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Life simon on 10 Feb 2016

What am I enjoying right now?

So it’s been a while since I’ve invested myself in an anime. After I finished up with Naruto (by that I mean, gave up on watching it and decided to read the manga instead) I hadn’t really gone back to any bar the odd movie or two.

Then, just recently it was announced that my favourite band would be providing the opening theme song to a new anime called “Boku Dake ga Inai Machi” (The Town Where Only I am Missing), known in English as “ERASED”.

Re:Re: ("Boku dake ga Inai Machi" OP version)

Listen to a new version of "Re:Re:" that will feature as the Opening Theme to "Boku dake ga Inai Machi" which premieres 7th of January on Fuji TV and associated networks.

Posted by AKFGFan.com on Thursday, 31 December 2015

The anime premiered just after the new year and I decided I’d give it a go. They actually used an old song of AKG’s which first came out in 2004 but has been re-recorded for the anime (in fact the entire album it was on is being rereleased this year). After watching the first episode, I understood why.

I was hooked right away. The anime follows a man in his late twenties who has an ability called “revival” which allows him to travel back in time to try and prevent a certain tragedy from occurring. Sounds cool right? Well, turns out there’s a lot more to this ability than first thought.

The animation quality of the show is top-notch and as is the voice acting and writing.

The week wait between episodes is agonising and I don’t want to spoil myself with the manga. Such is television!

Moving onto other things; the TV that I’m into right now is pretty much Marvel’s Agent Carter, which is filling in the void of Agents of SHIELD. It’s amazing how much they can pack into such a short season. Then of course, there is Adventure Time as well.

Music-wise, recently I’ve been really into Chatmonchy. I’ve been a fan of them for a while but it was only late last year that I started listening to them more and getting into a lot of their songs.

Hana no Yume

Things I’m looking forward to:

  • Deadpool movie
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • X-Men Apocalypse
  • Tripod 101 Hits (Perth Comedy Festival)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • I’m sure I’m forgetting something else!

So what are you guys into right now? And what are some things you’re looking forward to in the coming year? Let me know!

Life simon on 30 Jan 2016

Volunteering

As most of you know, I’ve been an Enforcer for PAX since 2013 which makes this year my fourth year of volunteering for the show.

So why do I keep coming back to it?

First of all, PAX is a great convention. It’s a celebration of all things gaming culture; including video games, tabletop games, music, and more.

Secondly, Enforcers are treated so well at PAX. We really are taken great care of, and the community built from Enforcers as well as Attendees of the show is really welcoming. I’ve met some amazing people Enforcing at PAX who have since become good friends of mine. Where else can I get that experience?

I’ve just started to think about what I love about volunteering so much after being accepted for a second year of volunteering at Oz Comic Con Perth. Last year pretty much broke me after three gruelling days, including two 12 hour shifts. I don’t think I’ll be doing two full days this year. I’m still looking forward to it though!

I’ve been volunteering for various events for quite a while. Back in high school, the state government actually introduced mandatory community service (24 hours I believe) into the curriculum which I easily completed. There’s just something really fulfilling about helping out at an event which you’re really passionate about and making it the best as possible for both yourself and for the people there. Going back to PAX, as an Enforcer I always felt like I had something to contribute. Last year I was promoted to deputy manager and I really felt I got the opportunity to make the show even greater.

I love volunteering and I’m super excited to come back to Melbourne again this November and to see all the friends that I do miss dearly.

Life simon on 17 Jan 2016

On Grieving

I’ve never really been affected by an actor’s or a performer’s death. Not to say I haven’t been sad about them or anything, just that it’s something I’ve just accepted as a part of life.

That all changed this past week when I learnt of the sad news of Alan Rickman’s passing.

I found out via Twitter. I saw a couple tweets with his name and thought “it can’t be?” And then I saw the tweet that confirmed it. I was watching a let’s play video at the time and I was keen on finishing it so while I was watching and laughing along with that, I posted my reaction to the news on Twitter and Facebook.

After I finished watching that let’s play it started dawning on me what actually happened. Seeing tributes flow in, reactions from friends and other personalities. It started to become real.

I then messaged a few of my friends “lumos”, a call-back Dumbledore’s funeral in The Half-blood Prince. While doing this, I decided I’d watch a few Snape videos on YouTube. And then I broke. I tried to hold back the tears but they just came bawling out.

Is it strange that I’d cry for someone I’d never even met? A man I only knew through screen. This was the first time an event like this has affected me so much. But it really felt like I lost someone close to me, and you know what? He was. And to so many others too.

I grew up watching Alan Rickman play Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, a series that is really close to me and was the first thing I thought of. It really took a tremendous actor to play such a great character of the series and he did it so well. I then thought of Marvin, the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a role he took on so brilliantly. Just like Snape, it was like he was always meant to be that character. Today I decided to watch Galaxy Quest and yet again, Alan Rickman’s performance was spot on!

