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08:55pm 02/12/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
I was largely ignorant about Miiverse until this week, when I accidentally clicked the icon for it on my 3DS. Naturally, I've been scrolling through the X/Y and ORAS communities, and wow, they are just special.
Let me tell you about what I found there:
  • People who don't know how to use Google to answer simple questions.

  • People who don't know how to use Google asking about/wanting to trade Hoopa and Volcanion.

  • Giveaways of/trades for hacked Pokemon.

  • Ads for clans.

  • Text-based RPs. Many of them centre around "Pokehumans." It's like 2007 all over again.

  • Requests for girlfriends/boyfriends.

  • Really amazing artwork.

Slightly weird, slightly hilarious. There is some very cool artwork, though. If you were considering checking out Miiverse (not sure why you would, but hey), then I suggest ignoring everything but the art.

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The best season is coming to an end  
01:16am 04/11/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
Halloween is my favourote holiday of all holidays. This includes all the Jewish holidays my family observes, and all the Christian and pagan holidays in popular culture. When the summer is winding down, it's comforting to know that it means that Halloween is around the corner. The aesthetic is awesome, and who doesn't love costumes and candy? I want it to last as long as possible, especially since Christmas starts immediately after (or so you'd guess from visiting shopping malls this time of year), and it was lovely that we were still celebrating Halloween on November 1.

What did you do to celebrate this wonderful season? Here's a sampling of my October:

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I haven't carved a pumpkin since I was a little kid, so when my friend invited me over for the holiday tradition I was super stoked. I decided to make an Espurr pumpkin, so I used some official art to make a template, and this was the final result! I'm really happy with how it turned out, but since we did the carving so early in the month, they didn't last until Halloween.

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The Zombie Walk! I last attended this with a friend in 2011, and it has grown exponentially since, with 10,000 of the undead this year! There was a kiosk to get your zombie makeup done by makeup artists for a fee; I was in line for a solid hour until I was seen, but it was absolutely worth it! Like in 2011, I went as a zombie Team Rocket grunt (because I am just that kinda nerd), and I lumbered along chewing on a Meowth plushie for the hour-long walk through downtown. It was awesome scaring bystanders and witnessing people's reactions when they "got" my costume, hehe.

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I managed to snag codes for Diancie and shiny Gengar (with the extra one being for my friend who just joined the military), and an acquaintance brought back this sweet shiny Mega Gengar plush from Japan! (Ghosts Pokemon count for this, right?) I also finally got a Pinsirite code!

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What would Halloween be without some spoopy desserts? I went to two Halloween parties on Saturday night, and these were for the first. The tombstones, bones and knives are from Homesense and are all edible!

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For the second party, I made a graveyard cake! I am slightly obsessed with "worms and dirt" desserts, and I have a magazine with a recipe for one, so I was super stoked to make this. The tombstones came with a food marker, so I enjoyed coming up with silly jokes and references to put on 'em. The hostess has a taste for the macabre, and she loved this (and got a huge kick out of the tombstone with her name on it).

I also went with a friend to a local amusement park that celebrates Halloween! I don't have any photos, but we rode this crazy roller coaster, checked out one of their sweet haunted houses, and enjoyed a performance from a zombie percussion band.

Overall, this has been a most awesome Halloween. Now the clocks have been set back, it's dark by 5:30pm, and the temperature drops to freezing at night. Winter, as they say, is coming.

Stay cozy!
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Pokéthon and Grad School  
12:33am 03/09/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
Pokéthon, the Pokémon sub-event at Otakuthon I ran August 22-24, was a huge hit!

Planning and organizing it was stressful and frustrating at times, but the end result was really cool, and people had tons of fun. We hosted a X/Y tournament, trivia contest, cosplay photo shoot, six panels, TCG events, and Gym Leaders you could battle and win badges from throughout the con. It was super cool, and making it happen has kind of been a dream of mine for awhile now.

You can check out photos from the event on our Facebook page, but here's a small preview!

Players in the X/Y tournament!

Outdoor cosplay photo shoot!

Challengers battling Gym Leaders of the Montreal Pokémon League!

A full room for one of the big panels I co-hosted!

On a totally different note, I made a little something for my friend's birthday last week!

I'm not personally a fan of Adventure Time, but it was a simple and fun design concept, so I threw it together in a couple of hours and he really enjoyed it!

Lastly, I started grad school this week! I had a class on Communication and Gender today, and ohhhh my gosh I am excited to have this prof. Turns out she specializes in gender stidues and gamer culture! She started the class by first talking about the absurd female Bic pens, and then discussing the news regarding Anita Sarkeesian's most recent death threats. During our class introductions, I mentioned having run Pokéthon, and after class she asked me if I had heard of Twitch Plays Pokémon.

