Links for a New World [01]

Links for a New World is a feature in which I share a bunch of links to things around the web that are relevant to my interests.  It’s your weekend reading list!  The name comes from a musical… for no particular reason.


My pumpkin friend from last weekend's adventure!  Stay tuned for this post next week.

My pumpkin friend from last weekend’s adventure! Stay tuned for this post next week.

  • Who Said it: Chandler or Xander? – This Buzzfeed quiz is surprisingly difficult!  I don’t think there are two shows I’ve seen more times than Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Friends, and yet, I only got 11/15 of these correct on my first try.  How did you do?
  • The Carleton – I actually saw this clip on the news at work and nearly lost it.  I don’t watch Dancing with the Stars, but I do love The Fresh Prince of Bel Air!  I watched this whole dance and literally screeched when Alfonso busted out that move.
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Everything and the Kitchen Sink! – Grant Kirkhope made the excellent music for some of my favorite Nintendo 64 games including Goldeneye, Donkey Kong 64, and Banjo-Kazooie!  Here, he’s offering every song from the latter two basically for free.  You can name your price, download, and enjoy!
  • Daily Dachshund – We will likely not get away with any lists of links that do not include something dachshund-related.  My friend Julia sent me this link and I nearly lost it.  This pup knows how to relax!
  • 8-Bit Cinema’s Frozen – This is the first 8 Bit Cinema video I’ve seen, but I absolutely love the idea and will definitely be watching more.  Basically, this is what Frozen would look like if it were an old school video game.  The best part for me is the remixed music that pulls at the strings of my nostalgia!
  • Taylor Swift’s “Riptide” cover – Oh, T Swift, I can’t help but love you!  This cover of Vance Joy’s Riptide for BBC Radio 1 near brings tears to my eyes.  I would love to hear Taylor sing in the genre more often.
  • And finally, pumpkin! – Halloween is nearing, and if I had any outdoor space, I’d have a pumpkin bigger than that little baby in the bowl pictured.  If you want to be super creative when carving a big, orange, jack-o-lantern, try one of these pokémon silhouette patterns!  Seriously, someone try one.  I want to see!

Friday Favorites: Let it Go

I’ve blogged before about my love for multi-lingual music.  My iTunes rocks the likes of Japanese, French, and Italian usually, with a couple of others sprinkled in there… Korean, Spanish, maybe a little Russian thanks to Regina Spektor.  Well, the language count on my iPod soared with the discovery of this!  I’m a big fan of Frozen– the movie, but especially the music.  It all started when I stumbled across this video.

I was so impressed.  My Idina Menzel worship remains unmatched, but I still found myself absolutely in awe that there were so many talented singers who could pull of this song well.  I wanted more.  I wanted to hear these foreign language versions in their entirety.  Luckily, I’m not the only one who felt this craving: “Let it Go the Complete Set” exists.  This album available for download on iTunes contains all 41 foreign language versions of “Let it Go” and 9 foreign language versions of the ending credits version of the song.

I listened to it non-stop for a couple of weeks, and I’m still not tired of it.  I’m obsessed with the French version… the only other one I can actually understand in its entirety.  I also like the Japanese and the Italian… sensing any patterns?

I happen to think this is phenomenally cool and highly recommend checking this album out!  If anything, it can be your mantra for Friday… just a few working hours separate us from the weekend, so prepare to let it go!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 5: Thoughts

Oh guys, it’s been so long since we got a new episode of Sailor Moon Crystal. I’m so glad this is back in my life. Let’s get on with it, shall we?


Mako-chan, Mako-chan, Mako-chan

To be completely honest, I never thought much of Makoto or Sailor Jupiter. I never understood how the Juban School District never managed to get it together and find a uniform in her size. I mean, she’s tall, but she’s not really abnormal in size. I was always a fan of her signature rose bud earrings, and I loved her culinary skills. Sailor Moon Crystal’s incarnation has both of these things— they highlight the earrings in a romantic flourish, and they showcase her impeccable bento box with a sparkle. Like Rei, Mako-chan has strikingly lovely eyes— green, this time.


