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|Monday, May 4th, 2009|
Costume Con 27
For those I haven't talked to about such things, I do a bit of costuming. Not very much, but enough for the occasional hall costume. I have worked in a number of green rooms at conventions, but never went on stage.
This past weekend, Costume Con 27, the convention run for costumers, by costumers, was my first competition. Erik and myself entered as part of the Greater Columbia Fantasy Costuming Guild's group costume, Costume Con 1889, a steampunk masquerade within the larger masquerade. We were horribly nervous (or I was), since the group almost entirely consisted of master-level costumers, and Erik and myself were novices. A group costume must compete at the level of its highest-ranked member, so we had to compete at the master level. I was most worried about the workmanship of our costumes, and forgot to mention a few details during workmanship judging (but did remember to tell them that were novices). However, once our presentation started and the laughter began, I relaxed and knew that, if nothing else, we had nailed a presentation award.
If you have ever been to a convention masquerade, you know that judging can take a long time. There were 43 (technically 45) entries, and the more entries there are the longer it takes for the judges to decide on all the awards. I went upstairs and had a drink, came back downstairs and wandered around, chatted at the bar for a bit, and eventually the judges came back. Workmanship awards are given before presentation awards, and every award is handed out from the lowest class to the highest, ending in the best of show award. As they went through the novice awards and Erik's name wasn't called, I felt really bad for him. His props were amazing and he really deserved something for them. If they didn't think the work on his jacket was deserving of anything, I was ok with that. There were some really good novices.
So when they called a three-way tie for best in show workmanship and our group was called, I freaked just a little bit. We rushed the stage (or I did) and waited while the other groups were called and came up. I don't remember very much of what happened, but I do remember the following exchange with Marianne (journeyman level, prior to the masquerade).
Me: We are so screwed!
*handslap across Erik's body*
Marianne: We'll have to compete as masters!
By the time we were called for our next award (master class presentation), I had stopped caring, although I still ran up to the stage. I *did* care when we won the Spazzy Award given by the Sick Pups Costuming Guild (we had written our presentation aiming for the award), but there were only three of us up there. Maybe everyone else was at the bar.
So, our awards:
Best of Show, Workmanship - Diverse Overkill
Master Class, Presentation - Best Concept
Spazzy (funniest, sickest presentation)
Photos will be coming out in the next few days. In a week, I'll be starting the research and design phase of my next few projects.
I am so screwed.
|Wednesday, March 18th, 2009|
And back to school I go.
I've been accepted into Howard University for the fall semester. I'll be pursuing a master's degree in anatomy.
On an unrelated note, my primary hard drive had a snafu and Windows is being a pain about copying over some profile information. I'll be gone from certain email and IMing until I work out what I'm going to do.
|Monday, March 9th, 2009|
Dammit, not again.
Just lost the second rat in two weeks. Chocolat was found on her side with her teeth around one of the bars. Once we were able to get her out, we found she was having breathing problems. Doing the rat Heimlich and "the fling" didn't help at all. She never moved her body at all and didn't blink.
We will be getting no more rats until we know that Tira is healthy.
|Monday, February 16th, 2009|
Huge kudos go to the writers for last week's episode. Sure, it was a massive infodump, but they got themselves out of every corner I thought they had painted themselves into.( Read more... )
|Wednesday, November 5th, 2008|
|It's no longer November 4
It's been almost two hours, but I'm still feeling a bit stunned. Every so often I get sniffly, and if I read something stirring I get a bit teary, but mostly I'm just staring at the monitor as the last of the ballots are tallied and entered on the map.And now, a bit of political humor...
|Monday, October 6th, 2008|
Erik fails. Really hard.
So, in the process of attempting to fix Firefox (specifically, the non-workingness of Firefox that seemed to happen at random), he deleted my profile. The only copy of bookmarks I have is from 2004.
|Wednesday, June 11th, 2008|
Am I the only one who keeps on getting logged out?
|Thursday, May 15th, 2008|
CA Supreme Court rules 4-3 in favor of gay marriage
Accordingly, in light of the conclusions we reach concerning the
constitutional questions brought to us for resolution, we determine that the
language of section 300 limiting the designation of marriage to a union “between a
man and a woman” is unconstitutional and must be stricken from the statute, and
that the remaining statutory language must be understood as making the
designation of marriage available both to opposite-sex and same-sex couples. In
addition, because the limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples imposed by
section 308.5 can have no constitutionally permissible effect in light of the
constitutional conclusions set forth in this opinion, that provision cannot stand.
--C. J. George, J. Kennard, J. Werdegar, and J. Moreno
|Thursday, January 24th, 2008|
My nose is leaking
Staying home today. I think this is the second time I've called in sick in a year.
|Thursday, December 6th, 2007|
$400 for a sealed 60GB model.
|Sunday, September 30th, 2007|
|Rat with satellite dish
One of the rats had surgery on Friday to remove a tumor. Pictures here
|Saturday, September 29th, 2007|
Corset has arrived
I bought a corset at a recent flea and it's just arrived. Pictures will be forthcoming.
|Friday, August 3rd, 2007|
Moving my posts to JF
I'm currently moving all of my LJ posts over with LJ-Sec. It's managed to bring over 781 out of 861. Now I need to figure out which ones are the 60 missing posts.
|Monday, July 30th, 2007|
|Saturday, July 21st, 2007|
Ok, you can all hit me with HP talk now.
I'm definitely looking forward to discussing it with my coworkers next week.
|Monday, July 16th, 2007|
I just received a letter from Gordon. What a perfect way to start out my day.
|Saturday, July 14th, 2007|
|Battlestar Galactica Final Five spoiler
Today I went to Shore Leave and had my first experience being on a panel. There weren't many people attending (it was at 10am), but everything went ok. I later attended the session with Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol of BSG) and managed to ask him a question in regards to the end of season three. Then he mentioned something else without prompting, and there was a collecting inhalation in the room.
|Sunday, July 1st, 2007|
Gone for a week.
Hyuga and I are off for a week in Santa Fe.
|Thursday, June 21st, 2007|
Two shots of espresso, one shot worth of whole milk, two packets of Sugar in the Raw, and few good shakes of cinnamon.
|Wednesday, June 20th, 2007|
Aiee, get it off, get it off!
So I'm sitting in Barb's car, minding my business when she suggests that I cosplay as Kusanagi. Oh no, I can't do that, I don't have the body, I'd have to put lots of muscle on my upper arms... "You're only young once," she says. "I've had regrets that I didn't costume certain characters when I was younger." We made a vague agreement that if we both wanted to, we would work on her combat bodysuit and I'd try to put on some muscle mass.
I've had the damn thing gnawing on my leg all day.