February 21st, 2014

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Kitsnaps: Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

All the tropical flowers in the greenhouses at the Botanic Gardens are currently in bloom. I’ve never caught them in bloom before, and had a fairly wonderful time going through and taking pictures in the warm serenity of the greenhouses.

Of course, this is one of like two pictures that I actually know what I was taking a picture *of*, and mostly I didn’t think to take pictures of the accompanying labels, either (primarily because it’s never really clear to me which label belongs with which set of plants unless it’s, like, a tree to which the label is nailed…), so I have a bunch of pretty, nameless flower pictures now, but hey. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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questionable content

I tell you, I look at Questionable Content all the time and think, “If I did a web comic five days a week every week for ten years I too would improve hugely with my artistic skills. That would be so great. I should do that!”

Then I go “ahahahah in my copious free time ahahahaha ideas ahahahah :p” and that’s pretty much the end of that.

Still. It would be cool.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Picoreview: Shadow Recruit

Picoreview: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: muuuuuch better than I expected.

I mean, it’s a popcorn movie, don’t get me wrong, but I like popcorn movies and this one served up nicely. It turns out I rather like Chris Pine, maybe especially when he’s not being lit by lens flares along his razored cheekbones (I already knew I liked his voice better when I couldn’t see him, thanks to his voicing Jack Frost in Guardians of Easter or whatever that movie was :)), and he was more approachable and endearing as Jack Ryan than as Kirk. So that was all good.

However, it was Kiera Knightly who really made the movie for me. She had a much better part than just damsel-in-distress, and is highly relevant to a lot of the turns of storyline (even above and beyond the obvious one that gets her in trouble), so I enjoyed that tremendously. Also, it was nice to see her not in a corset. :)

Pine is still not Alec Baldwin, who is the Best Jack Ryan (even if Baldwin turned out to be an unforgiveable ass as a person, in the end), but I’ll happily go see another one of his Jack Ryan films

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)