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13 July 2004 @ 12:36 am
New project, Hajime!  
The time for rest and relaxation is over.
I'm starting new rounds of projects for AF, and working on a commission, so I can't procrastinate.
I've already picked up a pattern to alter for the commission, and I should be able to dye my fabric tomorrow. Wish me luck on that. LOTS of luck. IMO, the fabric dying is probably going to be the hardest part of the outfit, since I need to get 8 yards of white suiting to dye a custom-mixed color evenly.
I'll be tossing it all in the washing machine and hoping for the best.
Any pointers, guys? (Aside from testing a swatch and tossing in a crapload of salt. Like any special secrets/pointers on dying fabrics in the washing machine)

I was hunting around the net for official Fullmetal Alchemist goods, mostly out of curiosity, partly out of costume research. I wasn't able to find the dealer at A-kon that had the official cloissone merlion pins, so I started hunting around yahoo japan proxy sites, etc.
And I saw a doujinshi that was ALMOST as wrong as Edward x Al
Roy and Bradley?? What the?
-ok- In my mind, this coupling is illegal. KKTHXBAI
I can understand how Roy x Ed is a pretty much obvious slash couple. Roy being the dominant one...
I guess in the Roy x Furher pairing they wanted to show Roy's sensitive side? By finding someone more dominant than him?
I understand... but... My head still hurts.

Akuma has been playing Disgaea lately.
I think I am a sort of fun-sucking vampire when it comes to games. If I see someone having fun with a game, I seem to get the urge to want to play it. Even if I've already beat it.. heh. Disgaea is kind of ongoing, though.. since I have about 96 hours, and my Laharl is ONLY level 90 of 9999 :P So when Akuma went to sleep for the afternoon, I played Disgaea for a bit.

I've been playing the Spider-man 2 game a lot lately, too.
To put it briefly: This game is fucking awesome.
This is the only game I've ever played that has actually caused a physical reaction in me while I'm up high.
Let me explain.
I don't like heights much. Or maybe I like them too much. I don't know. I like looking at things from a tall height. However, ever since I was little, I've always had this weird urge to jump or toss somthing down from a lethal height. I don't know why.. because I have no wish to die and go splat. This is the reason I am afraid of heights. I'm not afraid of dying from falling. I'm not afraid of the falling itself. I'm afraid that I'll want to jump so badly that I'll actually do it. Or... I'm afraid of being clumsy and falling off.
So when I am up someplace high, I tend to grip railings so tightly my knuckles turn white, and the backs of my thighs start to shake and feel weak.

In the Spidey-2 videogame, I was crawling up the top of the Empire State Building, and when I rotated the camera to look down at the street.. holy crap! My legs started shaking, and with the exception of wind, etc, it felt like I was really that high up.

Aside from the "Holy crap, this game made me fear for my life" rush, the gameplay is very nice and smooth, and there are tons of acrobatic trics, etc you can do to make your swinging even more pleasant to watch. I swear I could just swing around for hours alone.. but there are tons of quests to do, too. And it seems some dumbass kid is always losing his balloon, or some ladie is always getting her purse stolen..

I played through the main story very quickly, and only had about 40% game completion. There is just so much extra stuff to do. :)
I've been trying to take it easy with that game, though.. or I'll get sucked into full-blown Spider-man obsession again.. like when the first movie came out. I wanted to go re-read all my comics and start buying up graphic novels like a madwoman. ( I don't have any early Spidey comics. When I was reading, I was a young teen, and I got things off the newsstand. I had no way of getting older comics, and I wasn't interested in shelling out money to collect seriously.) In the end, I settled for getting all my old comics out of my mom's place and up to my house. Then I re-bagged them all in new bags, and read a few. I also picked up a set of the original marvel trading cards off ebay.

Who knows what I would do this time if I got Spider-obsessed again? :O
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Unknown: hermione - ganked from cosmicmonster on July 13th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
What system is Spiderman on? I'm online so much I feel like playing a video game would be more productive with my time. Heck, when I watch TV these days I feel more productive than when I'm sitting online. I think I'm just tired of feeling addicted to the computer. lol

I tried to dye a sweater one time. It was tan and I soaked it in bleach hoping to whiten it so I could dye it lime green, but the bleach ate the thread and I had 5 pieces of cloth come out of the washer (front, back, 3 pieces of trim around the 2 arms and neck). I used the pieces for patterns, so it wasn't a total waste. I obviously never got to try the dye tho. So long story short, I don't have any advice other than don't listen to me.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on July 13th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)
Well, it's generally not a good idea to try to dye somthing that's already been colored :(

Spider-Man 2 was released on all 3 platforms, so you shouldn't have any trouble picking up a copy. The one Akuma got me on my birthday was a PS2 copy :)
Ringoapplcheeks on July 13th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)
The only thing I have heard about dying in the washer is make sure to run it a couple times before you do any other laundry. lol Cause that would be bad. But I deffinatly think the washer method is the way to go with so much fabirc. ^_^ Can't wait to see pics. =D

Mako and I will have some pics soon but not of any "real" projects. We re going to a picnic on Sunday, I'm finally going to wear my Dungeons and Dragons outfit and she has a new Gundam Seed one. lol Yay for closet costumes. =D

And hey I ran across this japanese armor page and thought I should share, their stuff is amazing. O_O
cosmicmonster on July 13th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC)
Guess what site I spent the last two hours looking at? lol. I got absolutely nothing done at work while I was reading it (which is okay since I'm good at looking busy at work when I'm really not).

