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Monday, January 11th, 2010
5:23 pm
Musings on Anime Convention LARP


Though I've only done it twice, I found that I really enjoy it, when it's done well. From what I recconn, the group needs to be the right size (I'd cap groups off at 20 or so) and the system has to have the right mixture of seriousness and silliness to balance out.

 

Complaints and suggested repairsCollapse )
That doesn't address all the problems, but I think this is a good start--unless I'm overcomplicating things.

I do have that tendancy.
Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
11:28 am
The Good things in life


Two fun things:

1) I made 40 dollars this weekend from finally turning in 15 years worth of Couch Change. Really!
2) Someone mentioned one of my fanfics in TVtrope's "Crowning Moment of Awesome: Fanfic."

No. Really. 
 

From the recently started fanfic Supernatural Taisen Anubis is bringing his fleet to Earth to conquer it, and makes his ultimatum to the President of the United States. Unfortunately for him, this fic is Super Robot Wars expanded beyond Humongous Mecha, and the sitting Commander-in-Chief is none other than David Xanatos:

Anubis: “I am Anubis,”
Xanatos “Sure you are.”
Anubis: “Are you the leader of this world?”
Xanatos: “For all intents and purposes, let us talk as though I were.”
Anubis: “Your leadership has come to an end. “Bow before your God, and I may grant you leniency.”
Xanatos (mentally removing plan b from consideration): “I’m a self-made billionaire who now leads the most powerful nation on the planet. Do you honestly think I’d accept handouts or being ranked second best?”
Anubis: “If you possessed weapons matching mine, you would have used them.”
Xanatos: “Despite our image, we know the meaning of restraint and patience.”
Anubis: “You will bring destruction upon yourselves.”
Xanatos: “In the last hundred years, we’ve been faced with 30 invasions like yours. What makes you think that yours will fare any differently from theirs?”
(Anubis' Hologram fades. Xanatos turns to Owen, who raises an eyebrow)
Xanatos: “Still, not as large of a ham as Sevarius.”

 
I feel so special now!
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
7:23 pm
(No) Crap from Yoga


Well, I've been meaning to do more Journal-ish type entries in this thing, so here's a fun little thing.

 

In which our hero faces the darkest of all foes: the own contents of his bowels. Collapse )
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
1:52 pm
Super Natural Taisen

Title: Super Natural Taisen

Rating: PG-13

Fandom: Megacrossover. Told from the perspective of Stargate SG-1, but involves at least a dozen other series and several dozen more get commentary notes or cameo appearances. Think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Super Robot Wars (which is the direct inspiration for this).

Characters:  “Jack O’Neill is the PC for this game”

Disclaimer: This is me trying to write again. All references are to characters currently under copyright. The holder is not me.

Summary: After a hundred years of buildup, the world prepares for a massive Supernatural War. Alliances are made as the darkest of enemies rise to confront them.

Note: Because of the shared universe nature of the crossovers, and in homage to Super Robot Wars, the series actually have an effect on each other—in some cases, greatly. Sometimes, Everything You Know is Wrong (with comic book characters, it most certainly is). Other times, things remain rather the same, but please, assume nothing. Heck, I’m going to assume that no one knows anything about the series involved and go from there. The changes made are (usually) deliberate and serve a plot purpose, so please don’t complain about the changes unless you feel it threatens the very core of the concepts the series involves.



Player PhaseCollapse )Player PhaseCollapse )
1:33 pm
Super Natural Taisen

Title: Super Natural Taisen

Author: majingojira

Rating: PG-13

Fandom: Megacrossover. Told from the perspective of Stargate SG-1, but involves at least a dozen other series and several dozen more get commentary notes or cameo appearances. Think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Super Robot Wars (which is the direct inspiration for this).

Characters:  “Jack O’Neill is the PC for this game”

Disclaimer: This is me trying to write again. All references are to characters currently under copyright. The holder is not me.

Summary: After a hundred years of buildup, the world prepares for a massive Supernatural War. Alliances are made as the darkest of enemies rise to confront them.

