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20 March 2013 - 10:16 AMKittens Quiz open for discussion.
Warning: Spoilers for anyone who hasn't taken the quiz yet.
As for me, I would just like to personally thank Taeshi for including Paulo and Sue's daughter. She looks as awesome as would be expected.
03 December 2012 - 10:02 AMCoke is running a "Share a Coke with ____" campaign in New Zealand (and Australia?), so that each bottle has a different name on the label. I happen to find these two side by side in the shop:
Outside on the wall, this poster:
Looks like someone in coke's marketing department follows BCB, hehehe.
16 November 2012 - 07:58 AMSo I occasionally think up little scenes or snippets which I think would look pretty cool in one format or another, but I rarely put them together as a complete story. Mostly these are just cool action scenes, really. So I decided to put one of the more recent ones on paper today, and see what people think.
As I said, this isn't a complete story. It's just a little action scene. Let me know if you had the patience to read it.
A dark, iridescent cloak covers the man's head and body, as he stands in the valley, facing a flat topped mountain. Arms stretching outward and hands pointing forward, he is the maestro to the landscape's orchestra. His hands come together. Sparks sprout in a vertical line along the centre of the mountain, as the ground shakes slowly and a loud thunder rolls. His arms stretch out again, as if holding back invisible forces trying to crush him. The mountain in front of him snaps cleanly in half, the two pieces tumbling over, with the strength of the movement.
The thunder loudens and the earth starts shaking more violently in the valley. Trying to keep his balance, the wizard smiles and admires his achievement. Black smoke gushes out from where the mountain once stood, as grey stone and silt are pushed up from under the earth with a near liquid aspect. Occasional explosions send rocks the size of houses hurling hundreds of meters up. As he sees the flow moving in his direction, the cloaked man suddenly realises the danger and starts running in the opposite direction.
Damn. I can't outrun this torrent. I have to get above it. A tree. Not tall enough... and would probably burn. The tower... too far... and will fall with the quakes. A mountain then. Right. Which one? Fast. There! Not too steep. Go! Go! Go!
A quarter of the way up, the dark cloud catches up with him, the sudden push dropping him to his feet. Looking back he sees the flow about to reach the base of the hill. The torrent has grown darker now, here and there patches of bright orange molten rock can be seen. It's still moving as fast as before, though.
Ahrg! Cover your nose. I can barely see. The level is still rising. No time to stop! Go! The heat, my skin is burning... Faster! Up! There! A path. Great.
A few desperate minutes running up the path, the wizard reaches a dead end and curses under his breath. The smog has thinned out a bit and he sees the ruins of an old lookout post watching over the quickly changing landscape. A single brick wall from what was once a cottage or a storage shed stands near the rock face. He awkwardly climbs onto the wall, holding onto the cliff-side for balance. With a well timed jump aided by the movement of the ground he grabs onto a large root and pulls himself up.
Winded and breathing heavily, he hugs the swaying tree for stability as he rests. He coughs frantically for a few seconds and throws up on the grass. Recomposed, he tries to look back down the ledge.
It's reached the end of the valley. Not as loud as it was before. It should calm down once it hits the sea. Doesn't seem to be rising very much now... I should be safe here.
A small explosion under the flowing rock sends a large boulder flying by, missing him by a few meters.
Then again, maybe I should move a bit further still...
A loud hissing sound confirms the hot rock has met the sea, a new cloud of ash in the distance barely visible through the smoke. He continues walking up the mountain, now less desperately. The peak of the hill is a couple of hundred meters above the bush-line, and provides him with a good overview of the scene. Sitting down on the ground and leaning against a rock, he rolls a cigarette absentmindedly, then remembers inhaling eruption fumes minutes before and decides against lighting it.
Wow. I didn't expect this. What was under that mountain? I wonder if the others got out ok... I can still feel the ground moving. The broken mountain must still be pushing more earth up. I can't even find it anymore...
A strong southerly wind blows the ash clouds away from where the wizard is sitting. On the other side of the valley the hills are covered in soot, and burning trees add fuel to the smog. Stones small and large still drop from the sky at regular intervals, carving new detail into the recently formed landscape. Looking away from the valley the nearby ranges seem relatively unscathed. The quakes caused landslides and opened a few rifts, and an adventurous river is exploring a new path. A group of trees is on fire, probably from a falling rock which hadn't had enough time to cool down.
A sip from his canteen mixed fresh water with the remains of soot and vomit in his mouth, the foul taste making him spit it out in reflex. After rinsing his mouth properly and drinking the container half empty, the wizard stands up again. His once shiny cloak has turned an unflattering shade of grey, and an assortment of twigs, seeds, holes and tears adorns it. He patiently removes the plant matter and shakes off the ash, but the cloak refuses to change back to its original colour.
I doubt anyone will be able to set foot in this place for a few weeks. I'll be back when it cools down. To get out of this valley, then... I think there was a town not too far south.
24 October 2012 - 06:11 AMHeya.
I thought it'd be a cool idea to share some bands & music that are new and not very famous. Hopefully we'll be able to find new artists that we like and help beginning bands spread the word.
To keep the the topic in order and on target, how about we avoid posting direct youtube links (or at least use spoilers)? I'd like to focus on beginning bands and lesser known stuff. I especially like bands that sell their music online in "as much as you'd like to pay" deals.
Here's the two bands that inspired me to make this topic, both local bands here from Wellington, that I saw perform live:
The New Brides are hard to describe. Their web page says
Quote"Indie meets Mariachi? Pop meets Alternative? They may be indescribable but you still find yourself whistling their tunes."
In their facebook page you can stream their music for free or download the album for as much as you think it's worth (minimum US$4)
(They need 1000 facebook likes so the radios will take their songs, so you know...)
Live I've heard them playing a lot more songs, but they haven't recorded everything in high quality enough to spread.
Johnsonville City Nights have a very different sound. Definitely country, but with a strange urban theme, they feel a bit paradoxal.
In their bandcamp page you can stream the songs for free or buy their CD for as much as you think it's worth (minimum US$0.00). I especially like the song called Temporary Reprieve