offbalance: (Slap a Bitch)
I swear, I want to take a red pen to 90% of the LJ community posts I read.

I have never subscribed to the whole "lol just the internet!" school of thought. If you are solely represented by text, wouldn't you want to sound like someone with a brain?

Then again, if you don't *have* a brain to speak of, it may not be such a worry, but still. My inner English major gets twitchy. And, I am less sympathetic to people with lousy grammar.
offbalance: (Slap a Bitch)
I swear, I want to take a red pen to 90% of the LJ community posts I read.

I have never subscribed to the whole "lol just the internet!" school of thought. If you are solely represented by text, wouldn't you want to sound like someone with a brain?

Then again, if you don't *have* a brain to speak of, it may not be such a worry, but still. My inner English major gets twitchy. And, I am less sympathetic to people with lousy grammar.
offbalance: (dr. who)
I started writing a post yesterday to update everyone on my latest happenings, but it was totally saturated with wedding shit. So I toddled over to Offbeat Bride and dumped it there, and will probably cross post to [livejournal.com profile] weddingplans at some point. But that shit just isn't interesting, unless you're me. Suffice it to say, things are going well.

I just did some organization in the kitchen, and a little bit of cleaning up as well. I'll soon be on my way to doing the same in the living room. My only problem is Doctor Who.

See, I was stuck in the Tennant movie portions of the DW-verse for awhile, and honestly, they're no great shakes. Other than the Christmas Episode that featured the Blackpool reunion (OMG! Tennant and Morrisey! Together again!) and the two-part one that ended Tennant's Tenure, it was kind of meh. So I got behind. But, I finally finished them off the other day and started on Eleven and Season 5.

OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD YOU GUYS. I LOVE.

Matt Smith is fabulous. I love how off-the-wall he is, as it addresses the fact that maybe this bloke isn't all there, but rather than suffering from madness, he's enjoying every last second of it. And Amelia Pond! Amy! <3 I didn't know I could love someone more than Donna, but there you go. I'm in the middle of the third episode of s5 and I'm all *chinhands* with this season. That's not a problem, per se, but I only have these on my computer, and the way my living room is set up it'd be quite a bit easier if I could stream them on my tv, but netflix is being a big old poophead and not offering them. I'm going to have no problem catching up in short order, and will likely be able to pick up S2 in an episode or two more. (I have the Christmas special and the first two episodes of S6 downloaded and waiting).

As much as I enjoyed Tennant, this really gave the show a much-needed shot in the arm. Kudos to all, and I can't wait for more!! (Especially with all the non-spoiler squee I've been hearing about Series 6).

Justified, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries also continue to rock my world. And I'm very much liking Deadwood, which I've been getting from Netflix, one disc at a time.

I'd say I'd be watching DW on my ipod to and from work, but the only problem there is that the Brooklyn Public Library delivered unto me the newest Charlaine Harris Sookie book. That is priority over most things, so that will be hogging much of my commute time.

Otherwise, things are pretty good. I'm trying to find a balance where I say social but don't ruin myself financially, mentally or emotionally. I'm a person who needs her downtime, and a little bit of solitary time to stay on an even keel. I always forget and must remind myself that it's Okay to Say No. If you need time to yourself, if something isn't good FOR YOU, It's Okay to Say No. And save yourself for truly awesome occasions. Like last night - [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl and I headed to Gleason's to see [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty fight (and she was excellent, btw) and then we had a marvelous dinner with Blerg, [livejournal.com profile] kip3f, [livejournal.com profile] teany & [livejournal.com profile] selftoken. All told, it was a lovely evening. I have to remind myself to get off the treadmill and take more time for me, and make sure I have more down time. My mental state isn't great when I am so busy running around that I don't have time to tidy up, make food, or just be still and quiet. As much as I love my friends (which is a lot), I'm no good to anyone if I'm on my last nerve.

And one last thing to add- I made a fabulous batch of arugula pesto just now! I was faced with a nearly-deceased and under-utilized batch of arugula, and rather than try to eat it all or despair, I simply threw it in the food processor with some olive oil and garlic, salt and pepper, and PRESTO PESTO! \o/
offbalance: (dr. who)
I started writing a post yesterday to update everyone on my latest happenings, but it was totally saturated with wedding shit. So I toddled over to Offbeat Bride and dumped it there, and will probably cross post to [livejournal.com profile] weddingplans at some point. But that shit just isn't interesting, unless you're me. Suffice it to say, things are going well.

