Sunday, November 30, 2008
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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I have been unhealthily uncreative lately. spending too much time playing Final Fantasy 12 and not enough time drawing and writing :P
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Derek was a nice guy. He always turned the other cheek when it came to confrontation, always let little old ladies have his seat on crowded buses and pretty much let women walk all over him. This isn’t so bad, mind you; there are worse things to be than a nice guy. However, Derek’s problem is that not only is he a nice guy, but he is also very unlucky. So, when it comes to excitement, you can usually find Derek at home, trying to beat the last level of Super Mario. He can never quite get that last jump right.
It was on of those nights that fate decided to throw a metaphorical bone at Derek, basically to see if he would bite. As Derek was sitting at home, playing his videogames, the door burst open and through it came a whirlwind. A whirlwind named
“Derek! This is an intervention!” he cried, as he marched across the room towards Derek’s desk.
“What? What the hell are you talking about
“You haven’t been out of the house in three months! It’s time for someone to do something! It’s time for you to do something!”
Grabbing the power cable for the computer,
“Dude! I was using that!” he said, standing up and turning to face
Three months ago, Derek, Gary and Penelope were relaxing at the seawall, watching the sun go down. They were young, restless, and full of hope for the future. Basically, the world had yet to crush their souls.
Three months ago, Derek, Gary and Penelope were relaxing at the seawall, watching the sun go down. They were young, restless, and full of hope for the future. Basically, the world had yet to crush their souls.
“What do you think we’ll be doing in ten years Derek?” Penelope asked, turning to look at him,
Derek thought about it, he had just started work as a chemical engineer. Having high hopes for the job, he was understandably optimistic.
“Well, hopefully the same thing we’re doing now, hanging out with our friends, although hopefully richer.”
“And maybe by then you’d have gotten laid Derek.”
Derek woke up in the passenger seat of
“Derek I’m sorry, but I couldn’t think of any other way to get you out of that house, man. I mean, I know you’re still hurting after the Penelope thing, but three months? I mean, I’d understand if you had actually…”
“Just, shut up
“Where are we going?”
“Why, to the clubs of course! Where else would we going on a Friday night?”
“Well…I was up to that last level in…”
“There’s a time and place for everything Derek my man, and Friday is let’s see how much I can drink before I pass out time.”
“I don’t know
“Listen to me, okay? How long have you known me?”
“Since primary school.”
“And how often have I been right about the need for drunken debauchery?”
Derek thought about this.
They were sixteen years old and at the back of the school.
“I don’t know about this
“Who goes around to the back of the school Derek? Honestly, sometimes you worry too much.”
“Hey! What are you kids doing back there?” yelled a voice.
In a flash, the kids were up and scrambling into the bushes that marked the school boundary. Running for their academic lives, they managed to reach the short cut that led to the main street. Looking back Derek saw that one of the girls had tripped and fell, and that the teacher was running up the track after them. That was the day Derek met Penelope. It was also the day that Derek got suspended from school for a week.
“Do you want the number of times you’ve been wrong about drunken debauchery?” he asked, raising an eyebrow.
“That’s all in the past Derek! Let it go! Let it be free like a little bird of freedom!”
“Derek! Tonight is about letting the past go, so let’s go.”
“I’ll buy you those girly drinks you like, come on Derek.”
“With the umbrellas in them?”
“Yes…with the umbrellas in them”
And so, with the prospect of drinks with umbrellas in them, Derek and Gary went out to face the night.
Now, a nightclub isn’t the best place to have a conversation, the music is loud, people are either drunk or pissed because they are designated drivers and can’t get drunk, and the floors are best not talked about. In other words,
Soon Derek and Gary were in a decent corner, sipping beverages and watching people gyrate. Eventually, the beat and the strawberry daiquiri began to get to Derek, and he found himself tapping his feet unconsciously.
“Now, go ask one of those girls to dance.”
“Go ask one of those girls to dance, Derek!”
“Are we going to have to discuss every little thing D? Just listen to me man; I know what I’m doing!”
Derek took another sip of liquid courage, before placing his drink carefully on the table.
“Cut the chatter Red 2, accelerate to attack speed.”
“I swear Derek; if you quote star wars one more time I’m going to punch you in the nose again.”
“Hey, at least I didn’t say, I have a very bad feeling about this!”
“Great…now I have bad feeling about this.”
It was soon after the day at the seawall that Penelope called Derek up at work. Derek was working on a particularly difficult chemical equation when he got the call, and was surprised to hear Penelope on the end of the line.
“Hey, Derek? Can we meet for lunch today?”
