nausicaa83: (<cowboy bebop> flying machines)
Today we are going to talk of something special, my very first, and favourite anime of all time: Cowboy Bebop. That's because today the blu ray boxset arrived, and it's fantastic, and I've waited for it ever since they invented the blu ray. But first, a little history!



Back in December 2001, a few months after my sister left us, I had to undergo my first, and very painful surgery. For three months my movements had to be almost completely limited, and I was stuck at home, in pain, and bored out of my mind. My mom kept me company every minute she could, but being a very Catholic woman, every day at 6 pm she would leave the house for Mass, and I would be stuck on the couch watching the tv and waiting for her. So, one day around 6 pm I'm stuck on the couch channel surfing, and I end up on this japanese cartoon, where these two characters are in an elevator talking to each other, and one of them is describing a dream he had with Charlie Parker in it. My parents were huge jazz fans, so my mind went "is he talking about Charlie 'Bird' Parker? I must see this!", and twenty minutes later, I was hooked. It turns out it was the third episode of the show, and they were actually reruns, one episode a day every day. Two days later they aired Ballad of Fallen Angels, and it completely blew my mind. After that, everyday I'd watch the new episode, and then enthusiastically narrate it to my mom. I'd gone from grumpy and in pain to singularly and cheerfully obsessed with this wonderful story. We watched the final episode together, because even God had to wait for that. :D And then I found out about geocities websites, anime music videos, fandom, all because of that show.



So that's what it means to me. Now, what it's all about! Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 anime from Sunrise, set in 2071, following the adventures of a bounty hunter crew and their spaceship, the Bebop. It homages many different cinema genres, from western to pulp fiction, from horror to science fiction. The music, composed by Yoko Kanno, deserves its own essay: Kanno formed a blues and jazz band, the Seatbelts, to perform the magnificent soundtrack, which covers almost every genre, reinventing and recreating them. The music is a vital part of the series, basically a main character in itself. Here's the opening:



And here's a bonus picture with the first edition dvds. Look at my pretties:



It's a masterpiece, and one of the most influential works of art that have ever crossed my path. I'm not kidding when I say I would be a very different person today if I hadn't watched it that fateful February. ^^

So now I know how I'm going to spend my evenings for the next couple of weeks! \o/
nausicaa83: (<kingdom hearts> connected hearts)
What have I been doing for the past two hours? Watching the Square Enix conference at E3 live! It was my very first time watching an event live streaming on the internet, and I have to say, I think I finally get what sports fans are all about. :D

It took them 40 minutes, but then they finally showed us the new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer, and they announced a new world, Tangled! It was the first world on my wish list, and believe me, there was a lot of screaming on my part. The trailer looks incredible, the gameplay is fantastic, and we even get to see Sora's new outfit!



No release date yet, obviously, but it looks way more advanced in the development than I dared hope! Plus we also have Unchained Key to look forward too. But yeah, the KH3 hype is so high right now, I'll probably just eat ice cream for dinner while watching the trailer over and over again! :D
nausicaa83: (<literature> history)
Quick update because they just released the first trailer for the BBC1 adaptment of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and it looks amazing. A lot better than I hoped, basically perfect. Eddie Marsan as Mr Norrell seems to have jumped out of the pages of the book!



And since there's a "A Book You've Read Before" square on the Reading Bingo, I think I'll use it as an excuse to re-read the novel. I read it back in 2011, and my memories are pretty foggy. It's definitely time to read it again, especially considering I loved it like crazy the first time around. ^^
nausicaa83: (<just dance> shake it)
Another Reading Bingo update, and sorry for spamming your friends page with these. ^^