Truly a woman after my own heart. :D

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Pokémon Events and Food!  
04:36pm 30/07/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
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After being green-lit a few months back, I have been working on organizing a series of Pokémon-themed events and programming, and I'm proud to announce that Pokéthon is happening in less than a month!

We are being hosted by Otakuthon, an animé/manga convention in Montreal, Quebec. They already have a number of sub-events for other topics, such as the Touhou Project video games, yaoi (yep, yaoi), and ball-jointed dolls, and we're the newest one!

We're going to have a number of neat events, like a video game tournament, cosplay photo shoot, contest, and a bunch of panels. Thankfully I don't have to worry about running everything, but there's still been a lot to figure out.

I'll be posting updates and news on the Pokéthon Facebook page, so I hope you'll follow us and help spread the word!

In Pokémon dessert news, did you guys hear about the Pikachu Café in Japan? Don't misunderstand - I am not a fan of Pikachu, but show me any Pokémon edibles and I will be excited. What do y'all think of it?

So I shall make do with my own creations! First up, here's the next batch from my Cupcakedex project!
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This time, we have Growlithe, Poliwag, Abra, Machop, Bellsprout, Tentacool, Geodude, Ponyta, Slowpoke, Magnemite, Doduo and Seel! All on banana cupcakes with cream cheese icing, which I had never made before!

Lastly, my friend Alex had her birthday last month, and I was determined to make a cake of her choosing. When she chose Arcanine, I was thrilled, even though I couldn't give her the cake until some weeks later. Still, who doesn't love Arcanine cake? :D
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I'm really proud of how this guy came out! Since learning the buttercream transfer technique for cake decorating, I can't do it any other way! I'm really satisfied with how much I've improved over the past couple of months.

Thanks for reading!

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R/S Remakes and Cupcakedex Part 2!  
02:52am 12/05/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
I've been addicted to the Pokemon subreddit lately (I know, I know), and recently saw a post where someone essentially asked "hey, doesn't Mega Lati@s kind of confirm Hoenn?" I swear I was thinking about this in the bathroom a couple of days before we got official news about the Hoenn remakes.

Anyway, I'm excited! My relation to that gen is funny; I stopped playing the games after second gen, up until HS/SS, but Ruby/Sapphire seemed pretty cool. I actually started going on right around third gen, and I stayed up-to-date about the new games. I used to have my younger cousin's R/S game guide, and I'd leaf through it for fun. Years later, when he grew out of Pokemon and eventually started letting me have his old games and toys, he gave me his old Sapphire version.

I already had a soft spot for a lot of the designs - most of my minor favourite Pokemon are from Hoenn, like Grovyle, Blaziken, Electrike and Breloom. It was cool to play Sapphire, having owned Colosseum and XD: Gale of Darkness on the Gamecube, and I finally got the cable to play between them last year. Sapphire is neat, but there is definitely room for improvement, so I look forward to seeing what they do with the remakes.

Anyhow, here is the second batch of for my Pokemon cupcakedex!
You can also follow my progress on my new Cupcakedex Tumblr:
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Here's Nidoran male, Clefairy, Vulpix, Jigglypuff, Zubat, Oddish, Paras, Venonat, Diglett, Meowth, Psyduck and Mankey!

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Cupcake Pokedex Project!  
07:22pm 06/05/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
So Moogles had a very good suggestion when I posted my last Poke-cupcakes: a cupcakedex. I have since been unable to get this idea out of my head.

So over the summer I think I will attempt to make 151 Pokemon cupcakes. For my first batch, I figured I'd go in order, but starting only with the first forms of evolutionary lines. Behold:

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Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Caterpie, Weedle, Pidgey, Spearow, Ratatta, Ekans, Pikachu, Sandshrew and Nidoran female!
I think my favourites are Bulbasaur, Pidgey and Ratatta. X3

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I accidentally an entire Tumblr  
12:53am 05/05/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
All I wanted was to buy some delicious Espurr/Meowstic merchandise. Preferably without the $20 markup most sites seem to have.

Then Kirby told me about this dude on Tumblr who could get me my fix for a good price.

Soooo add me?

Giant female Meowstic plushie, you will be mine. <3
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More good news and cupcakes!  
11:53pm 08/04/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
My proposal for a Pokémon convention went over really well, and I've been green-lit to hold it this summer! A lot of people seem really enthusiastic about the idea, so I'm really excited! (Heck, I've already found someone from Florida who wants to be a sponsor!) Now it's a matter of organizing different events like panels and gaming/trading card tournaments.

