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Let’s start with Black Lagoon. First season doesn’t seem like much at the beginning. We find out, more or less, that Lagoon has a crew of three. The leader and captain – Dutch, who is a truly cool guy. Benny – the tech man who never gets enough airing time. And Revy, also known as “two-hands” for her weapon handling abilities. Let’s just say – Alucard would have stuff to talk about with this lady. All in all they’re delivery boys outside the law-border. They deliver guns, information and so on. But there’s an unwritten rule out there: if you can add unto your payment – do that. So when they were sent out to get a disk with very crucial information on it, they just grabbed the man who was with it together. Rokuro Okajima. They chose to call him simply Rock. Rock was a salaryman and Lagoon crew simply wanted some ransom for the dude. He has a clean reputation, this white-collar, so his boss might want to pay some… Nope.
Rock was soon ditched by his company and the next thing you know – he’s a delivery boy too, but this time – he’s fighting for his right under the Sun, where he wouldn’t have to kiss ass as much as he used to. It’s a very fun change that happens in many characters. Benny and Dutch were cool from start to end, so there’s nothing much with them, but, say, Revy, she was a drama queen, which disappointed me to madness. She was so cool, so good at what she did and yet she kept “blacking-out”, where she’d just turn cruel and completely dumb, throwing out such quotes as: “what do you know about me?”; “You don’t know what I went through”; “I fought for my survival”; etc. That gets fixed later on, so just bear with it, it’ll be real fun, promise!
All in all, we watch Lagoon do its job. A job after a job, nothing’s stretched out, but a job is not necessarily one-serie long, so you don’t get the rushed feeling either. Trust me, it’s hard for me to watch ANYTHING, so if I’m praising the way it was built up – it must be decent. And the jobs they got were fun. First they kicked neo-nazi ass, then met some nuns that’d fit Hellsing, and then there’s a maid Sebastian Michaelis would definitely hire to his crew at Phantomhive manor, and the asian lady (forgot her nationality) who spoke real funny and sliced things open like it’s a knife commercial. The season ends kind of abruptly, so I will give it 4 out of 5 only.
Season Two of Black Lagoon… It starts with supernatural, or so it seems. Either way, the beginning thus might annoy, because it just seems like a whole different approach to the well loved standard of Lagoon. But one has to bear with it. In this season we see a little deeper into business Revy has with the nuns. And while series seem to be dragged out now a little more, they have a way to end each one like True Blood used to – on the best spot, to make sure you will indeed come back for more. And then there were these epic little bits we didn’t see in first season, like “bull-ride” Dutch is famous for.
This season definitely has less fun themes and is a hell load more dark and violent. Some crew members got reverted to less-cool types they were in their original forms, while others, like Balalaika, had their backgrounds covered and improved quite a bit. So all in all, this season gets 3 out of 5 from me. It’s worth watching them both, but if you didn’t like the first one much, second one isn’t necessary.
Diabolik Lovers got on my watching list by purest accident. I was looking for something else, saw this, figured, meh, why not, drawing style looked decent. So I went ahead to watch it. The season has 12 series too + one “half-serie” of “so far…” stuff in it, I skipped that, I admit.
Story isn’t much fun and there are a lot of plot holes. It starts out with this girl, Yui, who gets driven to a manor where she will apparently be studying with the “elite kids”. I know what you’re thinking – ANOTHER ONE?! Yes, there are many of anime’s like that, but this isn’t that (and I just watched Princess Lover not that long ago. I guess one should in general avoid anime’s with “lover” in the title). She doesn’t have to fit in among the elite boys. She has to fit in among vampires who just want her blood. There’s this whole bunch of brothers and half-brothers that live in the manor and they’re all vampires, annoying, angry, differently, but still… Annoying and angry. It’s all very awkward and a bit gross. First serie in she gets licked and bitten and called things like “pancake” and “bitch-chan”, which sounds even worse when you hear it.
