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Mon, Nov. 5th, 2012, 01:21 am
I autocorrect for the Users!

I made a TRON suit for Halloween. Suppliers sent me the wrong stuff, weeks late, so it was stressful to get something thrown together in time, and I had to scale back my ambitions because of them, but it still turned out ok.

TRON: halloween

More pics and details here.

Fri, Aug. 29th, 2008, 05:07 pm
Wedding funs

After Jen and Eric's wedding, the wedding party went to dinner, then out to the nightclubs, still in wedding dress.

The bride was obviously highly distinctive in a club and hard to miss, but on account of Eric taking his jacket off, while mine was still on, I was mistaken for the groom, at a club where we fairly frequently go.
It seems the possibility that I might now be married apparently prompted enough concern that a woman was dispatched (seemingly on behalf on Interested Parties Unknown) to establish whether the wedding garb was real (it was) and so if that meant that I was really married now (I wasn't). But the nature of the concern that I infer from her questioning (and seeming relief when I confirmed I was not off the market) had me grinning for some time afterwards! :-)

So now, if I get married the occasion doesn't need to be cause for narcissisticly flattering spates of wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst women I don't even know - I'm counting that as done and crossed off The List. teeheehee :-D

No, there is not actually a list. But maybe there should be now that I've got something to cross off it. :-)
I wonder what else would go in it?

Thu, May. 29th, 2008, 12:06 am
Circus Mystery

I just saw Cirque du Soleil's Corteo, long long after everyone else I know has already seen it :)

Loved it. Some notes and observations:

When the clowns commandeer some poor audience-member's popcorn for Official Clowning Purposes, someone does in fact find that person a few minutes later and give them replacement popcorn. I always wondered about that :-)

As usual, I got front teh row seats, 'cos I like being close to the action. Close enough in this case that I was a target during the pillow fight. Unfortunately also close enough to feel a bit pervy because the chandeliers swung directly overhead, meaning we were looking up the dresses of the women hanging from them (and occasionally had to duck). Their costumes are designed to be viewed by an audience below the height of the performance, and the dresses soon came off anyway, but still!


Then about halfway through, the two veiled girls did some dance stuff, centrifugal force parted the veils and OMG! WTF!?! Isn't that the girl that I was dancing with last night?!!? It sure looks like her... but that seems really farfetched... gah, it's impossible to tell for sure.3
(Last night, at the club at the stroke of midnight, they were playing I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers, and I felt like dancing and was in a silly mood, off on my own in a corner, and I wondered if I could do four chaînés turns1 at that speed (which is fast for me), in a straight line. (And it had to be straight as I only had a 2 to 3 foot wide corridor - any drifting anticlockwise and I hit the wall, any drifting clockwise and I hit people). Right after that song, a girl came up to me and asked to dance and see me do some turns. I don't recall seeing her before, which doesn't mean much, but probably means she's not a regular :-) So we danced. She could move. I don't recall her name, I just remember thinking that I wasn't going to even try to pronounce that). Midnight is, of course, the hour that I leave if I'm out during the week, or my usual way home turns into a pumpkin, and at work the next day I turn into a carriage. So I left2 the club as soon as the song finished.
So if I see her again more than two weeks from now, then she's not travelling with Cirque and most likely a local of the same height, build, complexion, and features as one of the Cirque performers. If I don't see her, the mystery will be forever unsolved.

Damn I love their shoes. They're performance/dance shoes custom-made for the person and for their costume.

Some guys came out, and I was looking at their build, and wondering what their act could possibly be - they had hugely developed chests, which typically means lots of upper body work, but their arms (while totally ripped) were almost slender in proportion to their chests. How do you develop that kind of chest bulk without the arms matching?!
Soon that mystery was solved. (They did a lot of stuff in which their bodyweight was carried largely by their arm bones and chest muscles.

A woman near me just about got clocked on the noggin by a stray juggler's baton. She picked it up and helpfully held it out until someone onstage retrieved it. While my devious side was thinking "Don't hold it out like that - that's forcing them to retrieve it - if you wait until they come looking for it before holding it up, maybe they won't bother (there were a metric shit-ton of batons involved in the juggling act, and handlers with replacements in the wings) and if so you'd get a sweet souvenir!"
The same thought must have occurred to her, because minutes later, she was in possession of a stray juggler's hoop, and this time did nothing with it. A performer did in fact come to retrieve it, so no souvenirs without paying mega$$$ at the merch counters.

1. Don't ask me how long it took to find out how to spell "chaînés". And after all that I don't even know if it's supposed to be capitalised.
2. In hindsight, there is a far-fetched chance that that may have been a bad idea.

3. Update: Mystery solved - Michelle confirms there were Cirque people at the noc.

Wed, Sep. 27th, 2006, 08:37 pm
Bodies - ewwww

The Bodies exhibit opens this weekend. Tickets are $24. Who else wants to go?

Exhibit includes 25 human corpses plasticised and dissected (two examples), and 250 body parts, similarly plasticised, cut-away examples of both healthy and diseased body parts. Learn what we look like and how we function on the inside - without doing it the hard way.

Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006, 08:46 pm
Get yer awesome here

This Saturday night, Kora and Simeon are doing a showcase of the five standard dances, as a fundraiser for blackpool. Entry is $25. You should go. I am :)

Since you were silly, you missed their latin showcase a few months back, which could have burned your eyes from their sockets, whereas the standard (tango, waltz, quickstep, viennese waltz, foxtrot) is less crowd-pleasing than latin, but still very impressive and well worth seeing.

Let me know if you're interested.

Mon, Jul. 17th, 2006, 07:20 am
some Labyrinth of Jareth Ball 2006 stuff

Some pics and comments. Yay! :)

Disclaimer: We took very few photos, so these are not representative of anything, just some random pics, and we couldn't be assed taking photos properly, so these were all taken with flash, which ruins and uglifies everything. Things were much better in person.

First up, 'ere be PIRATES! Arrrr!

I have to say, Captain Jack Sparrow was a really memorable encounter. The guy was perfect - his speech, his voice, his mannerisms, his attitude, his wit, his gait. It basically feels, at a deep gut level, like I ran into and chatted with Jack Sparrow. For real. There is no silver screen divide - I've met the guy. I really really like that.
(There were actually two Jack Sparrows in attendance, both teh awesome).

Teh CAT is BACK! (I assume it's the same person anyway. A bit hard to tell :)

More Random Someones. That shoulder to the left of the red girl is, uh, mine. Ph33r my brutal cropping :-)

This is me after I ditched all the rest of my outfit due to the heat. Which is to say, this is what I was wearing for almost all of the event :)
I "discovered" that a shirt open at the front is a useful way to help stay cooler. I'll probably be somewhat more unbuttoned in general in the future :)
While these remains of my outfit was pretty basic attire that couldn't compete with many of the extravagant outfits everywhere you looked, I was interested to see if I could hold my own, so to speak, without extravagant attire, simply by being the Personification of Pure Awesome1. Allegedly, I succeeded :D

1. Wait, didn't I say I wasn't going to be a pratt in this lj entry? :)

I don't have a good pic of Kathy. I do have some, I might go have another look for ones that turned out.

Sun, Jun. 11th, 2006, 11:47 pm
Ahoy matey!

Having made a video game version, our company is booking a cinema for a private screening of the upcoming Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest, and I have a ticket for a companion.

Interested in joining me on this high seas adventure?

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Thu, May. 11th, 2006, 07:56 am
Hacking the Cirque du Soleil

For the last few hours, I have waged epic battle against the evil Cirque du Soleil ticket computer.

For any who doubt the brutality and sheer malice of this mechanical monster, this is the account of my last encounter with the beast. An encounter from which, it should be noted, I eventually emerged victorious, though I didn't know it at the time.

An encounter through which I learned the weaknesses of the enemy, and today was able to leverage them against it, (such as decyphering part of it's seat selection system and using multiple open ticket purchase windows to rapidly tie up all the seats in a row until the seats I want become availible before the 3 minute hold-period expires). I was prepared for their evil system whereby you must fill in a form (with your name, address, phone, email, credit card details, etc) before the 3 minutes are up and had a duplicate page of details ready for rapid cut&paste.

The beast is slain: I got category 1 tickets in the second row of the Tapis Rouge (Red Carpet) section on 8pm Friday, June 9th. Or at least that's what the machine tells me.

But the machine might have the last laugh - people in the Tapis Rouge seats run the risk of being subject to performer interaction, and/or rogue clowns.

Also, June 9 is far enough away that other seats will probably be on sale for a few weeks, so anyone else wanting to go can probably go to the same showing.

Wed, May. 3rd, 2006, 07:54 am
Awesome NEW cunning plan!

I was going to run this idea by people last night at the noc, but Moonsilence was the only person who bothered to show. Slackers! :-)

So anyway, my Evil Twin Nemesis has informed me that the Cirque du Soleil troupe/show that is performing here (Varekai) is a recent one for which an emmy-award winning mini-series was made in the months leading up to the start of the show, following the various performers working to invent/improve the acts for the show, basically the people and how it all came together.

Watching a Cirque du Soleil performance when, to an extent, you know the performers as people, you know part of their story and how their act became what you see, that would add an awesome new level to it.

This is probably your only chance, ever to do just that.*

Hence I'm placing an order for the series on DVD, and some evening soon, if people fail to suck and are interested, we can gather at my place and screen them, and on another night, check out the show itself!

We wouldn't get through the entire thing in one night, but I'm guessing one night would get you guys hooked, and then organising a second won't be a problem :-p

*Unless you're a Cirque junkie willing to fly to exotic locations to catch a show.

In other news, POP!

Wed, Mar. 15th, 2006, 07:56 am
Dance class thingy

My plans to rent a studio and bring in an instructor, thus creating a custom dance class designed for you guys to learn some partnership latin dance stuff (and incidentally give me more people to dance with at clubs :-), remember those plans? Well I'm trying to accelerate them so it can happen before Jen and Eric leave.

I don't know what my options are yet, but I'm going to try to organise for either this Saturday 18th, 5-7pm (give or take), or Saturday 25th.

What I do need to know is - are there any problems with this? Is there anything else going on? Are you unable to make it? If it's a bad time or day, what would make it good? Earlier or later in the day? Different day? When works?

I don't yet even know if I can pull it together at short notice like this, but I probably only get one shot before the window closes, so it's going to have to be right first time.

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