Monday, 29 November 2010

I feel I should validate something.

Ay, many a link will follow is this 'ere passage.

In case you haven't picked this up, which is highly likely, depending on how much time you spend with me/if you're Aleks Grimes, (Aleks, I figure if I keep linking to your blog, you'll update it eventually) I kinda really like YouTube. In fact, I might even call myself a YouTube fangirl. Though I do try to imagine YouTube complexly.
I absolutely love it, spend all of my time and internet downloads on it, and have formed these attachments to people who I will never meet, and ideas that spring from the other side of the world. I can imagine, and I know for a fact that it does, that to some people, this fascination with YouTube seems ridiculous, illogical and kinda weird, so I want to take a moment to explain it.

If you were to take a survey, asking people what they mainly use YouTube for, I suspect that over 50% of the answers would be "Uh, for videos of funny cats. You mean to imply there are OTHER things on there?"
In fact, I think that if you were to take a survery, asking people what they mainly use the internet for, they would come up with a very similar, cat-related answer (the internet is nothing if not a place for cute/amusing/silly pictures of cats with misspelled, white text accompanying phrases).

But I digress.

YouTube is a place that, while 5 years ago no-one knew of it, now gets over 24 hours worth of video uploaded every minute. And a fair portion of that is funny cats, and fair portion is funny other-animals-that-aren't-cats-but-also-do-cute-things and another fair portion is just other funny videos, of skits or of people being stupid.

But what you may not know about, is the YouTube community. This ranges from people like Natalie Tran and Charlie McDonnell right through Kristina Horner and Eddplant and then to such folk as Handful of Minutes and Simon, who I linked to a few posts ago.
And do you know something? All of these people, from 800,000 subscribers, down to 1,000 subscribers are connected. And I don't just mean because they all use YouTube.

People are welcomed in, and they form friendships, and relationships, and record companies and huge projects that decrease world suck and they have YouTube Gatherings, mission projects, and even a summer con and all this is done through the people on YouTube.

I am just perpetually amazed by the things YouTubers can do, and how friendships can form between those who count as YouTube Famous, and those whose subscriber count is at least half family members.
And that a community like this can exist in a place where a whole lot of the videos are of double rainbows and people putting cats in bins. Everyone loves a good Cat Gets Put In Bin video.
And also that this community can be so freqeuntly overlooked.

Ever seen a Ray William Johnson video? What about a Shane Dawson video? Yeah, both YouTubers, both in the top 5 global partners subscriber count, and both part of the YouTube community. I mean, I don't think they're about to go to VidCon 2011 or anything (like me!) but they, and many more well known YouTubers are friends with lesser known YouTubers and many a nerd.

And this, odd little Oddlings, is why YouTube is such a wonderful thing; that is can be a place for funny things, for sad things, for memories, for naked girls, for kittehs, for memes, for music, for copyright violation, for crudity, for nerdiness, for haters, for lovers, for the old, for the new, and for the subscribers, or for the community.

Blog Summary:
I really love YouTube.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

In my opinion ...

you should all go here:
to hell.
JOKING. loveyouuu.
go to the link below.
do it now.
are you there yet?

bye + oddlings = boddlings.
i was originally just going to write boddlings, but thought it required some explanation. you can thank me later ;)

Thursday, 25 November 2010


Video editing will kill my soul.
24 minutes of raw footage for my The Week Later: a review video.
This is so not going up today.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Ho Hum. A weeeeeeeeeeeeeny update.

I think you should be the first (third) to know.
I am not completing NaNoWriMo.
I KNOW! I was doing so well! I got to 13,000 words, no sweat, was enjoying my story and the very act of writing a story, and then BAM!
BAM! = exams.
Yes, I had my final exams. I know it was foolish of me to pursue this task of novel writing in the month I had exams, but I didn't actually plan on the exams affecting me as much as they did.
I needed to study, which took out about 5 days of NaNo writing.
I needed to DO exams, which took out 3 days.
And then after, I needed to lie around doing NOTHING for a while to unwind, which took 2 days.
Then I needed to recover, physically and emotionally from Harry Potter 7.1, which took longer than it should have.
Seriously, after seeing Harry Potter, I just wanted to change my novel and make it have wizards.
CRAP, I should have changed my novel and made it have wizards!
It may have made way less sense than the current (note: failed) one, but it would have been 100 more awesomes than it is now (note: possibly also not failed).
AHHH. Stupid logic getting in the way of awesome.

Call me the rot meister. No, I'm the Doctor, don't call me the rot meister.

