Anime Recs

Jul. 7th, 2012 10:10 am
bluejeans07: (Chi's Sweet Home is with ME)
Been watching a lot of anime lately. I could write a post about marveling how easy it is to find and watch anime these days compared to how it was 10 years ago but me. More interested in sharing the different series I've been watching and encourage others to watch them as well. These two series just ended so all the episodes are posted and available on CrunchyRoll.com, a legal streaming site for anime and dramas.

1. Kids on the Slope/Sakamichi no Apollon
Wiki description: The beginning of summer, 1966.
Because of his father's job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns how much fun it is to play jazz and finds the first person he can call a “friend.”

Other characters include Sentaro's kind childhood friend, Ritsuko, who is the daughter of a record shop owner; the mysterious upperclassman, Yurika; and Brother Jun, the much-admired leader among their peers.

My thoughts: This is probably one of the most interesting and well done anime series I've ever seen. Kaoru is an awkward, reserved high schooler who has difficulty connecting with other people until he meets Sentaro. Sentaro himself is a notorious thug at his school, often getting into fights, but is actually someone who's been picked on for being a hapa (half Japanese, half other race, in this case Caucasian), and is an ardent lover of jazz. The two of them and a few others (Ritsuko's father and an older childhood friend of Sen's) create a small jazz group where they play music together, and Kaoru and Sen slowly grow up, fall in love, feel heartbreak, fight, make up, and fight again. The plot is more 'true to life', but the series is anything but boring or bland. Kaoru and Sen come from interesting family backgrounds and both have abandonment issues from their parents and both learn that they have the other and jazz music to depend on.

The animation in this series is probably some of the best I've ever seen, but there is a LOT of rotoscoping going on. A lot of it is understandable, the director probably wanted to capture what it really looks like to perform a musical piece with all the passion that jazz requires. Also, the sequence below really shows the quality work in this series, especially watching the way the different background characters interact and run to the scene. It really is an amazing work of animation and Yoko Kanno (composer) and Shinichiro Watanabe (director) do some of their finest work (they also did Macross Plus and Cowboy Bebop together).



2. Tsuritama
Wiki description: Yuki Sanada is a high school student who lives with his grandmother, a woman whose career requires frequent relocation which prevents the boy from establishing any real friendships, much less the social skills necessary to initiate them. When ever he becomes anxious, he freezes in place, unable to breathe, donning a markedly demonic expression—so potent with seemingly latent rage that others become wary of him at its appearance. Shortly after arriving at their home on the grandmother's most recently sanctioned work base, the island of Enoshima, a zealous transfer student named Haru—wielding a water gun and sporting a fish bowl atop his head—appears on their doorstep claiming to be an alien and that he will thenceforth be living in the same house; the grandmother agrees to allow such if Haru simply meets one condition (which is undisclosed to the audience). Haru's presence continually makes Yuki uncomfortable. The two also meet a secluded young fisher, Natsuki Usami, nicknamed "The Fishing Prince". An Indian boy named Akira watches Haru from a distance with his duck Tapioca.

My thoughts: Okay, this series is ridiculously amazing. At a first glance, it looks like a silly gag anime about fishing, but there's so much more to the plot and the characters. Underneath the wildly colorful surface is a deeper plot about alien invasions, threats to the earth, friendship, companionship, family, community and looking past what people project to who they really are. I really, really enjoyed watching this series and would recommend it to anyone.

The animation is well done but what really gets me is the art direction! THE COLORS! THE BACKGROUNDS! This series is so full of wonderful, bright colors that work harmoniously with each other and don't fight for dominance. The character themselves aren't AS colorful but they don't get lost in the backgrounds. Everything in this series is veeery cleverly done and ties in very well with each other. :D

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Writing this all down before I forget. The villain was basically a sort of mad scientist version of Scarface from Batman who had made a giant robot to terrorize and kill the city, then he and his goons would loot the city for riches. So that no one could stop him, he kidnapped various hostages, including me, a famous actor that I had a crush on, and various engineers and scientists who built the robot, and handcuffed all of us to the robot. The robot had a sort of sitting area like the giant Cyberking in Doctor Who, it actually looked a lot like the Cyberking. Anyway, the robot began moving and I managed to slip out of my handcuffs, and got the scientists and engineers to tell me where was the off switch and how I could turn it off. Apparently there was a trick to turning it off and it required two people to do it safely, one person to pull the latch above a panel, and another person below the panel to push the button at the same time. Failure to do so would cause the robot to explode.

