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Sep. 6th, 2013

X-Man

LJ Return, Cosplay Meme Redux Day 1

I AM BACK! I have been reading more than writing here... but with updates to come, I figure what better way to kick myself back into LJ than with one of my favorite memes.... especially one that I can't wait to see how it's updated itself!

1. Your first cosplay.
Convention-wise, my first real cosplay was Future Raven for Animazement 2004.

As far as Halloween goes... my Beast costume when I was 7 was the first one that I really started putting more together on my own. Anything else... that was just a creative time of year for me from the time I first knew what Halloween was up until now. XD

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The meme in full:

1. Your first cosplay.
2. How many costumes have you done?
3. Your most recent cosplay.
4. Your cosplay communities, where do you go to talk about cosplay?
5. Blatant self plug! Link us to your cosplay page, be it dA, ACP, Coscom, whatever!
6. Your favourite cosplay (that you have done)
7.The character you have cosplayed that is most similar to you (if none that you have cosplayed, then one that you will cosplay)
8. Your cosplay plans for the rest of the year (if you have no more for this year, then do next year!)
9. The dream cosplay that might just happen
10. The dream cosplay that will never happen
11. Something cosplay-related that you will never do (eg. crossplay, cosplay from a certain series)
12. Your cosplay idol.
13. Your cosplay specialty (ie. something that seems to apply to a large amount of your cosplays, it could be a specific series, or a common feature in their appearance, such as glasses)
14. Your cosplay-making habits (eg. singing while working on cosplay)
15. Your least favourite thing about cosplay
16. Do you belong to any cosplay groups? If so, what are they?
17. What events have you cosplayed to?
18. What is your best cosplay memory?
19. What is your worst cosplay memory?
20. Have you won any cosplay awards?
21. Show us your best cosplay derp photo!
22. Have you worn cosplay in a regular situation? (eg. at school, to work)
23. Your most expensive cosplay
24. Your most comfortable cosplay and most uncomfortable cosplay
25. The cosplay you put the most effort into
26. Any unfinished costumes? Will you ever finish them?
27. How many wigs do you own? Which is your favourite?
28. Where do you work on your cosplays and where do you store them when they’re done?
29. What is your favourite cosplay item? (eg. a pair of shoes, a wig)
30. Describe cosplay in three words. No more, no less.

Feb. 11th, 2011

Blacktip Reef Shark

Fun Sand Tiger Fact

Backdated Marine Biology Fact 2:

Sand Tiger Shark

The sand tiger shark (also known as the grey nurse shark and spotted ragged tooth shark) is the only shark known to come to the surface to gulp air, store it in its stomach, and use that to help maintain neutral buoyancy. All other sharks just use their oily liver and constant swimming to maintain their position in the water, but this shark uses that plus the stored air. Some evidence of this is in the shark's naturally slow swimming, which the air aids. ^_^

Feb. 10th, 2011

THERE'S Nothing to See!, Hey!

Backdated MBF 1

Backdated Marine Biology Fact 1:

Palette Surgeonfish

The Palette Surgeonfish (also known as the Regal Tang, Royal Blue Tang, Pacific Blue Tang, etc.) is the only surgeonfish/tang of the genus Paracanthurus. What distinguishes it from the other 5 genera of surgeonfish? It only has three soft pelvic fin rays whilst others have five.

Feb. 9th, 2011

Hammerhead

General Fact 1

Just a quick one for today given my hectic schedule... two dives, rehearsal, and a game... yeah. XD

Marine Biology Fact: Sharks have been around for about 450 million years. That means that not only did they outlast the dinosaurs, they were around a couple hundred million years before them. Evidently, they're doing something right.

Feb. 8th, 2011

Mr. Ray

Keeping Up

Just a short entry tonight as I'm headed to bed soon. I've felt rather out of it this evening for some reason, but hopefully it's just a sign that I'm getting back on track from last week's odd schedule and then the one before it where I had a sinus infection. I believe I am. XD

As for today's Marine Biology Fact, this one once again deals with simpler animals, but amazingly not cnidarians as my last post mentioned. (Cnidaria being the phylum that jellies, anemones, and corals belong to, phylum being the group right after kingdom... same as how we're related to all vertebrates and almost-vertebrates. That fancy word basically means stinging cells, so once you think of their body structure and that fact of them, it's really easy to see how they're related. XD) This fact is actually about comb jellies, which I'm sure many of you have seen or have at least seen pictures/video footage of.

Comb Jelly

These guys. Whilst they do possess stinging cells, they are not cnidarians. They're actually in the phylum Ctenophora. They have very similar features to Cnidaria and used to be classified in the same phylum, but given their cell lining and their differing movement (via cilia along their body instead of pulsing motions), they're in a group all of their own. Neat, huh? ^_^

Feb. 7th, 2011

THERE'S Nothing to See!, Hey!