For the "A Book With A One-Word Title" I read Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. I bought it because the cover art was by gingerhaze, an artist I love. I devoured the whole book in less than a day, it was wonderful. It's the story of Cath, a fanfiction writer who's on her first year of university, has social anxiety, and whose relationship with her twin sister is starting to crumble. She falls in love, tries to keep the deadlines on her hugely popular Harry/Draco fic, all the while worrying about her family and her future. Story-wise, it's nothing new, but the characters are so alive and real that it all feels new and exciting. The importance of fandom for Cath is described with love and respect, and every chapter starts with an excerpt from either a fic by Cath, or from the imaginary Harry Potter books she adores (they're not called Harry Potter, but they're obviously talking about Harry and Draco). Plus the writing is great, fluid and fresh, and the author avoids all the tropes she could have easily fallen into. If I had to find one flaw, I'd say the ending is a bit rushed, but that's probably because I was loving the characters so much I didn't want it to end.

If you have the chance, read it, especially if you're a fanfic writer/reader and would love to see yourself represented in mainstream media. It's an act of love for fandom, and a beautiful story too. What more could we ask for? *_____*

And a couple of videos for you too! First, Nancy Sinatra's original music video for These Boots Are Made For Walking. It's the most 60s video to ever exist. If we had to explain what the sixties looked like to an alien, we'd just show them this video. I laughed so much I almost fell off my chair, and then I remembered my formative years were spent in the 80s and 90s and I have no right to talk. :D

Then, here's the latest Final Fantasy XV trailer. Oh yeah, look at those PS4 graphics! Dayum! Sadly Tetsuya Nomura just left the project to focus on Kingdom Hearts III, but he left the helm to the director of Crisis Core, so no worries there. ^^

And here's a random video from EuroAirDotCon, just because. :D

Now, it's back to working on my aunt's birthday gift. I have a week to complete it, and no time to lose! \o/
nausicaa83: (<true detective> illusion and dreams)
I'm feeling a lot better. Still coughing, but the headaches are weaker, the vertigo is gone, and I don't feel as tired as yesterday. I had weird dreams last night, mostly because I've been binge-watching True Detective. I just finished watching the last episode, and holy shit, what a great series. As others have said before, we now live "in a world where movies have been replaced by tv as the media for grown-ups", and it's never been truer. This series is basically an eight-hour-long movie, a masterpiece in the serial killer genre, with superb acting, amazing cinematography, fantastic dialogues, and great directing. The tracking shot in episode four had me squealing in joy, I've already downloaded the unofficial soundtrack, and I just added the boxset to my Amazon wish list.

In other, depressing news, I don't know if any of you are Marion Zimmer Bradley's fans, but just in case, there's been some terrible news about her last month that made me throw all her books away. You can read about it here, just be advised, trigger warning for pedophilia. If it's too hard for you to read, but you'd still want to know about it, just ask me and I'll write you an abridged version of what happened.

And now for something wonderful to lift our spirits, here's a video of a drone flying through a fireworks show. It's probably the most beautiful thing ever posted on youtube:



The original music was Bocelli's Con Te Partirò, but they had to change it for copyright reasons. Since the new song sucks, here's a link to the original song. Just turn off the audio on the fireworks video and let Bocelli sing in another window. Trust me on this, the final result will bring tears to your eyes.
nausicaa83: (<despicable me> fangirling)
GUYS GUYS LOOK WHAT TATI JUST DID FOR ME:



She has such a beautiful voice, oh my god oh my god, this is the best gift ever!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
nausicaa83: (<x-men> all hope is lost)
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy:



It's the trailer of X-Men - Days of Future Past. Wow. It looks even better than I hoped, and even sadder than I feared. Oh boy, I can't wait.
nausicaa83: (<despicable me> fangirling)
Still sick here, but now I just got the best news ever, and I feel like dancing around singing at the top of my lungs:



They just announced Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix coming next year for the PS3! It will contain Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix, Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and HD scenes from Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded.

I'm just so freaking happy!!! Kingdom Hearts 2 has the best storyline, Birth by Sleep the best gameplay, and Re: Coded helped me get through a very hard period of my life, it's just hdkjfhsdkjghkjfdghfdjkhg I can't articulate how happy this makes me!!!

