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|Tuesday, June 12th, 2012|
|And we will stand in the light, we will stand in the light, you and I, we can bring back the light
LJ-Jun. 9th, 2011
You know, there was a whole bunch of stuff I was going to post on my next update, about how I've been busy and a number of things I noticed during my most recent semi-hiatus from online socializing. But, forget all that, because Children of An Elder God just updated and it's marked as the final chapter!
You may not be familiar with it but Children of an Elder God is one of the oldes, possibly even THE oldest, Lovecraft-Evangelion fusion fanfics. And that's an idea that seems extremely natural once one has been introduced to it.
It's also really good.
Oh it's not without flaw, it name drops a bit much in the first chapter for example, but that's common with Mythos stories written by latecomers, even the published.
It's the first fanfic I read that made me think they could be written at a professional level, that these writings could be taken seriously.
And since it's a collaboration piece between two fairly talented authors, one of whom dropped off the internet a long time ago, it's been sitting unfinished for SEVEN YEARS since the last update.
The remaining author has been writing other projects, including a decent 'next-generation' Mai Hime story that has reality growing less rigid as other gods strive to replace the Obsidian King as ruler of the universe (remember, his cultists all claimed he kept the world running smoothly) and monsters start creeping in from other dimensions.
But, out of nowhere, comes chapter 24, something I'd despaired of ever seeing:http://www.thekeep.org/~wombat/Stories/Cthulhu/COAEG24.txt
It's like someone suddenly started making more of one of your favorite shows from when you were a kid- Not some crappy remake, the original with the same writers and actors somehow preserved in time. Nostalgia is so thick you can taste it.
Oh, the first 23 chapters are here:http://www.thekeep.org/~rpm/eva/index.html
Now I have some reading to do.
(refrainX2) There is a fire that will burn through the streets of the city
LJ-Apr. 9th, 2011
Have you ever really thought about technology? We move our vehicles by exploding the liquefied remains of dragons from millions of years ago. And we've used this power to go to the moon and back, which was so complex we had to make artificial brains that ran bottled lighting through crystals (silicon is a crystal) to do the calculations. Sometimes it's good to just sit back and appreciate what you have.
So, just for posterity's sake and for those lucky few who peruse my journal, I'm going to list the best anime I've seen (and I assure you I've seen at least part of a great many series).
Top Tier: Baccano!, Dokuro-chan, Gurren Lagann, Perfect Blue, Revolutionary Girl Utena (TV) -
All are different genres and for different moods so it's hard to pick a best, though if I had to it would probably be Utena.
Tier Two: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Slayers (the first three seasons), Cowboy Bebop, Martian Successor Nadesico, Busou Renkin (Papillion Mask is really what puts it here), the El Hazard OVA (again, mostly because of Jinnai) -
Picking the second tier is actually harder, as the first tier is all things that are absolutely the best in their genres whereas it's more difficult to distinguish between really good and great but not the best. The easiest way to tell is how many times I want to watch it (or the highlights of it) over again. Azumanga Daioh almost made the list and if they ever animate Yotsuba&, I'm certain it will, unless they screw up immensely. Princess Tutu, Mai Hime, and Black Lagoon were other runners up. Excel Saga is great but requires a lot of background knowledge of other anime to appreciate. For that matter if the first few episodes weren't so slow starting, I'd put Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha up here as how to do an extremely good traditional magical girl show (as opposed to Princess Tutu, Jubei-Chan: Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch, and Mai Hime which are great nontraditional magical girl shows).
|Light it up. Light up the night...
LJ-Mar. 25th, 2011
Sometimes it seems the difference between a hero and a fool is the ability to survive insane, risky, stupid decisions. This man is a herohttp://www.badassoftheweek.com/akaiwa.html
The part where he keeps going back is particularly impressive, though it makes me wonder if he'll be able to keep being a hero rather than a fool.
Also, he's 43, in case you didn't catch that.
|Saturday, April 9th, 2011|
If you destroy the working parts, what you'll get is a broken machine.
Still from LJ:
Feb. 13th, 2011
Gurren Lagann has definitely claimed a place on my top anime of all time list. It's not just a show where, for example, a walking battleship hurricane kicks a giant bird-like flying aircraft carrier. It's got surprisingly good symbolism to fit with it's themes of spirals and progress versus stasis, down to the ending itself not being exactly a happily ever after, because you want to keep moving forward.
Plus it IS a show where a walking battleship hurricane kicks a giant bird-like flying aircraft carrier! If you can't see the appeal of that kind of thing, don't bother trying to read the ISB.
The only flaws is that I don't really care for some of the background music vocals and it occasionally indulges in annoying fan service.
|What would they do if we held them still?
Also from LJ:
Jan. 29th, 2011
It's astonishing how complex well written children's pieces can be.
And how people can miss the point.
