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Rated M Games

So, many of you don’t exactly know about this new ruling. It went through the Supreme Court and all, so I thought I’d discuss it a bit and get some of the nastiness out of the water.

Last week, the Supreme Court overturned a law that said Rated M games could not be sold to minors. With that being said, everyone things Little Timmy Tot is going to be able to go out and get Call of Duty at his local store just like that.

Wrong.

Most companies, including mine (gamestop), have policies which prohibit minors from buying Rated M games. What the Supreme Court is doing is basically saying “you won’t go to jail under us for selling them…what your company does with you is their own business.” Just like kids getting into Rated-R movies from accidental slip ups doesn’t mean that the employee is going to get a lawsuit.

At Gamestop, if you still have to be 17 and up to buy Rated M games. Same thing goes for Target and Walmart. Now, companies can begin to turn a blind eye (and go against their policies) but it is highly unlikely that things will change.

And even so, parents should step up their own game. If you give Little Timmy Tot who’s only 12 $80 and just send him into a store for games, you’re a bad parent. If that store doesn’t care about what they sell (because we shouldn’t have to be kid monitors while you’re a lazy ass), and Little Timmy Tot gets Mortal Kombat and tries to rip his little sister apart, Little Timmy Tot should be institutionalized, and you should be put in jail and lose all custody.

Game makers should be allowed to make whatever they want to make. Freedom of expression. Parents should learn to do their job and be PARENTS.

…Either way. If you go to Gamestop, Walmart, or Target to get games, chances are you’re still going to get carded. So don’t even think about trying to slide one past us. We’re not stupid, and we aren’t going to lose our jobs for your homeopathic nature.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Gaming

 

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Charizard Wallpaper

Cosplay day was a bust, so I hope you will enjoy this Charizard/Charmander/Charmeleon wall paper :3 Now available in TWO sizes 😀

1024×768 ver http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VTKUZZ8O

1600×900 ver http://www.megaupload.com/?d=P24RGNMO

Let me know if there are other Pokemon that you would like wallpapers of!

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2011 in Pokemon

 

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Art Day was anti productive/Never buy an HP Printer

So it was a day for art.

Or so I thought so, when I woke up this morning.

I had full intentions of doing a MULTITUDE of work today. Tonberries, suggies…tons of pokemon. Not only that, I was going to crank out as many keychains as possible today.

Guess what DIDN’T happen?

I just bought a new HP printer because my old one started to decay on the inside (the rubber feeds were having problems, and causing me loss of product). So I got this new one, at the same price point, figuring it would be about the same. Wrong. This HP printer has caused me NOTHING but problems and remorse. Everytime I go to print out of photoshop, it squishes my images. It’s like it doesn’t switch out of landscape mode on portrait style printouts.

So my friend and I spent the day eating pork buns, pot stickers, and cookies. And here I thought I was going to start back on my diet too >>;

(My drawing of Esther, Chewi, and me on our art day)

Happy Thor’s Day x3

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Magikarp Wallpaper

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0LZ07AXQ

Available for download now!

I feel so bad about not posting anything yesterday, I just didn’t have anything to post lol. But I hope you will enjoy this wallpaper. Size 1024px x 768px.

Wallpapers will only be shown for upload here. They will not be posted elsewhere. Please only use for personal wallpapers and do not erase my name. Thank you!

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in Pokemon

 

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Sakura Kinomoto Wig

(Omg I’m big anime eyed-desu :D)

So I just got done styling my -legasp- Sakura Kinomoto wig. I plan to do this cosplay at Otakon. I won’t reveal what version, and you won’t be able to tell by the wig :3 that’s still a secret!

(The Finished Wig)

I thought I’d start a little tutorial on how this as done. Note, I’m still a novice wig styler, and not all my methods are good. I’m still learning. So if you have positive critique and helpful tips, go ahead and add them :3 but know that I’m not a master, so please don’t chastise <3!

(This was the base wig http://cosplaywig.ecrater.com)

The base wig I bought was one that had fullness and room to cut. I didn’t need longer, as I don’t like to cut horrendous amounts off. Note that most master wig crafters recommend always getting a medium wig even for short wigs to allow ample styling. I just didn’t want to spend the extra money >>;

After getting the wig, I found out it had crimped base hair for fullness. It wasn’t in the item description, so I could’ve sent it back. But it did give me some extra fullness to play with, so I kept it. Besides, shipping back to China takes a gazillion years and you’re less likely to get your money back anyway.After I got it, I trimmed it to the right lengths everywhere. After adding wefts, it’s easier to reestablish the cut if all the other hair is right, and you just have a few strands out of place. Note: When cutting bangs and trimming, use your scissors in an upward fashion instead of going across. You get nice triangle cuts that fall much better than ‘bowl’ cutting.

