As you can see from the image above, tickets for PAX Australia 2019 went on sale at the Early Bird discounted rate. So what does that mean? Well, obviously, the discount means it's cheaper than the full price rate. Does that mean you should buy your tickets now? Personally, I think that depends on a combination of factors.
Out of all the types of tickets available, the one that benefits most from the discount is the 3 day pass. In my experience, it is definately the most popular, selling out the quickest. Once they sell out, buying tickets for the individual days turns out to be more expensive.
However, not everyone has the money for the 3 day pass. Does that mean you should miss out on PAX? No way! Buying a one day pass is still a great way to enjoy PAX, without the full on-ness of 3 days in a row. There are pros and cons, though.
Choosing which of the three days to attend, I honestly don't have a favourite. I have had 3 day passes at all the PAX Australia's I've attended and enjoyed each day equally. If you can only have one day, you want to get as much in as you can. However, at this early stage, there is no schedule for the panels and other events. As for how busy it gets - all the days are equally busy, but more families come on Saturday, as that's the best day for their kids. So really, the choice is yours.
If you are an International guest, I totally recommend the 3 day pass for International visitors. There are conditions attached, but it separate from the 3 day pass for residents. Having travelled so far to get to Melbourne, especially if you came just for PAX, it would be a shame not to enjoy all the fun the event has to offer.
A reminder though - you don't need a PAX pass to enjoy the fun in Melbourne. The week before is Melbourne International Games Week - a celebration of gaming and technology with events all over the city. Find out more here. Buy your PAX Australia 2019 badges here.
While I was searching Google for ideas for blog post, I happened upon this idea. Take a photo of your desk and write about it - what's in the picture, why it's there and so on. Since I'm looking to become more organized this year, I thought it would be a good way to change my habits.
There's a lot going on. Starting with the peripherals - Blue Yeti mic, Razer keyboard and mouse, and the Razer camera, which I won from Rudeism. On both sides, there's stacks of books - the left is mostly blank notebooks, a diary from last year (unused) and the Thor DVD on top. The right stack is my Harry Potter and Narnia colouring books, Fallout 76 Survival Guide, a box for a mobile tripod (empty), a FitBit band box (also empty) and a journal I tried but didn't get far in. You can see I often start things, but never follow through - which was why I set up this website and blog - to hold myself accountable.
There are also bottles - mostly Coke, but I'm trying to drink more water. I used to drink water all the time, and walk for 2 hours on the weekend - now that I'm working I can't be bothered. There's also an empty CC's packet, a Wizarding World Phoenix pin, a jar of wax, pads, and a pink lion. I bought him because I thought he looked cute.
As you can see, organisation and cable management are non-existent here. My Mum (who's put up with my messiness for almost fourty years) bought me a set of draws to go under the desk, as you can see below.
Yep, the rest of my room is messy too. The plan is for me to make a post each month, with a picture of my progress. This is great for me on many counts - as I'll be posting at least once a week, this takes up one spot of the four weeks. But also, it will show my progress and keep me on track. Let's hope this works people! Is there any bad habits you have that you'd like to change? Take one small step - and good luck.
Over the weekend, I went to see that latest in the Marvel Superhero franchise - Captain Marvel. If you're looking for female empowerment - you'll find it here. From the struggles of the title character to those of her friends, there is a touch of humanity to this character. Which made her very relatable, and therefore a suitable role model for young woman. Sure, there's the kick ass Black Widow and Wanda Maximoff of the Avengers crew, but they both seemed out of reach.
The music in the movie only adds to the relatability - songs I remember listening to in my teenage years such as No Doubt's Just A Girl and Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, took me back to a time in my life where everything was changing and I couldn't keep up. That seems to be a theme in the movie - self-discovery and re-invention.
Of course, a lot of questions in the Marvel universe are answered. And it wouldn't be a Marvel movie without a Stan Lee appearance. Humour is not lost in the seriousness of the piece, however I found Thor Ragnarok more zany and mad capped. But that's just my personal view.
Overall, a very enjoyable movie - would watch again on DVD, not at the cinema. I give it four and a half stars out of five.
Last Friday, I had planned to meet up with my two friends, Dan and Oz. We stayed at Bondi Beach for a girls' weekend. All fun in the sun, right? Well, the weather was not on our side. As we discovered, searching online doesn't produce much in the way of things to do when it's raining - just go to the beach and walk. So I thought I'd share what we managed to fit in on the three days we spent together - all of them wet.
Wild Life Sydney and Sea Life Sydney - Both located in Darling Harbour, so they are easy to get to, they both provide a great way to see native Australian animals up close - without endangering your life. You can have a photo taken with a koala at Wild Life, and go on a Penguin ride to see these adorable creatures face to face. We got a pass through NRMA, which gives their members a discount on entry to up to four Sydney Attractions (the other two are Sydney Tower EYE and Madame Tussauds Sydney - see here)
Event Cinemas - These are one of the main movie theatre chains in Australia. My local cinema is a Hoyts. Seeing a movie is a rainy day standard - it eats up a little bit of time, and is fun for all ages. We caught the 397 bus to Bondi Junction, and went inside the Westfields Shopping Centre. So you can go shopping, even grab something to eat before your movie. You can pre-book online or via the app. We saw Captain Marvel, I may review it in another blog. (You can find the listings for Bondi Junction here.)
Holey Moley Golf Club - Golfing, on a wet, day? It's possible, when you go to Holey Moley Golf Club - a putt-putt golf place, indoors! Three rounds of nine wacky holes, a bar, and karaoke make this fun for all ages. We went to the one in Darlinghurst, by catching the train from Bondi Junction to King's Cross. We had hawaiian pizza. And of course Dan won. Here is their website.
Powerhouse Museum - One of the many museums in the centre of Sydney, but this one is more hands on. We went to the STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition - which explores the famous characters of Star Wars - their identities on screen, and behind the scenes. All your favourite characters are there - from Chewbacca to Luke Skywalker, Ewoks, Jedis, and of course Darth Vader himself. You get to create your own identity in the Star Wars universe. Go here for more information.
Need a map? I made a Google Map here - hope it helps!
On Monday the dates for this years' PAX Australia were announced. Having been to three PAX Australia's so far, I'd consider myself a veteran (of sorts). So here are my tips for enjoying PAX Down Under!
I'll see you there!
Well, today I created this website to bring together all the creative projects I am currently working on. This might be the only blog post I do in a while, because I'll be working on getting the confidence to stream again, and record videos. We'll see how this goes, fingers crossed!