Thing is, this soon gets forgotten. Yui finds a diary in the manor, with her father’s picture in there. Two series in – forgotten. Boys tell her she got into the manor as “sacrifice” for them – forgotten. And there’s many things even I forgot on the long run too, because it was forgotten. Only one thing survived – their mother. She was this evil vampire who is now trying hard to re-awake, because her boys killed her. Do you know who’s going to be used for that? Yes. Yui. All that while boys drink her blood in buckets, with each bite making this strange sound you’d hear if you filled a hard-plastic bag with something goo-y and popped a thin-tip knife into.
Yet it ended nicely, in my opinion. And not all of the boys were terribly annoying. Yui was most annoying though. She gets abused, verbally and physically and still stays there for whatever the heck her reasons were. Anyways, I’ll give the anime a 2.5 out of 5. Mostly because it was very short and the art style is to my liking. The weird eyes, the strange hair, the wallpaper patterns. And then there’s nice music in there too. Plus – one big plot twist. Only one. But big one.
Been gone, been working my butt off. I dare saying it’s the articles season, for I translated over six per last month. Some barely a page long, others over thirty. Nobody complained, everyone paid up on time and so on and on. In the spare time I try my best to read as much as I can, to catch up on “paper stuff” (books at home, library books), so that I could truly dig into the e-books. As per this year, since I have my multi-pad/tablet since, I think, March 16th, I’ve read total 20 e-books, and the year is not yet done. Hopefully next year I can read even more e-books, sell off the unnecessary paper books, and enjoy the tidiness the thing called “less stuff / minimalism” provides. And if anyone’s interested, per this year I’ve read over 60 books so far. It’s not much, but still a lot more than most people do. It made me wonder whether the “the more you know, the more you don’t know” is truly true. Not that I’m getting any smarter, it’s just that those who pretend to be a lot smarter than me or anyone else – are usually those who barely manage to read a book a month even if time is given. And don’t give me that “life-smart” thing. Nor the Cersei’s “Power is Power” – Cersei was the dumbest one in the line after Joffrey. Without the knowledge – what would exist? And just think of how much you can do because someone had the knowledge which empowers you too, including your damn cell phone, or the screen you’re reading my blog on right now.
I’ve decided to keep a better track on things I do and things I watch. Say, Supernatural started – I’m enjoying this season greatly. American Horror Story provided me with Witches, and I love stories on witches… Then there’s Dracula’s series, The Last Witch, Sleepy Hollow, Bones, I even started watching Masters of Sex, which, two series in, imo has an interesting subject, but is not fantasy-enough for the likes of me. I guess I’ll watch it anyways, not everything has to be decorated with pointy ears and shiny eyes afteral. I should, maybe, dig into the other seasons of Hell on Wheels, but maker sees, that’s a lot of stuff to watch, and for me, to sit down and watch something… Ugh.
Did anyone notice Halloween Steam Sale? I bought myself VtM: B there. Wanted Castlevania too, but figured – I’ll never finish all the games I now proudly own, if I’ll be jumping from one to another. Thus that one will wait some other sale. Afteral, I haven’t even finished Skyrim yet (I’m with the Empire, racism by folks who took over somebody else’s land and then claim it’s theirs – not my cup of tea. But I don’t judge, play as you like, maybe replay differently if you got the mood for going through that game twice, etc.), nor Deadpool, which is, must say, fantastic. Never laughed so much, nor took that many screenshots. Well, maybe I did in DAO… Anyways, nice that Steam keeps us all happy by throwing discounts at us, with hopes that we’ll jump in and they can snatch our wallets then. I admit, I know it, and yet I still give in without the remorse I should feel.
I also treated myself with another book on Dracula’s topic, for I figured – I don’t have enough yet. A cheap, half-accurate-half-cut-up book, so to say “biography”. I didn’t receive it yet, but when I do – I will boast about it night and day, worry not. I tend to keep books on Dracula for rather long periods of time, in fear it’ll suck, be very inaccurate or so. It doesn’t happen that often, but it still happens. I need to remember, I guess, that people know him more as a fictional character and it might never change. For me, he’s but a warlord, as immortal as any great warlord is.
