VERY tough week, but I got through it.
GENERAL GOAL CHECKLIST:
Course 1: COM 447 (Graphics)
Project 1 – DONE!
Project 2 – DONE!
Project 3 – Almost done!
Lab 1 – DONE!
Lab 2 – DONE!
Lab 3 – DONE!
Lab 4 – DONE!
Lab 5 – DONE!
Lab 6 – DONE!
Lab 7 – DONE!
Lab 8 – DONE!
Lab 9 – DONE!
Lab 10 – DONE!
Course 2: COM449 (Ad Writing)
Project 1 – DONE
Project 2 – DONE
Blog 1 – DONE
Comment 1 – DONE
Workshop 1 – DONE
Workshop 2 – DONE
Workshop 3 – DONE
Workshop 4 – DONE!
Workshop 5 – DONE!
Workshop 6 – DONE!
Workshop 7 – DONE!
Discussion 1 – DONE!
Discussion 2 – DONE!
Course 3: COM 360 (Social Media Analysis)
Quiz 1 – DONE!
Quiz 2 – DONE!
Quiz 3 – DONE!
Quiz 4 – DONE!
Quiz 5 – DONE!
Quiz 6 – DONE!
Quiz 7 – DONE!
Quiz 8 – DONE!
Quiz 9 – DONE!
Final project graph
Final project essay
Final project presentation
A++++ day! My fave comic artist, Phil Foglio of Girl Genius, seems to have recovered from his surgery and is back to drawing 😀 😀 I got an email from an old friend I hadn’t heard from in years 😀 😀 Didn’t go out to eat, but did have an easy day at work 😀 😀 And I knocked off my COM 449 forum discussion #1! Nice nice nice, EXCELLENT day 😀 😀 😀
Nother easy day at work, didnt do much else aside from bingewatch Nadia and then do some reading. A- day.
BAD day! Fell extremely ill, coughing, vomiting, everything, after I attended class. Was too laid up to do any work. F 😦
Same. Too ill to do anything. Called in sick at work and begged for an extension on my COM 447, which was granted thankfully. Just stayed in and read. D+
Felt a little better, thankfully. Not enough to get much work done at all, but at least I wasn’t pretty much dying. My COM 360 teacher also allowed me to take quiz 9 virtually, which was very nice. After that I read the next ep of Kaiju no. 8–Shinomiya’s dad tries to fight No. 9, but the creature is way too strong. He won’t give up though…wonder what’s gonna happen next. Day gets an A- for improvement.
Stayed at home and rested, got a little work done on my COM 447 thing. Felt a little better. A- day.
Feeling better, almost but not quite as good as new. Did a little more progress on my COM 447 thing, might be able to hand it in tomorrow…
THINGS I HAD TO FINISH THIS WEEK:
Com project 447 – almost done!
Com 360 quiz 9 – DONE
COM 449 discussion 2 – DONE!
THINGS I HAVE TO DO NEXT WEEK
Finish up COM 447 project
COM 360 quiz 10
COM 360 final project stuff
COM 449 stuff
Nothin this week, I was too sick ;-;
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. This is an old classic anime from the 90s I’ve always wanted to watch, directed by the Evangelion guy, Hideaki Anno (for the most part), with help from other Gainax greats, like Sadamoto as character designer. I heard that Eva was supposed to be a sequel to it, but they lost the rights to Nadia and had to make Eva totally original. ‘Twas a really fun ride–I watched the Blue-rays, the quality of which was fantastic. In a slightly alt-universe 1890s, ships are getting attacked by sea monsters, and our protag, a young Frenchman named Jean, wants to search for his father, a captain on one such destroyed ship. But his plans are derailed when he falls in love with a dark-skinned foreign girl who works at a circus in Paris. He ends up rescuing her from some jewel thieves, the Grandis Gang, who are after the mysterious jewel she carries, the Blue Water. But in the process of rescuing her, Jean and the Grandis Gang are caught in a battle between the US Navy and a sea monster, where it’s revealed that the “monsters” are actually super advanced submarines, better than anything we have even in the 20th century! They’re working for the lost civilization of Atlantis, revived as Neo-Atlantis and led by the cruel dictator Gargoyle, which seeks to conquer the rest of the world–and are opposed only by Nemo and his super-submarine, the Nautilus (a reference to 20k leagues under the sea, of course). Jean, Nadia, and the Grandis gang are rescued by the Nautilus, and soon join the fight against Gargoyle–but they’ll also learn why Neo-Atlantis wants Nadia and the Blue Water, and the true origins of Nadia, Nemo, and the Nautilus itself.
Don’t wanna say too much more, except one note–I skipped episodes 24-36 (except for 30 and 31) cause fans told me they were soooo bad. But the series is great fun, the character development is really really good, and there are some very somber, emotional moments, but also a lot of comedy and slapstick at the right times too to keep things from getting TOO dark. Mechanical designs are awesome too, the Nautilus and the New Atlantis ships (and some robots) it fights are super cool. I won’t review this on MAL since I haven’t really watched the whole series, but if you skip the episodes I did by all accounts this is great.