Note: Because of the shared universe nature of the crossovers, and in homage to Super Robot Wars, the series actually have an effect on each other—in some cases, greatly. Sometimes, Everything You Know is Wrong (with comic book characters, it most certainly is). Other times, things remain rather the same, but please, assume nothing. Heck, I’m going to assume that no one knows anything about the series involved and go from there. The changes made are (usually) deliberate and serve a plot purpose, so please don’t complain about the changes unless you feel it threatens the very core of the concepts the series involves.


 

Mission 01 Section 1Collapse )
1:23 pm
Super Natural Taisen

Title: Super Natural Taisen

Author: majingojira

Rating: PG-13

Fandom: Megacrossover. Told from the perspective of Stargate SG-1, but involves at least a dozen other series and several dozen more get commentary notes or cameo appearances. Think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Super Robot Wars (which is the direct inspiration for this).

Characters:  “Jack O’Neill is the PC for this game”

Disclaimer: This is me trying to write again. All references are to characters currently under copyright. The holder is not me.

Summary: After a hundred years of buildup, the world prepares for a massive Supernatural War. Alliances are made as the darkest of enemies rise to confront them.

Note: Because of the shared universe nature of the crossovers, and in homage to Super Robot Wars, the series actually have an effect on each other—in some cases, greatly. Sometimes, Everything You Know is Wrong (with comic book characters, it most certainly is). Other times, things remain rather the same, but please, assume nothing. Heck, I’m going to assume that no one knows anything about the series involved and go from there. The changes made are (usually) deliberate and serve a plot purpose, so please don’t complain about the changes unless you feel it threatens the very core of the concepts the series involves.

 

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PrologueCollapse )
Friday, January 30th, 2009
8:32 pm
Meme Time!

You.
Can.
Only.
Type.
One.
Word.

Not as easy as you might think. Remember: one word answers to the following 34 questions.

1. Where is your mobile phone?: Desk
2. Your significant other?: Never
3. Your hair?: Short
4. Your mother? Worried
5. Your father?: Undiagnosed
6. Your favourite thing?: Film
7. Your dream last night?: Smexy
8. Your favourite drink?: snapple
9. Your dream/goal?: Series
10. The room you're in?: Living
11. Your ex?: None
12. Your fear?: Failure
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years?: Published
14. Where were you last night?: Here
15. What you're not?: Sociable
16. Muffins?:  Yes.
17. One of your wish list items?: DVDs
18. Where you grew up?: Basement
19. The last thing you did?: Read
20. What are you wearing?: Pants.
21. Your TV?: Shiney
22. Your pets?: Dead
23. Your computer?: Scarface
24. Your life?: Parasitic
25. Your mood?: Indifferent
26. Missing someone?: Yes
27. Your car?: Legal
28. Something you're not wearing?:  Shoes
29. Favourite Store?: Borders
30. Your summer?: Dull
31. Like someone?: Certainly
32. Your favourite colour?: Irrelevant
33. When is the last time you laughed?: Hours
34. Last time you cried?: Years

Pfft! It's not THAT hard!  ;)

Sunday, October 26th, 2008
10:00 pm
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
9:29 pm
Political Stance

And yet, I'm pro-gun and think most democrats need the one thing I can say republican's have: a spine.

Now, if only republicans had a heart, brain and soul like they did before they were bought out by the Fundementalists.

You are a

Social Liberal
(70% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(28% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Democrat

  
 

  
 


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
3:30 pm
The National Review tears Ben Stein a new Asshole
I've been annoyed at Ben Stein's latest pro-creationist piece of libel since it imposed draconian tacts wholey expected of a conservative christian institution back at its pre-screening.

Ignoring the fact that it commited fraud to get some of its footage.

The National Review (a rather Repubilcan leaning publication) put out a vitrolic article on the subject recently, bust I still find several Youtube videos more...entertaining.

That should tell you how bad the movie "Expelled" is. 

Hell, it has it's own site of innacuracies and frauds.
Sunday, April 27th, 2008
10:49 pm
Some Documentaries just make you feel like a tool.

I love Documentaries. I tend to have a Discovery or History channel on in the background while I work. 

Some natural/history documentaries make you feel like a total tool, however. One recent one was "The State of the Planet" on National Geographic."

I only caught a good later half of it and it got me all worried. Largely because of Beehive Colapse Syndrome.

For those that don't know, the Syndrome documents the apparent random societal collapses of bee hives on a massive scale. Usually European Honeybees (so feel free to fret about Killer Bees).

