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The really delayed post about my sister's really big party.

Heehee. I'm borrowing the term 'really big party' since I loved it so much the first time I read it. Well, this is a late post (like, a year late). But I had promised by cousin that I would do a post about my sister's wedding, so here it is. My memory of it may be a leeetle bit rusty, so it is really just going to be a photospam with some very light, random commentary.

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Because I thought this'd be a fun way to artificially add activity to my LJ, here's a pronunciation meme I found on friend's LJ.


Thanners :: Pronunciation Meme by thanners

Pronunciation Meme

My own answers in parentheses.

Your Name and/or Username: (Adam / Thanners)
Where you're from: (Perth, Western Australia)
Say the following words: aunt, roof, route, wash, oil, theater, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, sure, data, ruin, crayon, toilet, New Orleans, pecan, both, again, probably, spitting image, Alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, syrup, pajamas, caught, orange, coffee, direction, naturally, aluminium and herbs.
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? (Toilet-papering?)
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called? (Soft drink or fizzy drink)
What do you call gym shoes? (Sports shoes or sneakers)
What do you say to address a group of people? (Hey, Heyas, Howdy, Salutations)
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs? (Daddy Long legs)
What do you call your grandparents? (mother's side: Pho Pho, Kung Kung; father's side: Grandpapa)
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket? (Trolley, Shopping trolley)
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining? (Sun shower)
What is the thing you change the TV channel with? (Remote, or Remote control if I feel like the extra effort)

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An update!

Not sure how this'll go due to a strange stuffiness in my head that's been making it hard to concentrate for the past week, but I'll deign to write a few sentences. (c: (Odd, isn't it, how I always feel most inclined to write when I'm least capable of coherent writing. Maybe it's because I'm even less able to focus enough to play video games. Anyway, whatever)

Books

So, since my last post about books, I've read

  • A Deepness In The Sky by Vernor Vinge
  • Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  • Brasyl by Ian McDonald
  • Last of the Wilds by Trudi Canavan
  • Voice of the Gods by Trudi Canavan
  • Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
and next up, starting tomorrow:
  • Rainbow's End by Vernor Vinge

I may (or may not) write a little more on them in the future, but suffice to say, I enjoyed reading all of those books, and recommend them. I hear that Orson Scott Card's books apparently go downhill a bit, but I figure I might as well keep on reading.

I'm also running out of space on my book shelf, but I can't stop myself buying new books (c:

Music(als)

So, recently I purchased DVDs for The Guild from Amazon, the ordering system of which craftily suggested that I also purchase Dr Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog. How could I not?

I did enjoy Dr Horrible when I watched it the first time on the net, but I do have to say I was a little put-out by the third act. However, time apart from it and now I enjoy it thoroughly. But! Even more awesome was the special features on the DVD (which you no doubt could find fairly easily on Youtube or whatever) including: Commentary! The Musical. It was nearly 40 minutes of more music, songs performed by the writers/actors playing exaggerated versions of themselves. Amusing lyrics and a fair variety of musical styles. Particular favourites included Nobody's Asian in the Movies performed by Maurissa Tancharoen, Heart, Broken, in which Joss Whedon sings of how stories get picked apart for the sake of DVD extras and tie-ins. Also, Neil's Turn has Neil Patrick Harris just being awesome.

Anyway, listening to it put me into this mood for musicals, and in particular I sought an old musical that my sister and I used to watch religiously until the VHS tape our grandmother had recorded it on broke. That musical is Into the Woods. And it's just as funny and awesome as I (vaguely, after 15, 20 years) remembered it to be.

It is a musical which combines several fairy-tales together, specifically Cinderella, Jack and Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood. It also links them with a story of a baker and his wife who have been cursed by a witch to never have children (because the baker's father once stole magic beans from her garden). However, she will lift the curse if they prepare a potion for her, which requires various ingredients ("the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold").

It's just such a funny, wonderful musical. If you haven't watched it before and have even any remote interest in musicals, I recommend you find the DVD of the original Broadway cast. Or you can borrow it. (c: (Once I receive my DVD sometime next week, anyway. I have to admit that I was impatient and watched it via.. other means first)

Anyway, time for sleeeeeeeep.

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I'd asked a friend of mine if he could draw some personalised icons of me or of Thanners!Me to use on my LJ/etc; this is the first one he sent to me.