Let's take Sesame Street.
We can't even examine all those complexities, so let's take Cookie Monster.
There was a fuss where people were afraid of the message he was sending their kids so he ended up publicly being made to state "cookies are a sometime food".
This is dumb. First, that there was a fuss, and second that it led to this.
Watch this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoNAT8ZYbvw
In it Cookie Monster states his love for the moon. Then he mentions how he pictures what it would be like if the moon was a giant cookie. He'd fly right up and eat it, he says. Then, his voice sorrowful, he points out that this would be a terrible thing, because then he couldn't enjoy the moon any more. This is a character outright admitting that it's a good thing that the things he loves aren't in the way of his obsession because if they were he would not be able to stop himself from destroying them. Cookie Monster is an addict and he knows it. He doesn't say "if the moon were a cookie I'd miss it too much to eat it" he says "good thing it's not a cookie because he literally could not stop himself if it were. And the sorrowful tone the tune takes here reflects how bitter a pill to swallow being a junkie is.
You see Cookie Monster is an anti-role model. He has flaws that you're supposed to learn from. He's a messy, out-of-control slob and if your children aren't clever enough to grasp that concept on their own you can point it out to them. It's not subtle. He's already conveying the message that cookies alone aren't enough or it wouldn't make him sad.
|Now the wheels are spinning out of control...
Jan. 5th, 2011
The holidays were a busy time of year, so I'm just now returning to LiveJournal.
Indeed, I'm still quite busy between Reccetear, Minecraft, filling in for absent coworkers, and doing late Christmas shopping for relatives who live far away and won't be seen for months (and now that I've received some of their gifts via other relatives who visited me after visiting them, I know how much I'm willing to invest in each of them).
Some nice, occasionally Lovecraftian images can be found here, in a style reminiscent of Gorey, Gahan Wilson, and Charles Adams:http://johnkenn.blogspot.com/
An old, belated Christmas favorite to get that holiday spirit flowing, even after the fact:http://www.hulu.com/watch/4267/saturday-night-live-its-a-wonderful-life-lost-ending
So the next step will be exploring the vast vistas of strange my few friends here have surely sent up and probably posting a few more links.
|Saturday, December 18th, 2010|
|They sold it to the devil and now, it's all gone to hell and they wonder how.
My first experiment with uploading to media fire.
I've created and am constantly tinkering with several custom playlists over the years. This one is "Music for dramatic moments, particularly just before, after, and during boss fights."
It's still not perfect, but there's a decent selection.http://www.mediafire.com/?puktt6b1xtbg3ai
It's like they gathered up the city
Originally from said book of faces:
I was suddenly reminded of the Chronicles of Narnia today.
By the way, this triggered memories of rage... So beware capslock abuse and ranting. The worst moment in the series is in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader when the main characters' so far completely unlikeable cousin gets turned into a dragon through his own greed AND THEN CRIES ABOUT IT UNTIL HIS TEARS SOMEHOW CHANGE HIM BACK. We're supposed to learn a moral about sharing or something and the virtue of honest repentance.
My response was something more like "Look, you're a FUCKING DRAGON. Stop sniveling like you always do and go actually contribute to the dangerous adventure you're on. You know, it'd be a lot easier as a giant armored flying reptile that breathes fire than a useless little kid with no special skills or abilities. At that age I'd have killed to be a dragon." I don't curse that often, but this calls for it. You would not believe how much I hated that kid. That last line reminded me, I think his name was Eustace, because I always called him Useless and I believe that was a pun.
|And the man in the tower controls it all without raising a single fist
Crosspost from LJ:
Random reminded me of the true meaning of the latest holiday:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccj2BH25c0I
And people get progressively more paranoid and bullying:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqCuCm5FPjE
I'm so glad I generally don't fly (I prefer trains for some reason as long as it's not so large a distance as to render them impractical, if just driving is out).
Also, I recently remembered I have an account on that odd thing called "face book". I don't think I care for it as much as journal sites. For the sake of having something up I placed this gem, at which one must be amused or one will be upset:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfKxTu4PLWI
I also used excerpts from this quote for my profile (I couldn't fit the whole thing):
"INADMISSABLE: adj. Not competent to be considered. Said of certain kinds of testimony which juries are supposed to be unfit to be entrusted with, and which judges, therefore, rule out, even of proceedings before themselves alone. Hearsay evidence is inadmissible because the person quoted was unsworn and is not before the court for examination; yet most momentous actions, military, political, commercial and of every other kind, are daily undertaken on hearsay evidence. There is no religion in the world that has any other basis than hearsay evidence. Revelation is hearsay evidence; that the Scriptures are the word of God we have only the testimony of men long dead whose identity is not clearly established and who are not known to have been sworn in any sense. Under the rules of evidence as they now exist in this country, no single assertion in the Bible has in its support any evidence admissible in a court of law. It cannot be proved that the battle of Blenheim ever was fought, that there was such as person as Julius Caesar, such an empire as Assyria.
