Just some babble about some stuff

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:20 pm
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After about $500, my jeep now has a new alternator, a new blower for the AC, and a new waiting to be put on driver side front door, on top of the new spark plugs, wires, and air filter. Apparently putting on doors of this particular make/model is a real pain in the ass so I'm waiting until I absolutely have to. I already have someone willing to do it. I'm hoping it doesn't became super necessary anytime soon.

I'm working on an Alucard art piece that seemed so simple when I was sketching it out but which has turned into this really in depth piece. I'm really enjoying working on it; it's not for anything and I'm not really in any hurry to have it finished. So I can kind of meander and play around and see what works and what doesn't. it also helps that I'm working entirely with a blue palette and while blue isn't my favorite color, it's one of my favorite colors to work with (my fave color is orange! Yay complementary colors!). Anyway, ideally it will be finished by this Saturday but we'll see.

Cutting this but it's about John McCain's cancer diagnosis )

the world of ed wood

Jul. 19th, 2017 04:15 pm
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So yeah Neil came to down and we did the all-night Ed Woodstockathon at the Carlton. Shain came along which was nice. The Carlton STILL had AC issues, in that there was none. That's a deal killer for me; I had fun and enjoyed the films but dammit, I was uncomfortable, and I shouldn't be uncomfortable when trying to watch bad movies. I won't be back unless they can guarantee my air conditioned comfort, dammit.

Crowd wasn't as heavy as it was for the Godzilla movies, but there were more women. The weird part is how well the films work as films on the big screen in a theater setting. They actually do. Even Bride Of The Monster holds up tolerably well. We left at 4:30 after Glen Or Glenda - Night Of The Ghouls is probably his most competently filmed movie, but it's also not as wacky.

Earlier in the day we did some shopping and went out into the sticks and walked through York Regional Forest and got some fresh air, and we met Donald & David at Fran's before the film. Sunday we got up tolerably early (before noon) and went back out into the hinterlands for more junking and chili dogs at the Oasis in Caledonia. We went through some pretty heavy rain on the way out and some lightning on the way back, which was interrupted by Hwy 6 getting closed and us taking a weird detour that swung us all the way down to Stoney Creek. Neil's probably pretty sick of Southern Ontario by now.

This week it's been getting ready for the beach trip, nailing down routes and collecting music and thinking about doing some surf fishing. We've been doing some long drives but I'm still looking forward to the drive down. I need a vacation, that's for sure.

What ho, Carruthers!

Jul. 18th, 2017 07:38 pm
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It was smooth sailing once they'd got past the smallpox.

this week in con fail

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:25 pm
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So a little while ago on Twitter a Twitter pal in Buffalo mentioned a Niagara Falls convention called "Fan World" and how they were being really vague about whether or not their big Japanese guest was going to show up. They're a "con in a box" type show: a guest list with five musical acts, four voice actors, and five "professional cosplayers" and not much else. They don't have any roots in local fandom and their website was designed by the same guy who designed the website for the Midwest Media Expo, which was a Detroit "fan con" that was cancelled days before it was supposed to take place.

http://www.nerdandtie.com/2017/04/26/midwest-media-expo-2017-cancelled-days-before-event/

In fact, both the Midwest Media Expo and Fan World Niagara had the same guest, used the same guest bio and the same photo of the guest - Akira Yamaoka - the same guest that Fan World Niagara was now being so vague about.

Turns out that Fan World Niagara just announced that Yamaoka cancelled. Which isn't a surprise, when shows say anything about a guest that may in any way indicate that guest might not show, you can count on that guest not showing.

The con also had an ambitious cross-border event plan, with most events happening on the US side and a few on the Canadian side; the Canadian side events have all been cancelled.

It looks to me like this is Midwest Media Expo all over again - a new show rides a little wave of interest and publicity, but is unable to maintain momentum and withers away after a few years. Who knows if Fan World will make it past two?

I've done a lot of "how to start conventions" panels in the past, and we always holler START SMALL at the top of our lungs, but people don't want to listen. I don't do those panels any more, because people don't listen. They have to find out for themselves that conventions have to grow organically, from the community, that you have to build relationships with staff and facilities and fans (your customers) over time, and that the good will you start with by running a fan event will vanish overnight if you abuse it.

