senoritafish: (Nathan with reading glasses)
Angus has been playing a Pokemon Blue emulator he downloaded lately, and thinking of my drawing of Nathan Explosion as a grass-mouse Pokemon, and a little inspiration from this CreepyPasta story, drew me this:

NathanVsGhost

Well, I guess Curse wouldn't be too effective against Nathan, since he's part of the Curse of Dethklok already. Maybe the Ghost better keep his distance! ;)
senoritafish: (Jet - Power)
Now I'm amused. Half-heartedly hoping Google will find me some images of vintage early 1900's swordfish harpoon boats for the big boss's presentation so I don't have to dig through dusty filing cabinets or do a lot of scanning. I'm getting the odd picture of Spike Spiegel and Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop - probably because of Spike's craft, the Swordfish. Coincidentally, the Bebop of the title itself is supposed to be a converted spacegoing fishing boat, which, working with commercial fisheries like I do, I always thought was intriguing - just how did that work?

SWD

phbbbt. I crack myself up. Probably not anyone else tho'.

Also, MARLIN ARE NOT SWORDFISH! STOP LABELING THEM AS SUCH! They're in different families, jeez!

And whale harpoons. Do not want.
senoritafish: (Isane Faye-Faye)
Hmm, Netflix is trying to tell me the suggestion of the following film, which actually does look pretty good -

180° South

(180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless)
2010 PG 86 minutes

Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard's freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out -- in 2007, by boat -- to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia -- a region that's still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats.



- is based on my interest in Cowboy Bebop and Ponyo. Hmm, a fondness for anime about space-going bounty hunters and Little Mermaid retellings automatically implies a liking for surfer documentaries? Ya learn something new every day.

Maybe they got it more from my address. ;p
senoritafish: (Sparkledork!)
Well, I have a cough I believe my dear offspring or possibly my spouse passed on to me, thank you so much. Chest congestion mostly - thank goodness for no stuffy head, although head hurts when coughing. Mostly scratchy throat and lung boogers. Yuck.

Had a furlough on Monday, the kids were off school for Lincoln's B-day, and it's my brother's usual day off, so we decided to go to Knott's Berry Farm - the annual passes there are about 1/2 the cost of Dismalland - which we've been doing off n' on since Angus was two, and we thought it'd be nice to do something different for a year. Turns out they're on a calendar year, not date to date, so they're only good until the end of December, but it's early in the year, so that's fine. No blackout days either.

It's probably been twenty years since I was last there and wow, has it changed. It's been owned for the last 13 years by the same company that runs Cedar Point back in Ohio (they also own Great America up in the Bay Area), so the emphasis has really been put on the roller coasters. The quiet reflecting pond surrounded by trees that used to be between the entrance and Fiesta Village is now a concrete-lined pool with a bunch of rollercoaster pylons in it. What I really noticed all over was missing trees; the whole park used to be surrounded by large eucalyptus, which may be understandably gone. A few years ago there was a plague of lurp insects (a type of scale) that killed a lot of them all over southern CA. Eucalyptus are not native tree here anyway, but large old trees are still pleasant, and the place just felt very open. I do like roller coasters, but in places I'd rather have trees.

Most of the ghost town is still there, although the Mystery Shack is missing - I always liked that one with all the optical illusions. We stopped there to have a snack, and I looked at Avalon, whose eyes had started watering. She gradually went downhill the rest of the afternoon, and by the time we got home, she went straight to bed.

She and I both took a sick day yesterday, and lounged on my bed watching The Princess and the Frog, which I'd missed, and Mushi-Shi, which is a lovely series, but so quiet and soothing if I'm tired at all, I will doze off watching it, in spite of my being interested. I bought a Roku unit at Fry's a couple of weeks ago, and I swear, we've watched more Netflix in the time since than in the last 2-3 years! Quite handy. I do wish I could change the language and watch subtitles though.

