Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bye, Blogger :P

Just a warning: this blog is basically retired now. From now on, you're more likely to find me on my Tumblr (if you happen to be reading this on the Tumblr import feature...sorry for being confusing, this was originally posted on Blogger).

http://globalsoftpirka.tumblr.com/ <--- New source of my ramblings

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

DISNEY WORLD. SCOTT PILGRIM. DIETS.



Yeah, it's been forever. I got a Tumblr today, so expect even less as I use that instead of writing long, incessant articles about my life on here that absolutely no one reads. :P

Life actually has been pretty awesome since I last checked in. I went for my DISNEY WORLD 2010 trip and even got into Cinderella's Royal Table (which is infamously impossible to get into) by a freak accident. It was cool to be a princess for a bit. I did an encore!rave with Stitch, wore my Spark dress for the Halloween party, and went on Tower Of Terror again...not to mention Space Mountain about 6 or 7 times. The beginning of Space Mountain totally reminds me of the Doctor Who opening (lol nerd). I have barely any photos of it now, but they should be up on FB sometime this millennium.


After that, the awesomeness kept steadily flowing as I went to the Nov. 5th screening of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World at the Bloor Cinema! Yep, the one where Edgar Wright, Ellen Wong, and, most importantly, Bryan Lee O' Malley attended! The most important attendee was my best friend, Nick (and Finnish Cat), though. We waited in line in the cold being silly as hell for about 4 or 5 hours ("Ted owes me a waffle or two!"). The line was massive. When we got in the theatre, the movie was as awesome as ever (I keep on saying 'awesome', don't I?). The cherry on the sundae of win was the following - during the Q&A session, Bryan Lee O'Malley answered my question!! It was about the script changes regarding Envy and Roxy, if you're curious. He recognized me as the person who called my mom a cock when she got mad on Scott.ning (the less I say about that, the better...it was, er, interesting). For this heinous crime, he will forever know me as "that cock girl". FFFFUUU--

Speaking of horrible and frustrating things - I'M FAT. Now, due to this, I am on Jenny Craig. We get tiny portions of food and it sucks and I'm dying and I'D BETTER EFFING LOSE SOME WEIGHT

Yay, I posted. If you're reading this, I love yoooouuuu

~ Pirka

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Life Goes On...


Why haven't I updated my blog? Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with the fact that no one reads it - it actually has everything to do with the fact that nothing has freakin' happened lately that is worthy of more than a tweet (ah, Twitter...).

So, here's a list of random things that have happened since the last post (in no particular order):

- I got a really bad cold that lasted about a week.
- I'm watching Mitsudomoe, which is downright hilarious.
- I joined NaNoWriMo for next month.

- I started watching Glee on DVD with my mom. Still only halfway through season one. Favourite characters are Sue, Emma, Kurt, Sue and Sue. "HORROR!" I call her the Sue-dere cuz she is ooooonnneee~

- Got jealous of a younger classmate (Alpha is a mixed age school) because she got to go to Rocky Horror Picture Show and I didn't due to my mom disliking that part of town. I have since gotten over it for the most part, but it was a pretty big fight.

- I archive binged on Hark! A Vagrant! (which is really funny, in a really nerdy way) and finally watched some AMV Hell (the first four).
- I started a new Liveblog on TV Tropes. This time, I'm collaborating with the infinitely funnier FreezairForALimitedTime. It's a Let's Watch of Dingo Pictures' crapsterpiece known as Dalmatians 3! Note: it's not actually a sequel to anything.
- Recently, as in, today (the main reason I decided to post, in fact): my dad, while in Seoul, Korea, contracted appendicitis and had to get his appendix removed. While in Korea. Me and mom were freaking out, but, as of now, he's recovering from a successful operation and the possibilities of Dad's Evil Korean Appendix becoming a family in-joke are quite plentiful.
However, quite possibly (read: definately) the most important is that all the plans for Disney World 2010 have now been booked! I'm staying at the Polynesian Hotel this time because the Contemporary was full, but that's all okay. It's going to be amazing. *knock on wood that all actually works out*
I just gotta remember...

So,
When pain comes along, just go with the flow
Don't turn your back on your problems, just give it a go
Your struggles in life will eventually serve you
As a drop of spice in your life!

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!

~ UmJammer Lammy - Milkcan: Make It Sweet! - Keep Your Head Up

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Project DarwiN+Level OR: How I Stopped Worrying And Learned That Game Developers Are Effing Awesome

A little while ago, I had an idea. A completely insane idea.

Since I love virtual pets, interactive toys, and stuffed animals as well as video games and I absolutely adore the concept of Augmented Reality (digital objects interacting with a real environment, or visa-versa - for a good example, see Sony's Eye-Pet), I wanted to see how far I could go in making up a way to integrate them all with each other.


This is my brain on imagination. (Click it to see the full thing in insanityvision!)

