LOVE & JOY

Mar. 16th, 2011 02:42 am
xnera: Icon of Lucius Malfoy leaving the Death Eaters to perform karaoke  (TIN ROOF!!! RUSTED!!!)
I am completely enraptured with this video. I think I've watched it 20+ times in the past two days. It's so, so happy. Bouncy J-pop + dancing + awesome animation + great graphics for a YouTube video + Final Fantasy XI + PUPPETS! DANCING! + a Blue Mage doing a double-take as another BLU turns into a Soulflayer + ODIN & ALEXANDER. DANCING!!! *wheeze*

Someone on YouTube commented that the video basically tells the story of the Aht Urhgan missions. I haven't progressed far enough in that storyline to know if that's true or not, but the video DOES tell a story, which is why I <3 it so much more than if it was just an average dance video.

xnera: Icon of Lucius Malfoy leaving the Death Eaters to perform karaoke  (TIN ROOF!!! RUSTED!!!)
I GOT CRAP I GOT CRAP I GOT CRAP I GOT CRAP I GOT CRAP!!!

YEARS OF TRYING AND I HAVE FINALLY SCORED SOME CRAP!!!

*dances about excitedly*

Visit Woot to get some crap of your own. :D edit: Sold out now.

I will take this kind of crap any day. Much better than the crappy start of the day. TMI )

Oh gods my hands are all shaky from the adrenaline. I'm just so, so excited. :D

And in other daily deals, Dizzy Sheep got me tonight, too. No randomness from them tonight; they're offering Lana Grossa Tender for $0.99 a ball. It retails at $9.95. I've never tried it, but it sounds intriguing. It's 50% Virgin Wool, 40% Microfiber, 10% Acrylic. I love microfiber clothing so I've been interested to see how yarn with microfiber feels.

This was definitely worth staying up for. :D YAY!
xnera: Icon of Noctis from Final Fantasy Versus 13, using magic. (noctis)
I'm not even going to bother with an opening. Here's the second trailer. Watch. Enjoy. Watch again. You'll want to. Go ahead--I'll wait.

video, breakdown, and squeeing under cut )
The Music! The Editing!
I'm not cutting this part, because I think it'd be interesting to people on my flist who might not be gamers.

The music HAD to be written just for this trailer. I would not be surprised at all if it ends up in the game, too, but it works so perfectly with this trailer that it's clear to me it's not just a matter of the director/editing finding some music from the game that sort of fits.

Unlike the first trailer which has more of a sad lament building up to action, this one starts right off with a grand entrance. I don't have enough musical training to describe it accurately *flails* but it's bravura, with lots of brass. A big, epic sound. (Someone with more musical training, help me out here?) There's a very nice moment where the music matches up in time with Noct's steps down the stairs as he enters battle. It really emphasizes how COOL this scene is. :D

The prologue fades right at the lovely moment where Noct grabs the sword. Hold on that for a moment, then a cut to a credit. When we enter the next scene, the music has gone through a transformation. Just like the scene, which features a driving car, the music is driving, too. And again, I don't have the words to properly describe it, but I felt the music really helped give the feeling of the start of a story.

Another nice moment is when the Friendship scene starts. The music shifts from the driving, epic feel and is now more sweet and playful. The voices die down as the strings and piano come to the forefront. This is why I love Shimomura-san's work, and why she's going to do such an awesome job composing Versus: the music fits the emotion of the scene. No, the music CAUSES the emotion of the scene. It just wouldn't be as effective without the awesomeness of the music.

Watch the trailer again. Notice how each section before a credit cut ends with an epic image? Also, the music tends to climax/shift at these images. Again, it all works together: the music, the editing, the directing, the camera angles--it all comes together to make a cohesive whole.

I think the intercuts to show credits was actually a brilliant move. Yeah, it segments the trailer, but it does it in a way that actually collects scenes together, rather than making them more disjointed. And it also serves to impress the fans by showing just how many awesome people are working on this game. Compare this with XIII's second trailer, which IS a bunch of disjointed images and music, and you see just how bad that trailer is compared to this one. The fact that the editing on THE FREAKING TRAILERS for Versus is so, so good makes me confident that the game will be, too. I'm much less confident about XIII because the trailers are edited so poorly. I'm hoping the actual game will be wonders above the horrible trailers.

