momijizukamori: Rufus Shinra from Final Fantasy 7 - hubric incarnate. (Rufus | hubris)
Me, Friday afternoon: Okay, I want to get all the painting and engineering done on these wings this weekend, so I can do other final touch-ups next week.
Me, Saturday afternoon: Well, if I finish the painting today, I can at least start on the engineering tomorrow?
Me, Sunday afternoon: I can definitely get the painting done this weekend, right?
Me, now, staring at pile of 80% painted wing parts: ...I'm really bad at this time estimation thing, huh.

Life

Wednesday, 6 February 2019 10:53
momijizukamori: Young Vergil from the Devil May Cry doujinshi Bless. The text reads 'Turn you into stars' (kid!Vergil | turn you into stars)
I got hit by a nasty cold for like two weeks, which is only just starting to clear up. Unfortunately kind of threw a wrench in some of my Katsucon plans because I spent a while either asleep or curled up on my sofa with a box of tissues, but it's not the end of the world. Ended up not doing anything new as a result but I'm doing some long-overdue upgrades to some older stuff instead, and making the wings for Andy's Yue costume.

A follow-up to my earlier Gmail griping: I realized that part of the problem was that I was blindly forwarding all the mail from my tokyo-tower.org address to my gmail account, which included both AO3 notifs (because I set that up on my domain address ages ago) and a LOT of spam. So I spent a few hours on one of my sick days setting up SpamAssassin on tokyo-tower, as well as changing my postfix configuration from the default to one that restricts really bad emails from getting through. I'm still checking my spam folder for stray AO3 notifs but it seems to have solved the problem.

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 16:33
momijizukamori: (tired space gay)
Sometimes I'm just really amazed at how there can be more than one character that fits a weirdly specific design archtype:



(left, Takashi 'Shiro' Shirogane, Voltron: Legendary Defender; right, Nathan 'Cable' Christopher Charles Summers, X-Men)

Granted, Nate at this age (probably somewhere between twenty and twenty-five, probably) has a personality more like Keith, for much the same reasons - abandonment issues up the wazoo. His older incarnation is a bit more like Shiro though he never entirely loses the slightly harsh facade.
momijizukamori: Green icon with white text - 'I do believe in phosphorylation! I do!' with a string of DNA basepairs on the bottom (Default)
Some blue swatches for @andsewingishalfthebattle - L to R is sapphire blue and peacock blue in Dharma's acid dyes on silk, and then cerulean blue and teal blue in Dharma's fiber reactive dyes on heavy linen. I think the sapphire blue is closest but idk how close the fiber reactive version is to the acid dye. #cosplay #dyeing

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 22:39
momijizukamori: (tired space gay)
Dear Gmail,

Please stop putting my AO3 notifs in spam. It took me a month to realize it was happening, and even though I've added the notif account to my contacts, and set up a filter, it's STILL HAPPENING. I have to go in once a week and unmark as spam the notifs. Please stop.

Love,
me
momijizukamori: Shatterstar from the comic series X-Factor, looking very excited (you mean there's more?)
I fell back into X-Men over the weekend, because regrettably, I'm one of those people where Marvel can say 'we put your fave in something' and I go 'here, take my money'. It started with the first issue of the new X-Force, which I'm on the fence about continuing to buy - characterization seemed good, plot was boring, and they decided to kick it off with absolutely zero context - not even a five-second info blurb at the start. The only reason I wasn't completely and totally lost is that I'd read the promo summaries online. But this resulted in me digging around online to try and figure out where I could find said context, and in the process discovering that there was another Cable series in 2017/2018 that I managed to miss entirely. Then I re-read Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix and Askani'son, both of which remain excellent stories even if the art is so-so (not an example of the worst of the 90s, but still very clearly 90s comic art), and just generally had a lot of Feelings.

So yesterday I managed to track down scans of Cable v3 (I think it's v3 anyway, even if I have no idea where they got the #150 to start the new issues on), and the X-Men Extermination mini (aka the missing context). The first section of Cable v3 is an extremely forgettable mini that is probably the reason all this new stuff flew under my radar. The second section was an adventure story in the vein of classic X-Force, fun but not too deep. Some good lines from Hisako and Shatterstar (who 100% wants to fight a dragon because of course he does). Also Nate and 'Star hanging around shirtless in Nate's safe house for a few pages.

