Thursday, February 24, 2011


Oh.  My TaoBao order came in today.  I was really not expecting that, since it shipped on Tuesday and they said it would take 5-10 days.  Here are my reviews.  Unfortunately, I can't find my camera, so all images are cell phone shots.  There's a lot of text, so:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I like online shopping...

I haven't really been doing anything this Reading Week.  I came down with a cold on Friday, so I've been staying in bed with my laptop and some tea all week.

Anyways, my TaoBao order shipped, so I'll post pictures when it comes in (next week, probably).  One of the pairs of shoes I ordered (white pumps with little pink polkadots) was out of stock in my size, but that can't be helped.   My current order consists of: a DoL Fantasic Dolly replica JSK (normal waist) in white, a pair of black boots for my Franziska cosplay (I think they're from Kiss Shoes, but it might be Yaya), and a short brown wig and two pairs of false lashes from Fantasy Sheep.

My EpicCosplay order came in.  I originally wanted a short wig + extensions, but the extensions were out of stock so they gave me a long wig for the price of the short wig.  The order also included wigs for three others, but I haven't seen them out of the package.  I didn't want to take them out of the bags, since we wouldn't be able to return them in that case.  Everyone's happy with the quality. The colour accuracy, not so much. One of my friends said that the dark red looked less saturated in person (which was good for the cosplay in question) and the walnut brown looked lighter (which was bad for the cosplay in question).

The wig really is nice.  I had heard people say they didn't tangle much, so I put it on a head and shook it, and rubbed a towel on it.  It didn't get tangles and there were no static flyaways.  What was most impressive, though, was that I could style it with long sleeves on and not have it stick to my arms.

My wig was in copper red for my FeMC cosplay.  The colour is perfect, but I was going for a redder tone (because I prefer a red-blue contrast between FeMC and MC to brown-blue) so I don't think colour accuracy is too important in this case (since her hair colour is all over the fucking place different people will have different opinions on what the perfect colour is).  I had originally planned to use the extensions to make a clip-on and do something like this, but when I ended up with the long wig, I tried this.  I don't like how it came out, so I think I'm going to chop up the long wig to make a short wig + extensions and go with my first idea.

Anyone with anime figures: what do you do about oiling?  My TotA Ion figure started oiling recently.  It's a trading figure so I know the plastic quality isn't that great, but it's become difficult to get a hold of so I'd like to know some way to clean it off.  I've only found prevention tips through Google.  Well, there was something about sticking it in the freezer and then wiping it down, but that didn't help.  I'm really annoyed now that I sold my extra Ion last year.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lol exams

I think we all know by now that when I disappear it's because I've been taken in by exams, yes?  I had three midterms (bio, chem, and genetics), a short essay (philosophy) and two labs (bio and chem) in the past week.  Fun.  It's now reading week, so I fully intend to sleep all week.  On Monday I actually fell asleep in the hallway while I was waiting for my genetics tutorial to start. :/

Today's exam was genetics.  That course is easy as fuck.  We are doing Punnett squares.  That's how easy it is.   Hello, GPA-booster.

In contrast, we dissected fruit fly ovaries in the Bio lab yesterday.  Do you know how hard it is to tear a fruit fly in half when your tweezers don't touch closely enough to grip it?  After forty minutes, we (the four of us at our lab bench) only had six sets of ovaries extracted. We kept tearing the heads off instead of tearing the abdomen apart.  The dissecting microscope made it harder because it offered no depth perception and you couldn't focus on both tweezers and the fruit fly at the same time.

I'd been holding off on getting my hair cut because it was too expensive.  (My hair was ass-length, so I was going to be hit hard with the "long hair" surcharges--most of the places I called quoted me at around $100.)  It's been really windy around here lately, so my hair's been tangling horribly every time I so much as think of going outside.  It's been a pain to tie it up whenever I'm studying.  So last night, I chopped it to my shoulders.   I mean that literally. I went in the washroom, grabbed the scissors and started cutting.

I've cut plenty of wigs, so it's not like I had no idea what I was doing.  It came out nicely and only took about fifteen to twenty minutes.  Last time I had a professional haircut, it took two and a half hours and I ended up with a soccer mom bob. :/

Speaking of wigs, I cut my Franziska wig last week.  It looks good.  I ordered my FeMC wig, and I'm waiting for that to come in now.

