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10th-Jun-2007 09:08 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA

New layout. *grin* Points to nescienx and farfello who spotted it before I could even announce it! *grin!* It's a rework of homura's 2005 KKM layout.

The most fun I had with it? Making the moodtheme. ;) I normally hate making moodthemes, but I so love the way they look - especially when compelled upon my friendslist - I rarely input moods myself, so this is the way I get the most out of it. ♥

Fastest moodtheme I ever created was my Constantine one. Each fandom I get deeply into gets a moodtheme, so it goes without saying that Tales of the Abyss got one. Most difficult moodtheme I'd ever made was the Kyou Kara Maou one, not least because it was the first I'd ever made (and I wasn't familiar with the headaches of the system yet), and because I had the bright idea of wanting to give all the moodtheme icons rounded corners.

Met up with lacewood and rukia yesterday for a fabulous movie marathon that turned into a sleepover. ♥ We watched Shaun of the Dead (way better than 28 Weeks Later), Happily N'Ever After, Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch and the third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. (which I subsequently recalled watching as a child, and I was stunned by how much I remembered). It was incredible fun. ;) Shaun of the Dead has the most amazing DVD extras ever, comparable to Zoolander's. Happily N'Ever After was trying too hard to be Shrek, but I still enjoyed myself - and found the evil stepmother more sympathetic than Snow White.

Subjected them to the Will Ferrell-Sasha Baron Cohen MTV moment, which horrified us all because it was so non-con. *laughs wildly at Will Ferrell's plight, for I am evil* Incidentally, check out this amazing MTV Movie Awards 2007 comic, which is a lovely and delightful example of how this leads to this leads to this. xDDD

Went to McDonalds' for breakfast this morning with Yi and Airy - rarely ever do that, as am generally unconscious and refuse to get out of bed on weekends (I do it every day of the work week, I refuse to see why I must compel myself to get out of bed on weekends when I have no reason for it). Naturally, lacewood and rukia are reason enough. ♥

Went to Airy's place after, and then went to meet the family and a family friend's family for a lunch. Friend of mine is back from the UK, and it was great meeting up with them again. Not to mention lunch was great. ♥ I adore buffets, and it is always remarked upon how I manage to eat so much and never put much on. My father is convinced that the Internet burns a great deal of my energy. I know that it's probably due to the excitable personality, as anyone watching me watch a movie I feel deeply about (or one with Orlando Bloom in it) would know. ;)

Went to catch Blades of Glory with seki_yumizu afterwards. It was so good to see Seki again! ♥ (We will Heroes marathon as soon as humanly possible!)

That was Blades for the third time - have put paid to resolution to watch this movie as many times as possible before it goes out of theatres. So much for my belief that I'd grown out of my watching-movies-multiple-times-in-theatres phase. Blades is my crazy happy place, and I do not consciously understand why it compels me so much despite the fact that I simply cannot see either of the leads as being remotely hot. It gives me something crazy and fun to focus on that is as far away from work as can be, and it makes me laugh.

petronia was very helpful with Blades of Glory location placement, and a real joy - thank you so much! *beams* I always love knowing more about locations in movies, especially if they exist in real life. *grin* I always have this conception that everything I see onscreen (that isn't real-life related) or in anime isn't real, so I get such a thrill out of knowing that it is. When I was first in Japan and saw schoolboys practising baseball in the fields in proper baseball outfits, my first reaction was, "So it's real, and not just in KKM anime?" *grin* I don't watch much RL-based dramas or movies, which is probably what explains the attitude.

Whenever I see anything RL that was onscreen, I always feel this most amazing sense of two worlds colliding and becoming one. I know that sounds pretty dramatic, but it's the way I feel. It's like seeing Abyss doujinshi IRL - part of me can't believe it, because to me, Abyss is something that stays on the computer and PS2 screen, and to be able to hold it in my hands as I do doujin feels like such a trip. *grin* It's like when I watch movies set in London and can identify locations I've lived in - it feels like coming home onscreen. I hope it never grows old. *grin*

10th-Jun-2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
I saw it this morning but was too in a rush to comment on it XD You shoulda told me you were so busy last night orz;;; Thanks for watching it with me. I finally put down a coherent feedback on the movie LOL.

One day if I ever get to Japan and be successful in doujinshi searching, I'm afraid I'll scream with job XD Even with looking at the photos you took, it just seems so surreal lol.