So that’s my update. Could tell you how some authors can’t take critique, after you spent days reading their book, how they ignore who you are and pay no attention to WHAT you are, but expect you to treat them as delicate wall flowers. I could also tell you how movie “Young Adult” sucked, and how I found no comedy in that comedy-drama. I could tell you how disappointed I am in Nurse Jackie series, for from the “nurse with a bad back”, she turned into a nothing, but a lame drug-addict. I could also tell you of how much I want vacation and some rest, away from everything, except maybe a few dear friends, but how my priorities demand I work more now, rather than later. Or is it my laziness? I can never tell. All of that – I will not tell you. Why? Because everything is fine even with those things around. Air is cool, no more bugs around, I got myself plenty of books, there’s nice things to watch, people to talk to, work to do, work that I don’t hate. Everything is fine and therefor – all the little things that ain’t as bright – don’t matter.
I promise it was not intentional for me to wait for next serie of True Blood to write a new entry. It just happened, because little else happened – to hot for anything to happen, to be honest. To. To. To.
So let’s start a few days back, when I was trying hard to fall asleep but couldn’t. Midsummer celebration was going on and I live not too far from lake, so I hear a lot of echoing on clear nights. This time I heard bells tolling. But in such true melody, that I can’t figure out what sort of instrument it could have been, for there’s no way they could have fit those big, this particular sound making bells anywhere out there. And sound was real clear, yet definitely sounding from somewhere really, really far away, as if muffled by something. And as the area I live in is rather forestry, I shall just presume that supernaturals were celebrating, werewolfs, fairies, other shit. Yep.
Last night it was the turn for my nose to be pleased. The Dew Celebration (it’s actually today, at 24th, but it was sunday yesterday, so I assume it was easier for people to gather) or “Saint John” if you’re a Christian (Dew Celebration is a pagan thing, we got deep roots as pagans, although we’re not the fierce barbarians who kicked crusaders arses anymore, there are still things that while christianised – are allowed to be as they were and no one ever frowns upon people jumping over bonfires, releasing flower girdles with wishes down the lake (last one to drown gets their wish first), and so on) . So the bonfire smell in the summer night air was rather pleasing.
And today, while it’s still barely even evening, I watched True Blood (S6E2). ( SPOILER ) Honestly, a lot of things annoy me. Especially people like those guys who confronted Sam about being a shifter – nobody EVER should tell someone else to fight or to hide. Nor should they take pictures from the bushes instead of helping you when you’re getting a beating. As for Bill – oh screw that part of the story. But honestly, doesn’t it feel like the last season to you? If Sookie uses her magic – she’s no longer a fae, no longer a mind reader according to series (according to books: 1) blood’s blood, you can’t spill out just some particular part of it, like ,you don’t want to be a fae, so you use up magic and puff, you’re no fae. 2) fairies don’t read minds. Demons do. Sookie had a sponsor who gave her the gift. Unrelated to fairies in any way at all.), and Bill seeing future and shit alike, gah. Books ain’t great, but series aren’t either. I’ll watch it, sure, from start to end. But I’m not pleased about the turns of events at all.
To add to that, I got 30 pages of last book of Sookie Stackhouse left. ( SPOILER ) If Ch. Harris wanted to push in a surprise, I’d say – make her stay with purple-eyed Quinn, the Weretiger. Because “got dumped by all vamps” made me yawn, for the road from there was clear, seeing why Erik decided what he decided about becoming a consort in some other state. Bill gone funny tho. With great pleasure he burst into Sookie’s home to rat out on Erik.
So who-oo, who are you really?…
I’m happy. Just so very happy. These series, so far from the books now that for two seasons I’m certain they didn’t even smell the Sookie Stackhouse books, but still so nice, so awesome, so hot with their Louisiana sun, and cold with their fanged nights. Remember how it all started? Well, then you’re just as curious as I was, right?
As my tradition demands, I got myself a pack of tomato juice to go with True Blood. Naturally finished almost whole liter before the serie ended, so now I’m feeling rather terrible about it. Way too much, way. But it was so very, very worth it.
