How To Walk On Ice

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This small info-graphic explains how to walk on ice without slipping, or at least minimising the risk of slipping. I’ve long used the penguin shuffle to walk on ice, which I hate doing. I grew up in a desert sand is much more forgiving to walk on…

Via Tablet Infographics

Steel Punk: Bear Trap Brass Epaulettes!

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These Brass Bear Trap Epaulettes were sold by Binkaminka on Etsy, OK so they are technically Brass Punk, but I’m going to take that as a sub genre of Steel Punk.

DC Comics Valentines

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These Valentines Day Cards featuring DC characters are cringeworth, but also quite cool. Also if you want to know why I chose Aquaman as the header image for this post, it’s because I don’t think he gets enough exposure, he’s a dancing master!

 

Via Vintagegal

Rock Band Rug Concept

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I could probably get a couple of dozen blog posts out of the archives of “Dave’s Geeky Ideas” but this Rock Band Rug Concept is fairly awesome. It’s part of Dave’s If IKEA Made Geeky Furniture series, and shows the fret board of a Rock Band guitar with notes coming down it.

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Film Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

I’ve been meaning to watch this moving for quite some time, so given I was in the mood for Anime after watching From Up On Poppy Hill yesterday I decided to give The Girl Who Leapt Through Time a watch.

This is a review of the 2006 Animated version of the film, the film is based on a 1967 book by  Yasutaka Tsutsui and there have been a number of adaptations of it (TV series, TV drama, live action movies and manga). Given that it’s been adapted so many times I’m going to assume the source material is pretty good and will have to look the original book up.

This film centres on 17 year old Makoto Konno who lives with her family and accidentally gains the ability to travel back in time. Her time travel takes the form of her rewinding the clock rather than her physically travelling back in time. This gives her the opportunity to relive events that have happened and in doing so alter their out come by behaving differently. If you seen “The Butterfly Effect” it’s a bit like that.

To start with this has comical effect Makoto goes back and has the “Perfect Day” having seen everything that went wrong with her day and fixing it, but of course events don’t happen in isolation and inevitably Makoto finds herself having to back track to “re-correct” the changes she’s made to get a better outcome as the net result of her time travelling escapades wreaks havoc on the lives of the people around her.

The characters in this are amazing, Makoto is brilliantly done and you will find yourself really connecting with her, less so with her slightly distant friends but they are still well written and well played and you learn that there is a reason that they are slightly distant.

I really enjoyed this movie, I’d happily watch it again and I’d even debate looking up some of the previous incarnations of the story. In the west you will probably find this film sorted among the Studio Ghibli films, and although it’s not a Ghibli Film if you like Ghibli you will probably like this film too.