The rest of the dream involved me basically climbing around and trying to stay ON the robot as it moved. Various superheroes fought it, I think I saw Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. As I moved, I basically formulated a plan to take my skirt and rip it to a long strip so I could wrap it around the latch and be able to pull it at the same time I stretched under the panel to hit the button. Sadly I ended up waking up before reaching the panel... but I totally know how I would storyboard this! XD
bluejeans07: (Me- I know not)
Cut for spoilers!

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Warner/DC's probably kicking themselves that they had Joss Fucking Whedon RIGHT THERE IN THEIR HANDS for a Wonder Woman script and then they let him fly off to Disney/Marvel. And fly he did, alllll the way to the box office.

Anyway, all the news they've announced has just only made me sigh. As much as I would love for these projects to be good, I can't see HOW. None of the writers (or their resumes) excite me and make me think, "Oh hey, this could actually be something!" I am excited for the new Superman movie though, should be a fun one and Henry Cavill fills out the tights nicely. And while Christian Bale hasn't been announced to be playing Bats in the new JL movie, we basically do have the World's Finest and all we need now is Wondy to finish the Trinity. Mostly, I just want them to cast someone who's not some skinny, willowy chick. Diana is an immortal motherfucking Amazon who's been in combat training for thousands of year. She doesn't have to be buff but I would love to see her actually look like she can do some serious damage.

It'd also be nice if she wasn't the only woman on the team, and if the JL had some minority ethnicities in there as well. But wait a second there, this version actually exists and was successful!

Booya.
bluejeans07: (Arashi- Kitto Daijobu)
After a relatively quiet and uneventful spring, summer has already started off being insane. I have a few freelance projects, a con, and classes starting up again and that's just this month! I've pushed Comic Con from my mind at the moment, it's not here yet and I don't need to worry about it until it gets closer.

Anyway, the old art LJ is no more. It has ceased to be. It is an ex-art LJ. I'm still on the internets though, my most professional presence is probably my actual site that I made on blogger, but it's fun to post more silly stuff on Deviant Art and Tumblr. It took me awhile to get the hang of both but now I understand how to use 'em and while my pieces don't get millions of views, it still is enough to get my work spread around a bit more. Actually, this is probably good for me because I'd have no clue what to do with the drama that popular artists on Tumblr and Deviant Art get. I was out with a few people last weekend, I knew and have hung out with three of them but only talked to the rest vaguely on Twitter, but there was a lively discussion about drama on these sites that popular artists deal with and how some artists don't deserve their popularity and can't deal with it or whatever. I don't really remember the details, I just remember being bewildered that this sort of drama exists and that a lot of people fuel their energy into giving it attention, but like I said, I'm a small fish in the vast pond of hoopla that are those sites and I just do my own thing without care.

Probably because I see art, specifically my own art and skills, as more of an academic discipline/something that gives me pleasure that I was thrown for a such a loop. I take it seriously, I train everyday to the point I get wrist cramps (going though one now, ow), I try new things, I working on my own crap because IT BRINGS ME FULFILLMENT, and I forget that there may or may not be an audience on the other side. The stuff I draw tends not to be popular because I don't draw things that are popular (yeah I draw fanart and slash but my most famous piece happens to be BATMAN POOPING which I now find strangely appropriate), and I don't always spread it far and wide even though I've started being more active in social networking. Mostly I'm happy plodding along drawing what I want with my own quiet circle of good artists who also happen to be good people.
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Did a marathon of the Marvel movies. Overall, enjoyable, entertaining movies, and I do love the little bits at the end. Posting my reviews in the order I watched them.
Spoilers I guess? )
Here's my ranking of the films overall:
1. Avengers
2. Iron Man
3. Thor
4. Toss up between Iron Man 2/Captain America
5. The Incredible Hulk