The slightly ridiculous concept was christened Project DarwiN+Level (precocious random capitalization included, and referred to for the rest of this post as pDL) and I created a lot of hypothetical content for it, i.e. packages and an instruction manual, as if it had any chance of being a "real" thing rather than a crazy idea. I even went through a bit of a breakdown when I thought to myself "Is this even technologically possible!?". I didn't care about money or fame or having my name on the box. All I cared about was that I REALLY WANTED TO PLAY THIS FICTIONAL GAME. It's the creative geek's ultimate lament - coming up with something that would be absolutely epic...if it were at all possible outside of said deranged mind. I put the idea away and continued developing it purely as fiction, including sequels and a storyline (similar to all the fake "cartoons" I come up with to populate my fictional TV channel...yes, there is probably something wrong with me).

I closed the idea out of my mind that anything even similar to this would exist until I was my parents' age. Outside from the above Eye-Pet, promotional stunts and Avatar action figures, nobody had really embraced augmented reality in the mainstream yet, and the idea of a plush interacting with a video game? Hysterical!

Then, the world surprised me.

At E3 2010, Babysitting Mama was showcased. I haven't really paid attention to the Mama series (although I must admit I love the style of the characters in the game). Then, I realized that this game contains something I could have sworn was the whole damn point of my crazy idea: a plush gaming peripheral!


Prepare to die of cuteness.

That's right, Babysitting Mama comes with an actual plush baby that, when combined with the wii remote, becomes integrated with the game. That is, the doll is the 'body' and the game is the 'brain' - exactly how I imagined pDL, but using the wiimote as the circuitry. There's no need to add a gyroscope or a battery pack - the remote is all you need. The remote speaker even functions as the baby's voice, allowing it to call for attention. That, my friends, is effing genius. I only wish I could have thought of that! Even better - this baby's gonna be born this November. I'll actually own it within this year.

If that wasn't enough, I then heard about something that had actually first surfaced on the 'net November 2009 (what?! I missed something on the internet!?). Prepare to meet yet another example of "Holy crap, I think I saw something like this in my dreams once": WiiWaa. Yet another plush interface using the wiimote as its 'internal organs' and the Wii system as its 'brain', WiiWaa is essentially the ultimate example of something I wish existed and never expected to actually exist.


HOLY MOTHER OF HELL YES

Moving the titular creature controls its movement onscreen - you can shake off enemies, jump, turn upside down, creep around like Solid Snake, and even swing from bungee-ears. BUNGEE-EARS! There's no word on a release date yet, but even rumors of it being a PAL region exclusive aren't going to stop me from getting this - even if I need to literally buy a new Wii just to play it. Insanity!

Here are a few other examples of plush being used as wireless interfaces. Unfortunately, none of these are for purchase...but all are being developed at this very moment, so something similar on the market someday is highly likely (who wouldn't want to battle plush ninjas with wi-fi signals?).

As for augmented reality? Well, it seems to be getting easier and easier to find as the days go by. The inclusion of cameras in several gaming devices means that there is now proper hardware to support the technology for gaming. Developers, make it so.
The future of Project DarwiN+Level is uncertain. I'll probably still keep making crap up for it, just for fun. As for the future of games like it? I might very well be playing one as soon as Christmas.

Not bad for a ridiculous idea.

~ Pirka

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fan Expo, The Ex, and Summer's End


Since I thought a video would do more justice to the awesomeness I bought at Fan Expo, I made one. Here's me rambling about nerdy crap for nearly 20 minutes!

I honestly can't say enough about how amazing Fan Expo was this year (with the exception of the crowd control problems on Saturday that forced me, among many other conventiongoers, to wait over two hours to get in). To see even more stuff from it, check out my album on Facebook here. It has a Dalek!

As you may have guessed, I am currently typing this from school. Yep, summer's over and I've gotta make the most of the school year now.

Why, Desu~!?
I've got the Dufferin Mall nearby, but, as Scott Pilgrim stated quite truthfully, it's not a very interesting mall. At least it's got a Toys R' Us!

~ Pirka

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Summer Periodical


You probably haven't, since nobody reads this crap have been wondering "Where the hell is Pirka? She hasn't posted all summer! She should have plenty of time to post!"
The truth is simple: I'm a total cloudcuckoolander who always forgets she even has a blog.

Anyway, since it's been a long time, here's all the crudcrap I've been up to this summer, in a very rough and shaky order (aka 'the order I remember them'):

1) I went to New York and MET MIKE MOZART. Yep, the Toy Guru from Youtube! He was having a New York fan gathering that I didn't even know about until I got there.
Of course, I had to wait hours for him to arrive at the designated meeting spot due to NYC traffic, but it was totally worth it! We went through Toys R' Us, got a photo, and then he bought us all McDonalds (I'm seriously not making this up, Mike Mozart is a god among men). HURRRR.

2) I went to Second City camp! ...sort of. I went for a week and day out of a two week camp due to plumbing issues trapping my family in the house (the driveway was dug up to fix the pipe), but the time I went was actually pretty awesome. We played improv games, had a lot of in-jokes (Sir Laugh-A-Lot [HA-HA!], "MILES! MILES! MILES~!", and, perhaps most epic of all, "Sodomizing children" as an example of what not to make a sketch about).
The best day was the day we got to make up songs on the spot.
I wish I could have said goodbye to my troupe: Nathaniel, James, Miles, Ryan/Carl, Ryan #2, Jess and the girl with all the cool shirts whose name sadly slips my mind...OMG I'm SO SORRY :(...if you're reading this, I really enjoyed the time we had together. I hope we meet again someday.

