Sunday, November 30, 2014

Six Steps to 7th Heaven: Moroccan Clay Mask

Again, apologies ahead of time for the photo quality. My phone has an [un]surprisingly bad camera. I've been trying to get my skincare routine back on point. I usually use the face wash that I got from e.l.f a while, while back, but I wanted an exfoliating mask—something that went deeper. I browsed around and ended up snagging a deal.

The site that I visited is called 7th Heaven, and they have a good deal of masks there for purchase. I wanted to choose just one or two, but they have a special where you can buy six masks for $12. Not bad, so I went for it. Ohohoho, am I glad that I did. I got these on Halloween, and now almost a perfect month after the fact, am I sharing my find with you. I've great timing. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ice, Ice [Green], Baby

As a preemptive celebration of my new life choice, I've been spoiling myself lately. One of the things that I wanted to buy were lenses. I haven't bought or put in lenses in about six years or so. It's been a long little while. I had a few stores to choose from, and I ended up choosing the EOS Ice Green from MapleLens. Here are the stats!
Plano power [-0.00]
Diameter: 14.8m 
Base Curve: 8.8mm
Water Content: 38%
Shelf life: 1 year

Sunday, November 16, 2014

All Abroad the Aliexpress

Y'all, this article has been in the making for a little while now. It's been a bit of a struggle trying to figure out how to put this into words, because it's a bit of a two-parter.  I recently bought a new phone. I seriously wanted it, and I guess you could say that I just ended up spoiling myself. I'm an adult. ...Dammit.

Now, usually one would make this decision in person to get a feel of what they want and also because phone shopping can usually be done at cell service retailer, like T-Mobile or Verizon. Usually, and I wanted to buy an HTC in person, even if that meant I would have to get a contract plan. [Ech, I'd much rather not if I can prevent it. I grew up on that MetroPCS, you feel me.] But, to put it briefly, I remembered that I had a number of phones saved in my bookmarks. I still have flip phones saved—Japanese, mind you, but flip phones nonetheless.

My phone of choice ended up being from Aliexpress. I heard a lot about the web site, and I've visited its parent site, Alibaba, a lot over the past couple of years. I've explored and wondered about the sellers there. It is a giant marketplace, and since I'm a habitual eBay shopper, I already know how important it is to look into a seller, their reviews, and their wares. I've heard pretty good things about the site overall, but that was only recently. It's like the site is up and about, but what made me suspicious is that no one really talks about it. It's just there, and the sellers have a lot of traffic and varied reviews.

While suspicious, I still ended up investing a lot of money when I bought my phone.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Our Own Private JetPens

I've had the products sitting for a long time. I haven't really used them because I honestly wanted to write a review on it. I even still have one of them wrapped up as we speak! It's pretty insane. But here's my third purchase from JetPens. For those who don't know, I'm obsessed with paper goods, and I have probably more pens, notebooks, and journals than is absolutely necessary. And of course, I see no end in sight. JetPens is both great and dangerous because their products are reasonably priced and of excellent quality. Because of that, I've become a frequent customer.

I bought five new items from them on September 25th, and I got them on the 27th, if my folder name is anything to believe. They're pretty fast with their shipping, which is something I love about them. As you can see in the image above, the products came packaged together very nicely in bubble wrap. Which I saved.

And here are the contents outside of their bubble wrap.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Not the Brightest LightintheBox

I've been on this website for a pretty long time, at least two years. I talked about them on my past blog, Gun in the Blazer, and there I discussed my purchase about my skull headphones. They looked amazing and worked pretty well for a while. For a very short while.

The headphones themselves cost $11.99 ($17.02 after shipping). I can't remember how long the item took to ship, but it said between 10-20 business days. I still have the headphones because they make amazing props and the structure of the headphones held up amazingly through numerous moves. Their functions as headphones however, stopped within a month or so of me buying them.

I bought the headphones January 27, 2012, and after that, I had a $5. Two years and many emails later, I still had that $5 credit. They emailed me a few months ago, saying that my credit was going to expire in January of this year, so I finally decided to stop ignoring their emails and act.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Now You Know Your XTZ Headphones

( photo taken directly from XTZ Kickstarter )

This article's coming to you a little earlier than usual because I finally have some time to do work. "Whaaaat...?" I know; scandalous. "This looks a little repetitive, doesn't it? Another headphones kickstarter?" Heh, what can I say—I love them. You could say that I like to encourage healthy competition. Now let's, for lack of a better phrase, kick this into gear.

