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< Piro >

Otakon 2002.  nyow.

"dumb ideas"

Monday - June 24, 2002

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


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.


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.


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< Dom >

an... interesting image, to say the least


Monday - June 24, 2002

[Dom] - 17:30:00 - [link here]

That image up there is Nick Ut's famous photograph of Kim Phuc, taken on June 8, 1972. It won a Pulitzer prize that year, and I've been thinking about it since Father's Day.

I first saw that photograph in a seminar I took on visual culture, talking about the studium and punctum of images. Blah blah blah, my eye was always drawn to the little boy (at least, I've always thought it's a boy) in the corner, looking lost and lonely back at the smoking ruin behind him. He makes me think of my father, because every once in a while, when I ask him about Vietnam, his eyes go very distant and sad before he says to me "My Vietnam isn't there anymore."

So when I saw this image for the first time, I immediately thought about my father, and how it must have been during the war, after the Communist forces had already most of his life. It must've been lonely, looking back at the ashes of his home, at parts of his life which had been torn away from him, clutching mementos of dead family members.

And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I don't listen to my father. How years of fierce struggle for financial and emotional independence from my parents have hardened me to him, taught me to tune out his voice and turn into a nodding audioanimatron spouting out "Yes, Dad" every few minutes.

So when I started thinking about this on and after Father's Day, I realized that I've been entirely unfair to the man. Yes, he's an overbearing tyrant at times, or overly smothering at others. But it seems to me that part of him is still lonely, staring back as the ashes of his home float slowly into the sky.

I dunno. Maybe I'm being overly sentimental, but with that in mind, I'm going to start listening to him. Not to everything he says, mind you--there's still a lot of stubborn, angry teen in me--but especially his stories about the Vietnam I've never seen and barely heard of, about what my grandfather was like before he was purged, about what was in the photos that had to be left behind. Because if I don't start now, soon it'll be too late, and I'll never hear stories about where I came from, and where he came from. And I'll only have other people's pictures to look at.

Who thought Father's Day would mean more than just a hug, a family dinner and a tie in a box, huh?


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