Monthly Archives: October 2013

Getting Ready for the Dance like a Boss

This is me and my fiance getting ready for a dance last year at school only the way an Outcast can :p

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Halloween at college

Today, I didn’t dress up as wildly as I usually do (a pirate, a wench dress, a gorilla suits, etc.). I chose to dress up as a character from one of my new favorite books, Divergent. The character comes from a bad ass faction of people who wear black, accept weirdness, expect tattoos and piercings, honor the strong, and face their fears consistently. The book really resonated with me so that’s how I dressed: black shirt with copper rings sewed down the front, tight/ ripped jeans, high heeled black boots, make up and sharpy tattoos (a few). Unfortunately, I didn’t really get photos of myself.

I may have acted slightly more bad-girl-ish a few times to be funny, but for the rest of the day I was just me. I was in clothes I feel comfortable and confident in and I let my strong show through. There’s something sexy about a dangerous woman 😉 haha Even though it wasn’t as revealing or crazy as past costumes, I still got a lot of compliments. And the cool thing was… it wasn’t completely a costume.

Someone asked if I was going to come to school the next week dressed like that again because it looked good on me. You know, I just might. It felt right on me, too 🙂

Here’s some pictures of some of the other students who dressed up. I have to say, I was disappointed that more people didn’t partake.. but, maybe I just didn’t see them.

Divergent – Review (YA)

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The summary on the jacket:

“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is- she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are – and where exactly a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.”

If you had to decide which quality would contribute most to saving the world, could you choose just one?

Divergent is amazing! It had a slowish start, but it was always interesting. I was glued to the pages in no time. I couldn’t put it down. And I don’t mean that figuratively. I literally brought it with me everywhere and couldn’t put it down. It was fast paced, evocative, and compelling. I loved the strong heroine and watching her come into her own.  I loved the decision making through out the book and learning about her faction after the Choosing Ceremony. Of course, to drive home the fact that it is an oppressing society, some people had to die. I hate when people I like die in books. But, it wasn’t nearly as bad as Mockingjay (in the Hunger Games series). Some people say that this is like The Hunger Games. I don’t think it is. Sure, there are a few similarities, but the story and the style is very different.

This story has a lot to do with over coming fear, which really hits home for me, and with finding out who you really are. It also has to do with finding out your definition of right and wrong. I love the imagery the author made as well as the imaginative things she made seem realistic. I also, really love the character of Tobias and his relationship with Tris.

I can’t believe that the author wrote this when she wasn’t much older than I was, that this is her first novel, and that she did the same things I do now (write stories instead of dong homework). That’s my dream. To write and publish at least one really good book.

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Halloween Costumes

The “Amazing Costume” is terrific, but I don’t think it’s quite as spectacular as some of the others in the video. Though, I have to say, it is expertly crafted. Seriously, well done. It looks just like a statue and the wings area amazing.

The two creepy costumes are creepy. But, I have a problem with the first one (the torn out eye). I’m just not satisfied with it completely. I think it is a great idea and looks pretty good, but could be improved a little, though the picture they showed might not be the finished product. If the finished product has more realistic makeup and implies depth with shadowing, then I will endorse it. The main problem I have with it is it doesn’t seem to be placed right. Shouldn’t the big rip be directly over the eye, or at least closer? I do however like her other face creations.

The second creepy one (the painted face of a nutcracker doll) is terrific. It may not be extravagant, like some of the others, but it is effective and very creepy. Her facial expressions help. She is very creative and very good with makeup.

The Halo costumes are awesome! I bet it was hard to make them, especially out of paper craft and foam. Maybe the paint could be spiced up a bit here and there, but seriously awesome. And the PVC pipe weapons look pretty realistic.

I know nothing about Bioshock and Borderlands (though I have seen pictures of the Borderlands mask), but I’d have to say he did a good job since they look good to me. The paint is well done and the eyes are awesome.

The Black Ops 2 zombie is crazy. The makeup job is incredible. She definitely has a talent. And it looks just like the picture. Hope she can act well to go along with her awesome makeup.

Lex is amazing! I absolutely love the costumes from her showed in this video. Especially the Joker costume. How do you manage to make the Joker look sexy? I don’t know, but she does. As well as creepy.

Emma Pickles’ Edward Scissorhands costume is pretty good, but I love the Mystique one. Awesome job.

I’m not too fond of the Breaking Bad costume. I’m not sure if the makeup is supposed to look cartoony as apposed to realistic. Her skits look funny, though.

