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09 November 2010 @ 08:41 pm

I tried my hand at making a fan soundtrack. This was kind inspired by a Prussia FST I really like--"Monster", which was compiled by thecupcakebat. This took a couple days, and then it kind of transformed into a timeline AND a fan soundtrack and there are some cliches here and there, as well as most of the music isn't even by American artists. I still think this fits my image of Alfred though.

[FST] United States of America
Title:  American Pie
Compiled By:  invisimatt
Character:  Alfred F. Jones
Warnings:  This thing’s rated PG-13 for language, a couple bands who sound American but only if you squint. And also a head-canon that suggests I have waaaay too much free time on my hands.
Summary:  I wanted to portray Alfred's opinion alongside his citizens' as well as how both opinions reflect and influence each other, so I hope nobody gets too confused. Just in case, I’ve provided notes for each song. This follows a very basic timeline of American history. These are the highlights of Alfred’s life, the way I see them. Some tracks are serious, while others are not so much. After Track 11, I start getting into the more personal themes, like Alfred’s obsession with heroes and aliens and whatnot, as well as a few pairings I like. Everything after Track 11 is in no particular order, by the way. Enjoy! <3

Ooooh~ Lookit that spiffy album art!!

Quick Track List
00.  American Pie – Don McLean
01.  High Hopes – Pink Floyd
02.  Brother My Brother – Blessid Union of Souls
03.  No More Sorrow – Linkin Park
04.  Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits
05.  Sudden Movements – Billy Talent
06a.  10th Man Down – Nightwish
06b.  Civil War – Guns ‘N Roses
07.  We Are – Ana Johnsson
08.  What You Own – RENT Official Broadway Cast
09.  Hands Held High – Linkin Park
10.  End Of The World – Great Big Sea
11.  Valentine’s Day – Linkin Park
12.  Nobody’s Hero – Rush
13.  My Alien – Simple Plan
14.  Tessie (Radio Version) – The Dropkick Murphys
15.  Rockstar – Nickelback
16.  Return To Sender – Elvis Presley
17.  Lucky (Sam & Quinn Duet) – Glee Cast
18.  Back In The U.S.S.R. – The Beatles
19.  Hit In The U.S.A. – Beat Crusaders

I just learned THE HARD WAY that LiveJournal has a limit to how large a post can be. This would have had lyrics in it if not for the fact that the pretty formatting and the sheer length of the post nearly broke LJ just now. XD

I find this knowledge mildly amusing.

Anyway, due to that minor inconvenience, I have also added a download link for the lyrics and notes that go with them that are in another download link below the one to download the album itself. Sorry about that! ^^;

Download The Lyrical Guidebook


Please let me know if there's any trouble with the links. All of the songs are in mp3 format, so they should play in most media players.

Ohyeah. I also have a .zip for the FST now. Here ya go:  Linkage!

Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: American Pie by Don McLean
Step right up! Try your luck!!
A.k.a. "Who Else Is Going?"

The Americas

America:  Cosplay Cyborg (me!); Fluffymaru & Husband


Hong Kong:


N. Italy:
S. Italy:  LongxLostxWolf
United Kingdom:
Spain:  Deadlywings
Holy Roman Empire:
Grandpa Rome:

Eastern Europe

Russia: Fluffymaru & Husband



Northern Europe

Sweden:  belligerent
Norway:  Darkdreamyr

Mediterranean & Others

Northern Cyprus:


New Zealand:



Original Characters

(I'll add these when people suggest them.)

"Normal" Fans

Cameramen (and women XP):


Who's Bringing What?

  • ....nobody yet T^T

  • Paper Plates, napkins, cups, trash bags (Cosplay Cyborg)


Contacting The Organizer:
I think this section is useful, so have at it!

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31 August 2010 @ 03:37 pm
I spend a lot of time on dA, you know, so I tend to catch these "Can you help my friend so and so with..." journals now and then. I kind of feel a bit lame when I can't help this friend of my friend, so when a person I DON'T have to go through anyone to hear about their financial problems is the person to post a "I need money!" journal though a few mutual friends, I find it hard to wrap my head around the concept that I want to help, but I also feel like it's a pain in the ass.

The thought, "Why do I feel annoyed by this?" often crosses my mind. I think it's probably because it's someone I know personally this time. To further psychoanalyze myself, I could even go on to say that I'm the kind of twisted individual who feels envious of the person who's suffering. Why? Because three or four people that are mutual friends of this person and me threw themselves head-first off a cliff in her defense.

