Monday, February 22, 2010

Things I Like: Anime part 1

Things I Like: Anime (part 1)

I've been into anime for about 10 years now, and every time I'm like "oh I've grown out of it" I get the urge to watch some more again.  I used to be all up on downloads episodes (I do not condone downloading shows that have been licensed), watching five or six series at a time that way.  But it's a lot of work, and everything now comes out in MKV files and neither of my computers play MKVs (I've tried every codec and file and nothing works, I think my comps are just too old), so that leaves me with streaming, which I haven't gotten into yet.

BUT! I've bought a lot of anime!  Not always when it first comes out, I usually buy the box set (easier to hold all the DVDs, less "omg where did I put disk four?!") I totally recommend, they have better princes than... everywhere. And free shipping if you order over $50!  (rightstuf did not pay me to endorse them, I doubt they've seen my blog at all)  A trick I used a lot - instead of buying the expensive box set, first see if they're selling individual DVDs, how much they are, and if they have them all.  I got all of several series because the individual DVDs were cheaper than buying the box set (like $5-7 each).  I guess they're trying to get rid of individual DVDs so people will buy the box sets, and everythings going to bluray soon anyway.

SO!  Here is my collection!

titles L-R, using the english names unless they go by the japanese:

My Hime, Air, Ikkitousen, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Read Or Die the TV
Maria Watches Over Us, The Gokusen
Escaflowne, X, Princess Princess, FullMetal Alchemist, FMA movie, Azumanga Daioh, Rumbling Hearts, Genshiken, Kujibiki Unbalance, Lain, Howl's MovingCastle, Read Or Die oav
Sailor Moon movie collection, Chobits, Sakura Wars movie, DiGi Charat, Paradise Kiss, Noir, Death Note, Ai Yori Aoshi, Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi, Nurse Witch Komugi, Haruhi first DVD box (I only have the first DVD, I can't decide if I should buy the other 2-3 or buy the box set)
(Not really anime but on my shelf) Cosplay Encyclopedia, Suicide Club, L'arc~en~Ciel Live in USA (I WAS THERE!!!) Under17 concert, Morning Musume Green Live, Battle Royale 2 (I lost the first one), Moonchild (Gackt+Hyde=win), My Z Hime (My Otome), too much Pokemon

Here's some random bad artsy shots:
And here's Earl the cat on the shelves all my anime used to be on

Friday, February 19, 2010

Mountain Lodge and Conference Center in Flat Rock is teh FAIL

If you're near Asheville and having a wedding read this:  Mountain Lodge and Conference Center in Flat Rock is teh FAIL they stole a deposit that was "fully refundable" and then changed planners.  They were supposed to give her money back months ago!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Things I Like: Brain Age 2 for the DS

(not a review!)
I love puzzle games on the DS!  I have Tetris too!  I've never played Brain Age 1, so this is about the game I do have!
There's options for training and quick play.  Training means you have your own file and 'brain age' (how old your brain is - the number gets 'younger' the better you get.)
 There's several exersizes, including; finding the signs for equations very quickly, finding the right amount of change, playing piano, remembering how many blocks fall into each box - simple things that are surprisingly hard!  My favorite game is Virus Buster, which is a mix of Dr. Mario and Tetris.  It's the game you play to relax.  I'm pretty good at it :)

Since this isn't a review, just a "thing I like", I won't give a rating or anything.  I'm *not* (oops forgot that) the biggest or best gamer, so I probably won't do reviews of games ^_^  I want to do an article on Mario too, but I don't know facts about his games through the years...quick! To wikipedia!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Random... pretty random...

It's @&#($ freezing outside, so I moved my laptop to a TV tray in the living room (where the heater is).  And honestly, without my blingy clock and my new silhouette picture and my lamp and my ponies... I don't feel that motivated to write.  I need to put on a snuggie and go back to my bloggie room.  Well, I don't actually have a snuggie, I need to get one.

The good thing is that I can watch MTVHits and listen to the 'mix' channel on cable's music stations (not at the same time, I flip back and forth) while I type.  The bad news is that I get stuck on my couch and don't get anything done because I can leave the bloggie room easily ("it's cold I'm sleepy I'm going to bed")  whereas on the couch, "It's warm I'm sleepy I'll stay right here where it's comfy".  Cold but motivated, or comfy and stuck.  Which would you pick?  I can't decide.  Also I'm able to close the laptop when a favorite show comes on, but I watch less anime when I'm not in the room with my PC (which has better speakers and more room for downloading).

A long time ago I started marathoning Sailor Moon (I got all of it squeeeee) and got to SuperS (which features Chibiusa and I don't like her that much... hello, she has a crush on her DAD and makes fun of her MOM, how weird is that?)  So I started SuperS and am only to like ep 5 or 6 >.<

Anyway, back on track with the "Things I Like" series next post!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Today's Snap! February 8, 2010

I love purple, and I'm wearing it today, so I thought I'd post a snap!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Dropping a Class


I'm in college, and I've had to drop a class or two (or three).  Dropping a class means quitting it before a certain point of the semester so you don't fail it.  It keeps your GPA (Grade Point Average) up, because it doesn't affect it.  People drop classes because of too many missed days, too low a grade, or if they can't handle the class for some reason.
I've had to drop classes mostly because of too many missed days.  I feel like, "I missed a class, I'm behind, I can't go next class, I won't know what I'm doing" etc etc.  I get too behind, and I end up dropping.  

At the school I go to it's fairly common to have to drop a class, mostly because of real life things.  I go to a community college, and people have jobs that make you work during class and children that need their parents to pick them up when they're sick.  I'm sure people have these problems at every school, though there's such an eclectic group of people at my school (it's pretty big for a cc).

I hate dropping a class.  But what you have to remember is, you can take that class next semester!  It's not the end of the world, or the world would have ended several times over by now!  If you have to drop a class, don't feel like you failed (like I and a lot of people I know feel).  Figure out why exactly you dropped that class, and then you'll be able to change it for next time!

Sorry this wasn't as happy as my usual posts, I'll get back to the happy next time I promise!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Craft Day! Modern silhouettes!

Craft day with Mariko from Bonbon de Sucre! Using Victoria Suzann's tutorial from Lolita Charm, we made modern silhouettes using old frames, scrapbook paper, and a digital camera!  We didn't take any pictures of us making them (we were too excited and jumped right in!)

Here's mine!  I chose a bright colored paper (Mariko did a more subtle tone in off-white and forest green), and decorated with sparklies!  It's a normal 5x7 frame, it had a cat doing aerobics in it O.o

I had a lot of fun making mine!  Next week we might try for alice bows (head-eating bows?)