And I probably won't be able to do NaNo next year, because I'll ideally be travelling like a loon around Europe (after I go to Leaky and Vidcon!!). But maybe the year after? When I'm in my first year of uni?
WHATEVER. I will succeed in winning.
I hate losing.

So that is also partly the reason I haven't been posting entires in this as much as normal, because I felt bad about writing ANYTHING, even a simple blog entry, when I should have been writing my novel. Hell, I even put off doing a job application because that counted as writing and made me feel bad (also, I procrastinate a lot), but now I have conceeded defeat, and can humbly return to you, my precious Oddlings.

I have also decided that because I think I am going steadily mad with thoughts and ideas, I'm ACTUALLY going to start posting things on my personal YouTube channel. I'll link you to it when I'm less ashamed of the content.
It may also be because I want to have something on there so that when I start making friends with lesser known YouTubers (see: Simon, and other such wonders), they can see I actually make content.

But I think tomorrow I will be posting The Week Later: A Review, which despite seeming to be a review of something called The Week Later, is actually a verbal review of Harry Potter 7.1, done with my opinions a week later.

Hogwarts has really gone to the dogs.

I also have some good blog ideas, so I might be posting again tomorrow! Because I know you're deeply concerned. And miss me terribly when I am away. And secretly wish I was your best friend. And think about how wonderful it would be to be me.
Well, Odd little chums.
You should be, I know you do, I am, and it is.

NaNoWriMo has taught me the humilty of failure.
I AM A FAILURE. At being a one-month novelist.
But you know what I'm not a failure at? Finishing school. HECK YEAH BITCHEZZZ.
... I apologise for that unnecessary outburst.

Hugs and butterfly kisses,

Friday, 19 November 2010

Adrienne Reviews Some Stuff. One Stuff. *insert jingle*

So, I know. I've been way undedicated of late. I had exams and school and [insert excuses here], but I am making a comeback! In the best possible way.

With a lengthy review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One!

First off, my overall experience of the night.
I was cruelly forced into arriving 3 hours early (thanks, Aleks) and no-one else was there at that point, but we were all dressed up and having a pretty alright time (pics on the way). We were just chatting, and we saw the lead singer of Los Capitanes, and the staff thought we were weird, which was probably fair enough, and we listened to some sweet wrock tunes, and whatnot.
At about 10 or 10.30, other people started arriving, and I swear, there were some of the coolest people there. An epic Moody, an awesome Tonks, an insane Professor McGonagall, and a number of other stellar costumes. We went up and talked to, took photos with and had a great time with a whole bunch of people whose real names we don't know, and who we will probably never see again.
It was freaking amazing.
From the people recognising our AVPM references, to a girl with multiple Harry Potter-related tattoos who has actually HUGGED AND TALKED TO DARREN CRISS (ohmygod), to the random people judging us. It was all incredible.
And this was before we even got in the cinema!
The audience in the cinema was amazing, they clapped and cheered at the start, but also knew when to shut up, and all of it combined to make one of the best nights ever.
Midnight premieres for the win!

Now, the movie.
No spoilers yet.
Overall, it was probably my favourite of the Harry Potter movies. I didn't like the Deathly Hallows book as much as some of the others, because I felt it a bit rushed, and I'm also not really a fan of the two-part movie fandango, because I want closure.
But this was brilliant.
It represented the book well, only missed a few parts, some of which are important, and some of which I really wanted, but it didn't detract from the movie much, because most of the time they put in something really great.
It also segued from funny to tragic to intense to silly very quickly, but very smoothly. They (the directors, producers, writers, etc) knew when to break the tension, and how to do it really well, which I enjoyed, because there's something horrible about an emotional scene being ruined by a misplaced joke. That was one thing I was really impressed with.
It was also cut at kind of an annoying, but very appropriate place, and while it may be a bit long, I didn't find it too long.

*Spoiler Warning*
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If you haven't read the book, and/or don't want anything in the movie ruined, please look away and come back later.
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I thought the deaths were incredible.
Parts I cried (including small tear-shedding):
Hedwigs death = 2 tears
Moody's death = no tears but a sad face (which is how it is in the book for me)
George's ear-loss = 4 tears
Lily and James's grave = 10 tears
Dobby's death = freaking, 8 bajillion
Oh dear goodness, Dobby's death is so perfectly tragic. And Luna is just perfect.

I think they wrote the deaths very well, and they were much like I imagined in the book. The awkwardness between Fred and George when George loses his ear was just beautiful, because they are normally so fluid and connected, and the loss of George's ear seems to fracture this for a moment.
Hedwig's death was overlooked, just as it was in the book, possibly moreso.

