Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Eve and New Webcam

Twas the night before Christmas, and at my Aunt's house...


Check out my Haruhi hair! Angel, my dog, jingles all the way...

I got a new webcam, look at the picture quality...



~ Pirka
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

I'm sorry that I haven't posted as much lately...

...but I'm still waiting on a certain cousin to give me the photos from Christmas Eve...



...Ok, wrong Christmas Eve. Not you. The actual night before Christmas!

~ Pirka

Friday, December 26, 2008

Mike Mozart on Blog Tv!


I got a visit from none other than Mr. Mike Mozart of Jeepersmedia himself! Be sure to subscribe and say hi to him if you see him!
~ Pirka


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I Totally Woke Up At 5:30 Then Went Back To Sleep Till' 11:00

...and it was the night before the night before Christmas. I'm such a dork.

I got a plushie of Jangle Elf from Year Without A Santa Claus in my stocking as a preliminary gift! Aaaaaai ~

I tried to post a picture but epic failed, sadly.

More updates as awesomeness happens.

~ Pirka

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

DON'T FORGET TO CATCH AND RELEASE, YO

I sweat (woo!)

I sweat (woo!)


Then hit it with a


DARLIN' DARLIN' FREEEEEEZE!




Yep, Infernex meets Lucky Star. Topper looks like he's shrugging and Hinkle's body looks way too big, but otherwise I think it turned out pretty good.

(Click for full size, non-crappy quality.)





~ Pirka



Monday, December 22, 2008

Miser Brothers Xmas Canadian Premiere


...it can be summed up in a sentence. The sentence is "Since when was Snow Miser gay?!".

In all honesty, it was actually better than I thought it would be, but that isn't saying much considering how low my expectations were.


Best parts:

- The intro. There was something about it, the way they showed the 2D letters...very Rankin/Bass-esque.

- Miser babies!

- Little touches like the Snow Miser turning his cocoa into an ice pop.

- Some of the lines were actually pretty clever...too bad Snow Miser's voice completely wrecked them (if you don't believe me, imagine the 'greenland' line in Snow Miser's real voice and you'll realize it's actually pretty funny).

- Heat Miser sounded pretty great (mostly because it was the same guy). No easy task when given such a cruddy story to do, so bravo!

- The fact that it was the Miser Brothers, period.


Worst parts:

- Snow Miser "coming out of the ice box". I mean, he wore his belt to the side! His laughter sounded like someone doing an impression of the worst gay stereotype they can think of. His laughter's supposed to sound slightly crazy, but not gay...

- Snow Miser's voice in general. Brrr. And not in a good way like Snow Miser says when he's dancing.

- Some of the puppets were actually so bad as to be hilarious. Check out Mrs. Claus' lips and chin, and Mother Nature's nosejob (which gave her an excuse to dye her hair and let her figure go?). Of course, the Misers' designs were hard to get used to as well.

- The head elf was named Bob. Seriously, the best they could think of was Bob? *

And, the absolute worst part of all:

- In the end, the Miser Brothers actually made up with each other, and we never saw them fight again, which suggests they are no longer rivals. WHAT THE BLOODY FRAK.


Also, they stole my character idea. I had a North Wind...and she was a girl...named Kita Kaze. That doesn't really matter to anyone but me, though.
I have started referring to NW's minions as 'Kita' and 'Kaze', just because I can.
By the by, 'kitakaze' is Japanese for northern wind. Kita = Northern, Kaze = Wind.
...so yeah.
Two days till' Xmas! Yayness!
~ Pirka
* Kate...which is short for...Bob...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Peeves: Flavoured Candy Canes


Today, I had my first candy cane of the year (so did my dog, who got it stuck to her paw and freaked out. Oh well...). It was an awesome Laura Secord one, big and stripey and pepperminty and oh-so-good - it was also meant to be decoration, but meh. Eating this delicious, traditional red-and-white-striped (ok, so there was a bit of green but the taste wasn't affected) cane reminded me of the travesty that is candy canes that come in flavours other than peppermint.
They look atrocious, like the purple-and-green abomination in the picture above. I've even seen ones that were orange and green, and ones that are pure red. Honestly, pure red?!
Despite all this, it isn't the look of these "candy canes" that bothers me. It's the fact that they add some kind of unholy fruit-flavour to them. It's especially horrible when you're expecting it to taste like mint and then get a mouthful of "what the --".
I have nothing against people who like them, by the way. It's just a holiday fact that stockings are hung by the chimney with care, presents are wrapped with corny metallic bows, and candy canes are mint flavoured.
I promise I'll take a picture of that snowman sometime...
~ Pirka


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Last day of school! Bwahahaha ~



NO CARROTS FOR YOU HOCUS.