XTZ is a Swedish team offering "the World’s First High-End DSP Wireless Headphone" set. DSP, for those who don't know, stands for digital signal processing and is meant to improve or modify the signal received in some way. The signals vary from voice and audio to temperature and pressure, for a few examples. The signals are then processed quickly and transformed into other uses. That's a very quick and clunky explanation, ahahaha. If you want a more articulate explanation that's a bit more informative, then you should check this article out.

Pressing forward, XTZ wants to take this technology and expand the headphones playing field with it. These headphones are also wireless, of course, and are iPhone and Android compatible. With the Bluetooth technology, it can also be used with Macs and PCs. The headphones also have a built-in microphone, which is a step up. I'm curious on how it works with recordings. Another thing that I really like is that the DSP headphones also have play and volume controls. To me, that's a very, very important and very, very handy feature to have. Because of my current headphones, I've gotten very used to having even basic play controls.

XTZ Headphones work with something called Headphone Divine, which is an app that helps control certain functions like the various presets. The presets are shown in the short 52sec video on the Kickstarter. My only complaint is that there's no real differentiation between the presets. This wasn't really a good demonstration, but that's just me, I'm sure. I think this is something I can come to understand better using the app and headphones.

Touching back on the Bluetooth briefly, they say that you can move up to 10 meters/32 feet away and still listen to your music. That's a pretty good distance, y'know. I can walk around my room and still jam without worrying about losing quality. And I feel like this would also be very helpful during Skype calls. That's something I really want to test myself.

XTZ boasts many 'competitive features'; all of which sound good on paper, and I admit that I'm very interested. Right now, the Kickstarter is fully funded (heck yeah). As of writing this on October 18th, they've hit $63'421 of their $25'000 goal. (sniffle) I love success stories. They have 15 days to go—14 days by the time this articles hits. The project'll end on November 3rd at 03:40AM EDT [your timezone will vary].

Is it worth checking out? Definitely. Give their Kickstarter a looky-loo, and remember tell 'em GDR sent ya.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pull the Calamity Trigger

This article has been sitting pretty for about... three months now. I've put off talking about it. However, this is still – for all intents and purposes – a "first impressions blog post". You know the drill, let's jump right into it.

After finally obtaining a PSP of my own, I've been playing a few demos to really get myself back into the gaming mood. My first official purchase, however, was BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger! I had heard a lot about this game, and one of the people I used to follow on tumblr talked so, so highly about this game. It was only $9.99 on the PSN, so I thought "Hey, why not try it out?"

In truth, my overall impression is still forming, but it's not as favourable as it started out to be. This doesn't mean that I hate the game or the characters,—no no no—I won't speak as highly of this game as others have.

Monday, October 06, 2014


But not completely. At least if I can help it.

I just wanted to say that I've taken a... very interesting step in life. I've gone back to a very unique background, and so because of that, I'm re-familiarizing myself with that genre as well as trying to rebrand myself.

This blog entry is to tell you all that content update will be slower. I know what you're thinking : "Slower, how could that be possible with everything as it is?" It's a smack in your face even, but I mean no harm. This slowdown is to make sure that I become more organised when I finally have things to update. That being said, I currently do have some content for you guys, and I will be introducing that hopefully within the next week or two.  There are still blogging nuances that I have to take care of before I indulge you.

Even though there will be a purposeful slowdown in content here, my network (Crow Based) will be ever expanding. Once activity picks up again, I hope to give you guys content that's more honest, helpful, and entertaining. There will be more discussion of my new project, as well. This will still be far from a personal diary, but to make for that you can expect more personality in my posts as well as more "day in the life of" posts. I'm expecting a full boot up in November 2014, but that could be me just being ambitious, ahahaha.

Thank you for your patience. Seriously, honestly, thank you.

Thank you for your emails and interests. Thank you for your collaborations and the few, few comments I've received. Seriously thank you. I never would have thought this blog would have gotten this far, but here we are! So let's keep going. I hope y'all are still as interested in Götterdämmerung in the future.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

God of War: Chains of Olmypus — the Voyage

There's something about this game that doesn't even make me want to be witty. I think, by the end of it, I just didn't want to be associated with it.