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As I'd mentioned in my last post, I started reading Richard Morgan's "Black Man"/"Thirteen", but just couldn't seem to get into it for some reason. I'm sorry Richard, you even wrote "Enjoy! (I hope!)" on the insides of my books, too, when I'd admitted I hadn't actually read any of your stuff before. I do hope I'll go back to it again to enjoy it. At least I did enjoy "The Steel Remains".

So, I picked up "Ender's Game" instead. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It was easy to get into, and an interesting read, enough so that I'm interested in the other books by Orson Scott Card. However, "Ender's Game" was the only book I'd actually heard of before; are the other books any good?

Next, I then moved onto Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon The Deep" (sci-fi), which I just recently finished. This one I really enjoyed reading. It was a book that I found very interesting from very early on, and I loved his aliens. In fact, I enjoyed reading the book in large part for more chances to read sections that involved this particular race, the "Tines" (this is not to say the parts that didn't focus on them were crap, I enjoyed those parts, too). I have to admit that while I do enjoy reading, I'm not very well-read, so maybe there's a whole host of other authors who would have elicited a similar response from me, or who have done similarly interesting things. Anyway, whatever. I was fascinated with his aliens from the earliest chapters they were introduced. I'm being deliberately vague because I took great pleasure in learning about the nature of them the first time, and wouldn't want to spoil that for anyone else.

If you've read this book, did you have the same fascination with the Tines as I did?

Anyway, next up is "Priestess of the White" by Trudi Canavan.

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Howdy all! Thought I'd post something since, well, it's been a while.

I'd once again resolved this year to read more (and more often). Swancon this year was helpful in kick-starting this interest again. I'd had the chance to see panels with the guest authors Richard Morgan and Trudi Canavan--neither of whom I'd actually heard of before, but who were interesting enough that I bought some of their books (and got them signed).

The first book I read since Swancon was Richard Morgan's "The Steel Remains", which is Richard Morgan's first foray into fantasy, and is of the fairly vicious, 'gritty' type of fantasy. Apparently it suits him down to the ground, though I haven't read any of his science fiction. It was a good read, and I await the next in the series.

A few days after finishing it, I started on Trudi Canavan's somewhat more "PG"-rated fantasy series "The Black Magician trilogy", starting with "The Magician's Guild". I've found it to be a highly enjoyable page-turner; I've already devoured the first two books and am trying to delay myself from reading the last one (because my eyes really need some rest. I haven't been glued to a book for some time, mainly because I haven't been reading anything new until recently).

Also by Richard Morgan, I have the science fiction book "Black Man" (called "Thirteen" in the U.S., I think). I'll probably read that next

Additionally, I picked up a group of second-hand books cheap at the Swancon auction: "Figures of Earth", "A Fire Upon The Deep", "The Ruins of Isis", and the one that made me bid on the bundle: "Ender's Game" (no, I hadn't read it yet. Really). It's nice to have new books in my reading queue again. (c:

Anyway, I'm afraid I've been murdering grammar because I'm tired and finding it really difficult to even string words together today, so I'll leave it at that.

No, wait, I have a haiku I composed in a few minutes this afternoon at work:

I am so weary,
I cannot wait for day's end
Um, five syllables.

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Generally I dislike anything that makes me feel as if I'm 'showing off', but because of the nature of this post.. it's pretty much just straight-up showing off. (c:

Anyway, some of you may know that I've started doing gymnastics. I started about November 2008, initially going just Wednesday afternoons, and then going both Wednesdays and Saturdays. It's a fairly informal class, with about half an hour to an hour of warm-up, stretching and maybe some technique work, and then it's mainly just 'free time'. Most of the people there do various things from tricking to martial arts, to break dance type stuff, so the motivations of people vary. Some did gymnastics and want a chance to regain skills, some just want to be able to use the equipment, the floor, the trampolines. However, even though it's not a very strict class, the coach is willing to assist, which is great.

I've sustained several injuries doing it. Anyone who knows me knows that I tend to be fairly injury-prone, which made gymnastics kind of an odd choice. (c: However, I'm also getting much better at treating my injuries and avoiding them, so.. I think it's working out. Currently I am still sporting a thumb-wrist injury from a couple of months ago that is still slooooowly getting better. I've had various pulled muscle in my lower abdomen, wrenched a shoulder, sprained ankles, and just had various other general soreness, typically of tendons. But I think I'm both getting better at knowing how to deal with injuries (and more importantly, how to avoid them), and my joints are slowly getting stronger.

