Jan. 27th, 2009 02:53 pm
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Vertigo is one of my favorite Hitchcock movies ever -- and one of my favorite movies ever, period. If you've never seen it, and if Jimmy Stewart mainly makes you think of It's a Wonderful Life, then you really need to see this one. It's a beautifully shot story of obsession and betrayal; to tell you much more would be to give too much away.

It's playing at the Cinerama this Thursday at 8:00pm. I've never seen it on the big screen at all, and I can't wait to see it there. You should come with me. Go on, buy your ticket now.


Jan. 19th, 2009 12:45 pm
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So, I hear we're getting, like, a new President tommorow, or something. What's the haps, peeps? Anyone going to any cool inauguration parties?
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Okay, so, this is *slightly* late notice, and if you've found other things to do come New Year's I totally understand, but:

There *will* be a New Year's party this year, after all, despite SIXBOX being out of commission. My friends [ profile] endorphan and [ profile] saffyre_dragon have stepped up to volunteer their apartment as a venue.

If you can read this, you're invited. Yes, really. Please bring: yourselves, drinks, any snacks you'd like to share. Show up around 8:00.

8516 196th St SW
Unit 216
Edmonds WA, 98026

Press the intercom for "Lonergan" for entry.

Hope to see you there!
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So, yeah, last Thursday I went to that Doctor Who party I'd mentioned, and set up all the decorations I made for it, and it was .... Hmm. I don't know if it was the best night of my life? But it's easily in the top five.

I've posted pictures and build notes of everything to the [ profile] crafty_tardis community -- enough of it that I had to split it all into two parts. Check them out and let me know what you think.

Part One: Monsters and Villains
Part Two: The TARDIS
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(Just posted this to the [ profile] doctorwho community -- thought I'd put up a reminder here as well.)

Hey, Seattle people, here's a quick reminder of something going on tonight to help chase your post-casting-announcement blues away:

.... As [ profile] evaleastaristev posted last month, The Mercury is a private club at 1009 E. Union, and Doctor Who is the theme for our pre-Halloween celebration this year. This event will be open to the public, 21 and over, with ID. Please bring cash for admission, and for drinks and tips.

Hope to see as many of you as possible out there tonight in your best costumes. For those of you who can't make it, we'll have photos up of all the cool props we've been making as soon as we can. Thanks, and whether we see you or not, have a great Halloween!


Sep. 8th, 2008 12:27 pm
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[ profile] windbourne and I are having a hell of a busy month.
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So since only one person said they could come over for Cinco de Mayo, it doesn't look like it's happening. I will try to do this with more notice next year. *nods*


May. 2nd, 2008 12:25 am
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Every year I think "hey, I should totally do this" and then I put off actually planning for it until way too late, so this year I'm going to ask when it's merely *almost* too late:

If I were to say:

You all should come to my place for a Mexican food potluck on the 5th for Cinco de Mayo!

.... Would you? 'Cause I think we should totally do this.

(That's Monday, by the way.)

Cerveza and Tequila would also be welcome.
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If you can read this, you're invited. Yes, really.

My residence is at 19428 Aurora Ave N, #229 (map). It's at 195th street and Aurora; there's a big sign that says "Echo Cove Condominiums." I'm in the north building.

There are a grand total of ten visitor spaces available in the parking lot; if you can't find one, I suggest you park at the Shoreline Park & Ride a block south and walk up.

I don't have a land-line, so I can't buzz you in. Call my cell phone, (206) 334-2154, when you get here, and I can come out and get you. If you don't have a cell phone, then a.) show up with someone who does, or b.) call from the pay phone at the convenience store on the corner, I suppose. Sorry for the hassle.


Bring guests: Bring a date. Bring that friend of yours you keep meaning to introduce to everyone. Sure, it's a small space, but the more the merrier.

Please RSVP: If you think you're coming, post a comment or send me mail. Thanks!

Please bring: Alcohol and foodstuffs, little snackybits, anything you think people might like.

