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Anthrocon Dreams Jul. 4th, 2010 @ 07:46 am
So I've had a recurring dream over the past couple days. I'm back at AC, and I'm hanging out with friends. Somebody does something astounding (a dance move or an acrobatic move) in suit and I ask them to repeat the move so I can film it. I usually wake up with myself going "Wait, I have no tape left. WAIT. I'm not even at Anthrocon".

I know it probably sounds nerdy and pathetic. But it's really becoming an issue. I don't think I've had PCD that actually inhabits my dreams before.
I feel...: confusedconfused
Song for the Wrong: 28 Days Later - No More Films

PCD Jul. 1st, 2010 @ 07:58 pm
Post con depression is an interesting phenomenon. A depression seems to be an odd way to follow up a weekend of good times. I didn't experience PCD at all last year. Not after Anthrocon, not after FurFright. I chalked it up to spending a lot of my time editing video, and getting to relive what I already experienced. However, this time I was not so lucky; starting to feel the sting of PCD as early as sitting in the hotel lobby on Monday. So why the change?

Anthrocon this year did not feel like Anthrocon last year. Last year, to me, felt like a crazy party. I felt like I was running from event to event, filming everything, trying to do as much as possible. That was not the case this year. I have built so many friendships over the last 2 years that everything was moving at a more relaxed pace. I didn't have to hop between people, trying to find who to hang out with; I had my friends, I stuck with them.

Also, I blew off a lot of events this year. All I went to was the opening ceremonies, the dance competition, the fursuit parade, and the fursuit charades. Normally, I would feel like I was doing a whole lot of nothing. Quite the contrary: I fursuited more this year than I have at any convention. Packing a bag of drenched clothing on Monday morning was definitely a reminder of that.

At the time, I was worried that I was doing too little at the convention. I only recorded 4 hours of tape, when at every other convention to date, I've captured 6 hours. I went to almost no events, and I spent a lot of time sitting down with people. Yet last year, I had no PCD. This year, I was an emotional wreck. So, what happened?

The people. I didn't want to let go of the people. It's not like I'm going to lose any friends; but when you see your friends several times a day for several days, then it dawns on you that you won't see them for months, it's quite an earth shattering thought. Now that I've had a chance to reflect on Anthrocon this year, I realized that this year's AC is my favorite con to date. That's why FurFright was so good last year. It's not about the events, or the activities. It's the people.

I want to thank everybody I'm close friends with. I shouldn't have to list names. You know who you are. If I spent any considerable of time with you at AC, you're included. You all mean a lot to me, and have really changed my life. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. You mean the world to me.

PS: If I had to choose one moment from the con that I'd list as my favorite, it would have to be this. For some reason, it captured my imagination and I can't stop watching it. Thanks Media, you really wowed me.

I feel...: thoughtfulthoughtful
Song for the Wrong: A Goofy Movie - Stand Out

FA:U 3 Video Jun. 13th, 2010 @ 08:56 pm
It's already on YouTube, and already submitted to Fur Affinity. So I'm just gonna quickly throw a link up here for it.

I feel...: calmcalm
Song for the Wrong: Matt Ebel - Lost My Way

Fur Affinity: United 3 Jun. 5th, 2010 @ 01:36 pm
So, I've been back from FA:U for almost a week. What do I think about the con? Well, let me think...

First off, my perception is going to be slightly skewed. I'm friends with a large portion of the high ranking staff at the convention. Part of the reason I went is so I didn't have a bunch of angry guys from New Jersey trying to kick my ass for not going. :P

To be honest, I mostly went because of it's close proximity to where I live. It's only 2 hours out of the way, which is no farther than it is from my house to ~V~'s place. If I REALLY wanted to, I could have made a day trip for it, but I decided to go the long haul and get a hotel room for the weekend.

I arrived very, very early. So much so that the parking lot was completely empty, and for a moment I thought I had the wrong hotel. But on the way in, I saw someone wearing a dog collar, so I knew I was right at home. The hotel is tiny. Probably the smallest I've seen host a convention. But the hotel staff is more than accommodating, so that helps make up for lack in con space.

I spent most of my time in my hotel room hanging out with ~V~, Audri, JD, Jimmy Wolf, Rudo, Recca, and sometimes coopertom. The scheduling was quite scarce, but they made up for it in bacon. Delicious, delicious bacon. Nothing like bacon at registration.

Since the convention theme was Gamers United, I wanted to represent my favorite video game series. So I dressed as Dante from Devil May Cry.


The costume went over well. On more than one occasions, I had to stop the fursuit parade because people would call out "DANTE!" and wanted a picture.

