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In case you were wondering (and you probably weren't), I do indeed write fanfiction. But for the sake of keeping it all in one place, it's here at ff.net. I am was also taking part in the mission_insane fic challenge. Master table is here.

Fandoms I have written in:
- Batman (10)
- Supernatural (1)
- Watchmen (2)

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I ONLY JUST REALISED

that Al, the homeless man in American Psycho



is Norman Wilson, deputy campaign manager in the Wire



Mind. Blown.


movies of 2014

Aaaaaannnd it's that time of the year again...

BEST
1. Interstellar (yes I am biased, I don't care what you think!)
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past
4. The Drop
5. Fury

Honourable mentions:
6. Oculus
7. The Raid 2: Berandal
8. The Expendables 3
9. Annabelle

(Provisional contenders I haven't watched yet (yes there are a lot) - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, The Monuments Men, Transcendence, Locke, Night Moves, The Zero Theorem, The Imitation Game, A Most Violent Year)

WORST
1. Frank (I'm so sorry)
2. Lucy (wtf was this bs)
3. 300: Rise of an Empire (at least I knew this was going to be crap going in)

MOST ANTICIPATED
1. Interstellar
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past
(I'm glad these all lived up to expectations, and in order)

MOST DISAPPOINTING
1. Frank (this reaffirmed my distaste for arthouse movies)
2. Godzilla (misleading advertising!)
3. The Expendables 3 (not bad, but could have been better)

MOST SURPRISING
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction (the first Bayformers movie I didn't hate!)
2. Oculus (not bad for a horror movie!)
3. Batman: Assault on Arkham (I didn't even know these DC videos were a thing!)

MOST OVERRATED
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. The Lego Movie
3. Gone Girl (maybe because I read the book first)

WANT TO SEE IN 2015
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Macbeth
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
4. Blackhat
5. American Sniper
6. The Hateful Eight
7. Insidious: Chapter 3
8. The Conjuring 2
9. Wild Card (I will literally watch anything with Jason Statham in it)


nails: China Glaze Riveting

As you can probably tell from the quick succession of nail polish posts, I got these China Glaze polishes together (in a Black Friday haul, incidentally). Don't worry, this is the last of it.


Base: China Glaze Riveting (Capitol Colours Collection) x2 coats
Top: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat x1 coat

In lamp light. This is an insanely bright, shimmery reddish orange with micro glitter. It might not show as much in the photo but this shit is radioactive-level bright. This glows with the fire of a thousand sunsets you can't look away from. It is very aptly named.

I enjoy an eye-catching manicure every now and then, and Riveting definitely gets the job done. The finish looks a lot more metallic than I originally thought from online swatches -- a kind of foil effect from the densely packed sparkle. It reminds me of a more orange version of the time I layered Scarlet Sparkle over silver but with a smoother/finer texture.

And speaking of texture, the China Glaze polishes I've tried have all been really great with smooth formulas that are not too dry or too liquid/runny, and they go on opaque without streaking. They are pretty long-lasting too.

Moral of the story: You will stop traffic with these nails.

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fiction: Quid Pro Quo: The Fool's Bargain

QUID PRO QUO: THE FOOL'S BARGAIN

Written for the 50originals fic challenge.
Title: Quid Pro Quo: The Fool's Bargain
Prompt: horror #07 Bind
Rated: T
Summary: Something all gamblers know but conveniently forget: the house always wins.
A/N: Inspired by this creepy ass writing prompt: http://www.writing-prompts-and-story-starters.blogspot.com.au/2010/04/writing-prompt-story-starter-40.html
Words: 2,672

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music meme time!

1: A song you like with a colour in the title
Leftover Crack - Nazi White Trash

2: A song you like with a number in the title
Catch-22 - 9mm and a Three Piece Suit
(bonus: two numbers in the title!)

3: A song you like with a person’s name in the title
A Wilhelm Scream - Walkin' With Michael Douglas
(bonus: two names / a full name in the title!)