Please also bring: Girls. No, seriously. Last year was kind of a sausage fest. I know you know some girls. (Bjørn, I'm looking at you, here.) Bring them. Use of excessive charm is authorized.

Have breakfast: The Survivor's Brunch, originally for those hardy souls who made it all the way through the party and crashed here afterward, has become so popular that even people who can't make it to the party itself want to come to it, which I guess is okay. It'll be at the now-traditional location, the Rusty Pelican Cafe (website, map). I had a little trouble dragging myself there by noon last year, so let's say we'll meet there at 1:00pm on January 1st, 2008.

Ta, darlings!
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This is a little manic and breathless, but I'm still really amped. :)

Oh good Lord I had way too much fun yesterday. The Mercury was holding a superhero/supervillain themed costume night, and I basically just devoted my entire day to getting ready for it.

First I went to a thrift store to get what I needed for my outfit (more on that later), including an unrelated shirt and pair of pants that color-matched almost perfectly. Then I went to Display & Costume to get a couple of accessories. While I was there, I spotted a Batgirl costume that I thought would look cute on [ profile] windbourne, so I sent her a picture of it.

Then it was off to help [ profile] retcon get a costume together. I'd remembered the night before that I still had a DC Comics "Vote for Luthor" promo button somewhere, and suggested he just wear that, one glove, and a suit, and he loved the idea. But come the day, I can't find the damn button, but hey! Fortunately, I'm a professional graphic designer (sometimes) and I own a button maker, so I designed him a new, much better and larger one anyway. (fig. 1)

Then it was off to more thrift stores -- I was providing both my knowledge of the area thrift stores, and my usual incredible luck with same -- and found him a really nice suit jacket, shirt, and tie. Perfect.

He dropped me off, and I went and picked Ahna up at work, and we headed back up to D&C so she could try on the costume, but they were already closed by the time we got there. No matter -- she'd already said that she probably had some stuff at home that could be turned into a Batgirl costume if that didn't work out.

I still needed one more piece for my costume, so we stopped at, yay!, another thrift store, where I got what I needed and she made some amazing finds for her costume. Awesome boots, a yellow belt, a neat velvet skirt. We were trying to figure out what to do for a cape, and then I thought, why not take a skirt and slit it open? So that's what we got. Then it was back to her place to work on accessories and assembly.

My costume? I was Mr. Incredible! I've been wanting to do that costume ever since the movie first came out, ever since it showed this hero who had pretty much my apple-shaped build, but was still presented as strong and powerful and, well, incredible. And I finally put it together.

I used craft foam to make my logo. Never used the stuff before, would highly recommend it. Easy to work with, great results. There was plenty left over to make Ahna's logo, detailing for her utility belt, and the ears for her cap. (She didn't go for a full cowl -- she used a black hat, the ears, and a set of goggles propped over it all for a slightly steampunky Batgirl. It looked really awesome.)

This all took sooooo long -- we didn't leave her place until after 11:00pm! But it was all worth it. Everyone told us we looked great. Even random strangers were complimenting me on my costume. Which makes sense -- I mean, who didn't love The Incredibles? It was nice to borrow some of the love and goodwill that Pixar has generated for a little while.

I was insanely happy. We're already plotting changes for the next version of these costumes, to bring to Norwescon. Pictures were taken -- I will post links when they're on-line.
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That was entirely satisfactory. Thanks much to everyone who made it out, and to everyone else for your well-wishes.

The next high-magnitude star in the constellation that is your social calendar is, of course, New Year's, and I will once again be hosting New Year's festivities at SIXBOX. A full invite with more details will come later, mind you, but for now, save the date. Cheers.


Dec. 10th, 2007 09:41 am
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Final count for dinner: twelve. Myself, [ profile] windbourne, [ profile] retcon, [ profile] tereshkova2001, [ profile] pulpguy and Ria,[ profile] hetaera15, [ profile] wendolen, [ profile] artvixn and [ profile] helix90, [ profile] saffyre_dragon, and [ profile] saheeb138. Reservations made. See you all tonight!

