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Finding it bizarre that going to the cinema warrants its own header in my journal these days, when the last film I saw before the pandemic hit, Sonic 1, barely got a footnote.
I didn't quite have continuity of seeing Sonic 2 as the next film in the cinema (the Matrix 4 took that title in December) but at any rate, I thoroughly enjoyed the second film of the series; a lot of my gripes of the first film were addressed and this one really felt like it was for the fans.
I found a slot at the cinema that was quiet and ended up being one of maybe a dozen in the cinema. I even put on Sonic, Knuckles and Tails themed nail varnish for the occasion!Amiga Mini
I bought the A500 Mini, which seems to essentially be a raspberry pi with custom firmware inside a very good miniature reproduction Amiga case. It also came with a modern version of the Amiga mouse, which I think is my favourite thing about it.
The selection of games for it is limited, but I bought a copy of Lemmings from eBay which eases my conscience about sideloading Lemmings onto the thing to play later.
At some point I will also stream Amiga Lemmings on my twitch account. I've been streaming Lemmings for the Mega Drive recently and while it's mostly a good reproduction, the lack of a mouse is a problem, especially on some of the Mega Drive-specific levels which seem to need a lot of cursor accuracy.Long cycle ride and long walk
I had a couple of extra days off work over Easter. On one day I took my bike further west along the River Trent than I had before, ending up nearly at Cavendish Bridge before turning around.
On another day I walked North for a similar amount of time, ending up just outside Trowell. That was a really gorgeous day, and I saw a lot of countryside that I hadn't visited before.
To my delight, I also walked through an area where I saw thirteen wild rabbits! I think that's the happiest I've been for a long time. They were adorable!SONC ARTS
I did two small bits of fluid art that I took inspiration from the Sonic and Knuckles logo for the colours, though I wasn't really sure what to do with the rest.
I made the paint a little too thick, so it didn't pour well, and so I used it as an opportunity to practice shaping the paint with a stick too. I'm moderately pleased with the outcome, especially the red/black one.
I've also provided a panel of digital artwork for Angel's Sonic the Comic: Reillustrated project, which is the first time I've tried to draw any Sonic characters in anger. I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out, though I feel I could do with a lot more practice drawing StC style characters (or, honestly, any characters.)
It's for Running Wild, part 2, page 3, panel 3.Kew Gardens visit
I was in London overnight for A Thing and decided to use my time after arriving to go to Kew Gardens. It was a pleasant day and there were a few beds of tulips out that were really colourful and cheering!
While I was in London I also got a new jumper from FatFace and some new walking boots from Ellis Brigham, to replace an old pair that were starting to fall apart.SONC FICS
Finally, I wrote two more Sonic the Comic fanfics: two vignettes in the Super Amy-verse that people seem to be enjoying. They have 35 and 38 views at the time of writing, with five and seven kudos respectively, which is pretty pleasing.
Stifled Laughs 1 and 2 at AO3
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In fairness I also procrastinate when there's only one item to do, but at least it isn't panicked procrastination
I do wish my brain wouldn't scare itself into inaction whenever my chores todo list goes above a certain number (1).
@basilbrushoff Just the local skate rink! They're not very formal lessons but my aims are mostly to do stuff that looks and feels cool, so I'm not too worried about having the officially correct technique or anything :)
First roller skating lesson tonight since February! Bit shaky to begin with but I feel like I was back in the swing of things by the end, and got to pick up the technique for backward crossovers too! (in one direction at least!)
tender love is when you really have a thing for steam trains
Listening to a couple of ex-conductors on the train; hadn't occurred to me that 1st Class can be used as a safe area if someone is being made uncomfortable or harassed. "Upgrade" the innocent party to First; make sure there are staff at the station to meet them when they get off.
Dreamt the Mayor of London encouraged me to walk across the Isle of Wight in just my post-shower towel. Unfortunately a tornado struck, so in addition to holding onto the grass to avoid being swept into the air, I also had to hold onto my towel for my modesty.
Also, something for the stream tomorrowBeavis and Butthead: the game, …
In the post today: probably the first time I've held an Amiga formatted floppy disk for over 25 years.(I have not ordered an actual Amiga but I now have guilt alleviation for sideloading the Amiga Mini)Two blue 3.5 inch floppy disks,…
I always tend to levitate and glide rather than fly per se, but gosh darn do I know exactly how to do it.