I want to preface this by saying that I'm a bit short with this game because my particular copy took forever to load on certain parts. I'm not sure if the UMD couldn't be read, if the game was a bit too scratched up, or what, but after the Charon battle, I had numerous problems loading the game thereafter. I would get to Calliope playing her flute and then the game would freeze—sometimes even white screen. It took me hours (a couple of days even) to get the game to load right. So that alone soured the experience for me.

Onto the game itself, Chains of Olympus is an extremely short game. It only has eight hours of gameplay. From what I've seen, there aren't many hidden goodies (though if there are, they're pretty well hidden).

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Get Bumping with Vrb Headphones

Saluton, my friends! The good old camera is still broken, but I've been putting my time to use. I've been scouring high and low for some great things to show you, and I've found something of mutual interest.

I’m always on the search for something new, especially when it comes to my technological accessories. One of my frequent carry-ons are my headphones. I like to edit videos; I’m very big on gaming. Though I use my headphones for these projects, I don’t necessarily find myself carrying my headphones with me. But my love of music is building and so once again, I’ll need something that I’ll be able to carry with me. It’s only a shame that things get a bit tangled in my carrying case.

Bluetooth technology has been expanding in this respect.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Let's Go Local. Kimchi II

It's been a long time since I've talked about some of the local food that I've had while I was here. I've been to a few great places. I've even gone back to The Distillery. I had hot dogs with sauerkraut! The hot dogs were amazing, and sauerkraut's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I'm always on the quest to try new places (and even willing to revisit some others).

After being in the Atlanta area for so long, I've gotten used to having a few choice places to eat, especially in the way of Asian food and Philly cheese steaks. That's mostly fueled my food conquest here—I want to find good comfort foods that really get me through. And I've found them! One of my favourite haunts recently has been a little Korean place called Kimchi II.

I never think to take a picture of the interior, but it's very simple but stylish. The servers are very nice, and they have a massive TV where you eat. The TV plays different things like Kpop lives, music video clips, and so on. But the overhead system is playing music not relative to what's on the TV. I just thought it was a funny bit to add.

Once again, the servers are very, very nice. When I was with Andy, our server kept checking on us every couple of minutes. His care was very sweet, but it was hilariously ridiculous after a while. They're very warm and accepting. Sometimes they'll ask you if you've had a certain dish before. They do answer any questions you have about the dishes.

Left: My visit with Andy. | Right: Late night dinner!

Because there aren't usually aren't many people at the restaurant, the wait for food isn't very long at all. The food is hot, delicious, and flavourful. Don't be deceived by my shoddy photography. The portions aren't quite as small as they seem. They're a bit more than enough to fill me up. They hit that limit and go a little over. I haven't had their cold dishes yet, even though it probably would be advised considering the heat these days.

They stay open late until about 10PM, I believe. And when I went at 8PM earlier this month for a late dinner (a treat for myself), I managed to have a conversation or two with one of the servers (her name is Chloe). They always have the same energy. They're very inviting and caring and always check up on you.

식사를 주셔서 감사합니다 !!

Every time I go back to Kimchi II, I feel very welcomed there. I know that I'm going to get a good meal, and the servers are nice enough to engage in conversation. If you do ever go, say hey to Chloe! She's a very nice person, especially.

And remember—tell 'em GDR—or more familiarly, tell 'em Namseuk—sent ya!

Kimchi II Korean Restaurant
149 E Montgomery Crossroads
Savannah, GA 31406

If you'd like to see more images from my visits at Kimchi II, feel free to click here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Game Log Updates.

Work has been complicated. Many people are quitting and a few are being fired. Out of 40 something people, there are like 12 people left, myself included. We've gotten a couple of people back from vacation, and probably one or two new hires. Work conditions have not been at their best, and I just... really want to quit. That's basically my short foreword as to where I've been lately.

Perhaps I'll do a personal post one of these days updating that, but for now, we'll focus on the topic at hand.

I've been playing a couple of games on my PSP: Final Fantasy II and God of War: Chains of Olympus. It's been a while since I've played a new Final Fantasy game. New in the way of me never having played before and not as in new title. I'm enjoying the 2D graphics. I'm actually very much in love with them and the music (the mu~~sic!!). What I own is the 20th anniversary version. I've never played the original, so I'm not sure how different these two are.