I'm pretty sure nobody would do that for me. I've always been sort of a loner anyway, and I've started to gravitate away from this group lately as well. For what purpose do I continue to hang around with people who make me feel so miserable, even if it's all in my head?

I find myself remembering things my dad used to tell me when I was a lot younger. Like how I should surround myself with successful people who're gonna make it somewhere in the world. What a crock. How am I supposed to look my dad in the eye and tell him, "Someone I considered outstanding and respectable who deserves to make it big is getting their ass handed to them by life." now that I can look back at that piece of advice and tell him I wish I had taken it?

I can't.

This is why I think I have some self-loathing issues to work out someday. I've been content for a while, yeah. Happy even. Maybe that's because I've been on vacation this whole time. I'm actually starting to feel like going home at the end of September would be nice. And then I start to feel like maybe I want to go home soon. I feel like I'm just falling into another boring routine like the one back home.

Then again, that's probably how vacations start to feel at the end.

Well, whatever. I'm happy with plenty of things in my life, and I'm starting this painstaking climb up the hill toward being an adult finally. I don't know what's up there, but I hope it's a nice view at least.

-End Transmission-

Current Location: Canada, Williams Lake
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: My Soul, Your Beats! by Lia
04 August 2010 @ 06:00 pm
I wanted to kind of... get this off my chest before I leave in seven days.

I'd been trying really hard to make plans with some of my friends before I leave, and I got ignored by a large majority of them. I was flat-out ignored. Did you know? But those people had the gall to contact me about hanging out when I come back. There were others who even thought it was okay to guilt me into feeling like absolute shit for leaving the country. As if my life revolves around being here for their sake!

I think that's a little bit unfair, don't you? I can't believe some of you were cruel enough to make it seem like the world would end for you if I left, and then not even bother to come over and visit. Only ONE PERSON that I'd tried to make plans with was able to hang out with me.


So in that case, I suppose I know how much I am worth to my local friends. I am only worthy of their friendship when it's convenient for them, it seems. It's fake. So very fake. And I'm not interested in that anymore.

So guess what.

These "friends" can simply forget about me coming back from Canada anytime soon. I haven't made any sort of plans at all for my return trip and I honestly don't have to. At this point, I have told my parents that if they want me to return home so damned badly, they are more than welcome to pay for my plane ticket. Otherwise, I'll be there with whatever I need to survive and that's that.

A lot of people have asked me why I'm leaving, and I've only ever told you idiots HALF of that reason. While Brittany is important to me, and I'd LOVE to introduce her to my friends -- I really would -- but at this point I think being someplace far, far away from everybody I already know is the smarter option. Why on earth would I want to bring her with me to meet any of them if they continue to treat me like this!?

How did that ridiculous notion translate as "OKAY" in their empty heads?? I'm baffled by the level of ignorance I've seen in the last few weeks since Anime Expo. And I have only been able to hang out with a grand total of three people since then. Maybe this just shows who my REAL friends are, I dunno.

I don't even know if I hate my local friends or if I'm just really hurt by how shitty the lot of them make me feel, but to be honest, I don't really think this can be considered "friendship" anymore. Besides, if I move away it's not like it'll affect you too much. We don't even see each other outside of con anyway!

In short, my reason for leaving California is plain and simple:

I hate everybody here.
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Current Music: Another Dumb Blond by Hoku

Looks like it's that time again!

And let's just say I wanna get my foot in the door for this year's Global Hetalia Day, which if I remember right, falls on Sunday October 24th this year. Pretty much, neurotic_banana and I are trying to re-organize everything and review last year's event so that we can plan a few things more efficiently and make sure everybody has a blast for a second year in a row.

We've found a better location -- Balboa Park in Van Nuys, CA -- where the regular visitors and rangers actually enjoy it when cosplayers come to play! We're working on getting all the park security issues out of the way well in advance to avoid last year's little incident with the props AND we're working towards implementing a brand new, state of the art Peace Bonding Station!

We also have a newer, more efficient updated set of the rules for this event, since we got into some trouble last time. I wanna make sure we'll be able to come back again in 2011 and have just as much fun for years and years to come, so in a way, we're a bit stricter because we want to be absolutely PERFECT this year. Please make sure to read and review the Hetalia Day in L.A. Code of Conduct for this event and stay tuned for updates. When the official organizational thread is posted we will link to it here. ;3

This thread is also for recruiting committee members, but we also want to show you a sneak peek of what we have planned this time around! Feel free to post any suggestions, requests, questions, concerns, comments or even fan mail (just kidding!) in the comments section and we'll be happy to talk to you. <3



Hetalia Day in L.A. Code of Conduct

It is CRUCIAL that everyone attending this event reads and understands these rules. If anything is unclear, you are most welcome to ask for us to clarify. Some of these issues are outlined in the FAQ section below too, so please read them.


