1 The Help, Take 2
Some posts ago I wrote about The Help, the fantastic novel from author Kathryn Stockett, which addressed several important social and personal issues: equality, race, the endurance of personal tragedy, and the strength of learning that as a human being, you're entitled to all the rights and freedoms as the next man.

Having read the novel (and because I prefer to read a novel before I see any screen adaptation of it) I decided to rent the movie as well, and just wanted to share briefly the ties and themes it stayed true to in regards to the original story.


I was actually pretty surprised and happy to find that the story (and much of the snappy dialogue) remained.  As far as faithful adaptations, having read the story prior was definitely an enjoyable part of the whole experience.  The emotional impacts it makes are far stronger when you've taken the time to develop these characters in your mind as you read the novel.

As far as the movie goes, it was definitely a powerful, emotional ride.  Much as with the novel, you spend time in the grip of anxiety, just waiting, waiting for the inevitable storm that will result from the behind-the-curtain going-ons happening in the story.


Definitely have some tissues on hand for this one too, I'm not embarrassed to say.  Nothing will beat on your heartstrings quite as much as listening to the tragic monologue of the main character and watching her evolve past that sorrow come the end of the film.

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1 Mmm, Free Stuff!
So I was trolling around online as I'm apt to do when a friend of mine referred me to a website I can only refer to as "pure, awesome-sauce!"  It's a free-auction site, meaning you basically spend no money and buy/sell stuff via auction (pretty much the same technical make-up as Ebay) for free! The system utilizes a point method to spend when you get stuff (so if you sell anything, you earn points and when you buy something, you use those same points!)

HOWEVER, the site gives you a ton of points as a bonus just for signing up! :D  I bought a variety of cheap-point (but really kickass) jewellery, books, a game, and some other sweet stuff!  So I thought you guys might definitely be interested in this.  They have a pretty kickass variety of things up for offer (and if you want even more points, some really quick and easy surveys and such to get them for free)  Most of the listings are free shipping worldwide too! Whoot!

If you want to check it out, sign up for LISTIA here!.  You'll be glad you did, I promise :3

Auctions for free stuff at Listia.com

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0 Review: Dragon Nest
FREE MMORPG REVIEW - DRAGON NEST


My game of choice this time around comes in the form of an addictive, 
humorous little MMORPG known as Dragon Nest.

THE GOOD
  • A nice variety of fairly populated servers, making for a pretty good social experience (and quick way to find a guild or group if you are in need) without sacrificing bandwidth or having to put up with much lag.
  • Detailed and bright graphics engine with a nice variety of creatures and locations.
  • Fast, dramatic, dynamic combat with a good choice of skills and abilities based on your class of choice.
  • Pretty balanced XP/leveling mechanic, with newbies levelling at a pretty even rate and an increase in the difficulty curve as you go without overwhelming players.
  • Fantastic voice acting/dialogue/script.  Seriously funny stuff and perfect for anyone who wants to get more involved in the RPG elements of an MMO.
  • Several interesting, creative little side-quests in the midst of an ongoing greater plot.  Side quests never get too complex or too many at once (so you do not lose sight or focus from the main quest).
  • Pretty good fan-base of players with many active guild communities and helpful players.
THE BAD
  • Not much variety in your choice of characters.  Many, MANY Sorceresses present (your choices are Warrior, Archer, Cleric, or Sorceress) with a fairly limited character customization.
  • Depending on your choice of server, there can be quite and influx of player-characters standing around with your standard "BUY GOLD HERE $$$$$" chat-spam above their heads, taking away from the role-play aspect quite a bit.  Something the mods/admin should really clamp down on judging by the sheer amount of these annoying guys all over the place (particularly concentrated at the exits out of most towns, however, so you don't need to see them all over the place).

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0 Review: Scarlet Legacy
FREE MMORPG REVIEW - SCARLET LEGACY


I've recently decided to start sampling some of the large variety of MMO's/MMORPG games available for free online.  Mostly due to the usual habit of my well running dry when it comes to maintaining interest in World of Warcraft or Lineage 2.  So in an effort to educate (and save you all some cash in the process), I've decided to try playing some of the other Massive Multi-player games you can download for free.  My first game-of-choice rated highly with many people: Scarlet Legacy.