Back at work today, and am realizing it's only the 16th but how few work days are left in the month! Ack, where does it go!
senoritafish: (Nathan with reading glasses)
Alrighty then. I joined a couple of Metalocalypse fan communities, and finally worked up the courage to actually post something. Never mind that I'm about twice as old as most of the people in them... ;p A post in one of them actually inspired a little Metalocalypse/Pokemon crossover fan art (weird as that may be) of Charles and Nathan, because it made me crack up. I'm just transferring the whole post here, rather than writing up something new. Because I'm brain-dead from trying to write Council briefings, catching up on the dishes, and trying to come with three Halloween costumes on a shoestring. Also damned Meg Whitman (Nut-meg) election commercials making my head explode every time I can't avoid them...

crossposted fanarts... )

AX 2010

Jul. 30th, 2010 12:09 pm
senoritafish: (Sesshomaru and Inuyasha)
Well, FAIL at the post-once-a-day-in-July thing; I got a bit distracted in the last week. o_O

I meant to keep up better on the monthly scavenger hunt. And I think these are out of order because I already posted a couple with Sackboy's photos. I am a big loser. :p

Anyhoo, we went to Anime Expo for the first time three years, as it moved from Anaheim/Long Beach, closer to where I live, up to Downtown L.A., which can be more than an hour's drive away, depending on traffic. Finally decided to take the train from Long Beach and not have to deal with parking/gas, etc. My favorite part is just watching all the cosplayers - which I'd love to do, but I'm really only fit to dress up as Kaede from Inuyasha. If you'd like to look at all of them and help me out with characters I know nothing about, you're welcome to go here for the whole set.

IMG_7775

Goku in Funimation booth. - then asked if kids wanted photos with him. Picking Avalon up was a complete surprise (and a thrill for her).

Anime Expo
Los Angeles CA
Canon EOS 1000D
3 July 2010

a few more, including OMG LOOKIT TEH KYOOT!!!!1!!!!1 )

09. Repetition ♥
28. Robot ♥
25. Train ♥
senoritafish: (Sparkledork!)
IMG_7854

Sackboy went with us to Anime Expo, although I forgot to pull him out until we were going home on the train. Here's a place that's famous sort of near me - the Staples Center where the Lakers and Kings play (Los Angeles basketball and hockey teams, for those elsewhere).

Staples Center & L.A. Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA'
Canon EOS 1000D
3 July 2010

cosplayers and something in the mail... )

21. Famous/Important place where you live ♥
(July Scavenger hunt here)
senoritafish: (Isane Faye-Faye)
Well, we hadn't been to Anime Expo since it was in Long Beach, and they did have a BOGO for kids tickets. So, remembering how well going to listen to Green Day worked out, we parked in Long Beach and took the train up to the Convention Center. Some day I will actually get to some panels, but we always seem to do mostly people watching, and boy there is a lot of it! I will get some pictures posted, but wanted to get this posted for the the 3rd, since we only got back about an hour and a half ago.
senoritafish: (Sesshomaru and Inuyasha)
IMG_5995

I suppose I could've pulled my dad's basket-hilted claymore out of his closet, but I don't think the police would've appreciated me swinging it about in the front yard to get some proper lighting on it. So Ipulled Kouga off the entertainment center. Find it interesting this character never uses this sword; he just carries it around as a decoration. I would've pointed out his footwear, but he just kind of puts some bandages around his feet...

Home
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
29 April 2010

here's someone elses... )

9. sword ☺
7. shoe ☺
senoritafish: (vendetta's slug)
Well, I don't know why I allowed myself to get sucked into Code Geass: Lalouche of the Rebellion,as I try to avoid series based on political intrigue and masked antiheroes. Not to mention mecha, although I don't mind them. It finally finished last night. I think you could tell how it had to end, as it was leading inevitably in that direction. God, how depressing. Spoiler )

I also finished Watchmen earlier this week; someone in my book group had warned me it was not a fast read despite being a graphic novel, and he was certainly right. Most of the chapters have several pages of regular text in the form of news articles, describing character backgrounds. It's a pretty intense story, and it didn't really have a happy ending either.

And the first disk of Six Feet Under. I had caught a few episodes of this when cable let us have the channel for free a while ago and had been intrigued. Not quite happy either, plenty dark, but a lot of black humor too. And I'm slightly amused that I'm familiar with a lot of the outdoor locations - the intersection where Dad gets hit by the bus is on the street where we often went out to lunch at our old office in downtown Long Beach. I'm having difficulty finding the time to watch it, as it's definitely not for the kids, but John doesn't want to watch it either. I have to wait until he's out in the garage for a few hours. Anyway...

Something cheery, now, please?
senoritafish: (Sesshomaru and Inuyasha)
Well, I brought the Inuyasha calendar to work and left the FullMetal Alchemist one at home, mainly because John said he's seen FMA stuff less. Avalon tried to cabbage onto it last night and hang it up in her room; I think that crush on the animated Edward Elric she had when she was two is reviving itself.

