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May. 25th, 2017 03:12 pm
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I've been getting together stuff for AI's stim toy library, and have included some grown-up coloring books and colored pencils among the options. (More on this later.) Since I was feeling rather draw-y a few days ago, I thought I'd come up with a few anime-themed coloring pages to add to the mix.* Below is a preview of the first one I've finished.

Slightly blurry lineart of Bulbasaur and some cherry blossoms

"Bulbasaur used Petal Dance!"

This is a super crappy phone photo edit; it looks much more stunning in real life, with sharp, clear black lines. I'm planning to scan it properly, make a few minor edits, and print a bunch of copies to share at AI. Once AI is over (or maybe once it's begun), I'll also share high-res images (PDFs, maybe?) of the pics online :)

Anyway, I'm suuuuper pleased with how this one turned out. Not sure exactly what all else I'm going to draw, though more Pokemon are a probability. Kero-chan and Suppi-chan in front of Sakura's and Clow's magic circles respectively seem like good options as well, and I'm hoping to do at least one option with Buu-chan, our convention mascot. Besides that, I don't have a lot of plans. I guess I'll see where the muse takes me!

* I also eventually got some work done on the Accessibility Dept sign. The Charity Auction flyer still eludes me. Maybe after the next coloring page?
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Okja     HD720p 22MB
Action adventure in which, for 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja - a massive animal and an even bigger friend - at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Shirley Henderson, Steven Yeun and Devon Bostick are also part of the cast. Directed by Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, The Host, Memories of Murder).
Movie currently takes part in the official competition in Cannes where it lead to some controvery since it will be distributed in most parts of the world by Netflix starting at the end of June. It sure looks like it should be at home on a big theatre screen.

Spider-Man: Homecoming     HD720p 89MB   HD1080p 163MB
Third trailer for the second Spider-Man reboot this decade, that still looks like its aimed at the teenage crowd. A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, he returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Zendaya, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Bokeem Woodbine and Michael Chernus are also part of the cast. Directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car).
International trailer version that at least has a funny opening joke: HD720p 29MB.

Despicable Me 3     HD720p 92MB   HD1080p 178MB
Another trailer for the third adventure of Gru (Steve Carell), Lucy (Kristen Wiig), their adorable daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes, and the Minions. The voices of Russell Brand and Steve Coogan will also return. The villain this time is Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker), a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, and proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date.
It was so fluffy!

Band Aid     HD720p 14MB
Comedic relationship drama about a couple, Anna (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally), who can’t stop fighting. Advised by their therapist (Retta) to try and work through their grief unconventionally, they are reminded of their shared love of music. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, they decide to turn all their fights into song, and with the help of their neighbor Dave (Fred Armisen), they start a band. Susie Essman, Jamie Chung, Brooklyn Decker, Colin Hanks and Hannah Simone are also part of the cast. Also written by Zoe Lister-Jones, and marks her directorial debut.

The Glass Castle     HD720p 86MB
Family drama that chronicles the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, based on the memoir by Jeannette Walls. A young woman (Brie Larson) who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. Naomi Watts, Max Greenfield and Sarah Snook are also part of the cast. Reunites Larson with director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12).
Trailer looks a little confusing, but the cast makes it interesting.
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War for the Planet of the Apes     HD720p 88MB   HD1080p 168MB
Final trailer for the the third chapter of the franchise reboot. Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. Judy Greer and Steve Zahn are also part of the cast. Like the previous one, again directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).
Title seems very fitting. It really looks like a war movie.

The Limehouse Golem     HD720p 11MB
Thriller set in 1880 in London's notoriously seedy Limehouse district. A serial murderer, whose horrendous acts soon have the city in a panic, is on the loose. The crimes are so disturbing that many attribute them to the shadowy golem of Jewish legend. An inspector (Bill Nighy) is brought in to solve the mystery and calm the population. Attending the trial of Elizabeth Cree (Olivia Cooke), a music hall performer accused of poisoning her husband (Sam Reid), he delves deep into the case and is soon hot on the trail of a deranged killer whose scribblings litter some of the books in the august British Museum. Douglas Booth, Eddie Marsan, Daniel Mays, Maria Valverde are also part of the cast.
Looks like a must-see for fans of Nighy.