THE GOOD
  • Beautiful, bright, eye-catching graphics
  • Good frame-rate with minimal lagging/skipping (even amidst the more crowded areas)
  • Fast respawn rate for mobs/monsters, reducing situations where you find yourself stuck trying to compete for mobs to finish your quests or earn XP.
  • Interesting storyline, well presented during story progression without taking away from the game-play too much
  • Quick, simple levelling
  • Extremely easy navigation (points of interest clearly marked on your map)
  • Simple quest navigation (clicking on the name of the mob/quest giver will cause your character to run toward them--great if you turn yourself around)
THE BAD
  • Obviously a Chinese port.  The language is in Chinese, not in itself an issue except that the game suffers from a painful amount of "Engrish" during any point that requires you to read (which is quite a bit).  It breaks the flow of the story when there are several grammar mistakes in a single sentence.
  • Repetitive, grinding game-play as you progress (kill three wolves, now kill three more, now kill three bandits, now kill some spiders!)
  • While mobs are plentiful and re-spawn quickly, the sheer amount and physical closeness to each other makes the combat areas look very copy-and-pasted.

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2 Ancient cities...
It's been a while since I last posted.  I've had good reason, being out of country and with pretty unreliable internet :(  The good news, however, is that I've come back with some serious awesomeness.  Having visited Italy while I was gone, I was lucky enough to tour through a nice variety of historical areas!

One of the amazing places I had the opportunity to explore was the ancient city of Pompeii.  Most of you are familiar with Pompeii and its tragic history in connection with Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in AD 79, completely burying the city and all its citizens.

Below are a small number of photographs I wanted to share:


One of the things that struck me first was the sheer massive size of the remnants of the city.  You would think that being such a popular touritst destination a tour of the city might be a bit of a crowded experience.  However, the place was so huge that there were rarely times when you couldn't take a nice, tourist-less photograph.

WARNING FOR SQUICKINESS!
The saddest part about being in the city had to be the remains on display.  I won't post some of the more disturbing, sad photographs (a dog and pregnant woman, to name a few) but you get some idea of the full force of events when you see the following photos:



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2 Hot Stuff
The Labcoat and I found ourselves at a local A&W last Friday, only to come out to billowing black smoke coming from the nearest intersection.  Then there was this.  Not something you see every day:


By the looks of the thing, the engine overheated and caught fire in the oven-like weather Mississauga's been experiencing.  The firefighters showed up moments later and nobody was hurt.

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3 Geek-tastic!
Just wanted to share this quick snap I took of a cooler The Labcoat and I picked up during a garage sale raid.  It cost $10 and I'm considering turning it into an outdoor flower planter.  R2-D2 looks like he would make a good planter :3

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0 Plane Ride
So what did I do recently? I flew in a WWI Tiger Moth Biplane :3


You can't hear a thing up there, the wind velocity is so strong.  The pilot was seated behind me and I could only just barely hear him via the headset. The plane itself was used during the first world war and is 69 years old! Originally put together in England, it has since come to Canada and is now available for rides, if you have the stomach for it :)

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0 On Life After Death..
"Under the influence of sleep/DMT time is not measured or perceived 'normally'. So for all the stories of tunnels or great fire and screams it's all because of a chemical.

Think about this... What if when you die, you are in the dream state so deep that you 'live' forever in that state since time means nothing? Almost like the concept of limbo in the film 'The Inception'!

...I think my mind just blew a little.

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2 The Rapture
So like every good apocalypse-geek, I waited for the end of the world as it came...then went.  Now it seems the date has been pushed up again (seriously, indecisive much?), so I've decided to take matters into my own hands (really, I guess you just have to do it yourself!) and let everyone know exactly what will be going down:

The only thing I want to know now is...have you been touched by his noodly appendage?

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2 Crafts: Card #1
So I finally visited a local scrap-booking store I've been meaning to check out for a while now.  The Labcoat's uncle sent us a fantastically creative home-made postcard and I wanted to do something equally fun in return. 