Now that I'm all caught up, let's end this entry with a song!
bluejeans07: (Batman and Sons-Trinity Potato Sack Race)
Autocorrect turned Starfire into Stafford, the sexiest alien princess from Tamarloan! AKA more examples why DC will probably never hire me (special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge for 'Tamarloan'). XD

Okay, the POTUS's statement. I think overall feeling is that I am glad that he said that he now believes in marriage equality, he's been toeing around the issue for awhile so it's nice to hear that he's for it. However, because he said this, what I would like is to see him actually back it up with legitimate effort in getting marriage equality into this country... but I don't exactly know if it would happen. But with his track record, my guess is that he'd be leaving it up to the states, which disappoints me because I don't think civil liberties are things that should be voted on (looking at you, NC, Mormon Church and Prop 8). Anyway, the mixture of feelings have just left me with a feeling of numbing 'meh' over the entire thing. I'm glad the people who are happy about the statement are happy, regardless of general feelings it is the first time that a POTUS made a statement for being pro-gay marriage so that's pretty huge.

To be honest, I'm a bigger fan of the FLOTUS. She's fabulous and I see her all the time on the different cartoon channels telling kids to get up and move. She's a nice change because she doesn't care that she's making a fool of herself dancing with a platypus in order to get her message across, compared to the previous FLOTUSes who wore pantsuits and stood behind a podium. Could I vote for her instead?
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Found here. Am thinking about making this for Mother's Day since my mother loves coffee flavored things. May not include the milk jelly layer though since she's lactose.

Ingredients
Coffee Jelly Layer :
2tbs Instant coffee
5tbs Sugar
1 and 1/2 cups Water
6g Gelatine powder
2tbs Water

Milk Jelly Layer :
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Fresh cream
3 tbs Sugar
4g Gelatine powder
1 tbs Water
Vanilla extract
Garnish (optional) :
Crushed roasted coffee beans

How to make Coffee + Milk Jelly

This is definetely jelly for adults :) The bitterness of the coffee and creaminess of the milk is just perfect !
If you want to make it more adult, just add liquor like Frangelico, Brandy, etc to the coffee jelly.

To make the coffee jelly :
Soak the gelatine in 2tbs water, leave aside for few minutes to allow complete absorption.
In a pan, heat up the water and sugar until it just boils.
Add in the coffee, stir to combine then dump in the soaked gelatine.
Stir until the gelatine has completely dissolved.
Let cool a little and pour into cups.
Put into the fridge and allow to set before adding on the milk jelly layer.

To make the milk jelly :
As above, soak the gelatine in the water.
In a pan over low flame, heat the milk, cream and sugar until it starts to bubble on the sides.
Add in the gelatine and a dash of vanilla extract. Stir until the gelatine has completely dissolved.
Cool to room temperature before pouring it over the coffee jelly. (Tip : pour the milk jelly over the back of a spoon to prevent splashes )
bluejeans07: (Me- Red Panda Pirate!)
Stupid comic about my feelings for Bolin. XD Guess my Tumblr is going to the be the place I post these scribbles up? I feel sort of awkward posting anything that's not completely pristine on my blog (they don't have to the finished they should be clean), but I don't feel so badly about posting quick marker scrawls that have been photographed with my iPhone and lightly touched up in Photoshop... so yeah.

Haven't drawn any Quickie Comics in awhile, guess I hadn't found anything to laugh about in the various shows I'm currently watching, so that's points in Bolin's favor! He's quickly becoming my favorite character in Legend of Korra (I must have something for Earthbenders), but the latest episode really made me like him and the rest of the current Team Avatar so much more. Teenagers and romantic entanglements rarely work out well, and even then often take way too many episodes to sort it out (looking at you, Glee), but Team Avatar got through the mess together and came out of it in ONE EPISODE as a tighter, better functioning team. And they managed to squeeze in a couple of heart wrenching moments:





Okay, maybe not heart wrenching but still. XD Anyway, if I haven't said it enough WATCH LEGEND OF KORRA! Pabu demands it of you.

bluejeans07: (Batman and Sons- Nerdy Babs)
I drew the MLP: FIM cast as bishonen... I have some no regrets! I even started plotting an otome game with this cast and how to woo each one and who the protagonist would be and... yeah, lots of thoughts that pretty much lead nowhere. XD I may draw more characters from it though.