I'm sure Blades is the one movie I'll laugh my ass off everytime I watch it XD It's too ridiculous hahahaha
10th-Jun-2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
*grin* It's all good! ♥ No worries! And XD, it was perfectly okay! ;) I love this movie, I really wanted to watch it, and I really wanted to see you again, too! ♥

!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ I know! I LOVED YOUR FEEDBACK. I would happily have linked it here if it wasn't friends-locked. I shall go over there and emit hearts at you now. ;)

!!! You will definitely be successful in doujinshi searching! ;) If you need help, I'll tell you where to go, and it's absolutely certain you'll be able to find something for any fandoms you are in now/were in before/will be in then. *griiin* Japan is a wild and crazy country with regard to doujinshi, and they will give you everything in your wildest dreams (and some even beyond those). xD It does seem very surreal - you've picked a perfect word for it. ;)

XDDDD SAME HERE. XDDD I only seem to laugh more with each time I watch it, for some odd reason. xDD
10th-Jun-2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
i like your new layout. all my attempts at layouts fail. LOL

btw the layout looks a little odd when viewed in mozilla firefox but its no big deal.
10th-Jun-2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
*points to comment above*

that was me! i don't know why i was logged out of LJ.
10th-Jun-2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
*grin* HEY THERE. ;) LJ sometimes logs me out on odd occasion, too. Annoys me, but not as much as losing comments due to an LJ-glitch that makes comments fail at posting.
10th-Jun-2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you so much! And heh, my layouts are only the result of 1,00 failures and attempts making one success. ;) I remember working on one layout for an entire month before I got it right, and it was the most stubborn one I'd ever made. After that I just used it obsessively to make all the effort worth it.

Ah! I must go and check it out there! Thanks for the heads-up! I used to work exclusively on Mozilla until I got very tired of the popup every time I saved an image.
10th-Jun-2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
nescienx and farfello weren't the only ones who noticed!

Have you seen this yet? xD
10th-Jun-2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
So it would seem!

... oh. my. GOD. Does Hayden Panetteire have a music video for every single series I have ever been into? I crack up so hard at the Ice Princess board. omg, she's so cute. ♥ My favourite still is My Hero Is You, but this comes a real close second. Thanks for the link!
10th-Jun-2007 02:52 pm (UTC) - I love the layout! xD
I have only been refreshing your journal for hours. No big deal. ;)

I've never seen that series? I thought it was a movie. xD I love My Hero Is You, too! It's one of my favourite songs now. ^^;

Can you e-mail me? I mean, did you not get my e-mail last time? I'm feeling kinda awkward now. O.o
10th-Jun-2007 03:14 pm (UTC) - Re: I love the layout! xD
... sweetheart, my LJ isn't that fascinating! Surely Milo is pining for you as a result of the neglect now? ;)

AHAHAHA here you go, Princess, the live-action Disney Ice Princess movie. I am ridiculously amused at the premise. I thought this was one of the most ridiculous and stereotypical teen-movie cliches ever to hit the silver screen, but man, now I'm almost interested in watching it, despite really not liking the lead actress.
10th-Jun-2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
It /is/ fascinating! xD It totally freaked me out when it went from grey to BABY BLUE yesterday! O.o

... I really want to watch it now, too! T.T I can't take any more ice skating movies - I'll want to go ice skating even more. *g* I like ridiculous and stereotypical teen-movies! Mean Girls is great entertainment! xD

I'm peeling potatoes, so sorry if I'm slow. ^^;
14th-Jun-2007 01:06 am (UTC)
I want to learn ice skating now. ;) Truth is, I've always wanted to learn how to rollerblade. Ice skating, not so much, but supposedly, one will help the other. ;)

It is like your fascination with Xiaxue's blog, is it not? ;) I must say I did enjoy Mean Girls, but not that much.

I hope the potatoes were for you! ;)
14th-Jun-2007 05:22 am (UTC)
flqsjlqjslhsk! I want to teach you, but I'm not sure if I remember how to skate at all. O.o Every ice rink in Belgium is CLOSED over the summer. *HEADDESK*

LOL! I remember the rollerskating hype. I had my own skates, with flashy coloured wheels. xD I didn't like it very much, though! Not my thing. ^^; You could skate down the hill of your street! Lawyer on Rollers! xD

I'm still a teenager at heart, I guess that's why. xD

HEE. Jana stayed over for dinner, but I peeled too many. *g*
10th-Jun-2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
AHAHA BLADES OF GLORY. That movie is fab.
10th-Jun-2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
WHY YES IT IS! ♥ I am so glad you think so, too! ♥ It makes me laugh SO HARD. ♥
10th-Jun-2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
No problem - it's always fun for me when I recognize Montreal in movies, doubly fun when it's an area I know as well as this. XD
14th-Jun-2007 01:25 am (UTC)
*beams* All the Montreal information was a joy to read! Thank you so much! ♥ I watched the movie again recently and this time, I was thinking about how this was your lunchtime walk! *beams* ;) If ever you need location help for London or Singapore, or even Tokyo and Melbourne, don't hesitate to let me know! ;)
10th-Jun-2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
I suspect that you were going Jimmy-esque, right? Because my inner Chazz is screaming his eyes out right now, so that's all good. XD

I am like T____T because I have no $ left to watch BoG anymore T__T unless I don't buy the DVD, but that would be sacrilegious. Not buying the DVD, I mean.