4: A song that reminds you of summertime
The Ataris - In This Diary
(I think I was only into this band for one summer, so most of their songs remind me of that)

5: A song that needs to be played LOUD
(um, all of them?)
Comeback Kid - Die Knowing

6: A song that makes you want to dance
Against Me! - Unprotected Sex With Multiple Partners
(also one of the funniest song titles ever)

7: A song to drive to
Toh Kay - Ungrateful
(pretty much the whole The Hand That Thieves album... I like calming music when I drive)

8: A song about drugs or alcohol
Leftover Crack - Heroin or Suicide

9: A song that makes you happy
Propagandhi - Back to the Motor League

10: A song that makes you sad
John Murphy - Kaneda's Death Pt. 2
(from the Sunshine OST)

11: A song that you never get tired of
No Cash - Gasoline
(I could never get tired of No Cash)

12: A song from your preteen years
Spiderbait - Calypso

13: One of your favourite 80s songs
Huey Lewis and the News - Hip to be Square

14: A song that you would love played at your wedding
Emma Louise Birdsall - Monday Tuesday Wednesday (I Love You)
(I can't believe this song was created by WOOLWORTHS, the supermarket giant. I can't believe they didn't choose to go with this one in their ads over the version by Gossling.)

15: A song that is a cover by another artist
Lisa Ono - La Vie en Rose (Edith Piaf cover)

16. A song that makes you think about life
Streetlight Manifesto - If Only For Memories

17: A song with your favourite guitar solo
A Wilhelm Scream - Jaws 3, People 0

18: A song by a band you wish were still together
Scatter the Ashes - Affinity

19: A song by an artist no longer living
Nat King Cole - Unforgettable

20: A song that you think everybody should listen to
Steam Powered Giraffe - Honeybee
(I'm seriously nuts about this song. It's one of a kind. ONE OF A KIND.)

21: A song that makes you want to fall in love
Steam Powered Giraffe - Honeybee
(did I mention I was nuts about this song?)

22: A song that breaks your heart
Steam Powered Giraffe - Honeybee
(just kidding)
Catch 22 - As the Footsteps Die Out Forever

23: A song by an artist with a voice that you love
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to Moon

24: A song that is purely instrumental
Thomas Bergersen - Final Frontier
(from the 3rd Interstellar trailer)

25: A song that reminds you of yourself
Strung Out - Scarecrow

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nails: China Glaze Fast Track

More holiday season nails! Only a little more subdued than the last so as to be almost work appropriate...


Base: China Glaze Fast Track (Capitol Colours Collection) x2 coats
Top: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat x1 coat

In lamp light. This is also my first use of a fast dry top coat! (After so many years of nail painting... yes, this is very late to the game.) I'm liking it a lot. So this will be two reviews in one.

Firstly, my photo doesn't really capture the colour of Fast Track properly and the lighting is very yellow. While there is a lot of gold shimmer, you're not seeing here the subtle mix of colours from the muted beige base to the lime and orange flecks in amidst the gold. SO PRETTY. This is a semi-sheer polish that builds up very smoothly and would probably be fully opaque with 3 coats. It reminds me a little of Nerd Lacquer Entirely Unlike Tea but with a gold twist, and without the chunky glitter. Also, I'm not sure why it's called Capitol Colours/Colors in different promotional pictures, even though China Glaze is an American company and would presumably stick to US spelling.

I'm also impressed by the Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. Granted, I haven't tried the cult favourite Seche Vite, but I was put off it for a long time because of the complaints about shrinkage and tip-wear is the main source of chipping for me. Anyway. The reviews for Sally Hansen were very good so I gave it a try. And it's been good so far (1 hour into wear time... so this post may be updated in a few days). I can't compare how fast it dries but it's fast enough, gives the nails a resin-like coated feeling and is fairly resistant to bumps and smudges in the early stages of waiting for polish to dry.

Moral of the story: A sophisticated, muted gold look.

EDIT: As for the longevity of the top coat, it's been 9 days and still going strong. No chipping AT ALL. It's fabulous.

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nails: a Christmas manicure

Not terribly exciting or ambitious for a festive season manicure, but it'll do.


Base (gold): Models Own shade not specified (came with the Nail Art Kit) x1 coat
Top (green): Picture Polish Kryptonite x2 coats
Top (red): Models Own Scarlet Sparkle x2 coats
Dots: Models Own Nail Art Pen

In lamp light.

