Jolly Good

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:28 am
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"Jolly the Pimp" image search only comes up with a single image of Ethan Hawke's character in Valerian, and it's an image out of a teaser book sent to press agents around the same time as the first trailers were being shown titled 100 Days of Valerian.

The same also goes for searching for inter-dimensional space market guide Thaziit.

So much for trying to get a better look at the characters through a basic internet search.



WHITE PRIVILEGE in all upper case

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:17 am
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Frankly, even other white people would be sick of this woman's shit if she were in say .. my neighborhood.

White woman named Mackenzie buys an apartment in Harlem and starts launching a campaign against: the ice cream truck.

Yes, the offending ice cream truck driver has the nerve, the unmitigated gall, to blast jingles from his parked truck between 7:45-9:00 PM, according to Mackenzie. Playing jingles while parked is technically illegal, as Mackenzie knows, but it’s also the kind of thing literally nobody but Mackenzie gives a shit about. She found this out the hard way because she called everyone from 311 to the cops to the fucking mayor and her “problem” still wasn’t solved.

Because no one gives a shit.

The first time this happened, she recalls, “I went down and said to him, ‘Would you mind turning off the music?’ He looked at me and he was like, ‘What are you talking about?’”

She continued, “I said, ‘It’s illegal for you to have your music on anyway, so could you please turn it off?”

His response: “Fuck off.”


(Sings Real American Heroes....)


the world of ed wood

Jul. 19th, 2017 04:15 pm
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So yeah Neil came to down and we did the all-night Ed Woodstockathon at the Carlton. Shain came along which was nice. The Carlton STILL had AC issues, in that there was none. That's a deal killer for me; I had fun and enjoyed the films but dammit, I was uncomfortable, and I shouldn't be uncomfortable when trying to watch bad movies. I won't be back unless they can guarantee my air conditioned comfort, dammit.

Crowd wasn't as heavy as it was for the Godzilla movies, but there were more women. The weird part is how well the films work as films on the big screen in a theater setting. They actually do. Even Bride Of The Monster holds up tolerably well. We left at 4:30 after Glen Or Glenda - Night Of The Ghouls is probably his most competently filmed movie, but it's also not as wacky.

Earlier in the day we did some shopping and went out into the sticks and walked through York Regional Forest and got some fresh air, and we met Donald & David at Fran's before the film. Sunday we got up tolerably early (before noon) and went back out into the hinterlands for more junking and chili dogs at the Oasis in Caledonia. We went through some pretty heavy rain on the way out and some lightning on the way back, which was interrupted by Hwy 6 getting closed and us taking a weird detour that swung us all the way down to Stoney Creek. Neil's probably pretty sick of Southern Ontario by now.

This week it's been getting ready for the beach trip, nailing down routes and collecting music and thinking about doing some surf fishing. We've been doing some long drives but I'm still looking forward to the drive down. I need a vacation, that's for sure.

Wednesday : Basic Instructions

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:46 am
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this week in con fail

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:25 pm
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So a little while ago on Twitter a Twitter pal in Buffalo mentioned a Niagara Falls convention called "Fan World" and how they were being really vague about whether or not their big Japanese guest was going to show up. They're a "con in a box" type show: a guest list with five musical acts, four voice actors, and five "professional cosplayers" and not much else. They don't have any roots in local fandom and their website was designed by the same guy who designed the website for the Midwest Media Expo, which was a Detroit "fan con" that was cancelled days before it was supposed to take place.

http://www.nerdandtie.com/2017/04/26/midwest-media-expo-2017-cancelled-days-before-event/

In fact, both the Midwest Media Expo and Fan World Niagara had the same guest, used the same guest bio and the same photo of the guest - Akira Yamaoka - the same guest that Fan World Niagara was now being so vague about.

Turns out that Fan World Niagara just announced that Yamaoka cancelled. Which isn't a surprise, when shows say anything about a guest that may in any way indicate that guest might not show, you can count on that guest not showing.

The con also had an ambitious cross-border event plan, with most events happening on the US side and a few on the Canadian side; the Canadian side events have all been cancelled.

It looks to me like this is Midwest Media Expo all over again - a new show rides a little wave of interest and publicity, but is unable to maintain momentum and withers away after a few years. Who knows if Fan World will make it past two?

I've done a lot of "how to start conventions" panels in the past, and we always holler START SMALL at the top of our lungs, but people don't want to listen. I don't do those panels any more, because people don't listen. They have to find out for themselves that conventions have to grow organically, from the community, that you have to build relationships with staff and facilities and fans (your customers) over time, and that the good will you start with by running a fan event will vanish overnight if you abuse it.

Dental Damnation.

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:46 am
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Where to fucking start?

"The plan was perfect. My appointment at 7am, Kevin's at 4pm.
WAS.
"

We showed up at 6:45 so I could handle an paperwork, but the door would not open until 7am, as demonstrated by other people that had the same idea as us. let us begin the timeline.