But as records of courts of justice are admissible, it can easily be proved that powerful and malevolent magicians once existed and were a scourge to mankind. The evidence (including confession) upon which certain women were convicted of witchcraft and executed was without a flaw; it is still unimpeachable. The judges' decisions based on it were sound in logic and in law. Nothing in any existing court was ever more thoroughly proved than the charges of witchcraft and sorcery for which so many suffered death. If there were no witches, human testimony and human reason are alike destitute of value. "
I love Ambrose Bierce and his Devil's Dictionary.
|Wednesday, November 17th, 2010|
|At the heart of this city there is a tower that looks over all that is.
I've been watching a lot of horror movies. Sure, Halloween is come and gone, but we're still closer to it than Christmas and Thanksgiving is a boring holiday. Besides, it's never the wrong time of year for horror.
The mythos spreads it's tendrils ever deeper into modern society in amusing ways:http://davidmilano.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/cthulhu-mythos-as-imagined-by-kids/
There are probably going to be some concerned guidance counselors in some of these children's futures.
And now back to movies: Paperhouse is a very strange movie, not actually horror just sometimes horrific. It's about a little girl who goes into the world she draws when she dreams and meets a little boy. How cute. Then things get ugly. It turns out it's dangerous to give little girls with poor artistic ability godlike powers. In fact, it's a very, very bad idea. Rather quickly, things get too wonderfully disturbing for me to call it a children's movie, despite the overall feel. I'd almost call it a 'take that' to the whole idea if it didn't have a somewhat happy ending. Ah, darn, now I've spoiled it.
Fair Haired Child, which was one of the those linked to by Psychomachia has a really well done kidnapping scene at the beginning (great use of classical music and obscuring camera angles), a decent middle, and a twist ending you can see coming but still enjoy. It's up on youtube under Masters of Horror: Fair Haired Child, if you want to watch it.
But for something really disturbing, I give you the Daily Show:http://vodpod.com/watch/4811463-watch-the-daily-show-mocks-cyber-bullying-victim-andrew-shirvell-over-his-attacks-on-chris-armstrong-towleroad-gay-news
|Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010|
|Maybe we can bring back the light.
So, I'm studiously working my way through the many enjoyable entries Psychomachia posted in October, as they contain a wealth of videos, music, and horror movies that I might want to look up.
Some recommendations of my own: If you want a Lovecraftian non-Lovecraft story, look no farther than "Teeth" by Matt Cardin. It appears in the collection "Children of Cthulhu" as well as in a collection of Cardin's works called "Dark Awakenings." Sadly, I couldn't find a copy available online.
As far as movies go, I cannot say that I've recently seen anything spectacular that isn't something I either recommended before or isn't mentioned over at Psychomachia's journal, but "Carnival of Souls" was enjoyable. It is something I caught on cable while stuck in a hotel a while back and the makers did a good job on a tight budget, even if the twist is foreseeable.
In it a woman is essentially unable to avoid a mysterious carnival. There's more to it, of course, but I'm aiming for minimal spoilers.
You can watch the whole thing here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exUFpSFblaw
Also, it amuses me that Lovecraft is now mainstream enough to see this made:http://grimreviews.blogspot.com/2010/10/scooby-doo-and-shrieking-madness-with.html
|Tuesday, October 26th, 2010|
|But I can still feel the heat on my skin.
So, for Halloween, since it 'tis the seasonn.
This is more amusing than scary but in retrospect some of these ideas are rather creepy:http://www.cracked.com/article_17093_10-awesome-ads-for-traumatizing-children_p1.htmlhttp://www.cracked.com/article_17093_10-awesome-ads-for-traumatizing-children_p2.html
Sadly, some of the video links are no longer up but that's what google's for if you really want to see them.
Showed some of my friends Re:incarnation recently as a piece of Japanese horror with nice twist (it's a little too early in the movie for me to call it a twist ending). What I ought to do next is show them Ju-on 1&2, but I keep finding copies of the American version instead when I look for it, which is annoying. The American remake is less varied, less suspenseful, and plot/timeline alterations mean it makes less sense. Plus, in the original the curse is clearly growing in strength and reach with each kill which Fridge Logic says may have started the occult apocalypse, unless mankind can just reproduce fast enough to stay ahead of it.
In case you missed it when I first talked about it, MarbleHornets is a very good example of amateur horror, at least until it jumps the shark, and watching the first 14 episodes is a good way to kill an evening as long as you don't mind shaky camera footage and possibly frightening yourself. Even some of the later episodes manage to regain a lot of the feeling that many fans feel it loses past a certain point. It's cheaply made but manages to, at least much of the time, hang on to a feeling of creeping horror.http://www.youtube.com/user/marblehornets#p/u/21/Wmhfn3mgWUI
|Sunday, September 12th, 2010|
There is a city this darkness can't hide. There are the embers of a fire that has gone out,
So, I was showing Berserk to a friend, because of it's refreshingly straight forward brutality, and we're in agreement that Sephiroth is a Griffith clone.
