My baby don’t mess around

[Hey Ya! – Outkast]

Today we went to escape the heat by going to Chadstone for the whole day. Mela arrive late and sad because she accidentally slept in, and then had to leave her new puppy Meg (which I met yesterday, and whose love I will slowly but surely earn).

We had some coffee and then curry for lunch, then she felt sleepy so she lied on my lap to nap. I felt bored so I took out my phone, opened up the eReader, and popped my amazingly light phone on her amazingly flat forehead and read Sherlock Holmes.

When the people started to congregate around the foodcourt, and it became apparent that the seats needed to be vacated, I woke Mela up with my tactful and accidental voice-command program which, on loudspeaker, screamed right into her left eyeball: WHAT WOULD  YOU LIKE TO DO?

We walked around for ages shopping, as I always do when I’m with her. She ended up buying a very nice tank top and a dress which we both nicknames Woodland Creature because it looks like what they would wear. When she was trying on the tank top, she was a bit iffy because she was worried how her arms looked in them, so I said through the changing door “if you say that one more time I will come in there and punch you.” I didn’t know a store assistant was right behind me and she laughed.

We got tickets to see Tintin in 2D, and had to switch seats three times cos our original seats sucked. I also managed to whinge some popcorn out of Mela, but it was so salty that we ended up eating only half and then cuddling in the over-aircon’d theater. The movie, dare I say, is astounding, and somewhat pioneering in terms of animation. The sheer detail that they paid attention to, like the way the hair blows in the wind, the expressions in the character’s eyes, the physics, and yet the limits they managed to stretch the suspension of belief with the action and the drama…all at the same time staying as true as they could to a 1940s cartoon series as they could.

After Tintin we visited Cindy at work, and I laughed when I saw she kept the sticker on her cap. Then we had dinner at the sushi train near JB, then went to say bye to Cindy before going home. Now, she’s playing guitar and singing while on mute, refusing to let me hear, and I wonder how her dog is…

Alex.

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Singer In A Smoky Room

[Don’t Stop Believin’ – Glee Cast Cover, original by Journey]

I don’t usually post pictures here anymore, but lemme just say, this picture is fueling me to watch all of Lost, ASAP.

Sorry if it’s a bit big for the browser.

I got this off “The Daily Wh.at” on Tumblr, and this was the description:

Make-Believe Map of the Day: The most accurate geographical map of the Lost island ever illustrated, by Professional cartographer Jonah Adkins, who spent the past four years designing and revising this masterpiece.

Ahhhh Video Ezy here we go!

Alex.

P.S. If I ever didn’t give due credit for pictures to their respective owners, I am really sorry. Usually, when I post a picture, if it’s mine, I will have already boasted about it, or it will have my face in it. But from this point on, I will give credit where it’s due to the pictures that are not mine, because saying it’s not mine is not the same as telling people whose it is. And some people (like this dude) had put a crapload of effort into the stuff that they create. This was brought to my attention from Katherine, so there, I credited her as well.

I Don’t Know How You Charmed Your Way Into My Heart

[Pandora – Madina Lake]

Yes okay maybe I chose that one specifically.

I watched Avatar today, with Angie. In 3D. It. Was. Fucking. Awesome.

I can’t even begin to describe the sheer cinematographic beauty. The flora and fauna of Pandora left another friend saying, “THE TREES ON EARTH ARE SO BORING!”

The creatures were astoundingly exotic, and the Na’vi (the natives of Pandora) are stunning creatures themselves, with amazing ability to interface with the world around them.

I read up on some scientific background of the movie. Call me a geek, but the level of scientific accuracy that James Cameron went into made me believe even more (or rather, want to believe) that Pandora is real, and we could go there.

Copernicus Grades Cameron On The Science of AVATAR!!

This guy mostly went through some flaws of the movie, as well as grading the goods. After reading it, I saw the standpoint from scientific intellectuals, but to the untrained and impressionable eye like mine, the slight flaws didn’t bother me at all.

Pandorapedia

This was mostly just a dossier on all the creatures and new creations of Pandora. I haven’t read it all yet but it was pretty interesting.

An Activist Survival Guide

I haven’t finished reading this either, but it looked interesting from the few lines I scanned, plus it has a crash course on the language of Na’vi.

I highly recommend you watch the movie, in 3D. The experience is not something you should pass up.

Alex.

The Thunder Of Guns Tore Me Apart

…You’ve been…THUNDERSTRUCK!

Last night (or very early this morning) was the best way to greet us into Halloween 2009.

Just before midnight, (well it would be much earlier but I only noticed it as I was getting ready for bed) a ferocious rain started pelting outside my windows, so hard that my mom was worried some windows would be shattered. I replaced my toothbrush in the glass, and a momentary flash of cold blue cut itself into the warm glow of my bathroom. I looked up in time to hear a deep rumble announce itself outside the window. I quickly washed my face, excited about what must be going on outside, and ran up the stairs to my bedroom. I drew open my curtains, and turned off the lights. I was suddenly grateful that my bedroom had a view over most of Wheelers Hill and Mulgrave.

Another split second of brilliant cobalt revealed the sky to be filled with storm clouds. The rain was violently lashing itself against my windows, angry that its natural ferocity would be thwarted by a pane of human glass. The thunder became more volatile, ripping itself from the sky instead of allowing itself to rumble quietly. I picked up my mobile phone and texted Carmaine, Catherine, Eunice, Jade, anyone who I thought would be watching the show. I was half right, only Catherine and Eunice were enjoying the spectacle Mother Nature had given. I looked at the time, 12:02. Happy Halloween, She was saying. And don’t forget who’s boss.

I was on the phone with Catherine for a couple of minutes, just silence, static and the occasional “WOW!” emitted from me when an especially glorious fork slashed through the clouds. Then I was on the phone with Eunice who lives closer to me, and there was one time when two flashes came very close to each other, and at the same time both of us yelled in excitement. Eunice was annoyed that she hasn’t yet seen an actual lightning strike, just flashes, but after I hung up on her she texted me to say that she has, and it had made her day just a little bit more complete.

I sat there for almost another hour, willing Mother Nature to please, one more big one, just give me one more big lightning strike and I’m happy. The rain had ceased, respectful of the attention that Mother Nature required for her show, and somewhere in the distance a wail of siren sounded before quietening again.

People say that when there’s a thunderstorm, it’s the skies being angry. But it didn’t feel like anger last night, just a reminder of the awesome power that nature holds.

It felt peaceful.

(Probably not for whomever the siren was aimed towards.)

Alex.