Cosplay.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2010 by vilegrimoire

It’s not exactly a secret that I’m quite into the fine little sub-culture known as anime, or quite a few other weird things that come out of Japan. Anyway, part of the sub-culture are these two things called Conventions and Cosplay. While I quite enjoy the convention bit, I’m far too lazy to do any cosplay. Exactly. I don’t have any problem dressing up, it’s just all that buggering about costumes that throws me. Which is why the few times I’ve done it, I’ve just done simple stuff.

However, looking into the things I’m actually a fan of, what would be fun is a genderbendt Marisa Kirisame costume. (That means I’d do a male version of the witch, you buggers!) I quite like the character, since she’s essentially a klepto who solves things by blasting them with a giant laser. Or multiple lasers, as the case might be. Added bonus, the costume mostly involves things that are easy to find, ie. a white shirt, black vest (of a somewhat peculiar design, it’s the only bit that would require work), black pants (prolly suit pants), a white apron and a big with hat with a big, white ribbon. Oh, and I’d have to grow out the hair around my left ear so it’s long enough to braid, and colour it blond. It’s something to look into, and maybe finish towards London EXPO in October. So yeah, forward planning, for once =D

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What we learned

Posted in Uncategorized on December 19, 2009 by vilegrimoire

First semester at uni is now over, and it’s time to look over what was learnt in the past few months. So, without further ado, here’s the list:

1) Couches are awesome. You do not realize just how awesome they are until you don’t have ready access to one any more. When I get home, the sofa corner is mine, and I won’t move my ass from it for at least a day. (I wish.)

2) Starting on the essay three days before the deadline… is not very good time management.

2b) When the essay deadline approaches, everything becomes secondary to the essay. That includes food and sleep.

3) Do not try to light beer on fire. It won’t work and you risk hurting your fingers.

4) What seems like a good idea in the middle of the night, after a few beers… might turn out to not be such a great idea after all.

4b) No-pants (skirts optional) Mondays is a good idea any time of day, no matter how drunk you are. Yes Marius, that applies to you, too.

5) If you are sleep deprived, seminars will have you nodding off, even after several cans of your energy drink of choice.

6) I did mention that couches are awesome, right?

7) Sleep is for lesser beings.

8 ) Pan-pizzas are your friend, now make an altar.

9) Summoning Dagon does not work. Not even on Halloween.

10) You will always forget something. Like how I just forgot the rest of the list. Go me!

As you can probably guess from the list, it’s been a nice few months.

~Grammer

Genderbender

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2009 by vilegrimoire

Anyone familiar with anime will, at one point or another have encountered the genderbender. For those who haven’t, it’s a male character turned female, or vice-versa. Most well-known example would be Ranma 1/2. It generally turns out to be pretty damn decent entertainment, because the things that crop up tends to be funny. So, today in the anime society we watched a show called Kampfer. Funny show, definitely recommended, judging by the first episode, anyway. The main character, a boy, is transformed into a magical girl. Yes, you read that right. And of course it’s funny.

However, genderbenders have one large, inherent problem. These are drawn characters, which gives a few options. And these are japanesse drawings, so of course they go all the way. Or to put it plainly, the female versions in gender benders tends to be god-damn hot! But at the same time, they are boys, so there’s all kinds of wrongness in there. And so, wrongness is taken new and interesting places.

When you finish watching a genderbender show, especially if you marathon it, there will come a point when the fact that that character is a girl gets tuned out and you just find that that girl’s hot.  Yeah, the show brain-washes you. And a little later, you realize the show tricked you. Brain-bleach nao, please?

Writing blog while drunk… best idea ever, by the way.

Fairtrade

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2009 by vilegrimoire

To me, the Fairtrade concept seems like a really good thing. Why is that? Well, there’s all that making the world a better place crap. Yeah, you can see how enthusiastic I am about that. No, the  genius of Fairtrade is that it tries, or at least appears to try, as far as I can see, to let me make the world a better place without doing anything out of the ordinary. Well, except dropping by the Union instead of a vending machine for drinks. But they have cookies there too, so that’s fine.