This is the first time I've used the gold polish from the Nail Art Kit my friend gave me 2-3 Christmases ago. (Together with the black pen, they were designed for making leopard print nails...) It goes on fairly well, would probably be opaque with 2 coats although 1 coat is fine for layering purposes here. It's a very bright, lemony gold, which looks pretty awful on my skin tone if I were to wear it alone, haha.

You can see I don't venture too far from a tried-and-tested template for these diagonal French tips. I actually stuffed up (as I often do) by not skipping a nail and painting straight through all 5 fingers on my left hand with green tips when I intended to leave one for red. By the time I realised, I was all FUCK IT and just went over the ring finger with red over the gold part.

And as usual, the black dots came in to save the day by hiding my crooked paint lines.

Moral of the story: Merry Christmas!

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review: Interstellar (2014)

9.5 / 10

Where do I begin? How do I do this justice??

I don't think I've ever written a review on a Nolan film, in spite of how much I adore them (because it's so much easier to talk shit about things I don't care about). So, here's the first.

What I like most about Interstellar is a little different from the other Nolan movies and my experience with them. For movies like Memento, the Prestige, and Inception (and maybe you could also throw in the Dark Knight, in some respects), it's the plot or story concept that really stands out as being enthralling and creative/inspiring. That's not to say Interstellar didn't have those elements -- because it did -- but what had even more impact was the human drama. I didn't expect to get so invested in the characters, or be moved by the relationship between Coop and Murph. A big part of that is credited to the stellar (hah) performance by McConaughey, but more on that later.*

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Bottom line: Just watch it.

* on Matthew McConaughey:

I used to hate Matthew McConaughey. Seemingly talentless, smug-faced hack who only ever did shitty movies, right? I was aware the McConaissance was happening in recent years and I'd seen a couple of his minor roles like in the Wolf of Wall Street, but still wasn't convinced. And then I watched True Detective. Holy fuck.

In around June this year, wanting to fill the void of having finished firstly Breaking Bad (my one true TV love) and then the Wire (my one true ghetto TV love), I was recommended True Detective. The story looked promising. I like Woody Harrelson. I thought, I can tolerate McConaughey if the show is really that good, and so I started it, and then it was around the middle of the 2nd episode when I realised I was now a convert. He is amazing in True Detective. AMAZING. I forgot that he was McConaughey and only saw Rust Cohle in that show.


movie watching meme redux

I did this in 2009 and feel like 5 years may have changed some things.

How many movies have you watched from the IMDB top 250 list? (as at 16 November 2014)
Bold the movies you have seen in full.

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Other things I've noticed about the top 250 list over the years:
- I'm glad to see the Prestige has moved up 30 spots.
- I'm sad that In Bruges and Kill Bill 2 have dropped off.
- The Dark Knight remains the only comic book movie in the top 50. The next in the list in The Dark Knight Rises in 2014 (#54) or Sin City in 2009 (#98).
- There is still a good chunk of old movies pre-1980 that I haven't seen.
- American Psycho is still not on the list.

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MOTHERFUCKERS.



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review: The Expendables 3 (2014)

7 / 10

WOW IT'S BEEN OVER 2 YEARS SINCE MY LAST MOVIE REVIEW.

This will be brief.

(Keeping in line with the attention span of the presumed target audience for such a movie, and also because I am not used to writing nowadays...)

I am a big fan of the Expendables series and make no apologies for the obvious bias in my rating. Not much needs to be said about the plot, acting, or whatever, because you know exactly what you're walking into and it delivers just that. I will say, however, that Expendables 2 remains my favourite. 3 keeps mostly the same comedic feel as 2, but I wasn't thrilled with the young additions. They felt shoehorned into a movie that should have been solely focused on the over-50s club (plus Statham, who is not far off himself). I also prefer Willis to Ford, but that's a minor quibble.

Fortunately, there was still plenty of humour and action to keep it fun. Snipes is hilarious with his crazy face (jing-a-ling, jing-a-ling), Arnie has his usual in-joke lines, and Lundgren plays the lumbering slow guy to a tee.