Bathilda Bagshot is also flipping scary as hell. That scene was creepy, particularly early on.
When she just appears next to them, OHMYGOD freaky.

Also, the Deathly Hallows story from The Tales of Beedle the Bard is beautiful.

Draco is wonderful. That's all. He only had about 4 lines, and he still managed to express inner angst (angst angst angst angst) and termoil. Bellatrix is brilliant as always, I was impressed with Lucius, and Xenophilius, and the guy the picked for young Grindelwald is exactly like the guy I imagined, which is always nice. (Unlike you, Sirius and Lupin!)

Scenes I miss not being there:
The scene where Dudley finally shows some care for Harry.
The Lupin/Harry fight scene at Grimmauld place.
Wormtail trying to strangle Harry and dying (HE DOESN'T DIE WHAT?)
Harry being turned into a red-headed Weasley (LOL as opposed to a non-red-headed Weasley).
Seeing Luna's painting of her friends.
And some others that I can't remember.

The one bit I kind of wish wasn't in it?
That freaky bit with Harry and Hermione making out all naked-like, when Ron opens the Slytherin Horcrux. Disgusting and wrong.
Especially after the scene with Harry and Hermione dancing.


Definitely go and see it, even if you haven't read the books. You haven't read the books????? Go read the books!!!!!
If you haven't read the books, there might be small little funny things that you don't get in the movie, but that's OK. You kind of deserve it because you haven't read the books.

And dress up when you go, Oddlings. Dress right up.
I will (maybe) lend you my cloak. If you're realllllllll nice.
ALSO, this is because I love you.
I'm Fridy maaaaate! <---- Intentional typos @AleksGrimes.

Friday, 12 November 2010

I just finished school.

I don't really know what there is to say, but I just thought I'd share with you how I'm feeling.
Pretty freaking scared.
The idea that there are all these people who I have only just started getting to know, or haven't got to know yet is horrible. There are all these gorgeous, wonderful people who I would love to be friends with, but now I won't, because we're not quite close enough to hang out outside of school.
I'm not really excited.
Mainly because none of my plans seem real. All I know is school, and that's over, and I have nothing concrete left. I have no job. I have no European plane ticket, I haven't been accepted to uni, I have no money, and now I have no school.

I know all of this is pretty typical for people finishing school, but oh well.
I just want all my school people who read this to know that I love you all, so much, even if I don't know you, and I hope everything in your life only gets better.

I hate people that say that College is the best time of your life, because if it is? My life is going downhill pretty fast.

Sorry to bore you with all this. It's not very long, but it's so unoriginal. These are the same feelings that must have been felt by 90% of the population.
But this whole blog thing is about being myself and what I am right now is scared.

God, I hope I don't cry at the formal.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

This was written of my own free will and I have not been forced into it at all [GUYS, HELP ME, HE'S TORTURING ME *muffled screams*]

Robert Cox is pretty awesome.
Like, no joke.
Even though he takes photos of small children and gives people alcohol (as of tomorrow), he is still a very non-weird person who can occasionally be quite gorgey.
I mean, sure, maybe I would appreciate it if he was less of a dick to me sometimes. Maybe if there was a kind word that wasn't said with malice and pure, pure hate. But ASIDE from that, I guess he's kind of OK.

Just keep your kids far, far away.
He never deletes photos...

A listy non-poem titled
Things I think I know about Robert Cox:

He has a funny patch of blonde in his hair.
He freaks the flip out if you touch his neck.
He is amazing ... and that's the end of THAT sentence.
He wears lady glasses.
He has $50.
He sometimes abuses me, but I like to think it's in jest.
He CO-coaches a basketball team with the coolest lady out (c'est moi!).
He is special and weird.
He usually replies to my text messages. Sometimes. Maybe. If I'm lucky.
He told me to write a blog post about him.

So I dedicate this blog post to my second favourite ever Cox (lol),

Robbie <3

P.S. maddyiloveyou. :D

Monday, 8 November 2010

Architecture face

There are many things about me. If someone were to make a list of things about Adrienne, it, like anyone else's, would be extensive. There are things I hate about myself. There are things I wish were different about myself. There are things I love about myself. There are things that are OK.
But here is a list of things that I am happy with about me, things that make me who I am, things I am not ashamed of, things that make up the part of myself of which I'm proud.
I don't know how to explain it, further than it's a list of things about myself that make me a bit happy, and that I'm comfortable with.

