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I've been hearing a lot of buzz for the new cartoon Young Justice, so I tracked down the first episode and gave it a try. I... don't think I'll be sticking with it.

Let me just say that the animation is beautiful. It's very crisp, everything is smooth, and it doesn't look like any of the other DC cartoons I've watched, so it really stands out. It reminds me a lot of the animation for X-men: Evolution, which I'm very fond of. So, my first impression was that it was going to rock.

But the first episode left me feeling underwhelmed, mostly because of the characters. To begin with, the first episode features a grand total of zero women with lines. Normally I wouldn't be too bugged by this (it happens a lot and I've accepted it) but I remember seeing female heroes in the promo images, so a complete absence of them sticks out.

Another thing is that the characters are incredibly whiny and unlikeable, in my opinion. I'm okay with teens being whiny and then proving themselves, but Jesus CHRIST are these boys whiny. And it's all the same kind of whiny - "we're not sidekicks!" "We wanna see the Justice League's toys!" "Treat us like adults!" I was doodling while watching this episode and didn't even realize multiple boys were whining because the way their voices are written all sounds the same. And on the topic of voices, the "witty" quips the writers gave Robin are HORRIBLE. They are just stupid and sound like the writers were just trying waaaay too hard, especially since he says one every two minutes. Again, I'm all for quips, but only if they're actually funny and sound natural.

Other then that, the story didn't really grab me. A show about sidekicks is a good idea, since these are characters that don't get to shine as much and may be a bit obscure compared to the main heroes. But in practice, that turns into a weakness of the show - I don't know anything about these kids, and the show is treating them like I should. I thought Aqualad was white*? I thought Green Arrow's sidekick was named Speedy? I thought that was Tim's uniform but imdb tells me that it's Dick? This is a show meant for hardcore fans, not casual ones like myself. And it looks kind of good and I'm sure there are plenty of hardcore fans that are having fun with it. But this is one superhero cartoon I'm not going to join in on the fun.

*ETA: Wiki tells me that there is a black Aqualad named Jackson Hyde. But seriously, all my knowledge of Aqualad comes from Blackest Night (think that one was Garth?) and the Teen Titans cartoon where he was voiced by Wil Wheaton.
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I think it's about time for another art post.

Some random sketches, some Batman Beyond fanart.
Too bad the fandom hardly exists )

Also, I've started a blog to talk about just my baking, and how to bake on a college student's budget. Check it out here!
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Eeeeeeee, my roommates make me cook and that is AWESOME. One of wanted to make something for the suite for Valentine's Day. At first I was at lost, thinking of maybe just making cookies or something. But then I remembered seeing these adorable little chocolate cups full of fruit at a grocery store, and reading how to make the cups somewhere online. It seemed really easy so we made some cups and filled them with red and pink fruit (apples, peaches, strawberries, and raspberries). They turned out awesome and were soooo good. Maybe my new favorite desert!

Here's how to make them, they're so super easy:

Blow up a balloon to about 2 to 3 inches in diameter. You want it to be as round as possible - if it's sort of pear shaped, get a different one. Tie it, and rinse it under warm water. Dry it off.

Spoon a little circle of melted candy melts onto a sheet of wax paper. Dip your balloon into a deep bowl of melted candy melts. (We double-dipped ours in pink vanilla, then milk chocolate melts) Set the dipped balloon onto the base that you made on the wax paper, being careful to set it as upright as possible. If it's leaning over to one side, the bowl will probably break during the last step.

Let the balloon sit until the candy is completely dry. Pop the balloon. It will naturally peel back from the sides of the bowl as it deflates, so don't try to pull it out right away. If your bowl is too big or lopsided, it'll break.

Fill with anything you want, and happily eat!
amredthelector: (Oh noes mudkip!)
I think my roommate is worried I'm a serial killer now.

I was pointlessly yammering on about my fantroll, even though she doesn't read or care about HS. But I wanted some input about what weapon my troll should use. The conversation went a bit like this:

Me: So yeah, I still have a lot of stuff I need to come up with for my troll, like a weapon. I want the weapon to have something to do with geology, but I'm not sure what to go with.
Her: Well, what kind of tools do geologists use? Like hammers and stuff, right? And don't you use acid for something?
Me: Yeah, we use hydrochloric acid to identify calcite in rocks. But the only way I could think to weaponize that is as a gun, which I don't like the sound of. And someone in the comic already uses a hammer.
Her: Well, then don't go with geology stuff. What kind of things do you like?
Me: Hmm. Well, I do love power tools.
Her: Oooh, give the troll an electric drill as a weapon!
Me: No, wait, I've got it! A cordless electric sander! Drills have been done, why not a sander? That would be awesome, she could, like... sand people's faces off.
Her: 8|
Me: Oh. Oh, wow. That was, uh. That was pretty dark.
Her: ...we're sleeping with the lights on for the rest of the semester.