Also, note to those who were thinking of buying a videogame console: this would be a great moment to buy a PS3. The PS4 will be out next month, so the PS3 consoles will be cheaper. They're great blu-ray players, and if you ever thought about trying your hand at videogames, Kingdom Hearts would be the best way to start. It was my very first console videogame (I had only played Myst and Cluedo on my pc, years before that), and it has an absolutely fantastic storyline set in worlds from our childhood, the Disney classics. I can't recommend it enough. Plus now it's in one collection, all for one console, nice and tidy and really cheap.
nausicaa83: (<person of interest> carter)
It's been quite the intense weekend. Back in 2001 I had my first surgery, on my left foot, and on friday the same problem returned. All doctors are on holiday, so I have to wait until next week before I can get an appointment. The good news is, there's no infection and the pain is slowly going away. Today it still feels like someone smashed my foot with a hammer, but it's getting number. I'm hoping in two days I'll be fine again, or at least enough to walk without flinching at every step. *crossing fingers*

Other than that, I'm doing fine. Because of the new tv I'm re-watching all my Studio Ghibli blurays, and downloading all 1080 versions of the SG movies I don't have. It surprised me a lot to find out that the only HD copy of Spirited Away available is a tv rip. A glorious, bright and perfect tv rip, but still a tv rip. That means they don't have a bluray version not even in Japan. Crazy.

And I fell in love all over again with Lupin III Castle of Cagliostro. God, that movie is amazing. I've been listening obsessively to the theme song all weekend. ♥

Going a bit off topic but not too much, after watching yesterday's Attack on Titan episode and realizing that they had spoiled the big spoiler for me on tumblr the other day, I decided to just catch up with the manga, and at least get the spoilers from the mangaka himself. I grabbed some icecream, sat in front of my computer, and one hour later my mind was completely blown. And I thought it was an amazing story now, I had no idea how fantastic, jaw-dropping brilliant it was going to get! There was one page that just got me shouting at the screen "holy shit, NO, I don't believe it" for ten minutes straight, no kidding. Mind = blown. *_____*

Also, here, have a fantastic Person of Interest fanvideo, with one of my favourite songs ever. Hearts in my eyes!

And with that, I'm off to sleep. Hoping when I wake up my foot won't hate me anymore. ^^"
nausicaa83: (<007> at the pool)


Yes, I'm back from London. And on the way to ending up like the Wicked Witch of the West in the middle of the living room, it's so unbelievably hot and humid here I just can't stand it. Coherent post and pictures (lots of pictures) to follow. ;)
nausicaa83: (<sherlock> london calling)
Thanks to the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] space_oddity_75 for linking me to this breathtaking video (in colour!) of London in 1927:



This footage was shot in 1927 and shows the old trams, open top buses and how policemen guided traffic in Hyde Park, Westminster, London Bridge and the approach to Trafalgar Square.

As an archaelogist, I'm weeping in joy at the incredible quality of the footage, that allows us to see so many wonderful details. As someone who loves London, I feel like a time-traveller, and I'm sitting here giggling and sniffing. And look at the clothes, the hats, the children, the cabs, I'm speechless.
nausicaa83: (<supernatural> the road so far)
Late entry for Supernatural's wonderful, epic season finale, Sacrifice, because LJ decided to take a holiday yesterday. Apparently it was a problem during maintenance, but my money is on "they tried to update something, and screwed up everything else". Good times.

Since I'm sure everything's been already said yesterday (or quite possibly sobbed and screamed), I'm going for a couple of visuals instead. Take your protein pills, put your headphones on, and pop under the cut. (I'm having a David Bowie sort of a day, sorry.)