I have a dinosaur lunch box, and while people say it's cool, it's OK guys. I know it's not. But it's my favourite lunch box ever, and it keeps my food deliciously fresh. Unlike the dinosaurs ...

I am a perpetual jeans-and-a-t-shirt girl. I don't accessorise overly, I am not up with or into new fashions, I will never wear one of those stupid baggy shirts where you can see half your chest underneath. Excluding the occasional forays into indie kid clothing, which I also love, my jeans make me feel comfortable, and I own some of the best t-shirts in the world. Favourites include: the Nerdfighter tee, the I<3NY tee, the Fluid tee, the yet-to-be-purchased Cloning Charlie and Doctor Who tees, the Monster Threads tees, the Save a Broom tee, and more.

I am a massive geek. Don't let the aforementioned fashion-savvy-ness (LOL) fool you. I adore Harry Potter (see previous post, anyone?), Doctor Who is possibly my favourite show, I actually own a Gryffindor scarf and tie and made my own cloak, I flippin' love YouTube (represent!), I want to watch Star Trek, Buffy, and a bajillion other things, I do well in school, I have a relatively complex understanding of grammar and will correct you [please note: this does not mean you can pick on all my grammar. i rarely proofread these. also, lack of capitalisation is generally intentional], I have an extensive vocabulary, I used to ask for extra homework when I was younger, and I FREAKING LOVE LEARNING. Seriously. Learning = win.

I have hugely diverse musical tastes. From Underoath and Parkway Drive to Architecture in Helsinki and The Panda Band to Brand New to Alex Day to The Cure and then on to something else. I love that everyone who looks through my iPod finds something to listen to, and I love that I like it all.

Get me a small man's wetsuit, please!

I still cuddle a teddy, named Teddy, every single night. And I get really upset if I don't have him. Or her. His/her gender changes regularly.

I would rather go for elegant than slutty. In fact, I would rather go for most things than slutty.

I'm opinionated. YEAH. I don't know how else to add to this. I'm pretty vocal, though not overly aggressive, in most of my opinions. Especially if you're wrong. JOKES.

I have got to the point where, for the most part, I don't really care what people think. It took me a long time to get here, and parts were pretty tough, and if you say something nasty, it will still hurt, but I don't really care if you think I'm a loser or if you think I'm a nerd. Do you know why? Because I am, and I like it.

I am about to share something super secret with you. I'm on YouTube. That's right. I am part of a collaboration video blog (collab vlog) where, for each day of the week, one of the total seven girls posts a video, completing a challenge, answering a question, doing a punishment, or just chatting. I'm Friday, and because I love you linkieslinklink Don't feel obliged to go. Just thought I'd share it with you, because I'm having the best fun getting to know these wonderful girls from all over the world through this. :D


I like quirky things. My Audrey Hepburn print, my mannequin hand, my wall pacman, my handmade mountains (Alyceman <3). Buy me something weird, I will love you for ever.

This was inspired by one girl's sadness, and that one girl's smile. There's only one of those two things that I like to see, and when you smile, it makes me smile. Don't forget. 11.11, make a wish. [I made a wish for you.] I want you to find some of these things about you. The things that make you happy to be you. Because I know I sure love you. :)

I am now going to go to bed (without having NaNoed in two days, and without having done my assignment what was due a week ago) and cuddle Teddy and think about Harry Potter and how much I would like a TARDIS and listen to Alex Day building a chocolate cake with tiers up to the moon.

Like a dolphin.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Things that would improve the Potter-verse

(oh, yes, my dear friends. there can be improvements.)

If electricity worked. No more lumos, I know, but also Arthur would be able to use a telephone, Hermione wouldn't have to patiently explain everything to Ron (OK, she would have to patiently explain LESS to Ron), no more pesky candles, PLUS central castle heating, and it's easier on the house elves.

If Slytherins were rasised in the evil baby orphanage. But then they might be raised so well, there wouldn't be Slytherin ... So,

If Slytherins were raised in the moderately and potentially unkind baby orphanage, that still leaves room for Slytherin antics, just no Volxemort Volsermot Voldemort. Sorry, had a Tara Gilesbie fit. (And don't tell me I spelt her name wrong. She spelt it about 8 different ways, so calm the flip down and don't go all headachey on me.)

If Muggles weren't so damn ignorant and foolish. This would avoid the 'Muggles are lowly and crap' mindset held by many evil, or potentially unkind people, and also would avoid the 'Muggles are silly little things. Like ponies. If ponies were silly little things' mindset of the rest of the wizard population. This would be world peas peace, and hopefully get rid of the Mudblood stigma. Or as I like to call it, the ... Mudbl...igma?

