Sunday, July 26, 2009

Back from the 5 day absence that was Comic-Con

JonFawkes Comic-Con 2009

Puwaaaa, I got the chance to go to Comic-con all 4 days plus preview night. What a week.

Day 0: Preview Night
Preview night was alright. It already felt like a normal comic-con day, just a little more crowded than normal. It certainly gave me a preview of how big comic-con was this year compared to last. Normally all of the booths would be half set-up, but this year, everyone was ready for business. I guess it could be counted as the fifth day of comic-con.

Day 1: What do we have here?
Today was mostly exploring and shopping and stuff. I saw a buncha neat stuff, namely at the Kinokuniya booth. Light-saber chopsticks! I hung around with Kat-chan for most of the day, looking at figures and hanging around the J-list booth. Wandered around for a long time, saw a buncha stuff. Kat-chan bought a lot of games, which was cool. I didn't buy anything though.

Day 2: Lunch at Hooters!
Yeah, that's right. Didn't do too much today. The most interesting thing that happened was that I got to eat lunch at Hooters, with Alex, David, and my lovely girlfriend Kat-chan. They've got really good food, though that shouldn't be surprising. We had a good time too. Also watched some SCA fights. That was pretty cool too. I decided to cosplay this day. I went in my Kaz costume (Pangya). I didn't find any Pangya fans, though a few people stopped me to take pictures. It was all cool. Ended the day with the J-list panel with Kat-chan. That was fun.

Day 3: To buy or not to buy
I decided to buy some stuff to day. Decided. I didn't actually have enough to buy anything, but I made up my mind that I was going to buy a Shinai and an awesome indie-game called Suguri. I went to the SCA fights again, decided to participate. I got a blister popped, but it was fun (the fighting, not the blister popping). Went to the Eureka panel with Kat-chan, that was fun. Also, ate lunch with Kat-chan at an awesome seafood resturaunt.

Day 4: The final day
Bought my Shinai and game. Went to lunch at Horton Plaza with Colette, Alex, and David. It was fun. Kat-chan had to leave early, so I didn't get to spend too much time with her. Spent the last hour or so in the Anime room, then came home to now.

Over the 4 days
I spent a good amount of time in the Anime rooms. I saw a few anime that I could potentially buy. Tears to Tiara, Doujin Work, and Familiar of Zero come immediately to mind. I don't remember the other stuff I saw, but I saw plenty. It was cool.
Also, I took pictures with cosplayers (or rather, I took pictures of my friends with cosplayers). There were some damn impressive cosplayers this year.

The spoils

-Dragonica Online Archer Wallscroll (I wanted the Priest one T.T)
-various freebies

The stuff I missed
I didn't see a bunch of my friends. There was an elementary friend that contacted me on dA, but I missed his number because I didn't get online for the duration of comic-con. My bad. Also, some high-school friends were supposed to be there, but I didn't see them either. Oh well, maybe next year. Comic-con isn't exactly the place where you can decided to find someone and find them.

So that was my experience. Hope everyone else had a good time too. Time to crash.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Beach: Sand Castle Building Contest

I didn't actually build and castles, but I saw a bunch of awesome ones. Here is yet another photoblog entry, maybe I should make a tag for them.

Here's the first one we saw. It looks like a dragon stuck in a castle. Awesome.

Here's a sculpture of what I think is a Cthulhu-like thing attacking a ship. Big octopus.

Here's the ship. Nicely detailed.

Baseball stadium. It doesn't really get much more awesome.

Nope, spoke too soon. Very patriotic.

And this is just more awesome. Close ups following.




Piggy, but this was part of a different sculpture.

This isn't a sandcastle, just one of the tents in the beach fair.

So that was my day. That wasn't all of the sculptures, there were probably hundreds. I spent most of my time in the water, that was pretty rocking. I love the beach, I want to invite my friends some time.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

College Orientation...tiring

It was all cool. It was a pretty intense day.

So I had to wake up early since it's a 2 hour drive up to Riverside from here. The orientation started at 9AM, which means I had to leave my house at 7.

So, we arrived. It was first meeting the advisors. My advisor was a cool guy.

We began our tour. Mostly, it was just looking around and learning the school chants and stuff. That was for just a little later where we had a test of enthusiasm. Our team didn't win, but it was pretty intense.

I think after that was lunch. It was decent. Not much to say.

After that, we went to an event called "Playfair", which was the huge community gathering to play some team building games. It was lame at points, and fun at points. That lasted a while.

Dinner was after that. Dinner was also decent.

Then came the intense (in all seriousness) "Building Our Common Ground". The whole community got together in a "silent conversation" where we were all asked serious questions and responded by congregating. It was pretty intense, everyone was so serious, but I think it was a good experience.

