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Friday Things: 08/03

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[Another week gone by! It went by so fast....]

On gamer-related things:

Someone showed me this tee a few days ago and it made me laugh. Any shirt, really, that depicts chickens in Legend of Zelda context is going to get a reaction out of me. This one in particular is called Finger Lickin' Deathwish and it's up for US$15. What also made me chuckle is there's a bit in the description about picking on little guys in games, and how eventually they fight back (like the chickens). It reminded me of FFXI, a game where there'll always be a small rabbit-type monster that can kick your ass.

Keeping with the Legend of Zelda theme, here's an awesome cosplay. Dark Link! More pictures here. (via Fashionably Geek)

We might, just might, be seeing a Rufus (Final Fantasy VII) Play Arts Kai figure from Square Enix sometime soon. Now, I'm kind of tired of seeing merchandise from that game, but the emphasis with this news is that they're producing a figure for a character who has never seen any figure love before. It's too bad I'll probably never see a beautiful and affordable statue of a moogle a-la FFXII.

On stuff you can watch:

It wasn't until this past weekend that I started hearing about a movie called The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki. I saw a figure is in its prototype stages during our coverage of Wonder Festival for Tomopop (we missed it before, so I reported on it yesterday), and then someone else was chatting away about it on Twitter following his watching of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (created by the same person, Mamoru Hosoda). Eventually, I remembered that my buddy Elliot who contributes to Japanator with me reviewed it for the site. And he gave it a perfect 10/10.

The newest season of Doctor Who will be starting up soon, and the official trailer has launched. The first five episodes will air this fall, and in the trailer we got snippets of weeping angels, dinosaurs, Daleks, and... fire. I also saw a flash of someone that looked a hell of a lot like David Bradley (he was Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies), and what will end up being a supposed tearful farewell of the Ponds. I'll be writing up summaries and such as it airs, by the way. (If IMDb is to be believed, it is actually David Bradley in that snippet, who is scripted into one episode regarding the dinosaur thing)

If you were ever curious about Peter Mayhew and how his life was around the time he embodied Chewbacca, this is the biopic for you.

Lindsey Stirling strikes again with another inspired music video based on music she covers on her violin. The tune is to Phantom of the Opera (a medley), and quite a lot of work went into it, from costumes to choreography and cinematography. For full credits and info, check the description under the above-linked video. Oh, and she's going on tour. She isn't coming anywhere nearby me for now, but you might be luckier. 

On photography:

I love bokeh and shooting with a shallow depth of field in general. It isn't for every situation, but I still plug it into my work when I can. Yesterday, I learned about a book (it's only US$8 by the way) called The Art of Bokeh: A Guide to Using Shallow Depths in Landscape Photography by Christopher O'Donnell. It's sold as an eBook in .pdf format, meaning it could be imported to the iPad and taken around with me everywhere I go. Christopher writes that he's written it from a beginners perspective, so anyone that wants to learn about bokeh in general would learn from his book, but it's otherwise written with a landscape photographer in mind. I'll be purchasing the book and on a separate post, write up my thoughts on it. (via PhotoInk)

Disney revealed the latest beautiful portraits by Annie Leibovitz out of the Disney Dream Portrait collection, featuring Russell Brand as Captain Hook balancing over the jaws of the Tick Tock Croc, and Will Ferrell, Jack Black and Jason Segel posing as the three Hitchhiking Ghosts of the Haunted Mansion.

Both pictures look great, and The Disney Parks Blog also showed a "behind the scenes" look at how these shots came to life with a video about the Ghosts. For a look at Russell behind the scenes, a Disney fan blog has you covered. update: The official Disney Blog posted up a better behind the scenes section, with video of Russell and everything.

Other (art):

There is some rad art on this deviantART user's page. Movie posters of iconic sci-fi movies drawn and re-imagined, playing cards, and even comics - all drawn in a fun style. Check it out.

[I think I've caused enough time-wasting for one day. Hope you all have a lovely weekend! As for my shameless self-promotion, if you're into Fairy Tail - here's a post I wrote up this week to get you up to speed with all the anime licensing and merchandising info up until now. On the toy side of things, I've just posted a new contest at Tomopop. You could win some neato figures that I've reviewed recently and generally just have fun.]