Category Archive – Randomness

Pokemon League @ CCRL starting Today!

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Hey Pokefans,

Lonnie from the Library here, better known as Pokemon Professor Freedman (that’s a real rank, I passed a test for it).

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Starting September 8 at the new Civic Centre Resource Library, we are holding a Pokemon League every other Thursday from 6pm-7:30pm! The schedule for the next three months is:

Sept. 8 & 22

Oct. 6 & 20

Nov. 3 & 17

If you have Pokemon Cards, old or new, bring them with you and battle other players to win free cards! If you don’t know how to play, no problem, we’ll teach you. If you don’t have cards, no worries, you can borrow the library’s decks. Be sure to bring your 3DS to battle other trainers too or play Pokemon Go in the library — the #pokepossibilities are endless.

See you trainers then!

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Week of Geek: My rather aloof relationship to Manga/Anime

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Hello again Geeklings!

So, it’s almost that time of year again!  Toronto’s massive Sci Fi/Comics/Horror/Anime & Manga/Gaming Convention, Fan Expo.  Pure heaven for the average geek.

Funny thing is though, of the five big categories Fan Expo caters to, there’s one category I still haven’t quite latched onto.  Any guesses which one?  If you’re a regular reader, you know Sci Fi, Comics and Horror are covered.  Gaming?  No, though I am no hardcore gamer I have dabbled a bit there with certain gaming systems and what’s on my iPad.  So that just leaves one; Anime/Manga.

You may recall a couple weeks back I touched on the whole Pokemon phenomenon that has us gripped in it’s tiny yellow fist.  But I’ve come to realize that my lukewarm reaction to that has pretty much been the same for all anime and manga.  And it is HUGE in fandom circles, no question.  You’ve got Attack on TitanDeath NoteNaruto, Miyazaki films, etc.  So why am I not all over it?  Why, Al, why?

Well, short answer, for me anyway, is that anime is weird.  And kind of creepy.  I mean, am I wrong?  I don’t think I’m wrong.  One minute you’re watching nicely drawn people (and the art can be quite gorgeous) doing what people do and then all of a sudden their faces change to inhuman grimaces or they shout or freak out for no reason or something hideous emerges from somewhere.  Anime can be super cute but sometimes… it’s really, really not.  And when it’s not it can be downright unsettling.

There’s really only been two shows that I’ve watched with any kind of regularity…

Sailor Moon: This appealed to 13 year old Ali.  Girl-power and super heroics are always a direct path to my heart, and I still have a soft spot for the Sailor Scouts.  But… Serena is pretty darn whiny.  I know she’s supposed to be, but that’s the kind of thing I can only take in small doses from my main character.

Black Butler: This appeals to 30-something year old Ali.  Victorian England, Faustian bargains, gothic sentimentality, tall dark and handsome but morally ambiguous and non human protagonists who use utensils as weapons (and also loves cats).  Sign me up!

But one of my biggest complaints with this one was said best by a podcast review I listened to.  Black Butler has a hard time deciding if it wants to be a horror or a comedy.  And sometimes the two aesthetics don’t mix in the best way.  And again, weird.  The whole reverse werewolf thing never caught on with me (don’t ask).

So yeah, my challenge to you before I take off and immerse myself in nerdiness is to (again, gently) tell me if I’m wrong and why.  Or maybe you don’t think I’m wrong and just want to agree with me.   That works too.

Have an awesome week geeklings, whatever you’re up to.  Stay tuned for my exclusive report from the front lines of the convention, and until next time, End of Line.

Big order.1 (Manga)

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By: chris0444 category: Randomness

Author Esuno Sakae

Categories: Must-read fiction, Randomess, Blog for Hours

Ten years ago the world was nearly ruined by a destructive event of an unknown cause. During those ten years nearly over 2 thousand people in the world have gained powers from just wishing and the number is still increasing. Just a day before the destructive event, a man from Yamaguchi robbed a bank who single handedly did the job just for wishing “I wish i had money”. This shows proof of these powers of wishing and the people with these powers are called”Orders”. The main plot is mainly focused on this highschool boy named “Hoshimiya Eiji”. A boy who does not attend school too much, lives alone in a small apartment, has a fairy that can only be seen only by Eiji and it apparently gives out orders for people who make wishes over the past ten years, has a little sister who is hospitalized and he wants to take care of her at any cost. Eiji seems to claim himself for the cause of the destructive event because he wished for it to happen but the fairy told Eiji that was not his wish for the destruction, making Eiji very curious on who wished for it and what he wished for. Then Eiji decides to go to school and students around him were surprised that he came. A cute transfer student girl named “Kurenai Rin” transfers into his class and Eiji seems to be very interested and attracted to her. After school Eiji sees Rin in his own apartment building right beside his room. Rin notices Eiji and ask him if he remembers her in class. Eiji notices how Rin is polite and nice she, making her more attractive. “You’re Eiji right?” Rin says. Eiji was thinking how lucky he is to be living next door to a girl he is attracted to and that she remembers him. But then Rin seemed  to have a problem with the door. It  “won’t open” Rin says. Eiji wanted to make a great impression of him for Rin so he decides to help her out by opening it himself, but then he got tased in the back and has been knocked out by the shock. Eiji started to regain consciousness waking up in a room where Rin was sitting right beside holding her katana ready to kill Hoshimiya Eiji because he was the cause of the destructive event killing Kurenai Rin parents.

