Thursday, 28 August 2014

International Geek Girls Pen Pals Club

International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club is a 'club' for geek-orientated girls (and boys!) over the age of 13 who love snail mail and letter writing.
Members are split into four different houses depending on their age - House Granger for 13-17, House Quinn for 18-24, House GLaDos for 25-30 and House Organa for 30+.
Each month members can register for a pen pal, and you'll be asked to fill out a form listing your top 5 geek loves. At the end of the registration period you'll be paired with someone in your age group who (hopefully!) has similar interests to you. You can then contact each other via email to exchange postal addresses, then, all being well, you should officially have a pen pal! 

I joined a few months ago and was successfully paired with my pen pal, Kayla, and we have been swapping letters ever since.

Last week the site hosted an online summer camp which was super fun. I got to 'meet' some really cool people and took part in a plethora of activities and games, and watched some interesting webinars and Google Hangouts on subjects such as the biology of zombies and everyday cosplay. The videos are still available on the IGGPPC YouTube channel. I would thoroughly recommend checking them out.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, then you can sign up for the current pen pal round until 31st August.

Have fun!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Instalife VIII

1. Kyd chilling out on the sofa
2. Thank you card and loom bracelet from a family friend
3. Flip taking over my bed
4. Gifts from my neighbour's garden
5. Red velvet cake

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A Country Wedding

My cousin got married at the weekend. The weather wasn't great but it still didn't put a dampener on things. It was a wonderful day.
I didn't take many pictures so this isn't going to be an 'image heavy' post but I thought i'd share some of the few I took.

The Church.

The entrance to the reception marquee.

Equine themed favours at the bottom of a champagne flute.

Wedding cupcake. 

The happy couple.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

What I've Been Playing: Robot Unicorn Attack 2, Farm Heroes Saga, Bubble Witch Saga 2

The Sequel to Robot Unicorn Attack, and endless running game by Adult Swim. I've never played the original game but I saw this on Google Play store and thought that as I like robots and love unicorns then I must be onto a winner. The graphics are wonderful. Visually, it's the best game i've ever played on Android or iPhone. It also has the best soundtrack. The default tracks are The Land of Rainbows and The Fantasy is Real, both by Module but there are others you can purchase including Always by Erasure (which was apparently the default track in the original game) and Never Ending Story by Limahl.
You can also upgrade your unicorn via 'fairies' you collect whilst playing the game and you can unlock other worlds by completing goals or in some cases, paying real money.
I found the game itself quite tough, tougher than any other endless running game i've played and at times it can be quite frustrating. The main downside is the large memory space it takes up. I've been playing it on a brand new Samsung Galaxy which doesn't have many apps or photos on it yet but i've still found that the game freezes a lot.
On the whole I really enjoyed playing it and would definitely recommend checking it out, if only for the awesome visuals and soundtrack.

A match three (or more) game by King, the makers of Candy Crush Saga. The game is pretty simple yet fun and rather addictive. You basically just have to match at least 3 fruit, vegetables or eggs - known as 'cropsies' in the game - until you have collected the required amout to complete the level. You have a certain number or moves in which to do this which gives the game its difficulty, but it is still  fairly easy to  progress quickly through each level. There are road blocks after every 15 levels or so which you can bypass by either linking the game to your Facebook account and asking friends to help, by collecting animals in specific levels or, of course, by paying money. Another way to progress thorough the game is to wait for 3 days until the road block unlocks itself. That may be a little tedious for some but as I don't have a Facebook account, didn't get a high enough score on the animal collection levels and am unwilling to pay real money then it's my only choice! 
In short, Farm Heroes Saga is like Candy Crush Saga but instead of switching candies you're switching 'cropsies'. A fun game and a good way to while away a few spare minutes. 