It was a more chill con, but that's not a bad thing. If you plan on going to AC, FA:U is a great way to dip your toe in the water before diving in to the pandemonium that is Anthrocon. I'll be going back next year (for the people and the close location), and I may even have a panel. I'll eventually make an LJ post to flood all of the FA:U videos I've been uploading.
I feel...: cheerfulcheerful
Song for the Wrong: Matt Ebel - Lost My Way

Anthrocon Video 2010 music? + FA:U May. 14th, 2010 @ 04:21 pm
I think I found what I'm gonna use. And the song isn't even released yet.

Oh, and if you weren't aware, FA:U is at the end of this month. If you're going, I'll cya there!
I feel...: excitedexcited
Song for the Wrong: Pendulum - The Vulture
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» A Nightmare On Elm Street Remake

Well, went to the midnight showing of Nightmare On Elm Street starring Rorschach last night.

If you guys didn't know, I'm a huge Freddy Krueger fan. I met Robert Englund a few years back, got some autographs from him, and even purchased a metal Freddy Krueger glove. So, what did I think of this new movie?

Well, to start off, some bad points. Yes, Freddy DID sound a lot like Rorschach. Yes, the makeup WAS different. It looked a little silly, but it did look quite a bit like an actual burn victim would, as opposed to melty pizza-face Krueger we had in the past. Yes, the teenagers were a little dull. Luckily, many of the less interesting characters were dead 30 minutes into the film. And yes, CGI was used to death.

Now, on to the good. Mainly, Freddy himself; he was a badass. No longer do we have silly, one-liner, cartoon Krueger. This Freddy was cold, he was deliberate, and he was out to get shit done. He didn't piss around. If he was on screen, you were either gonna get the shit kicked out of you, or you were dead. He DID pop a few jokes here and there, but they were never silly. They always felt cold, taunting, and politically incorrect. The new actor's swagger fit the role perfectly, and he even added his own style, rubbing his claws together rapidly as he stalked his prey.

The movie stuck to the basic aesthetic of the original. The stereotypical, white suburban neighborhood and the dark, grungy, hellish boiler room. However, lots of visual flair was added, and every set was well designed, interesting, and usually had a fitting color palette. The music had a very similar sound to the original, without stealing the theme itself (though they did play it on the New Line Cinema logo). And yes, the iconic "1, 2, Freddy's coming for you" was present.

The story was modified, but nothing too drastic. The character's backstory remained relatively unchanged, with more depth added and nothing substantial removed. They delved deeper into the mechanics of sleep deprivation more thoroughly than they have in the past, explaining how insomniacs experience "micronaps", short lapses in consciousness, as the brain tries to recharge. This made for some very exciting buildup in the story's later act, Freddy popping in and out of existence at random, keeping both the characters and the audience on their toes. The story for the teenagers was completely reworked, the only reference to the original being the female lead character's name, Nancy.

Speaking of the original, there were several homages to the classic series of movies. From special effects, to dialouge, to even entire death scenes recreated from past Nightmare On Elm Street movies. Rest assured though, the film makers had their own creative ideas of what Freddy was capable of, and it was refreshing to see some new mind-fuckery being explored with a character who has seemingly limitless potential to distort reality.

All in all, I give this movie an 8.5 out of 10. It was enjoyable cinema, and while heavy on the CGI in spots, it was an excellent reboot to the series and worthy of standing along side the classic Nightmare On Elm Street films.

» The States I've Seen
So, I've seen people do these maps where they highlight each state they've been in. I figured I might as well post mine.

visited 10 states (20%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

I don't count any states between Maryland and Florida because I flew over them. The rest I've set foot on, and I THINK I've spent considerable time in each state (rather than just highlighting places I've driven through).

All in all, I get around pretty well for not having a car. :P
» An Open Letter About Copyright
This has been said over and over again, but I feel like it needs to be restated. Especially because today, I found a prime example of this rant in action.

Long rant with a few YouTube videos under the cut.Collapse )

We live on the precipice of a new paradigm. A new way of thinking, where the old laws of "THIS IS MINE, YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BECAUSE IT'S MINE" no longer apply. Creativity, teamwork, cooperation, community... these things can thrive, and inspire the world.
» Fursuit Eyes: Take 2
Well, spirit made her second set of eyes for me. They are smaller than the previous ones, but they are still kind of large. She said she had to make the whites of the eyes taller than she wanted to, because removing the first set of eyes ripped some fur and she tried to hide it.

IMO, these are perfectly fine. They ARE big, and still have an "OMG" expression. However, they are presentable. I need to get a new head at some time anyway... 4 years is long for one of these things to last, and I need a style change.

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I think skippyfox put it best last night. I asked him if the eyes were too big. He said "No. The head is too small".

Either way, it's good to have my suit back.
» My Eyes! The Goggles Do Nothing!
This is a brief history of what's happened with my fursuit eyes.

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