Archive for May, 2009

Photo Phriday 24

Friday, May 1st, 2009

So I’m back on schedule with Photo Phriday, and you get your picture on time this week. Thanks to Amu, I also had a really fun idea to work with for today’s image.

Later this month Amu’s World will be making its first convention appearance at Balticon. Amu’s been working frantically crocheting ninjas and Katamari Princes to sell. When she decided she needed help we turned to the only other person with sufficient knowledge of amigurumi ninja anatomy.

Add This Tuna, Bring It Like This

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Via like 5 different people from a few different places I bring to you the thing I’ve been obsessed with all evening. Enjoy.

Water Walk

Monday, May 4th, 2009

As anyone who’s played an online game with other people knows, lag can lead to some interesting things. For instance, Amu was playing Animal Crossing: City Folk with her niece during a particularly bad case of lagginess when we discovered that it’s possible to walk on water.

Here we see Amu’s niece doing the Jesus Strut across a small pond. Yes, this means that the girl in the Kappa cap, eyepatch and Zap Suit is Amu. She’s very special. Animal Crossing’s photo feature makes it easy to capture oddities like this and share them with others.

If you’ve got a Wii, and own Animal Crossing: City Folk, keep checking back with us as we have a special event planned down the line. If you want to hit us up early with your friend code, shoot us a comment or an e-mail so we can add you to prepare early.

Not An Ecuadorian Holiday

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

I have an hour long commute on public transportation to get to work everyday. Mostly I listen to music or read, but today I opted for something different. I bring you THAT THING I DID ON THE TRAIN TODAY:

It made sense that Ecuador wouldn’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and this little thing popped in my head. I decided to give drawing the characters a try, and this pretty much sums up the extent of my artistic ability. Since I was just goofing around I didn’t consider that it was on lined paper, and I didn’t want to clean it up to pretend I took it seriously.

That said, it sparked the idea that I may want to do this sort of thing a little more often. If anyone would like to see me do a drawn, weekly mini strip leave a comment, send an e-mail, or hit me up on teh Twitters. If there’s enough interest I’ll give this a shot and see where it goes. And who knows? I may learn to draw!

Trek Effect?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

I haven’t been following news on the new Star Trek film hitting theaters this weekend primarily to keep myself in the dark so I can see the movie without having formed an opinion of it ahead of time. I’m not a trekkie. I don’t watch the television shows. I have enjoyed most of the movies, however, and was definitely planning on giving this new spin on the franchise a shot. Today, I saw something that’s almost guaranteed I’m sitting in an uncomfortable chair for a couple hours this weekend.

Does this screenshot, or does it not, seem like it could have come right out of the Xbox 360 game Mass Effect? Mass Effect was the game that got me to love games again. It got me wanting to try more RPG titles, which was a genre of game I’d abandoned quite some time ago. Even if this is the only scene that looks like this in the entire movie, I’ll enjoy myself. Also, it brings to mind there needs to be a Mass Effect movie. Period.

Re: I Will Take You Back

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

As the D&D game I’ve been waiting a year to run is starting to gear up to its first session, I’ve had it on the brain a lot. In fact, a long time friend of mine has been engaging in quite the debate on the merits of D&D in regards to roleplaying. A lot of the topics we touch on can be found in THIS THREAD on the Story Games for Everybody boards about playing D&D 4th Edition like a tactical board game.

When deciding on today’s strip I realized I’d need to make some props, and scale became important. I’d never really taken the time to figure out the scale at which we do things here at Amu’s World. I measured Ninja’s height and worked my maths to come up with 1/16th scale. This is an odd number for a couple of reasons, but primarily because it didn’t seem to work out. In the photo above I’ve placed a normal sized dime into the fray to give a sense of proportion. This is the tiny nature of our work here.

I’m thinking the stocky nature of the amigurumi characters is requiring slightly larger props. We use Re-ment occasionally, which upon doing research I find has a scale that shifts slightly depending on when the pieces were made. Any piece I’ve used leans towards the ‘too big’ side anyway, so I’ll probably have to sit down one day and make a bunch of props at varying scales to see what does and doesn’t work. I need to work all this out, because sometime this summer we’ll be having our first set to shoot on, and I want everything to be just right.

Photo Phriday 25 – Amu’s Bunch

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Finally got off my butt and took photos for the Cast page. Today’s Photo Phriday is a sort of teaser I thought would be funny. Looking at it you may be reminded of a popular family television show from the ’70s.

After putting it together I’d managed to realize this is the second time I’ve photographed Warusan without his cigar. And this is kind of an important photo. I’ll be taking a replacement one tomorrow, but if you look closely above he’s slightly frowning. He misses his security nicotine.

Danzig Sang A Song About You

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Today is the day we honor one of the most important influences in our childhood, and our lives. While I can’t speak for all, I can certainly speak for myself when I say that my mother is one of the biggest inspirations to me. I know firsthand the sacrifices she’s made for the sake of me and my siblings. I owe more than I can express with words to the woman who helped shape who I am. Happy Mother’s Day, mom. I love you.

If anyone would like to share this Amu’s World card with YOUR mother, feel free to send a link to THIS POST, or Right-Click and Save As from HERE and attach it to an e-mail. Yay MOMS!

Quite The Trek

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I’ve never been a Star Trek fan. Just haven’t. I’m familiar with the various series titles and have a fair understanding the gist of each, but I’ve never sat down to watch a Star Trek episode on television, vhs, or dvd ever. It doesn’t help that I’d spent most of my youth in a Star Trek vs. Star Wars state of fandom. I made my choice, and my team had red lightsabers.

This dichotomy between two important and significant sci-fi franchises went a few notches towards dissolving this weekend when I watched the new Star Trek movie. If this is a sign of what’s in store for Star Trek, I could possibly become a Trekkie. Really.

I won’t break down my thoughts and give a full review of the film because I’m not terribly good at that sort of thing, but I’ll say that the focus on character development, and the rivalry/friendship between Kirk and Spock won me over. Some old school Trek fans lamented the lack of faux science techno babble that’s a staple of the franchise, but I’m glad for its omission. At least in this first film I am. There’s plenty of time for trans-warp sub configulabotomy crystal/gem fabritilations in subsequent films. this first one HAD to be about character.

See this movie. If you’ve ever heard of Star Trek I’d urge you to see this film. It’s enough canon to appease the die-hards and it’s fresh enough to convert people who were never Trek fans. I know it’s done that for me, and I know I’m not alone.