Still going with the sander, though. Still need to come up with her title and planet.

In other news, HOMESTUCK HOMESTUCK HOMESTUCK
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So much awesome happened this weekend aaaaaaaaah

I turned 20 yesterday, which is awesome. No longer a teen, whoo! 'Wicked' happened to be playing in the local performing arts center this month, and my mom was awesome and got me tickets! My sister came down and saw the show with me and holy crap. It was awesome. It deviates quite a bit from the book (which I only read half of, a long time ago, but I could still tell it kind of took an axe to the source...) but it was still really enjoyable. The first part of the first act was kind of meh, but it got awesome right before the act break and in the second act. The stage effects were amazing, the costumes were amazing, the music was amazing. I loved it.

Also got comics for my birthday! Some I bought myself (Batman Beyond 1 and 2) and some my roommates got me for my birthday (Justice League Europe #1 (from the 80s!) and some 90s X-men title). Haven't read the comics my friends got me yet, but I just finished Batman Beyond and fafdafadfkjkldsafd it was awesome.

Terry teaming up with the future Justice League will always make for awesomeness, because the future league is COOL. And I am going to continue to ship Batman/Aquagirl EVEN THOUGH THEY'VE SPOKEN LIKE TWICE NOW. I said in my review of Hush Beyond that I had some issues with how they write Terry and Bruce, and I think they are improving. Terry is back to cracking jokes and being a smartass, and I can hear his dialogue in my head as being spoken by the show's VA, so that's an improvement over the miniseries. Bruce still feels more like the comic Bats then Cartoon Bats, but it's not as extreme as it was in the miniseries. He just... back-seat superheroes a whole lot more in the comics then the cartoon. Also, Terry family and Dana are actually getting some active roles in the comic! The cartoon was pretty careful to keep them out of danger, and even when their lives were threatened by the Joker in the movie, we didn't see them in danger. I like that they give Terry a reason to be careful and that they themselves show signs of bravery. Having a family is the biggest difference between Terry and Bruce, and I'm glad the comic writers are taking advantage of that.

Ah damn, that got way too long. I came here to talk about my birthday, not Batman.
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'Kay, so, I got a letter in the mail the other day offering me a chance to apply as a Student Orientation Leader this summer. Which pays really well and would really, I need the job.

But today, it snowed. Like, an inch. So the whole city shut down. It's going to snow a bit tomorrow. So classes have been canceled for two days in a row.

Another thing that's been canceled? The only information meeting for Orientation applicants that I can make. djhfdkjshfdjshasa

Gave a call to the people running this stuff, going to find out if I can just stop by their offices to get some of this information, and I'll still apply. Bleh.

There was also a meet-n-greet type thing for the apartments I want to move into next year tomorrow evening, on campus, which will probably also be canceled. But that wasn't nearly as important.

Other then all that stuff, this is shaping up to be a good week. Because of the snow day, my roomies and I had a girls-day-out to enjoy the snow. (Well... I'm used to snow and don't give a damn, but one is from Utah and the other is from India, and aren't used to snow so it's still cool to them) It was pretty awesome. Tomorrow I'm just going to enjoy a day to myself. And Saturday I turn 20! My sis is coming into town because Wicked happens to me in the local theatre on my birthday, and my mom bought tickets for me and my sis! So awesome!

Also, I just realized that since classes are canceled tomorrow I'll miss my geology lab D: Oh noes, I like that class! We were gonna do sedimentary rock identification, too!
amredthelector: (Oh noes mudkip!)
HOLY SHIT, HOMESTUCK

FIRST WEBCOMIC TO MAKE ME CRY, I SWEAR

I NEED TO STOP SHOUTING 'GOD DAMN IT, HUSSIE' EVERY TIME I READ A NEW UPDATE
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Chocolate-dipped cheesecake balls.



Oh yeah.

I wasn't really planning on baking this weekend, or really any time soon, but one of my roommates was going to her friend's baptism and wanted to bring a dessert, so she asked me for ideas. At first we were going to make cookies, but then I remembered hearing about these, and thought that would be awesome.

These are the easiest thing I have ever made. Buy a large, plain cheesecake. Using an ice cream scoop or a melon baller, scoop out the cake (avoid the crust) and roll into little balls. Melt some chocolate candy melts in a bowl, and dip the balls in. Press in a toothpick or lollipop stick and set on wax paper to dry. These are little amazing bites of heaven. I know. The Mormons I made them for told me so.
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So, before my winter break, my suitemates all got together and had a little dinner party. For that party, I made mini cinnamon rolls, which where awesome, and a huge crowd-pleaser. So, I figured I share that recipe. (I would have done so earlier, but I lost my camera's USB cord) Recipe under the cut.


Look at these. These are amazing.


