Smiling Russia

Small question on nuance

On a website for a Drama CD, one of the characters is described as 主人公の義理の父, and then later on as 主人公の義理の父親。Obviously, they both mean 'step-father', but what's the difference in 'feeling' between the two? Is 父親 more formal than 父? I'd always thought that 親/おや was slightly derogatory, like in 親父。
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Ginko Ramen

What I did during the holidays...

I've been in a bit of a rut this week since work decided to spontaneously give me the week off, but I've actually had the chance to accomplish a few small things.

I'm cleaning the house right now, reading some fascinating blogs on Fat Acceptance, and just generally goofing around until it gets to be about seven or so, at which point I'm going to swing by Starbucks for some intense study and maybe some hot chocolate, too.

Chrimbo went about as well as can be expected. I cobbled together a fairly good imitation of dinner, spent the whole day cuddling with the hubby, and received a lot of really wonderful presents.

-A huge boning knife which should make working with meat a lot easier. I've never actually boned anything (aside from a fish, once) but the weight of it should make tough cuts a piece of cake. On top of that, I just love knives in general.
-A gift basket full of English foods. ^___^
-My Japanese Coach (which I plan on reviewing sometime)
-Kingdom Hearts 365/2 Days
-A bloody laptop. I don't know how he managed to find one so cheap, but wow...I finally have my own lappy. (I named it Miku)
-A bizarre bundle of DVDs comprising of the Super Mario Bros movie, Lost Boys, The Meaning of Life, and one of those horror collections made up of four movies which look mindblowingly awful. =D
-Hello Kitty Online.
-A new set of keys, complete with a kickass chain and an itty bitty Ivan Braginski to keep 'em safe.
-A second quilt for the bed.
-Four six packs of Black Jack Cola. Yum!

I also got a really nice Year One Batman comic from my dad back home. I haven't really been into Batman for a long while, now, but reading it made me remember why I used to be so obsessed. Great story, great art, great pacing...when Batman gets it right, it really gets it right. There's supposedly a couple of my old jackets in the mail coming from my mum, too, so that's something to look forward to.

I've been thinking about what I want to do with this journal. What I want to accomplish, and learn, and say. Right now, what I'd like to do most is talk meta about my favourite genre: Survival Horror. I'm not sure how I'd go about it, exactly, but I've got the notes for some long, rambly posts about enemy design, in-game notes/recordings, and where survival horror seems to be going right now. Hopefully I'll have something jimmy-rigged within the next month or so.

Of course, I also want to talk about awesomely terrible horror movies, and JRPGs, and games in general, and just...everything, I guess.

S'pose we'll see how it all turns out, eh?
Chi Wiggle

The Rain-Rain-Rain Came Down-Down-Down

So...Dallas decided about a month ago that we wouldn't be having a white Christmas, that instead it was going to be balmy and breezy and suspiciously like the weather should have been about a month ago (and you think I'm flaky).

That is, until today. After I got my in_particulate stuff mailed off, it started pouring down: thunder, fog, and torrential rain. Due to a mix of childhood nostalgia and rampant nationalism, I was adamant that the holidays just aren't the holidays without Bisto. So I managed to get my ass throroughly soaked today. -___-

This year's the first in a while that I'm really, avidly looking forward to the 25th. Sure, there's no Yule Log, no holly and ivy, but this is the first real Christmas I've had since moving here. I'm so incredibly happy, I can't even describe it.

Hope y'all enjoy tomorrow. =)
Smiling Russia

Ten Days Meme, Day One

...Because for Vith's sake, I need something to motivate me into posting here more often. Feel free to re-post and pass this around. (And no, I didn't make this meme)

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now. Day One
Day Two: Nine things about yourself. Day Two
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart. Day Three
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot. Day Four
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn offs.
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.

1. Yeah, you remember all those guesses you made as to what I got you for Christmas? They were right; every. Single. F'ing. One. (Except that one about the strategy guide. It's actually a gaming history book.)

2. Y'know, it's nice having someone at work who I can talk to about manga and anime, but sometimes the flippant comments you make really rub me the wrong way.

3. You're so much fun to talk to, I just wish I had the guts to ask if we could hang out somewhere away from your work.

4. Every day, I see something new and wonderful, and all I can think about is how nice it was back when we shared everything. I can't wait to come back and just...hang out like we used to.