I just did some organization in the kitchen, and a little bit of cleaning up as well. I'll soon be on my way to doing the same in the living room. My only problem is Doctor Who.

See, I was stuck in the Tennant movie portions of the DW-verse for awhile, and honestly, they're no great shakes. Other than the Christmas Episode that featured the Blackpool reunion (OMG! Tennant and Morrisey! Together again!) and the two-part one that ended Tennant's Tenure, it was kind of meh. So I got behind. But, I finally finished them off the other day and started on Eleven and Season 5.

OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD YOU GUYS. I LOVE.

Matt Smith is fabulous. I love how off-the-wall he is, as it addresses the fact that maybe this bloke isn't all there, but rather than suffering from madness, he's enjoying every last second of it. And Amelia Pond! Amy! <3 I didn't know I could love someone more than Donna, but there you go. I'm in the middle of the third episode of s5 and I'm all *chinhands* with this season. That's not a problem, per se, but I only have these on my computer, and the way my living room is set up it'd be quite a bit easier if I could stream them on my tv, but netflix is being a big old poophead and not offering them. I'm going to have no problem catching up in short order, and will likely be able to pick up S2 in an episode or two more. (I have the Christmas special and the first two episodes of S6 downloaded and waiting).

As much as I enjoyed Tennant, this really gave the show a much-needed shot in the arm. Kudos to all, and I can't wait for more!! (Especially with all the non-spoiler squee I've been hearing about Series 6).

Justified, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries also continue to rock my world. And I'm very much liking Deadwood, which I've been getting from Netflix, one disc at a time.

I'd say I'd be watching DW on my ipod to and from work, but the only problem there is that the Brooklyn Public Library delivered unto me the newest Charlaine Harris Sookie book. That is priority over most things, so that will be hogging much of my commute time.

Otherwise, things are pretty good. I'm trying to find a balance where I say social but don't ruin myself financially, mentally or emotionally. I'm a person who needs her downtime, and a little bit of solitary time to stay on an even keel. I always forget and must remind myself that it's Okay to Say No. If you need time to yourself, if something isn't good FOR YOU, It's Okay to Say No. And save yourself for truly awesome occasions. Like last night - [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl and I headed to Gleason's to see [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty fight (and she was excellent, btw) and then we had a marvelous dinner with Blerg, [livejournal.com profile] kip3f, [livejournal.com profile] teany & [livejournal.com profile] selftoken. All told, it was a lovely evening. I have to remind myself to get off the treadmill and take more time for me, and make sure I have more down time. My mental state isn't great when I am so busy running around that I don't have time to tidy up, make food, or just be still and quiet. As much as I love my friends (which is a lot), I'm no good to anyone if I'm on my last nerve.

And one last thing to add- I made a fabulous batch of arugula pesto just now! I was faced with a nearly-deceased and under-utilized batch of arugula, and rather than try to eat it all or despair, I simply threw it in the food processor with some olive oil and garlic, salt and pepper, and PRESTO PESTO! \o/
offbalance: (mm serious as german film)


Posted especially for [livejournal.com profile] shackledangel, [livejournal.com profile] quasisonic, [livejournal.com profile] redstapler, [livejournal.com profile] killerweasel, and all other appreciators of fine fanvids. I lol'ed many times, and I don't even watch all that much anime.

This week has blown large chunks. And I don't really wanna talk about it. I kind of just want to get through tomorrow so I can go somewhere and drink heavily.
offbalance: (mm serious as german film)


Posted especially for [livejournal.com profile] shackledangel, [livejournal.com profile] quasisonic, [livejournal.com profile] redstapler, [livejournal.com profile] killerweasel, and all other appreciators of fine fanvids. I lol'ed many times, and I don't even watch all that much anime.

This week has blown large chunks. And I don't really wanna talk about it. I kind of just want to get through tomorrow so I can go somewhere and drink heavily.
offbalance: (l33tness darkside)
offbalance: (l33tness darkside)
offbalance: (Bones - Smarter than You)
I'm not going to even get into the giant crapcake today has been at work.

Instead, I'd like to rant for a moment on something that genuinely bothers me, possibly more than it should.

Why do people constantly mix these three things up?