So, re: Ice-kicking. I'll be free the last weekends of June and July i.e. 23-24/06 and 28-29/07, as far as I can tell. Any of those times good for you?
14th-Jun-2007 01:32 am (UTC) - "Scream for me, baby" is probably something only Chazz would say >D
Totally. ♥ But but but Chazz, it's only baby blue! It could've been pastel pink, or lilac, or pastel pink and lilac...

So amused that your inner Chazz is screaming his eyes out! ♥ Also, we loved the same newly-posted story on Blades of Glory! I just haven't had the time to properly comment on that in a way that would do justice to it. ♥

(XD! I think a Chazz layout would've looked closer to my old layout, just add more scarlet, and more BOOM! XD)

I think this is the last time I'm watching it! ;) It's just so wonderful seeing it on the big screen. One of my fellow pupils in the office recently said I'd probably get the DVD and watch it every night to make it happy. She's closer to the truth than it seems! ;)

Oh man, I am definitely good on BOTH those weekends! ;) ♥ See you on the weekend of the 23rd-24th of June! ♥ Practice, and EXTRA practice, and I am really not kidding about not knowing how to skate. I was planning to go in myself one of these days to do a bit of falling around so as not to embarrass myself too much in front of you. xD
14th-Jun-2007 05:18 am (UTC) - Yes indeedy... So are you gonna scream for me, Princess?
Well, now that my inner Chazz has gotten used to the colour scheme a little, he's stopped screaming. But now he's stopped up his ears and is chanting "Not listening, not listening." I think it's about the proposed colour schemes. XD

Yeah, I know! That was a great story, with all the imagery and the repeated motifs ♥ (sorry, bit of a Lit geek here ^^) and I was going to say that, but I realised that it didn't matter because it was such a powerful story, and all I could end up saying was "Breath-taking." XD Oh wells.

(Damn you for making me think about getting off my ass and making a Chazz layout... XD And yes about the BOOM! The BOOM! is THE CHAZZ!)

... Wait. You're watching the DVD to make the DVD/movie happy? XDD That is so XD!

Both weekends it is, then! Don't worry - Chazz will be more than happy to help Princess get up again XD (Oh shit. Something very wrong about 'get up' just popped into my brain...)
10th-Jun-2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, I really loved Blades of Glory. I was slashing those two the entire time, and I rewatched the skating sequences like 5+ times on my computer upon downloading the movie. The fire and ice was uber-dramatic XD that whole skate kick in the beginning made me go ZOMGUKEPWN. But I really loved Mr. Roboto...and how they were together at the end <3. I lurk in the slash comms because while I love the cuteness, the uh...images of graphic sex involving Will Ferrell...really, really disturb me *twitch*
14th-Jun-2007 01:36 am (UTC) - the Blades of Glory pair is so, so, so OTP.
The first time I'd heard Blades of Glory mentioned on LJ was actually on your livejournal! ;) It was your positive review of it that made me want to watch it, 'cause I know that whatever you like has got to be of a certain standard. Without you liking it and saying there was slash in it, I wouldn't have given it much more than a passing glance. ♥

And I was so happy to see you in the community! ♥ Makes it feel like home already! ♥ Though I'm completely with you on Will Ferrell and graphic sex. Those two do not go together. Sometimes accidentally visualising too much when I'm reading fic is bad enough.

The fire and ice was so great. ;) The song was actually a wonderful choice that merged both their sensibilities: hard-rocker song that's actually incredibly sweet and sappy. ;) And they were so together in the end. *ignores girl!* XDDD

ZOMGUKEPWN indeed! That is my FAVOURITE sort of scenario. ♥
14th-Jun-2007 05:34 am (UTC) - Re: the Blades of Glory pair is so, so, so OTP.
Eeeh, really?! I didn't know you'd read that XD. Hee hee, I usually don't watch Will Ferrell films, but this one really knocked my socks off. I really, really think it was the skating. I guiltily rewatch Chazz's first competition thing too, since his whole gettin' down and sexay routine is hilariously catchy.

I thought I was alone in the fandom, very much lonely...and it was so strange having a bubbly crack fandom like this one, too. My angst loving side insisted on weaving fics of Jimmy's disownment and subsequent...ah...struggles thereafter.

You should write fic for it~~ <3 I don't know anyone else there, although I'll read a bit of fic here and there. I recently read an incest fic between Stranz and Fairchild. Those two are so screwed up and dysfunctional, and that's why their relationship is so hot. I mean, the way he was holding her after that modern dance routine (it's where they have the jean jackets) was totally um, yeah, sleeping togethhheeerr.

