DriftRoot (Lauren C.)
@Bashar NP and Hey
Glad to be part of IE, I'm definitely not contestant fodder, so judge I will be! I didn't mean to sneak off...I threw my trash out, then turned around and you and drew were leaving the restaurant and I yelled (apparently not loudly enough) that I had a good time and would see you guys around. I should have gone back - the cosplayer current was pretty strong so I kind of got swept away. :(
NEXT YEAR I plan to be back at AB full-time, for sure. I have noticed a trend that I fail to hang out for any decent amount of time with folks, despite making the effort to attend various AMV events and whatnot. At least this year I wasn't sick or contracted food poisoning or anything. That really screwed me over last year.
Anime Boston there I went
Well, that was the shortest AB for me ever. I totally missed the entire AMV contest because I overslept and got into Boston about two hours later than I originally intended. Good times were had at Bashar's Iron Editor (pardon me, EXTREEEME Iron Editor) in which drewaconclusion and Shin demonstrated their lack of dancing flair, yet still impressed with some creative Glowstick costuming. Pics here: http://goo.gl/iTlmB. Good to see people again and hang out for a bit, though there wasn't much time for it. Maybe next year I'll be there for the whole thing again.
Attendance seemed down at the con this year, and while I don't know this for a fact, it's pretty easy to speculate that the weather, the Memorial Day weekend, the recent Boston bombings and the cancellation of the informal dance played a part in this. Things also seemed more subdued, perhaps also for these reasons (bag checks, too - definitely seemed to be cutting down on the amount of back and forth traffic between the convention center and the mall).
Big AMV rumor* at the con was that they are considering dropping the comedy category due to lack of entries. Comedy videos would go head-to-head with "Fun" videos, which includes dance videos. This would be an unfortunate turn of events all around. We need more funny people from further afield submitting comedy videos to AB!!! They can be up to two years old, there's no limit on awards won and as much as there are videos everyone's seen 50 million times (ok, I exaggerate) I'd rather see a quality field of comedy AMVs than a lackluster or - worse - absent one.
Yeah, I didn't submit a video this year so I'm not exactly helping the situation. If I don't got nuthin', though, I don't got nuthin'. I am more than happy to tell OTHER people to make my video ideas, however. :D
*Heard second or possibly third-hand, however the comedy category has struggled for years, so I don't doubt too much that drastic measures are being considered.
Anime Boston here I don't really come
Just don't have the time/money this year to make a full run at AB. Also don't have a video at stake, which really puts a damper on my enthusiasm. 40+ people going to the editor's dinner, but not me (drat - I'd love to see the restaurant filled halfway to capacity with just one huge group of editors) and who knows if I'll get to see the AMV contest at all. Hopefully they schedule things such that I have time to get my badge Saturday morning and still watch the contest and track down folks before...
EXTREEEME Iron Editor! *huzza*
Which I get to sort of be a part of again. Can't wait to see what Bashar has planned, hopefully nothing that involves torture of the judges. I had some horrible ideas for what one could do to people. I'm creative like that.
Speaking of which, I just concluded my second week as a newly-minted manager. Things went ok, I guess. There is not much change from what I was doing before, except that now I have official authority to do certain things and get to share the blame if projects go badly in my department. There's been some downs and a few less ups, but that's kind of normal. Fortunately we've hired someone to take on a big chunk of my past e-marketing responsibilities, so that I theoretically have time to concentrate on other things. It's made me realize that it probably wasn't my fault that certain projects on my plate just could never get done. I still spent eight hours last weekend working on one of those certain projects to try and move it forward, though.
Hence no AMV progress! I knew I could work that in, somehow...
How old am i now, 35? How old are you, now?
I suppose at some level drama on the Internet boils down not to age, but maturity, self esteem and one's priorities. I've been guilty of Internet drama, and I know from whence it came. Just...ugh... I wonder if this is a sign that I've become apathetic and (finally) an "adult?" Some things are just not worth the energy...
Nothing much to report, just posting for posterity.
Life has become rather crazy. This is mostly to be blamed on my recent promotion at work to a management position, plus the addition of a new person to our department, then there were the guests visiting me for five days (very welcome) and all that entails. Also, I've been spending a lot of time gardening, because keeping me inside once the weather gets nice is just about next to impossible.
As much as I'd love to submit a video to Otakon, not sure it's going to happen. Today I used up some creative juice on a magazine ad showing a murdered transmission. I had a roaring good time applying blood to the image. I shouldn't be in management, I'm happiest doing my graphics thing... oh well. This is what happens when you're good at what you do, but not good enough, I guess.
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