But seriously folks, school is finally over! Finally, finally over.

To celebrate, I made this nerdy video.



THERE'S NO WAY THAT CAN BE RIGHT!

~ Pirka

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Guess who arrived today...


...that's right! Theo! My little Furry Travel Buddy! I actually won the little guy in a contest, and now he's here to stay and travel with me. I love him! Thanks, Desiree B.! (And sorry my photo's so crappy.)
You can see a much better photo here, right on the FTB site!

~ Pirka


Christmas. Come faster. Please.

In the meantime, why don't you check out some cute wallpapers with things I like on them, and a Christmas theme! Yaaaay!

Stitch Wraps Presents - A wallpaper version of one of my favourite Disney stock images of all time.

Keroro's Christmas - Speaking of aliens and yuletide cheer, why not adorn your desktop with Keroro, Tamama, Giroro, Mois and Natsumi in Xmas fettle?

Rudolph And Santa - From the original Rudolph special!

Oddly, there's a huge lack of R/B desktop backgrounds. I honestly don't know why.

~ Pirka

Monday, December 15, 2008

Hallmark is Ripping off Japan!

I thought it was just a conspiracy at first.


It all started when Hallmark came out with some new Hoops and Yoyo (if you don't know who they are, I suggest you search as they are the pinnacle of awesomeness) merchandise around summertime. Among the second wave of stuff featuring the characters...



Look familiar? If you're at all interested in modern Japanese culture, it will hit you right away. This is a Hidamari no Tami with Hoops on it!

Hidamari No Tami, or Nohohon, are solar powered toys that usually hypnotically nod their head from side to side or do some other repeated, relaxing movement. They are powered completely by the sun, no batteries required.



See? These things are super popular in Asia, especially Japan. The original line was made by Tomy. They come themed to pretty much any popular character, from Pikachu to Keroro to Stitch (I even saw a Cj7 one on Ebay a while ago), so it's kind of neat that Hoops and Yoyo have joined that caliber.

I must admit I think it's kinda cool that Hallmark got its inspiration from a Japanese trend, but I thought it would be a one-off thing. I was wrong!

Take a look at what just came out at Hallmark for this Christmas season, and tell me it doesn't remind you of something else that is super popular in Japan.



Yes, Hallmark has made one of its new releases for the 2008 holiday season a Christmas themed Little Taps knockoff. Even I didn't see this one coming!

Little Taps are a series of small figurines on bases that tap dance when you press a button. They're pretty amazing, especially when you realize that you can hook together as many as you can find and they'll all dance in sync to the same song. They're most commonly made based on Disney and Sanrio characters, and each one 'knows' three songs that it can dance to on its own.



Bonus points for Jack Skellington and Stitch dancing together in a chorus line. Epic, epic win.

The Hallmark ones only know two songs each, but you can still link them together. Also, as you may have noticed, they are encased in a plastic dome for some reason (the original Japanese ones never had any form of coverage). This partially makes them less awesome, but at the same time you can pretend you have captured Santa and are forcing him to tap dance for you.

What's next - Hallmark UFO Catcher? If only.

~ Pirka

Saturday, December 13, 2008

I Totally Missed Miser Bros. Xmas

...but it apparently wasn't very good anyway. Oh well.

~ Pirka

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thank Frog It's Friday



"Beeelieeeeve it!"

I had kind of a bad day though. Yet another instance where I get mad and it's totally blown out of proportion...oh well. At least (insert name of teacher here) didn't sock me today.

Also, 'Thank Frog It's Friday' is totally making fun of the number of 'frog' puns in the possible Keroro dub. Brrr. It's Mr. Freeze and 'ice' all over again. I do kind of like the 'frog-forsaken planet' line, though, hence the title.

I'm glad it's the weekend. One week left before Christmas break officially begins. Excuse to watch more Xmas specials.

Speaking of Xmas specials, A Miser Brothers Christmas shows on TV Sunday (or possibly Saturday, gotta check again if we get ABC). Both looking forward to and dreading this one.