The Broly costume is amazing, but looks very fake. It’s a full body piece (including the face) rather than embellishing on the features of the person wearing the suit (which would make it look more realistic) like the Cosplay photo in the NYC Comic Con post. I”m not saying that one is perfect, but that’s the idea I was talking about. It still looks awesome, though, and it is very well done.

I like the Vampire makeup. It’s not my ideal vampire look, but it still looks great. Love the contacts, too.

I like the clown, though I don’t think it’s the best one I’ve ever seen. It definitely is creepy though and I like his video showing the process. He’s got some other cool get-ups, too.

The mummy is a little lack luster, but I love her shading. It really does imply depth and realism. I like her Morticia one better, though.

The skull face makeup is awesome. It’s very trippy when she talks. The shading on this one is awesome, too.

I love the picture of the host being made into a zombie, too. Great zombie makeup. I love Vsauce in general 🙂

Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for Halloween this year.

Tales of Graces – Short Review

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Tales of Graces starts with the adventures of a child named Asbel Lhant in the world of Ephinea. Asbel during one of his adventures comes across a mysterious girl in a flower field which has a huge impact on his journey. The game was created by Namco Tales Studio and released in Japan in 2009 on the Wii. Tales of Graces is the 12th main title in the Tales series. Eventually the game was ported too the Ps3 and renamed “Tales of Graces F”. In 2012 was finally sold in both NA and EU, three years after the release of its original version.

The Pros

  1. Open World for traveling and a mini sphere based combat when fighting monsters. –
  2. Side-Quest not only give you experience and gold but bonuses such as Titles, Costumes, and items that can help you on your journey
  3. Fluid game play throughout the whole game
  4. Good voice actors
  5. Re-playable bonuses: If you build up points you can use them to bring all your Titles, Items, and so much more on your new game+

The Cons

  1. Unlike previous games Tales of Graces F combat uses a number system. Depending on the attack it will deplete the number ; the number can be seen as Stamina because if the number is at 0 you cannot attack and must be conservative.
  2. Slow start because of the Prologue but afterwards it picks up really fast.
  3. Depending on music preferences some of the music tracks might not be as memorable as past “Tales of” video games.
  4. Storyline ‘might’ seem predictable.

Theros – Magic the Gathering

I wasn’t too thrilled with the Return to Ravnica block. There were some cards I liked, some I really liked, and I can see how some people might benefit from the majority of cards if they used a different mechanic than I do in my decks, but I over all I was a little disappointed. I had more enthusiasm for M13 and M14. I don’t know why, but the core sets seem to be better than the blocks coming out lately.

A lot of people seem to like Theros, so I thought I’d give it a chance. It seems that this set, at least the white cards, benefit a human or soldier deck more, but there are some interesting cards and some very interesting mechanics (like Monstrosity, Devotion, Heroic…). I also really like the artwork.

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I have decided to list the most notable cards that I found in this set-

White:

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1. I figured, why not start with the God card. First and foremost it is indestructible. I always love a good indestructible card. Another reason that this is notable is that it is a 5/6 and its converted mana cost is 4. That is good already. Then, on top of that it adds tokens and gives all of your creatures vigilance. Score! Yes, if you do not have enough white mana on the field it does not count as a creature, but even as a non-creature permanent it is awesome and the devotion cost isn’t that bad.

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2. How awesome is this? I mean, what more do I need to say? I am a fan of a good enchantment, sorcery, or instant. They can really help out a deck. It’s not all about the creatures. But, this is more than that. This is immortality!

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3. This card is just ridiculous. If you build this up with counters, enchantments, or  Read the rest of this entry

Mockingjay – Review (YA)

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I know I’ve been posting a lot about The Hunger Games lately, but once I started revisiting it for the review, I couldn’t stop. And, honestly, can you blame me? It’s a riveting book, even the second time around. I wont say it’s the best book in the whole entire world, but it’s a very good book in it’s own right. The story seems original. Even if it draws from real life and past stories, it twists into it’s own, completely new tale. Suzanne Collins comes up with so many things to capture a whole new world and culture. It is impressive.