Avengers. Yeah. Going to go watch it at some point, been reading the fics that my friends either wrote or posted about, and have been enjoying them. I may not be the biggest Marvel fan but my nerdy heart is warming to them and slashing them with each other copiously, and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie...

And then I read patronizing shit like this. Especially with this part, "Of course, that's not a slight against the girls who actually do read comic books -- i.e. real fans, actual people with varied interests -- but for this, let's just go with the stock view of ladies, ladies!"

Don't even get me started with the section about things a girl should/shouldn't say to her boyfriend after watching this movie. Honestly if this was satire, it certainly doesn't read like it. Anyway, I'm still looking forward to watching the Avengers, but now with added feelings of wanting to FEMINIST HULK SMASH the idiot who wrote this.

Travel...

Apr. 22nd, 2012 09:31 pm
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I'm thinking I'd really like to travel more and honestly I'm not getting any younger, so maybe it's time I just... go perhaps? I really want to go to Japan so I'm thinking that maybe I'll go either before the end of this year or sometime during spring 2013 (go see cherry blossoms). I've been waiting for people to be free to travel but maybe I should just arrange the trip for myself and see if anyone wants to join in. Anyway, here's the stuff I'd like to do in Japan split into three sections due to location:

Tokyo
1. Ikebukuro and Otome Road
2. Ghibli Museum (I'd like to go more than once!)
3. Akhiabara (visit a maid cafe and also either a butler cafe or a school boy cafe!)
4. Temple of the Shinsengumi
5. Disneyland Tokyo
6. Ni-choume (the gay district), host clubs
7. Tokyo Anime Center!

Takarazuka City
1. Onsen!
2. Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
3. Perhaps see a play from the Takarazuka revue?

Kyoto
1. Kyoto International Manga Museum
2. Wander around and stare at geisha at Gion
3. TEMPLES!
4. Iwatayama Monkey Park and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum
5. If I go in May, I could probably make for Aoi Matsuri and see some gorgeous Heian era costumes <3

I'd also like to visit Cat Island but I'm not quite sure where to put that. Also, flights from Japan to Korea are pretty cheap so maybe I'll swing by and visit my family while I'm there too. Anyway, if this sounds good to anyone or even possible, let me know? It's pretty much a giant nerd trip of nerdiness. XD
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I'll do a product review first and then we can talk about the dilemma. XD

By now I've pretty much settled into what products I use and what I look to avoid. That said, there are the few occasions when I'm like, "Crap, I need this" or something; mostly products I'd like to use while I travel. I just got back from Chicago and I try to limit the amount of liquids as much as possible when I fly because I don't often check bags, and at the same time, try to find products I can use in different ways. Lotion, whether it be body, face, or hand, becomes just lotion.
Product Reviews )

Okay... now onto the dilemma. I've been given some products by some family friends on my parents' recent trip to Korea:


The peach shaped container holds a lip balm from Tony Moly and the two bottles are Skin Food's Fresh Apple toner and emulsion. Now the lip balm... I couldn't help myself, the container was just so cute that I ripped it open and tried it... and the lip balm itself tastes like peach Hi-Chew candies... T_T

However, I haven't ripped open Skin Food's products yet, and according to Wikipedia, "The appealing factor of Skin Food is the use of natural food and produce in its original form as ingredients in their products. In addition, the use of natural ingredients also plays a significant role in their success today." Which is nice but I can't read their ingredients list to see what preservatives they use... and I can read in Korean but I don't the names of the chemicals I'm trying to avoid in Korean. My mother read it over for me but couldn't help me either.

