Archive | July, 2012

A Bit of a Moon Frenzy

29 Jul

So the past three weeks that went I was over at Ryan’s, making sure he is ok as he is not allowed to be by himself because of the condition he is in (at the moment I’m having some time to myself whilst his parents take over for a bit). There was unfortunately numerous trips to the hospital because of the “attacks” he has been getting. We found out from the last visit that it is now a major surgery where they are going to have to remove the whole gall bladder because it is compacted full of the stones. It is bad how they have gone through with this and left it too late whereas they had the chance to not allow it to progress this far. And there we were celebrating the National Health Service (NHS) on the opening ceremony of the Olympics…..

Talking of that, I didn’t mind watching it so much. Could have been better (less music involved, less nonsense dancing etc). But that movie shown at the beginning done by director Danny Boyle, I was like (pardon my language at this point in time): what the ****?!

To me it did not make any sense and I wasn’t keen on the fast movement of shots which suddenly became something like that of a freeze frame, similar to the children’s party game where the music plays, you dance and when it stops, you freeze and are out if you make any sort of movement. When I saw a shot of a Goose, my face was this exactly: o.O

When I watched some of it, I said to my parents, all Brits know what some of the bits shown are (like the opening of the soap Eastenders — it was the section where it was a bird’s-eye view of the Thames). Someone from another country will perhaps have no clue what it is (if anyone outside the UK does, I apologise). But yeah, it may be a part of British TV, but I wouldn’t call it remarkable television. And the music used, I felt it was completely mixed up and sounded horrid. No smooth rhythm, flow or anything. Argh!

But I did like the handing of the Olympic Torch to the up and coming young athletes of the future. It was very unexpected and I felt it really allowed an involvement for everyone. With the final Olympic Torch and it coming together, I was so amazed by it. Wouldn’t have expected more by the wonderful Thomas Heatherwick (a British designer whom I am a fan of).

I also liked the display of the Olympic Rings from the use of the event of the Industrial Revolution. As many others would think, it was a truly beautiful spectacle. I didn’t notice it until the rings started rising up.

Anyways, as for the small 5-10 minute concert with Paul McCartney and The Arctic Monkeys, couldn’t they have chosen someone better? McCartney just sang a few songs which I felt droned on and was not uplifting enough. With The Arctic Monkeys, we have all heard of that song they played many, many times before, and it’s boring. Never liked the band and never will. And I would not call either of them the “best of British music”. Paul McCartney was good. When he was in the Beatles. I think it would have been better if they had someone like Muse (who has also done the Olympic theme song called Survival — I am a fan of them so yes I am going to be biased).  Well that’s my opinion of it. Will be interesting to see other views on the whole thing.

Overall, I did highly enjoy watching the ceremony (between the short film and the mini concert). I felt the involvement within it and did love it. The idea of making it fun and enjoyable is great, and that’s what the Olympics is about, not just the focus on being competitive.

As for watching any of the sports, I have been watching the Archery to its fullest. Really gets me excited : ) I used to attend a club back in my teenage years, and how much I loved it so. My first experience of the sport was when I was 11 on a 5-day school trip to a place which did a whole load of activities. I will admit that I was pretty good ; D But in the end the club was cancelled after a few years T_T

That’s about the only Olympic sport I have been paying attention to. So far.

Anyways, moving on now. There is some big news. Well, big and exciting news for me. At the Paris Japan Expo held earlier this month, it was confirmed that there will be a remake of…….. Sailor Moon! It’s not a remastered, but a whole new anime where it is likely it will follow more closely to the manga *yay*. And it will be released worldwide simultaneously. I’m sooooooo getting it when it’s released! I just hope they have better dubbed voice actors, although I prefer watching it in Japanese and reading the subtitles (it’s hard to find animes now with good dubs).

Ahhh! I can not wait >w<

More happiness is another ‘Tales of’ game, called Tales of Graces F, will be released in exactly 1 month and 2 days. So it’s an early birthday present for me from myself, hehe. And! Next year there will be another Tales game, Tales of Xillia, released in June/July next year. So that’s my graduation/early birthday present to myself planned out already : p

Also on the list, is the next Hyper Japan event taking place in November. Ryan and I are hoping to go (it all depends on his operation date and recovery time). If we can, I am finally going to go in cosplay mode (if anything goes wrong, I won’t). Ryan is also planning on cosplaying, but I’m keeping hush as to who he is going as : p

I’m not planning on buying it on eBay, however, as I have looked on there and the material used is just horrible (all satin-based… eww!) and I have read stories from people’s experiences and it’s not always 100% accurate on what the manufacturers produce. So I am planning, along with my lack of sewing and crafting clothes skills, to make my costume. I have the skirt already, which is a normal wearable skirt that I have had for a number of years. It’s gonna be fun making it and I have printed out the character I’m going to be (Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon) and indicated what I need to do in each area. If it’s not made in time, it’s no biggy, just will have to wait for the next convention : ) But for now it’s time to collect all the things needed to create such a piece.