But back to Chazz and Jimmy. zOMG! I went AWWWWW when Chazz pulled Jimmy up from the ice T_T It WAS so sappy...I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I first heard it! Their costumes, even moreso...I mean, wow. I kind of felt embarrassed for Chazz wearing that ridiculous red and orange thing with tassels, ribbons, what have you.

*also joins you in ignoring the girl*
10th-Jun-2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
Aw! I like your new layout. I actually noticed it yesterday and I had to make sure I was checking your LJ. XDD

I want to change up my mood theme for Tales because some of my moods don't really fit with the picture. :O
I want to replace those with some .hack and just have the best of both worlds. XD!

You really do see a lot of movies~
But OMG I loved Shaun of the Dead! I told my dad he had to buy it for DVD so we got all the extras. <3
And I grew up watching those Ninja Turtles movies! I think my most favourite was the first one because I liked the April better in that one. D:

I'm glad to hear you're still managing to go out and enjoy yourself despite the huge workload. It's always nice to get that chance and I think it makes the free time more rewarding. :D

I get a similar way...there's a game series called Shadow Hearts and it actually takes place in the real world. The first two games were set in Asia and Europe, but the third takes place in New York, Boston and such...so I actually played that game BEFORE my first trip to New York- it was SO amazing. I felt like a dork pointing things out I saw in the game. XD;;;
14th-Jun-2007 02:04 am (UTC) - Every time I see that Luke icon of yours, I want to smile.
He's so cute like that. ♥

Thank you so much! *beams* I'm glad you liked it! *griiin* I still don't have the heart to remove all my Abyss links, but I felt it was time for a new one. ;)

! I'd do the same! Just have a mood theme entitled "The Games I Like". ;) Who says mood themes have to be one series and one series only? *grin*

I love movies to pieces! *beams* Sometimes when I watch them I forget about any other world but the one on screen before me. ;) Not to mention the fact that they're so fun. And of course, fandoms make sure that the movie experience doesn't stop when you leave the theatre. ;)

You loved Shawn of the Dead, too?! ♥ THAT IS SUCH A BRILLIANT SHOW. I am so glad you liked it, too! ;) It was funny and good and I just really enjoyed it.

*beams!* I don't consciously remember watching the first Turtles movie, but I do believe I have, and that my memory will be jogged if I were to set eyes on the footage again. *grin!*

*beams!* I usually am pretty tired at the end of a workday, but I (hope!) am getting a little better at not being so tired! ;) While I don't want to go back to student days again, I do miss the free time. ;) So I do my best to enjoy to the FULL every second of free time I have. ;)

SHADOW HEARTS! ♥ WHY HELLO THERE YURI. ;) It's a really great game, and I only wish I had the time to play it and properly get into it! But man! Able to visit in-game locations in real life is BRILLIANT! ;) I FEEL YOUR JOY. ♥ And man, sometimes being a dork is real fun. ♥
14th-Jun-2007 06:15 am (UTC) - Re: Every time I see that Luke icon of yours, I want to smile.
Isn't he! I want...to eat him. :D
And it's been hard to keep up with comments lately without my computer. D:

Nuuuuuuuuuuuu! You must keep the links, I use those. XD

Precisely...and I will work on it once my computer is back up...this weekend. HOPEFULLY. :D
Multi-fandom moods for all my needs~

I feel that way for some movies and I usually watch movies with my dad or brother. XD
My dad totally gets absorbed into them, it's funny. XD

I LOVE any and all zombie movies, so I had to check it out when I heard it was a parody. :D
I remember the first preview I saw when they were trying to walk through a crowd of zombies and someone's cellphone goes off. XD

The first Turtles movie is my favourite~ It brings back SO many memories of childhood. :O

Hee~ I know how that goes...I actually preferred my work schedule though...because it GAVE me money as opposed to taking it. D:

I love being a dork, but I never knew you had touched Shadow Hearts before. :D

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14th-Jun-2007 01:38 am (UTC)
You completely have to! *beams* It's ridiculous and silly and full of really great crack. ;) AND THE SAKE OF GREAT JUSTICE DEMANDS IT. *smiles*

... also, I saw the trademark for VANGUARD films the other day, and I thought of one of your Abyss obsessions. ;)
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14th-Jun-2007 01:40 am (UTC)
The Abyss Dash Novels site is here, and usually on the post with the scans I mention whether the artwork is from the novels or the manga. Also, the artists are different, but just go back over the posts, I always state whether the scans are from the novels or the manga.

I don't use my MSN very much, actually, especially since I've been very busy with work lately. Same with emails, unfortunately.
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