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Herein are contained links to cool things I saw at Dragon*Con, as the title says. I do this because 1) I think you might like to see cool stuff, and 2) I get business cards and fliers from people at Con, but I don't have a good place to keep them, so they tend to get lost. Here, then, I have a digital record. Anyway, onwards, to the cool stuff!

ART

MUSIC

  • Urizen - video game space metal band whose performances include guys dressed like robots, mutants, etc.
  • Attention System - these guys have a sort of prog rock meets early Nine Inch Nails feel.


CLOTHING/COSTUMES

  • Delicious Boutique - Gorgeous leatherwork, clothing, and corsetry that I totally can't afford.
  • Passional - corsetry and fetish wear, allegedly running up to size 8x.
  • SighCo - tee-shirts and sundry. I am still a fan.


GAMING

  • Third Eye Games - Publisher of Apocalypse Prevention Inc., a monster-hunter RPG that I'd like to get my hands on.
  • Evil Hat - Publisher of several delicious RPGs, including the new Dresden Files RPG that I'd really really like to get my hands on. (I almost bought it at the convention, but the books weigh like 40 lbs apiece, and there was no way I was going to carry them around all day. I still have the $$ I was going to spend on them, though...)


... That doesn't seem like nearly enough. I may be missing some cards. Hrm. I wonder where they went.

I'm home

May. 27th, 2009 12:15 am
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I'm home from the Northwest. I have lots of pictures. The best of the set are uploading as we speak. I should label and tag them all, but kids, I am tired. The trip was completely amazing. It was a little like this:

Reflections on dead amusement park


Tomorrow, I'll post more coherently. Right now, I'm going to bed.

I'm home

May. 27th, 2009 12:15 am
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I'm home from the Northwest. I have lots of pictures. The best of the set are uploading as we speak. I should label and tag them all, but kids, I am tired. The trip was completely amazing. It was a little like this:

Reflections on dead amusement park


Tomorrow, I'll post more coherently. Right now, I'm going to bed.
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Here is your daily dose of oh my god that's freaking amazing. Danny MacAskill does bicycle parkour, Edinburgh.

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Here is your daily dose of oh my god that's freaking amazing. Danny MacAskill does bicycle parkour, Edinburgh.

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You know in your heart of hearts that you always wanted to see Freddie Mercury juggle. Or maybe that's just me.

Bonus Circus Goodness: Acrobat David O'Mer takes a bath.
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You know in your heart of hearts that you always wanted to see Freddie Mercury juggle. Or maybe that's just me.

Bonus Circus Goodness: Acrobat David O'Mer takes a bath.
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1. Thai Spider-Man Saves Autistic Boy. Firefighter uses superhero costume to talk a scared boy off a ledge. Alleges that he keeps Spider-Man costume in his locker at work "to liven up school fire drills". We here at Featherynscale Industries are suspicious, but impressed. You go, cosplay guy!

2. "Sometimes the best news is that a story makes no news." Seventh-grade math teacher invites whole class to his commitment ceremony, nobody thinks it's that big a deal. Bonus points: 1. When asked "were you surprised to learn your teacher was gay?", seventh graders responded: “He’s not gay,” said Japhet Guzman, 12. “No,” agreed a lanky 13-year-old who walked with a bit of a tough-guy swagger, “he’s not gay. He’s bisexual. Why don’t you ask him?” 2. Bisexual math teacher is tremendously cute. Of course, he's a bisexual math teacher, so I may have some bias in that assessment.
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1. Thai Spider-Man Saves Autistic Boy. Firefighter uses superhero costume to talk a scared boy off a ledge. Alleges that he keeps Spider-Man costume in his locker at work "to liven up school fire drills". We here at Featherynscale Industries are suspicious, but impressed. You go, cosplay guy!