So what happened without spoilers… Hm. Well, as last season showed – Bill is a bit of a badass near-god-vampire sort of a fanged. Jess is still weird as hell, as she normally is. You never know what stupid thing she’ll do and how she’ll make up for it afterwards and how she’ll screw shit up later on again. Andy now has babies, as you remember. Fairy babies are special. Very, very special. Not Sookie-Special tho. According to official story of the books, Sookie’s talent is not given to her by fairies, fairies don’t read mind. It was her… Sponsor. In non dirty way. Alcide now owns a pack, but has to prove himself, naturally. And a… Well, Jason’s Jason still, so that’s about it.
And this is the ending song, thought you might like it.
A few days ago I had to order a piece of jewelry for baptism of this baby related to my sister via her husband (his brother’s). And right away it started out messy. First I had to cancel the purchase for obviously they didn’t know their e-bank information, so the next day I had to go and figure that out myself. Thing is, this site I bought it from uses trick “it’s the last one we have in stock!”, which is a fat, fat lie. As my order was “hanging”, I wrote them asking how do I proceed with the payment now, until someone bought it (site showed that there is no more left, but I figured as I filled application nearly at midnight – it shows my attempt to buy, not an actual nocturnal creature who beat me to it), and naturally they said not to worry, they have plenty of them, and then gave me the account information to which I sent the money. Five days later I receive the package. Now, here’s the fancy thing. First picture shows a picture shown on their web site. The second picture is what I actually received.
Now ain’t that a little bit different?? But as it’s not bad and the “essence” is still the same, that’s my only complain. Afterall, they responded to my plea for help within a few minutes, package came directly into my hands and it’s still pretty I think. Wouldn’t wear that, but hey, what does a baby know? The site I got this from is a lithuanian site, called E-Jewelry. I doubt they ship elsewhere, but there’s a chance of course. I’ll be more careful with them tho, I mean… I’ll ask for additional pictures or at least a very specific description the next time.
Yesterday tho, received a long-time-no-see piece of vegetable. Yellow tomatoes. I actually prefer the ones slightly longer, plum tomatoes or how are they called, but these are good too. I somehow only like the yellow ones, they have this specific taste to them. Ate two watching Mad Mad House. Oh yes.
Mad Mad House, once aired on our television, now unseen anywhere and missed dearly. I don’t really understand how alternative life requires you to sage yourself daily, but alright, if that’s what they do – who am I to judge. It’s a rather funny show, for the “normal guys” are ridiculous beyond help. But then again, I don’t doubt there are people who consider the alts ridiculous too. Can’t we all just be friends? Ha!
Now here’s an interesting thing I accidentally discovered reading. Mary Celeste was a British-American merchant brigantine. In 1872 December 4th she was found drifting towards Strait of Gibraltar, a bit soaked, with slightly torn sails. Yet in general Mary Celeste was in perfectly good condition to continue it’s journeys through the sea, seaworth.
Weather was fine, thus missing seasoned seamen definitely was a story to be heard and told. All in all on ship the only things missing were a few navigation items, like compass, some documents, as ship papers and the only lifeboat. The cargo was still there, property of the crew was still there, even their valuables.
Thus two questions pop into my head now – who/what from and where to they ran as quickly, to leave everything behind? After All, they never never found or heard from ever again.
My digital paintings look rather decent in their sketch form, but the closer to finish I get, the uglier they look… WTF?!
Some know, some don’t, but through the last week and some – most of my equipment broke the hell down.
First thing was my lovely laptop mouse. The travel type with a roll-in wire on it. Comfortable, grey-green, just a nice little thing in an odd little shape (don’t ask, I won’t tell). The wire by the base of it’s frame figured it had enough of my gaming and while I was slaying a dragon in Skyrim, I noticed my dunmer took no more arrows. I had to shout the dragon to death, save the game and then quickly quickly unplug my PC mouse and plug it into laptop. The day was saved, especially as I found myself a fine mouse for around 3-4 euros. It’ll last a few months I figured. Oddly enough, the mouse I have at the PC is a lot older than the one that broke, and all it did wrong was turn off the blue led bib, figuring I don’t need a hundred lights flashing (now it only shines red. I’d like the blue back, but I dare not open it and check what happened to the blue bib), and that is all.