(Edited to add: Make that fourteen: [ profile] kespernorth and Lars!)


Dec. 5th, 2007 08:32 am
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So, I think what I'd like to do for my birthday this year is to have you all join me for dinner at Buca di Beppo:

So that'll be on Monday, December 10th, at 8:00pm. I'll need to make reservations, probably, so comment here if you're going to be able to make it (which I hope you can!). Thanks.


Aug. 6th, 2007 09:22 am
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It's playing these week, you know. New 35 mm print and all that. (I'd provide more details, but Landmark Theatres' site seems to be down?)

We're going. Yes, that includes you. Tuesday, 9:15 showing, at the Varsity. Don't be late.


Jul. 4th, 2007 03:17 pm
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This past weekend was chock full of so much awesome. There was the Buffy musical on Friday -- I thought I'd totally blown it and missed my chance to get us tickets, since the website said they were sold out, but [ profile] windbourne suggested we swing by the box office and make sure, so she and [ profile] briara and I just squeaked in. (The ticket machine told me they had sold all but 5% of the tickets when I bought ours!) [ profile] ursako already had hers, because she's smarter than I am. We met her at the theatre, after hanging out at Remedy with [ profile] chemicallace for a while.

The musical was much fun, but I have to say that the very idea of singing along to it with a bunch of people in a theatre is already a cool enough idea that their extended pre-show and slightly-forced Rocky Horror style audience participation seemed like, I don't know, a few too many extra layers of frosting on the cake. (Guys, free clue -- the reason RHPS has endured this long is because it arose organically out of, well, the audience participating -- and not because someone sat down and tried to plan it all.) But all grousing aside, it was fun and excellent and worth it. I took people home, and Ahna and I ended up sitting in my car and talking (♥), and I didn't get home until like 4:30 in the morning or later. It was already light outside, at any rate.

Saturday, we had two concerts to go to, which meant we were in concert venues for a grand total of about eight hours. First up was the farewell concert at the Crocodile for The Divorce, a local band who decided to call it quits after seven years. They've been a pretty big deal locally, but I won't be surprised if you haven't heard of them if you don't live in Seattle. Actually, no, scratch that -- I'm astonished, frankly, that they're breaking up, I'm astonished they're not absolutely huge, I'm astonished I'm not hearing them on the radio and in commercials and everywhere. They were that good. Thanks, [ profile] ursako, for getting us tickets. Hell of a good show, and the opening bands, Crosstide and Sirens Sister, were both really good, too. How often does that happen?

Next we ran off to El Corazón for VNV Nation. We weren't in a hurry, since the opening band, And One, had cancelled, and we didn't reeeeaaaly care about the replacement band. VNV were great live, as always, but it was so hot and so humid in there, I was honestly, no joke, trying to remember at one point what the symptoms of heat stroke were. I didn't make it all the way through the concert -- I gave up and went outside to wait for Ahna, but it turned out they only played one more song after that, an instrumental at that. So that was fine.

We'd had bold ideas about staying up to watch the season finale of Doctor Who afterward, but we were both exhausted, so we left it for Sunday. We finally did watch it, and, ummm, thought it was kind of crap. I really liked the two episodes that led up to it, but this one had some serious deus-ex-machina and general what-the-fuckery going on, and a really dissatisfying ending to one character's emotional arc. Blah. Oh, well, I can't wait until next season, mainly because of this.

The rest of Sunday, I -- slept, mostly. Hmm. But then on Monday (why, yes, Monday is part of my weekend), Ahna and I went to see 1408. An adaptation of one of my favorite Stephen King stories, starring one of our favorite actors? YS PLZ. It was decent! Some really good scares and some strong emotion. Worth seeing.

Now tonight (not the weekend any more by any stretch, but it's another day off), I'm ignoring the fireworks (since I don't want a repeat of last year) and heading off to a 4th of July party. Should be a good time.