2. "Sometimes the best news is that a story makes no news." Seventh-grade math teacher invites whole class to his commitment ceremony, nobody thinks it's that big a deal. Bonus points: 1. When asked "were you surprised to learn your teacher was gay?", seventh graders responded: “He’s not gay,” said Japhet Guzman, 12. “No,” agreed a lanky 13-year-old who walked with a bit of a tough-guy swagger, “he’s not gay. He’s bisexual. Why don’t you ask him?” 2. Bisexual math teacher is tremendously cute. Of course, he's a bisexual math teacher, so I may have some bias in that assessment.
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If you love me, feel free to post this image anywhere you think that people who might be interested in such an event as this might hang out.

Also, love and cherish the beautiful artwork by [livejournal.com profile] archway.

Now, [livejournal.com profile] popefelix better get that website up so we can actually start selling tickets.
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If you love me, feel free to post this image anywhere you think that people who might be interested in such an event as this might hang out.

Also, love and cherish the beautiful artwork by [livejournal.com profile] archway.

Now, [livejournal.com profile] popefelix better get that website up so we can actually start selling tickets.
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...and then, an unexpected return to my youth. *grin*

[livejournal.com profile] triadruid, [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42, [livejournal.com profile] popefelix, [livejournal.com profile] ruisseau and I went out last night to see Fishnets and Floorshows do the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Screenland. We get in the door, having navigated the question "Are you here for RHPS, or the Bible study?", and are standing around idly (okay, I was gawking at a hot androgynous redhead... all RHPS troupes are apparently by law required to have a hot androgynous redhead, and thank all the gods for that really!).

Then, said H.A.R. is pointing at me. And saying "She's cute, let's ask her." Then, zie's walking over saying, "How many times have you seen this movie?". I fumble around in my brain for a number. "Well, I used to be in a cast in Florida, so, a lot, but it's been a really long time since I've seen the film." Zie says, "Good enough. Our Columbia can't make it tonight, could you be Columbia?" I say... er. And then, I say "Sure, but I can't tap-dance. Do you have a hat?"

And lo, it came to pass that I did not get to sit safely in the audience and yell out rude things at the screen, but instead, got to run around for two hours variously screaming, dancing, and flailing. Apparently, I did all right, (or they're really short of players) because they asked me to come back next week and finish the October run. I'm divided. On the one hand, it's a lot of fun, and I probably wasn't doing anything at midnight next Friday and Saturday. On the other, I have *no* costuming, I still can't tap-dance, and I woke up this morning with glitter in my eye. Hrm.

Anyway, they put on a very funny show. Since I haven't been to a production in manymany years, there's a whole load of new lines that I haven't heard -- you'd be amazed how many Sarah Palin jokes you can fit into the script. If you are in the area and have any interest at all in the Cult of Rocky, I suggest you buy tickets now. The show runs next Friday and Saturday and midnight. Saturday's performance is alleged to be costume night, with some sort of contest.

EDIT: In other news, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid wore PVC pants to the show. I believe the phrase "Hot Damn!" is appropriate.
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...and then, an unexpected return to my youth. *grin*

[livejournal.com profile] triadruid, [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42, [livejournal.com profile] popefelix, [livejournal.com profile] ruisseau and I went out last night to see Fishnets and Floorshows do the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Screenland. We get in the door, having navigated the question "Are you here for RHPS, or the Bible study?", and are standing around idly (okay, I was gawking at a hot androgynous redhead... all RHPS troupes are apparently by law required to have a hot androgynous redhead, and thank all the gods for that really!).

Then, said H.A.R. is pointing at me. And saying "She's cute, let's ask her." Then, zie's walking over saying, "How many times have you seen this movie?". I fumble around in my brain for a number. "Well, I used to be in a cast in Florida, so, a lot, but it's been a really long time since I've seen the film." Zie says, "Good enough. Our Columbia can't make it tonight, could you be Columbia?" I say... er. And then, I say "Sure, but I can't tap-dance. Do you have a hat?"

And lo, it came to pass that I did not get to sit safely in the audience and yell out rude things at the screen, but instead, got to run around for two hours variously screaming, dancing, and flailing. Apparently, I did all right, (or they're really short of players) because they asked me to come back next week and finish the October run. I'm divided. On the one hand, it's a lot of fun, and I probably wasn't doing anything at midnight next Friday and Saturday. On the other, I have *no* costuming, I still can't tap-dance, and I woke up this morning with glitter in my eye. Hrm.