I knew that, in order to create Sakura’s bangs, I would need to add extra wefts to the top of the wig. When you have a natural wig colour, it’s so easy to get wefts.

(Human Hair Wefts)

The reason I say natural wig wefts are easy to find (and cheap, mind you) is because you can go to a Dollar Buster or discount Beauty Store (and not to be offensive, but these are usually found in the ghetto or cheapside). You get gorgeous any-length human hair wefts for super cheap. I got about 4 feet here for 8$ and the colour was PERFECT. The hair is so soft and easy to style also. If you have an unnatural color, it’s best to go online and find pre-sewn wefts if you can. Making your own wefts is not only tedious and messy, but usually doesn’t last nearly as long and the fibers become soooo much more tangled than pre-sewn. Lastly, presewn wefts can be cut in any inch amount and will not fall apart on you. If you’ve ever done caulk on a weft to make one…you know how easily they can fall apart.

After cutting out a few sections of weft, I sewed them into the top of the cap as I knew I was going to create bangs. Note that I got a wig without a part; this was for a reason. Sakura’s hair looks like it has a huge part going on, but you can tell by the front bangs that this is NOT a part. It is merely a lift in the side bangs.

(A sewn in weft)

I pull back one weft where I would like to insert another, clip it back, and then SLIP STITCH the new weft in right under the old one. This helps decrease the amount you can see, as the sewn weft usually has a large chunk of serging unlike the wig wefts. Slip stitch in a slightly darker color than your weft (I used black) so that it looks natural in shadows. Note that adding wefts into the top of a wig is very hard and you have to use very few if any. Adding wefts on the side is much easier. If you can avoid the top, do so. If not, like I did, just take your time and keep it as flat as possible.

(D: ugly)

Ah, a nice crop of hair ontop of that head. I was enthralled to get a perfect colour for the presewn wefts. Usually the Dollar Busters etc have a huge selection of colour, and they are more than happy to help you match (they may look like creepers but they totally aren’t). So you see now why I wanted to style the wig before hand? Now I just have to trim a bit!

(note that this is actually two steps)

I forgot to take a picture right after I styled. Stupid me. So above you see two steps. When I added in wefts, I only did so where I wanted the new bangs to be. In doing so, I can hide the wefts -very easily- by sewing the wefts in a certain fashion. It’s hard to explain, but you essentially sew one weft right side up, and the other from underneath. That way the one underneath hides the stitches when you pull the bangs upward. Either way, I pushed the bangs back with my hand softly, and sprayed some Got2B freeze spray on them. Then I took my hair dryer on the lowest setting and blew it back. I did use heat, because I wanted to slightly heat set the hair. Never leave the heat on TOO long or you will melt the synthetic fiber, if you have it. I then gelled a small part of hair and blow dried it while holding it in a loop (it’s so cute ;3). I made some extra tendrils in the same fashion. After having everything right, I gave another pass with the freeze spray and dried once more to set it.

(Wook at the wittle pigtail :3)

I had -tons- of weft left ofter, so it was time to make the little pigtails. I cut about 8 inches of weft and spun it in a roll, sewing it together as I went to keep it locked.

I took the pigtail and cut out a small chunk of hair from the wig. Note, I didn’t cut the WEFT it was on, I just trimmed the hair. I secured the pigtail at five points to make sure it didn’t drag the wefts down very much. Dispersing the weight is MOST optimal when adding sewn-in pigtails. I lined up the other side, and did the same.

The finished wig! I didn’t add the hair accessories yet, since they would be a dead giveaway to which costume I was doing :). Hope you enjoyed my tut! Any questions? Post in the comments!

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2011 in Costuming

 

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The Pros and Cons of a Gamestop Employee

There are many preconceived notions about being a Gamestop employee; the fame, the opportunity, the geekness. All of it seems wonderful and lovely, but sometimes it’s a struggle. Do you lose yourself to ‘the man’ and succumb to its wonder, or do you stave away, forever starved? I’ve compiled a list to think about if you’re ever in the situation. Life or death, mind you (zombie apocalypse, duh).