Here's a pic of Snow Miser, just because.



~ Pirka

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I can now die happy

They made moisturizing Purell.

I have some right now.
It is probably the best thing since...ever.

Even though it does look slightly like something from The Miracle of Life that I will not disclose.

~ Pirka

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kop's Protection From Evil

Ok, this is a test. I hope this works.

See, I put this one on Veoh because it is a project for school that I don't think is cool enough for Youtube, if you know what I mean. Here goes nothing.


Edit: It turns out it doesn't work. Dang.

~ Pirka

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Scarred for life, part two.

The pun is still not intended, though it is clever.

Here's something I failed to mention about the prevent-it.ca ads that I spoke of in my last post. About a year later, the prevent-it people created two new ads. These ones were actually quite clever as they played off the controversy of the original ones and their shocking endings. Observe.



Ok, raise your hand if you crapped your pants before the ending just imagining what was going to happen. The first time I saw this, I had my eyes firmly shut and waited for the sound of blood splattering against the camera. I guess if the original ones were Final Destination, work edition, these ones represent the one kid that somehow survives in every one of the movies.

Oh, and if you're curious, here's the other one in the new 'oh crap that was close' series:



And, since I've probably scarred you enough for life...here's another parody, and this made me laugh out loud! Enjoy!




~ Pirka

Scarred for life, no pun intended

We're doing workplace safety in careers class right about now. Given that I live in Toronto, Ontario, the class was subject to an unavoidable discussion. We quickly faded from workplace safety in general to a discussion about the infamous 'Prevent It .ca' commercials that aired in Canada and have spread quite far over the internet due to the fact that they are...well...
...scary as bloody hell.

(I have to warn you beforehand, these commercials are not for those with weak hearts or stomachs. They were shown on TV, so think about if you were just watching HGTV and suddenly someone got impaled onscreen.)




The most well-known of them is probably the 'Top Chef' one. A young woman working in a restaurant is talking to the camera about how great her life is, and how she's going to get married, but then she says to the audience that she's going to die in an accident. The fact she knows somehow is freaky enough, but, as these commercials are most famous for, the accident is actually SHOWN ON SCREEN. She slips on grease and deep-fries her face, and we see a full shot of it. These commercials were definitely subject to controversy, because they were shown during the day time. I wonder how many culinary students quit and ran like hell after this one aired? I would have.

The other commercials in the series, with the exception of the one with the construction worker and the explosion (you had to be there), actually had the people who died in the accidents get up after they die and explain how the accident could have been prevented. This is creepy, but for some reason the ones where the people talk about it before it happens just get you right in the chest. It's like Final Destination, work edition.

Of course, anything of this sort is bound to be parodied to death on the internet. There are quite a few parodies of both the commercial series and specific commercials in the series (usually the aforementioned chef one) on Youtube.

So, therefore, I leave you with something to ease the trauma. Chef Deep Fries Her Face While Yakkety Sax Plays!



Here lies the Prevent-it chef, remembered for her hilarious memeage.

~ Pirka

Monday, December 8, 2008

So, what's up with Alisa Southerncross?




...I've heard of this girl. She's apparently a 'sometimes' character in Keroro Gunsou, much like the pop star Sumomo.


What the heck is she, though? I've heard she's some kind of living doll. I've heard she's an alien who eats other aliens. I've heard she's a ghost. What is she and what is her signifigance to this whole thing? Does Keroro really need another non-Keronian 'sometimes' character?

She apparently is meant to be Momoka's rival for Fuyuki, but isn't there already that nerdy girl with the glasses?
Alisa, you confuse me. Why are you here?

~ Pirka

Sunday, December 7, 2008

INKT's Fine, Fine Line AMV

Just finished this AMV featuring the video game de Blob. It has a little bit of OC coupling in it, too.

~ Pirka

Friday, December 5, 2008

I'm in a sci-fi mood



Oh, 'Meet Dave'. Or 'Starship Dave' as it was originally meant to be called...aka the world's most underrated movie ever concieved. Now people are finally seeing the light and realizing that it's a good movie. I made a fanime based on it long before the epiphany, probably because I was one of the few people to watch the movie 5 or more times before it came out on DVD/Blu Ray.

This would have made such a good SHOW. The characters lend themselves so well to an episode format, it's killing me!