Anyway, they put on a very funny show. Since I haven't been to a production in manymany years, there's a whole load of new lines that I haven't heard -- you'd be amazed how many Sarah Palin jokes you can fit into the script. If you are in the area and have any interest at all in the Cult of Rocky, I suggest you buy tickets now. The show runs next Friday and Saturday and midnight. Saturday's performance is alleged to be costume night, with some sort of contest.

EDIT: In other news, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid wore PVC pants to the show. I believe the phrase "Hot Damn!" is appropriate.
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You know, every year, when we go to the conventions, I pick up a ton of cards from artists, dealers, and suchlike, who have stuff I really like. And then, I get home, and put the cards somewhere Clever and Safe, where they are never seen again. This year, I figured I'd do a little better. So here, for your edification and my later retail use (in many cases), are some links I picked up around DragonCon.

MUSIC:

  • The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable - These guys were the first ever marching band in the DragonCon Parade. They are ... amazing. If I lived in Atlanta, I would want to join the band. Hell, I would consider moving to Atlanta, just to join this band. To date, it has never occurred to me to say "I'd go to bed with that marching band", but seeing this, I'd go to bed with that marching band.
  • Arc Attack. Arc Attack is a band made up of two Tesla Coils and a robotic drum machine. I do not need to tell you how cool that is.

ART:

  • Prism Studios. I covet their dragon and griffon dolls. I don't know what I would do with a dragon doll if I had one, but still.
  • C.J. Bloomer Fine Art and Illustration. They have some lovely deity art, as well as extremely fun and engaging art about Japanese mythology.
  • Alain Viesca Arts. Illustrator who does fairies based in various types of liquor. These are much more engaging than one might think. He also has a piece in which a train turns into an iron dragon and menaces a geisha. I am, as one might imagine, immensely fond of that one.
  • Marrus. Lovely paintings with wonderful stories (I bought one this year instead of just looking at them!).
  • Emblems from the Runes of Magnus. The Codex Seraphinianus, it ain't, but this guy does a lovely little book of woodcuts with a cypher to solve. Sadly, hints are given, so it's not as compelling as it might be, but still, nice to look at.
  • Meatspider Studios. Ever wanted to own a polyresin sculpture of an Elder God?
  • Lee "Fev" Camara. Fantasy illustration, including an ass-kicking Anubis. I really dig on ass-kicking Anubis.

COSTUMING:

  • Dragon Maker. Feather and foliage masks and headpieces. These guys have the distinction of making the most comfortable costume masks I have ever put on.
  • The Crafty Celts. Lovely brass and silver torcs, cloak clasps, and other jewelry and metalwork.
  • Brian Gibney. Jewelry cast on circuit boards, odd copper sigils, and other fascinating metal bits.
  • Kristi Smart. Overcoats to die for.
  • Paw Star. Odd combo of furry, goth, and cyber bits. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid tried on one of their fox hats. Fucking adorable. Don't you wish you'd been there?

MISCELLANEOUS COOL SHIT:

  • Playing Gods. Board game in which you play a deity, who is trying to take control of the planet from other deities, through conversion, evangelism, plague, natural disasters, and perhaps the occasional tommy gun.
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You know, every year, when we go to the conventions, I pick up a ton of cards from artists, dealers, and suchlike, who have stuff I really like. And then, I get home, and put the cards somewhere Clever and Safe, where they are never seen again. This year, I figured I'd do a little better. So here, for your edification and my later retail use (in many cases), are some links I picked up around DragonCon.

MUSIC:

  • The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable - These guys were the first ever marching band in the DragonCon Parade. They are ... amazing. If I lived in Atlanta, I would want to join the band. Hell, I would consider moving to Atlanta, just to join this band. To date, it has never occurred to me to say "I'd go to bed with that marching band", but seeing this, I'd go to bed with that marching band.
  • Arc Attack. Arc Attack is a band made up of two Tesla Coils and a robotic drum machine. I do not need to tell you how cool that is.