5. I miss you, man. Can't wait to shoot some motherf'ing zombies with you again.

6. Kindly butt out of my love life.

7. I hope everything picks up for you, soon, because you have no idea how much I admire you.

8. Stop asking me about what kind of hours my job is giving me right now. The fact is, I'm not working a twelve hour shift to be paid in Hello Kitty merchandise.

9. You've always been such an inspiration to me, and it makes me sad that I won't be able to talk to you for a while, but...I don't know what to tell you. How do I explain that I decided to stay right where I am, despite what several people had told me to do?

10. Damn, you're hot. I'm very much taken, but I'd still like to let you know that you're incredibly handsome and fun to talk to.

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Ginko Ramen

Sleepwalking through life

Apologies to everyone and anyone I've come into contact with the past few days. If I haven't replied, commented, or friended you back...Well, I really have no quantifiable excuse, but the teal deers seem to have abandoned me this past week or so.

There's all sorts of things I want to post about: I beat Shattered Memories, I'm re-playing through Silent Hill 3, I'm Christmas shopping, and I might even be attending a con at the end of the month. There's also a ton of stuff I need to work on, I've got my in_particulate ficlets to finish up, a bunch of plot bunnies I need to nail down, I want to start writing Mushishi poetry again, there's The Great And Terrible AMV,the Silent Hill AMV, I need to practice making my Kanji look presentable, and then of course there's about a hundred games I should probably start: Persona, Bioshock 2, The Path, Cursed Mountain...

I should be back at normal TL;DR-ing levels by tomorrow. I'm hoping today's shift at work will get my brain back into gear, so I should be able to get everything done soon.
Ginko Ramen

Black Friday

It happened.

Really, that's all I have to say. I got up at one, waited in the freezing cold for three hours, got told half the advertised discounts wouldn't be allowed for another three hours, bought my stuff, went to the bookstore, waited for another two hours, bought books, went home, found out I was locked out of the house, called my husband, sat on the ground reading manga for an hour, went to Starbucks, then back home, my husband let me in, and now I'm collapsed on the sofa.

If I don't reply to any comments/PMs today, please don't take offense. Waking up at five for two days in a row, then waking up at one, and then Black Friday-ing has pretty much left me dead to the world.

Will be back tomorrow, I hope.
What a Dick

AMV miscellany

So, the husband finally persuaded me to sit down and watch AMV Hell 5 with him. About halfway through, 'Chicks Dig Giant Robots' starts blaring and we look at each other in shock. Turns out the reason my submission got rejected was that somebody'd already used the exact same thirty seconds of the song* to make a TTGL hell just like I had.

It was one of those weird Twilight Zone moments that, while kind of unsettling, was tons of fun and actually put me back in the mood to work on my AMVs. Hey, if I have the same ideas as someone who managed to get featured in something so famous, then maybe I've got a few drops of potential after all. =D

*Well, he'd used the full version, I'd used the TV version (the one with the cheesy sound effects)
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Smiling Russia

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 Events aren't being very...<i>eventful</i>, lately, but I'd still like to say <i>something</I>, so I might as well post it in horribly over-simplified bullet points.

-The Great And Terrible Mushi-Shi AMV is still making me cry, mostly because-in a fit of misjudgment-I decided to look online for AMVing tips. It kind of crushed my soul.
<i>"Thematic resonance? Communication?! Am I saying anything new about this five year old series? And oh gosh, do I sync to the beat or the lyrics? I'm doing both right that okay? IS IT?! OH GOD I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING."</i>

-My better half bought me a book on the history of Russia. Due to childhood experiences, I have a natural prejudice against land masses and the people who live on them*, but it's been ages since I've tried to get into history, and it <i>is</I> Russia, so why the heck not?

-I'm currently re-acquainting myself with the various <i>Silent Hill</i> soundtracks. Verdict: they still rock, and are beautiful.

-I can't wait for Black Friday, because on that day I will descend upon the local Entertainmart like a terrible plague and snap up various lovely survival horror games for pocket change.

-<I>Revolutionary Girl Utena</I> is bloody fantastic. 

-I haven't worked on my Heisig flashcards in <i>days</i>. 

*Especially during...<i>times</i>.
What a Dick

Music Video Killed The Radio Star

Tried my hand at making an AMV today. It's my second ever go at editing anime footage and my first attempt at making something over 30 seconds long. I've been at it all day, and what do I have to show for it?

40 seconds of usuable footage that only needs minor tweaking. 
1 minute of tolerable footage in need of serious work.
2 and a half minutes of blank space.

Bother this nonsese. Bother it right in the ear. 
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