I want to say that Final Fantasy II is difficult. And I'm not sure if it's me or what, but it actually is. Surprisingly, it's not the battles; it's just navigating around the world and between plot points in general. There's a lot of thinking for yourself involved and a good portion of the game is trial and error. I've wasted four hours, actually four hours real time, just wandering around trying to figure out what to do. That doesn't detract away from the game though. I actually still very much like it. Firion's scarf is pretty ridiculous though. I feel as though that needed to be said.

Chains of Olympus is a pretty fun game. According to some online ratings, the game is pretty short, but I haven't finished it yet. The game had a period where, after the battle with Charon, it would the longest time to load. It skipped and froze, moving a few frames every... twenty minutes if that. The first four times, the game wouldn't load past Calliope playing her instrument. It took thirty minutes before the game white-screened or I would have to quit to the PSP menu (which it would do without a problem). Three more tries, a setting change, and forty minutes of waiting on the final try later, and I finally managed to move on.

Now the reason why it froze I'm unclear on. I'm not sure if it's because the game is used or if it's because the PSP just wouldn't register the UMD, as has been a complaint with some users. But all in all, it took me two-three days to fix. Almost three days of me contemplating buying a new copy for myself, but now after that, I'm ready to play the game with full steam. Playing such a heavy fighting game on a PSP is had on my hands. I'm still trying to get used to that.

I've been playing a lot of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. And I have to say that I'm completely on the fence with that game. I originally started to enjoy it, but I'm completely torn because of the character types. I've been writing a review on it for a long time (since 7/16!), and I'm still trying to pull all of my thoughts together on it. On an unbiased note, it does present some pleasant difficulties, and again, it does put some unpleasant strain on my hands.

In the way of demos, I've played:Phantasy Star Portable, Valkyria Chronicles II, Dissidia Final Fantasy, and Worms Battle Islands. I'm enjoying them all, and I'll probably write a massive demo review on them all. I will say that Worms is 100% more fun with other people, so I probably won't buy it for the PSP. I want to play it on a console with friends.

For now, I'll leave you with this and very little images! Sorry about that, but something about my camera's latest actions spell bad news. Again, we'll see.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Anime Haul! Hits [and Misses] of Summer 2014

July's almost over, and I've been getting myself into the fever of anime! One thing that remains though is that I ultimately need to get back into the rhythm of reading manga as well (especially now that my bookcase is set up). I'm sure that I'll get there eventually.

A lot of the anime I've been watching feels... rushed, for lack of a better word, and I remember the good old days of 25-26 episodes with in anime season. When it was anything shorter it felt so much more satisfying. Nowadays, I sort of dread the end. Not because "I don't want it to be over!!", but because it ends up feeling like a great waste of time on the part of those who put forth effort into making the anime and then on my part for watching it.

Harsh, I know, but them's the breaks. It's been hard to find something entertaining and worthwhile, but I'm sure that's only because I've only dipped my toe into the vast Summer Anime pool. I'll try to tackle them all (okay, more of them), but for now, let's kick things off with:

Bakumatsu Rock.

Monday, July 21, 2014

GDR Book Club. Prophecy of the Sisters

Prophecy of the Sisters is about the twin sisters Lia and Alice who have just become orphans. Their mother died when they were young, and with the recent passing of their father, they've also become enemies. Locked in a prophecy, the sisters must fill their roles and unlocked the tangled mysteries.

Every now and again, I buy a book that looks interesting and doesn't quite fit the bill. Prophecy of the Sisters is definitely one of those books. Unlike when I read the other books, I keep picking this up, reading a few chapters, and putting it down with a sense of disappointment. Prophecy of the Sisters isn't written in a way where it's constantly captivating. It's one of the few first person books that I've read, and for some reason, that only drags the book down further.

The way that the book is written puts me off. The common "elegance" of 19th century America seems very flaky and lacks sustenance. While reading it, I can envision the characters as amateur actors without a real understanding of characterisation or emotions. Harsh as it is, I believe this to be the truth. The characters all seem bland and stiff. Their elegance chalky, leaving a bad taste behind with every scene they're in. So much so that even understandable emotions of surprise, fear, or anger just seem false and leave me feeling unimpressed.

