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29 October 2010 @ 11:48 pm


Alrighty, finally had a chance to put down for the night and I'm somewhere in Minnesota , hoping to be home by Sunday.  It's been a long strange trip cut short but still interesting... looking forward to some decompression time.  Oh I'll be adding a link to my twitter account to the sidebar after this post.
 
 
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13 October 2010 @ 05:52 pm


PS I'm still alive too ;)
 
 
 
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25 September 2010 @ 10:35 am


I'll resume posting hopefully soon... ridiculously busy :P
 
 
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14 September 2010 @ 03:10 am
 
 
 
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http://www.royalmedievalfaire.org/

Still the same to get in, $5 and $2.50 for children 10 and under.

Still the same time, the third Saturday in September

This time it's the thirteenth year :O So I guess we should expect the unexpected.

Come out and have fun!

Huzzah!

 
 
 
Sid
31 August 2010 @ 01:51 pm
This has been quite the topic since Saturday evening, even making it  to the UACM forum as well.

I posted this link on my new twitter account, posting here with text copied.

EDIT: Also an idea was emailed to me and I thought I'd share it.

"Contact your credit card companies [if you paid that way] and tell them you did not receive what you paid for and they can charge back the cost."

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/854623--sci-fi-fans-fume-over-mismanaged-fan-expo

Fan Expo organizers, activate your force fields: a revenge of the nerds is brewing.

Hundreds of gamers, superfans and sci-fi geeks are fuming after a mismanaged weekend at Fan Expo Canada, a popular annual convention celebrating pop culture.

Eventgoers say this year’s three-day convention was marred by hours-long lineups. On Saturday afternoon, crowds became so unmanageable organizers had to shut down door sales and temporarily lock out ticket holders, prompting hordes of frustrated fans to start chanting for refunds.

While the Fan Expo has always seen its share of organizational glitches, loyal attendees say this year’s convention was by far the worst.

“This is very hard for me to admit: I wanted to cry in frustration,” said 28-year-old Mike Dodd, who covered Fan Expo for his website, This Week in Geek. “Sure there’s been hiccups previous years but this was a friggin’ joke.

“I’ve never seen people so demoralized. A sad nerd is not a good thing.”

The annual pop culture convention, which attracted just under 60,000 people in 2009, has been rapidly gaining popularity and this year saw record numbers thanks to a star lineup, including comic book creator Stan Lee, Adam West (TV’s Batman) and Star Trek’s William Shatner.

Organizers were “definitely overwhelmed” by this weekend’s crowds, said Aman Gupta, president and CEO of Hobby Star Marketing, which operates Fan Expo.

Gupta said a scheduling conflict forced this year’s convention to move from the south hall of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to the north, which has smaller capacity. Organizers also tried to shorten last year’s lineups by hiring 85 more staff and doubling their ticket entry points. The problem is, the improvements worked a little too well.

“We took last year’s problems, we solved them extremely well to the point where it hurt us in a different area,” Gupta said. “We need to find that happy medium.”

Clara Nigh has attended Fan Expo for four years and preordered a $60 deluxe weekend pass, which was supposed to give her in-and-out privileges. But on Saturday, Fan Expo’s most popular day, Nigh left the convention centre to grab some lunch; when she returned, hundreds of people were waiting outside locked doors.

A security guard told her no one was allowed back in until patrons inside started leaving.

“That line wrapped around the block,” she said.

Sunday’s wait times were better but lineups still snaked around the block, Nigh said. And to make matters worse, she added, staff members were still selling tickets.

“I thought, 'money grab,'” Nigh said. “How can you take people’s money when you can’t guarantee them entry? When you can’t even guarantee people who prepaid months ago?”

Gupta said door sales were shut down for about three hours Saturday when the main level of the convention centre exceeded capacity.

The weekend was just as tough on staff and volunteers, he said, and two of his publicists actually broke down in tears.

“We’re really sorry and we’re going to do absolutely everything we can to fix this problem for next year,” Gupta said.

But for 27-year-old Stephen Bryce, who made a YouTube video railing against the disorganization of this year’s event, nothing will ever get him back to the Fan Expo.

“If someone did lose their temper in that crowd, all hell would’ve broken loose,” he said. “We very much had the impression the people running the convention were flipping us off and laughing at us, saying, ‘Ha ha, we got your money, we can do what we want with you.’ ”
 
 
 
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The following video was forwarded to me by Johnny Zed.  I just finished watching it after my shift tonight after having read a few lj entries by some attendees and their concerns.  Even considering my personal views and documented experiences from their continued business practices with that company I kinda thought to myself that the lj posts by my friends that attended - the treatment of customers at that event couldn't have been *that* bad.

Then I saw this video.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5nixgXT8z4




Weep for the future, Na'Toth. Weep for us all... if crap like this continues unabated.  To my friends who attended and had to put up with this crap, I am truly sorry for your mistreatment.  Here`s hoping (slim, but it`s there) that eventually that company will get around to doing the right thing and make safety and ethics a priority - but somehow I have a feeling they'll just throw one or some staff members under the bus instead.
 