3) I had a tragic event involving meeting someone that I admire very much...or rather, not being able to meet him due to terrible luck and timing issues...I'm not going to mention the person in question, because I forgive him and I don't want him to see this and feel like he did something wrong or mean, because what happened wasn't at all his fault. If anything, I don't care about the effect on me. What I care about most is that you, sir, deserve every bit of praise you're getting right now. I love you, and that will never stop. Someday, I know we'll meet and laugh about this. Just not any time soon...


Thanks for the determination, Scott... :')

4)

I saw Despicable Me and it was AWESOME! This year has been a helluva year for animation: How To Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, and now Despicable Me, which might actually be (GASP) the best out of all of them. I feel pretty guilty for saying it, since that's going up against Chris Sanders and flippin' PIXAR, but Despicable Me just squeezes past the others by being hilarious and incredibly touching at the same time. Oh, and containing Gru. And the Minions. And Vector. Vector and me have a lot in common. It's actually kind of creepy:
- We're both nerdy and lonely
- We have the same favourite colors (orange and white)
- We both have brown hair and glasses
- We both play Wii
- We both love sweets and snacks
- We're both afraid of our fathers
...so yeah....

5) I beat both Super Mario Galaxy games! Took me long enough, right? I actually beat Super Mario Galaxy 2 first. Wierd.
I can't say this enough times - if you own a Wii, YOU MUST OWN THESE GAMES. The music, the gameplay, the atmosphere...all of it is top-notch and of the highest quality. Nintendo outdoes itself with every Mario game, but these ones will always hold a special place in my heart due to the space theme (you know I love space) and the awesome gravity puzzles!
As for my favourite level in the sequel, that would definately be A Stroll Down Rolling Lane, the second star in Melty Monster Galaxy. It's a perfect example of how Mario (and Nintendo in general) works; it seems impossible at first, but each time you try again - the level of fun never going down, even as you try over and over - you get a little further. When you finally get that star, you feel like you've just won a marathon, but you didn't get controller-smashing frustrated because, though difficult, it was a fun process.



Here's the level in question. Rock Mario for the win!

Last, but not least...

6)JIM.
Just...Jim. Allow me to explain: we went to the antiques show at Sherway Gardens, where I saw an eyeless antique teddy bear, possibly from the 1930s, for sale. I don't know why, but I couldn't stop thinking about that darn bear! He was covered in stains, his ears were ripped, and somebody had taken a pen to his stomach and written "Jim" roughly in his fur.
I bought him.

Now he's got new button eyes and a bow tie, but is still just creepy enough. Darn me and my love of creepy plushies!

So, what's next for me this summer? I'm gonna meet the author of Zorgamazoo! I'm gonna go to Fan Expo! I'm gonna go to Niagra Falls...maybe! Most likely, I'm gonna "waste" time doing all the things I love - living my life on the internet, playing Nintendo, and drawing. Lots and lots of drawing.

Peace out~!

~ Pirka

Friday, June 18, 2010

Kid Lit, Animation, Time Travel and Cute Stuff, Oh My!

...oh man. Where the heck do I begin?

1) Canadian Books That Don't Suck!? (I'm shocked, too)

Hamish X passing his torch to Prince Breandan


Sean Cullen, author of the perenially awesome Hamish X trilogy, has a new series out called Chronicles of the Misplaced Prince. I finally got around to reading the first book - suffice to say, it's AWESOME as well! Too much to say - buy it and enjoy the win!

How can that be topped, you ask? How about a novel written entirely in rhyme that features monsters, aliens, and mad doctors all in the same story?! Say hello to the lovely chaos that is Zorgamazoo! Though I like all the characters (which is saying a lot for me), the "Graylian" creature-capturer Dullbert Hohummer The Third has a special place in my heart for being so adorably kuudere-y that it makes me want to hug something as soon as I write his name!


"Good morning."


2) Toy Story SQUEEEE.

Lotso and Chatter Telephone

Toy Story 3 comes out today. I'm going to see it in an hour. It's a Pixar movie. Nuff' said.
I can't wait to see Woody, Buzz, Rex, Slinky, Hamm...all of those guys! The new characters are the biggest draw for me though - especially the two above!

3) OOOOOOOOOWEEEEOOOOOOOO, WEEEEEoooOOOOOOOO...

BADASS 11th Doctor and Amy

That was supposed to be the Doctor Who theme song written phonetically. I fail.
Anyway, Doctor Who is awesome. I've wanted to watch it ever since I knew it existed. Right now I'm watching the 9th Doctor and the 11th at the same time! Twice the fun!

4) Wish Come True

The Rainbow King!

I went to the Wish Come True festival in Queen's Park today, where cute critters walked around and spread joy everywhere they went! I got a chance to meet the people behind it - they were really nice guys - and they even signed a book for me!

In conclusion, SQUEEEEEEEE!
I leave you with a photo that should be self explanatory if you've read my liveblog...


OMFG TEH ENTRAILS ANIMALS.

~ Pirka