So. Because I feel like I've already rambled without any particular direction long enough, I'll cut this post short here, with a very short video of a couple of the somersaults I've managed.

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1. Put your music player on shuffle.
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to each question.
4. NO CHEATING.


1. How am I feeling today?
"Always crashing in the same car." [david bowie. oddly fitting, since i'm totally Mr Injury-Prone today]

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Just a random update at 3:30pm.

Games
Haven't really played anything on the PC for a while, but I have been playing my DS a fair bit more.

Chrono Trigger: (JRPG). Such an awesome game this third time around. I really like this one, it rates high on my personal 'top games' list. The DS version was pretty much a straight port of the original, but translation cleaned up, some cutscenes taken from the Playstation version, and an improved, (imo) cleaner interface that makes use of the dual-screen.

I haven't actually finished it, I've just been at the point (as you get in most Square RPGs) where you're close to the end, and have the freedom to do all the sidequests and become über powerful. But the other thing about it is the extra story you get by letting each of the characters go and.. do their thing. I'll probably play through it again to see each of the (twelve!) endings.

Professor Layton and the Curious Village: (Puzzle-adventure). Pretty much just a game of about 120 various puzzles (tile-sliding, simple maths, re-arrange the matchsticks, move the wolves & chickens across the river, etc...), wrapped up with a fairly reasonable story. Presentation was quite nice, too.

The World Ends With You: (Action JRPG). This was an interesting game. I wasn't sure about it when I first started it, and the main character being a bit of a git also made it harder to get into, but it was intriguing enough that I kept playing... And then at a certain point I suddenly realised I thought the game was awesome, and I began to find the world quite engaging.

The game itself is fairly linear; as Professor Layton was a game where you advanced through a linear story and solved puzzles along the way, in TWEWY you advance along a linear storyline and fight battles along the way. It's all really stylishly presented, though, both the art and soundtrack are pretty cool (YMMV), and it's a game that was clearly designed with the DS in mind.

The battle system is quite fun, if somewhat RSI-inducing and initially feeling very complicated. You have to control a fight with two people on both screens at the same time. The top character is controlled using the directional buttons (or B, A, Y, X if you prefer holding it the other way), while the bottom is controlled with the stylus, slashing/scratching/tapping/dragging, and occasionally by shouting into the microphone (choosing more mic-based attacks would probably reduce strain on the wrist. :P).

It also had other interesting things, like being able to set your current level to anywhere from 1 to your actual level, allowing for more of a challenge, but increased chance of rewards. So I'm currently playing through the game again with my level fixed at level 1, difficulty set to HARD, and seeing how I go. (c:

Other Things
Lost and Battlestar Galactica come back soon! YAY. In related news, I have the DVDs for BSG (miniseries + seasons 1, 2, 3 + Razor + first half of season 4), and intend to try to get my friends to catch up before the end. (c: (yeah, i know that's a Lot of watching..)

Temeraire: I still haven't picked up the fifth book, "Victory of Eagles", and it's killing me a little bit.

Wheel of Time: I'm up to "Winter's Heart" on my nth re-read of the series. I find myself skim-reading the Perrin & Faile chapters. Again. I feel like I started this re-read too soon, since the book won't be out until the end of this year, and that's only if I'm lucky.

Weddings: Also, I've been to another couple of weddings in the past couple of months, but I shall post about them in another post.

Also, just thought I'd share this. I was looking over a profile describing midwives data, which obviously has mother and child information on it. These thoughts flashed through my head in the space of about a second:

"Huh, so that must be the baby's sex, but what about the mother's?"
"..."
"Oh, wait."

*facepalm* Well, I did say it was 3:30pm, right?

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So, this has been making its way around recently. Someone had taken extracted models from World of Warcraft, and storyboarded and animated a short video. Some very impressive animation camera, lighting and animation work, and quirky but strangely fitting choice of music. Wire-fu-type choreography, if you like that sort of thing. (c:

I think you can appreciate it even if you've never ever touched Warcraft before, as long as you can appreciate the animation.

[Video - BLIND] HD version looks better. Obviously.

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