 
Sid
11 August 2010 @ 11:09 pm


Yes there are some familiar faces there ;)
 
 
 
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07 August 2010 @ 09:24 pm
username on twitter is neoengel (look familiar ? :P)

http://twitter.com/neoengel

If you add me you'll see what shenanigans I was up to today ;)

 
 
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16 July 2010 @ 01:24 pm
 
 
 
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16 July 2010 @ 11:11 am
 
 
 
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22 June 2010 @ 09:04 pm
Due to a scheduling conflict I can only be at once place on the same Saturday, I'm working Sunday and I am not sure about Friday.

So here goes: For the first time since 1994, I will not be able to make it to the Polaris Convention this year :(  It sucks but I have to prioritize.  

Next year for sure :)

However I have another donation for the Gilda's Club Charity auction:



Yes, My Yip Yip Costume from last Hallowe'en.

But I need help, I need someone to pick it up and bring it to the con in advance, any takers?  

You know me I like to help, but I can only be in so many places at the same time... gimme a shout soon svp :)
 
 
 
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Hey there, for those of you who are keeping tabs on the upcoming G20 debacle as well as those who chime in on the topic -  go read my friend Adam's entry over here, it'll be music to your ears, it may even strike a chord :)

Kudos, folks!  Nicely done and well put :D

 
 
Sid
Holy crap I've been busy, but hey I asked for it right ? :P

I'm still around, when I get a chance I'll mash together a bunch of updates and stuff, hell I still have last year's DragonCon videos to edit and post :O

Robin in the Hood Medieval Faire this Saturday 

Gibson Park in Elmira

10am to 5p

$4 per person

http://www.robininthehood.com/ 

I plan to be there from 10a to 12p then it's back to the hunt for me :)
 
 
 
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13 May 2010 @ 02:23 pm
 
 
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08 May 2010 @ 08:19 pm
 
 
 
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I didn't get 4 A+'s

I got 5

The semester GPA was 3.91, cumulative for four semesters was 3.79 making for 2 years of straight A's for the honour roll.

Damn I feel kinda proud, thanks to those out there who believe :)

Now off to work :P
 
 
 
Sid
05 May 2010 @ 03:15 pm
Yup, it's confirmed that I'm also at least all A's with 4 out of the 8 course marks being A+'s (4A's, 4A+'s, holy carp!) this semester. 

Took the highest exam/final marks in 3 of my classes and I maintained an A average throughout the entire program - I guess I can add Honour Roll to the accolades as well :)

In the 'Be careful what you ask for dep't' - I finally have a day off today, tomorrow morning I get some more training and then get to rest up for the night shift rotation.   So far it looks like summer is going to whiz right on by :P
 
 
 
Sid
22 April 2010 @ 08:03 pm
Good - All my assignments are in, I got a surprising 92% (security supervision) on one and 100% (Legal Research - Provincial/Federal Statutes) on another.

Better - By noon Thursday I'll have all my exams done

Best - There was an awards ceremony yesterday and I won the Academic Achievement award for the program (in addition to the school wide award I got in 2009), they pulled me up and cheered me on, damn that was great :)

I've had a few ups and downs but I'm gonna miss that place - bonus, my friend Paul's family were there and the remembered me as I helped them meet the faculty... Paul posthumously won the Law Studies award and his children accepted, very touching.

Anywhoo - it's a few more double shifts this weekend and then face down into books.  I was supposed to be asleep until at least 10p, time to flip a coin to decide a) sleep or b) get up and go somewhere/do something for a couple hours.

Here's looking to a little bit of a social life after next week with a lighter schedule (only work), if I wanted to push my academic luck I could swing by to the action figure expo in Burlington on Sunday - if I did that I would feel compelled to make up a costume for it :P
 
 
Sid
22 April 2010 @ 12:14 pm


Mel's Diner is one of the businesses devastated by an early morning blaze on Thursday.

More details as they become available here and here.

EDIT, here's amateur video of the fire

 
 
 
 
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03 April 2010 @ 02:44 pm
 
 
 
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23 March 2010 @ 07:42 pm
 
 
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFicqklGuB0

tl;dw version: It's an excellent satire on pretty much every cliche moment in movie trailers.


 
 
 
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Peter Graves: 1926-2010, RIP

Aside from his contributions to the Airplane films and Mission: Impossible franchise, he was also the host of A&E Biography for many yeasr, a show I loved watching back when I used to watch tv.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/mission-impossible-star-peter-graves-dies-in-la/article1500383/
 
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH6tXQ7lcv8

The best part starts around 1:25, brought to us by the same guy who made the WTFBlanket Snuggie parody.
 
 
 
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11 March 2010 @ 03:29 pm
 
 
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09 March 2010 @ 07:10 pm
Both are fan made music videos, both are extremely awesome:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMgWaxtLbwE



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoQ0bqsJSJ8