Maybe I should give up on sewing and make stuff out of foam. Do you know what American products will glue foam like that?
Ringoapplcheeks on July 13th, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC)
Isn't that place sweet? I'm not sure what glue they use but all the can in the pictures say Bondo. lol
Not hot glue though so i've heard. I know there is a great website that sells that foam too I can try to find out the adress if your intrested. ^_^
The Ten Thousand Things: Lisa - hmmkhet_tcheba on July 13th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
So, is Disgaia everything it's cracked up to be? I've been tempted on a number of occasions to pick it up, but I want to replay Persona 2 first (though god knows how long THAT will take).
HIDE your facekyonomiko on July 13th, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC)
Disgaea is EXCELLENT!
It's probably the best strat RPG I've ever played. The battle system is very forgiving, and battles go by quickly. There are things you can do.. like picking up people and monsters... that give you a lot of new things to do in the game.
For example.. you can put all your guys out on the board at once and throw them around to get to the other side of the map quickly... or you can pick up a monster and throw it into your base panel. The monster causes a ruckus and tries to escape.. but everyone in your base panel kicks it's ass, and you have a chance of catching it and making it yours. If you fail, though, the base panel dissappears for the remainder of the battle XD oops.
There really arn't many games I will commit 96 hours of playtime to... not even Castlevania: Symphony of the Night... regardless to how many times I've played it through.. lol
Disgaea has tons of humor in it, too, and a LOT of stuff to do.
Every single item in the game has a dungeon inside of it. The dungeons can be up to 100 levels deep.
So if you get bored of the story, you can make it your life's mission to conquer "crappy healing item Mint Gum" or somthing.. lol
And when you go down into an item and fight in the dungeon, when you emerge, the item levels up and becomes more powerful. This is great for weapons& armor. On top of that, there are special monsters living in some of the items that can power up your weapons. If you bump into one in the item world and defeat him, you can move him onto somthing else... as many times as you want! :) So you can basically get a good sword and make it uber-powerful with tons of different stat. effects, stat boosters, etc.
In that way, your characters are VERY customizable.
On top of that... say you get Laharl to level 2000 and you want to make him more powerful. You can transmigrate him into a new lvl 1 body and keep a percentage of his stats from his previous incarnation. Then you will be an insanely powerful level 1 character, and level super fast.. lol
You can do this for any character you make.
There's also the Dark Assembly. Kind of like an evil senate. XD In order to get new areas opened up, new items in the Rosenqueen store, etc.. you have to pass bill through the senate! You can bribe them all to go your way, and if things arn't looking good for you and you fail the vote, you can always opt to kill all the dissenters and get what you want.
Plus the sprites are super cute. XD
Since it happens in the Marle kingdom world, you can also bump into a few familiar faces from La Pucelle and Rhapsody.... :) And if you get to a few of the secret areas, you can get some of them in your party :D IIRC, there's a demon Prier and Marjoly in there somewhere.
I really could go on and on about how awesome this game is.
If anything, I'd pick up a copy if I were you... even if you arn't going to play it right away. It's not in print anymore. Our store doesn't get used copies very often, but you'll probably be able to find one in Austin pretty easily. I'd just snag it before it becomes too hard to find.
The Ten Thousand Things: AAAAAH!khet_tcheba on July 13th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC)
It's out of print ALREADY?!? I swear to god, Atlus puts out the best games, but their marketing department SUCKS ROCKS. >_<;

Guess I should start looking around before it develops too much corrector's varue for me to afford it...
HIDE your facekyonomiko on July 13th, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I think Disgaea has been out for about a year already. We got 2 shipments of it at work, and then the comp. status showed that it had been discontinued. While it may mean that our store is no longer carrying it, I always assumed it meant that it was out of print XD
Whatever the case may be.. it meant that after we sold out of all the new ones we had, they wouldn't send us any more... ever! :O
So if you want it from GameSnort, you have to find a store that hasn't sold out of all their new ones yet, or pick it up used. You can still get it over the net, though. Due to the limited print run, however, I haven't really seen it drop from it's original retail price.
Makoto: it's a trapkinomakoto on July 13th, 2004 08:35 pm (UTC)
I feel like I should make a comment about weird pairings since no one else has.


Doujinshika seem to have an unspoken contest to Weird each other out. I luv-luv my Resident Evil doujinshi where CJ-sensei grossed herself out by slashing Barry and Enrico, just because no one ever had before. XD It was completely anti-sexy, but I give her major originiality props!
HIDE your facekyonomiko on July 13th, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC)
Dude.. it's horrible.. because Bradley has some MAJOR spoilers about him, too.
The anime didn't follow the manga completely.. either because certain story elements were not drawn yet.. or what... But yeah..
In the Manga... Bradley has the ouroburous tattoo under his eyepatch. You know what that means!
Unfortunately, his sin is a different character in the anime, so it's not possible for him to be Wrath. People are speculating that they may toss him in as pride.. or just leave that unexplored in the anime. No one knows! :O
Dude... Lust x Scar would make more sense... but wait. Lust is a woman... XD There is no such thing as a hetero slash doujin :O It must be wrong in all ways!
Now it's time for the "Winry and her dog" comic :P

(Ok, now I'm waiting on the token post about my Spiderman obsession :P)