The thing is, to most people, making the world a better place is at best an intellectual excercise. Yes, equality, food and water for all is a nice concept and surely something worth working towards. But it takes time. Time I can use on important stuff, like writing a story worth publishing, clearing DragonAge a second time or ensuring that there’s enough bacon and tea around for me to survive. Because that’s what’s important to me. The conditions of farmers in the ass end of nowhere does at best interest me at a passing intellectual level, and at worst, it won’t concern me at all.

I’ve got no experience with true bad conditions. I have no interest in experiencing said conditions, except maybe as research. And even then, contact will be brief and controlled. Like many people, and unlike a few, I do not have the passion to run around to try and help out. And that is why Fairtrade is a good thing. As far as I know, they ensure farmers and whatever gets a bigger slice of the pie they help make. And all I need to do to help this process… is to drop by the student shop and pick up a few cans of coke. No need to run around with pamphlets. No need to sign my name anywhere. No bitching at politicians. Just buying coke that comes in a pretty white can with Ubuntu on it. And I’ll happily buy those cans, secure in the knowledge that I’m making the world a better place without lifting a finger. Besides, Ubuntu tastes good. And so does the Fairtrade cookies.

~Grammer

Uni life.

Posted in Life on October 21, 2009 by vilegrimoire

Ok, it’ been a while since last I did this. Didn’t really mean for it to be that long, but, well, things happened.

For one, I’m not “home” anymore, I’m at university. Aberystwyth University, to be exact.

Classes are nice, since it’s the start of the first year, things aren’t too hard, though I suspect they’ll be picking up soon enough. There’s an anime society here, which is absolutely awesome! And there’s a few others too, so I get off my ass and out among people several times a week. Yes, that’s a good thing.’

And finally, I’m learning to play bass.  I’m not very good yet, but I’m improving. And it’s fun to boot.

~Grammer

Critique!?

Posted in Writing on September 9, 2009 by vilegrimoire

Something that’s annoyed me for a while now is people who can’t, just can’t take criticism.

As an aspiring author, I love people who tell me that “Hey, you’re doing this wrong,” or “Hey, mayeb you should try something else here?” and similar. because that’s how you improve. You can’t improve without being told what you’re doing wrong. In my oponion, people who whine at criticism that focuses mainly on the negative don’t wish to improve.

A common excuse is that they’re just “doing it for fun”.  Someone else talked about “writing for fun” better than I could, here. In short, just because you’re doing it for fun doesn’t mean you should be bad at it, and is no excuse.

Another that shows up is “english is not my first language.” Newsflash, it’s not mine either and I write perfectly good English, which I’ve mostly learnt through reading things. And yes, I wrote good English way before I started writing it daily. As i see it, when a writer claims English isn’t their first language, it’s just a cheap cop-out. (BTW, “still learning the language, so please bear with me” is completely different. Here the writer is not trying to hide behind something, but is merely stating how it is. I.e, it’s not an excuse, it’s a reason.)

However, the one that aggravates me the most is when people demand your credentials after they get criticism from you. As i see it, the criticism itself should be all the credentials you need. You can’t judge a person’s ability to offer criticism on their art. A person can be a lousy artist himself, but still be good at spotting ways for others to improve. The same goes for writing critics. This of course works the other way too. A person can be an excellent writer, but still be bad at criticising others. In short, take a look at the critique you got. If it’s good and offers valid pointers, you should heed it, even if it does tell you that your work is bad. With the obvious exception of trolls (who can generally be spotted miles away), people will rarely tell you that your work sucks unless they have a really good reason. And when someone does, I would suggest you stomp down real hard on your ego abd take a look to see if there’s anything in what they say.

When someone gives you a critique, they are providing you with a service. They are using their precious time, that they could have used on something else, like writing, or drawing, to tell you how to improve. They are, in fact, doing you a huge favour. To fling lame excuses at the critique or trying to prove that they don’t know what they’re talking about, just because they didn’t praise your work to the stars, is arrogant and disrespectful.

~Grammer

Daily and a Newsletter.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 6, 2009 by vilegrimoire

I think I’ll try to start and write this thing daily. Because I can. Don’t know how interesting everything will be, though.

Now, I am a member of a writers forum called The Fifthwind, you’ll find a link on the right, and I’ve been a

member for years.  All in all, the place has been a great place for me and now it has its own newsletter, here: http://thekreggorian.com/fifthwind-newsletter/

It’s worth checking out.

~Grammer.