ART:

  • Prism Studios. I covet their dragon and griffon dolls. I don't know what I would do with a dragon doll if I had one, but still.
  • C.J. Bloomer Fine Art and Illustration. They have some lovely deity art, as well as extremely fun and engaging art about Japanese mythology.
  • Alain Viesca Arts. Illustrator who does fairies based in various types of liquor. These are much more engaging than one might think. He also has a piece in which a train turns into an iron dragon and menaces a geisha. I am, as one might imagine, immensely fond of that one.
  • Marrus. Lovely paintings with wonderful stories (I bought one this year instead of just looking at them!).
  • Emblems from the Runes of Magnus. The Codex Seraphinianus, it ain't, but this guy does a lovely little book of woodcuts with a cypher to solve. Sadly, hints are given, so it's not as compelling as it might be, but still, nice to look at.
  • Meatspider Studios. Ever wanted to own a polyresin sculpture of an Elder God?
  • Lee "Fev" Camara. Fantasy illustration, including an ass-kicking Anubis. I really dig on ass-kicking Anubis.

COSTUMING:

  • Dragon Maker. Feather and foliage masks and headpieces. These guys have the distinction of making the most comfortable costume masks I have ever put on.
  • The Crafty Celts. Lovely brass and silver torcs, cloak clasps, and other jewelry and metalwork.
  • Brian Gibney. Jewelry cast on circuit boards, odd copper sigils, and other fascinating metal bits.
  • Kristi Smart. Overcoats to die for.
  • Paw Star. Odd combo of furry, goth, and cyber bits. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid tried on one of their fox hats. Fucking adorable. Don't you wish you'd been there?

MISCELLANEOUS COOL SHIT:

  • Playing Gods. Board game in which you play a deity, who is trying to take control of the planet from other deities, through conversion, evangelism, plague, natural disasters, and perhaps the occasional tommy gun.
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For such a crap week last week, the weekend went pretty damned well. Friday we visited our Liberal Neighbors™, who were hosting a party for the Obama campaign. We stayed just long enough to note a campaign principle (Organize!, which I think is a fine principle) and nick a yard sign. Apparently, somebody came round and fucked up the only other Obama sign in the neighborhood (on the lawn of said Liberal Neighbors™), but nobody's messed with ours yet. We also went to Blue Koi for dumplings with [livejournal.com profile] zylch, [livejournal.com profile] crookedface, and [livejournal.com profile] curlysquirrel. We stayed there a bit longer, because, you know, they have extremely tasty dumplings.

Saturday night we hosted a Convention of Time Travelers, to which virtually everyone came in costume, and a lot of good friends sat around in my living room discussing competing theories of the nature of time and getting sodding drunk. This sort of party is definitely one of my sorts of parties. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid emerged from the costume closet dressed in an old military uniform (Marines) and introduced himself as Lt. Reynolds, attached to the USS Eldridge. He earns points for saying so, practically everyone else loses points for not getting the joke. Several of the time-travelers were researchers, and spent some portion of the evening studying each other. By the time we'd been at it for a couple of hours, we took a vote and decided that the space-time continuum was already fucked, and we might as well have another beer.

[livejournal.com profile] rampantfox brought a game called 'Time's Up!', in which you pair off into teams and try to get your partner to guess a historical or fictional character, at first with as many words as you like, then with one word, and then by means of charade. This is, in practice, a lot funnier than it sounds. I learned that some of my friends don't know the difference between Rasputin and Rumplestiltskin, that you can evoke the memory of Woodrow Wilson by yelling "Erection Man!", and that when [livejournal.com profile] triadruid describes John Dillinger, the first thing he'll say is "He was the gangster with the big cock", which is enough to make me think of John Dillinger, but apparently not anybody else. Discussion of the possible locations of Rasputin's and Dillinger's penises ensued.