So... what do I do with these?! I've been curious about Skin Food's products but after working so hard to get rid of chemicals, to have these bits of adorable temptation fall back into my lap is maddening! I also don't want to seem ungrateful to the people who gave this stuff to me because they don't know what I'm trying to do and my parents have no idea how to explain their strange hippie daughter to family friends... but they're in Korea and don't read my lj anyway. So yeah. If anyone wants them, let me know... I'm scared of mailing these though because they're made of glass. D:
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Yesterday, my friend Sherwin told me about the game 'Hakuoki: Demon Barber of Fleet Street of the Fleeting Blossom' and how a saleswoman at a game store tried to sell it to him saying, "I only mention these to people of a special type." Hakuoki is a reverse harem otome (girl) dating game with beautiful artwork, beautiful men, and constant cascades of cherry petals. After peals of laughter, I then realized... omg... there's an otome game that's been released in North America. It's been fully translated and re-written, I CAN PLAY A REAL LIFE OTOME GAME MYSELF AND BE A FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER IN THE MIDST OF WHAT SEEMS TO BE AN AWESOME STORY INVOLVING THE SHINSENGUMI AND DEMONS.

So I went over to my local Game Stop, telling myself that if that store didn't have a used PSP under $100 and the game, then I wasn't going to buy it. But they did so I bought both things to the amusement of the salesman since the title is so obscure and for such a niche audience (girls). He did ask that if I came back to the store (which I will since I now have a PSP and must have more games for it like KINGDOM HEARTS: BIRTH DEATH SOMETHING BY SLEEP), if I could tell him what my review of the game was. While I haven't finished the game (still making my way through), I do want to list some of my initial opinions so I have something to reflect upon later once I do beat it. I haven't played a dating sim before and most of the games I play are either puzzle, RPG or fighting games, so this is a completely new experience for me.

1. It's a completely text based story game, very similar to 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books. I'm used to having a little avatar to control and run around the town so this threw me for a loop.

2. The historical era in this game is pretty popular in anime and it's about the same group of special police that so many creators write about. What's slightly hilarious is that all the date-able characters in this game were all REAL HISTORICAL PEOPLE. Yes they were warriors but I doubt they had hair that amazing or actually were that handsome. (I have my own theories why so many creators love to write or draw about this period of history with this specific group, but that's another entry)

3. The game progression is all based on decisions the player makes as the heroine. However, I have yet to encounter a chance to make a really significant decision as the heroine that either affects the life or death of another character or significantly affects the plot. I'm also disappointed by the lack of action the player gets to do, the heroine gets a job as a messenger in the city for the Shinsengumi, however it's been pointed out in the plot that she's new to the city and spent a good chunk of time locked up in the compound. How is she able to navigate her way through the city to be a messenger?! I wish that was something that I could've played.

4. WTF VAMPIRE SAMURAI.

5. So far, the plot is fairly multi-layered. Aside from the romance part of the game, there is also some horror and fantasy elements going on with demons and vampire samurai. There is also the historical/political fiction elements of the story since it takes place during the Bakumatsu Era in Japanese history, a messy time of political upheaval between factions loyal to the Emperor, loyal to the Tokugawa shogunate, and when the isolationist foreign policy ended and other countries started trickling into Japan. Instead of just being all about the battles, certain decisions allow the heroine to witness moments of strategy, post battle analysis and compromise between the different factions which makes my nerdy heart very happy.

6. Okay, the heroine so far is ridiculously lame. I've named her 'Peanut' in my game and because of some plot, she's afraid of knives and sharp objects. The fact that she's such a wimp has actually changed my focus in the game because I'm no longer interested in trying to get with the Shinsengumi member of my choice, rather it's trying to actually get her to draw her goddamn sword and kick some vampire/demon/ronin ass. This is proving to be EXTREMELY difficult because even when I can make decisions for her to put her hand on her sword and stand and fight, SOMEONE ALWAYS SAVES HER AAUUUUGH. What's driving me even more nuts is that she states that she had been trained to fight and she does know how to wield her kodachi, but she has yet to actually do any of this and just wibbles when things start getting tense.

7. The male characters do fill the traditional character archetypes in otome dating games: leader character, serious character, flirty character, trickster character, and young boy character. However, since all of them are based on real people, their personalities are fairly well fleshed out and it's pretty cool to see how their decisions and actions move the plot forward. I sort of wish I was playing as one of them instead of as Peanut (or Chizuru which is her default name), which would make the dating part VERY interesting ho ho ho! Also, I'm already shipping a few of them with each other, they're definitely better off with each other than with a burden like Peanut anyway.