All and all, I find SMC Mako-chan to be a lot more lovely and a lot more likeable. Perhaps even at a quicker pace, we’re seeing a difference level of character development. It’s working for me. Her transformation into Jupiter is the most badass transformation sequence yet.


I’m still obsessed with Usagi, though


Subtly is not for her.  Food is, though.


Tuxedo Mask finally did something

Tuxedo Mask came to Usagi’s window at night, (definitely no secret identity confusion here) took her by the hand, and led her to the scene of the crime. It was very mysterious and very romantic.

Of course, that means Usagi ends up showing up to the fight in her pjs. Ami-chan shows up in what looks to be comfy clothes perhaps having stayed up late to study, and Rei-chan apparently lives and sleeps in her miko outfit.




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We’re Learning

Mako-chan absolutely knew that Sailor Moon was Usagi. Is it because Usagi called her Mako-chan which nobody had called her before? Or is it because these disguises are weak. Regardless, Makoto didn’t need any prompting whatsoever. The moment she got that green pen, she was all Jupiter Power Make-Up!


Other things

I’m onboard the Jupiter train, but the chick has two attacks already? She hits ’em with a Flower Hurricane, then a Jupiter Thunderbolt. This dual “element” (to use the term loosely) thing kind of bothered me… if she were a pokémon, she’d be dual-type grass and electric. She gets two things. And two attacks right off the bat? I’m still not sure Sailor Mars even has one… Akuryo Taisan is Rei’s thing as a miko. All we’ve really Sailor Moon do is the silly Moon Tiara Action (still refusing to call it anything else) and the unnamed Unicorn Laserbeam attack.

Jupiter is also not short of catchphrases, including one borrowed from Queen Elsa or Arendelle.



And isn’t Usagi supposed to be the shortest? That probably only bothers me and goes unnoticed or uncared for by anyone else.


Ami, get taller.

Finally, no real foreshadowing except for this fun new gadget for Usagi! Now this girl’s going to be able to do some more damage.


No Minako yet, though. Next episode will feature Tuxedo Mask. I can’t wait until Venus shows up!

I loved this episode.  Even the creepy Twilight Zone mannequins that come to life.  What did you guys think of our newest Sailor Senshi?



Yesterday marked the DVD release of Disney’s latest animated feature, Frozen.

Unpopular opinion #1: I don’t really love movies.

Unpopular opinion #2: I don’t really love Disney.

I’m Sally Sparrow* when it comes to movies.  I can count the amount of movies I’ve seen in theaters since I graduated from college on one hand.  It’s basically a Fluke that I ended up seeing Frozen in theaters, but boy was I glad I did.  I absolutely loved it!  I am a big fan of visually stunning films, but the real reason for my love is the music!

The voice cast for this movie is insane.  We have the obscenely talented Idina Menzel providing vocals for Elsa, the ice queen.  The leading lady, Anna, is voiced surprisingly by Kristen Bell.  While I knew Idina was a powerhouse vocally, I had no idea that Kristen Bell had such pipes!  She impressed me first, because we hear Anna sing before we here Elsa, but for me, “Let It Go” stole the show.  (Enjoy that above!)

When I did a little more research, I learned Christophe Beck scored this film.  That’s my cosmic connection to this film, as any good Buffy fan knows the value of Christophe Beck!  We have him to thank for the Close Your Eyes, the Buffy/Angel Love Theme.

Frozen is available on DVD and for digital rental via iTunes.  It was actually downloadable via iTunes since late February, but I didn’t realize that until I sat down to write this.  I definitely think this is worth a watch– I’m not a Disney fan, or even a movie fan, so take this endorsement for what it’s worth!

*”You only own 17 DVDs?”