I understand characters being confused and saying things in their confusion that seem a bit... obvious, but there's something about Lia's naïveté that comes across as frustratingly juvenile. It's almost as though she's completely unaware of herself and her surroundings. Lia comes across as more than just a sheltered girl—she's too young in her mannerisms, too sweet, and too pampered

The story's idea of the prophecy does actually capture my interest, but since the story is from Lia's POV, the prophecy's mysticism is somewhat dampened. I'm not sure how I feel about this book as a whole as it feels a lot like something else too many times.

The middle of the end of the book makes everything decidedly more interesting, and the actual end got me almost excited. Not just because it was over but because it seemed so definitive and adventurous—a contrast to the rest of the book entirely. After the final tragedy, I finally found myself to be invested in the ongoings of the plot (even if certain parts still made me roll my eyes), but by then it was too little, too late, and the book was over far quicker than I expected.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dragon Age Combo Pack [2 of 2].

After a long time, we're finally wrapping up this combo pack. I haven't talked about Dragon Age II in a long time. Mostly because after I finished it, I jumped into other games while being obsessed with. Well, I'll get to that soon. Let's talk about the game a bit.

I don't really think there's a character I hated in my party. Merrill was annoying, but that's 90% because she's so damned hardheaded and can't listen to reason. Andy hates her, absolutely despises her, and wanted to subject her to the worst dialogue options as well as just leave her out of combat (if he could manage it). I didn't mind her so much, but damn. She's annoying.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Reclaim Your [Dis]Honour

Warning: I have no current interest in comparing Dishonored to Thief.
This is only amplified in the fact that I have little to no interest in completing Thief past my current place.

Now that that's out of the way, I want to say that I really liked playing Dishonoured. These days, I'm none too good with stealth games (-ahemMetalGear-), but it's because of my lessened proficiency that I enjoyed Dishonoured so much. Looting and complimenting missions, being a stealth assassins, using the powers of the Outsider—all of it combined into a really enjoyable experience.

I liked how each seemingly minor character has an impact on your story in some way if you choose to interact with them. I love the details in the wreckage of the world as well. The books lying around can give you insight into characters without directly saying who's being referred to. Bystanders can be just that or they can be your greatest leads.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Let's Go Local: Hotel Indigo — A Long Gone Review

Let me preface this by saying the last time I've stepped foot inside Hotel Indigo was in 2012. However, I've been suffering a great wave of nostalgia lately because of the people I meet at work. After a particularly pleasant encounter, I decided to say something about this hotel. Aah, yes. I, strangely, remember this like it was yesterday.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Our #1 Soul Suspect

Another new game that I've had the benefit of checking out. It surprised me that Airtight Games has so recently shuttered its operations. It's honestly a shame, but here's a look into their most recent and final release.

Murdered: Soul Suspect is a game that honestly sort of popped up on me. You play as Ronan, a cop recently murdered almost out of the blue while on a case. He's a tattooed bad guy gone good gone ghoul with a someone dry sense of humour. While looking for his killer, you also trip up over another, very pertinent case: a series of murders perpetrated by the Bell Killer. Along the way, you meet a young, hardheaded psychic named Joy who's looking for her mother. As you can guess, your paths intertwine, and you have to put together the clues by communicating with the living and the dead.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ready Your Bayonettas

So many things have happened since the last time I’ve written. I’m actually backed up on reviews (mostly clothing), and I really, really feel bad for not getting them out there yet. So to make up for it, let’s talk about an adventure I’ve undergone recently.

I’ve always been interested in this game. I’ve wanted to know what it was about, why people got so hype over it, and frankly what was the reasoning for her outfit. After prolonged intrigue and the official reveal of Bayonetta 2, I decided to finally delve into it and get a better understanding of it. The honest, first reaction I had to Bayonetta was “Whaaat the fuuuuck”.

This game is all kinds of loopy!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Long Time, No eBay

Hey, guys, what's going on?

It's been a long little while since I've made a decent post. I've put aside the books that I've been reading as real life has called in the way of work. However, after finally settling down (more or less) in a new place, I have a clothing haul for you all.