Let the sky fall, when it crumbles, we will stand tall. )

Now I've got to run, but first I have to make a quick playlist for the finale in my iPod. *___*
nausicaa83: (<avengers> steve's smile)
What a lovely day. Sunny, blue sky and crisp air. I had to retrieve some papers at the post office, and I was expecting a very long wait (on average I have to spend one hour and a half waiting everytime I go there), but this morning there were surprisingly only two other persons. I skipped across the street to the comic book store, where I had another one of our weird conversations with the cashier there. He prides himself with being a very pessimistic guy, and sometimes we do these phylosophical duels where I point out everything that's good with the day and he does the opposite, and see who wins. Today I had sunny weather, short queue at the post office, Bob Dylan's Just Like A Woman playing on the radio as soon as I walked in. He only had "tomorrow it could rain" and "I don't like Dylan's voice but it's a pretty good song", so it's another win for me. :D

And I came back home to other wonderful things! My Arc Reactor necklace finally arrived:



Then, the first Marvel's Agents of SHIELD full promo is out, and I must say, the special effects look great. Also, Lola. 'nuff said. :D

We also had Once Upon A Time's season finale, which, in my opinion, was a lot better than the previous episodes, and from the looks of it the next season is going to be epic. I should never forget it's from the guys who did Lost, where the even seasons were meh and the odd seasons were great. So yeah, bring on season 3!

And I'm not ashamed to admit I got a bit weepy while watching Cmr Hadfield singing Space Oddity on the International Space Station. It doesn't get any more awesome than that.

I have to see the lawyer in a couple of hours, but first I'm waiting for a call from mom's doctor about her new meds. Send me lots of happy thoughts, let's hope the day stays as bright as it began. ^^
nausicaa83: (<despicable me> fangirling)
It's finally here, the first teaser trailer for Marvel's Agents of SHIELD!!!!



It's amazing what fans can do. We all stuck our fingers in our ears when Coulson got stabbed by Loki, started #coulsonlives, and one year later the guy gets resurrected and has his own tv show. I really, really love fandom. ♥
nausicaa83: (<avengers> perfect katie)
Yay, I survived the gym yesterday! Had to stop and sit down after 25 minutes of cardio, but hey, everybody gave me compliments and considering my stamina was on holiday on the moon I'd say I did good. :D

Today was quite the eventful day. I met with Tati and two friends I hadn't seen in months, and oh boy did we walk a lot. Tomorrow is going to be a day of cramps, but it was worth it. We spent a lovely day, exchanged birthday gifts horrifyingly late, visited two different libraries to look for a criminology handbook and found a copy of Le Petit Prince in Arabian instead (so pretty!), I ate an heroic amount of delicious Chinese and bought an Iron Man mug (I broke my Merida mug the other day and needed a replacement). We all had a wonderful time. ♥

Also my aunt is in Prague with her students (she's an economy teacher in high school), and she just sent me a text saying she's "in a pub, eating fried stuff, sitting between the ass of a boar and the ass of a deer" which I assume are stuffed on the wall. I obviously requested pictures. :D

And this is a wonderful Cabin Pressure video, because I need something brilliant after sitting through 90 excruciatingly boring minutes of Dredd. God, that movie was more boring than flying over Russia with no coffee. So very, very boring.
nausicaa83: (<hobbit> fili & kili)
I kinda forgot I still had one day left on this meme. Sorry.

day one • a song
day two • a picture
day three • a book/ebook/fanfic
day four • a website
day five • a youtube clip

Anyway, I just finished watching Seven Psychopaths, and I loved it. It's actually easy to spoil a movie like this one, so I won't say anything about the plot, except that if you love talking about action movies it's the movie for you. ;) And it has Christopher Walken being amazing and Tom Waits carrying around a fluffy white rabbit. Plus, it introduced me to this stunning cover of one of my favourite songs from my childhood, from one of the first cds my dad ever bought (it was a Best Of Cat Stevens, in the early 90s). So here's P.P. Arnold, in her rendition of The First Cut Is The Deepest:



Then, because I'm on a roll and I had some brown sugar left from the mince pies, I made muffins! I tweaked the recipe a bit, and added Tardis tea to the dough. It gave them a wonderful aroma, while the brown sugar gave them this amazing colour.





