3 projects. 4 tests. 2 homework problems. 1 web activity. The people who wanted to go with me suddenly unable to come to the show. All of this added up to me not being able to see the Protomen. Again. Maybe I’ll get lucky and they’re show up again at Bit Gen. That would be nice. In the meantime, here’s hoping they make another run to Richmond in the near future.

For those of you who don’t know, I am a Tim Burton fan. I’ve made an attempt to see almost all of his movies either in the theater or on DVD/VHS. He has always be able to amaze me with his story-telling and visuals in all of his productions. But I have to say I was a bit disappointed with Alice In Wonderland. I won’t spoil the story for anyone who has not seen the movie yet and still wants to while it is in the theaters, 3D or not, but I was just about as disappointed with this movie as I was with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

I saw in the movie on Sunday, non 3D, with a group of my close friends and my husband. We all went in expecting to be amazed and came up disappointed. I can’t seem to reiterate this enough. It was almost like the movie was trying to be how I found Avatar to be when I saw that in 3D about 2 months ago-very pretty with a crappy story.

Visually, the movie was great. Tim’s unique style is always shown in his background, his character designs, and even the minute details of the use of food and table objects, starting with the room where Alice has to grown tall to get the key from the table, then shrink to get through the door, to the Mad Tea Party with the Hatter, March Hare and Door Mouse.  The story is where the movie starts is downfall, with it being advertised as a continuation of the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass story and coming off as an interpretation of Tim’s version of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I won’t go into too much detail, but fans of the stories will notice the problems right from the start.

The ending is where I was the most displeased. I won’t say what characters did it, but there was pop and lock break dancing at the end of the movie. Pop and lock break dancing.  I could see a Wonderland customary dance, or a jig (but that could be pushing it a little…). But not pop and lock from a Missy Elliott video. I was actually waiting for Ching-a-Ling to start playing after a while. If it wasn’t the end of the movie, I would have gotten up and left.

So overall, the movie was pretty, but the story needed some work. I almost wish I had seen it in the Byrd Theater instead-I could have paid $2 instead of $7.50.

Here’s the Spill.com review of the movie. It pretty much says the same thing but with comedic effect. Enjoy!:

This is actually my first try at anything with Yoshi as the subject and I think it turned out rather well. It took me a little over 6 hours and a lot of Netflix streaming to finish this beast. The easiest part was making the tongue, which is the actual scarf part that wraps around your neck.
Yoshi Scarf

The  head wasn’t as difficult to make as I anticipated, but it was a little on the complicated side to come up with. But I think I did pretty well for my first attempt at recreating the character.

Yoshi Scarf Head

The Megas have been added to the ever growing list of bands for Bit Gen Gamer Fest 5. This event will be epic when  August comes around!

The first of three hopeful Chain Chomp inspired items, this is the Chain Chomp Scarf in all it’s glory. I had a tough time getting the scarf to a point where I thought it would look its best and be easily recognizable. I think I got pretty close with this rendition.

Chain Chomp Scarf

The hardest part of this scarf was creating the links. I started out with a few different versions of what I wanted the chain links to look like.

Link versions

But I ended up going with a modified version of the first link I made. I think it turned out pretty well.

And just for reference, here’s a shot of the scarf with a yard stick for reference.

Scarf with yard stick

Yeah, it’s that long. But it only took me about 5 hours to make, so it’s still less time than what it took to make the Noby Noby Boy hat and scarf combo so I’m not too worried.

For anyone who will be in the RVA area in two weeks, The Protomen will be playing at The Plaza Bowl in Southside on March 24th with the start time at 8:00 pm.

In other good news, the date and venue has been set for Bit Gen Gamer Fest 5. The date is set for Saturday August 14, 2010  at The Sonar in Baltimore, MD. So far, the confirmed bands  are Entertainment System, Rare Candy, Armadillo Tank, The X Hunters, The Ultraball, This Place is Haunted, and Powerglove. My god how I have missed Powerglove! It’s been about 2 MAGfests since I’ve seen them and I’m going through withdrawal since my Metal Kombat For the Moral Man cd has stopped working from me playing it so much. (Yes I do have the mp3 ripped on my computer, but I hid them from myself. That happens when you upgrade from a 250 Gig  to 1 TB hard drive.)

And the best news is, this list is going to get longer! I hope the Protomen can come back this year. I wasn’t able to see them perform since I had to leave early last year. (Tired driver + No $ for a hotel = Leaving early and missing The Protomen :(   ) But this year I will stay the entire time, even if I have to sleep in my car afterward. But I have to get invited back again. I really hope I get invited back. It was a lot of fun last year and this year looks to be epic!

I’ll post more updates as they come along. In the meantime, enjoy the music from the bands pages. :)

The new banner is up! Yay! That only took FOREVER to get set up and working right with the template I’m using. I really hate it when they hide the simple things like header width and height from you. Then again, I’m not trying to work on this with only 4 hours of sleep spread across 3 days, so I’m guessing being awake does help. :)

The artist behind the awesomeness of the site banner is not me, but a friend of mine who goes by InuMimi. You can see some of her stuff here and here.  All of her work is really bad ass. Makes me want to draw again…

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