This was part of my long fought trial and error process to find clothes that fit me. In one side of Chinese fashion, I'm a XS. At least I learned that much, and I didn't have to spend a lot of money to do so.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mobile Pickup : Monument Valley

Let me talk about this interesting game that I've been playing. You can complete it all in one sitting, and it's called Monument Valley. You play a faceless Princess named Ida who is more or less on a pilgrimage. I won't lie. I'm still not entirely sure what this game is about, but it's a game that plays on perspectives. It works beautifully with illusions.

It's a very simple game in the actual style, but the execution is lovely. It reminds me of The Bridge in its own ways. The game is cute, and I think that's very much worth checking out.

Monument Valley is available for Apple devices and will soon be out for the Android. Be sure to visit the official home page for updates, fan art, and more.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dragon Age Combo Pack [1 of 2].

I got my chance to somewhat play Dragon Age: Origins for the PC, but despite having less of a hands-on play, I got to be the spectator and watch the story and characters develop pretty well. From what I noticed, most of the universal romancing capability has been reserved for Dragon Age II. Aside from that, befriending or gaining the rivalry of your companions is infinitely easier in DA:O than it is in DA2. The gifts, which make this process a lot easier, are more abundant. And again, from what I've noticed, side quests that affect your companions approval seem to be in more supply as well.

The character models look more like Sims, and I've spent a great deal, probably to Andy's chagrin, comparing them both. The inability to properly emote is more hilarious than it is distracting. I agree well with the voice acting, though sometimes the character movements come off stiff and unfinished. The fighting is layered like a lot of games I've played on the PC. The use of hot keys makes things easier to navigate, but incurring damage and injuries are harder to treat as injury kits like to be scarce and poultices run out rather quickly.

Speaking of injuries, they're hilarious in their specification, especially since Alistair seems to carry "Cracked Skull" about like it's a trophy. I do like the companions in their own various ways, or I at least appreciate their skill class and abilities. Grinding came a lot easier, and running accidentally across mini bosses was no chore either. The enemies are douchebag, and the riddles are a bit more tasking. Sidebar: screw you, Morrigan.

Honestly, I do like the characters and the way things progressed for the most part. To the credit of BioWare, there are few things that I didn't like - very, very few. It was pleasantly surprised that the end credit song was 30 Seconds to Mars. I laughed a good bit, but it was actually pretty appropriate. As I had expressed in the last entry, it's been a long time since I've seen the end credits of a game. So it's been a good ride during this one.

I'll come back with a full review for Dragon Age 2 once I finish. So look forward to that in a few days (depending if my schedule is any shade of nice).

Thursday, March 06, 2014

GDR Book Club. The Noticer

So the night before, I started to read The Noticer. My original intent was to read it after I got down to Savannah, but since it was there and I was suffering a mighty awesome, self-induced stomachache, I decided to give it a read.

It's as the book says: "Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective". It's a motivational book. It's also classified under self-help. Here's how the book is presented:

There is a mysterious drifting man who goes by the name of Jones... or 'Garcia' or 'Chen', depending on who he's with, and he always appears to those who are in trouble. His thing is that he's all about changing perspective, about considering different things, and reevaluating what's already known. In execution, the book is all about convenience. The characters are more or less cardboard, and sometimes, it's not them but their situation that's captivating. There aren't enough questions being asked, so the characters and their interactions of Jones are unnatural and made for the sake of plot convenience. As a regular book, I don't find it very good whatsoever.

However, the overlying message will not go without its credit. As a self-help, The Noticer might actually shed some light and help some people.  Even if you know these things, it's good to hear it all again in a less judgmental, more abstract, and all encompassing fashion. It's a good book to read simply for the reassurance, for the hope, for the perspective, but there are many moments in the book where it's preachy and wishy-washy. Despite that, there are many good things to carry away from this book.

It comes with a "Reader's Guide" in that back, which is essentially a quiz-like addition at the end of the book. It's supposed to help readers suck in the full capacity of the book, to help sink the message in, but I can do without that. I'll just take those little nuggets of scattered, perspective wisdom and, y'know, be on my way.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Kuroshitsuji Musicals Revisited


Ah, good to see you again. This is my second review about the Kuroshitsuji musical. I really have a great deal of respect for the actors and this production as a whole. So, if you will, please humour me this second time around.