The second thing was my own clumsiness. Mind you, I do not like coffee. Very little brands, blends and flavor-adds suit my refined by energy drinks taste. Yet somehow I wanted coffee that day, just something hot and sweet for no real reason. Half a cup down my hand knocks out the cup like nothing. Onto keyboard. Keyboard is fine tho. Next day and now and again now I have to fist-press a button, but that’s a small price for half a cup of sweet hotness. Most of it went onto my pants luckily. Luckily too I like hot baths and showers so my legs are fine.
Third thing that went down was my PC screen. My precious Samsung. I was in terror. First day it took it 7 minutes (I checked the time, trust me) to turn itself on, so I figured, we’ll see how it goes. Just in case I grabbed my most important stuff, minecraft save files, my literature files, my unfinished drawing or two. Next day it took it half an hour I think if not a whole hour to turn itself on again, so I begin looking through web for cheap screens, which led to me finding out that I have a huge monitor in compare. Even sister called me, saying that if what I should inform her and she’ll help me out as she’ll be able to. I found nothing too good, but figured there are indeed ways out if all else fails.
Next day it didn’t turn on whatsoever even after two hours of waiting. Okay, so that’s the drill now: you turn on pc, but your screen is black. How do you turn off thy pc? Yes. Forced shut down. So can you figure what was the next thing that broke?
That’s right, the fourth thing, after I found someone to fix my screen (took him half a day to change this power-source-feeder-something) and he told me to check it just in case and turn on my PC – pc was nuts and crazy, so the technically this would be the fourth thing I’d say broke down, took 6hrs to re-install the windows (it works as smooth as new now), but no. Fourth thing was the fact that it was Easter and neighbor didn’t pay his internet bill in time and they turned his internet off. Meaning my laptop was left without internet either, for mine doesn’t work on laptop (it’s a cable, same provider gives wireless, but as I have cable tv and they make cable free if you get cable internet – it paid off better for me to get cable for pc, as I don’t carry it around anyways), but wireless internet of same provider he has – reached far enough as my laptop behind the wall. I was left without any connection to internet and outernet is a scary place, believe you me. So that was fourth and fifth was the PC.
Sixt would be breaking a CD of my Bamboo Fun Tablet for my arts. As you re-install thy windows, obviously, some things go missing. I figured, heck, I got my Paint Tool Sai, I got my Photoshop, time to do pseudo-art. And my tablet won’t work. Then my brain works a little and says “hey, didn’t you need drives for this?” – oh yea, I do need drives! CD-ROM goes nuts with the cd. It has this tiny little dent made from the painted side of the disk. Disk is smooth as a baby, but if you turn the shiny side up and look careful, you can see mountains there, where something pressed in just hard enough to damage the shiny side of the disk, leaving plastic itself safe and sound. But good people of Wacom luckily have all their drives free to download on their website, Thank Them for that, they saved me and my doodles.
The seventh thing which is not yet even fixed is my lamp. It simply broke off it’s “neck” and while nothing is damaged too bad and it works – it’s in pieces and that’s not very usable for me. So yea, I got no light. But darkness isn’t too terrible, as long as I finish my reading while it’s still day hours.
And that’s that. Now I’m back on the web, back online and most if not all is good. All will be good, believe that.
P.S. this is what my screen was like when it was broken.
The first pack of samples I ordered around Halloween of 2012, and they probably had event going on, for with my 3 ordered scents, they also gave 3 more samples free to go. I remember I’ve gotten myself two types of “Forest” smells (Spellbound; Black), “Manor” which stands among my favorites ever since, “Jack and the Devil“; “Dragon Blood” obviously and “Shoikat Grove“. While at first I didn’t like all of them and Manor struck me like a lightening, later other scents became more pleasing too, I guess that’s because of my wicked imagination that connects smells to visions. Jack and the Devil is a bit too strong, but when I smell it, I think of how this Jack could have looked like, thus I imagine a dark figure, strolling in dark, maybe a bit damp and windy night, with a smile on his face and the sense of devil somewhere by. Same way with the forest smells, I right away take in the image of a specific forest, of elves that live in that forest and this specific smell lingering in their dead-silent kingdom, when in disguise they wait for mere mortals to pass by and if you’re to listen carefully, you might hear a bow creak as they wait for a reason to bury an arrow into your neck.