They're = they are
their = possessive (their book)
there = place (sit over there)

Really? Is it THAT hard? The apostrophe indicates a contraction which indicates two words, which means it's referring to they are. I can understand that it's/its is tricky, but these three should be as obvious as to/too/two (although I sometimes see those mixed up as well). I'm not asking for anything really hard, like the proper use of punctuation, either. Then again, I've also seen someone mix up do and due lately, which nearly made my grammar-loving brain short out.

In this day and age of built-in spell checkers, how hard is it to watch spelling mistakes? I have my own specific problem words, gorgeous being a big one (I always misplace the E) and a few others that I'm not remembering. I think everyone should know that there is no "a" in definitely. That's just how I feel on the matter. If a word looks wrong to me? I check it. BECAUSE I CAN. This is a brave new age of the internet, people! Geocities is dead! If you're only representing yourself through text, you'd better believe that certain people are going to mock you, and hard, for easily checkable mistakes.

Enough of that, I have a salt mine to get back to.
offbalance: (Bones - Smarter than You)
I'm not going to even get into the giant crapcake today has been at work.

Instead, I'd like to rant for a moment on something that genuinely bothers me, possibly more than it should.

Why do people constantly mix these three things up?

They're = they are
their = possessive (their book)
there = place (sit over there)

Really? Is it THAT hard? The apostrophe indicates a contraction which indicates two words, which means it's referring to they are. I can understand that it's/its is tricky, but these three should be as obvious as to/too/two (although I sometimes see those mixed up as well). I'm not asking for anything really hard, like the proper use of punctuation, either. Then again, I've also seen someone mix up do and due lately, which nearly made my grammar-loving brain short out.

In this day and age of built-in spell checkers, how hard is it to watch spelling mistakes? I have my own specific problem words, gorgeous being a big one (I always misplace the E) and a few others that I'm not remembering. I think everyone should know that there is no "a" in definitely. That's just how I feel on the matter. If a word looks wrong to me? I check it. BECAUSE I CAN. This is a brave new age of the internet, people! Geocities is dead! If you're only representing yourself through text, you'd better believe that certain people are going to mock you, and hard, for easily checkable mistakes.

Enough of that, I have a salt mine to get back to.
offbalance: (stupid by dunc's icons)
Ever since [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl showed me this, I've been giggling uncontrollably.

How Twilight Should Have Ended )

OMG teh lulz. I haz them.


And now, two bonus things that have made me crack up this week:
Follow for the funny: )

Lazy evenings are teh awesome.
offbalance: (stupid by dunc's icons)
Ever since [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl showed me this, I've been giggling uncontrollably.

How Twilight Should Have Ended )

OMG teh lulz. I haz them.


And now, two bonus things that have made me crack up this week:
Follow for the funny: )

Lazy evenings are teh awesome.
offbalance: (abba)
Even though I wholly endorse and approve of everything covered in this post, it embedded Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" so deeply into my skull that I'm attempting to listen to it repetitively in order to cure myself. Not sure if that's going to solve the problem or make it worse, but at least it's a cure I can enjoy. (Note to self, borrow M&D's greatest hits later.All I have is this song and an R.E.M. cover of "Gentle on My Mind." ) But Blerg and I agree that Mr. Campbell is due for A Moment, much like Rick Astley, Neil Diamond and Michael McDonald before him. Which will be great for him, and shitty for us, because we liked him before he was cool for the second time.

Last weekend was so full of win I wanted to bottle it and sell it in stores. It started on Thursday when J and I had dinner with friends (something we need to make a habit of). Friday my beach plans were rained out, but that night J and I decided to see (500) Days of Summer instead. While far from the greatest film achievement of all time, it was (as I said on Twitter), a cupcake of cinema, and a well-made cupcake at that. Sweet without being overly cloying, fluffy (but with enough subtance to hold it together and make it pleasantly chewy), and some pretty icing and sprinkles on top. Yum. On a purely visual level, the film was lovely - they either used kodachrome or a digital filter to make it look like it was, and I really loved Zoe Deschanel's clothing and whomever did the set decoration/design. I loved the random dance number. I mostly enjoyed how it took a fairly mundane story and played around with it some. I didn't mind the ending as much as others, though. It was something I enjoyed watching and it would be something I'd enjoy watching again. Which is more than I can say for some of the films I've seen recently (I'm looking at you, Margot at the Wedding.)