Weapons:     We know you guys love your weapon replicas, but due to an issue we had last year, we'd like for you to leave them at home until further notice. We may come up with a few compromises, seeing as how Balboa Park seems to be much more tolerant than that of Griffith Park, and are used to cosplay events. If the park gives us the green light, we plan to set up a Peace Bonding Station, as mentioned above. When you arrive at the gathering site, please check your weapon in to be Peace Bonded by a volunteer. Keep in mind the usual weapons policies that most cons and large gatherings have. That means orange tips on the guns, and in the case of Sirsoft or cap guns, please DO NOT bring the ammo and DO NOT fire them. Mock fighting is also strictly prohibited. For swords and knives, NO LIVE STEEL. This also applies to the characteristic lead pipe carried by Russia and any other weaponry that would be made of metal (ex: wrenches, hammers, other tools, crowbars, signposts, etc...) If you fail to comply with this regulation, we will ask you to please leave your weapon prop in your car. Should there be an incident in which this rule is ignored altogether, you will be given one warning before you are asked to leave the event.This

FLAGS:     This is a BIG issue. Last year we noticed the poor treatment of some of the flags people brought along as props. Bear in mind that the flag you carry as a prop is also the symbol of a country and must be treated with respect. You are allowed to bring a flag with you so long as you take care of it properly. We cannot stress this enough! If you bring a flag, please keep it on a flagpole or fold it neatly and place it in a bag when you are not using it for photos. DO NOT SIT ON THEM OR LEAVE THEM ON THE GROUND. Please have respect for the nation whose flag represents.


GESTURES:     Certain gestures and sayings may have a deep negative connotation and should NEVER been taken lightly. Keep your surroundings in mind. For example, if we see a Germany or Prussia cosplayer in a “Sieg Heil” or doing any such gesture, organizers will give you a warning. If you continue this behaviour, we have the right to ask you to leave the gathering. We don't care if it's meant as a joke. Bottom line, it is inappropriate and neither the time or place. What you do at home in private is your own business, but we will not tolerate it at this gathering. On that same note, please refrain from wearing Nazi or even Red Army attire at the park. It is a public place where people other than cosplayers will see you.

HARASSMENT:     Unfortunately, this topic has come up several times. I really shouldn't have to tell you to keep your hands to yourself, but... KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF. My co-organizer and I keep hearing about Prussia and France cosplayers that get wayyyy too grabby handed with other cosplayers, and frankly, that disturbs me. Unless you know the person and they are completely okay with it, you should NEVER touch a fellow cosplayer in an inappropriate manner. I don't care how in-character you think it may be. It's also in-character for Russia to be yandere and bludgen people with his pipe, or Hungary to hit people with her frying pan, but you don't see those cosplayers actually doing that, do you? If our volunteers see any of that going on and the harassed cosplayer feels distressed, you will be asked to leave, no questions asked. ESPECIALLY if said "victim" is a minor.  Bad Touch Trio be damned, I don't want to see any bad touching. DX

RESPECT:     Please respect the other park attendees. Some people will naturally be curious and ask what you're up to, so don't be rude to them. Also, I really don't want to see a huge group of cosplayers in the playground. If there are a lot of kids playing there, let them play in peace. Some kids tend to be rude as well and will make snide remarks about your costumes. You may want to avoid that. I honestly don't need to see a grown person arguing with a seven year old. =_=;

CLEAN UP YOUR TRASH:     Last year a handful of people had to stay behind and clean up after everyone who'd left garbage and plastic wrappers and remnants of food behind at the picnic area, and even I had to leave earlier than that group because my ride to the park had a previous engagement and we got him in trouble because he was late. I would also like to point out that littering is against the law and making other attendees of the gathering clean up YOUR mess is really uncool. I'd like it if people could take initiative and pick up trash they see lying around even if it's not theirs. I get so frustrated when I ask for help cleaning up and somebody has the bright idea to say, "Well I'm tired and that's not mine anyway." and I'm pretty sure you'd feel the same if you were in my shoes. In order to ensure that the park staff feel comfortable with us returning next year and the year after and for as many years as we feel like doing this again and again, I cannot stress enough how important it is that you keep our area clean!