By the way, Inquisitor smells like Narnia. The first time the little girl enters it – snow, pines, coldness – yea, I can imagine an inquisitor-stature mean looking man with a pelt on his long black robe walking through there in seek of a path towards nearest village.
Later I ordered more and honestly I don’t even remember what it was that time, but every order I got (and so far it’s four orders total) was bigger than the last. This time no particular scent really captured me and two of them were truly not for me. One got mixed up, as I ordered Cenobite and received Cocoa Mallow. While the latter one was interesting, with scents of pure cocoa in it, I don’t really like the sort of smells so I simply gave it to somebody who appreciated it more. Another I gave to my mother, for she said it smelled “clean”. Go figure, seriously. And one other I still have, wait, no, I just checked my drawer, I still got two of the ones I didn’t particularly like, those were Lace Draped Specter and Moonlight on the Grove. Don’t get me wrong, scents are good, but some perfumes are too overpowering to me. For instance, the Spectre smell reminds me of grandfather’s aftershave with very old medicine mixed, all that mingling with bakery still in clay oven, baking. Moonlight grove I can’t even describe. It’s a lot more pleasant, but it confuses the hell out of me.
My third bash is my favorite, for I liked every scent from the start AND found my new scent. Many people who feel themselves better when surrounded by fantasy-based scents are probably seeking “their own smell”. Pharoah is my scent.
Library and Master Bedroom intrigued me the most when I was ordering it. I ordered five (I took out the pharoah from the pack and just keep it by my side at all times. five means +1 free, they always give one free, but I guess there are events when they give more, remembering my first handful), and left out one blank. When you order it, they lead you to a page where you pick out scents if it’s more than one, if you leave few blank – you can later in order comments add which ones you want to be “filled into the blanks”, because usually not all are on the list. I left one blank and asked to drop me a Library in there and as always – they did exactly that. For free scent I took something Halloweenish but they very kindly contacted me and said they’re out of it, so I just asked for another sample of Manor (the girl said it’s her favorite too). So, as I received my pack (and I cut it with scissors thus ruining the usual presents they add in there – a bookmark, good one to add, a postcard where they thank you, I got two framed, and a card or two representing either the season or the main idea of your package, I think, I could be wrong. Also it’s filled with black confetti mixed with season-colored ones, so for Halloween it was orange bits, for winter it was green and for spring and the Valentine day so to say – hot pink, I keep them in a transparent bottle), I was obviously most curious for Library scent. I call myself a Nosferatu (reference to nosferatu’s, information rats from VtM: B ), and a book-rat, I figure it could be good. And it is good. It smells of leather bound book that got a bit moldy because the wooden cabinets in an old wooden house are slightly damp when it rains and warmth makes water vapor and seep through your windows, but they nevertheless collected dust and thus you open it – this is the smell. Others are great too, but as I said, I was struck even harder than with Manor, when I smelled Pharaoh. I don’t know what the hell it smells of, but I can imagine a parchment scroll, sandy smooth stone floor, incense clouds pouring out of golden pots, decorated with turquoise.
This smell first time I ordered in a perfume bottle, after trying out this sample. I just don’t think I can get enough.
Remember I mentioned they mixed up my order the one time? Well, I wrote to them, trying to be as kind and humble as possible, for it can happen to either of us and neither of us would want to be bitched at, and they with same attitude as mine – kindly and humbly gave me a “code” I was to enter in comments, so that with my next order I would receive a free extra sample of Cenobite. You know, it’s very alike Cocoa Mallow so I slightly regret bothering them about it, but I’m glad never the less.
In general I am damn pleased with Solstice Scents, got nothing but good experience and my little treasure of scent vials keep me smiling. I can indeed recommend them.