7am to 9am
Paperwork, picking, meet the dentist, meet the hygienist, xrays. A sensor was out causing multiple Xrays to be made over and over and over. I had to say - twice - "You do know that you're depending on the rear right molar to support this sensor at this angle - and it's one that's missing?"
by 9am - there is paperwork, payment ("Here's what insurance should cover, here's what you cover" Why do I have a comma in my amount?) working out a payment plan. I am sent to go eat because I won't be eating again that day.

9am to 10am
So Kevin and I dined at a roadside cafe, complete with a table where old folks showed up and left in a steady trickle and kept the conversation going. We heard local politics, remarks on kids these days, chocolate discussions, birthday plans, AR 15 break downs and even a few jokes.

10am to 10:45am
I got back, they numbed me and stuffed a hose under my nose to start the gas. They left me in that room alone for so long, I sent for my phone. This became a theme.

10:50am to 1:50am
When shit got real )

Oh and nearly 16 more xrays. Over and over - jamming the sensor edge into the socket of the broken tooth. That wasn't numbed.

4:08pm - Temp set and they let me leave. Turns out 6 Day Dental had one dentist the entire day. She was leaving me to tend to other patients. I rushed Kevin out the door and into Roanoke traffic where we barely made it to his diagnostic appointment so we can check on his kidneys and liver. They had paperwork for his cholesterol.
God Fucking Dammit.
They stabbed him quickly and we left. 4 hurricanes later and a pain pill the size of a Geritol, I am able to function. The nerve was still unhappy and shot a path of persistent pain up the side of my head. It was like a crack on a block of ice.

So I am going to
1: Buy a waterpik so I can clean out the hole on the right side.
2: Find out how much is the cost for just the work on the left, how much is the crown I'm promised - pay only that and LEAVE THAT PLACE.
3: Find new dentist to handle the right side of the mouth.
4: Call the liver/kidney doc and ask what the ungoldy hell is going on now. See, last day we took off for appointments, they neglected to tell Kevin he needed to take labs and get the reports to them. They needed them handled the week prior and they called about it ... 28 hours before the appointment. To say they needed them a week ago.

I'm not unreasonable on this - this was an excellent clinic 5 years ago. However, I don't see any updates in that clinic. It's getting dingy, the equipment is old and failing and the apparent lack of staff are all marks against this.
Yes, being kept from 7am to 4pm HAS colored my point of view.
After all - that is now one day unpaid. I was hoping to get paid at least 3 hours.

Friday: Build Your Own Demotivator

Jul. 14th, 2017 08:11 pm
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fixing the let's anime

Jul. 12th, 2017 04:29 pm
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Got up Saturday morning to find that image hosting site Photobucket had decided that they were no longer going to allow third-party linking to photos posted on Photobucket. This means that all the images I had put up at the Let's Anime blog that were hosted at Photobucket were no longer there - and THAT meant that I was going to spend the next four days editing pretty much the first five years of Let's Anime posts, taking out the links to Photobucket images, and replacing those images with images hosted through Blogger. So that's what I've been up to. I still have a banner ad that needs fixing, but most everything else is where it needs to be, I think.

As God as my witness, I do NOT know what else you'd use Photobucket for, if not to post images for use on sites that don't have their own image hosting available. I will be wiping my Photobucket account clean and deleting it forthwith and will never use the service again.

Also Saturday: got the oil changed in the car and the fan belt replaced so that it doesn't squeak so loudly that it frightens children and small animals. Got a haircut. Did some walking. Sunday and Monday and Tuesday was more Let's Anime maintenance (and work). Fixing broken links, updating the more obviously out-dated news items, finding better images, that kinda thing.

Neil is coming to town this weekend for the all-night movie marathon and hopefully the Carlton's AC is better suited for the task than it was last year. I made it until about 4:30am last year before the swampy claustrophobia set in and I simply had to leave. This year's marathon is a bunch of Ed Wood movies, which at least are a little snappier than "War Of The Gargantuas", which is the one that broke me last time. Still, I don't make any promises that I'll be there all night long.

Next weekend we head South for a beach vacation. Looking forward to some time off. Then it's back home and time to get ready for AWA!

Wednesday : Basic Instructions

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:44 am
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Everything I say about my mother and the plaster jaw in this comic is true, right down to the little flowers she painted on it.

She also had a pair of earrings that were made of artificial molars.
- Scott Meyer (you should read the rest at his website)

As you can see, the upcoming dental visit is constantly on my mind because the gaping and sore hole in my mouth is literally under my mind. While I have a missing molar (or whatever the tooth is before the molar) on the right side, the left side is clamoring for attention now. I will push for them to tend to both.
Less eating for me! Yippee?

Looking for assistance on updating my resume.
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