Saturday we had a birthday party for one of [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl's friends at Ginger's (a great bar in Park Slope), after which I convinced him to go to Prospect Park for the free Celebrate Brooklyn show with Dean & Britta. (Speaking again of things that are just itching to make a comeback, Britta was the original voice of Jem. Talk about synergy! [oh, get over it. I can pun if I want to.]) Sunday we'd hoped to go to the Cloisters with friends, but headed to the New Museum instead. The museum was okay, the food we had at Congee Bowery after was spectacular (as was the company). We finished out the day after the rain came out in a park on Bayard Street, playing Chinese Chess (with the help of just about any old Asian man that happened to walk by.) And, as if you thought the end of the weekend would be enough to stop the fun and crazy times, we met up with two more friends in Central Park to see a free Bela Fleck show at Summerstage. J's friend had a crazy hookup that allowed us to sit in a fancy area with chairs, free drinks, and people who wouldn't let you in unless you had a particularly-colored wristband. It was awesome.

Tonight I get to find out once and for just how allergic I am to shellfish, after which I can take antihistamine again, thus ending the itching of the 2 dozen or so (no exaggeration, I counted!) bug bites I have. And to see if he thinks I have a sinus infection, which I am concerned I might. *sigh* And this weekend I have birthday parties, visits and dinners with friends, and if I'm super-duper lucky, laundry. Friday I'm taking my mom to see Julie & Julia, because we both want to see it. And tomorrow, just to bring this all full circle, [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty and I are seeing a group that could very well be the Next Big Meme. So I'm not going to tell you who it is. But if you use your private eyes, you might figure it out.
offbalance: (abba)
Even though I wholly endorse and approve of everything covered in this post, it embedded Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" so deeply into my skull that I'm attempting to listen to it repetitively in order to cure myself. Not sure if that's going to solve the problem or make it worse, but at least it's a cure I can enjoy. (Note to self, borrow M&D's greatest hits later.All I have is this song and an R.E.M. cover of "Gentle on My Mind." ) But Blerg and I agree that Mr. Campbell is due for A Moment, much like Rick Astley, Neil Diamond and Michael McDonald before him. Which will be great for him, and shitty for us, because we liked him before he was cool for the second time.

Last weekend was so full of win I wanted to bottle it and sell it in stores. It started on Thursday when J and I had dinner with friends (something we need to make a habit of). Friday my beach plans were rained out, but that night J and I decided to see (500) Days of Summer instead. While far from the greatest film achievement of all time, it was (as I said on Twitter), a cupcake of cinema, and a well-made cupcake at that. Sweet without being overly cloying, fluffy (but with enough subtance to hold it together and make it pleasantly chewy), and some pretty icing and sprinkles on top. Yum. On a purely visual level, the film was lovely - they either used kodachrome or a digital filter to make it look like it was, and I really loved Zoe Deschanel's clothing and whomever did the set decoration/design. I loved the random dance number. I mostly enjoyed how it took a fairly mundane story and played around with it some. I didn't mind the ending as much as others, though. It was something I enjoyed watching and it would be something I'd enjoy watching again. Which is more than I can say for some of the films I've seen recently (I'm looking at you, Margot at the Wedding.)

Saturday we had a birthday party for one of [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl's friends at Ginger's (a great bar in Park Slope), after which I convinced him to go to Prospect Park for the free Celebrate Brooklyn show with Dean & Britta. (Speaking again of things that are just itching to make a comeback, Britta was the original voice of Jem. Talk about synergy! [oh, get over it. I can pun if I want to.]) Sunday we'd hoped to go to the Cloisters with friends, but headed to the New Museum instead. The museum was okay, the food we had at Congee Bowery after was spectacular (as was the company). We finished out the day after the rain came out in a park on Bayard Street, playing Chinese Chess (with the help of just about any old Asian man that happened to walk by.) And, as if you thought the end of the weekend would be enough to stop the fun and crazy times, we met up with two more friends in Central Park to see a free Bela Fleck show at Summerstage. J's friend had a crazy hookup that allowed us to sit in a fancy area with chairs, free drinks, and people who wouldn't let you in unless you had a particularly-colored wristband. It was awesome.