Hekla’s Children by James Brogden. Eh…This did have some cool ideas. The story starts off in a prehistoric period, where a demon is apparently possessing stone age tribesmen attempting to survive the aftermath of a volcanic eruption and making them eat each other (although initially it’s ambiguous if it’s actually a demon or just rationalizing their hunger). So they perform a ritual and bury their strongest warrior in a bog to keep the demon, called an Afaugh, trapped in the spirit world.
Tens of thousands of years later, in modern-day England, a whiny teacher named Nathan Brookes, having an affair with one of his colleagues, Sue, spends too much time trying to comfort her after a pregnancy scare and loses track of his team of 4 kids as they wander around on a field trip. The kids disappear, only one of them comes back (very traumatized). and Nate is accused of being a pedophile and loses his job. A few years after that, some archaelogists exhume a bog mummy in the area, which has had its leg replaced by…one of the legs from one of the missing kids! This obviously gets Nate’s attention back, but it doesn’t take long for people to start getting eaten as it turns out the afaugh was very much real, the ceremony in the opening was what allowed the stone age warrior to keep it locked up, and without his body in the bog, his spirit is weakened and the afaugh possesses people. But why did that warrior need the kids that disappeared before the story, and why does a prehistoric demon seem to have such an interest in Nate specifically? The story follows his attempts to answer both those questions before the afaugh escapes and just eats everyone in England.
Eeehhh…this was really well written, with good action scenes as well as a really fascinating take on the spirit world/afterlife–I don’t wanna give anything away, but believe me, the true nature of the warrior’s duty and the place in which he ended up, along with the fates of the kids, is both bizarre and utterly intriguing, moving the story to more than just fantasy horror but quite possibly a neat introduction to an entire fantasy setting on its own. However, it does have some problems. Nathan is incredibly unlikeable (though, again, no spoilers, his true relationship with the afaugh was a huge surprise I didn’t see coming, and ties into how inventive the story’s spirit world is), and none of the other characters are very appealing either. Also, I thought the opening chapter gave a little too much away, I think it ought to have been spread out over the course of the book so there was a little more mystery about the supernatural foundations of the plot. Also, just as a note–this isn’t a big spoiler and I figure some folks might be interested in it, but Nathan seems to be bisexual and enters into a same-sex relationship later on in the story. If you like representation in your novels thats a plus, but his sexuality isn’t even alluded to earlier so I thought it was kind of out of left field, the author could have mentioned him having both male and female relationships before but until like halfway through I thought he was exclusively heterosexuak. No big deal though. Finally, the title is a little misleading…”Hekla” doesn’t actually have much to do with the story at all. But aside from those caveats I’m pretty happy with my purchase. 4 stars easy.
The Loop. A pair of misfits, a Pakistani kid named Bucket and an adoptee from Peru named Lucy, are otucasts from their small town of white trash, which is kept afloat only by the machinations of a sinister corporation specializing in ethically-questionable biocybernetic research. Naturally, the corporation loses control of their experiments, which are biomechanical parasites that infect the town and turn them into crazy murderous zombies (with an Internet-connected hivemind) except for our plucky pair of young heroes. It’s up to them to stop the infection from spreading any way they can!
Yeah, that’s pretty much it, not too much different from, oddly enough, Nick Cutter’s The Troop–evil corporation loses control of bioengineered horrors which infect people and turn them into voracious monsters. Now, The Loop has the advantage of its young cast being exceedingly well drawn; Lucy and Bucket seemed like real kids I could have known when I was younger. Still, in general the plot is relatively paint-by-the-numbers and the gore, though very squicky and stomach-turning on its own, didn’t really stand out if you’re already a veteran of the zombie genre, and especially if you’ve already read a lot in the sub-genre of “infection/parasitic zombies,” like the aforementioned Troop, or Laymon’s Flesh, or anything like that–in that case the body horror elements will seem like they’ve been done before. So I actually had some trouble finishing this, even tho I liked it I could only give it 4 stars, but for newer hands around the zombie genre you could get 4.5 stars from this.
What I said above.
Class stuff when I wasnt sick ;-;
BUCKET LIST PROGRESS
1: Finish up a second big project…
2: Maybe finish up a 3rd big project related to Berserk.
3: Maybe do something with Wayward Son I’ve wanted to do for a while, but also extra.
4: Obviously, get all my affairs in order–will, etc.
5: Finish a FOURTH big project I’ve had thoughts about for a while. Won’t say much more about it other than it involves Visual Novels.
6: *maybe* finish up a fic I’ve always wanted to put out. But this is really extra.
7: Read the end of Girl Genius. At least I got to see Lucrezia kicked out of Agatha’s mind, so that’s something.
8: Play Front Mission 5.
9: Play Brigandine: Grand Edition. I think I’ll work on these emulation related things when I get a new computer–a new deskie, I mean.