Super easy mini cinnamon rolls recipe )

Enjoy!
amredthelector: (WTF!Sokka)
COLLEGE IS FUCKING STUPID >(

So, I went to the first day of my US History class just a while ago and found out that that class requires a lab... which was not mentioned on the class registration, which means that I couldn't plan my schedule around it. No one even got to sign up for labs until today. Fortunately, they have a lab that I can make it to, but this still pisses me off. Mostly, because this means I am now taking seven classes this semester, but since two are labs, I'm only getting five classes worth of credits.

WTF, college. What. The. Fuck.
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Back in NM for school, ugh. Actually, I came back last night, because this morning I had to take a Teaching Basic Skills test. Which is a standardized test would-be teachers have to take before becoming accepted in the College of Education of most schools in NM. I think I did fine on it, really. Reading comprehension/grammar portion was incredibly easy, and the math part was actually not that bad. Get my scores back in February, so I'm eagerly waiting for that.

I have some arts today! Lots of it, actually. I don't know what it was, but I was drawing a lot over the break.

Dinosaurs, conquistadors, old OCs, and fan stuffs )

School starts Tuesday. Wheeeee
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So I heard that Ophiuchus has been added to the western Zodiac. I really don't care about astrology, but I find this amusing for two reasons.

1. When my dad and I stargaze, he always points that constellation out as 'The Teapot'. I'll never be able to not think of it as that. So now 'the teapot' is a zodiac sign, and that tickles me.
2. I'm now a Capricorn. As I've said, I don't give a fuck about astrology - but this means I'm no longer an Aquarius. Which is awesome, because Gamzee is cooler then Eridan.

I have no idea how many people on my f-list will get that reference.

Also, I made a thing. A jewelry, geology nerd thing.
amredthelector: (Spoink hat)
I'm going to plug a comm now.

Go check out [livejournal.com profile] ontd_literature. Lit comm for news on books, talking about what books you're reading, discussing movie adaptations, etc. And it's a Twilight free-zone! It's a small comm, but I like it. Go. Go check it out. Gooooo~
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So, for only the second time ever, I've been watching an anime as the official subs are released week-by-week on Hulu. The first anime I did this with was FMA: Brotherhood, but I kind of fell behind on that and wound up archive-binging about the last two month's worth in a single week. This time, though, I picked up a show about three episodes in and watched it loyally, week-by-week, until it finished. And that show was Shiki. And it was worth it.

Shiki review )

I'm starting to think I should stop using the 'short review' tag, since all my reviews are seriously long any more. TL;DR - despite some kind of weird art, the series is a great, fresh look at vampires and the darker side of humanity. I highly recommend it.
amredthelector: (Oh noes mudkip!)
Usually dislike two posts in one day, but I really need to just talk about this.

I got all of my final grades back today, and... I only got a D+ in Algebra. I'm so, so pissed off at myself right now. I worked so hard in that class. I got high B's and low A's on all my tests, got A's on all my quizzes... it must have been the final test that dragged my grade down. I'm just... augh, I'm so disappointed with myself right now. Fortunately, it's a passing grade, so I get credits for it, but I'm worried about how it will affect my GPA.
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I finally got my hands on the Batman Beyond miniseries comics! Well, sort of. I went to the comic store for the first time in months the other week, and they had issues 4-6, so I bought those. But they didn't have 1-3 and didn't think any store in town would. So I resorted to buying online... but couldn't find issue 1. BUT. I got 2-6, so I at least got to read them. Here's my thoughts on the miniseries, under the cut because of spoilers.

Hush Beyond spoilers )

Wooooow, TL;DR. Congrats to whoever read through all my nerdy ramblings. So, long story short: There are some problems with characterization and the villains, but I still really enjoyed the series. I look forward to the ongoing series, and hope the fandom will get more active. Oh, and expect some icons from the comic from me soon.
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Done with my finals! I head back home tomorrow. It's weird, though... it really doesn't feel like it should be winter break already. Maybe it's because the weather here has been 65 degrees F and sunny since October. It just... doesn't feel like winter.

Also, art post time, yay! Some half naked ladies this time, so beware.

Also some fannish stuff and steampunk stuff )
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I got hugged by a French woman tonight for knowing who Mello from Death Note is.

I also got hugged by a Chinese woman for baking cinnamon rolls.

Tonight was a good night.
amredthelector: (nom nom nom)
Got my classes for next semester figured out!

MWF 10-10:50 US history to 1877
W 12-1:50 Earth History lab
MWF 2-2:50 Music appreciation
TR 9:30-10:45 Small group communication
TR 12:30-1:45 History of NM
TR 3-4:15 Earth History lecture

Not really the best classes... really just getting things for gen ed and some field requirements out of the way. It was odd, there were, like, no English classes that I need open or in good times. So, no English courses for me this semester. Two history courses may be rough, those always have the most reading. But the history of NM class seems interesting. And I'm really looking forward to Earth History. Yay for Geology! Not so much yay for music appreciation and communication... those are just there to fill up my scholarship's minimum amount of hours and finishing gen ed.

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