Tonight I get to find out once and for just how allergic I am to shellfish, after which I can take antihistamine again, thus ending the itching of the 2 dozen or so (no exaggeration, I counted!) bug bites I have. And to see if he thinks I have a sinus infection, which I am concerned I might. *sigh* And this weekend I have birthday parties, visits and dinners with friends, and if I'm super-duper lucky, laundry. Friday I'm taking my mom to see Julie & Julia, because we both want to see it. And tomorrow, just to bring this all full circle, [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty and I are seeing a group that could very well be the Next Big Meme. So I'm not going to tell you who it is. But if you use your private eyes, you might figure it out.
offbalance: (Watchmen peanuts)
So, the last few days have been eventful ones, most certainly. I started my vacation with a visit from [livejournal.com profile] zyll and a special bday Imax viewing of Watchmen with [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl (his bday was on Saturday, so I treated him to the movie Friday. More on that later).

Then there was J's really fun bday dinner, epic train fail (Just when I think the MTA can't possibly suck any harder, they leave marks), and the total and complete epic fail that was the L-Word finale. (Which [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl is ranting about in his journal as we speak). But really, Ilene Chaiken? FAIL. Faily Faily Fail. You should be forced to watch the six feet under finale over and over and over again and think about what you've done.

I also had dinner with J's folks and lunch with mine, and lunch with Carly today. Yesterday I finished unpacking all but the boxes that will eventually be put into my filing cabinet (when I get it), and today I made my very first loaf of home-made banana-walnut bread. It came out pretty good, too. (At least according to J. I was also pleased. *buffs nails on shirt*)

As for Watchmen, I loved it. I read the novel years ago - it was a loaner from a friend in the now-defunct Sci-Fi bookclub. His head did a 360 turn when I confessed to having never heard of it OR of Alan Moore. He leant me Watchmen and V for Vendetta straight off, and I loved both.

While I'm still scratching my head over the movie of V, I thought that Znyder did an above-average job adapting Watchmen. That's the key word here - adaptation. I took a class on it in college - sometimes you can't do something too literally - you have to immerse yourself in the source material, and piece together as compelling a narrative as possible from it, while remaining as true to the original as you think is effective. (*cough cough* Peter Jackson *cough cough*) Were things changed/left out? Yeah. Should they have been? I don't know. But I think Snyder did a damn good job. The movie was exciting, the acting was more than decent (jury's still out on Malin Ackerman, but Patrick Wilson, Papa Winchester, and Jackie Haley were really great. Hell, even Russell Hammond was okay.), and the action scenes were marvelously done. I thought the opening credits were beautifully crafted, and the story that followed worked. Of course, everyone is going to have their nagging criticisms of it, which is more than fair. I'm chosing to wait until my second viewing before I sit and nitpick. I purposely did not re-read the novel before the movie, so I could avoid those things. But I was happy with the film on the whole.

Oh, and according to Semagic, it's now my birthday!! (actually, my *official* time of birth is 9:31 am, but hey. Technicality is a technicality.)
offbalance: (Watchmen peanuts)
So, the last few days have been eventful ones, most certainly. I started my vacation with a visit from [livejournal.com profile] zyll and a special bday Imax viewing of Watchmen with [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl (his bday was on Saturday, so I treated him to the movie Friday. More on that later).

Then there was J's really fun bday dinner, epic train fail (Just when I think the MTA can't possibly suck any harder, they leave marks), and the total and complete epic fail that was the L-Word finale. (Which [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl is ranting about in his journal as we speak). But really, Ilene Chaiken? FAIL. Faily Faily Fail. You should be forced to watch the six feet under finale over and over and over again and think about what you've done.

I also had dinner with J's folks and lunch with mine, and lunch with Carly today. Yesterday I finished unpacking all but the boxes that will eventually be put into my filing cabinet (when I get it), and today I made my very first loaf of home-made banana-walnut bread. It came out pretty good, too. (At least according to J. I was also pleased. *buffs nails on shirt*)

As for Watchmen, I loved it. I read the novel years ago - it was a loaner from a friend in the now-defunct Sci-Fi bookclub. His head did a 360 turn when I confessed to having never heard of it OR of Alan Moore. He leant me Watchmen and V for Vendetta straight off, and I loved both.