Bottom line: Predictable. Cheesy. Explosions. Wrinkles. Just the way you like it.


how to fail at gift wrapping 101

Cut out a smaller piece of wrapping paper than you need.

Fold your edges messily so the paper has that rustic, crumpled newspaper look.

Apply sticky tape in awkward places like a hasty repair job.

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nails: Picture Polish G'Day Matte

And now we have the last of my Picture Polishes: the matte top coat. This is the first matte polish I've tried.


Base: Jordana Very Berry x2 coats
Top: Picture Polish G'Day Matte x1 coat

In lamp light. Sorry for the messy edges.

Here is what Very Berry looks like normally. It's got shine, obviously, and also looks redder/brighter. G'Day Matte darkens/mutes the colour and the matte texture has a kind of frosted glass feel. Applying it is a strange thing because it comes out clear and shiny like a normal top coat, until you move on to the next finger then look back a few seconds later and omg it is suddenly mattified.

I think this would look cooler when contrasted with the shiny finish, eg with a shiny French tip or other such designs, but I was lazy and I just cut my nails yesterday so I felt that a French tip would only make them look shorter. I haven't decided yet whether I like the matte look or not. This is pretty basic, anyway, and I was imagining a red velvet type of look (without using the velvet texture powder things). I might try this again with a black (or almost black, which is all I own) polish which seems to be trendier.

Moral of the story: Matte magic works.

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nails: freehand! NYX Bella

Now taking a break from the Picture Polish lot, here is a remake of the time I did diagonal tips and dotted over them in black. Only this time I was lazy and painted the diagonal freehand rather than using tape.


Base: NYX Girls Bella x2 coats
Top: Nubar Gem x2 coats
Dots: Models Own Nail Art Pen, shade not specified

In lamp light.

Bella is a pretty, sheer light pink. It's kind of a bridal nail colour. It's the pinker version of Sinful Colors Hidden Nature (although with my crappy lighting, you can't really tell from the picture). Formula applies fine, it has average/decent staying power, and being NYX, it's very cheap. A really nice staple if you want just an understated, clean-looking manicure.

I thought it would pair nicely with the mauve-ish silver glitter of Gem which has a pink shift. And it does, but my sloppy handiwork was not attractive at all. So I went over it with the dotting pen and it was instantly transformed. The dotted line gives it a crisper 'straight line' edge when the polish is actually wonky underneath, and splits the two-toned colours more visibly.

The last time I wore the dotted line manicure, my manager asked me if I got my nails done at a salon, and I was pleased to inform him that I do all my nails myself. (I've been fortunate none of my superiors ever had an issue with my unprofessional nail colours.) This is a winner.

Moral of the story: Those dots fix everything.

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nails: Picture Polish Kryptonite

Still keeping with the Picture Polish haul, here is the crown jewel that spurred me into buying in the first place. And it is so beautiful omg.


Base: Picture Polish Kryptonite x2 coats
Top: None

In lamp light.

This polish is everything I imagined it to be. It is that perfect shade of deep green: not so dark as to look almost black, not too blue-toned and not too yellow. It's called Kryptonite but it's the kind of shade that reminds me of Loki from Thor. It's a wonderfully smooth jelly polish -- has a little bit of streaking in the first coat but the second coat goes on just fine and opaque. And it's the second coat which really brings out that amazing depth to those sparkles. These are predominantly green-shifting holographic specks that add to the green-ness of it all, not the flat 'sparkle' texture of your run-of-the-mill glitter polishes.

It's like having a crushed emerald on each nail.

This is so decadent and unique, it may be one of my favourite polishes of all time. (Plus, green is truly my kryptonite.)

EDIT: This polish, like Monroe, will also last you through an apocalypse. The formula is amazing.

Moral of the story: Are you green with envy yet?

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nails: Picture Polish Monroe

Note: This is the new/reborn Monroe, which has more holographic particles than the original one. (I don't think the original is sold anymore.)


Base: Picture Polish Monroe x2 coats
Top: None

In natural light.