They're very tasty, not too sweet, and they smell great. I ate one with tea, and then had one after dinner with a bit of ham and cheese, and it was superb. I love the contrast between salt and sweet (cheese and pears anyone?). *_________*

And my aunt called me while I was baking, and after I got them out of the oven, and she asked me for details and then to send her the recipe by email. I feel so grown up. :D
nausicaa83: (<hobbit> riddles)
Update on the toothache situation: it's hurting a lot less, thanks to a combination of painkillers and soft foods. I've been eating soup for two days, I'm this close to killing someone for a pork chop. This afternoon I managed to eat a couple of croissants without flinching, it's a huge progress. And I'm having icecream for dinner, I really love being an adult. :D

It's been two nostalgic days, I've been listening to the Blind Guardian constantly, especially these two songs:



After more than ten years I still get chills listening to this. And a bit teary-eyed too. Not to mention Power Metal makes everything sound epic and heroic: listening to them on my iPod while grocery shopping made me feel on a magic quest. :D

Still blaming the medications, yes.

About real life, no news worth mentioning, still waiting. I would consider taking up yoga, what with all these stressful situations I can't avoid, but I have zero sense of equilibrium, I'm constantly tripping on my own two feet, trying any yoga position would definitely end poorly.
nausicaa83: (<tangled> lanterns)
There'll be a real life entry later today, with a few things happening, mom's anniversary, and that project I was talking about going smoothly (although I'm getting so tired of having men at work all over the house), but I just found this video and had to share it with my friendslist.



It's the newest Mumford & Sons video, Lover of the Light, starring Idris Elba. If those weren't reasons enough, it's also one of the most beautiful, touching videos I've ever seen. Highly recommended.


nausicaa83: (<ashes to ashes> and when she wakes up)
Mi hanno linkato su Facebook questo piccolo capolavoro, che non avevo mai visto prima, il Vademecum Tango con Bramieri, Del Frate e Pisu. I bei tempi in cui si poteva fare un intero, adorabile sketch in tv completamente in latino.



L'audio è quello che è (era pur sempre il 1964), quindi consiglio di alzare per bene il volume, e al massimo rifatevi a questa trascrizione lasciata da un utente nei commenti:

Mutatis mutandis -con le dovute varianti absit iniura verbis -senza offesa temporibus illis -ai bei tempi ob torto collo tango -costretti al tango ubi maior minor cessat -il più bravo fa sfigurare gli altri talis pater talis filius -è una questione ereditaria motu proprio ad maiora -la volontà di eccellere Ahi! Vademucum tango -manuale di tango ad usum Delphini -per principianti sed alea iacta est -ma ormai è fatta memento audere semper -sempre ricordati di osare.

nausicaa83: (<ashes to ashes> and when she wakes up)
Mi hanno linkato su Facebook questo piccolo capolavoro, che non avevo mai visto prima, il Vademecum Tango con Bramieri, Del Frate e Pisu. I bei tempi in cui si poteva fare un intero, adorabile sketch in tv completamente in latino.



L'audio è quello che è (era pur sempre il 1964), quindi consiglio di alzare per bene il volume, e al massimo rifatevi a questa trascrizione lasciata da un utente nei commenti:

Mutatis mutandis -con le dovute varianti absit iniura verbis -senza offesa temporibus illis -ai bei tempi ob torto collo tango -costretti al tango ubi maior minor cessat -il più bravo fa sfigurare gli altri talis pater talis filius -è una questione ereditaria motu proprio ad maiora -la volontà di eccellere Ahi! Vademucum tango -manuale di tango ad usum Delphini -per principianti sed alea iacta est -ma ormai è fatta memento audere semper -sempre ricordati di osare.

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