Jun. 29th, 2007 11:24 am
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I tried to make sure that everyone who I knew would be interested found out about this, but just in case I missed anyone:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer's musical episode, tonight and tomorrow at midnight at the Egytpian. It's a sing-along(!), with goodie bags, prizes, and other audience participation. I'll be there tonight, along with [ profile] windbourne, [ profile] briara, and hopefully [ profile] ursako.

If this sounds like your idea of a good time, you should come, too. If it doesn't sound like your idea of a good time, I'm sure you have many other admirable qualities nonetheless.


Apr. 5th, 2007 01:12 pm
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Anyone want to go see a screening of Grindhouse with me tonight at the Cinerama at 10:00? I have a free pass for two. Let me know.


Update: The ticket's been claimed -- [ profile] skepticultist will be joining me. Cool.


Feb. 20th, 2007 08:22 pm
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You should come out to the Mercury tonight. Yes, indeed, you should.
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SIXBOX remixed: I hereby declare the new living arrangements Partyable. Having the bed in the space that was formerly the living room, and the old bedroom converted into my office/salon, didn't seem to slow us down at all. In fact, the bed in the main space just makes a fine excuse/platform for cuddly puppy piles.

SIXBOX damage: Minimal. The four-poster bed needs to be reinforced, though -- those posts weren't really designed to have drunkards leaning on them for support.

Bar damage: Minimal. Most of my stock didn't get touched, actually. Y'all came through heroically to my request to bring booze, and you drank what you brought with you, it looks like.

Personal liver damage: Outstanding. I don't know if I've ever been this drunk at one of my own parties before. (It didn't help that, after already having had several mixed drinks, I insisted on having practically an entire bottle of pink champage all to myself.) Even my legendary post-imbibing memory is a little fuzzy, this time.

Best toy: I must remember to thank my sister for the fuzzy stuffed black sphere that goes booi-ooi-ooing! on impact. The more we drank, the funnier it got.

Surprise guests: [ profile] sleepdepzombie and Mari's friends Corey and Ray (sp?) -- by sheer coincidence I had run into them the night before and wanted to invite them, but didn't because I'm shy (yes I am, shut up), but they had an invite passed along to them anyway, which was cool; and [ profile] kaneda_khan, who told me he'd be up from Cali but wanted me to keep it a surprise. So worth it.

Much missed: [ profile] morgyne, in town but not in attendance; [ profile] kickaha, all the way across the fscking country; and [ profile] evelynm ([ profile] windbourne's sister) -- did you get lost, or -- ?

Made it to breakfast: Myself, Ahna, [ profile] bhaiku, [ profile] retcon, [ profile] saffyre_dragon, [ profile] kespernorth and [ profile] chemicallace -- a much smaller turnout, and coincidentally, much worse service than previous years. Most of us were fashionably late, and most of you were still asleep, I assume. We'll have to start later next year.

If I had to do it over again: Instead of "BRING ALCOHOL," my last minute panic post should have read "BRING CHICKS". Talk about a sausage party.

Comments / anecdotes encouraged.
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Good, glad to hear it, look forward to seeing you, oh, by the way, one thing:

Please bring alcohol.

Not that this has been a problem in the past -- y'all usually do, and it's appreciated, but I just don't feel like I have enough on hand, so I want to be sure. The one liquor store I knew of that's open on Sundays is closed for the holiday -- ! What kind of sadistic bastards close a liquor store for New Year's? Do they close tree lots at Christmas? Do they kick bunnies on Easter?!

Anyway, I digress. (Boy, do I.) I have a decent amount of alcohol, but seriously, you people can drink, so I just don't know if it's going to make it to midnight. Or ten. So, yeah, please, bring booze. Love ya!


Oh, and for those who have been asking about breakfast tomorrow -- the Rusty Pelican Cafe (website, map) has been good to us the past couple of years, so let's stick with that. Let's say around noon.


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