PARENTS AND NON-FANDOM INDIVIDUALS:     Hetalia has fans of all ages, so I'm fairly certain some of our younger fans will join us for the day. I have quite a few high school aged friends and acquaintances due to the nature of anime and cosplay, and I know that their parents are VERY concerned about safety at events. There is also a high likelihood that "normal people" will ask us what we're up to. Rather than being rude to them, here are a few suggestions for attendees that easily soothe the worried parental unit and spark the interest of the average Normie.
  1. Encourage your parents to come along! - Even in other fandoms, we love it when the parent of a fan seems interested. I've even managed to get my own mother, who normally feels rather indifferent toward anime in general, to develop a soft spot for Russia-tan because he's part of my family's heritage. Heritage is a really good conversation starter for older fans, so if you're well-informed of your family tree, definitely play that up!
  2. Have a positive attitude! - Smiles go for miles, so if a little kid says something to you, smile. If people cheer and wave and holler because they like your gigantic Spanish flag, smile and wave back. If someone asks what kind of party we're throwing, tell them we're celebrating World Peace! After all, when the whole world comes together for something as amazing as Hetalia Day, there's no way you can get away with being sad for too long.
  3. Have fun! - This is the most important guideline of all. We're here to have fun, and if you're not having fun people will notice. Have a good time, make new friends and talk about the fandom. We're all friends here. <3


Hetalia Day in L.A. Frequently Asked Questions

Question:     Where Can I Find The Information On Hetalia Day in L.A. For This Year's Event?Answer:           Our planning thread is on cosplay.com and all of the information is in the very first post! Here's the link: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=213023  The answers to all of the questions in this FAQ can be found in the first post, by the way.

Question:     What Day is Hetalia Day on?

Answer:           Hetalia day coincides with United Nations Day on your average calendar and falls on the same day every year, which is October 24th.

Question:     What if Hetalia Day is on a weekday next time?

Answer:           That is something that will be decided by the Hetalia Day community as a whole, I would assume. I do not know the answer to that question because I am not part of the main site's staff.

Question:     Where is Hetalia Day in L.A. this year?
           The answer to that question is at the VERY TOP of the cosplay.com thread. Please refer to that post for any and all information concerning the location, time and date of this particular Hetalia Day event from this point forward.

Question:     Can I email the staff to ask questions about the time, date or location of Hetalia Day in L.A.?
Answer:           No. You CAN ask us about activities that will take place at the event or how to Volunteer with us

Question:     How old must I be to volunteer?
Answer:           If you are aged 16 and up, you can Volunteer with us. Please send an email if you would like to learn more about the sections we have available for volunteering.

Question:     Can I bring snacks to share with everybody?
Answer:           Yes, you are actually encouraged to bring food to this event because it is also a picnic! Sharing is caring, so as long as you clean up your litter you're good to go!

Question:     If I am allergic to certain types of food, what should I do?
Answer:           If you are allergic to something that can be found in food one would bring to a picnic, please send us an email so we can make sure there's a snack for you, too. I don't think that'll be TOO huge a deal, but just to be on the safe side, anyone bringing snacks that have peanuts in them, eggs, milk, wheat or other common food allergies might want to let us know about it in their sign up post.

Question:     Can I enter the cosplay contest?
Answer:           Our cosplay contest is called the Miss Hetalia Day Pageant and is open to contestants of all ages and genders and nationalities! As long as you are present for the contest and have a Halloween-themed costume, you are eligible to duke it out with the other ghosts, goblins and things that go 'Pastaaaaaaa~!' in the night.

Question:     How many people can participate in the Miss Hetalia Day Pageant?
Answer:           We ran out of time last year and people kept jumping in line without signing up, so this year, contestants will have a limited number of 30 participants ONLY and will wear a special colored wristband. If the wristband is lost or stolen, we cannot replace it, so make sure you hang onto it.

Question:     Does this event have a theme?
Answer:           Yes! Hetalia Day in L.A. is Halloween-themed because it's close to the actual holiday. Cosplaying as a Halloween version of your character is optional, but it is a requirement to enter the Miss Hetalia Day Pageant.

Question:     What does the park look like?
Answer:           A good samaritan of the cosplay.com community named squkyshoes was kind enough to take time out her busy schedule to make a map of our location. You can check it out here: http://www.cosplay.com/journal/8193/


How To Volunteer

Send us an email for volunteer information here:


Or contact myself or my co-organizer.

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Here's to another awesome Hetalia Day!
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Happy Thoughts Museum