KH:Coded has Castle Oblivion in it.  CoM was my favourite game so that makes me happy,  but after the end of BBS,  I don't want to see Castle Oblivion.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yes, I am a KH fanbrat

I got Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded on the weekend.  So far my track record with KH games has been:
  • PS2 Kingdom Hearts - good
  • GBA Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories - better
  • PS2 Kingdom Hearts II - not as fun as I and the plot was worse, but I liked the gameplay more, so it evens out
  • DS Kingdom Hearts: Whatever/2 Days - I never finished this. Boring as fuck
  • PSP Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep - omg this was wonderful, best game in the series
So yeah, I was planning to skip Re:Coded because the last DS game was shit, but BBS won me back over.  They should have skipped Days and spent that time making BBS even better.

My first impression of Coded isn't great, though. A pet peeve of mine is that they use Simple and Clean for EVERY game that's not 2.  It's kind of stale.  Also, the opening FMV is all recycled animation.  Kind of boring.  Also, lol a scene from CoM (with little Sora) was dubbed over with grown Sora's voice.  Some Puberty Power going on right there.

Also, they just showed Jiminy and his journal.  It is scaled to cricket size, which I should have expected, but how did Sora & Co manage to read that?  Poor Jiminy must have had to read aloud.  No wonder his voice is hoarse.

Did Sora even have a journal entry in the games?  Seems like it would have been redundant...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My Yuri figure and Aigis figma came in over the weekend.  I got hit by customs for the first time.  They charged me $15 in tax, and $13 as a "handling fee".  So I paid customs $13 to charge me.  IT'S OKAY, CUSTOMS.  I'M TOTALLY COOL WITH THAT. >:(  I'm guessing AmiAmi's giant box drew their attention.

Seriously, the box was fucking huge. And over half empty.  Get more box sizes, AmiAmi.

Anyways, Yuri is gorgeous. My only problem is that the base is just molded plastic and I like solid bases, but the plastic is thick, so it's not cheap and flimsy like the bases for P3's protag and Akihiko.  The paint job on the clothing is gorgeous. The hair sculpt is gorgeous.  It was worth the money.  The figure's got a nice weight to it, too.  The sword's blade sparkles (I swear, it looks better than it sounds) and the black part of the scabbard is shiner and looks lacquered.  Anyways, it's an Alter figure, of course it's good.  The light parts of his shirt are raised, too.  I was just expecting them to be painted on.

My Aigis figma is unique.  There's a drop of black paint under one of her eyes on the neutral face, so she has a mole, I guess.  I am impressed with the sculpt.  Beneath those flared gold things on her hips, there are folds of what I'm assuming would be some sort of rubber or canvas covering her leg mechanism.  I was expecting that area to be flat. I want to file her neck down, though.  She's a short haired figma, but her neck is long enough to restrict the joint's movement.  I was impressed with the detail of the paint job, though.  I was expecting it to be like the Miku figma, where some details weren't included.  I never noticed how long Aigis' shins are, though.  Damn, she has short thighs and long shins...

I lost one of my earrings at school yesterday.  It probably came off when I took off my scarf.  They were just from F21, so it's not like they were valuable, they were just really cute.  They were long, with chains and keys. Since they were my favourite pair, the remaining earring is now becoming a cell phone charm.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


I like this term.  I have Fridays and alternate Wednesdays off.  The Wednesdays that I do go to school and all Tuesdays are half days.

I went to my mom's office on Thursday since I had a two hour break between classes and her office is about five minutes away.  One of her coworkers has a chihuahua puppy that's not yet old enough to stay home alone.  I like being able to play with a puppy between classes.  She's so cute.

We had a safety orientation for Chem on Thursday morning.  We used the same damn lab last year.  We know where to dispose of our chemicals and where the fire extinguishers are.  I did not want to wake up early for that.  When we were watching the safety video, out TA started giggling at one of the pictures of an explosion.  When we looked at him, he whispered "That was two floors up, over the Christmas break!"

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Gundam 00 Movie

Someone asked in my last post if I wore wigs daily.  I don't.  My hair is still thick enough to use, but it's very thin.  It's too thin to style, so I usually wear it down.  It's also too thin for bangs, and I'm afraid of dying or bleaching it.  That's why I wanted the TaoBao wig for daily wear. It's a lighter brown than my hair and it has bangs.