The problem was identified at long last, and that problem was, basically "Everything" - a combination of a naturally occuring disease increased in deadliness due to human-created pressures.

It's early still and things can be done about it, but given America's recent trends in regards to most envorinmental problems, I'm not getting my hopes up.

First we kill all the natural pollinators. Now the introduced ones are starting to die off.

Not a good prognosis.

Saturday, March 15th, 2008
8:30 pm
Fanfic: Alliances
Alliances
Author: Majin Gojira
Crossover: Massive Merged World: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, Hellsing, James Bond, Others on a “Spot the Crossover” basis, because I am mean.
Characters: Xander Harris, Harry Potter, Gregory Arcturus—OC Wizard Diplomat, James Bond, Sir Integra Hellsing, Others not to be Named here.
Rating: PG-13/T
Summary: An early job for Harry as an Auror was to guard a Wizard Diplomat as he attempted to negotiate with a frightening new group in based in Scotland. But they’ve already made allies with others…
Notes: I blame too many Harry Potter fic that assume that Buffy and Harry Potter can get along without incident, with even the magic being the same. Or that wizards will guide everything.  Also, this takes place in the massive crossover universe I’ve been working on, something similar to Alan Moore’s “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. In other words, there are a lot of crossovers, some altered by the presence of other series, and none of them are explained. But suffice a few of them will be hard to recognize. Besides, that's what the interent is for. Google it! 
Further, this is a re-working of the previous work. There were accurate critisims, and I did not explain the reasons for the reaction as properly as I should have.
Sunday, March 9th, 2008
10:32 am
Buffy Crossovers Mark 2: Secondary Crossovers
A while back I posted an article detailing the 22 Buffy Crossovers found on Buffy and in Buffy's expanded media. Today's post is an expansion on that, dealing with things that have crossed over with those 22 programs/characters that have crossed over with Buffy.

In short, Secondary Crossovers.
Friday, March 7th, 2008
9:40 pm
Saturday, March 1st, 2008
10:44 pm
Have You Seen These Children (Version 2) + Timeline
A Crossover Article staring my favorite Marvel Comics characters.
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Friday, February 22nd, 2008
8:32 pm
Buffyverse Existing Crossovers
Believe it or not, a lot of writers like to make sly references to other works. A lot.

One of my hobbies is to collect them and read up on them. 

Here are, collected for the first time on Livejournal, all of the subtle/not-so-subtle referencial crossovers found within Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and their expanded media. 

Updated: 11/14/09

Crossovers! Crossovers! Crossovers!Collapse )
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
10:49 am
Massive Meme
For, ya know, anyone who cares.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
3:26 pm
Top Kaiju/Force of Nature Monster films
Because of the Cloverfield buzz, I got thinking over the top Giant Monsters/Kaiju films.

For me, Kaiju are basically a personification of a natural disaster or natural force. Not generally something beaten through raw military might (if it is beaten at all).

Here's my thoughts:

Honorable Mentions

a) Gorgo -- This film is for the kid in us who roots for the monster. It's not a symbolic monster (at least, deliberatly), and generally follows the Kong formula. The big shift, and the honorable mention, comes in the form of the second monster--Gorgo's mother. The monster wins, and the audience doesn't feel bad about letting the monster win. That's something worth an honorable mention.

b) The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms -- I'd feel bad if I didn't mentiont his one. The first radioactive dinosaur to rise from prehistory and attack a major city. Though not invulnerable, the plot device of having it carry a virulent plague really should be honored.

And now, the List!

10) The Host -- The monster is treated as a side point by both the film and the governmental response (and the student protestors to said governmental response). The film offers an intereting perspective on the genre, and is humorous and sad at many points. Symbolically/narritively, it calls on the "Agent Orange" debacle as well as other chemical hazards placed on Korea in its history, as well as mocking governmental (and student) actions that have a logn history within the contry.

9) Cloverfield -- Fear of the unknown is a constant in human society and the monster of Cloverfield taps into that in spades. We don't know the monster's name, what it wants, what it is capable off beyond the fleeting glimpses we get (unless we go all Viral Tie-in). The visual callbacks to 9/11 harken to Gojira's visual callbacks to Hiroshima/Nagasaki and the Firebombing of Tokyo. Cloverfield does fit the genre. And I bet someone could link the Parasites it comes with to the Anthrax scare just after 9/11.