While I'm still scratching my head over the movie of V, I thought that Znyder did an above-average job adapting Watchmen. That's the key word here - adaptation. I took a class on it in college - sometimes you can't do something too literally - you have to immerse yourself in the source material, and piece together as compelling a narrative as possible from it, while remaining as true to the original as you think is effective. (*cough cough* Peter Jackson *cough cough*) Were things changed/left out? Yeah. Should they have been? I don't know. But I think Snyder did a damn good job. The movie was exciting, the acting was more than decent (jury's still out on Malin Ackerman, but Patrick Wilson, Papa Winchester, and Jackie Haley were really great. Hell, even Russell Hammond was okay.), and the action scenes were marvelously done. I thought the opening credits were beautifully crafted, and the story that followed worked. Of course, everyone is going to have their nagging criticisms of it, which is more than fair. I'm chosing to wait until my second viewing before I sit and nitpick. I purposely did not re-read the novel before the movie, so I could avoid those things. But I was happy with the film on the whole.

Oh, and according to Semagic, it's now my birthday!! (actually, my *official* time of birth is 9:31 am, but hey. Technicality is a technicality.)
offbalance: (supervixen - lauralatham)
Wow. Just, wow. Yesterday was INSANE.

Granted, it was awesomely so, but still. That was a whole lot of activity.

I set out for ART CRAWL! the Con just before 9 yesterday. I was going to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] katiebea at a nearby diner then head over for con-ing.

Of course, the MTA managed to screw me over, royally. I was on the Manhattan Bridge for over HALF AN HOUR. FOR NO REASON. When I finally ran off the train at Canal to get a cab (I was so very late), I saw an MTA doofus and asked what happened. "Urrr, durp durp durp, Track Work."

No. See, I've endured track work and train traffic - it's NEVER been that bad. And you can't tell me they can't handle that many trains at once. Hi, it's called regular rush hour. Just further, massive incompetence brought to you by the fine folks at the MTA. My very nice cab driver got me to the meeting spot in just over 6 minutes.

After a hearty breakfast, we made our way to the Javits, got our steekin badges, and decided that since we missed the Terminator/Watchmen/F13 panel, we'd hit the con floor until it was time to get on line for Penny Arcade. Of course, they had a line to get on the floor. In trying to find the line they were (badly) directing us to, we got on the wrong line, and wound up going up the escalator to the Professional Entrance (oops). I told [livejournal.com profile] katiebea to just flip her badge around and walk fast. No one bothered us. But we got on the floor quickly, which was nice. I hit a few booths. Met a nice editor at Dabel Brothers who I could squee at about the Dresden Books, and I perused the Marvel and DC booths, but my friends working them were yet to be there. And, we ran into [livejournal.com profile] redstapler within 10 minutes of being on the floor, which was hilarious in its own way, as we were literally in the middle of a conversation about going to find her! I also checked out the hardcover of Local, one of my favorite books. (A gorgeous binding, really. Just beautifully done) I bought it later. It was just too big to haul around.

Since I am pressed for time, I will now show you the day's highlight reel:

*Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade are exactly like their comic characters in person. They were very funny and cool. Even though some of the people asking the questions in the Q&A were asking kind of dumb ones.

* The Robot Chicken panel involved a HUGE line and we were worried we wouldn't make it in. Somehow we did, and got seats too! We had briefly met up with [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl on the line, but she opted to go on an autograph hunt instead of the panel. The panel was hilarious, and I learned a lot about their process. And it was the second panel in a row where donuts were heavily mentioned.

*The Javits actually has a nice cafeteria, and doesn't gouge too badly on prices. There was some gouging, don't get me wrong, but nothing egregious.

* Dead Like Me panel was not something I stayed at long. The cast had no idea what to talk about, so they were all but re-enacting the new movie on the panel. I left, because I'd actually like to see the new movie. Blah!

*I was paneled out, and decided after a debate with this guy I know from Trivia named Brad, I didn't think I was going to hit up the Torchwood panel. Still, I was bummed about not connecting with [livejournal.com profile] dkellergrl and [livejournal.com profile] ozzdo. (Couldn't they get Gareth David-Lloyd to show up? I know John Barrowman would be too much to hope for.)