8. I'm definitely seeing potential replayability already. I'm so far playing this game as 'myself' which means I tend to choose options that make the girl be braver, but I'm curious to see what would happen if I chose options that would make her more cautious. And of course, there's always fun with choosing completely random options at any decision moment, or going for options that would make one or all the guys fall in love with Peanut. I can't wait to find out! XD

So far, game is really fun and I would recommend trying it out! I'll write more on it as I get farther into the game or when I finish it.
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I WANNA BE AVATAR KORRA WHEN I GROW UP. The first two episodes have already streamed (legally) and they're now available for free on iTunes! WATCH IT WATCH IT WATCH IT WATCH IT WATCH IT!

Geek outs: Omg the world building, omg using history to influence actions on the 'present', omg KORRA, omg POLAR BEAR DOGS AND FIRE FERRETS, omg Mako and Bolin are Fresh and Juicy, omg the rise of non-benders, omg technology and civilization and how it affects a world where bending is possible but may not be necessary or even relevant anymore and WHAT DOES THAT MAKE THE AVATAR?! HOW ARE THEY GOING TO HANDLE THE SPIRITUAL STUFF?!

Also, I can't wait to see Aang when he Avatar Talks to Korra but I'm going to be very sad if he's seriously mellowed out in his old age and he's no longer the that rode on penguins and tried to impress people with a silly marble trick.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] akavertigo at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Original posters. )

All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Seriously. WHAT THE FLYING FUCK WORLD.

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c



I Use and will continue to use BT Guard for as long as it is useful.

Aww HELL TO THE NO D:
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Wonder Con came and went like a whirlwind of crazy happy fun times, and that will be a different entry, probably either on my art lj or the art blog. This entry is going to be about CLOTHES! XD I noticed a lot of really cute women artists at the con this time around, a lot of them were decked out in really adorable outfits and they seemed comfortable at the same time. I've just always worn jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, and a hoodie, which are great for moving around a booth or standing for long periods of time, but because at this con I did a signing and a panel, I went out after the con and even met with some important people, I felt I could've dressed a bit more nicely to make a better impression. So the jeans/t-shirt outfit is going to be more for set up and take down days and I can wear something nicer on the middle days. I'm going to swap out my sneakers for a pair of comfortable boots (these came recommended by someone at the con so I know they're going to be comfy) and see if I can track down some versatile pieces that'll be comfortable at the same time.

These pieces have to be:
1. Easy to move around in, not just walking but I have to be able to stand on chairs, crouch down (most of my merch storage is under the table), bend over, etc.
2. Stick a bit close to the body. Anything flowy or loose can get caught on stuff or stepped on, there's not a whole lot of space behind the table.
3. Travel well and not need much care. I don't have time to iron and I hate getting stuff dry cleaned XD Big plus if it can be folded into a tiny ball.
4. Be versatile, it needs to be able to be worn in different ways and maybe transition from day to night if I have a meeting or an outing.
5. Durable. It can't rip if I move a certain way.
6. Warm enough or easy to layer, there was a storm at Wonder Con and while I had a hoodie and a thin blazer, I was thinking that a vest or a scarf would've helped me more. XD
7. I need to be able to have at some pockets for phone and cash. It doesn't have to be on every piece but I need to be able to pair it with something with pockets.


This is sort of a good example of what I'm looking for. I'm not going to buy the piece though, I've figured out how to make it and I bet I can do it for a lot cheaper, but it's versatile, easy to layer with, and can be casual and a bit more dressy with only a few modifications (belt/safety pins). I also have two pairs of leggings that have skirts attached to them (one black and one gray) so those are good. I need to get maybe a flannel shirt that can double for a dress, and a jacket that's warmer than a hoodie but not as heavy as a wool jacket. If anyone has any suggestions for any of these or anything else, please let me know! :D
bluejeans07: (DC- Bats/Supes Do the Twist!)