Now I totally understand why people grieve for these actors, performers, celebrities.. When you spend much of your life idolising, following, watching these personalities there’s this connection you have with them. And to lose that means quite a lot.

Rest in peace, Alan Rickman. You were a great man.

P.S. Screw cancer.

Life simon on 01 Jan 2016

Goals and motivation

Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. Taken January 2011.

I don’t really do new year’s resolutions. Do I have any for this year? Well, let me think about it while I write this post.

For me, it’s a bit impulsive and random. If there’s something I want to do, then I’ll just go and do it providing the motivation is there.  If I set myself an achievable goal to get it done and dedicate a set amount of time to it, more often than not, I reach it. I also know my limits; while I try to push them, I do know when I am defeated. And that’s totally fine. In the end I can say that I tried and I’m better off for it.

So where does the motivation come from? It depends. If it’s something I’ve set out to do on my own, I know where I want to be at end of it which does make it easier for me to at least try. Other times, I will get my motivation from others by either direct encouragement or by motivating each other, setting goals for the both of us.

In the case of this blog, I really have been quite terrible committing myself to it. I guess my new year’s resolution for this year is to blog at least once a month (please yell at me if I skip one!). I also want to my posts to have a bit more thought rather than just the usual update. Now that a friend of mine has started up a blog of her own with one of her friends, it has really motivated me to get back into writing on here and I hope that we can motivate each other as well.

Life simon on 27 Dec 2015

The year is almost over

And I’m somewhat wiser?

Hey guys, it has certainly been a while hasn’t it? I always forget I have a blog (terrible, I know) but I should really commit to it – says me every single time I remember to post something…

So what did I achieve this year? I got myself a new job. I’m liking it. It’s certainly a change from what I had before but it’s still in the area that I envisioned my career path going in.

Things that have happened since I last posted. Hmm.. Not too much actually! Did PAX Aus for the third year, flew to Sydney to watch Pokémon in concert with a dear friend of mine – and got to see my dad, aunt, and cousin again after so long!

I’ll try to make a 2015 recap video this week. I don’t have much footage to work with so we’ll see.

Lastly, a friend of mine has started up a new blog. It would be awesome if you could give it a visit and show her some support! You can find it here.

Have a great new year!

Life simon on 29 Aug 2015

What? I have a blog?

Aahhhh! Sorry it’s been so long guys!

In between not knowing what to blog about, work, life, all that jazz – and also knowing not many people even read this anyway.. It’s hard to keep to schedule of blog writing.

Anyway, since I last wrote, a decent amount has happened. Conveniently I have vlogged about it:

 

Not too much has happened since July really. If you’re really that interested, you can go through my Instagram. Might see The Man from UNCLE tomorrow.

Later all!

Movie Reviews simon on 24 Apr 2015

Age of Ultron

Saw Avengers: Age of Ultron on Wednesday. My review:

Life simon on 11 Apr 2015

Awesome story from Oz Comic Con today!

So in the morning I was assigned to (I’m volunteering at OCC) the silent disco. This is a disco where there is no music being blasted through speakers, but rather wirelessly through headphones. Listeners could choose which DJ they wanted to listen to as well (there were two). People filtered in little by little as it just started so not much was happening.

Anyway there was this one girl who was there by herself trying to get into the groove of things. She’d start dancing, get a bit embarrassed with herself and stop. She did this a couple times. But as more people came in and started really getting into it, the whole group started dancing and the girl was joining in with them. It was really cool to see someone dance with people they don’t know and really have a good time, and not have to worry about being judged. So it made me smile that this probably shy girl found a way to let go and just dance, and others were doing the same.

Geeks are the best.

Also we had Darth Vader and a bunch of Stormtroopers come in as well. :P

Other simon on 10 Apr 2015

Perth Glory Salary Cap breach

I’m absolutely disgusted at the management of Perth Glory. Never mind we broke the rules; the punishment is 100% deserved. However, the fans are the worst off overall. We pay money to see games, we’ve also got the 2nd highest ticket prices in the league. To be shafted like this is the most disrespect to loyal fans who deserve better. I’m still supporting my team but I can not support the club how it is run now. Thanks for nothing, Jason Brewer and Tony Sage. Thank you for ruining our club.

I don’t know if I’ll be renewing my membership for next season. What a disgrace our club is.

Life simon on 19 Mar 2015

First Nerdfighter encounter walking the streets of Perth!

So the other night I was having dinner in Northbridge with a couple friends. I wore my Pizza John shirt that day like I do most days I go out into public hoping to maybe run into another Nerdfighter.

I’m walking along James St and a small group of people had gathered that we were walking by, and as we walked by they were joined by a couple more people. One of those people noticed my shirt, “AH PIZZA JOHN!”

I was still walking along and my friends had no idea what was going on, but as I was walking I turned around and did the Nerdfighter handsign which was met with “YEAH! NERDFIGHTERS!” I probably made her night.

My friends must think I’m part of a cult. :P

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