High ranking feminine military guy with long white hair. Check.
Still the strongest fighter around, at least at first. Check.
Archrival who wields a gigantic sword (though at least Guts' is explained in backstory). Check.
Betrays comrades to please a godlike being. Check.
Transforms into a creature with bird features to unleash full power. Check.
Oh yeah, also been going out of my way to take care of an ill relative, so that's eaten up a bit of time.
|Thursday, July 15th, 2010|
Cut me down or let me run, either way it's all gonna burn... The only way they'll ever learn
So, it's been a week and I did say I'd get back to talking about AX.
There were a lot of people. Many of them wearing wonderfully bizarre costumes. I rather wish walking down the street was normally as varied a view as conventions provide.
I met Random who doesn't look quite like I imagined, if only because we have different definitions of the term "mohawk" and possesses amazing, carnie level skill at guessing people's age and weight (she got my age perfectly and was off by one pound on weight).
We still don't know each other's given names, which seems mildly odd but fitting. She's Random and I'm Shikome Kido Mi, so we already have names for one another. And names we pick ourselves must be at least as appropriate as any other. I was wearing a nametag but since, unlike most, I paid cash at the door I could make it say Shikome Kido Mi since I wanted to and none could gainsay me.
My hotel was cheap, badly located, poorly equipped, and in the no-longer extremely bad but still not good part of town.
Luckily the convention ran fairly late (though I couldn't stay as late as events went because I wanted to walk back before the streets turned too hazardous). There was a tendency to have events either all be mediocre or all interest me at once, which led to some tough decisions.
Still, even when nothing else was going on I could watch the crowd of madmen and madwomen for entertainment or wander over to the dealer section and browse. After the first time I went in and bought seventeen graphic novels/manga and two shirts, hemorrhaging money as if someone had cut my financial artery, it was strictly browsing. Oh and I also got back up sunglasses.
I did also play BlazBlue, which reminded me both of Guilty Gear and DarkStalkers, and Capcom vs Tatsunoko (which is hilarious but not really balanced) for the first time for free as well.
Plus: Black Lagoon Season Three looks like it'll be very good. And Hiroe Rei was fairly funny if his interpreter was doing his job right.
|Wednesday, July 7th, 2010|
And with a spark, it's going to be the biggest fire they've ever seen.
Back from AX.
It was mostly a lot of fun.
I stand by my statements that anime conventions are festering pits of madness, in a good way.
Rather tired from train rides, so I'll go into more detail later.
Though I will say that train rides consist of half scenic country side, almost as much Half-life 2 maps, and a dash of normal downtown areas.
And I got to sit in on the WORLD premier of Black Lagoon season three and then a question and answer session with Rei Hiroe and you (presumably) didn't. Haha!
|Tuesday, June 29th, 2010|
|Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010|
|I've got this burning like my veins are filled with nothing but gasoline.
Okay, so I already knew this, but to reiterate, people are crazy:http://www.aolnews.com/crime/article/joran-van-der-sloot-says-hes-receiving-marriage-proposals-in-jail/19528116
I mean, wanting to have a relationship with some guy that has a history of killing women seems like a bad idea for a woman.
Admittedly, if I picture an attractive murderess I suppose I can see how it might be appealing on some level, but he's in prison so it's not like they can sick him on their enemies or anything and I'd still prefer my attractive murderess to be inclined towards targets other than my personal demographic. Plus, they don't know the guy except from court transcripts and so on, so it's not like he won them over with his personality (and yes, personality is a heavy factor in attractiveness to me).
So... Yeah. Crazy. It might be different if they'd gotten to know him prior to his arrest and just loved him so much it didn't matter he'd killed a couple people (though that's still a little crazy, it's not "clearly evolution is failing" insane).
|Thursday, June 17th, 2010|
Flip a switch, turn it off, you won't be able to breathe. Either way you're a casualty.
I remembered what I was going to post last time!
Unfortunately, only the broadest strokes remain in my memory but it was another entry in the "things sound cooler when you say them out loud " category.
And that is that using oil is a lot cooler when you realize your car is running on the liquefied putrescent remains of dead dinosaurs. That you are literally burning for power.
And that the latest problems in the gulf is the because the oil companies 'dug too deep and too greedily'. And now a blackness is upon the land, a dark stain covering the ocean as the dead terrible reptiles that once ruled the planet strike back at the life that replaced them, poisoning everything around them, punishing the mammals that replaced them for their hubris.
The best part being that that's all exactly what's actually happening.