Fireworks up close

So, last night (well, not really – Wednesday night, but I meant to post this yesterday, so …) we went to a family friend’s apartment to watch the fireworks. We were RIDICULOUSLY close – like literally, we were right beside the water. It was amazing. We could even see the ship! Now first we were just talking, but before the fireworks actually start they light up a couple to signal “20 minutes left”, and “10 minutes left” – that kind of thing. The first time that happened, I was absolutely AMAZED at how nice they looked up close – and then BANG! It was LOUD! Louder than I expected, even! Obviously you expect it to be louder than when watching from far away (like from my house balcony, where I usually do) but I didn’t think it would be THAT loud! The interesting thing is even though we were so close there was still a slight delay between the actual firework and the sound. Hmm …

Finally, the fireworks started. They were really good. It was cool because up close we could see all the low ones that we wouldn’t have normally seen. It was pretty cool to watch with the music as well. It was actually very well choreographied (or whatever the verb is). They even played Navras from Juno Reactor! They had a lot of cool effects, like ones that swirled around before disappearing. It was also interesting because normally the big explosions look 2D from far away, but up close they were most definitely 3D. The big high ones were especially impressive up close – they were HUGE, and after a long chain of them everybody started cheering and clapping. It was amazing!

Unfortunately, after, we had a tough time getting back, but I’ll save you that story. Suffice to say that I don’t understand why we didn’t simply call a taxi outside of the apartment. It was pretty tiring, but also amazingly fun. Plus I met some pretty cool people too! I don’t really know if I’ll ever get to watch fireworks like that up close again, but at least I’ve experienced it once now … right?

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Anime review – Gosick

So, I’ve been kind of dead. Sorry. So I’ve decided I’m gonna start reviewing things I watch or read now, so I’ll start here on this site … why not, huh? Let’s start with some basics …

Gosick misc. info:

  • Length: 24 episodes
  • Air date: Dec 27, 2010 to Jul 2, 2011
  • Subs: Victorique

Numbers:

  • Story: 6/10
  • Art: 7/10
  • Sound: 6/10
  • Character: 2/10
  • Enjoyment: 2/10
  • Overall: 4/10

First billed to me as a mystery show, I was understandably excited for this. Coupled with legends, logic puzzles, and more, I was filled with high expectations for this anime; I was horribly disappointed with what I got. Generally, mystery shows related with logic would have characters carefully piece the clues together, unraveling the layers of intrigue one by one. Instead, we are given a character who draws conclusions out of thin air, with nothing to support her deductions other than the “Chaos”. Not a good start.

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So we go

You know what? We lost, and I’m crying right now, yes, but I’m also SO FREAKING PROUD OF OUR CANUCKS. I probably won’t sleep tonight and will be angsty tomorrow but we were SO. CLOSE!

Classy? You bet. Our fans cheering on Boston even though they won, and cheering on Thomas? You betcha. Good job you guys, what can I say. I bet that Boston fans (well, only some of them, maybe) would have BOOed us out of there if we’d won it in Boston …

I am however, really sad for our team. We were supposed to win, Salo could retire happy, and we could keep both Ehrhoff and Bieksa. I believe in you guys, management guys, to bring our team back in full for next year.

I’m proud that our fans could stay classy as the “enemy” hoisted the cup. If I weren’t fighting through tears, I’d probably be cheering them on, too.

I tip my imaginary hat to the amazing season we have next year, but you know what? I raise my imaginary cup (haha, punny …)┬áto the wonderful one that is ahead of us. We’ve got a great group, everyone … I believe that even though we didn’t win it this year, we’ve got a great chance next time. After all, this is not “our year”, this is our “window”.

Always a proud Canucks fan, signing out.

Pre game well wishes

It can’t be helped I suppose … someone’s gonna get hurt. So, tonight, let’s …

WIN IT FOR HAMMY

WIN IT FOR MAYRAY

WIN IT FOR SAMMY

WIN IT FOR ROME

WIN IT FOR WITH MANNY

Win it … for the FANS!

Dunno what the lineup’s gonna be tonight … and I sure hope I haven’t forgotten anyone. The only thing I know is … no matter what the result is tonight … I’ll probably be crying

Rant about MSM, Bruins’ fans, and hockey in general

I don’t even know what to say. I should probably feel excited and giddy about the Canucks being in the SCF – I am, don’t get me wrong … but maybe not for all the right reasons. Rant ahead. Do not read if you don’t care!

EDIT: So, apparently wordpress decided to be kind to you all and delete my rant. Great … well, I suppose I got it out of my system, but gonna leave this here for the ~memories~ …