This is a very smooth jelly polish that reaches opacity in two coats, and is filled with holographic particles that give it a subtle rainbow-glinting shimmer. I'm hoping what will be a big advantage of holo flecks over glitter is the ease of removal... (having just finished up the last manicure which was packed with glitter.) In some swatches online, Monroe looks closer to a deep red, but on me it is veering into purple/burgundy territory. Still a gorgeous polish, and the photo doesn't really capture the holographic effect.

EDIT: A week on, and amazingly this manicure looks identical to how it started, apart from regrowth. This didn't even have a top coat. I am thoroughly impressed.

EDIT2: Two full weeks of this polish on:


Again, just regrowth and minor tip wear. I'm not particularly careful with my nails here, although I also don't do manual labour for work or anything. I don't think I've ever had a polish that stayed this intact on a whole hand for this long!

Moral of the story: Smooth, subtle sparkling glam. And it will last you through an apocalypse.

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nails: Picture Polish Frosting

I got a Picture Polish (piCture pOlish, technically) haul over the holidays because I fell completely in love with Kryptonite and grabbed some other goodies along the way to make shipping worthwhile. This was one of them. It says 'by Cosmetic Cupcake' because this is one of the collaboration polishes named after nail bloggers who provided the inspiration/design notes.


Base: Picture Polish Frosting x3 coats
Top: NYX Clear x1 coat

In natural light.

How cute is this? I adore the look of the speckled glitter -- it really does resemble sugar frosting -- but my one gripe is that the texture is also reminiscent of frosting because it's so thick and gluggy. Maybe I got an old bottle =( I'll put some thinner in, but for now, what you see is quite bumpy and patchy. It also dried almost instantly after painting (a minor benefit). The glitter is pretty dense so you don't have to worry about distributing them evenly, apart from the silver heart-shaped pieces (you can see one on my middle finger, the rest got covered over in subsequent coats and aren't as visible; most of them ended up collecting on my right hand). Next time I use it, I'm going to put a light pink base colour underneath to help with the patchiness.

Moral of the story: Frosting for your fingertips! Texture/consistency may have been a dud but nothing some thinner can't fix.

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Preview:



01-13: Tom Hardy
14-25: Ryan Gosling
26-28: Michael Fassbender
29-31: Henry Cavill
32: Chris Hemsworth

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Side note: Wow, I haven't done one of these in literally ages.


movies of 2013

Here we go again. In the context of all my excitement from last year about the 2013 movies, I have to say, these were somewhat disappointing. I didn't feel strongly about any of them.

BEST
1. Man of Steel
2. Star Trek Into Darkness
*EDIT: 3. Gravity
4. Now You See Me (this is really on the borderline of good and average...)
5. Kick-Ass 2
6. Riddick

Honourable mentions:
7. Only God Forgives
8. Insidious: Chapter 2
9. The Conjuring

(Provisional contenders I haven't watched yet/not out in Aus - Thor: The Dark World, 12 Years a Slave, The Counselor, Escape Plan, Ender's Game, American Hustle, Out of the Furnace)

WORST
1. The Purge (had a decent premise, but ended up nowhere)
2. Machete Kills (I didn't mind the first one, but this was too ridiculous)
3. RIPD

MOST ANTICIPATED
1. Star Trek Into Darkness
2. Kick-Ass 2
3. Only God Forgives (was expecting something really cool, but...)

MOST DISAPPOINTING
1. Kick-Ass 2 (I don't know what went wrong. I loved the comics, I loved the first one. But this was just lacking. I'm gonna blame it on change of director.)
2. Iron Man 3
3. The Wolverine
4. Red 2
(I think the comic book movies have reached a burnout point)

MOST SURPRISING
1. Man of Steel (I don't even like Superman! But Snyder and Nolan together make magic. And Henry Cavill certainly helped.)
2. Now You See Me (it totally looks like a Nolan movie, down to the actors and the Prestige/Inception story line)
3. Riddick (didn't expect much after Chronicles, but this was a nice throw back to Pitch Black)
4. Gravity (ever since Event Horizon, space has terrified me, and this reaffirms that opinion)

MOST OVERRATED
1. Iron Man 3
2. The Great Gatsby
3. Oblivion

WANT TO SEE IN 2014
1. Interstellar
2. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past
5. The Monuments Men
IN 2015
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Batman vs Superman



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