I don't normally do much in the ways of crafts, but I'm pretty proud of this one.  It was particularly fun to put together :) Decided to take a shot of the back as well:

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2 Snapshot Sunday #6
Snapshot Sunday #6
May 22, 2011
 
This Sunday I've got a mix of Canadian and UK snapshots!

 Absolutely no idea who this girl was, but I dug her style :D
  And in other news....

Lastly, I'd like to thank the bible for once again getting my hopes up this last Saturday.  Predictably, the world did not end for the 1,000, 000, 000th time this weekend. Nice job there guys, thanks. 


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5 Cracked Article #1
I wanted to inject a bit more humor into this blog, so I've decided to share some of my Cracked-submitted articles.  I think I'll introduce the first few items on the list and then just link right to the article itself :)

8 Scary Japanese Urban Legends

Whatever country you visit, you are sure to find plenty of folklore. Nowhere does this take a more pants-crapping creepy turn than Japan. We now present 8 of Japan's scariest, creepiest, just plain odd as hell urban legends...

#8: The Snake Woman (Nure-Onna)

Do you enjoy a nice, cool swim on a hot day? Perhaps you are particularly averse to receiving a cooling dose of urine and prefer not to enter swimming pools? Maybe you just like the sand beneath your toes as you walk the beaches, choosing a nice, quiet, isolated spot far from the rest of the city plebs.

You put down your towel, throw off the constricting second skin that is your clothing, and head toward the waves.

But hark! You spot a woman in the water; long black hair flowing around her alabaster skin as she flails weakly. With speed and grace to rival the very best studs of the Baywatch era, you fling yourself into the oddly calm waters and swim her way.

You swim toward the endangered beauty, your eyes meeting as you work desperately to save your drowning Ophelia.

...except that now you seem to be paralyzed. Also, Ariel now appears to be using her long, prehensile snake-body to gracefully close the romantic distance between you. Perhaps, you consider, she simply wishes to save you from this terminal case of leg cramps? Perhaps the piercing of your tender man-flesh by her snake-like tongue is some odd form of mermaid CPR? No, you are now being slowly digested by the Snake Woman, or, "Nure-Onna".

The moral of the story should be fairly obvious: Don't try to save a drowning woman. She could be a snake-monster in disguise!

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3 Snapshot Sunday #5
Snapshot Sunday #5
May 15, 2011

Welcome to another round of Snapshot Sunday!

Unpacking the new laptop. Meet, "Krank". Yes, I am a City of Lost Children fangirl.


Krank, in all his glory
The Labcoat decided to take some awesome pearl shots :3

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5 Giveaway Winner!

PhotobucketSo I have some pretty awesome news :D Seems I won my very first giveaway! The isavirtue Giveaway. I'm pretty excited, since the prize is $10 to spend at this totally sweet store!


 A hearty thanks to Lindsay @ Scenic Glory for hosting the giveaway!

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6 Versatile Blogger Award
I was very happy (and surprised) to find myself the recipient of this awesome Versatile Blogger Award:
Many thanks and cookies to Sunny @ Idyll Toast 
(did I mention what a cool blog name that is? M'yeah!)
The rules of receiving the award:
  • Thank the blogger(s) that tagged you
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Pass the award on to 15 other bloggers
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Here are 7 facts about myself (fascinating stuff, I know):

♥  I was born Slovakia, I've lived all over the world since and I love to travel! 
You can find me to the North in Canada, living with the Labcoat and our beloved laptops
♥  Canada is a great place to live! We have friendly people, delicious bacon, and only have to battle polar bears every other day!
♥  I love to draw--mostly cartoon-y stuff or fan-art--and you can find it all over at my Deviantart
♥  Every once in a while I'm bit by the lit-bug too and I might come out with a short story or a novel-length.  I'm a big fan of horror/romance stories.
♥  Crafts and sewing show up every once a while too.  I like to me custom My Little Ponies (though they can be on the creepier side).
♥  Snark-y reviews and articles are also a favorite of mine.  I review movies, iTunes apps, books, and more.

