I’m gonna give another go to these blogging challenges. And I get to write! I’m pretty good at writing! :D In manner of my good buddy Rawrceratops, I will be writing best friend letters to multiple best friends, because it’s difficult to choose just one to dedicate affections to.
We’ve been friends for so long, we’ve quite literally grown old together. Well, older. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been such good friends for so long, especially since we’ve been in different states for a good chunk of that time. And that our friendship began over a keychain. How people can honestly say that they met their best friend because of a keychain? Not many, so that’s really special. :3 Since the time we met and since I’ve moved away, it’s a relief to know that neither of us has really changed. Obviously, we did physically, but we’re still the same anime-obsessed, slightly silly (Lights! Camera! Aaaaaaaactiiiiiiion…), unique people we’ve known since grade school. Thank you for being such a fabulous friend over the years, for being with me through thick and thin, good times and bad, all that jazz. One of these days we will see each other on a regular basis again, and it’ll be grand.
A boyfriend can be a best friend. You’re definitely one of mine. The evolution of our relationship was definitely interesting to say the least, but I’m glad it turned out for the better because since I’ve met you, I’ve gained an irreplaceable friend and lover who has a direct line to some of my greatest memories. The night we saw The Golden Compass and watched the Xmas light show will always stay fondly in my mind. You are quite literally the peanut butter to my chocolate. Which means, WE’RE DELICIOUS WHEN WE’RE TOGETHER!!! We’ve had a few rough times, but I’m glad that they’re vastly outnumbered by the good times. I can honestly say that seeing you in tears is one of the most heartbreaking moments in my memory. I know you’re not a big fan of this mushy stuff, but if I’m writing a letter like this, it’s kind of inevitable. So to sum it up, thanks for being such a great guy. I love you to death Pumpkin, flaws and all. <3
To Mel and Liza,
You’ve known me for quite a while, and you’ve had to put up with a lot of my shit. A LOT of it. I commend you for such, because if I were in your shoes, I would have ditched me a long time ago. Thank you for being such great friends, putting up with me from day one, and introducing badassery and fabulousity into my life. You are two of my favorite people, and I would be very bland and have less mental stability without your friendship. Monty Python, Jane Austen, Punk, Smoof and classic movies… these and many more would be tragically missing from my life if we never met. Sorry for such a rambling letter, I never was very good at this stuff. And Mel, thanks for opening my gym locker back in eighth grade. :3 It was the start of a number of beautiful friendships.
To Kathy, Cera and Taber,
I’m very glad I got to know you guys this year. I treasure all of our happy times (sorry, had to do it) and I’m really glad that you decided to include me in your plans this year. From McCall to Shaiya parties to Cera and Taber’s wedding, freshman year was a blast and I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything. You never had to put up with any of my emotional shit (Hooray!), but my shenaniganery is pretty trying in itself. You could have ditched me any time during the year, and I’m glad you didn’t. Otherwise I would be sad, emo and stuff. Thank you for making freshman year of college such a fantastic time, and I hope that our friendship is as far reaching and immortal as our shenaniganery. (Little Baby Tiger) <3
These letters were probably supposed to be somewhat serious, and I tried to stick to that, but it obviously didn’t work. So, I hope you enjoy my quirky and irreverent friend letters. All of you make life an adventure worth living, through thick and thin.
Poster from Eni Toy Fair (http://i.enewsi.com/g/albums/Entertaiment/Toy_Story_3/Toy_Story_3_international_poster.jpg)
After eleven long years of waiting, Toy Story 3 has finally graced the movie world with its presense, and it does not disappoint in the slightest. I laughed, I cried, and I was simply dazzled.
Following the end of Toy Story 2 where the toys vow to be there for their beloved owner Andy “to infinity and beyond,” Toy Story 3 picks up right where that left off.
Well, not exactly.
Woody and the rest of the toys kept their promise made at the end of Toy Story 2, but as time went on, Andy began to grow up and away from the toys he loved so much. The movie begins as Andy is preparing to leave for college and the toys are making one last effort to be played with. In an accidental turn of events, Woody and the gang end up at Sunnyside Daycare, where the anticipation of finally getting played with makes the toys lose track of what they once held dear. As if that weren’t enough, there are some shady happenings going on when the daycare closes for the night. I’m not going to say anymore for fear of spoiling something. Just watch the movie.
As a huge Pixar fan, news of Toy Story 3 in the making made me immensely excited. I always kept an eye on its IMDb page to get the latest news on its development as it came about, and I was in for quite a few surprises, namely the gap between it and it’s predecessor. An eleven year hiatus for a movie is usually considered an obscene amount of time to make a movie, unless it’s a one such that has just come into public eye and called for new treatment (ie Tron). However, in the case of Toy Story 3, even though the series could have ended on a solid note at Toy Story 2’s end, the geniuses at Pixar decided to take it one step further, with fantastic results.
Toy Story 2’s plot focused on growing up, loss and the bonds of friendship and Toy Story 3 built on this to a profound degree. While the basic plot and message was similar to TS2’s, the execution of TS3 blew the latter’s out of the water completely. While watching these movies in my young adulthood, they always made me remember how much I loved my old toys and how hard it was to part with them when the time came that I was too old to play with them anymore. Growing up with Woody and the gang and watching their struggles was like watching the struggles of all my favorite toys, and the result definitely tugged at my heartstrings. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, I cried like a baby on multiple occasions during the movie. Which is fantastic, I mean, hell, I was sad because it felt like I was watching my best friends suffer, but it means that overall, the characters and the story meant something more to me than a diversion, they were a peek into the hearts and minds of my best childhood friends.