Pros:

First of all, you get to work around video games. And for most people, that’s good enough. You get to talk about video games all day. Everyone that comes in wants to know what you know and how you know it. And even if they don’t want to know, you can still jam it down their throat. Secondly, you get some rad swag. Everytime a new game comes out (at least the big titles) you get some type of lanyard or tshirt. Sometimes, it’s even bigger o_o.

(Duke Nukem cock not included)

Free stuff is always a plus (just don’t try to sell it or you’ll get fired, literally). Next, you get to work with people who share your common interests. You get to work and talk about games, and not get scolded for it. Except for those guys that work with you that don’t have a life outside of video games. That’s a toughie. And oh yeah, did I mention the free rentals? You can check out games, as long as they are at least a week old, for three days at a time. Can’t beat it in three days (pansy)? You can check it out again in a week. I have played so many games through the system. Oh yeah, and you get free food. Most of the time, you’ll be asked to work midnight releases. If you do, you’ll always get some free pizza and drinks.

(^ totally a fake pizza)

Delicious. Lastly, your super wicked discount. 15% off for employees, which only doesn’t go towards new consoles. And if you’re an LGA (keyholder) or higher, you get a free one year power up rewards card. So if you’re getting used games, looking at 25% off.

But there is never a one night stand without one person being unhappy the morning after.

Cons:

Most of the time, you’re working under someone who slacks. This doesn’t happen -always- but never ceases to fail at some point in your Gamestop career. You also always have to sell pre-orders/reserves and subscriptions/power up cards. If you don’t make your numbers one week, you better be on your toes the next week. Even in the dry season, you’re required to sell. Even if people don’t want what you want to give them, you make them take it. Y’know, like Dumbledore and that potion thing to get the locket. Next, the work attire changes almost every other week. One week it’s fine to wear gamer shirts, the next it’s polos. So be prepared to have a wardrobe. After all that, you will be given sets of ‘chores’ to do, which really are busy work if you are in a low-lying store. Things like ‘move this section over here’ then the week after have to move it back. Seasonal times are always a bitch and a half also. Asking off is like pulling teeth, even with the extra help they don’t want to let you go. Then, there are children. They are there to wreck your store.

(Professional baby wrecking crew. Don’t try this at home.)

Beware, as you have to keep the walls alphabetized. And the last thing is dignity. For girls, it’s not so bad. Guys come in to see you and are very jazzed about the experience. However, for guys, it can really break your internet penis. Some of the hardcore gamers see working at Gamestop as being a sellout and some will even delete you from clans.

But getting to work with hot gamer chicks totally negates it for the most part.

So hopefully that answers some questions about Gamestop. Not everything is sunshine and daisies, but it’s also not completely horrible! You decide!

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Gaming

 

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Patterning

This past winter, I took a class for patternmaking (it’s a requirement). Boy did I learn alot, but thankfully it was mostly out of a book. So I’m here to share a few things related to patternmaking if you want to get into it.

These are the basic tools of patternmaking that you’ll want to pick up. Everything else can usually be cast out. Here’s a list:

Patternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph-Armstrong (I recommend the fifth edition)
Vary Form Hip Curve
French Curve
Clear ruler (18in) with red markings
Tape (the green plaid kind is best)
Tacks/push pins (the really long grey kinds are optimal, but not shown here)
Tape measure (not pictured)

and…

DOT PAPER!

Dot paper is really crucial to the patternmaking process as you’ll be making all of your patterns on it. I can only find this at an art store in town, so you may have to ask around for it. It’s -most- optimal because the numbers and plus signs are all one inch apart, making patterning very very easy. If you try to work on non-lined or blank paper…you’re not going to like yourself.

And if you plan to pick up patternmaking, I recommend going to Home Depot and buying a 3×4 or so piece of Black Cat. Sometimes it comes bigger, and I usually get mine cut in four and use them until the cats have had their way with them.

Lastly, you’ll need some manilla paper/tag board. This can also be found in art stores, but not commercial ones like Michael’s. You can use this for blocks (I’ll talk about those in a later post) and over your Black Cat. You won’t want to draft ontop of Black Cat unless you have the manilla paper over it.

The best place to start? Start reading the book. It’s a bit expensive but you will -never- have to buy another pattern. Ever. You can make ANYTHING you want out of this book. It also has a few instructions on how to fit things if they’re not right.

Go at it! Have fun, and always message if you need some help!

~Kat

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Costuming

 

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