And to commemorate the whole Sailor Moon remake and everything else, I have done a digital drawing of Sailor Moon and kitty Luna in my “Little Cuties” style ^_^

Created using Illustrator and Photoshop, I created the shadow from duplicating the figures and doing a colour overlay from the layer properties and placed it where I wanted it. I wanted something nice in the background, and a lot of the time in anime and manga they have backgrounds with simple shapes and the character portrayal at the front. So I just did numerous circles, all in pink as the colour symbol for Sailor Moon is a baby pink colour. Click image for a better and larger view.

May plan on doing the whole Sailor Senshi (Soldiers) in this format. Oh it will be fun. But first I should really get down to some work….

Small Update

5 Jul

So today I’ll be off to Ryan’s to look after him for the next week or so, but for different reasons. Unfortunately, he did not have his operation yesterday, because there was no operation appointed. Basically, the receptionist sent out the wrong letter to the patients in need of an operation. They were meant to be having consultations. And believe me, Ryan was not happy and neither was I.

How unprofessional it has been conducted and the way they brought it up to him and the other patients. And now, he has to wait for another 6-8 weeks for an operation, which by that time the clock is ticking as it is now needed for the whole gall bladder to be removed since it is completely affected. Better yet, the gall stones have broken down (which caused the liver/gall bladder to go down) and it’s now the case where they can not operate on him yet as if they do and the ‘sludge’ from the broken down stones get into his blood stream, it can basically kill him. Not a great way to put it.

But it has angered me that the time he was in hospital for two weeks, and the numerous hospital visits he had to make because of the constant pain, nothing was done. They had plenty of time to perform an operation before the gall bladder got to this state, but they left it for so long without doing anything that now it has lead to this.

I guess for now we have to wait and see what happens. But for now he has to be supervised at all times because of the condition he is in.

Brain Cannot Think of Another Title For Another Blog Post. So Here’s the Post:

2 Jul

As you have probably noticed, I haven’t been on here in a while. It’s been a busy month, and still to be busy.

Unfortunately Ryan has been in and out of hospital a lot but will be having an operation on Wednesday, going home Thursday and I’ll be nursing him back to health for about two or so weeks. It was finally diagnosed with him having gall stones in the gall bladder and because the last time he was in hospital they didn’t do anything to help it, it has now also caused a liver infection which makes him 90% of the time sick when he eats, or cause major pain. So hopefully this time round it will be sorted out for good, as he’s been told he has had this for over 3 years now and was only noticeable until recently with all the hospital visits.

There’s also been a few problems arising with my brother and his course (which is for young adults with learning difficulties), and cutting the long story short it seems because he didn’t get enough marks for his speaking test he couldn’t progress onto the next level. And we only found out a few days before the college year ended!

Although we were told at first that he was sure to go on and nothing for us to worry, we were never told, and nor did his previous school know about this circumstance (since they send the students to the college to do the course), that there is any form of exams required within the course for the students to progress, as there shouldn’t be really. However, it wasn’t just my brother. Others in his class had the same predicament and we kind of felt abandoned by the college as we felt we were left on our own to sort out the problem.

In the end the past couple of weeks involved in me emailing a lot of people high up in the college and eventually getting to where we are now: an interview that took place today for a course for disabled young adults, that is taking place in another college (which I previously attended before university) that joined recently with the college my brother did attend. It looked very promising, and the course sounded great — more vocational than academic, which seems much more suited for my brother’s abilities.

Quite confusing I know, but that’s the best I can describe it as. But one thing I do appreciate greatly though is the help I got from people in the college who told me who to write to, suggesting the course more suitable for my brother, and sorting out an interview in a short space of time. So thank you so much! ^__^

But otherwise, I’ve been visiting a few degree shows as suggested by one of my tutors so that we are prepared for next year, and my oh my did I find some wonderful stuff created by such talented people : )

Anyways, good news is that I passed my second year of university with full credit! Hooray!

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Lower Second (2:2) for Digital Narratives — animation stuff I did

Upper Second (2:1) for Portfolio Development — book cover, news posters, info/environmental graphics

First (1) for Professional Design Practice — case study and sketchbook work

So, I am really, really, REALLY happy about it ^____________^

It is the second time in my two years studying in this course that I have been given a First (the previous one was for a digital module back in the first half of the first year). I’m so ecstatic of the results and hopefully in my third and final year I will achieve an even better outcome.

Oh and I celebrated it by buying a whole load of manga books which I’m halfway through reading, as well as buying this lovely Kokeshi style umbrella, which is so pretty! The lady that was selling this and myself were having a nice discussion about Kokeshi dolls, Sakura blossoms, Sailor Moon (as she noticed my Sailor Moon purse when I got money out to pay!) and how Ryan has an umbrella in the style of a Samurai sword which we got at the Hyper Japan event last year, which led to getting cautiously stared at by a police officer when I approached him for directions whilst holding the umbrella.

I haven’t used it yet as I think it’s too beautiful! And unfortunately you won’t get to see the umbrella itself, as I am not willing to open it indoors because I’m one of those who believes in the whole bad luck thing~ But the pattern is the same as what is on the umbrella case.

So that’s my life in the past month summed up. Not too sure how long it will be before I get to post again, but I’ll try to come back as soon as possible with more happier news!

For now, I’ll leave you with this: