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Messages - aetherltd

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Lol yeah, it's been years and years of people trying to float some ideas to Fanime.  But, in the end Fanime ends up just being Fanime.
As someone involved on the Clockwork Alchemy side (I'm behind the Telegraph Office there), it's been fun having the connection to Fanime. This was the last year of that; CA now goes its own way. Different date, bigger hotel.

Fanime has made progress. Reg now works. There's food and water. (Remember LineCon 2014). The halls are less jammed. Finally, this year, the bus service was great. Bigger, more comfortable buses, enough of them, and drivers who knew the route. Few people from Fanime seemed to find their way to CA, sadly. Still no signage on the Fanime side leading to the hard to find bus stop on the side of the convention center. The ones who made it to CA had a good time. We had a Deadpool cosplayer serving in the tea room, and a cosplay group of classical musicians playing anime themes.

Each year for the last five years, I've come over to Fanime for a few hours; look in on a screening, attend a panel, buy some Pocky, look at the artwork, see the cosplayers, and play some games.  Then back to CA. I'll miss that. It's been fun.

Clockwork Alchemy 2018, March 23-25, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Burlingame, CA.


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Why was this even a thing at Fanimecon? It has absolutely nothing to do with anime, sci-fi, fantasy, video games, or anything else even remotely related to nerd culture.
There's a whole genre of anime devoted to martial arts. Watch "Yawara" (124 epsodes). Look up who "Yawara-chan" is, and watch some of her bouts.

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I'll probably take another self-defense class in the future.
Good. Don't give up. Everybody's first time at a dojo is tough.

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Great, from the Clockwork Alchemy side. A busy, but quiet convention. Great group of six classical musicians in cosplay playing anime themes. Some good panels.

At last, the bus service between CA and Fanime works perfectly. Bigger, more comfortable buses, lots of them, and drivers who knew the fastest routes. Easy to dash over to the other side, see a panel, and dash back. Liked "Cthulhu for President", which is supposed to be comedy but seems all too real now.

Fanime vendor hall was big on plushies. Plush toys very big this year. Deadpool cosplayer with Hello Kitty plush backpack.

There's food in the convention center, and there are tables and chairs, but they're a long way from each other.  The $1 Pocky was the cheap stuff from Thailand and had melted together.  Convention hall corridors not so jammed as in previous years. 

Sadly, this was the last year CA and Fanime will be on the same date; the next Clockwork Alchemy will be in March 2018, in Burlingame, at the Hyatt Regency. It's a bigger hotel; CA has outgrown the Doubletree.

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Registration / Re: Fan Name Issue?
« on: May 19, 2017, 09:34:47 PM »
Yes, "Your Fan Name is @@UDF1".

Also, the QR code is really tiny this year.  It's about 1cm printed, 42 pixels square. That may not scan on ordinary barcode scanners.

Please fix all this and resend, or it's going to be LineCon 2017.  Thanks.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: Fanime Weather
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:15:10 PM »
Warm and sunny, all the way through con!

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Well, Fanime management has lots of ways to communicate. There are these forums, a Facebook page, and a Twitter feed. There's a "Registration & Hotel Support Center" now. There's a Fanime app for IOS, and one for Android, although neither seem to have been updated for 2016 yet. There's even a Fanime API. (What's that for, anyway?)

The distribution channels for info are in place. There just isn't much in them.
There's a Fanime RSS feed too. Mostly the same info as the API, but in a different format. There's a mobile site, but it's broken.

Which of these will have useful info, such as important changes, during con?

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General Convention Discussion / Re: At Con Luggage Check?
« on: March 08, 2016, 10:33:15 AM »
... do you know if the Marriott will hold on to my luggage from my Sunday checkout time until Monday?
There's an official answer to this question. See "Where can I store my luggage?"

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Well, Fanime management has lots of ways to communicate. There are these forums, a Facebook page, and a Twitter feed. There's a "Registration & Hotel Support Center" now. There's a Fanime app for IOS, and one for Android, although neither seem to have been updated for 2016 yet. There's even a Fanime API. (What's that for, anyway?)

The distribution channels for info are in place. There just isn't much in them.



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There may be some additional restrictions this year, to comply with SB 199, which took effect January 1, 2016. That new law on "imitation firearms" requires that they can't look even vaguely like a real gun. The little red tip on the barrel is no longer enough. The new California law requires that imitation firearms be a device where the entire exterior surface of the device is white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple, either singly or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern, or where the entire device is constructed of transparent or translucent materials which permits unmistakable observation of the device’s complete contents.

Yes, really.

There are some narrow exceptions for Airsoft and BB guns. The Airsoft industry lobbied for this. They still have to mark, but not quite as conspicuously. This only applies to functioning Airsoft guns, which Fanime hasn't allowed in the past.


OK with California. Probably not OK with Fanime, because it can actually shoot something.

This was enacted into law after an incident in LA where a cop shot a kid with a toy gun.