It used to make me very nervous, but I've accepted it for the most part.

Main reason for this post: I was clogging up Twitter by constantly posting about the Gundam 00 movie, so I decided to do that here.  Lots of points, but it's a long movie. Summary: most of it had me shaking in fear (not quite because it was scary, but because it hit pretty much all of my phobias at once) but it got better.  The doorknob scene made me shake for a while. It's the same type of handle that my bedroom door has, too. The movie wasn't that great, though.  It felt more like Macross without singing than a Gundam series.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Not much

I have officially dropped Physio for this term.  I'll be taking it in summer.  I've heard the summer course is much easier since Professor Monotone doesn't teach in it.  People are still BAWWing about the midterm and that prof in the school forums.  I don't mind taking the summer course.  Last summer, I turned into a hermit when I wasn't working.

I mainly blame a lot of closing shifts for that, though.  Coming home at 2-3am messed up my sleep cycle.

I placed my first TaoBao order last night.  One of the Fantasic Dolly replicas from DoL, a wig and two sets of fake lashes from Fantasy Sheep, and two pairs of shoes from Kiss Shoes.  I placed the first payment today.

The replica will be my first lolita item.  I'm still not sure if I want to build a lolita wardrobe or not.  The wig is for casual wear, since I'm getting bad hair insecurity again.  I have AGA, so I start freaking out when my hair looks thinner than normal.  One pair of shoes is actually a pair of boots for cosplay, but I intend to wear them with normal clothes, too.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

I only work in summer

Ugh, my cousin is a pain in the ass.  He called me at around two in the morning asking me to take his opening shift.  And he's mad that I refused.

  1. I am a seasonal worker.  It is not my season. Things have changed since I left. I am not up-to-date.  There's a whole new manager.  I have not met him.  Ever.
  2. Thus, I need retraining when I come back to work.
  3. Also, I'm not in their system during my off-season.  I am technically not an employee until they re-register me in April/May.
  5. He hasn't fallen asleep yet, so he'd be too tired to open.  I am also awake.
  6. He gets a ride to work, whereas I use the shitty public transit.  Thus, I'd only sleep about three hours whereas he would sleep four.
  8. I barely do cash when I work there.  I'm not going to do a good job being thrown on cash after being away for four months.  Hell, I only did around three cash shifts last summer. 
  9. Why would I be crazy enough to take a weekend shift during a holiday in winter*? Hello, recipe for one of the busiest days of the year. 
 My aunt then took the phone and told me, "Oh, please do it. He really doesn't want to call in sick tomorrow!" Then you should have given him a sleeping pill a few hours ago.

This family really frustrates me sometimes.  It's not my fault that he decided to stay up late when he knew he had an opening shift.  

*It's across the street from a theme park that's only open in summer, so in winter we have 2-3 times the amount of customers compared to summer.

I gave up on waiting for translations.  I set up Atlas and AGTH. My system locale is set to Japan.  I briefly set my computer's date to 2007. I downloaded many otome games.  Registering all the character names in  Atlas is kind of a pain, though. I also had to register "homeroom".  It originally came out to something that made no sense.

Playing Starry Sky ~in Autumn~, since I screwed up my ~in Summer~ install by not having my system locale set to Japan.  It won't properly uninstall or repair the previous install.  I didn't get very far in ~in Autumn~ before decided I was too tired to decipher what Atlas was throwing at me.  I'd have a much easier time if the heroine's lines were voiced. I can understand spoken Japanese much more easily than Atlas' garbled pseudo-English.  Anyways, this is the "hot for sensei" game, so I am mostly happy with it.

The thing that annoys me is that the heroine for all the SS games is the same girl.  Tsukiko, I married you off to Kanata already. I was very happy with that. Now we just pretend that the "no romance" end was the true end?  Just introduce a new heroine.  And why does Yoh keep showing up in the sequel games?  Send him back to America/France, he's fucking creepy with all his "You don't remember me but you will be mine you will love me" shit.

And Yoh's mole bothers me.  It doesn't move when his character CG moves.  I kept thinking it was a speck on the monitor and trying to clean it off.  I did the same at one point during the first SS OVA. Speaking of the OVA episodes, I was shocked they showed Tsukiko's face.  For some reason, I was expecting it to be concealed, like in the game.