“Sure thing Penelope, I’ll pick you up from your office then.”
Derek went back to his equation, pondering slightly about Penelope, she sounded a bit flustered on the phone, as if she had something on her mind. In his pondering, Derek forgot to add the seven and minus the two.
A few hours later, Derek and Penelope were having lunch at the Last Chance Café. Derek was eating the smoked chicken sandwich, and Penelope the salad. They made small talk, about Penelope’s new job at the law firm, and Derek’s chemical equations, and then there was that lull that happens in most conversations.
“Derek, you know Pete right?”
“Tiny Pete? The guy from the commercials with the ladies pouring juice down his abs?”
“Uh…yeah, he kind of asked me out.”
“Oh…okay. That’s nice I guess. He works out right?”
“Yeah, what do you think of him?”
Derek couldn’t think of one thing to say. His mind was still struggling to process the fact that Penelope was going out with someone. Penelope! The queen of singledom! If he had known that she had wanted to start dating he would have…what would he have done? It was then that Derek realized that he had feelings for his best friend, and his nice guy-ness wouldn’t let him do a thing about it.
“He’s a good guy, I mean, professional you know? Not many people could carry off juice being poured on them with dignity, but he does it. God, how he does it.”
And so, his heart feeling strange, Derek went back to work in time to catch the explosion as a chemical equation went horribly wrong. Because someone forgot to add the seven and minus the two.
And so, we find Derek, unlucky in love, and an all around nice guy, walking toward a girl in a nightclub. He had seen her as soon as he entered, granted it was dark, and the strobe lights were flashing directly in his eyes but she was attractive and Derek was feeling courageous.
Her back was to him as he approached, and he attempted to tap her on the shoulder, when an arm reached up and grabbed his.
“Look out mate.”
Derek looked around for a couple of seconds, in his slightly inebriated state it took a while for him to register that the voice was coming from below his waist.
“Tiny Pete?” he said in disbelief. Of all the people to run into, he had to run into her boyfriend.
“Derek?” Penelope turned around, looking surprised, “where the hell have you been? I haven’t heard from you in months!”
Pete wasn’t going to take this lying down though. He had honed his three foot frame to perfection, and no one was getting away with calling him tiny.
“What did you call me?”
“Tiny Pete…um...Pete.” Derek said, in confusion. Unfortunately in his confusion Derek had the tendency to be honest.
“That’s it, I’m going to make a lesson out of you!” and for the second time that evening Derek was punched. This time however, it was not in the nose.
They sat there in silence, the sound of the sea crashing into the breakers and the cars rushing by punctuated the night air.
“You could have stopped him from biting me.”
“I’m sorry Derek, I really am alright?”
“It wasn’t that bad an evening you know? I mean, the daiquiri was nice.”
“And you’ve still got me!”
There was more silence.
“Don’t ever say that again.”
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Final Fantasy: DISSIDIA for the PSP. How did i not know about this? Basically it's Square-Enix's answer to Super Smash Bros. They're taking a whole bunch of heroes and villains from their extraordinary long line of games and making a platform for you to live out your fanboy dreams of who would win in a fight between Cloud Strife and Squall. Or Sephiroth and Squall...or...
Basically, they're taking one villain and one hero from each of the Final Fantasy games up until 10. So you've got 20 playable brawlers (and not to mention the unlockable crap that has to be in it, as if it wasn't awesome enough already) whom you can choose from. I haven't been able to find out if they're all available from the get-go though. I'm not too excited about playing Kuja from FF9 (he was the very ghey bad guy by the way) but aww yeah, bring on the Cloud vs. The Warrior of Light.
Kefka is in it! And he looks...creepy. When you're playing a game where the main villain is a sprite, its a little hard to get creeped out by this evil clownlike figure (yes, he is the joker of final fantasy) but i was. Now he's in 3D! and i can kick his ass. again.
Hey, Noodle! Borrow your PSP for this one mada :P
Website here: [link] i wish i knew Japanese...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I've used the bug character a lot in the last couple of years. He's kinda like... a personification of several people i know, or at least aspects of their personalities. usually these are the anti-social aspects :P
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Here be the text that appeared in the Sunday Times yesterday ^_^
Bond is out for revenge following the death of Vesper Lynd (his love interest in Casino Royale, and arguably the only love in Bond’s life) and his superiors are worried that Bond’s motivations will lead to disaster. The end of the last film leads to the revelation of the mysterious organization known as Quantum, an Illuminati-like terrorist group. They are a serious threat to the world, the seriousness of which can basically be summed up in the line that Mr. White gives to Bond and M, “Well, the first thing you should know about us is, we have people everywhere.”
