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I had a fangirl squee kind of afternoon. George R.R. Martin just announced a definitive publication date for A Feast for Crows! I had heard the news but dismissed it but he's serious this time (apparently all of the other dates were optimistic guesses). Look's like all of the devotions the dark entity living in my Furby have paid off.

I've actually been rereading the series in anticipation of the Game of Thrones series starting up on HBO (which I must needs gain access too by then) The man they have playing Littlefinger looks exactly like how I had pictured him in my brain. I think it is the first time my brain has matched that closely with visual media from a book. Arya is pretty close to my mental image as well although I always picture her with birds nest hair.

A few weeks ago I e-mailed a bunch of conventions wanting to run a special effects makeup panel. I have heard back from panel programing from Penguicon (still working out details) and Animarithon (Confirmed to run a panel). Animarathon is on March 26th so I need to get my stuff together. It's a one day anime convention at Bowling Green State University near Toledo, Ohio. This will be my first panel and I'm glad it's at a smallish con, that way I can work the kinks out and have more of a discussion than a presentation.

Anyway, in preparation for this I started playing around last weekend and came up with an alien parasite thing. Enjoy!

Also, mythdude has been feeling under the weather so pester the crap out of him with healing thoughts and anti-crappy feeling vibes. I'm doing my part by having Flot postpone her attack. Mwhahaha

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*I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.

*I am the person who is afraid of telling his loving Christian parents he loves another male.

*I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.

*I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.

*We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.

*I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.

*I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me.

*I am one of the lucky ones, I guess. I survived the attack that left me in a coma for three weeks, and in another year I will probably be able to walk again.

*I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.

*We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.

*I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.

*I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.

*I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.

*I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.

*I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.

*I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.

*I am the man who died when the paramedics stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.

*I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I did not have to always deal with society hating me.

*I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don't believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.

*I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.

Re-post this if you believe homophobia/transphobia is wrong. Please do your part to end it.

demon furby

Ia Ia Furby Fthagn

I'd just like to say something before the rumors get out of hand. I have not made any kind of dark compact with any demon god that may or may not be inhabiting my furby. I really have no idea what people are talking about.

Here is a youtube video that has nothing at all to do with any blood sacrifices have been made that would exchange my immortal soul for knowledge and power far beyond the imaginings of lesser man. Curiously specific denials aside, enjoy the video.

Ia Ia Furby Ftha- I mean, um, how are you doing this fine weekend?

Possibly looking up?

I had a pretty good interview yesterday, mostly because I knew one of the interviewers. I had asked him a few months back if he would keep an eye out for any openings and he referred me to the posting about a week ago. I was pleasantly surprised that he was one of the people I was meeting with. I always dread group interviews and it was a relief to have a friendly face. As a bonus I'm fairly certain he asked questions that let me play up my strengths.

I am a bit nervous since I'm not sure I have *quite* enough experience in the right areas to really qualify for the position. I would love to get that job and learn how to do the type of tests they do in the lab so I've got my fingers crossed. I might manage to squeak by on the "not what you know but who you know," thing (which I usually resent but for once seems to be working in my favor).

I feel like a bit of an ass looking for other work when I haven't even been at my current job for a month. But at the same time it's a temp job and while it's easy enough work and the people are all super nice (and that is a HUGE plus), it's not something that I really see myself being happy doing for long. If they do offer to hire me on full time I doubt I'll accept. I'd rather be doing SCIENCE!

In other news, I start working second shift on Monday. Waking up at 5am is really not fun at all and I'm happy that tomorrow is the last time I'll have to do that in a while. I guess they were a bit short staffed on second shift and when I asked about switching they were pretty happy to oblige me and my semi-nocturnal ways. And as a bonus I'll get a shift premium raise for working second. "You mean you're going to pay me extra to not have to wake up at 5am? Awesome!" <-yes I did say that. Working 3-11:30 does kill any chance of having a social life (aside from on weekends) but since I haven't managed to strike that particular pile of cobbled together body parts with lightning I guess it was never alive in the first place. I'd rather be doing NECROMANCY! SCIENCE!
trunk escape

Writer's Block: I'm in love with my car

If you could have any car in the world, what would it be?

A blue 1976 Caprice Classic hardtop. Specifically my blue 1976 Caprice Classic hardtop.

Technically it's a car I still have, but she's not in use right now and I don't know if she ever will be again. The Blue Beast AKA the Hot Yacht AKA the '76. My grandparents bought it new and my dad bought it off of them when he and my mom got married. Eventually they stored it away in a barn but brought it out and had it restored somewhat and it was turned over to me when I first started driving. It's got sentimental value and family history.

Originally I was terrified of the car. It's a freaking boat and maneuvering it took some getting used to. She also had quirks that I had to learn. Once I did I grew to love that car and even the problems that came with it. It saw me through my senior year of high school and all of college.