Caped Crusaders

Jul. 17th, 2017 07:51 pm
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A female Doctor. So yesterday. *yawns* *is bored*

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Jul. 16th, 2017 08:51 pm
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Today my sister came over and together we replaced the air filter, spark plugs, and wires in the jeep. That seems to have helped a great deal, although I'll need to replace the alternator in the near future. Which isn't ideal but you know, oh well. At least it's running for the time being and at least I know what needs to be done.

Speaking of my sister, we've made very firm plans to attend the Saturday of Dragon Con! She wants to see the parade and I want to do the aquarium thing so we're just going to partake in the whole day. I'm pretty excited about it.

I have another Castlevania piece in the works but I'm really tired so I'm probably going to spend the evening watching something. I don't know what yet though, haha.

Science!

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:53 pm
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If you're interested in the history of science, have three hours to kill, and haven't seen this 2009 BBC series, I'd recommend it. Chemistry, optics, algebra, astronomy... All that and a bit of travelogue although even in 2009 there was a limit to the places where one could travel safely.

Read more... )

I struggle to accustom myself to social networking as it is now. I'm used to thinking that when I say 'you' I'm talking to three or four hundred people, not six or seven hardy souls (on a good day). If LJ is dismal, DW is worse. I haven't found a single community of any substance.

Poem of the Atoms

Jul. 14th, 2017 07:29 pm
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Music by Armand Amar, voice of Salar Aghili.


Fanart - Castlevania - Alucard/Trevor

Jul. 14th, 2017 06:32 pm
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Title: (blood)Lust
Fandom - Pairing: Castlevania - Alucard/Trevor
Rating: PG-13 for vampirism, blood.


Click to see full image!

I'm trying something a little bit different, although it probably doesn't look very different to anyone other than me.

man this is some major self-pity

Jul. 14th, 2017 10:56 am
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My jeep start skipping when I was driving home last night so I called my car guy and asked if I could drop it off today and have him check it out. He said yes so that was the plan.

When I tried to leave today, it started skipping so badly I couldn't go over 15 mph and when I tried to go up a hill was almost impossible. I made it back home and now here I am. I've started looking at cars but I can only afford a used car and even those require a kinda high down payment. Which I don't have.

I'm just so depressed right now. Last night I made a plan! I had a plan for dealing with this! But nope.

I just got off the phone with my car guy's wife and he might be able to come here and haul it, which would be nice. But we'll see.

Ooooh my god I hate feeling so helpless, haha.

fixing the let's anime

Jul. 12th, 2017 04:29 pm
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Got up Saturday morning to find that image hosting site Photobucket had decided that they were no longer going to allow third-party linking to photos posted on Photobucket. This means that all the images I had put up at the Let's Anime blog that were hosted at Photobucket were no longer there - and THAT meant that I was going to spend the next four days editing pretty much the first five years of Let's Anime posts, taking out the links to Photobucket images, and replacing those images with images hosted through Blogger. So that's what I've been up to. I still have a banner ad that needs fixing, but most everything else is where it needs to be, I think.

As God as my witness, I do NOT know what else you'd use Photobucket for, if not to post images for use on sites that don't have their own image hosting available. I will be wiping my Photobucket account clean and deleting it forthwith and will never use the service again.

Also Saturday: got the oil changed in the car and the fan belt replaced so that it doesn't squeak so loudly that it frightens children and small animals. Got a haircut. Did some walking. Sunday and Monday and Tuesday was more Let's Anime maintenance (and work). Fixing broken links, updating the more obviously out-dated news items, finding better images, that kinda thing.

Neil is coming to town this weekend for the all-night movie marathon and hopefully the Carlton's AC is better suited for the task than it was last year. I made it until about 4:30am last year before the swampy claustrophobia set in and I simply had to leave. This year's marathon is a bunch of Ed Wood movies, which at least are a little snappier than "War Of The Gargantuas", which is the one that broke me last time. Still, I don't make any promises that I'll be there all night long.

Next weekend we head South for a beach vacation. Looking forward to some time off. Then it's back home and time to get ready for AWA!

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Jul. 10th, 2017 07:11 pm
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I have a pretty legit sunburn on my arms and shoulders. ;3; I mowed for about two hours today and I wore a tiny little cami because I have a lot of sleeveless shirts that I would love to wear to class without having a farmer's tan and I didn't put on sunscreen and boom, sunburn. It's a constant low grade itching but if I scratch, pain. But hey, it'll level out into a nice tan probably so, worth it I guess? :'D

I drew something last night! I just have to clean it up/color and it'll be done. But that won't be happening super soon because:



Look my mom offered to buy them and how do you say no, like that's impossible.
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