Gab, Currently II:

Missing Sims Social.

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I really miss Sims Social. Not so much when it became complicated and you had to maintain a penthouse aside from your original house, but I miss its earlier days. I’m trying to find a better screencap where my house looked better, but I either didn’t tag it on tumblr, or they were on my livejournal account that I deleted ha-ha!

I’ve been playing Line Play, but it’s just not the same. I could go back to playing ACNL, but I get too emotionally attached to the villagers.

Feeling Nauseous.

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Last Monday, in what seems to be the latest in a long list of ailments that have been plaguing me since my birthday, I was diagnosed with Labyrinthitis. I’ve been spending the past week nauseated and/or with vertigo. Fun. Only plus is it makes me think about Jim Henson muppets and David Bowie a lot.

No, that’s not really a plus. I just want it to go away.

Craving the sea!

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Labyrinthitis has delayed the completion of the last two paintings I need to get done, so I don’t know when I’m going to be able to squeeze a weekend trip in. I haven’t been all July, and it looks like August will pass without, too.

My only comfort is it’s been pretty flat in Zambales lately.

(Re)reading Percy.

I’m sick, so I’ve been reading the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series again. Here’s some pretty awesome animation by ilyone if the books were an anime series .

TL;DR Everything’s been very frustrating.

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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

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Let’s get two things out of the way first: I am a huge fan of the books, and no, I don’t expect movie adaptations to be 100% faithful.

That being said, this movie was terrible.

I don’t understand how you can fuck this up. You’ve got great source material and a great cast (Nathan  Fillion, Stanley Tucci, that guy who played Giles in Buffy, and the voice of Ron Perlman), so how?

The CG was just okay, the script was crap and its delivery stiff, and whatever chemistry the cast had in the first movie seems to have disappeared.

There’s this attempt to be the next Harry Potter, which I never felt reading the books. The scene where they’re on the Grey Sisters’ cab was made too similarly to the Knight Bus scene in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Also, there were scenes that were supposed to take place on a cruise ship that took place on a yacht which I found hilarious. Did they run out of money? Underwhelming doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I really thought they couldn’t do any worse than the first film (which wasn’t completely terrible, just terribly shallow), OH, BUT WAIT THEY CAN.

There were four things I liked about it:

  1. Stanley Tucci’s quip on water and wine.
  2.  Nathan Fillion subtle reference to Firefly.
  3. The design of the Hippocampus and the Clothis Bull.
  4. Charybdis’s first appearance.
I have to admit, this scene was pretty cool.

Wait for Sea of Monsters to come out cable, don’t bother watching it in the cinemas. In the meantime, read the books if you haven’t, they’re a fun and fresh take on the Greek Mythology genre (Can I call it a genre? Sub-genre?). If you already have, then a re-read is in order to cleanse your palate and to keep you occupied until House of Hades comes out next month. If I’m too late, and you’ve actually spent money to watch this movie, here’s a recipe for blue chocolate chip cookies to cheer yourself up.