wildfillysama: Driving in Scotland

Also known as “never let grandparents get involved.” They will question everything you know or thought you knew about driving, your sense of direction, and general sanity.

 

It is a well-known fact that if you tell someone where they are going, then they will be much less flustered by roundabouts. It is also a well-known(ish) fact that the route between Irvine and Troon is 98% roundabouts.

 

Apparently “not right” also means “turn right”, not left. Go figure. Alternatively, go somewhere else.

 

It took a while to realise that Troon was actually the destination. At no point did the antiques roadshow tell me that this was the intended point of arrival – they piled into the car and I assumed that they wanted me to drive it. Suffices to say that this was a long and ponderous drive that occasionally had me wondering whether they were directing me into the sea. Occasionally that didn’t seem like a bad idea.

 

The mighty little gutless wonder of a hire car made it over hill and dale, pavement and roundabout. It conquered roadworks and ditches, dubious parking spaces and whatever a yard is.

 

For the record, I should have brushed up on how many metres were in a yard. It would have made some of the road signs MUCH more helpful.

 

On the bright side, baby bunnies frolicked on the roadside while I was pottering around, wondering where the assortment of related fossils were directing me this time. No photos could be had, but they offered a small amount of fluffy zen while I considered death by roundabout.

 

But either way, I have survived and am writing this at Glasgow airport, preparing for my flight to Gatwick and drive to Cambridge. Starbucks and free internet of dubious quality is making slight headway on my mood. It has its work seriously cut out. Have an inspirational picture that looks a lot like the woods around where I’ve just spent the last week.

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Justifiable Anime Protagonist Idiocy

Or: Marathoning White Album 2 without wildfillysama in the country was a terrible idea.

 

White Album 2

So, White Album 2. It’s a recently concluded anime series based off the first half of a visual novel, and from first impressions looked like a standard, straight high school romance with added musical element.

I must admit, I picked it up expecting crappy writing and directing, pretty character designs and a couple more tracks to add to my music collection. Boy was I wrong.

I really can’t say any more without giving the essence of the story away, so spoilers ahead.

 

First things first – A guilty pleasure of mine is a story where the protagonists fight though overwhelming odds to earn their happy end.

This is not one of those stories. It is a story about three generally good people: two girls, damaged in their own ways but still far too nice, and a boy too helpful, earnest, caring and goddamn inexperienced for his own good putting themselves in a bad situation and proceeding to do ugly things to each other.

It’s a story where you can’t help but watch the train derail, and any ending other than forcing you to watch that thing crash and burn leaving no survivors would leave you feeling cheated.

 

I had to stop halfway through episode 8 and walk around for a bit to work the anger and churning bile away at the incredible density and lack of communication that every single one of the three main characters showed. What’s worse, (or better, really) is that given the narrative presented their actions are justifiable.

You can see the big miserable cycle of manipulation, selfishness masquerading as selflessness, hurt and hurting building up even from the early happy-go-lucky episodes. The characters presented are so painfully human that I have to applaud the writer and pretty much everyone involved in the adaptation.

It’s not a nice story, but it is a beautiful one.

 

For good measure, the lyrics of the final song of the anime grab the knife so lovingly planted over the course of 13 episodes and twist it. Hard.

5/5, recommended, feels were had, would feel again. I won’t comment on the quality of adaptation, since I haven’t gone through the visual novel, but the general consensus is that the anime does it justice.

 

Oh yeah, the soundtrack was excellent, at any rate.

 

Stay not feeling emotionally drained, my friends.

Addendum: Touma Kazusa best girl.

Best girl accept no substitutes

lorekai: My wallet is going to hate me.

There are far too many things I want to buy, it’s somewhat inconvenient, but Yay! for games being announced. (also somewhat Yay! for a dress fitting when I really didn’t expect it too, though it’s left me in a bit of a quandary…)

But yes, three games have been announced for release recently, one that I did not expect at all, one that I expected, but not so soon, and one that I expected, but didn’t expect such an awesome looking collectors edition for, and all of which I want. They are the unexpected Tales of Hearts R, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, though I will be simultaneously elated and devastated if they decide to release the special edition 3DS for it here, and Tales of Xillia 2 which has a seriously cool collectors edition.

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Look at it, it has so much stuff! And costumes, I especially want the costumes. I just hope it gets confirmed for Australia as I really don’t want to miss it, and I really can’t afford to import it. Anyway, regardless of my wallet’s wrath, I intend to buy all of them, and I am very much looking forward to their release dates, but that’s all I have time for today, thanks for reading.

wildfillysama: What day even is it?

I think it’s still Monday, so time for a post! I haven’t missed one yet!

 

For the record, I’m using UK values of Monday.

 

To explain, I’m currently in the UK and most of the way not-jetlagged, so that’s working out pretty well. Have been doing lots of family visiting and looking for internet, which have both been pretty successful so far. Planning on doing a lot of sleep right now… have another flight tomorrow and then the joys of a hire car/no directional sense. Will hopefully survive to post again next Monday!

 

Have some funny pictures to celebrate 🙂

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EbolaBooze’s Fortnightly Astro Corner: The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Today, we have a pretty fun object, another galaxy! Messier 83, also known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, M83 or NGC 5236 is a large galaxy in the constellation Hydra, and is one of the closest barred spiral galaxies to the Milky Way.

For a handy galaxy type identification chart, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy#Types_and_morphology

M83 is visible with binoculars from a dark sky as a fuzzy blob, and detail can be seen in the arms with telescopes with aperture 254mm and above. Again, a dark sky is ideal, but a large enough telescope can actually see it in mild light pollution.

This photo is an LRGB composite taken over 5 hours – 12x 5 min exposures in red, green and blue, plus 24x 5 min exposures in luminance. There are actually 7 galaxies in the photo, see if you can spot them all!

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Clear skies!