July 31, 2010

Guilty Pleasures

Up this week- procrastination! Oh how I have missed the sweet kiss of my old friend. First week back at uni and the world outside of white blood cells seems so much shinier.

Discovery of the decade: Modcloth.com how did I live without your retro inspired dresses before?
Say hello to frills, old fashioned necklines and kooky 'apartment' goods. Also, take a minute to appreciate their witty names for products.

Call of duty 2 for cooperative playing goodness. Loving the sniper action, the gunships, the many weapons. Be still my beating heart! (My hands need to be steady for long distance firing).

This week I'm reading Dexter in the Dark  which is the third book by Jeff Lindsay about the serial killer with a code to kill killers- Dexter Morgan. I've just started it straight after reading book two (I'd give it a rating of 4/5). I salute you! And also can't help but wonder if you get a lot of hate mail from people saying you condone murder...

Failblog.org never fails to amuse. Check out the Wedinator section for more hilarity.

July 28, 2010

Study in Scarlet

Feeling a bit creative this afternoon, eventually I will take pictures of my drawings. But here is a colour study in RED.

From http://movingdesignz.blogspot.com/2008/09/red-hot.html

July 27, 2010

Tales from Public transport

It was a dreary and cold morning at the station, the black cloud of suits was lined up waiting for the train to creep to a stop. If you scan the crowd you'll see the bleary eyed, squinting office underling, the tight-mini-skirt-wearing office skank, the professional suit guy with the shite shoes (he's really quite low on the food chain didn't you know), the homosexual office man with his perfectly manicured nails and his permanent pout, and of course the I'm-so-much-more-important-than-you-toffee-nosed-needle-snake-even-though-I'm-riding-on-the-poor-train-with-you black suited man.

The blank faces, staring eyes... what's behind those 'city faces'?
HILARITY that's what.

Today I saw a I'm-so-much-more-important-than-you-toffee-nosed-needle-snake-even-though-I'm-riding-on-the-poor-train-with-you black suited man run (yes, RUN) off the train and enter another carriage when a woman came on with a screaming baby. I've never seen a person shoot up so fast from their seat when the train is about to leave. He even braved the rain to swap carriages to escape the child. The expression of sheer terror on his face made me laugh, and the other occupants too.

It's always gold when the people who were stony faced actually crack a smile on public transport, sort of a show of solidarity when something truly amazing happens. And it is bound to happen when they cram 500 people inside of a rectangular box and your shoved in workman Bob's armpit and crushing grandma against an anorexic gothling.

One such time involved an uber bogan girl (complete with exposed midriff in the 21st century, 2 inch regrowth and boganesque inability to pronounce words correctly) on her mobile loudly attempting to placate her deadbeat boyf that she was alright with him sleeping with other women because it was an open relationship and she loves and trusts him enough. She then detailed all his other disgusting transgressions and fail portfolio of jobs to the train. An entire row of us couldn't contain our laughter and she kept on talking and glared at us like we were the insane ones. "Aidan, I love you! You can sleep over at Tina's, I'm okay with that because I know you love me. It's okay if you need some time with other chick's, I totally get it. Of course you can have fifty bucks from my wallet. And take my car. Do you need me to pay your fine? When's the court date?"

More often however are the cringe-worthy times. Like when that guy covered in tattoos who you've been trying not to stereotype boomingly greets a new passenger at the halfway point who hasn't seen him in years which he reveals is because he's just got out of jail and the duffel he's carrying is filled with drug money. They congratulate each other for being out in the general public spreading their delinquency and threaten a man who tries to peer into said bag.

How about the mumblers, the stinkers, the ranters, the mobile phone this-train-is-my-office persons, and we shan't miss the sleepers, the drug snorters or the ball scratchers.

Or that time the down syndrome girl stepped in dog crap on her way to the train proceeded to rub it off her shoe with her hand, wipe her hand on her shirt and pants and the seat, become confused as to why everything was covered in shit and stank, lick her hands, fart, cry. Repeat.

The train is a magical place of wonder and horror and intrigue.

See you on the wheel box.

Train count as it stands
  • 2 Marriage proposals
  • 10 pick-up lines
  • 1 Creepy guy taking a picture of me
  • 500+ hrs riding train
  • 1 guy with no pants on
  • 3 People yelling at me

July 24, 2010

Experiment of the week: The nose knows noses

Messing with strangers when they don't realise it is most hilarious, try to contain your laughter as you make people do what you want without them knowing it.