If there was some kind of voting system for the Minister for Magic. Because I don't know how the hell he gets in, but if it's based on the Wizengamot, well, they all seem like a bunch of biased fools anyway. Excluding Dumbledore. He kicks fictional butt.

If there could be half/half houses. I personally relate strongly to the Gryffinclaws (I hope that's a thing), and I know a large number of Slytherpuffs. This, I feel, would reduce the emnity between house, and result in a far more confusing, yet far more harmonious Hogwarts life. Though Quidditch would be difficult ...

If the Slytherin common room wasn't so nasty! I mean seriously, I know they're badass and everything, but surely they wouldn't mind warm, comfy couches either? Just because they're cold-hearted, doesn't mean they want to be cold-toed.

If dementors were eradicated. Come on! How do you know they're not going to breed out of control, and -- wait, what?! DEMENTORS BREEDING? Ewwwwwww. Even ridiculous amounts of 'w's cannot aptly express the grossness of that concept. SEE? They need to be taken away! Scary, horny dementors.

If I thought about how much I freakin' want to go to Hogwarts a little bit less, perhaps maybe.
Eh. I'm cool with it.

Because I'm secretly Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Intergalactic Space Travels to Oprah.

"There true pioneers in every field, and, in the field of fan-made parodies, the true pioneers are undoubtedly Team Starkid, the producers, musicians, directors, choreographers and actors from the well-known and even better-loved musical A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel. Their additions to the Potter-verse are undeniable, as well as undeniably hilarious. Choosing to feature them in an episode of Oprah would be one of the greatest things to happen since I first watched A Very Potter Musical."

Team Starkid fan?
A Very Potter Musical or Sequel fan?
Excited for Starship and whatever wonders it holds? (It's not Pigfarts, guys.)
Well, then, YOU, yes you, should go right ahead to THIS LINK to help get Team Starkid to appear on an episode of Oprah!
Support your favourite grown up, moonshoes kids by following the link, putting in the essential information, and writing, in 2000 characters or fewer, why YOU want them to be on Oprah.
Above you can see my submission, and I know you'll find it hard to top that, but try, my Oddlings, try.

Seriously, how flippin' fantastic would it be to see them, in all their awesome glory, on Oprah.
Think of the Youtube views!
Think of the fans!
Think of the merch!
Think about the incentives of amazing new musicals from them!
Think of the your favourite Starkid kissing you in an uncontrollable fit of appreciation and joy!
[please note: supporting Team Starkid by writing to Oprah does in no way guarantee a kiss or any other form of recognition by the aforementioned group, but I bet it'll make them smile if they get on the show.]

So go out into the world, and be amazing.
By which I obviously mean go to the link and write some funny stuff.

Post Script: If you have absolutely no clue what I'm talking about in this blog, then I pity you. In order to become an awesome individual like myseslf, go to LINKOFAWESOME

Tuesday, 2 November 2010


My mind is blank except for my novel.
And I'm sick of blogging about it.

So I am trying to think of something else.

So, Packed to the Rafters, huh?
Mel in a car accident.

I had Turkish for dinner.
It was delicious.

I wore funny clothes to school.
My school is stupid.

I went to drums.
We did some Latin.

I am reading Uglies.
I'd rather be reading that than writing my own unnamed thing.

My unnamed thing is actually saved at 'unnamed'.
Do you know what? [EDIT: <<< what? i don't even know what i meant to type there ...]

There are some little couplets for you, giving you lovely insight into my day.
I know you appreciate the simple layout of my blogs.
I know that's the only reason you're here.
The aesthetics.
It's OK.
I still love you.


Monday, 1 November 2010

Just so you know, it doesn’t end well. It doesn’t end how I wanted it to. Even after everything, my constant assurances that there will be no regrets, no looking back, no wondering what should have been, I’m still screaming.

Oh yeah.
Know what that is?
I bet you do.
I bet you do!
It's the first ... *check word count* 40 words!
40 words of what I hear you ask?
No, I don't hear you ask that, because you already know!
The first 40 words of the epic novel, written by your one and only, world famous (at and also possibly ) THE ONLY ADRIENNE.

Please, hold your applause.
I have currently written 700 words, and am now stuck describing the unnamed and pretty blank central character.
Any name suggestions?
Any advice?
Any negative ripples?

JOKES. loveyouallmyOddlings.