MOAR SPECULATION!!! Because I just can't quit talking about this game. )
xnera: Icon of Noctis from Final Fantasy Versus 13, using magic. (noctis)
WALL of text behind the cut. You have been warned. But I really, really hope you read, because I am SO DAMN EXCITED about this game and need to squee about it with others. Plus I talk about editing and similar stuff, which would probably be interesting to the writerly folks on my flist. Please, please read? *makes puppy dog eyes*

I am so full of squee I fear I may burst )
xnera: Icon of Kyp/Tohru, hugging. Full of love! (full of love)
Vaguely recalled this morning that the full moon was happening soon, so I headed over to the lab looking for updates, and sure enough, it was posted this morning! Two words: *DROOL* and *whimper*. The first is because both Beaver Moon and Scorpio 2007 sound very appealing to me (especially the first!). And some of the new GC scents sound yummy as well; I'd love to try Kill-Devil and Plunder. The *whimper* is because I haven't bought any Halloweenies yet, and I was hoping to do that soon. Might have to put that off a bit more for the lunacies. Think I could pass up Scorpio 2007, maybe get an imp in a decant, but I really think I need Beaver Moon. The description makes me giggle. :D

In other BPALy news, [livejournal.com profile] wylddancer was offering mystery imp packs on [livejournal.com profile] sinandsalvation for the low low price of $22, and I figured what the heck? The price is VERY reasonable; $20 is my "can spend without worrying about it too much" limit; and while I'm building up a nice collection of imps, I'm still new enough that it's not likely I'd get repeats. Plus I hadn't gotten any packages in the mail for a bit, and this is wrong. Packages in the mail are a requirement for my happiness and sanity. *nods*

So I commented with: I'm interested! I'm still new enough to BPAL that I don't have a wish list yet, but I like foodie scents and earthy/incense scents. My four favorite scents out of the one's I've tried so far are Aunt Caroline's Joy Mojo, Tezcatlipoca, Crossroads, and Dragon's Heart. I don't like really heavy floral scents. Lighter floral scents are okay, though.

This was on Sunday that I commented and paid for the pack. The package arrived today. WHOA. Good package! )
xnera: Icon captioned "Geek". (geek)
[livejournal.com profile] ryuko_midori draws a GREAT webcomic called The Green Avenger. I've created an LJ feed for it, at the very obvious [livejournal.com profile] green_avenger. This means you can get notifications of when new comics are posted RIGHT ON YOUR FRIENDS LIST!

Really, you should check it out. It's quite good.

And Abby-chan... make sure you check out the feed yourself. I've been leaving comments on the feed's postings as I read each strip. Yeah, the posts (and my comments) will disappear after two weeks, but it's a convenient place to talk about the strips. :)

In other news, work has been good today. Yay!
xnera: Icon of Draco Malfoy, captioned "I'm rather empowered." (I'm rather empowered.)
Oh, look. Some film that was a sequel to some TV show might be getting a sequel itself. How about that?

The back cover of the November 2005 Ann Taylor Catalog features Stella, one of [livejournal.com profile] bannaoj's puppies.

Someone at a board I lurk at just became a finalist for the Disney Fellowship. YAY!!!

[livejournal.com profile] weathergirl_03 has received 271 comments to her 1000+ comment post. Woohoo!

I have a Venti Peppermint Mocha. And seasonal candy.

I also have fuzzy fuzzy socks! They are chenille, and SO SO SOFT!!

EIGHTEEN DAYS UNTIL MY NEPHEW ARRIVES!!! And the neice should be coming soon, too!

edit: Low hit points? Have a potion! No, REALLY! Squeenix is making a line of energy drinks! How cool is that? (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hillary_gayle for the heads-up on this)
xnera: Icon of Haru from Fruits Basket, laughing manically.  (I am psychotic.)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] portkey:

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me. It can be anything you want – good or bad – BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.

Here's the one I left for him. :D

So, hit me! Be crazy!

In the meantime, I have more Cylons to battle. So I'm off to do that. But I'll be checking this post often. Oh yes I shall.
xnera: Icon of Kyp/Tohru, hugging. Full of love! (prettyness!)
I loaned [livejournal.com profile] princess_jules the entire Fruits Basket manga series (to date). This makes me squee. I'm kind of an enabler at times: I love to share stuff I love. Yeah, I kind of miss having the manga at home, but I'm sooooo super bouncy right now because she's enjoying reading the series.

So I'm high on the Furuba love right now, which of course means I have to go to the official site to indulge in the goodness that is Fruits Basket, and what do I see but this:

Legend states that if you fold 1000 paper cranes, your wish will be granted. Do you wish for a second season? Would you like to be able to show the creators of this series how much you enjoy it?

Now you'll be able to! At every convention we'll be attending this year, we will have origami paper and instructions so fans can fold paper cranes that we will eventually send to Japan to the creators of Fruits Basket.

Also check our booth at the cons for the times of our Fruits Basket rallies. We encourage all fans of the show and manga to show up in cosplay or even just in your Kyo and Yuki hat for the rally. Bring signs! We'll take a picture of the group and put it online and in our Fruits Basket Scrapbook that will be sent to Japan along with the cranes. Let them know how much you love the series, and who knows ... we might even convince them to do a second season.


Second. Season. OMG. *dies* And they've reached 1,000 cranes and are collecting more! Yay! It would be SO cool to have more of the anime. There would be a squee explosion.

I still have Kyo as my wallpaper at work. I love to minimize everything and see him scowling at me. So much fun!
xnera: Animated icon of Firefly's Serenity zooming by. (Zoom zoom Serenity!)
Picked up something for the party during lunch.

我的媽和她的瘋狂的外甥都・我的妈和她的疯狂的外甥都! It's so, so shiny! *explodes in squee*

This party's gonna be gorram awesome.