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3 Snapshot Sunday #4
Snapshot Sunday #4
May 8, 2011
Yay, another Snapshot Sunday :D  Check out the randomness today!
Why am I eating those pearls? 'Cause I'm hungry D =
 This record-player seriously belongs in Rapture 
 Awesome clock is awesome!

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5 Do Want
So I was looking trough the T-Shirts on sale over @ SharkRobot and just had to share this:

Must. Have.  I'm a huge Portal fan, for anyone missing the reference.  And that is just so sexily stylized I can't stop looking at it. ♥

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11 Tasty Tuesday

 IT'S TASTY TUESDAY! :D

The Labcoat was awesome enough to take us to East Side Mario's, where I got to bury my face in their favorite dish, Baked Garlic Shrimp!

Wow...seriously, if you like any kind of combination of garlic, shrimp, and joy, this is the meal for you! :D

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8 Snapshot Sunday #3
Snapshot Sunday #3
May 1, 2011

We begin the new month with a brand spanking new Snapshot Sunday! So enjoy this bit of randomness and some gecko love.

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2 TPIAP Giveaway

Do you like delicious snackage? Do you like pretzels?
Do you like delicious snacky pretzels?
Check out Tara over @ Three P's in a Pod
Enter for your chance to win some of Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels

ENTER NOW!

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4 Fab Friends Friday




It's Fab Friends Friday over @ For the Love of Blogs! So today is going to be about visiting all YOUR blogs. Leave a comment and, if you like, give me a Follow too :)

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5 Funny Adverts
Today I was vegging around the internet as I'm apt to do and discovered a site showcasing a few great creative adverts.  I wanted to share some of my favorite with you!

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2 Deal Day #2
 
What? 2 Deal Days in a row? Sorry guys, I just couldn't help myself.  Not with the sexyness of this bed. I love it!

Black and white, simplistic, elegant.  Very nice. :)

PURCHASE NOW

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DEAL DAY: $44.99-$67.49/each + FREE S&H
REGULAR PRICE: 59.99-$89.99/each + Shipping & Handling

EXPIRES: 19 HOURS 30 MINUTES (as of 04/28/11 - 8:30AM - Eastern Time)

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2 Thirsty Thursday!


Want to link-up? Head on over there and visit some other, interesting & creative blogs! Don't forget to leave a comment before you go!

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2 Deal Day #1

Do you enjoy cooking? Do you enjoy looking good? Do you agonize on how you might do both?
Fret not, Followers! Now you too can look snazzy while you heat up the kitchen!
BONUS CODE: TARGET10 (10% off, unverified)

NOTE: The deal banner on Target's site accidentally quotes the list price as the deal price. The verified deal price is $12.99

PURCHASE NOW

ELIGIBLE: USA
CANADA TIP: Sign up for Free @ MyUS.com to forward purchases to a Canadian address!

DEAL DAY: $12.99/each + FREE S&H
REGULAR PRICE: 19.99/each + Shipping & Handling

EXPIRES: 12 HOURS (as of 04/27/11 - 3:00PM - Eastern Time)

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2 New Season
We've had a pretty miserable week in Canada.  With the exception of a few moments of sunshine here and there, we had a pretty gloomy, rainy time. Today, we had our first solid taste of Spring in seven days.

Hope you're all getting your cameras, picnic baskets, and camping gear ready!

UPDATE: Oh wait, nevermind.

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5 Post Feature #1
I've been toying with featuring one of the blogs I follow in some small way.  Ms. Domo Roboto saved me the trouble of looking too far :)

Why, you ask? Because I love to play games. Particularly on my iPhone.  Particularly Plants. vs. Zombies. The lovely lady @ Ms. Domo Roboto enjoys crochet projects.  Most recently, she shared this:
Credit: Ms. Domo Roboto

Do you see the awesomeness? Because that right there is awesome. Really, how much more awesome needs to be produced? Go visit her. GO NAO!


And buy Plants vs. Zombies for the iPhone while you're at it!

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