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< Piro >

Otakon 2002.  nyow.

"dumb ideas"

Monday - June 24, 2002

[Piro] - 08:41:00 - [link here]

ANIME EXPO INFORMATION

For those of you who will be at Anime Expo this weekend, be sure to check out the US Anime booth in the dealers room - they have plenty of Capture the Bear posters on hand if you want one. :) Also, Dom is running around, so lets make sure he gets plenty of abuse while he's there.

-piro

New Capture the Bear poster availible - support MT, buy a poster. they are cool. :P

Otakon 2002 - July 26, 27 and 28Ok, i really need to start getting more sleep. Something is screwy when you start considering 2am your normal bedtime (considering that 6:30am is your normal wakeup time). 4.5 hrs of sleep a night isn't really healthy.

As many of you know, Otakon 2002 will be taking place in Baltimore at the end of next month (july 26th thru the 28th), and we are guests again this year. I don't really know how i get roped into going all these cons (Anime Central and A-kon so far this year), but after the last Megatokyo Panel discussion (which was really a 2 hr Q A session where Largo and I just sorta sat there and answered questions) I decided that for the next 'panel' we had to do something a little different...

I'm just full of dumb ideas sometimes, and the ideas for what we will be doing at Otakon has flourished into outright stupidity, but thats sorta to be expected. Rather than do a standard 'panel' discussion, where we sit like lumps and hide behind microphones that dont work. For Otakon 2002, we are doing something different.

For Otakon 2002, we will be presenting "Naze Nani Megatokyo Live" - a slightly more ... organized and planned presentation that... well... you guys figure it out. ^_^ Part of it involved Seraphim and I spending an hour in Jo Ann Etc buying lots and lots of fabric and things... I got quite the look when i told Seraphim what i was planning, but being the qualified seamstress that she is, she agreed to make it for me ^_^. As for Dom, Asmodeus, Ukyo... eh... they scare me. I really wish i didn't have these dumb ideas.

Anyways, one of the reasons for mentioning this now is that i wanted to let people know what we are planning, and invite everyone who is going to come to otakon to come see the show saturday night. Part of the presentation will be how i put together MT strips (Kai is putting together a flash presentation - we have projection and sound available). Will the room be big enough for everyone? eh... we dont know. Tomorrow i will put up a poll similar to the one we used for A-kon - it gave us a pretty accurate count of how many people were planning on coming. This way we can figure out how many people we have to accommodate before hand.

Also, a portion of the questions are going come from questions that we will take before the con - i will have a special email address where you can send questions so that we can prepare better answers than 'well, er, duh, because we felt like it.' Fear not, there will be a live Q A session towards the end of the presentation, if you have a burning question that must be asked in person. :P

Anyways, should be fun. Please come, we promise to try to be entertaining. Look for that poll about otakon either later today or tomorrow.

nyow.

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< Dom >

Oop ack!

"Movies"

Wednesday - June 26, 2002

[Dom] - 12:50:00 - [link here]

Follow this link. Shaw Brothers. Remakes. Re-releases. Sequels. SCREENINGS.

I think I need a clean pair of pants, excuse me...

Anyway. This rant is a lot lighter than the last one, which is a good thing, because if I was that serious all the time, I think I'd explode. It's about movies. The movies I've really, really liked over the past few weeks. That is, mostly an indie flick known as World Domination, which I saw last Saturday at "A Night of Distraction". I saw this thing instead of Minority Report (which apparently is a good movie in its own right), but everybody I went with found it well worth it. Why? Because it was the first movie I've seen in years that you could tell was from an under-forty director (for reference, the other was Three Seasons by Tony Bui, which was a beautiful movie in its own right and a personal favorite of mine and my mother).

See, I don't mind Hollywood that much, though I kinda dread the lack of originality I see in lots of the drek that makes it to screen. But I'm really disconnected from a lot of it, being nowhere near the age group of and not produced by the same culture as the average Hollywood hotshot director/producer.

So it was really refreshing to see a movie that two guys I went to high school with had a hand in--plus, the game was about six guys getting really into Risk, which was especially fun for me since I'd spent until 3 AM the same day playing games like Axis and Allies and Illuminati.

But anyway. About World Domination. The movie was one of the funniest I've seen in the past year (yes, right up there with Shaolin Soccer). It, like Easily Distracted's previous short "I'm Not Funny Around Girls", was all the funnier because it's stuff I've done at the game table, with people I've played games with, told from the perspective of people I know. It's rare that I see something like that.

So, uh, yeah, order stuff from Easily Distracted and tell 'em Dom sent you, I figure Marcus and Berbick will buy me lunch if I get enough people to check out their awesome movie about Risk and World Domination...

Tune in Friday for con stuff, like costumes and of course, the long-neglected Million Maximo March.

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