New Project Kickoff

Whilst I've been getting better about sticking to my updating my LJ more often, I've been thinking on an idea that will inspire me to be even better about updating this thing daily or at least every other day. That idea is to post one random marine biology fact, whether it's something I already knew, or something I just learned. Whilst I might know a lot about marine biology (at least I'd like to think I do... and I'd hope I do given what others tell me and my degree... XD), I do consider myself to be a lifelong learner. It's a fun way to be, because learning new stuff is always exciting. With this, I'll be posting a random fact in just about every entry (unless if it's no fitting given the nature of various entries, and if I post more than once a day), and then I'll lead into more of an update/general entry, or on some, I might reverse it and have the fact at the end. I hope everyone likes this idea or is at least neutral on it. ^_^ I've often been told that it's fun to learn more random facts about marine life, so I hope everyone enjoys these regardless of the entry they're included in. ^_^ Henceforth, the tag for them shall be MBF, short for Marine Biology Fact.

So, to kick this off, here's a fun fact I learned a few months ago that has really stuck with me because I just found it to be really interesting.

There is actually a way to tell hard corals from soft corals without grabbing them to see if they're, as their names imply, hard or soft. It's by the number of tentacles on each polyp. Soft corals always have exactly 8 tentacles per polyp whereas hard corals always have tentacles in multiples of 6. No 7 tentacled polyps (mutations not withstanding) or anything in between the multiplies of 6... always multiples of 6. Stemming from this are a couple of Order names for them (Octocorallia and Hexacorallia), but yes... to tell a hard coral from a soft coral, find a polyp and see how many tentacles it has. It's actually easier than it might sound. ^_^

Dec. 31st, 2010

Can't See, That's What It'll Sound Like

2011 = 99% Loaded

I don't make New Year's resolutions because the concept of them aggravates me on a minor level, but in this coming year, I will try my best to post more on LJ. I know I went through posting sprees and then posting droughts on LJ this year, but I'm looking to finally get back to writing more. Here's hoping I have more good news to write about, even with backdated entries and other things in the making. ^_^

I'm off to a party for my radio theater group now, so I won't be back on my computer until after midnight. As such, I'm going to go on and say it now..

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

May the year CE 2011 be epic and better than 2010 in every possible way. I love you guys, and I hope we all have a better year even if 2010 was a good one for you. ^_^ Stay safe and have fun celebrating!

Dec. 29th, 2010

Return of my spirit

Shelves & Posters: Coming Soon to a Den Near You

My long delayed project of reorganizing part of my apartment is finally about to take place, and I'm kind of excited about it. ^_^ The two biggest reasons I haven't really tackled it yet save planning things in my mind is that I wanted to figure out more of what I wanted to do with my organization, and each time I come home (especially from work), I'm tired and just want to sit down, play with/cuddle my cats, hang out online, play video games, and read books. I realize both are very legit reasons and I'm fine with those, but I'm still excited about how I'm going to organize it all.

I still need to get a couple of my posters/pictures up and some of them from home so I can put them up, but the biggest thing is that I'm going to build two bookcases (one tall, one shorter and adjustable) and put them in the corner in between my couch and chair. I'll finally toss my cushions back onto the loveseat and couch, though I'll have to figure out how to fit my floorlamp in around this. I'm hoping I can keep it between the shelves in the corner, but we'll see how that works. From there, I plan to fill those shelves with my video games and guides, making the study once again more for books and such. The video games will migrate from the study here, and I should be able to acquire even better organization than I've already achieved here.

I might swing by Target in the next couple of days to see what their sales of storage/organization things are and if I might like and use any of them... but we'll see. Hopefully they'll be be open on New Year's Day, as that's my best chance to run over there. XD As for other organization, I know I need to tackle my room at some point... at least I've got more of an idea of where to put some more things now. That alone should help a lot.

Projects like this are fun, and I'd almost forgotten just how nice they can make me feel. ^_^

Dec. 27th, 2010

Gamer

Writer's Block: Best new game

What's the best new game of 2010?


That one's nearly impossible to answer this year, with all of the great video games that came out. I'd have to say though that my absolute favorite is some toss-up between Metroid: Other M (Wii) and Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii).

For a list of other amazing contenders that might not be the best to me, but were definitely way up there on my list.

*New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
*Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) (And this one is so close to being in that battle for best for me. XD)
*Goldeneye (Wii)
*Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (PSP)
*Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (PS3)
*Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
*Red Dead Redemption (PS3)

And that's not even mentioning the other games I vastly enjoyed this year. 2010 was an incredible year for games, and 2011 is looking to be even more amazing, if that's even possible. Time to work on my backlog even more. XD

Dec. 22nd, 2010

More pie!

Writer's Block: Good eats

What's your favorite holiday food? Is there any holiday dish you hate?

If we're talking about holiday foods in genera, then I'd have to say that my absolute favorite is this incredible cranberry-apple crumble my mom makes. She namely makes it for Thanksgiving, but it's epic. I'm also a big fan of our traditional Christmas Eve meal of French Onion Soup, Caesar Salad, and Prime Rib, and then our amazing Christmas Day meal of steak. X9

Also, gingerbread and Moravian cookies are quite excellent. X9

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