* I was happy to see that many celebrities were really super nice about [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl's bears. However, I was equally appalled by Ed Westwick's publicist (Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl). He was signing posters, but she waved us off like we were some kind of nuisance. But I guess she's going to make sure that the weird, straight-to-video Donnie Darko sequel her client is in will make his ENTIRE career. No, really. *eyeroll*

*Many thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl for letting me crash at her pad for an hour or so (and for feeding me cheese!) after the con. I was going to meet up with J and some friends, and I so needed the break. I had a blast hanging out. I also have to wrap this post up, as I have to get in gear to meet up with her for the Dollhouse panel today!!!

* HUGE thanks to [livejournal.com profile] katiebea for being my con buddy all day yesterday. I had a total BLAST with her. Which isn't a surprise, as she is rad.

And now - time to get dressed and ready for CON DAY 2!!!!
offbalance: (supervixen - lauralatham)
Wow. Just, wow. Yesterday was INSANE.

Granted, it was awesomely so, but still. That was a whole lot of activity.

I set out for ART CRAWL! the Con just before 9 yesterday. I was going to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] katiebea at a nearby diner then head over for con-ing.

Of course, the MTA managed to screw me over, royally. I was on the Manhattan Bridge for over HALF AN HOUR. FOR NO REASON. When I finally ran off the train at Canal to get a cab (I was so very late), I saw an MTA doofus and asked what happened. "Urrr, durp durp durp, Track Work."

No. See, I've endured track work and train traffic - it's NEVER been that bad. And you can't tell me they can't handle that many trains at once. Hi, it's called regular rush hour. Just further, massive incompetence brought to you by the fine folks at the MTA. My very nice cab driver got me to the meeting spot in just over 6 minutes.

After a hearty breakfast, we made our way to the Javits, got our steekin badges, and decided that since we missed the Terminator/Watchmen/F13 panel, we'd hit the con floor until it was time to get on line for Penny Arcade. Of course, they had a line to get on the floor. In trying to find the line they were (badly) directing us to, we got on the wrong line, and wound up going up the escalator to the Professional Entrance (oops). I told [livejournal.com profile] katiebea to just flip her badge around and walk fast. No one bothered us. But we got on the floor quickly, which was nice. I hit a few booths. Met a nice editor at Dabel Brothers who I could squee at about the Dresden Books, and I perused the Marvel and DC booths, but my friends working them were yet to be there. And, we ran into [livejournal.com profile] redstapler within 10 minutes of being on the floor, which was hilarious in its own way, as we were literally in the middle of a conversation about going to find her! I also checked out the hardcover of Local, one of my favorite books. (A gorgeous binding, really. Just beautifully done) I bought it later. It was just too big to haul around.

Since I am pressed for time, I will now show you the day's highlight reel:

*Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade are exactly like their comic characters in person. They were very funny and cool. Even though some of the people asking the questions in the Q&A were asking kind of dumb ones.

* The Robot Chicken panel involved a HUGE line and we were worried we wouldn't make it in. Somehow we did, and got seats too! We had briefly met up with [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl on the line, but she opted to go on an autograph hunt instead of the panel. The panel was hilarious, and I learned a lot about their process. And it was the second panel in a row where donuts were heavily mentioned.

*The Javits actually has a nice cafeteria, and doesn't gouge too badly on prices. There was some gouging, don't get me wrong, but nothing egregious.

* Dead Like Me panel was not something I stayed at long. The cast had no idea what to talk about, so they were all but re-enacting the new movie on the panel. I left, because I'd actually like to see the new movie. Blah!

*I was paneled out, and decided after a debate with this guy I know from Trivia named Brad, I didn't think I was going to hit up the Torchwood panel. Still, I was bummed about not connecting with [livejournal.com profile] dkellergrl and [livejournal.com profile] ozzdo. (Couldn't they get Gareth David-Lloyd to show up? I know John Barrowman would be too much to hope for.)

* I was happy to see that many celebrities were really super nice about [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl's bears. However, I was equally appalled by Ed Westwick's publicist (Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl). He was signing posters, but she waved us off like we were some kind of nuisance. But I guess she's going to make sure that the weird, straight-to-video Donnie Darko sequel her client is in will make his ENTIRE career. No, really. *eyeroll*

*Many thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl for letting me crash at her pad for an hour or so (and for feeding me cheese!) after the con. I was going to meet up with J and some friends, and I so needed the break. I had a blast hanging out. I also have to wrap this post up, as I have to get in gear to meet up with her for the Dollhouse panel today!!!

