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Emmys 2009 and other bits

On Sunday night I was studying. Okay that’s a lie; I was actually live-streaming the Emmys with the untouched Economics volume propped up in front of me. Neil Patrick Harris is awesome. I don’t usually watch awards shows, but unexpected things happen sometimes *coughKANYEcough*. The awards themselves and finding out the winners don’t really interest me, but I was really impressed with the red carpet fashions. Olivia Wilde was the winner for me – Marchesa does painfully beautiful chiffon. Also I wish I had more free time ’cause now I want to watch 30 Rock and Mad Men.

I will need to chain myself to my books when I’m not at work, so there’s nothing really to look forward to until after my exam. My only forms of entertainment will be the odd TV show (HIMYM and TBBT premiered last night!), and I will live vicariously through my newsfeeds. Tokyo Game Show 2009 begins on Thursday, so here’s hoping for some interesting gaming news. I was scoping out their site and came across this floorplan. If you look on the bottom right where the international pavilions are, you can see that the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade will be represented there. If they mentioned I might get to go to TGS, who knows, I may just have accepted their job offer :P The gaming world is abuzz with yesterday’s big release of Halo 3: ODST (apparently there was even some kind of event going down at the Fermenting Cellar), but there are quite a few good DS games I need to play:

  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. I loved Curious Village, and this one’s turning out to be pretty good too. Except I don’t really care for the mini-games (the camera/tea/cat stuff is so annoying). I think I’m close to the middle of the game, but I refuse to pick it up again before CFA exam cause it’s super addictive :(
  • Scribblenauts. I’ve read so many great reviews, and the gameplay intrigues me so I’ll have to check it out.
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. It comes out on the 29th. I shouldn’t even have to justify why this is on my list.

Aaaaaand I just wanted to highlight a few finance-related articles that caught my interest:

Obsession, please

I miss the days when I was a crazy fangirl, Googling every shred of media and information I could find, building fansites, browsing and creating my own fanart, stalking forums, digging up sheet music, hoarding official artwork…etc.

To the best of my memory, I made a list of my obsessions over the years. These might not cover everything, but if I don’t remember it, I guess I wasn’t that obsessed.

  • Grade 7-8: Digimon, Sailormoon
    I made fansites for these. The BSSM one never got anywhere, but my shrine to pretty-boy Ishida Yamato actually grew to mediocre success. No, I will never show you either of these. Of course, Sailormoon spawned fanart like no tomorrow. Just look at the artbooks! Bee-yoo-ti-ful…
  • Grade 9-10: Final Fantasy (VIII in particular)
    Still love this series, and have a metric ton of graphics/official artwork…etc on my computer.
  • Grade 11-12: Lord of the Rings (Legolas in particular)
    I drew some fanart, but I think the greatest feat was actually getting through all 3 books, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion.

  • First year: These guys, Fly to the Sky
    I loved being able to obsess over them with Lily – we each got a ‘guy’. We literally Youtubed every single performance/video we could find of them. And then made some wallpapers.

    • Minor obsessions: Collectives (you know, those uber-girly ’boutique’ domains with insanely-difficult-to-find navigation. Many are dead with the arrival of Web 2.0, but here are some pretty examples), fanlistings, Jay Chou
  • Second year: Kingdom Hearts
    Yyyyyep, more fanart :D

So you can pretty much conclude I was a typical nerd/geek. I find it sad that I don’t have anything to fangirl about these days. I haven’t played any video games of epic proportions recently, and I stopped watching anime a few years back.

Random stuff

It’s that time of the year. When the days get warmer, the sun shines brighter, the birds sing louder, people are more joyous, and the breeze carries an air of liberation and laissez-faire. That’s right, you guessed it – it’s E3!!! :D I usually don’t pay much attention to it (especially considering last year’s EPIC FAIL), but there were some points that caught my eye:

  • MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV was announced. What the hell, Square. Can we at least see FFXIII first, some time this century?
  • Microsoft introduced Project Natal, a motion detecting add-on for Xbox 360, for a completely controller-free experience. As if we didn’t look retarded enough playing Wii.
  • Bayonetta looks like a super bad-ass game. Check out the E3 trailer. Yes, her hair is also her “clothing” and it can grow/retract at will and turn into various weapons. And yes, her heels double as pistols.
  • PSP Go announced, at an inexplicably inflated price (US$249), but the white one is damn sexy.

In other news, there’s an article in the Financial Times about the waning love affair between the Japanese and their LV swag. The part that surprised me was the analyst prediction:

Yano Research forecast that the market would shrink further this year, falling below Y1,000bn to nearly half the peak of Y1,897bn in 1996 and then shrinking to levels last seen 20 years ago before it entered its era of strong growth.

Personally I don’t think it would shrink that dramatically. I thought the whole luxury goods bubble would leave some debris lying around. Although the boom may be blowing over, but I just can’t believe that at some point in the future there would be zero remnants of it. I mean, not everyone can go back to “Zara dresses and Gap jeans”.

Video game instrumentals

Video game music is so awesome. Especially if you’ve played the game, know the story, and developed attachment to the characters. I love original soundtracks, and I wanted to share some of my favourite instrumental gaming music.  Just because they’re awesome. Please take note that yes, I am a crazy Square fangirl, so of course it’s going to be slightly biased :D

Yoko Shimomura – Legend of Mana ~Title Theme~

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Ms. Shimomura has worked with legendary game developer Square-Enix on a number of titles, including the Kingdom Hearts series. She is also the mastermind behind the music of the currently unreleased Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Personally I’ve never played Legend of Mana, but this opening theme is just so beautifully epic.

Nobuo Uematsu/Aki Kuroda – To Zanarkand

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Okay I know this one’s somewhat overplayed (especially on piano), but it’s still so sad and pretty! From Final Fantasy X.

Nobuo Uematsu – Eyes On Me [Piano Solo]

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Beautiful arrangement. Also enjoyable to learn and play on piano. From Final Fantasy VIII.

Yoko Shimomura arr. Kaoru Wada – Dearly Beloved

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This is a recurring theme in the Kingdom Hearts series. Yeah, it kind of just repeats, but nostalgia practically overwhelms me everytime it’s paired with any sort of KH clips. Also it’s very soothing and makes great background music for when I can’t fall asleep :P

Utada Hikaru – Hikari [Orchestrated Version]

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I was so happy they played this at Video Games Live. Already a truly epic piece, it sounded AMAZING with a live orchestra. From Kingdom Hearts.

In school-related news, I’ve survived my first week. Not much of an accomplishment, as I have previously survived 7 “first week”s. After this term, I will have two more terms (one year) of school and then be rudely shoved into the real world. I’m also co-op job-hunting again this term so we’ll see how that goes.

Jin and Mark came to Waterloo to visit for a few days. Yesterday I went to my morning class, then had lunch and grabbed ice cream with some fellow mathies. Afterwards, we spent about 3-4 hours just trying to decide what the hell we could do for the afternoon/night. In fact, we dragged it all the way until dinnertime, and Mark had to go home to Markham. The rest of us went for dinner at Rude Native Bistro. Later, we somehow convinced Mark to drive all the way back to Waterloo to join us for some board games. After a while I got really tired and passed out around 2am. Turns out everyone else slept at 6am.

The weather was pretty much terrible all day today so I’ve just been staying in. Still haven’t really accomplished anything. I should probably do some more reading…