I have my fingers crossed that things work out with the local Pokémon League, since that's still in the planning phase. They have some awesome ideas about gamers battling Gym Leaders, an Elite Four and Champion, but they might be getting a bit too caught up with certain ideas, so hopefully we can maintain focus so there can be an effective launch for the con.

In baking news, I had lots of leftover buttercream icing from my first Pokémon cupcakes, and since my dad loves a certain chocolate cake recipe I often make, I figured I'd make a cake and some cupcakes. So these happened.
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This time, I just made some of my favourite 'mons (which you may notice due to the abundance of psychic-types, haha) as well as some generally popular ones. There's Dunsparce, Chesnaught, Delphox, Espurr, female Meowstic, Espeon, Sylveon, Celebi and Mew! Chesnaught was made for moogles4ever, and Dunsparce was a joke-suggestion from fellow SPPf mod Psynergy, but I didn't have enough cupcakes to had to make do with a slice of cake. XD Celebi is totes for Serebii. I'm really happy with how most of these came out, but I need to remember to prevent them from getting all line-y like Delphox and Espurr did.

I ate both eeveelutions and they were delicious. These recipes are really great.

While he's no Mewtwo, Greninja has been announced as a new character in the newest Super Smash Bros. game! He looks so badass, I love it! Initially I liked Frogadier more, but Greninja is growing in me.

I'm also officially done class this semester, whoo!

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Can't stop won't stop  
12:39am 31/03/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
My friend Peter's birthday party was last night, and for the past three years, I have made him nerdy cupcakes for his birthday. I asked what theme he'd like this year, and he said Pokemon. You can imagine how excited I was.

I decided to make his Pokemon Y team, as well as some of his favourites. I used Pokemon Trozei sprites for the template (except for Mega Gardevoir and Mega Charizard, for whom I just used Sugimori artwork). Using only buttercream in ziplock baggies and a lot of time, I made these.

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I am pretty satisfied with the result. :D There's Froakie, Honedge, Amaura, Goomy, Mewtwo, Mega Gardevoir, Gardevoir, Mega Charizard Y, Greninja, Aegislash, Aurorus and Goodra! It's awesome seeing how much I've improved since my first attempt at Pokemon cupcakes (which were also for Peter). My favourites are Greninja, Goodra and Mega Gardevoir.

My sister also had her birthday a couple weeks ago. Half of my family is really into Game of Thrones, and we're super stoked for season 4! So for her, I made house sigil cupcakes, made of chocolate. :D

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These are the houses Targaryen, Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tully and Greyjoy! Some came out better than others, but it was fun nonetheless. My crazy sister also ate the cupcakes but saved the chocolate sigils so she could do a photoshoot. Yeeeeeep.

On an unrelated note, this month you could get a free copy of Pokemon X or Y (offer ends tomorrow)! Boyfriend got a 3DS and Pokemon Black back when I did since I wouldn't stop talking about it at the time, but he never finished the game nor did he get any other games for the system. Since his PS3 recently died and lost all of his saves, I thought he might appreciate a new, free game, so I got him a code to get the download. He did have to go out and buy a new memory card for his DS to get it, but he has begun the game and started with Froakie. Yep, he is a pretty swell dude.

Also meeting the animé convention programming director on Wednesday to discuss my Pokémon convention proposal! Wish me luck!

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The future's lookin' good  
04:57pm 27/03/2014
Psychic MoonShadow
I got accepted into grad school! I will be going for a Diploma in Communication Studies, which is a one-year program focusing on media production and criticism. I'm pretty stoked!

I also submitted a proposal for a mini Pokémon convention for my local anime con for this summer. It would involve Pokémon panels, video game and card game tournaments, contests and more. The con's programming director e-mailed me yesterday, and he and the staff are interested! We're now arranging an interview to meet and discuss it further. Fingers crossed!

Incidentally, while in a video game store the other week, I overheard an employee telling a customer that he and some friends were arranging a local Pokémon League. He and I got to talking, and turns out the idea is to have Gym Leaders, an Elite Four and Champion for gamers to battle in our fair city. It's a pretty neat idea, so I've offered to be a consultant and help get it off the ground. They have a lot of neat ideas, but it's geared more towards competitive players, so I'm a bit concerned it won't feel very open to casual players. On the plus side, if the convention goes through, maybe we can bring the League to the con. Guess we'll see.

Oh, and I finally completed the National Pokédex in Y, and now have the Shiny Charm! Thanks to my Shiny Charm in White 2 I managed to find a wild Shiny Boldore, so hopefully my luck continues!

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