Once again, Dame Judi Dench takes up her role as M, the head of MI6. The relationship between M and Bond is given more room to breathe than in previous films, and makes for a wonderful almost mother and son dynamic.
Quantum has their eye set on controlling a precious resource in
Daniel Craig is once again excellent as Bond, portraying a cold, sexy and ruthless man, whose broken heart keeps him awake at night. The action sequences are all brilliant, many of them looking quite painful to watch. Craig in fact suffered several injuries while shooting the film, one requiring eight stitches to his face, and another incident in which his fingertip was sliced off. One of the gripes that I’ve heard about the new direction the Bond series is taking is that it seems to be moving away from the one-liners and the fantastic. The film is grounded in reality, with themes such as oil and water being important resources that a large majority of the world need, and even the recent stock market crash being mentioned.
What this means though, is that we don’t get villains like Jaws or Oddjob (the man with the killer bowler hat) instead we get Dominic Greene who looks just like your average businessman. With films like Taken and the Bourne series though, it’s no wonder that Bond has had to reinvent itself to keep up with the times, and it makes a marvelous movie and is lots of fun to watch.
Some of the plot is a bit hard to follow at times, and Bond never feels much like he’s threatened at all by the bad guys. But, these are small points in an overall quality and surprisingly beautiful film. The stunning vistas, attractive women and bombastic action pull you into the experience. It is Bond, and it is good.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
things happen to people all the time. good things, bad things, thing things. i know that i've lead a relatively short life so far, but some very bad things have happened to me. some of them are things i can't even talk about, and thinking about them still makes my soul turn into steel. some of them i have taken for granted, because that's the way i deal with them. my parents, for one, sometimes i wonder about them, and about love.
my father, he found love again, and he was happy. not completely happy, there were regrets, and there was a lot of sadness in his life as well. but my stepmum took that sadness from him the vast majority of the time, i could tell from their smiles. losing him was one of those bad things.
there are other things too, that have happened to me that i don't know if i can ever share. horrible things. i know it isn't good to keep them inside you, these horrible things, but theres a part of me that's scared that if i let them out, no one would ever love me again. yes, they're that bad.
screams, shouts, broken plates and glasses.
i like to think that we're all messed up in our own way. the wonderful thing about being here on this planet are the people, the good ones and the grey ones and the not so good ones. we all learn from each other, and keep each others demons at bay. figuratively speaking of course.
This is turning out to be a really emo post for some reason >_<
anyway, got published in Fiji Times today, they didn't edit my article that much, which is good! usually they mix up phrases and stuff that i write. they even left in the part where i talk about giant sand covered women :)
will post up the article here tomorrow, so you can all laugh at my writing skeelz.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
i know, i am awesome.
yeah, i like how this one turned out, also for maximum Blastoise awesomeness, watch video on this page: link
and hey, link possibly-not-safe-for work aye.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sephy put up a good fight, like he always does, but eventually the better man prevailed. I remember the first time i beat Sephiroth in Final Fantasy 7...it was a very proud moment in my young life, so beating him again ( for the third time technically) was pretty nostalgic. Square knows how to hit those heartstrings :P
Also! grats to the Bati for beating Ireland! Although technically i'm part Irish-gypsy i feel sommat akin to those leprechaun lovers.
This is a relatively short post.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
haven't made one of those in a while...perhaps i shall try and sell it to weekly publications >_>
also! my sister been get the Ultima Weapon for Sora in Kingdom Hearts 2, and the Save the Queen for Donald. That's his ultimate weapon by the way. Goofy is depressed because he doesn't have his, but we shall work on that.
Yeah, being broke-ish means i spent the whole weekend at home! yay! Mostly was spent killing my body with those little sticks and playing vidjagames with my sister. The house was very quiet because the cousins were in Waikalou with their mum. It was a pleasent change, but i missed the little knee-biters ( can't call em ankle-biters anymore because they are too big).
In more KH news, Sephiroth is a boci. Like, the biggest boci of them all. Here is a picture of him. Lookit me an' mah super long swooord!
He is...harder than the last boss, so i think i must defeat him in order to prove to myself that i have finished that bloody game. An example of how hard he is: oh look, i have failed to block a single attack that he made...oh fuck! my health! sweet merciful Curaga where has health gone!
you also have to fight him one-on-one with no Drive techniques (a special move where you "merge" with a party member...yeah, "merging" with Goofy is weird), no limit breaks and no hope.
because he is a boci.