In other news, TWO HOURS UNTIL THE WEEKEND!!!
xnera: Icon of Lucius Malfoy leaving the Death Eaters to perform karaoke  (TIN ROOF!!! RUSTED!!!)
Happy Birthday
[livejournal.com profile] comava & [livejournal.com profile] mhw!!!


And hey! It's MY birthday today, too! *runs about in hexagons* And look! "Out of Gas" screenshots! On my birthday! *bounces* And I'm getting lots of emails from mailing lists and websites, all wishing me a happy birthday, which makes me giggle. Isn't that silly, that I'm giggling over an automated process? Still, it's kind of fun to check your email and see all these birthday greetings staring back at you.

I have a grande mocha frappuccino. But woe, it is almost gone. Usually I get a venti, but I thought I'd try to cut back to grande so I don't have as many calories.

Dad left a Dunkin' Donut on my desk. Hee! There's also food on the 7th floor today (wow, the building is celebrating my birthday!) so I'll probably go and get a bagel.

I am 11,111 today. *amused* Or 1F, if you prefer hex.
xnera: Icon of Haru from Fruits Basket, laughing manically.  (Mine is an evil laugh.)
OMG. I SURVIVED A WEEKEND WITHOUT TEH INTERNETS.

AND OMG. IT WAS ACTUALLY A PRETTY GOOD ONE. SHOCK!!!

LOTS OF SQUEEING INSIDE )
xnera: Icon of Lucius Malfoy leaving the Death Eaters to perform karaoke  (TIN ROOF!!! RUSTED!!!)
Apparently the businesses of the world are concerned that I have forgotten that MY BIRTHDAY IS IN SEVEN DAYS, because they keep reminding me:


[livejournal.com profile] xnera,
Experience the ULTIMATE BIRTHDAY at the ULTIMATE PARTY PLACE!

Get the party started. Print out this email and bring it to
your favorite GameWorks and receive a FREE DESSERT* with the
purchase of any entree PLUS a 1 HOUR VIDEO GAME PLAY CARD!*

Hurry this offer expires October 8, 2005.


Also:


Subject: Happy Birthday from Dave & Buster's!

Thanks for being a D&B RewardsSM member. It’s people like you who make this a fun place to party -- regardless of the occasion. To help you celebrate your special day, here's 50 FREE CHIPS good towards any of our games in the Million Dollar Midway(R).

Thanks again for being such a great guest. Hope you have a great birthday!

Enjoy!

Dave and Buster


I also received a postcard from Goodwill with a special discount at their stores. :D

Yes, I will be turning 31 this year. Old enough that I shouldn't get giggly with glee at having a birthday. But here I am bouncing around all excitedly and smiling like mad because OMG BIRTHDAY! And it's not like I'm planning anything really special for it, or expect lots of presents, because I'm not. But I'm still all excited about it.

I hope I never stop being excited about having a birthday.
xnera: Icon of Lucius Malfoy leaving the Death Eaters to perform karaoke  (TIN ROOF!!! RUSTED!!!)
I linked [livejournal.com profile] kenboy to the IM prank site. First thing he does? Pranks bot! )
xnera: Icon of Lucius Malfoy leaving the Death Eaters to perform karaoke  (TIN ROOF!!! RUSTED!!!)
This is my 1,400th LiveJournal post.

*demands 1,400 comments to it*

eta: Here's the last mega-comments post. Thank you, LiveJournal memories.
xnera: Animated icon of Firefly's Serenity zooming by. (Zoom zoom Serenity!)
This isn't getting much attention at Hatrack, so I thought I'd post it here as well.

SHINY! SERENITY! SHINDIG! My condo. South-side of Chicago in the 'burbs. October 1st. Noonish or such, with movie goin' around 2:00, I reckon.

You are all invited! Yes, you! I can't fit a HUGE amount in my condo, but it'd be shiny to go see the movie with a crowd of Browncoats. And I have a few things planned to make it one mighty fine shindig indeed.

This is a call for addresses. Snail mail or email, whichever you prefer. I'm hoping to send out official invites next week sometime. And yes, you can request an invite even if you're sure you're not going to be able to make it. Email addresses to xnera23 at Gmail. Or if you just want an evite and your email is visible on your userinfo, reply here expressing your interest.
xnera: Icon of Lucius Malfoy leaving the Death Eaters to perform karaoke  (TIN ROOF!!! RUSTED!!!)
Homemade hamburger, homemade french fries, and green beans. Mmm.

Am renting MacGyver from Netflix! He was my first TV boyfriend, you know. Yup, I liked 'em smart, even when I was a young'un.

First appearance of the famous Swiss Army knife: 4:01 minutes into the pilot. Hee!

I am also amused that the pilot ep was directed by Alan Smithee. That caused me to bark with laughter.

*goes back to watching*
xnera: Icon of Lucius Malfoy leaving the Death Eaters to perform karaoke  (TIN ROOF!!! RUSTED!!!)
OMG IT'S VASH THE STAMPEDE!! )

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