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coprime: a lone man walking through a bamboo forest (Mushishi)
Monday, October 14th, 2013 12:24 am
Hello dear Yuletide Author! Words cannot describe how excited I am that you offered one of my teeny fandoms. I love all these canons, so I'm sure I will love whatever you write me. I'm easy to please, I promise, so what I want most is for you to write a story that you like. If you already know what you want to write, go for it! If, on the other hand, you'd like a bit more diection, read on. (Warning: I got way more rambly this year than I have in past letters. Not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing yet.)

General Likes/Dislikes )

Breath of Fire III )

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) )

Octonauts (TV) )

Phantasy Star IV )

Final Thoughts: Thank you so much for offering to write one of my beloved fandoms, darling author! I know this is a long letter, but what I said in the first paragraph still stands. I am ecstatic at the mere idea of fic for me in one of my four requests, so if you already have an idea, go for it!

[1] A tool-assisted speedrun uses an emulator (and therefore save states and frame-by-frame progression of the game) to create a "perfect" game. I don't know if you're familiar with TASes or what the opinion of them is in the wider gaming community, but I think they'd be pretty decent for canon review. Personally, I find them neat because I find all the manipulation that goes on (lengthening the time between random encounters as much as possible, always getting critical hits, best walking path, etc.) really interesting. They're not a substitute for actually playing a game, but I don't think anyone in the TAS subculture claims it is. (I highly recommend the Super Metroid TASes and explanation about what they're doing as an intro to what TASes can do.)

The Breath of Fire III TAS is long, but the game itself is long. The TAS names Ryu "A" because that's two less letters for the dialogue boxes to print before they can be dismissed. For the most part, I was able to read the dialogue boxes just fine without pausing, but if you're a slower reader than me, you might want to keep the pause button at the ready.

The Phantasy Star IV TAS has no sequence-breaking that I know of, but the dialogue boxes go by very fast. You might want to keep the script open in another window if you watch.
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Saturday, April 24th, 2010 02:25 pm
I convinced my boyfriend to see the Disney documentary Oceans with me on Thursday. I loved it, although given that it was about marine creatures, it would have had to work hard to get me to not like it. Pierce Brosnan surprised me by being quite an enjoyable narrator; he had a nice, soothing voice that you could listen to without being distracted from the amazing images on screen.

The actual words of the narration, on the other hand, were odd. There was very little factual information, and instead there were a lot of romantic ideas about the ocean and life in it. For example, at one point Brosnan starts going on about how the sea has tried every trick of life -- every color, every face, every look -- and they show this neat little fish with fans for pelvic fins. I don't recognize him offhand, but I can't look him up at home because he's never named in the narration. Most of the facts were along the lines of "the blue whale is half a city block long but eats tiny, tiny krill" and "otters use rocks as tools to open shellfish to eat." Which is fine, I guess, but not very deep.

The visuals were amazing however. Lots of neat animals, lots of close-ups and sweeping vistas. I kept going "oooh!" and "ahh!" throughout at just about everything they showed onscreen. They tried to show a bit of everything -- sea mammals, sea birds, sharks, fish, reefs, etc. -- and did a pretty good job of it. The one thing lacking was any sort of deep sea creatures, which is sad because they're often super interesting due to the extreme environment they live in. Ultimately, I think this documentary is the equivalent of a coffee table book: it's very pretty to look at, but it's a bit light on substance.

I think the xkcd comic from that day manages to sum up the driving point of the movie in one panel while also being pretty to look at.
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Sunday, January 30th, 2005 04:51 am
Wow, I finally have an icon. Two of 'em, in fact. There's this one, which is crappily animated and is basically my reaction to Teen Titans v3 #20. Tim's needed hugs for a while, and he finally gets them.

The other icon is my default and is a picture of a trunkfish. Because trunkfish are cool. They're triange-shaped and can change color.

And, since LJ changed the colors of my journal, I need to change them back at some point. When I do, I'll write down the hexcode so I don't have to go to the hassle again. Ugh. At least LJ didn't change the colors to one of the eye-searing defaults.