Now I don’t really want to include the rest of the volume so right here I’m going to review it. so far this whole volume has just caught me into the series hard and I would totally recommend it for those who are looking for romance, action, physiological, and supernatural genres. I personally found this manga very interesting to read and I personally got really attached to it.
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Watership Down

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cover imageWatership Down by British author Richard Adams, tells the story of a group of rabbits who leave their home in search of a place free from humans and other predators. The first rabbit that we are introduced to, is named Hazel. Hazel is a rabbit that’s very protective of his younger brother, who is named Fiver. Fiver claims to have a kind of sixth sense, that alerts him to the presence of any danger. When Fiver starts to believe that the rabbits who live in his warren are in danger, he and Hazel try to persuade the Chief Rabbit (or ‘Threarah,’ as he is also known as) to relocate. The Chief Rabbit doesn’t believe Fiver, and dismisses his admonitions entirely. In an attempt to save as many rabbits as possible from impending danger, Fiver and Hazel gather seven of their friends, and set off on a journey to try and find a new home. On their trip, they encounter many foreign animals, plants, and a few other rabbits before finally reaching Watership Down.

What I find interesting about this book, is that even though it’s a story about rabbits, it’s not necessarily for children. The language used in this book is quite advanced, but the story itself is very easy to follow. There are also lots of interesting facts about rabbits and their behaviour woven into the story. The only problem that I have with this book, is that it’s quite lengthy, and it can sometimes get tedious. Other than that, there are a lot of great moments story-wise, and all of the different characters are very memorable and likable. The way that the rabbits interact with each other, and the way that they behave at times, makes them feel human. I would recommend this book for animal lovers, and for people who enjoy the fantasy genre.

Week of Geek: Be it ever so humble…

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Hello Geeklings!

How was your weekend?  Fun, I hope.  Know how mine was?  I moved.  To my brand new home!  *happy sigh* New apartment!  Big bedroom!  Kitchen!  Living area!  Painting!  Unpacking after so much packing!  Buying things you never knew you didn’t have!  Figuring out which parking space, locker and mailbox is yours!  Adventures galore!

As you can tell, I’m excited!  I know a lot of you guys are still living with the families, but your day will come.  Be it moving out for school or getting a place after getting your first job, there’s nothing quite like having a space to call your own.  And of course, my very own space is going to be a fangirls dream.  ‘Cause it’s me!

So of course, this whole endeavor has got me thinking about houses and homes in pop culture.  A home can be many things in our favorite stories.  A base of operations.  A gathering place.  A sanctuary.  And just so much more.  Let’s look at some examples…

The Burrow, Ottery St. Catchpole, Devon, England: Home of the Weasley Family in the Harry Potter series, the Burrow is a mash-up of different houses with varying furniture and rooms all held together with magic and a prayer.  But there’s a big yard for Quidditch practice, which is always a selling point.  And though the Weasley’s may lack funds, they are never lacking in love, and their home reflects that so much.  I want them to adopt me.

Bag End, Hobbiton, The Shire, Middle Earth: As J. R. R. Tolkien himself wrote in the opening lines of The Hobbit: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”  The home of Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins, and then Samwise Gamgee and his family, Bag End is filled with comfy chairs and delicious food.  Bilbo was reluctant to leave it for his great adventure, and who could blame him?

Carl and Ellie’s House from Up: There has probably never been a more versatile house than this one.  We first met it when it was an abandoned shack acting as a clubhouse for 2 9-year-old wannabe explorers.  It then turned into a restored home for those same children when they grew up and got married.  Later on, the home they built together would turn into a makeshift airship with the help of thousands of balloons, and launch skyward into an amazing adventure.   The house itself represents so much about what makes a home a home, and just what it can mean and what it can become.

Wayne Manor, just outside Gotham City, USA: Like it’s owner, Wayne Manor has many secrets.  Though on the surface it appears to merely be the stately home of the Wayne Family going back several generations, deep underground is a massive cave Bruce Wayne discovered as a boy.  That cave later turned into what is now known as the Batcave, the headquarters and base of operations for Batman and his partners.  Though the films and comics have often shown Bruce also owning penthouses and other residences that also act as Batcaves, Wayne Manor is the residence most utilized across all stories, and has been a home not only to Bruce, but to his butler Alfred and to several Robins over the years.

742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield, USA: Over the Simpson Family’s many, many adventures (about 27 years worth) Home, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have always called this pink 2 story dwelling their home.  Sure they’ve moved a couple of times, but Evergreen Terrace is always where they end up again.  While hunting for my own home I often thought about Homer and Marge shopping for a new house in one of my favorite flashback episodes.  Thankfully I did not have to shop in any neighborhoods referred to as “Rats Nests”.

221B Baker Street, London: The stories of Sherlock Holmes have had many incarnations, many authors, many actors, many eras.  But one of the big things that has always stayed constant is the address.  When Sherlock Holmes first meets John Watson, they decide to rent a flat (which is like an apartment in England) run by landlady Mrs. Hudson.  Though John would move out on occasion, Sherlock would stay a constant presence, seeing clients in those very rooms, keeping experiments in the fridge and using the walls for target practice, much to Mrs. Hudson’s chagrin.  221B is as much a part of Holmes canon as any character.

So there’s a short list, but there are many more stellar examples out there.  I hope my new place can become as much of a happy part of my life as many of these homes have been.  What about you, Geeklings?  What are your favorite houses and homes from fiction?  Post away in the comments section.

May all your homes be as cozy as hobbit-holes, and until next time, End of Line.