After that was a performance by the theatre troop. It was aplay about college issues. It was entertaining, and sad, and funny, and overall a very good performance. Makes me want to join theatre.

Night fell (actually it came earlier) and the night events started. There were 3 rooms. One room had arts 'n' crafts and board games. There was more socializing than actual doing of arts and games. There was another room that had one Wii in it, Brawl was playing. I spent most of the night in there. I kept coming in second, extremely close matches. There was also a room hosting a dance. Another social-y event, but with dancing, and Michael Jackson music.

I went to sleep at midnight. Decently late for me.

Day two, awoke at 7AM to meet up with advisors. We had breakfast. That was also decent.

Leanred about registering for classes here. Long lecture, but helpful.

Lunch. Same deal, different meal.

A short lecture about living on campus.

Then it was time to actually register for classes. Didn't take too long once I figured it out. Also went to take pictures for IDs.

Once that was all done with, it was time to say good-byes. I have no doubt that I'll see a lot of the people that I met there again in the fall. I think College is going to be one hell of an experience.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Birthday acknowledged, party was decent :3

So, today I had my birthday party. It was pretty decent. I invited a lot of my friends over. Didn't plan much further than that though ^^; I really should have, but whatever. Thanks to everyone that could make it :)

For my birthday, I received cookies (X3 yummy! they were great), a $20 gift card for Rising Sun (yay! Manga!), a $25 Ntreev cash card (awesome! Pangya!), Mass Effect (decently awesome game), and a cordless headset for my iPod Shuffle! (OMG awesome! Been eying these for a while).

The cookies were finished really fast, but it's all good :3 I haven't had a chance to redeem my gift cards yet, and my computer got a virus somehow, so I need to wait before I install Mass Effect, but at least I can enjoy my shuffle! (I'm actually listening to my iPod with them as I blog).

All of these gifts were surprises, I'm really happy for them. Thanks to everyone.

For cake, my mom ordered a really nice chocolate chocolate with chocolate ice cream cake from Baskin Robins. It had little hershey's kisses on it, which was nice.

Activities included Brawl, Anime (Card Captor Sakura), and talking, lots of talking. At one point everyone kinda split off and did their own thing with eachother, reminded me of a school social event ^^; Everyone seemed content though, so it's all good

Finally got to give Kat-chan her Plush Hello Kitty Ice Cream, and the Hello Kitty Yan Yan snack. :3

So now I'm here. It was a decent day, and I'm so glad I got to see everyone. One person told me: "You only turn 18 once!" and while it may not have been the best celebration, I think it was okay :3 maybe my 19th or big 2-Oh will be better.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Waking up to Pangya Season 4 and my Birthday!

What an exciting day. I was too excited to sleep, so here I am blogging.

I'll probably play mostly Pangya today, since my party is tomorrow.

I might draw some. Chat with people. Check emails. I like getting happy birthday wishes :3

Also, it appears that it's Tesla's birthday. That's pretty cool. I want a Tesla lightbulb for my dorm, just because it'd be awesome.

I'm 18 now! That means porn and weapons! No drinking yet, but it's all good.

I should probably go eat something now.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Season 4! Pangya!

Season 4 Maintenance Announcement - Welcome To PANGYA!

It's official. They've announced Season 4 of Pangya US! :D

Season 4 opens tomorrow early morning (3AM pacific time). Just in time for my birthday too :D

With season 4 comes the new course, the new game mode, and the new character. I'm pretty psyched about it.

Hopefully community problems will be fixed too. There are still a lot of hackers and general rule-breakers, but maybe it'll be easier to control in S4.

No Pangya for 24 hours. Maybe I'll play Project Powder, or Fantasy Tennis or something. Is it me or do I have a thing for sports MMOs?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

YouTube - Folding Clothes

YouTube - Folding Clothes

Aaaaah! I've watched this video like 50 times and I still can't figure it out ^^;

Amazing Japanese clothes folding technique. If one could master it, one could make laundry days much more efficient, leaving more time for games and shiz :D

I'll figure it out eventually! I think it just takes practice

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fireworks were great

My attempted at taking a picture of the fireworks.

Just messing around with my camera some more.

The fireworks were great. Pretty grand, a nice celebration.

So yeah, hope everyone had a nice 4th of July.

Now, it's a week from my birthday. Can't wait for that.

Here's the video I took from my camera BTW. Not all that great quality, but it's decent.

Happy fourth!

I'm not doing much today, but I haven't posted in a while, so whatever. Happy fourth everyone!

I'm surprised none of the MMOs I play have a July 4th celebration. Oh well, it's a good day to relax.