The third section, though - the third section is why I let Marvel do this to me. The present-day bits are a Nate and Hope story which is always a solid start (I know fandom likes to shit on Hope but honestly they can all fucking fight me, she's great), but it's a story rooted in Nate's past, way back in Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix-era timeline, and it's woven very nicely in and around existing canon. So there's a lot of flashbacks to Nate's childhood, and then sections set in Cable v2, Cable v1, and X-Force v1 eras, with plenty of great cameos as appropriate. And it's also a story about Nate's fears and trauma and confronting that, and *that* shit is why I love him as a character so much. Like, big beefy dudes with too many guns who never smile are a dime a dozen. What makes Nate compelling is all the stuff we see beyond that, the stories that show why and how he has that harsh exterior. The fact that he's been told since he was a child that he has both a destiny and responsibility to save the world, the fact that he loses the people he cares about over and over, and the fact that he still keeps going despite all that. And then there's also the fact that I'm a sucker for family stories, and a lot of Nate's stories are family stories (there was a scene in the new stuff where he refers to Nate Grey as his half-brother and it made me v. happy).
momijizukamori: Shatterstar from the comic series X-Factor, looking very excited (Tony Stark Time)
So far in 2019 I have:
-put up three towel bars
-put up a curtain rod
-made curtains to go on the curtain rod
-made a very frilly blouse from leftover curtain fabric
-made a school uniform blazer (well, I have some handsewing left, but)

And also wrote a whole bunch of code for work, Lolibrary, and DW. I'm sure in a week I'll want to do nothing other than lay on my sofa and watch Netflix but I'll appreciate this while it lasts, heh.

2018-2019

Saturday, 5 January 2019 23:01
momijizukamori: (me)
Annual 'new things this year' post! Before I forget entirely, heh.

-Closed on and moved into my new house!
-Two years full time at a job
-Started working as an Actual Programmer
-Bought a car actually manufactured this decade
-Started learning iaido
-Managed, after many years, to finally be able to reliably tie a kai no kuchi obi knot.

(and as always, there's probably more I'm forgetting)
momijizukamori: Isamu Nitta from Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne. The text reads 'solitude' (Isamu | solitude)
Dancing with friends at two am as they played the last song of the night, sweaty, exhausted, and euphoric. There's something about music and movement that becomes an expression of self, a sort of secular prayer.

And with that in mind, two songs for the new year:

Obligatory at this point, I think.


And a new one - a reflection on past relationships and the way they shape us. Honestly this song makes me tear up a little just because of how deeply I feel it - there are a lot of people I've lost touch with over the years, for a variety of reasons, who made me the person I am today, and if one of you stumbles on this some day? Thank you. I wouldn't be here without you.
momijizukamori: An extremely excited super-deformed Dante from Devil May Cry 3. The text reads 'Booya!' (Dante | booya!)
December 25 → a photo of you and your family


(okay, I'm being a little silly, because I don't have any good photos of me and my human family scanned right now, though Storm is the family I see every day)

December 26 → talk about politics or current events this year
Nah.

December 27 → 3 goals for next year
1) Ten levels on WaniKani
2) Some sort of strength training at least once a week.
3) Leave more comments on fics!

December 28 → your plans for New Years Eve
Read fanfic, have a drink, watch the ball drop in NYC on a livestream, and then go to sleep. Pretty low-key, but after a week of visiting relatives I need a break.

December 29 → talk about things you are excited for next year
Conventions, as always! Doing some landscaping in my back yard next summer. May be going up to Montreal in the summer to visit my brother? We will see.