As time went on she continued to accumulate problems but ultimately she was to expensive to feed. I ended up buying my dad's car from him when he upgraded and the '76 was put out to pasture. Ideally she would have been stored in the barn but that was full at the time so she is parked next to it and has been for several years. It breaks my heart to see her rusting away like that. Seriously, I almost cry when I see her. The love I have for that car is like that of a pet. I'm actually tearing up now, I really miss that car.

One day I would like to see her restored but if I ever do have that kind of money to sink into a project it won't be for a while. Most of the deterioration is cosmetic she's rusting in places and the vinyl has all but peeled off of the roof. I'd wager that the wiring is shot, under the hood is probably a literal rat's nest. At least the engine should be in good shape. Of all the problems I had, none of them were ever engine related. As cliche as it sounds, they really don't build them like they used to.

So long story wandered off into nostalgic rambling but eventually cut short and restated, I would have *my* (accept no substitutes) 1976 Caprice Classic restored to her former glory.

Although to really enjoy it I'd need a doubling in salary just to afford the fuel. Great car, horrible gas mileage.
xkcd squirrel

I'm actually posting con pictures

It seems whenever I go to a con I always intend to post the pictures but I never actually get around to it. I usually don't even upload them to photobucket or anything.

I didn't get to see much of the con but I haven't seen much anime in the last 5 years so there weren't that many panels I wanted to go to anyway. I did have a great time wandering the halls, browsing in the dealer's room, and helping out as a gopher. Actually, volunteering was probably the most fun. I've known for years that if you want to see most of the people and costumes the best way to do it is to hang out in one spot for a while. Guess what badge checking is.

My photobucket album for Ohayocon

And since I'm a shameless attention whore, I've put pictures of my costumes under the cut. Mechakara, Dr. Insano, and the Joker (I went a little gansta style with my NES light gun there)
Onto the pictures! With SCIENCE!Collapse )

Some of the highlights:
There was a guy that was a working gameboy. It must have been about four feet tall and it played tetris.
When I was in the artist's alley there was someone with a violin that was following around the 10th Doctor while playing the Dr. Who theme.
Running across a group of Ghostbusters and proceeding to break their brains, WITH SCIENCE!
I found another Dr. Insano cosplayer, he was fun to hang out with.
The staff were all pretty nice, even security.
After a random comment triggered a Star Trek quote from me I went on a quest and found FOUR Yagami LIGHTS
Many other things that I can't quite remember.

Now there was one really bad thing. It wasn't as big a problem for me since I was able to simply go home, but for the other gophers it really sucked. There were some issues with the gopher crash space. Holiday Inn Express OSU sucks all kinds of dirty metaphorsCollapse )

But, for me, I had a pretty good time overall. I even managed to get reimbursed and free admission for next year's Ohayocon.
Gir vs Pac Man


Ohayocon is over and done with. I was planning to do some kine of recap post but... Cannot brain today, Sunday at con.

I am exhausted. There isn't anything like an anime con to make you (well, me) feel old. I will keep going to cons for as long as I can but I am feeling the abuse I put my body through much more than a few years ago. It also doesn't help that when I first started attending them the median age was probably around 20. Now I am surrounded by 16 year olds. So as I've gotten older, they've been getting younger. It's like aging twice as fast. Though that's mostly an anime convention thing, I haven't noticed that at the sci-fi or gaming cons I've gone to.

I didn't manage to wear my steampunk demon hunter outfit for a variety of reasons, however I did wear three all new costumes, well four if you count my lazy steampunk compilation Friday night. I did Dr. Insano, Mechakara, and the Joker. Dr. Insano and Mechakara are from Atop the Fourth Wall a web series on Though Insano is actually more in Sponny's videos on, specifically his final fantasy reviews.

I guess my theme this year was popular but obscure. Not many people recognized Mechakara but the ones that did were really excited. Oh, and I actually remembered to take pictures of my own costumes this year! I might even post them.

Anyway, it's not even 10:00 but I'm going to go crawl into bed. I was offered a temp job last week and I start Monday. At 8:30. 8:30 in the morning. I'm glad I finally got a job, but starting up the Monday after con isn't exactly, ideal. Though I am lucky that Monday is OSHA training, my normal shift will start at 7:30. *sigh* I mean, "yay job!"

So. Sleep now.

Well that only took two weeks to get done

A couple of weeks ago I did an experiment in sleep deprivation. More accurately, I accidentally stayed awake all night watching tv and reading articles on tv tropes, then decided to see how much longer I could stay awake.

I started recording little videos to document my spiral into (deeper) insanity mostly so I could go back later and see for myself just how messed up in the brainpan I had gotten.

I wanted to post it to youtube for laughs but the whole thing ended up being about a half hour long. Combine that will my lack of any real video editing software and... I did manage to work out some overly complicated software cascade so that I could even try to edit the damn thing.

So now, enjoy the nonsensical jumble that is me when I don't sleep for two days.