal with these instructions.

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1. Reply to THIS post, and I will select four or five of your userpics that I like.

2. Make a entry and talk about the icons I have chosen.

3. Other people will then comment on your entry and you will do the same as I have done for you.

4. Thus creating a NEVER ENDING of icon squee.

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Snagged from gargantsurprise
Name a character from one of my fandoms and I'll give you:

(a) Three facts about them from my personal canon/fanon;
(b) A reason he/she sucks;
(c) A reason he/she is awesomecakes;
(d) Five things that never happened to that character; and/or
(e) Five people that character never fell in love with and why;

That's it for memes!

EDIT: Wait, one more:

How many cannibals could your body feed?
Created by OnePlusYou

... right, diet time I think. >.>


Other than that, things are going well. I had a wonderful visit from Nata recently; she stayed for a week and we did all sorts of awesome stuff like go shopping, go to Playland, etc etc. We also did a lot of movie/series watching:
- Pirates of the Carribbean marathon (well, over several nights) which was lots of fun. I admit I'm beginning to warm up a bit more to the second and third movies, though to me they'll never compare to the sheer fun of the first.
- Full Metal Alchemist marathon. At last, I've seen the series, and I now know what the big deal is (although I also understand why some people hate the last two episodes. WTF indeed.) I really, REALLY enjoyed it, to the point where I didn't want to stop watching it. >.> Part of me would love to get into the fandom/fanfiction for it, but I suspect I'd have the same problem as with the Death Note fandom: too much pairing fic for a fandom I feel RESISTS all pairings (seriously, I get very few shippy vibes from either DN or FMA)
- Iron Man. Totally awesome. But then everyone knew that already. Best line? Tossup between, "That's the way Dad did it, that's the way America does it... and it seems to have worked pretty well so far," and "You've got to admit, you've caught me doing worse."
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. BEST TOKYO DISNEY SEA RIDE EVAH Eh, it was all right, better than I expected from George "Gungan/Sand Speech/I Have the High Ground" Lucas. The action sequences were fun (yay for very little CG), and the whole, uh, "supernatural" element was a lot better handled than I expected. Having said that, some of the stuff was just beyond ridiculous (two words: leadlined fridge), and the dialogue wasn't quite as zippy as it was in Raiders or Crusade. Better than Temple, but not quite up to snuff.
- Prince Caspian. Meh, it didn't incite strong feelings either way (other than the witch sequence felt pasted on yay). An enjoyable waste of two hours, but not in a hurry to see it again.

Other than that, a good time was had by all. ^^

I really need to get back to my journalling of Egypt, but part of the problem is that I have over a thousand photographs to sift through. >< I should probably just borrow Dad's "best of" collection and post those, it would probably work better. XD

Also, in WoW news, I get to tank Zul'Aman tonight if we can get another healer! Yaaay! Happy!Kael'thas is happy!
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Kingdom Hearts - =D


Random post time:

This single video has done what six months of tireless scriptwriting for the second half of Death Note could not...


(note, plz to not be watching if you want to avoid blood and/or spoilers for the last episode ;-))
Red Dwarf - Thinking Face

Music meme!

Mmm, I'm in the mood for a meme. ^_^

Ganked from ozzypoos: The instructions for this one are quite simple. Open your iPod/default media player. Display all music. Answer the questions.

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In other fannish, highly ego-centric news, I don't think I ever get bored of watching Death Note on TV and seeing my name in the credits. I even have been known to squee. Is that wrong? ;_;

I'll be working on the first day in Luxor sometime soon. Part of the delay is just having to slog through all the tons of photographs I've taken. >.< Unfortunately I'm one of those people who takes about a gazillion pictures of just one angle, leaving me to later on figure out, "OK, but which is the BEST one?" -_-

I don't know why, but I still feel awfully tired during the day. :-( I'm getting enough sleep, but I just seem to be totally blah, especially in the afternoons.
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First day in Cairo - Memphis, Saqqara, Pyramids

So, time to start a more indepth overview of my trip. Most of these posts will be rather image heavy as I attempt to slog through my photos and arrange them in something of vague interest. Most of the pictures contain links to my LJ scrapbook where you can see bigger versions of the pics.

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Wow, that took a while. >.> Between the writeup and sorting through my gazillion photos, this could get timeconsuming. Ah well. ;-) Hope everyone enjoyed it somewhat, at least! Don't know when the next one will be, have to stagger through all the pictures of Luxor first. >.> Also, it's taking me a while to figure out exactly how to run iPhoto... >.> Hence as a result, I'm sure every single one of these pictures is at different exposures/tints/etc. XD I suppose as long as you can see what it is, mission accomplished? ;D
Sephiroth AC - sunset Sephy

My home and native land

The moment when I "knew" I was back in Canada was while I was waiting for my luggage at the baggage carousel, watching the news... and rather than focusing on the horrible rapist father in Austria, or Random Suicide Bomber Du Jour, their big "crime" story was about a car keying suspect.

Oh Canada. ♥♥♥ Never ever change. ^_^

So I've been home for about a day, albeit conscious for only part of that time and mentally checked out for a good chunk of the rest. I hate jetlag, and the journey was particularly bad in terms of getting sleep. Plus I messed up when I got in... went to sleep at 6 PM without ordering in any food (nothing in the fridge as I cleaned it out before my trip), then woke up at 2 AM absolutely ravenous. Ah well. The flight from Amsterdam was decent, and I got to watch Elizabeth: The Golden Age (lady_pamina, didn't you do a paper on it?).

Soon I'll have to start the lengthy process of going through my photographs and writing up all the events of our travels... but in a nutshell, what did I think of Egypt?

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So... was it perfect? No, not even close. Did I enjoy it? Yes, immensely! I'm so glad I went. Would I do it again? I'm not sure. I did manage to see almost everything I wanted to, and the negative qualities are a bit of a turnoff... but then, some of it I would love to see again, and there are still a few things here and there that I missed. I think I could be persuaded back if a friend/hypothetical husband wanted to visit. Otherwise, I have to save my money for my inevitable return to Japan. ^_^

Anyway, I should get to bed. Night all! ^_^

PS anarchicq, drop me a line, I do have a small Anubis statue if you're interested.
Pride and Prejudice - murder

What is it about Amsterdam and bad airflight stories?

It's time for (another?) Good Idea, Bad Idea.

Good Idea: Asking the ticket agent in Cairo for a bulkhead or an aisle seat.

Bad Idea: Being in a half asleep stupor due to it being 2 AM, and getting assigned a middle seat, while suffering tummy trouble.

Good Idea: Remaining sitting next to the slightly chatty but nice Russian gentleman.

Bad Idea: Switching with his wife so that they might sit together, but as a result ending up sitting next to an Egyptian businessman of truly... spherical proportions.

At any rate, I am here again in Amsterdam, alone this time... my parents are by now in Rome on the next leg of their trip. Lord knows why I thought I should come home instead of joining them, it's not as if I have any work to do other than tank Karazhan. >.> On the other hand, I find myself yearning for my nice apartment, and my friends, and my computer, so perhaps it's not all bad.

Gah, my time is running out at the net cafe. Anyway, have fun all, and see you all in a day or two. ^_^
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