Also, watching the first two movies before TS3 really makes the improvement of the series’ visuals quite evident. With each new entry to their filmology, Pixar continues to push the envelope with their constantly improving graphics work. Toy Story 3 is no exception. The amount of detail present in TS3 is astounding, and the characters look gorgeous and more realistic (or as much so as toys can get). The animation is beautiful, fluid and characteristic, most notably in Barbie and Ken’s straight-legged walks or Woody’s jerky doll-like movement.
The audio compliments the visuals fantastically. The voice acting is superb, each voice fitting their respective characters perfectly; Newcomer Blake Clark, who now plays Slinky Dog after original voice actor Jim Varney’s death, fills Varney’s shoes and vocal role very well. New characters also come into their own with voices provided by Ned Beatty, Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Keaton, among others. Randy Newman’s score was delightful as always, complete with the quintessential Toy Story tune, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” playing during a montage that is certain to put a lump in your throat.
Overall, Toy Story 3 is a fantastic movie experience that is a must see, especially if you grew up with the series and its characters. The Toy Story trilogy has to be the crown jewel of Pixar and computer generated animation in general, and will most likely go down as one of the best trilogies and series of all time.
4.5 stars out of 5
Oh how I love that word… Shenaniganery. Well, actually most of this isn’t gonna be about shenaniganery… more like Sacchan-Pissoffery. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Shaiya is an MMORPG from AeriaGames. And it’s AWESOME. Seriously. If you don’t play it, DOITNOW. Trust me.
Now, being an MMO, Shaiya is naturally full of beautiful women with powerful weapons, and body-bearing armor. Which is not a problem, because women are awesome. Also being an MMO, there are lots of drooling boys who are willing to flirt with anything running across the screen with a weapon and a pair of boobies. Enter my character.
Name: Sacchan Alenquer (just Sacchan in-game). Age: About 19. Race: Elf. Class: Ranger. Weapon of Choice: Claws.
Here she is in all of her elfen glory. One night while I was playing, I was going around trying to level up, since the previous server I played on was disbanded and I lost all of my progress and awesome character. It was very sad.
Anyway, I’m in the woods levelling up by killing woodland creatures and sprites. I’m all by my lonesome, then this mage comes up and asks to form a party. I think, “Why not? He’s a mage, and he could heal me.” (Priests heal people, so that’s a derp moment for me) I accept, and the first thing he asks me via partychat (chatting with party members only) is… “Wow… Are your tits as big in real life as they are in the game?”
OUTRAGE. My inner bitch went nuts. I went off on him, asking him why on earth he would ask such a question, then proceeding to bitch him out. Rather than storm off in a huff and call me a less than tasteful name, the guy actually apologized, asked me about myself, listened to my geeky answers and… this is the good part… called me a NICE PERSON. That’s a good one… you ask me about my boobs, get yelled at and all sorts of other horrible stuff and you call me nice? I dunno what to think about that.
Next, some good stuff. There are actually some cool people you can meet on Shaiya. For instance, while I was questing for gold and exp., there was a guy who appeared to be doing the same quest as me. I ask him if he wants to form a party, because we seem to be doing the same quest, we would get it done faster and both reap the benefits. He agreed, so it was Sacchan and Ulquiorria (tee hee) evicting dwarves from a mine.
He didn’t say much during the quest, but once we were done we got to talking. About anime. Yeah. Then we quested more! That is when we met Zetman942. He’s awesome as well. Ulqui is usually off in the borderlands, but he still whisper’s (PM’s) me to say hi and checkup on me. :3 This next story is a Sacch/Zet story. But not THAT kind of slash story.
Just tonight, I was out questing. I had to find some people’s lost items and such. While I was by myself, I was getting my ass handed to me, not because the creatures were powerful, but because there were SO DAMN MANY OF THEM. I was not holding off well by myself. But I soon get a whisper from Zet, asking if I was questing and if so needed assistance. I accepted and waited for him. After we met up and formed a party, we made very short work of my quests. Afterwards, he took me to powerlevel on a different map since I was done and I was having difficulty levelling up (X.x).
Here we are looking awesome. But when you’re awesome, you get a lot of unwanted attention. Enter the moochers and kill-stealers.
While fighting, this guy was just hanging around us for the longest time, which wouldn’t have bothered me, but he was kill-stealing. Jerk. He then wished to join our group, but Zet (party leader) turned him away because he was an Exp-stealer. Which is a big no-no. It’s all well and good to share benefits as a party, but not if you steal kills.
Then, there were these two separate parties that did the latter to us AT THE SAME FREAKING TIME.
LOOK AT ALL OF THEM. After they were both rejected, one group hung around like a bad smell and the other I’m sure said nasty things about us if the chat is any indicator… But aftera while, I got levelled up and we both decided to call it a night. I then proceeded to sign out, and write this lengthy piece of work! :D
TL;DR Play Shaiya because I say so. You’ll make friends, and get pissed off. And I write a lot of tangential stories concerning those kinds of experiences. I promise my next post won’t be this long. Good night all, and happy gaming. ;3
There are some days that you need calming music. Then you look through your iPod and realize, “Crap! I took off the calming music so I could put more video game soundtracks on here!” Then you weep softly to yourself, hoping no one on the bus notices. Finally, you get Subway!
Subway makes everything better.
Due to the shit ton of stuff I have to do for the end of school and the fact I’m so far behind, I’m abandoning my progress in the Tumblr Challenge. I fail. ;_;
Anyway, since summer’s just around the corner, I’m going to be posting more regularly than I have been. Or like I used to. xD Either way, expect stuff from me.
Anime Oasis was a blast, I will be posting an entry about it (with pictures taken by Katheh!) once the pictures are all done and cleaned up. Here’s hoping I can go again next year.
That’s about it. xD Just thought I would let you all know that I’m not dead. <3