WHERE: Public transport, board meeting, preferably where others are facing you.
WHEN: Whenever
WHO: Strangers and friends
WHY: For kicks

A most amusing trick while being bored to death on the train or in a PBL* is to scratch or rub your nose lightly and watch how many people do the same. It usually takes a maximum of three seconds for the people across from you and beside you to follow suit.

July 21, 2010

Movie in Review: Eclipse

Die hard fans of the Twilight series flocked to cinema's when Eclipse first came out about a fortnight ago. There was an excess of black eyeliner, 'Team Edward', 'Team Jacob', and over zealous forty-something mother's who looked like they might wet themselves if the movie wouldn't start soon.

Laugh out loud awkward- that's my description of the Bella/Ed moments onscreen. He's not meant to be in pain when he makes out with her at this point in their relationship, he's gotten over it- but still he looks like he's having his appendix out while awake and unanaesthetised. On the upside, Bella is far better looking in this film, which is weird... I'm not sure what they've done to her face/hair/eyebrows but it's good (see her progression below). Her acting is improving as well.

Obviously if you've read the books you know the storyline and if you're a fan, like I am, you have probably seen it already. Jasper speaks! Hooray, he was a good character in the books and I think they should have used him more in the first two films. Thank goodness they have a new actor for Victoria, she's much better looking in this one, and more convincing.
Edward is creepier and more possesive than ever- removing a piece of her truck so she can't go visit Jacob, lying to her so she'll go to her mum's for the weekend.... Oh and watching her sleep still.
Meanwhile, Jacob is disturbingly hot for his age and the kiss between him and Bella is far more breathtaking than any constipaed BellaWard action.

Plot-wise it was silly that Bella is the only one who figured out Victoria was behind the baby vamp army- That's stupid. I mean, she hangs round with a group of vampies who are mostly ancient! Surely they would have figured it out... Of course that's from the book and the movie is just sitting on that template.

Eclipse is by far the best of the three movies, and I'm looking forward to the horror of two things in the next film. 1. The wedding night... and 2. the birth scene. Oh god I hope there's a lot of blood!

Characters: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Graphics: 3/5
Sexiness: 3/5
Rating: 3/5 And I bet your grandma would think you were insane for liking it if you took her along.

Movie in review: Toy Story 3 in 3D

When the third installment of Toy Story came out at the movies I couldn't help but laugh at the articles online about men crying during the film, but now that I've had the pleasure of watching it for myself I completely understand.

From the very beginning you find yourself so emotionally involved in the story and it's easy to get lost in the old familiar characters.

There's something for all ages in this one, you'll probably have to blink back tears, laugh out loud and leave the movies with a smile on your face. Topics like leaving home, abandonment, friendship, love, family and growing up are sure to hit home.

You'd have to be heartless not to love this movie.

Animation: 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Characters: 5/5 The old characters are just as good, if not funnier, and the new characters are entertaining and well developed.
Ending: 4.5/5 I thought it ended sadly, though they tried to pick up the mood at the end it was still tugging at my heartstrings as we left the theatre.
Total Score: 4.5/5

July 14, 2010

Movie review: Predators

I love action movies! I love it when people are shooting wildly into the jungle, having their spine and skull torn out by aliens, the blood, the guns, the good vs evil. Predators is more action flick than sci-fi (I mean aside from the aliens and it being on a different planet).

I don't want to spoil the movie for you so I won't give away the details. I was disappointed, there are so many unanswered questions, and things which made no sense. Lots of running round the jungle and shooting, probably not enough blood, very little strategy, and the ending left me feeling unfulfilled.

Graphics: 3/5
Blood and gore: 3/5
Acting: 3.5/5
Plot: 2.5/5 They could have done so much more with the storyline.
Overall mark: 3/5 I recommend renting the DVD and not wasting your money on cinema tickets.

July 3, 2010

Person of the Week: Claudia Black

Claudia Black is an Australian actress, surprisingly, who is both hilarious and sexy and without whom the last few seasons of SG-1 would have been doomed to boredom and failed miserably. I first came across her in Farscape and Beastmaster (is my sci-fi nerdom showing?) and fell in love with her on Stargate where she plays Vala Mal Doran, a partially reformed thief/con-artiste who comes onto everyone, lies constantly and bounces around like she's enjoying herself all of the time. Somehow she manages to be lovable, sincere and form meaningful relationships with her new friends.

But whatever, she has her own action figure.... isn't that awesome?