Today in awesome: It’s Suikoden Day 2012!

November 30, 2012 at 12:01 am (Awesome, Uncategorized) (, , , )

It’s that time of the year again: Suikoden Day!

(Remember how much fun last year was?)

Dish out the food!

Have long, insightful conversations!

Bring out the booze!

And the karaoke!

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A few words about Halloween

October 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm (Nostalgia, Random Shit, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Let Mr. Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud and the boys from Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree explain:

moundshroud

“Do you see lads? Think! People vanished forever. They died, oh Lord, they died! But came back in dreams. Those dreams were called Ghosts, and frightened men in every age—“

“Night and day. Summer and winter, boys. Seedtime and harvest. Life and death. That’s what Halloween is, all rolled up in one. Noon and midnight. Being born, boys. Rolling over, playing dead like dogs, lads. And getting up again, barking, racing, through thousands of years of death each day and each night Halloween, boys, every night, every single night dark and fearful until at last you made it and hid in cities and towns and had some rest and could get your breath.”

moundshroud 2

“And you began to live longer and have more time, and space out of the deaths, and put away fear, and at last have only special days in each year when you thought of night and dawn and spring and autumn and being born and being dead.

“And it all adds up. Four thousand years ago, one hundred years ago, this year, one place or another, but the celebrations all the same—“

halloween tree kite

“The Feast of Samhain—“

“The Time of the Dead Ones—“

All Souls’. All Saints’.”

“The Day of the Dead.”

El Dia De Muerte.”

“All Hallows’.”

“Halloween.”

I miss Ray Bradbury.

Illustrations by Joseph Mugnaini. Kite image taken from The Haunted Closet. Vid is from the 1993 The Halloween Tree cartoon.

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Creepy videos for Halloween 2012

October 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm (Awesome, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

There’s a lot of creepy shit on YouTube. Some of them are the short, gut-punch bits of scary that one may watch for that immediate dose of ‘what the fuck did I just see’ that makes any day, but most especially Halloween, all the better.

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Like these:

The Cat With Hands

Directed by Robert Morgan. This appeared on Neil Gaiman’s blog some years back. It starts off with a rhyme that tends to get stuck in your head.

The Gloaming

Directed by Andrew Huang. This is the real reason why people shouldn’t stay at their offices late, especially when ravens have gathered at the windows.

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Today in awesome: It’s Suikoden Day!

December 15, 2011 at 6:01 am (Awesome, Uncategorized) (, , , )

It is Suikoden Day. Let’s party n__n.

Have a drink
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30 Days of Books

September 2, 2011 at 5:17 am (Uncategorized) (, )

Why? Because I went into 30 Day meme withdrawal after finishing the 30 Day Song Challenge on Facebook, and I happen to like books.

Books

This was taken from 30 day memes, (which unsurprisingly, is the first thing that comes out when you google ’30 day meme’). I realize there’s also a 30 Day Book Challenge Community on Facebook, but I liked this meme better.

So. I will now update this everyday. Huzzah.


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The 27 Club

July 25, 2011 at 3:51 am (Uncategorized) ()

In honor of Amy Winehouse (September 14, 1983-July 23, 2011) who her fans had hoped would live longer so she could go on making great music.

She joins a group of musical talents who all died at the age of 27. These are some of the others:

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Jim Henson’s Labyrinth turns 25 years old

June 28, 2011 at 2:12 am (Nostalgia, Uncategorized) (, , )

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, of puppet magic and Goblin King fame, was released exactly 25 years ago today.

labyrinth
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Today in awesome: HBO series opening sequences

April 20, 2011 at 9:54 am (Uncategorized)

HBO has a penchant for wicked mood-setting opening sequences. These are just a few of them n__n.

Carnivale (2003-2005)

Opening sequence by A52, designed by a Mister Angus Wall.  The design team set out to “create a title sequence that grounded viewers in the mid-1930s, but that also allowed people to feel a larger presence of good and evil over all of time.” It ended up winning an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design in 2004.

Six Feet Under (2001-2005)

Note the pretty flake-away text n_n.

This was made by Digital Kitchen (the same people who made the equally pretty Dexter opening), with music  by Thomas Newman. Series creator Alan Ball said the opening sequence was “elegant, cinematic and so unlike TV.”

The designer Danny Yount shows people how he storyboarded the whole thing here.

Rome (2005-2007)

Once again made by the people at A52. This one won the 2005 BAFTA award for Main Title.

I liked that it’s all told through ancient graffiti, which fits considering graffiti tells some really gritty stories that may or may not make it to more academic retellings of history. Also, there’s a cock at 0:40 n__n.

Game of Thrones (2011-ongoing)

Designed by Angus Wall, made by Elastic.

I got chills seeing this the first time (because I’ve been devouring the Song of Ice and Fire books over the last month, so seeing something you’ve just very recently visited on paper up in animation was much yayness). I like that they focused on the map, given that the settings – the (big ice) Wall, and the castles and cities – play as much a role in the story as the characters themselves.

According to (the designer) Wall, the sequence will change as the series progresses, to focus on other areas like the Twins and the Eyrie.

Boardwalk Empire (2010-ongoing)

This one I enjoy watching, no matter how many times I’ve seen it. It’s got an awesomely weathered Steve Buscemi standing on the beach like he doesn’t give a shit if he’s getting salt water and bottle shards all over his Mighty Fine Shoes n__n.

It’s by Imaginary Forces, which made “a main title sequence that brings central story points of the series to life and introduces us to the main character, Nucky Thompson, ‘ruler of the boardwalk.'”

True Blood (2008-ongoing)

I’ve never actually watched True Blood o_O. Doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the opening sequence, also by Digital Kitchen. The theme here was apparently “the whore in the house of prayer.” You can almost smell the decay n__n.

And here’s that pretty Dexter (2006-ongoing) opening, just because n__n.

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