December 30 → a list of what you got for your winter holiday
Books and stuff for my house! And some of the books are stuff for my house, heh. My mom also got me a vintage step tansu which is six feet tall and thus not at my house yet, but it's in her's right now and it's absolutely lovely.
momijizukamori: Dante and Virgil from Dante's Inferno. There is an arrow pointing to Dante reading 'gay for Virgil' (Dante/Virgl | 16th century Italian self-)
December 21 → your favorite websites this year
-Dreamwidth (obvs)
-AO3 (so much VLD fic. SO MUCH)
-pudding.cool (the best interactive infographics)
-radiotopia.fm + maximumfun.org (does it count if I just use the websites to download podcasts? Yes)
-lolibrary.org (started doing volunteer coding with them)

December 22 → new items you’ve added to collections this year
So, I do have a small number of things I collect - Sakizou artbooks, every Sengoku Basara doujin this one artist has done, lolita dresses - buuuut I don't really keep track of when I buy things beyond the invoices in my email archive, and I don't really have a nice way of showing them off. I did get Meta's Secret Laboratory JSK in green and the lace-up cut of Fortune Tarot, which were both wishlist dresses (and both of which I haven't gotten around to wearing yet, lol)

December 23 → travel you did this year
My usual convention rounds - down to DC for Katsucon, out to the midwest for Anime Central and Teslacon - and then driving down to NC twice to visit my mom (which is why this is late - I spent all of Saturday on the road, and all of yesterday visiting)

December 24 → Something which caught your interest this year
Not entirely a new interest, but I got back into doing a lot more woodworking, which has been exciting.
momijizukamori: Green icon with white text - 'I do believe in phosphorylation! I do!' with a string of DNA basepairs on the bottom (Default)
me, age seven or or so, and my 6th-grade buddy

Perhaps the most devious I have ever looked in a photo. This was in first grade - we each had a 'sixth grade buddy' who was sort of a mentor (I guess, I don't actually remember anymore).

(I'm a day behind, I know, I'll get caught up... eventually?)
momijizukamori: Young Vergil from the Devil May Cry doujinshi Bless. The text reads 'Turn you into stars' (kid!Vergil | turn you into stars)
- Java really is my least favorite programming language
- Home maintenance tasks seem to take much longer when it's your house
- How to use my table saw and circular saw properly
- A lot of kanji (but not as much as I wanted to learn)
- How to reupholster a sofa
- Speedy neat handsewing
- How to patch drywall
- Many ways to kill clothes moths
- The first five standard iaido kata
- How to give myself an undercut

...And a multitude of other things I'm not remembering right this moment. Life's too short to stop learning.

Voltron S8

Sunday, 16 December 2018 17:14
momijizukamori: (tired space gay)
Did I just marathon all of Voltron S8 and cry like a big weenie? You bet I did. Thoughts below the cut, but overall, I am pleased.

For the people who *didn't* watch it all ASAP... )
momijizukamori: Isamu Nitta from Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne. The text reads 'solitude' (Isamu | solitude)
I think I may have genuinely danced my feet off last night, ow. But it was a lot of fun, and it's weirdly reassuring to know "Closer" will still get a club full of goths turnt af ("Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" was an unsurprising close second).

All but one of the friends I was planning on going with bailed for various reasons, but the two of us had a good time, and ran into another friend (who apparently is a regular attendee) around 1am, which was a nice surprise.

Then I got pulled over for doing 70 in a 45 zone on Rt 2 on the way home, and let go with a warning, which is probably an object lesson in white privilege, but it was 3am by that point and I was ready to be home, so I'll take it.
momijizukamori: Rufus Shinra from the Final Fantasy 7 doujinshi Home Sweet Home, looking incredibly smug (Rufus | Trolling)
Kind of personal there, eh, meme? But I don't mind answering, I meant to blog about this some at some point anyway. I am... doing pretty well, honestly. Not some shining paragon of Healthy Adult Human but like, pretty solid, no major issues. I'm still struggling a little with managing migraines (which have unfortunately increased in frequency and intensity over the last few years) - still can't figure out any triggers other than upper back/shoulder muscle overwork, but triptans are great and do an A+ job nuking them once they start (which is how I now know they're migraines without aura rather than just really bad tension headaches, heh). I still lowkey want to sleep basically all the time but I know there's a decent chance that's ADHD-related and the solution is just ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
momijizukamori: (tired space gay)
I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I'm not great at being an activist. I struggle enough with going out and doing things and dealing with people when it's things I actually want to do and people I want to see, and I'm not the type of person who gets energized by things like protests, just sad and stressed out. So most of my activism is throwing money at organizations that are actually good at those things. I do help out with some of the charity stuff we do around work, and while we're technically compensated for Anime Boston staffing (hotel room, food, and weekend badge), they're still basically volunteer positions, heh.
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