Home Again     HD720p 61MB
Modern romantic comedy in which a woman (Reese Witherspoon) who recently separated from her husband (Michael Sheen) decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, she meets three aspiring filmmakers (Nat Wolff, Robb Derringer, Pico Alexander) who happen to be in need of a place to live. She agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Her unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand.
It does have an unconventional premise.

Tramps     HD720p 23MB
Deal-gone-wrong movie about an aspiring chef (Callum Turner) whose hustler brother asks him to complete a job for him. It all seems simple enough: meet a driver with a briefcase, proceed to a rendez-vous spot and exchange one briefcase for another. But he swaps the wrong bag, sending him and the driver (Grace Van Patten) on a two-day odyssey through the boroughs and suburbs of New York City.
I'm a bit late for this one, it is already streaming on Netflix. But I really wanted to mention it because there's actually a lot of nice to watch flirting and banter going on between the two leads while they run through the greater New York City area. I'm sure we'll see more of the them in the future.

Woodshock     HD720p 68MB
Described as a hypnotic exploration of isolation, paranoia, and grief that exists in a dream-world all its own. It's about a haunted young woman (Kirsten Dunst) spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. Joe Cole and Pilou Asbæk are also part of the cast. Marks the directorial of sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, founders of the fashion label Rodarte.
Looks visually interesting. But too early to tell if it will indeed be "immersive, spellbinding, and sublime, becoming a singularly thrilling cinematic experience".
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Step one: Learn to crochet; start making amigurumi.

Step two: Get a dog.

Step three: Give your dog a crocheted toy or two, because you like making things and also making your dog happy.

Step four: Teach your dog to go down the stairs, because it is an important life skill and maybe you wouldn't mind seeing him down there from time to time.

Step five: Notice that your dog is much quicker to go back up the stairs when he finds something to take with him (such as dryer sheets (acceptable; he tears them apart and then gets bored, allowing whatever humans are near to pick up and dispose of the pieces) and socks (Chester put that down)), which is nice, because although you love him, you don't necessarily want to spend every single moment watching him.

Step six: Start stashing a few of his toys in hiding places downstairs for him to find, on the bases that A) This will be great enrichment and encourage natural behavior, and B) As stated above, this will get him to go back upstairs more quickly. Include your room, where you also store and do much of your crochet, as one of these hiding places.

Step seven: Neglect to close your door all the way before leaving for work, and trust that other people will help make sure that the door at the top of the stairs will be closed to prevent dachshunds from wreaking havoc downstairs.

Step eight: Final step. Return home to find destroyed crochet projects. Reflect on how you got to this point. Make a social media post about it and vow to do what you can to prevent such a thing from happening again.

Optional step nine: Pet your dog and let him lick your entiiiiiire face, because you know it's not his fault that he learned to do a thing you didn't want him to.

Daydreams

May. 13th, 2017 09:34 pm
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People I want to find:

* Whoever planned graduation day for the local university and community college to be the day before Mother's Day
* Whoever decided to give our hospitality graduates a 15% discount coupon for our restaurant well after my own graduation
* Whoever planned any local high school's proms to be the day before Mother's Day

What I intend to do when I find these people:

1. Drag them to my workplace
2. Get them suited up appropriately
3. Put them to work
4. Make them vow to either think more carefully next year or promise to come in and help us at the bakery; either would do

Backup wishes:
- Somehow convince the Sales team not to book anything the week immediately preceding both Easter and Mother's Day, and possibly a day or two after each for good measure
- Somehow convince TPTB to actually convert that classroom into a second bakery like they talked about and maybe even hire a second bakery team so we don't have six people working to cover two departments' needs (the restaurant and banquets)


Today's post is brought to you by me working thirty-eight hours over the past four days. I fully expect to work at least ten hours tomorrow, and can only pray that we don't have too much catch-up to do on Monday. Having no banquets on Monday is already out; we have some ridiculous number of dessert bars to serve, and cutting and traying those will definitely take far too long.

My next day off will be Wednesday. I hope my feet last until then.