8) Daimajin -- A completely different, purely supernatual take on the genre of Giant Monsters. Here, instead of being a mutant or alien horror, the monster is a Demon. Taking place as a Samurai Epic, building the threat of a Horror Lurking in the Woods the entire time, by the time the titular demon is awakened as alast ditch resort for the Plucky Rebels (or rather, lone, uncaptured and in the process of being tortured Rebel), the smackdown it delievers to the Evil Usurping Shogun is well earned and rewarding. Even better, the solution is worse than the proble, as the demon then TURNS on the peacefull villagers in its anger until it is appeased. A very unique Kaiju film.

7) The Blob (1958) -- One of the very few monster movies to garner a Criterion disk, this classic of the genre is less symbolic than other Kaiju films, but still has its monster as a force of nature (albiet one of an extra-terrestrial nature). It is also notable for the use of "deliquint teens" in a positive light that many other monster films fumbled over.

6) Gamera III: Revenge of Iris -- Monsters cause a lot of destruction, but there is little focus on it. The entire film can be summed up by the words "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome". The female lead suffers from it and her pain is exploited by the second monster of the film, because her PTS is directed at Gamera, who, conviently enough, had recently lost his connection to humanity.

5) Forbidden Planet -- Now, this if the first of the "Wait? You think this is a Kaiju movie?", Well, here, the force of nature is man's darker influences not only given free reign in a classic-Jeckylle/Hyde scenario, but then given "UNLIMITED POWA!" and unleashed on the unsuspecting crew. Taken as such, the subtle meaning can be that no matter how far advanced a culture becomes, it is still suseptible to 'baser' instincts.

4) Gojira (1954) -- The classic film that coined the genre need not be discussed beyond this mentioning, as it has been done again and again, so I won't do it here. I will add that Akira Kurosawa wanted to direct a Godzilla film, but Toho did not approve because they feared it would cost to much (given what happened with [i]Ran[/i], they might have been justified), still, it is a loss to film as a whole and to the Monster genre.

3) King Kong (1933) -- Though "The Lost World" was the first film to use two classic monster locals (Unknown land, City), Kong perfected it with a monster with a human side. Again, been written about time and time again. Though not unstoppable, Kong is still a force of nature.

2) The Birds -- Alfred Hitchcock's entry into the monster genre, where he normally explores human monstrosity. It seems odd to classify this film with the others where there is a single unstoppable force as opposed to a multitude whose main threat comes in their numbers. Still, the use of the monsters harkens to the other films: the Birds are a force of nature that mankind cannot stand against alone and prevail. The final shot of that film will live on as it should. Though, the trailer for it is just wonderfully witty.

1) Jaws -- The best Monster on the Loose film overall. Taught, well scripted and another monster as a force of nature. The Shark is intelligent, powerful and vengefull. By sticking close to reality with the beast's origin (if not its behavior, attributes, etc), it made an entire generation afraid of the water.

Surprised? I think you are.

Because the Giant Monster Genre is also full of silliness, I'm also going to include the Gag-List: The "So Bad It's Fun!" Films

1) The Giant Claw - "Giant Antimater Space Buzzard!" Say it with me! Ya know you want to!
2) Godzilla vs. Hedorah - Showa-Era Godzilla + 70s Psychadelia + Environemental Destruction Fears = Concentrated Wacky
3) Attack of the Crab Monsters - One of the best films Roger Corman every made.
4) Reptilicus - The One and Only Danish Monster Movie. We don't want them to make another.
Friday, January 25th, 2008
1:55 pm
I am such a Nerd
Take the Sci fi sounds quiz I received 86 credits on
The Sci Fi Sounds Quiz

How much of a Sci-Fi geek are you?
Quiz by SheGoddess: Lose weight quickly
Monday, January 21st, 2008
8:21 pm
10 Tips to Help You Survive a Giant Monster Movie
Done on request.

In the wake of Cloverfield, some people wonder how someone can increase their chanses to surive the appearance of a Giant Monster ("Kaiju"). Here are 10 simple tips that can help you make it out alive.
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