Due to a change in her lease, my best friend is being forced to give up her beautiful hedgehogs: Sherlock and Watson. Hedgehogs are not illegal in the state of Indiana but for some strange reason, her building management is now categorizing them as ‘wild animals’. However, not only are they forcing her to give up her pets immediately, they are also punishing her for having them. Despite letting them know she owned them (she owned Sherlock before she moved in and got Watson shortly after), they are claiming to have ‘discovered’ these pets in her apartment and slapped a $300 penalty fee for her to pay. This is NOT right.

So I am asking, if ANYONE has any information that can help her or if anyone in the Indianapolis, IN area who has experience caring for hedgehogs can take in Watson and Sherlock, at least temporarily, please comment here: http://never-ender.livejournal.com/708722.html

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I've been watching the Studio Ghibli movies on the big screen thanks to a local film festival going on, and since I have some salmon on hand, i thought, why not make the poached salmon and carrots dish that Porco Rosso ate?

Bechamel Sauce
Ingredients
2 Tbs butter
1 1/2–2 Tbs flour
1 cup milk
1 small onion
2–3 whole cloves
1/2 small bay leaf
pinch of nutmeg

Heat oven to 350°
Melt butter over low heat. Add and blend in flour over low heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir milk in slowly.

Add onion studded with 2 or 3 whole cloves and bay leaf. Cook and stir the sauce with a wire whisk or wooden spoon until thickened and smooth. Place in oven for 20 minutes to cook slowly. Strain sauce. Add nutmeg and serve.

For creamed dishes, use about one-half as much sauce as solids.

Mandy's Notes: (I usually don't use the nutmeg.) Bring some water to a boil while it's in the oven. That way, if it dries out while in the in the oven (I, btw, usually cover my pan with a piece of foil to help keep in the moisture. And I usually take it out after 15 minutes instead of 20), you can add a little boiling water over a low heat on the stove, stirring it in, rehydrating the sauce.

(After I asked about why I had to put the sauce in the oven) Because the flour isn't totally cooked, and this way it better infuses the onion/clove/bay flavor. Also, according to the cook book, "The oven interval also saves your time and hands for other kitchen jobs."

Poached Salmon
Put 3 tbs lemon juice and 1 tbs olive oil in the pan then put about an inch of water in. After placing the salmon in, fill the pan with water so it was just covering the salmon. Then set the heat to around medium so that it was steaming, but not bubbling and cook for about 6-8 minutes.
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So much for 'no more regular hippie Jean posts'. This week is supposed to be another use up products week so I after I took a shower, I put on the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream.

SO MUCH BURNING. It's a good thing no one else was home because there was a lot of screaming and a lot of, "OW!! OW OW OW!! BLOODY FUCK OW FUCK FUCK THAT FUCKING HURTS! OW!"

I have only used this stuff a handful of times but I was NOT expecting to get the reaction I did. It did calm down and my face does feel nice and smooth, but WTF?! It really hurt! The pain lasted probably at most half a minute but I have no idea WHY. Geez. Now I'm scared to touch the product again. Maybe I won't.

In other news, I went to Sprouts yesterday and today and bought a crystal deoderant stick, some Humphreys witch hazel (PACKAGING IS SO PRETTY), and some aloe vera gel. I didn't mean to go to Sprouts twice in one week but when I went looking for some aloe vera gel at Ralph's and Target, I was surprised to see HOW GREEN THEY WERE. Why put dyes into aloe vera gel?! Anyway, the reason I wanted to get some was to make this eye gel:

Cucumber Eye Gel

Ingredients:
1 Tbs. aloe vera gel
1 tsp. fresh cucumber juice
¼ tsp. cornstarch
1 Tbs. witch hazel

Directions:
Mix together aloe, cucumber and cornstarch. Heat until just boiling, about 1 minute in microwave. Remove from heat source and stir in witch hazel. Stir well and allow the mixture to cool completely. You should have a clear, jelly-like cream. Spoon into a small clean jar. To use: Dab a small amount under your eyes and be careful not to rub or pull the delicate skin under your eyes. Keep in cool place. Makes 1 oz. courtesy of http://www.spaindex.com/

Really excited to try this! :D
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