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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

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

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.

What do I actually do?

Posted in Uncategorized, Writing on August 12, 2009 by vilegrimoire

It might be time for a post about what I actually do.

I’m a writer, or at least I like to fancy myself one. My preferred genre is known as cosmic horror and it’s many variants. For the uninitated, cosmic horror is very basically about human insignificance, mostly expressed through really big monsters that will drive you mad when you see them. The most well-known author in the genre is H.P. Lovecraft.

What I like about the genre is the way it allows you to get away without showing the monsters or explaining anything about what’s going on. Instead of my having to detail a monster, and thus taking away the mystique, I just give enough for the reader to have a general picture and leave the rest to their imagination.  In short, I let people know there are things that go bump in the night, things that bump very, very hard, but don’t say anything about just what it is.

Right now I’m working on two short stories with the aim of getting published and one longer story to keep me focused. The long one is a piece of crap, but it gives me something to do,  so I don’t fall out of the routine when I odn’t have anything else. Juggling the three makes sure I don’t get tired of any one of them. In addition, I tend to write short stories for the general entertainment of the forums I’m on, both of which are listed among the links on the right.

After a few trial run, I, like so many before me, have found that a routine is all-important. For me, that means getting up, getting clothed, eating breakfast, brewing something hot to drink (mostly tea) and then settling down for an hour or two. I do that every day, except for Sundays. Got to have a day off.

So there’s the short version of what I do.

~Grammer, Most Loquatious Lord of Syntaxed Vocabularies.

The wonder of stars.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 5, 2009 by vilegrimoire

Was planning something serious, but.

Look outside. See those stars (I most asuredly can’t. Fucking clouds.)? Buggles!

Wasn’t talking about those stars anyway. Ever knocked your head really hard? I most assuredly have. It’s a most wonderful feeling. Everything swims and you can’t really see anything because it’s all foggy. That’s when the stars come out.  Apart form the accompanying nausea, they are very nice.

Pretty little stars.

Goes to show you shouldn’t blog while drunk. Reminds me of some good old concussions. And makes me want to get another one, and that would be downright stupid, you know.

Grammer, the Everloving God of Casual Beers.