The gun lobby hates this. The Airsoft lobby hates this. But they lost, and that law is now in effect.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotel Reservations/Group Reserving Hotels
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:34:18 PM »
It would be a big help if there was an official announcement of the minimum advance notice for the start of housing reg.  Just announce something like "We will give at least 2 weeks advance notice of the start time for housing reg, and that notice will be both on the forums and on Facebook." Then people could stop checking every day.

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Registration / Re: Registration 2016
« on: December 22, 2015, 10:58:01 PM »
Registration seems to be working great!

Will housing require a con registration this year?

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Sponsorship?
« on: November 16, 2015, 09:52:37 PM »
The Cool Japan Fund (this is a real thing) might be interested in having a presence at Fanime. They own "daisuki.net" (free anime streaming) and a translation/subbing company. It's funded by the Government of Japan and some of the big banks. The Korean government is funding K-Pop and they want to catch up.

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Registration / Re: Fanime 2016
« on: July 23, 2015, 10:41:32 PM »
It doesn't matter too much when con registration comes up, because Fanime doesn't run out of tickets. It matters a lot when housing registration comes up, because the hotel space fills up in about two hours.

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Also more things like that couple playing the violins would be great.
Was that Congress of Vienna, the classical quintet (violin, viola, flute, harp, lute) in Sword Art Online outfits? They came over to Clockwork Alchemy and played a set of classics and anime themes. They're very good musicians.

They need a quiet place to play; they're not amplified.

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I thought it was common knowledge that Miyazaki is never coming to any anime convention
He retired several years ago. Watch the last scene of The Wind Rises. That's Miyazaki's goodbye.

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General Anime Chat / Re: Anime That Are On Your "To Watch" List
« on: June 14, 2015, 10:21:58 AM »
Gate - Thus the JSDF Fought Here

Begins airing July 3, 2015.



A medieval, magical fantasy world invades Tokyo. With an army. Big mistake for them.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: Official Convention Feedback
« on: June 12, 2015, 12:35:33 PM »
move CA programming to the Fairmont
Oh, I wish... The Fairmont decor fits so much better with steampunk.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: Official Convention Feedback
« on: June 10, 2015, 01:16:45 PM »
• Video Rooms.
 (I know it's hard to compete with online sites) but, this year I had zero interest on anything video related.
Someone talked about the history of Fanime on Stage Zero. In the early days, you had to go to an anime event to watch anime. That's what Fanime was originally for. That's over. Anything you could see in the video rooms you can probably get on your phone. There was even a late night Kill la Kill marathon on hotel cable during Fanime. (CA side video is worse; all of us have seen all the good steampunk movies.) Video at Fanime should be new stuff you can't see online. Contact the Cool Japan Fund (the government of Japan is funding anime promotion - really) and Daisuki.net; maybe they can help.

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Just to add "why not go to Clockwork? Spend some time there?" To answer that, it's a complete and utter hassle to go to clockwork. You spend more time waiting for shuttles rather than enjoying Clockworks programing.

Shuttle history:
* 2012 - Huge luxury buses, mostly empty. Bus stop in front of convention center. Great service. Nobody at Fanime knew about Clockwork. 7 minutes, Fanime to CA.
* 2013 - Short buses from Corinthian Parking. Bus stop moved outside Hilton due to construction.Totally lost drivers trying to navigate using Google Maps printouts. Detours around Sharks Stadium. 1.5 hours, Fanime to CA.
* 2014 - Short buses from Corinthian Parking again. Drivers now less lost. Less direct route, convention center to Fairmont to freeway to CA. Shuttles heavily used. Long lines for shuttles. About 30-40 minutes, Fanime to CA.
* 2015 - Longer buses from Corinthian Parking. Drivers now know route. Good route and schedule info in pocket guide. Loop around Hilton and Fairmont adds about 10 minutes. Shuttles heavily used. Standees in buses not built for that. About 25 minutes, Fanime to CA.

25 minutes is too long. That needs to come down. The extra stop at the Fairmont, with the loop around the park, doubles the transit time. From the convention center it's easy to get to the freeway; then it's 5 minutes to the Doubletree. Few people get on at the Fairmont to go to CA anyway.
That will up the capacity, with buses making twice as many trips per hour. Get this right, and during peak periods, there's a bus every 6 minutes. (Round trip time 20 minutes, 3 buses.)

This is the era of frictionless transportation, like Uber. Waiting for the bus is so last-cen. Fanime buses should be as efficient as the Yamanote Line.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Review your hotel stay!
« on: June 06, 2015, 01:02:06 AM »
Doubletree, 2015:

Pros:
- Clockwork Alchemy is there.
- Big rooms.
- Quiet

Cons:
- Doubletree food options remain poor. $21 breakfast buffet! $15 for a sandwich and a soft drink. The "Starbucks" isn't a real Starbucks, just a branded coffee station. As for the steak house, if you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it.  Across the street, though, there is now the Matrix casino. They have a sports bar, which serves food. If you're over 21, you can go through the blackjack casino to their Lotus Cafe. Ask for a menu; they have a lot more available than the signs indicate. About $15 for a light dinner. (It's a casino, with heavy security. Don't carry anything that could possibly be considered a weapon.)

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