* HUGE thanks to [livejournal.com profile] katiebea for being my con buddy all day yesterday. I had a total BLAST with her. Which isn't a surprise, as she is rad.

And now - time to get dressed and ready for CON DAY 2!!!!
offbalance: (supervixen - lauralatham)
So, I just found out that TERRY MOORE is going to be appearing at New York Comic Con. I am psyched. This is on top of the fact that Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade are going to be there, AND the team of magnificent maniacs behind Robot Chicken. Oh, and JOSS will be part of the Dollhouse panel. EEEE!

Granted, I was a latecomer to Strangers in Paradise, but I loved it. As much as I am currently loving Echo.

Only problem is that I can't tell on the site where the hell he's going to be. Is he going to be talking? Signing? I have no clue. It says he's a "guest of honor." Obviously. But if he's speaking, I want to hear him speak. If he's signing, I'll be bringing my copy of Echo #1 for him to sign. His bio doesn't mention any panels, his name isn't on the autograph or Artist Alley list, and Abstract Studio doesn't seem to be on the Exhibitor list. So either he's going to be bopping around shaking hands, or I'm missing something.

Also, this post is officially my attempt on a roll call about who will be at the con this weekend. I plan to go at least Saturday and Sunday. I have yet to decide if I'm going to try to go to the screening of Wonder Woman on Friday, especially given the unsubstantiated rumor that Captain Tightpants will be in attendance.

So far, I *know* the following people will be at the con:
[livejournal.com profile] redstapler, [livejournal.com profile] damiella, [livejournal.com profile] ozzdo, [livejournal.com profile] dkellergrl, [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl (are you going all weekend or just for the Dollhouse panel Sunday?) and [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl (just Sunday). Am I missing anyone?

Also, [livejournal.com profile] katiebea - you mentioned that you were interested in coming...are you still? We must plan if you intend to sojourn in!

Closer to the day, I'll be posting the schedule of the panels I plan to attend. And lo, there are many. Especially on Saturday.

One other thing: They say on the site that if you ordered your badge before the 16th of January, it'll be mailed to you. I ordered mine January 12. I sent it to my new address. Have no badge yet. I guess if it's not here by Friday I'll have to pick it up in person, but I do find it odd that it's not here yet. *crosses fingers*
offbalance: (supervixen - lauralatham)
So, I just found out that TERRY MOORE is going to be appearing at New York Comic Con. I am psyched. This is on top of the fact that Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade are going to be there, AND the team of magnificent maniacs behind Robot Chicken. Oh, and JOSS will be part of the Dollhouse panel. EEEE!

Granted, I was a latecomer to Strangers in Paradise, but I loved it. As much as I am currently loving Echo.

Only problem is that I can't tell on the site where the hell he's going to be. Is he going to be talking? Signing? I have no clue. It says he's a "guest of honor." Obviously. But if he's speaking, I want to hear him speak. If he's signing, I'll be bringing my copy of Echo #1 for him to sign. His bio doesn't mention any panels, his name isn't on the autograph or Artist Alley list, and Abstract Studio doesn't seem to be on the Exhibitor list. So either he's going to be bopping around shaking hands, or I'm missing something.

Also, this post is officially my attempt on a roll call about who will be at the con this weekend. I plan to go at least Saturday and Sunday. I have yet to decide if I'm going to try to go to the screening of Wonder Woman on Friday, especially given the unsubstantiated rumor that Captain Tightpants will be in attendance.

So far, I *know* the following people will be at the con:
[livejournal.com profile] redstapler, [livejournal.com profile] damiella, [livejournal.com profile] ozzdo, [livejournal.com profile] dkellergrl, [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl (are you going all weekend or just for the Dollhouse panel Sunday?) and [livejournal.com profile] j_bkl (just Sunday). Am I missing anyone?

Also, [livejournal.com profile] katiebea - you mentioned that you were interested in coming...are you still? We must plan if you intend to sojourn in!

Closer to the day, I'll be posting the schedule of the panels I plan to attend. And lo, there are many. Especially on Saturday.

One other thing: They say on the site that if you ordered your badge before the 16th of January, it'll be mailed to you. I ordered mine January 12. I sent it to my new address. Have no badge yet. I guess if it's not here by Friday I'll have to pick it up in person, but I do find it odd that it's not here yet. *crosses fingers*

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