Mockingjay, the third and final book in her series, takes place after she is rescued from the Quarter Quell. But, Peeta could not be rescued along with her. She lives with the guilt and devastation of losing him, as well as the grief over losing her home town and most of the people who had lived there. Suzanne does an amazing job of capturing the devastation and loss of such monumental things as well as illustrating the horrors of war, which Katniss soon becomes immersed in. She also highlights just how cruel human kind can be. It is a sad book, but for some reason, it doesn’t seem to drag you into the depths of depression. There is triumph, hope, love, and so much more strewn through out the misery. I usually don’t read sad books, especially ones that could make me cry, but I have made this book my exception. I do not like what they did to some of the characters, but I can see how it would be necessary. I have to admit, though, that the first time I read  this I threw it at the wall when I was finished. I was so immersed into Katniss’s head, so wrapped in her guilt, and so angry that characters I had loved died. It still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth and an ache in my heart, even though they are all fictional characters. Yet, I still LOVE this series. That is just how powerful it is. I would have liked if the ending had highlighted the positives a bit more, though.

There are positives, however: fighting to save a world from corruption and injustice, the ever expanding depth of Katniss’s love for Peeta, rebirth from the ashes…

I know that Katniss has some love for Gale and maybe once upon a time it would have grown to be something substantial, but her love for him is something completely different from what she shares with Peeta. Gale is more a friend, someone she loves, but isn’t in love with. In Catching Fire, however, it says that Katniss even notices she feels things she’s never felt for Peeta, like unsatisfiable desire and heat. She doesn’t want to be with out him. In the third book, she finally realizes how much he really means to her, while also, sadly, realizing how different her and Gale really are. In the end, I try to remember that salvaging the love between her and Peeta is a powerful thing and it should overshadow the darker aspects of the story.

Overall, it as an evocative, powerful, and great story, as well as series. Definitely, worth a read. Can’t wait to see what they do with the 2nd and 3rd movies.

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Newest Epic Rap Battles of History (Blackbeard, Al Capone, Darth Vader, and Hitler)

The new season of Epic Rap Battles of History comes back hard. The verses in this video are awesome. They have great comebacks and metaphors with kick ass punch lines. Even though I love the Hitler vs. Darth Vader ones, there newest one, Hitler vs. Darth Vader 3, wasn’t as good as the rest. It wasn’t even as lyrically strong as Blackbeard vs Al Capone, though it was graphically stronger. I have to say that, unfortunately, in the new video Hitler did win lyrically. However, Darth Vader does get the best of him in the end anyways. I don’t know why I’m cheering for any one of those guys in particular, but I guess in my mind I think of Vader as less evil than Hitler. Lol

Real life lightsaber

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I just recently saw an article about a real life lightsaber. I couldn’t believe this at first, but it seems to be legit. I don’t know how I feel about this. Part of me thinks this is AWESOME and I want one of my own (in purple). But, part of me thinks this could be seriously scary. Do we really need a new weapon? Maybe it will be better for the world than the ones we have or maybe there will be benefits of such a thing. But, maybe it wouldn’t be a good thing. Maybe people would use it for evil. Or maybe someone would think it’s a toy and get hurt. Plus, how close are we to a world full of scary new things like in Star Wars. Sure, that world seems cool in a lot of aspects, but there’s a lot that isn’t awesome. I mean the second word in the title is WAR and I for one do not want an intergalactic one.

Despite all these worries and more, the side that thinks this is cool wins out. Though I’m hesitant, I want one if they become accessible to everyone. I can already see it now *starts day dreaming about being a Jedi or at least cutting down trees for firewood* I swear, I ‘d use it responsibly.

It will be interesting to see what technologies the future holds and what our future children will be learning. I’m sure, no matter what world or time we live in, there will always be people who want to use a technology for their own evil gains. But, just maybe, the world would be better off with Jedi Knights.

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Boy Meets World Halloween episode And Then There Was Shawn

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I love this episode of Boy Meets World. I think it’s intelligent, clever, and interesting. Oh, and it’s funny and slightly corny. That mix makes for a lot of fun. Of course, it doesn’t have the effects and quality of shows and movies now-a-days, but there’s something about the simplicity of it that is endearing. I always loved this series.

In this episode, the gang is trapped in the school with a killer and the people around them slowly get picked off. Eventually members of the group themselves start dying in odd ways (a surprisingly little amount of books falling off a shelf onto Eric). Shawn is trying to save everyone with the knowledge he has gained from the horror movies he has seen, but in the end (SPOILER) he reveals the killer as himself. It never really happened and was brought on by inner conflicts he was going through.

Now maybe you think I have ruined it by giving away the end… okay, I kind of have. But, there’s so much I haven’t said about it that it is worth a watch.