Somehow, everyone got home all right, except for co-celebrant [livejournal.com profile] kaymyth, who crashed on the couch and went home in the morning. Also, after I went to bed, other people cleaned up! It barely looked like there was a party there at all. This is nothing short of miraculous. We were richer by a few left-behind items, but I think most of them have been returned, and we just have [livejournal.com profile] adammaker's goggles and [livejournal.com profile] kaymyth's fog machine.

Con prep continues; it looks like neither [livejournal.com profile] triadruid nor I will be forced to go to Con and wander around naked for lack of costume. I'm putting the finishing touches on Agatha Heterodyne and Her BFG, and he's got a few Green Arrow issues to work out, but other than that, we're good. Which is good, because we're leaving in two days.
Still to do: )
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For such a crap week last week, the weekend went pretty damned well. Friday we visited our Liberal Neighbors™, who were hosting a party for the Obama campaign. We stayed just long enough to note a campaign principle (Organize!, which I think is a fine principle) and nick a yard sign. Apparently, somebody came round and fucked up the only other Obama sign in the neighborhood (on the lawn of said Liberal Neighbors™), but nobody's messed with ours yet. We also went to Blue Koi for dumplings with [livejournal.com profile] zylch, [livejournal.com profile] crookedface, and [livejournal.com profile] curlysquirrel. We stayed there a bit longer, because, you know, they have extremely tasty dumplings.

Saturday night we hosted a Convention of Time Travelers, to which virtually everyone came in costume, and a lot of good friends sat around in my living room discussing competing theories of the nature of time and getting sodding drunk. This sort of party is definitely one of my sorts of parties. [livejournal.com profile] triadruid emerged from the costume closet dressed in an old military uniform (Marines) and introduced himself as Lt. Reynolds, attached to the USS Eldridge. He earns points for saying so, practically everyone else loses points for not getting the joke. Several of the time-travelers were researchers, and spent some portion of the evening studying each other. By the time we'd been at it for a couple of hours, we took a vote and decided that the space-time continuum was already fucked, and we might as well have another beer.

[livejournal.com profile] rampantfox brought a game called 'Time's Up!', in which you pair off into teams and try to get your partner to guess a historical or fictional character, at first with as many words as you like, then with one word, and then by means of charade. This is, in practice, a lot funnier than it sounds. I learned that some of my friends don't know the difference between Rasputin and Rumplestiltskin, that you can evoke the memory of Woodrow Wilson by yelling "Erection Man!", and that when [livejournal.com profile] triadruid describes John Dillinger, the first thing he'll say is "He was the gangster with the big cock", which is enough to make me think of John Dillinger, but apparently not anybody else. Discussion of the possible locations of Rasputin's and Dillinger's penises ensued.

Somehow, everyone got home all right, except for co-celebrant [livejournal.com profile] kaymyth, who crashed on the couch and went home in the morning. Also, after I went to bed, other people cleaned up! It barely looked like there was a party there at all. This is nothing short of miraculous. We were richer by a few left-behind items, but I think most of them have been returned, and we just have [livejournal.com profile] adammaker's goggles and [livejournal.com profile] kaymyth's fog machine.

Con prep continues; it looks like neither [livejournal.com profile] triadruid nor I will be forced to go to Con and wander around naked for lack of costume. I'm putting the finishing touches on Agatha Heterodyne and Her BFG, and he's got a few Green Arrow issues to work out, but other than that, we're good. Which is good, because we're leaving in two days.
Still to do: )

I <3 Linux

Aug. 7th, 2008 07:43 am
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I popped up the Ubuntu forums this morning to see if anybody had successfully gotten the Spore Creature Creator to work. The relevant thread begins with some formless speculation about whether EA would release a Linux port, goes immediately to "Well, probably Transgaming will get it running under Cedega", then to "I think it will work if you add these drivers to Wine", and then, by page five, has moved to "Screw those guys, I say we make our own." And, not only does it go there in short order, but also, the posters are forming a project group and choosing tools to work with. I love that.

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