Keroro dances the night away.
Keroro Gunsou is a real anime...and I love it. A lot. Too much.
PEKOPON SHINRYAKU DE ARIMASU!

~ Pirka

So, why are you a misfit?

Ah, the Christmas season. A time when everyone begins to think of things like roasting chestnuts, gift exchanges...and why the flipping hell that totally normal looking doll is considered a misfit toy in 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer'.

I never really liked 'Rudolph'...it's a little overrated. Maybe it's just because I'm a huge fan of Frosty and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town and pretty much every other Rankin/Bass special BUT 'Rudolph'. Also, the protagonists are all total dicks. Of course, they can be excused because it was the first thing R/B ever made. Another reason is probably the insane amounts of merchandise they have for only Rudolph. There are plushies of characters who appeared for two seconds. This kinda lets me down...this is coming from someone who wants a Grimsley or Hocus Pocus plushie, so I guess you can't blame me. Does anyone else on this planet want one? Yes, there's an official Hinkle plushie, but he looks like he ate some of that purple plastecine that made Santa spontaniously gain weight in 'Rudolph'.

I found an article on this subject on misfittoys.net, a great site to buy
Rankin/Bass merchandise.



The tag on the CVS bean bag toy of the little Dolly reads: "I'm a little rag doll who just wants a friend. I think that will help my broken heart mend." This seems to be the ever-burning question for Misfit philosophers of all time. Rick Goldschmidt in his book "The Enchanted World of Rankin Bass" writes: In the original broadcast the Dolly's screen time is mere seconds. I don't believe Romeo Muller really gave the character much thought. She was granted more screen time in the 1965 and 1997 broadcasts which ultimately led many a fan to wonder what was wrong with her. Arthur Rankin says that Dolly's problem is more psychological. As it is never mentioned in the script why in particular the doll is a misfit, some offer this: Charlie-in-the-Box tells Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon when they arrive on the Island of Misfit Toys that King Moonracer flies over the earth each night and brings unloved toys to the Island of Misfits. Dolly is perhaps there because she feels she is unloved (as King Moonracer explains about misfits) and perhaps the little girl who onced played with her is now grown up and Dolly now sits in a box, unwanted, waiting to be loved by another little girl again. "In certain circles," this explanation is offered and widely accepted by Misfit Philosophers.

I personally like the theory that she's obsessive-compulsive. A doll with OCD is a pretty epic thought. That, or she has a homicidal double-personality.

...these fanfics just keep writing themselves, don't they?

~ Pirka

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Oh look, Christmas Specials!

My favourite Christmas specials all linked to here for your viewing convenience.
Professor Hinkle? Yes, he's here. The Burgermeister and Grimsley, his adorable right-hand man? They're here, too. A whole bunch of rabbits that seem to stalk the characters for no reason? That's definately there as well.

Each of these is a link to part one, the other parts are just a click away. I hope you enjoy...

Santa Claus is Comin' To Town



Frosty the Snowman



And, of course, we can't have a Rankin-Bass themed post without me embedding this song (or songs) firmly in your head.



All hail the Miser Brothers!

~ Pirka

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My First Post


Hello everyone. Now that I've decided to make a Blogger, I thought I'd make this post to test it out. I'm not sure if I'll really be using this blog for anything, but maybe I will someday.

Anyways, to test this out, I've decided to post some things here. First, a quiz I was referred to by my friend Tikistitch.



Your rainbow is shaded white and blue.









What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. People depend on you to make them feel secure. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.


And now a few quizzes from the same website. I'm apparently 'creatively evil'...




And, since my favourite dessert in the list is brownies...


"Brownies: You are adventurous, love new ideas, are a champion of underdogs and a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up, you whip out your saber. You are always the oddball with a unique sense of humor and direction. You tend to be very loyal."

I wish that was a literal saber. *sigh*


And how about my favourite ice cream? (It's actually Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, but close enough)


"If you like chocolate chip, you are generous, competitive and accomplished. You are charming in social situations, ambitious and competent. A visionary, a conqueror, enjoys being catered to, a go-getter, intolerant of defeat.


Prototype: Industry leaders, voted most likely to succeed in school."


Industry leader? 'A conqueror'? 'Intolerant of defeat'? ...I didn't know my favourite ice cream told people all of my deepest, most profound traits.


Thanks for reading if you did.



~ Pirka