Meanwhile, I noted that Sesshomaru is the image for January, and I was lamenting that he'll only be up there for two more weeks (although he does show up again in April). However, now that he's hanging up behind my monitor, I'm noticing that he is staring at me....it's one of those images where the eyes follow you around. It's actually a little uncomfortable. He has a tiny, tiny smile. Or most likely a smirk.

I think he's enjoying this. Dammit.
senoritafish: (Sesshomaru and Inuyasha)
And because I have managed to see the animated "Grinch Who Stole Xmas" about four times in the last few days on various channels, I am reminded of this; it's been in my sadly neglected favorites gallery at DA for awhile.

The Grinch Who Got a Black Eye...

Although she says that's actually the Jim-Carey-in-a-suit Grinch, because she loves the animated one.

Funny, I always couldn't wait to see that one every year as well, and even taped it one year in case I missed it. Now it seems to be on a half dozen different channels, several different times.
senoritafish: (Sesshomaru and Inuyasha)
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It certainly affects animal behavior - just look at grunion runs. There are all kinds of animals whose reprduction is tied to lunar cycles - including humans. Why do think Aunt Flo visits once a month? I have no doubt it affects human behavior as well - seems to be pretty well documented in emergency rooms. That tidal pull affects more than just the ocean.

As far as the werewolf thing, it always tickled me that in Inuyasha it was just the opposite. Since he was half dog-demon most of the time, he turned completely human during the dark of the moon.
senoritafish: (Sesshomaru and Inuyasha)
Blue-eyed Chibi Sesshoumaru

Angus's Sesshomaru costume wasn't quite finished when the cheap $40 sewing machine I bought to work on it started messing up all the stitches, but it was good enough for trick-or-treating (since most people who saw him wouldn't know who he was supposed to be anyhow). The wig is supposed to be white, but this was the nearest thing I could find, besides being the longest. And I had to take off the bow, because it was supposed to go with a sexy grown-up Alice in Wonderland costume. The pointy ears are made with band-aids - I fouind a website that had quickie pointy-ears and other costume shortcuts. Unfortunately, all of his cardboard armor fell apart while we were walking around. I still want to finish it so he can wear it to Anime Expo, should we go next year.

I think he's trying to look threatening.

Chibi Sesshomaru.
Huntington Beach CA
Sharp VE-CG30
31 October 2008

I fail; I have yet to take a pic of all three of them together. Avalon wore her Tae Kwon Do gi, and Gareth was Teddy Roosevelt again.
senoritafish: (Isane Faye-Faye)
I just stumbled upon a link to this; it looks very interesting; a surreal pastiche of horror, psychdelic, traditional Japanese, Art Noveau, and Gustav Klimt (wait, is that redundant?).  On looking it up a bit, it looks like it just aired in Japan this past summer, and is a spin-off of another series (Ayakashi or Samuai Horror Tales in English).  However, that one aired last year and is already out at Netflix, so maybe there's hope it won't be too long.  Looks like one I could just watch for the prettiness, nevermind subtitles.  Certainly this video is pretty addictive...parts of it remind me of Heavy Metal...


Oh, and at minute 3:20? Someone actually walking normally, not that legs-only-move-to-the-vertical that irritates me so much... Yes, I'm nuts...

Meet the Medicine Seller...[video] )
senoritafish: (Do the Aquaman Butt-Dance!)
Cool! Just heard about this - Anime Bento:

http://www.fathomevents.com/details.aspx?seriesid=621

Playing at theaters all around the county, including several around here. Much nicer than last year when the FullMetal Alchemist movie came out; still only playing for one night but at quite a few more theaters which are a lot more accessible. Previously, it was only at two, both of which were more than an hour's drive away. John used to like Robotech; maybe I can get him to go willingly. If we scrounge up a few bucks, anyway...
senoritafish: (easily distracted silliness)
I was pretty much an adult already when Transformers first aired, so I'm not too worried about Michael Bay ruining my childhood, as these folks are. However, I still found this little hyper-caffeinated tribute to the cartoon pretty giggle-inducing (but maybe you have to have at least watched some of it with your kids)...

I lactate geometry... )

edit: I'm still confused though; does Bumblebee=Hotshot or not? And, as a friend of mine said at lunch today, how much did Chevy have to pay to get them to use American cars, considering this was a Japanese show in the first place?

Hmm. Ebert liked it. Sort of.

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