Welcome back, guys, as I once again talk about the Kuroshitsuji musical. But this time is a little different. I’ve actually managed to acquire the DVD! …Or more truthfully, I’ve managed to acquire a DVD, which is trying to pass itself off as an official copy. However, this is just my conjecture. As you all know, I am rather partial to this musical, as it has done great justice to the source material, even with its numerous liberties. However, despite – or maybe because of – my adoration for this production, I am still very critical of this product. Because of that, there will be a great deal of length to this review.

So if you please, join me under the cut for my thoughts.

Friday, February 07, 2014

2DArtist Magazine for the Creative Masses

Let's talk about this magazine right here: 2DArtist Magazine. Honestly, when I first heard about it, I was introduced to the December 2013 issue, which is as awesome as it is a little off-putting. That's, funnily enough, what drew me in. I went ahead and looked into it on the official web site and saw that you could subscribe £23.99 ($39.33). Honestly, I would have done it, but I didn't have the funds. Instead, I bought individual issues. For just £2.99 each (that's $4.85), I bought the September 2013 - January 2014 issues. I skipped over October for a reason I can't honestly deliver to you right now. I'll've to go back and get that.

I know that it was a little... ambitious to buy so blindly, but from what I saw on the website that introduced it to me in the first place, I believed that I wouldn't regret the purchase.

And I was oh so correct.

JetPens Once Again!

Happy Jan—oof, February. New Year's Day came and went. My birthday, fun as it was, came and went. Where has time gone? January was a really shaky month for a variety of reasons, but let's just say this time I'm back! I bought something that I desperately needed to greatly help my organizational skills. As you've guessed, I've bought from JetPens.

I know that I could have bought highlighters from literally anywhere, but it's usually the same few colours. Even if I find them in smaller sizes, they won't be small enough for my planners. That and I'm not too fond of the colour choices. Too bright! And I prefer those more convenient-to-buy highlighters and using them on printed text for paperwork or something more official. These highlighters are mine, personal, and more relaxed. That's the type of feel they give off to me, ahahaha.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Happy New Cosplay

As some of you might have known and as all of you might have guessed, I like cosplay. I like seeing cosplay, critiquing cosplay, planning for it, and all. I just really like the idea and aspect of it, and the fact that people have gone from mere hobby to professional grade is also impressive to me. For me, it's something I enjoy but am really reluctant to do. However, I'm pretty okay at closetplay. One of my newest ventures is this guy:

(courtesy of qtpiecaps)

Yup, the kouhai-touching, sister con, middle child of the Nase family: Hiroomi Nase from KnK.

And as I've stated before, the show itself plateaued for me, but the characters were overall really well-written, interesting, and dynamic. Again, this is another show where I pretty much liked every single person. And Hiroomi goes beyond that exception. Serious though he is, when he needs to be, his day-to-day is actually, well, pretty much a goofy teenager.

One of the things I absolutely admire about him is his excellent taste in scarves, and I, also being a scarf enthusiast, decided to buy his mostly for fashion purposes (strangely enough cosplay came as an after thought once I got it).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2014 So Far: A Month in Anime

Happy new year, as late as I am to say it. This year has kicked off into a pretty heavy month of anime for me. I've been trying to get back into some old favours, so I'm reading books that I bought during and started before my trip. The games that I'm really into are on hold or are being dragged into forever. So what have I been watching? I'll try to get to the quick of everything.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

A Trip to The Distillery in Savannah

Towards the tail end of my trip, Andy and I went to The Distillery, which wasn't too far of a walk from the museum. It was about to rain hard, and it was getting dark, but a good, solid meal before walking back to our side of town never sounded like a better idea.

Honestly, I really liked the atmosphere. It was hearty and full of people. It felt alive in its own way. What made it better was that they had some black and white shows on (mostly The Three Stooges), so I was really having a good time. The waitress was a tall, lanky little thing, but she was really chill to talk to and pretty prompt with our drinks.

Our food, though, took a while to get to us. It took about an hour or so? Andy and I were watching The Three Stooges, and it was about two or three episodes before we finally got our food. We were hardly keeping track of the time, but it's a bad sign when your patrons start to get really tired. When we got our food, it looked amazing. Andy got the Hard-Hearted Hannah, and I got the Prohibition Po' Boy.

I was incredibly disappointed.