The sequel to the popular Bubble Witch Saga, a bubble shooter game by King. I was a huge fan of the original game so was excited to see what Bubble Witch Saga 2 was like. The main objectives of the game are the same as the first but there are new features, like 'Free the Ghost' and 'Free the Animals' levels and the graphics are a lot sharper and more 3 dimensional. 
I found the game to be a little harder than the original as instead of having to tap to shoot the bubbles, you now have to point and release, which makes the shots more difficult to fire accurately. Despite this, I quickly progressed through all the levels available and eagerly awaited the update of more. The latest 20 levels released are proving to be an awful lot more challenging that the previous ones and it's easy to get stuck on the same level for a number of days. As the levels get harder, the more precision you need, which with the new point and release shooter is a major drawback. 
While still fun, I definitely prefer the original Bubble Witch Saga but the sequel is still worth a look at.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Instalife VII

1. My cooking injury. It's still not properly healed. 
2. Euro Election Day
3. My birthday present from my mum. I've wanted one of these forever! 
4. An origami bouquet I made from left over election leaflets. 
5. Double rainbow. What does this mean? It's so beautiful....*cries*
6. A tbt of me and my great grandmother who featured in my last Instalife. She passed away a couple of weeks ago at the age of 98. 
7. Summer solstice sun. 

Monday, 16 June 2014

What I've Been Watching: World War Z, The Three Caballeros, The Castle of Cagliostro, Tales from Earthsea

World War Z
An apocalyptic zombie horror film starring Brad Pitt based on the book of the same name by Max Brooks. 
I usually like zombie films but I didn't enjoy this. A lot of the visuals reminded me of watching someone else play a video game, and there were too many unanswered questions in the story. Despite this, I still would be interested in reading the book, if only to see if it sheds light on anything that I missed or was wondering about in the film. 

The Three Caballeros
Disney's 1944 film combining live-action and animation, featuring Donald Duck and his friends Jose Carioca and Panchito (collectively known as 'The Three Caballeros') exploring Latin America. I had been wanting to see this film for quite some time but it left a rather bitter taste in my mouth. Seeing Donald Duck lusting after scantily clad women was unsettling to say the least, but I have to remember that it is 70 years old and things were different back then.

The Castle of Cagliostro 
Hayao Miyazaki's directorial debut about a thief attempting to save a princess (whom he meets whilst trying to track down the source of some counterfeit money he had just stolen) from a forced marriage. 
This is probably one of my least favourite Hayao Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli films that I've seen. There is no particular reason as to why I didn't really enjoy it, but I have noticed that the films perhaps aimed at more of a male audience don't seem to do anything for me. 

Tales From Earthsea
Studio Ghibli's film based on the first four books of the fantasy series Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. 
I really enjoyed this film. It's exactly the sort of Japanese animation that I love. The visuals were beautiful and reminiscent of my favourite Anime film, Princess Mononoke. The story was engaging and had a satisfying conclusion. Highly recommend. 

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

23 things to do before I turn 24

So yesterday I turned 23.

For the last few years I've been doing these lists...and failing miserably. Last year I crossed off a grand total of FOUR things, despite me trying to make it easier to complete than previous years. 

I considered not making one this year, given my dismal history, but in the name of tradition I feel I must carry on. 

1. Visit Bodnant Garden
2. Learn a new skill or craft
3. Read at least 12 books (including 5 classics)
4. Finish reading Wuthering Heights
5. Blog at least once a month 
6. Watch at least 20 more of the IMDb top 250 films
7. Have a massage
8. Go to a concert 
9. Go see a play
10. Get a pen pal
11. Complete my ROY G BIV hair project
12. Find somewhere else to live
13. Eat more healthily 
14. Go to a festival 
15. Go on a solo day adventure 
16. Buy and complete a 'Wreck the Journal
17. Get my scrapbook up to date
18. Join The Green Party
19. Enter something in the village show 
20. Practise meditation
21. Continue to write a daily diary
22. Go to the cinema at least 3 times 
23. Upcycle a piece of furniture

I realise the are some old favourites on there but there is some new stuff too. I just hope I'll do better this time (I know I say that every damn year!)