Friday, November 7, 2008
so i finally finished Kingdom Hearts 2. Arjay was kind enough to loan me his playstation two, and i got to finish the game i should've completed in 2005. i remember saving up for an original copy of the first Kingdom Hearts, simply because it was a collabaration between two of my favorite things. First off, it's Final Fantasy ( which i love ) and it's Disney (who's films never dissapoint, unless we count the shoddy sequels, which i am willing to forgive for now).
I bought Kingdom Hearts way back in 2002, when it came out, for a whopping price of 120 dollars. i was 13, that was a lot of weekends of saving up. it came with a full on walkthrough/ art book, and i played it to death. we're talking get your characters to level 99 to death, which i rarely do nowdays. i played that game so much that Goofy could kick heartless arse all on his own.
That's right, Goofy is a badass. The Disney worlds in part two still feel fresh and clean after 4 years, particularly Port Royal, the Pirates of the Carribean world ( yes, Jack Sparrow joins the party! woo!). And the combat is Reflexive and neat. Also, it tends to look very very cool, despite the fact that you're spamming three buttons over and over again. The option is there for deep combat though if you want, i mean you could guard attacks, juggle enemies and use magic effectively.
And Donald is just the best Black Mage ever. And the fanboy moments! oooh boy the fanboy moments.
the battle of Hollow Bastion served to fill me with an electric tingle as Cloud, Squall, Tifa and Yuffie all fought heartless at Soras side.
Even the Gullwings from FFX-2 are in it! my sister gave a pretty high pitched squee when those three showed up :P
Admittedly! i do have gripes with the story. when you take away the Final Fantasy and Disney bits, it's a sort of solid, yet sappy tale about hearts, friendship and the meaning of existence. however, after playing the game for about two days straight i was kind of pondering the meaning of The realms of Darkness and Kingdom Hearts. Also, would it hurt to have a kiss at the end? i mean come on! this is a Disney game! let the guy get a peck on the cheek at least!
As with lots of Square games lately, there are three spin offs planned for next year, none of them a proper sequel. One of em is a DS game that follows Organization XIII (the big bad fellas of part 2) around, another is a PSP game that has some Keyblade knights in it set 10 years before the events of part 1 and the last one is a fricking mobile phone game. yes, a mobile phone game. it's like bloody Final Fantasy 7: Before Crisis all over again for me.
I have just gotten off the late train, and the ride was fine :)
also, some Undead warrior named Edd hit level 70 in the past few days, i wasn't really paying attention.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
with an Axe. i know, i know, i spend way too much time playing this game. actually, i spend too much time playing Edd when i should be paying attention to he-who-changes-his-hairstyle-everytime-i-log-in Seedus.
You see, Edd has decided that he loves Nagrand. It's a pretty, almost Super-marioish place, with floating chunks of earth hanging in the sky, often with little waterfalls running off them into the air. Don't ask me how they get the water back onto the floating bits.
Occasionally, after times of Ogre genocide he sends the cloth and random bits of equipment he finds to his good buddy Seedus. I recently logged onto Seed, and...he had a lot of cloth.
But enough of this WoW talk, let us talk of other things, like music and art and culture. or maybe just music.
I recently acquired a Best of Bob Dylan album. I don't know what really made me do this, i guess i was pining for some soft tunes, after getting tired of the alternative stuff i seem to be listening to alot of lately. This morning, i let it play while i was doing some feminist work and...i was transported back to the good old days.
Riding in my dads green morris minor, with the CD player on, singing along to Forever Young and Blowing in the Wind. I must have been about 10 or 11. Thats where the music takes me, and it's a safe warm place.yeah, sawn off shotguns are fun to draw. took me forever to get them right, can you tell?
I've been thinking about Noodle a lot lately. Good thoughts, you know. I dunno, i've been pretty sad lately for some reason, thoughts of my dad and noodle and people who i miss are usually up in there in my head. I'm glad i've got some work to do now though. Keep those hands busy and all that.Halloween was fun, i went as a generic cowboy man. Complete with sixshooters and authentic cowboy sneakers. Everyone had such a good time, i wonder why we don't dress up in costume every weekend :P
yeah, there was one point, when we went to Traps, where i was returning to my friends when a lady stopped me, she looked very drunk, and was old-ish. looking deep into my eyes, she said " i like your hat" and pulled down my bandanna. she stared at me for a full five seconds, before turning and leaving without a word. My stunning visage had rendered her virtually speechless. i wasn't slightly depressed by this at all.
Hopefully, when we i get some photo's i will post em up. Because how often do i get to dress up?