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It's interesting, this group started coming to FanimeCon the same year they first showed up at CSU Chico. For those of you who don't know, CSU Chico used to be a major party school back in the 80's but now is pretty boring. It's also out in the middle of nowhere so you have to intentionally GO there in order to find it.

Anyways, one day while I was eating lunch, waiting to go to class to, I saw these protesters standing in the Free Speech area. I sat down by a tree nearby the one police officer who was keeping an eye on the situation from a afar and chatted with him. Periodically students would come up to him and ask (or demand) if he was going to remove them. I just kept laughing as the officer very calmly explained that they are exercising their right of free speech and that, unless they were actually threatening people, they were free to speak their minds. Telling someone that they're going to hell isn't a threat. Telling someone they will burn in a lake of fire for eternity if they don't stop sinning and embrace Jesus Christ in their hearts isn't a threat.

Long and short of it: These people are professionals. If you look closely, they have people off on the sides who aren't as flashy and aren't yelling things watching everything with cameras and video recorders. They make most of their money from lawsuits against people who assault them or cities that try to stop them. Even cities that have laws on the books are their target as many of those laws aren't technically legal and will result in a lawsuit. This is their job and they are good at it.

Like Tony said: If you engage with them, you're letting them win. You're not going to change their mind and you're not going to prove your point. The only way to win is to not play. Indeed, NOT playing is victory. Starving them of money that they earn from these things is the only way to stop them, but that is a long term strategy.

Personally, I find their statements meaningless because I don't subscribe to their belief structure. Indeed, most people DON'T have their belief structure as they don't represent anything even remotely related to Christianity at large, so I fail to see why this upsets so many people. They don't represent your faith, so why even acknowledge them? Why let their words affect you in any way, shape or form?

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Buttons look the same. I'm not exactly an artist, so I'm limited by what other people make.

Plus, I'm also lazy.

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Nerd Courting, 2010!
« on: May 20, 2010, 08:49:31 AM »
There is no moment of greater terror than when you ask someone to marry you...

Except maybe the vows. Try not to crack your voice

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There was only one other panelist up there with me, and that was because I was too chicken to be up there alone. I basically dragged my friend up there. Now I've got the whole thing a little more settled so it is easier to run.

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Do we get a prize if we bring back our button from last year?

Maybe...

but probably not. We're on a budget

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Panels and Workshops / Woo! Cthulhu for President at Fanime 2010!
« on: May 19, 2010, 11:12:48 AM »
Hot diggity damn we're back for another year!

Want to learn about our choice for vice president? Interested in knowing how Cthulhu views the current financial crisis? Curious about why offshore oil spills are a red herring?

Most importantly: WANT A FREE CTHULHU FOR PRESIDENT BUTTON?

If so, come to the Cthulhu for President panel! All your insignificant mortal issues will be answered!

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Nerd Courting, 2010!
« on: May 19, 2010, 11:05:58 AM »
Aren't you missing the fifth stage of a relationship: Marriage/long-term commitment?

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General Convention Discussion / Re: Lockers
« on: May 19, 2010, 09:38:05 AM »
law students get lockers too!:)

They also get massive student loans and debt :|

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General Convention Discussion / Re: Secret Treasures of Fanime
« on: May 19, 2010, 09:36:26 AM »
If anyone is looking for excellent ramen, Kahoo around the corner from Mitsuwa is superior in every way. Just sayin'. c:

Grah, I beg to differ, but ramen preferences are more contentious than political views. I think that the Meiji restoration might have been caused by a disagreement over ramen broth. In any event, I think we can both agree that people should visit both and make up their own minds!

Also, I would be remiss to my co-worker if I did not mention that Santoka ramen at Mitsuwa is one of the few places around to get a ramen/natto combo. Not that I recommend natto <vomit>

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General Convention Discussion / Re: Secret Treasures of Fanime
« on: May 18, 2010, 04:24:41 PM »
A few things I've found in my time in downtown SJ, both during and outside of Fanime...

Bijan's Bakery - This place is down from the con across from the fountains of Caesar Chavez plaza. They're good for breakfast, but their real treasure is their princess cake. My wife and I almost got our wedding cake from here, but it was a little too expensive. Their single slices of cake are awesome and pretty cheap. They also make good coffee.

7-11 - There is a 7-11 only a few blocks from the con, so you can get snacks and drinks without having to pay a fortune inside of the con. Look them up online.

Hydration - I don't know how secret this place is, but they have excellent bento boxes.

For those on a budget who drive to Fanime - Park in the lot across from the Hilton. It's cheaper than underground and has in and out rights. You can take mini breaks and not go too far to get excellent food. I highly recommend taking a 15 minute drive to either Mitsuwa off of 280 on Saratoga for delicious Ramen or to downtown Mountain View to visit either Ryowa or Maruichi for more Ramen. I find all of them are much better than SJ Japantown sadly :(. There are also lots of other good places (honest to goodness BBQ on Bascom) that range from expensive to cheap. Not that I'm saying people should leave Fanime, but it is sometimes nice to get away for an hour and get GOOD food nearby.

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Video Programming / Re: Hentai Music Video Awards at Fanime 2010
« on: May 08, 2010, 04:08:10 AM »
Final reminder: less than a week before the submission deadline!

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Video Programming / Re: Hentai Music Video Awards at Fanime 2010
« on: April 27, 2010, 10:30:58 PM »
Reminder: Only 16 days remain until the all submissions must be received! You can't win if you don't play!

If you have submitted and haven't heard from me, please contact me either on the forum or at hmv@cthulhuforpresident.org.

Sailor Star Dust: If you want to know more about why the rules are as they are, feel free to email me at the above address.

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Video Programming / Re: Hentai Music Video Awards at Fanime 2010
« on: April 04, 2010, 05:54:22 PM »
UPDATE:

The website and the submission form are now online. Please feel free to start flooding me with videos.

PLEASE FLOOD ME WITH VIDEOS OR I WILL FEEL LIKE A FAILURE

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Video Programming / Re: Hentai Music Video Awards at Fanime 2010
« on: March 30, 2010, 07:59:58 PM »
After much ado about nothing (and losing a crapload of time due to getting married), the rules have finally been posted! See the original post above!

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In order of awesomeness

The Pillows
Tsushimamire
OMODAKA

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Video Programming / Re: Suggestion for Video Programming in 2010
« on: October 26, 2009, 09:18:33 PM »
Hentai amvs contest from cathulu for president

Cthulhu for President! if you please sir. The last intern who misspelled it, well, didn't come back in one piece...

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Video Programming / Re: Hentai Music Video Awards at Fanime 2010
« on: October 17, 2009, 06:24:16 PM »
Oh come on, over a week and no one has anything to say?

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Video Programming / Re: Suggestion for Video Programming in 2010
« on: October 17, 2009, 06:23:46 PM »
You'd actually need to contact The Escapist as they control Zero Punctuation.

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Video Programming / Hentai Music Video Awards at Fanime 2010
« on: October 08, 2009, 02:01:36 PM »
The Cthulhu for President! campaign is proud to announce that it will be hosting the Hentai Music Video Awards at Fanime 2010!

Hentai Music Videos will be shown! Prizes will be given away! Laughs will be had! Peace in the Middle East will not be found!

Prizes will be given away for various categories and audience picks, ranging from money to trophies and hentai DVDs.

The Best of Show will be awarded a very special prize to be cherished and shown to friends and loved ones.

Below are the official contest rules
These rules are subject to change without notice by FanimeCon or the
Contest Director if deemed necessary.

All videos will be screened and may be disqualified for failure to
follow any of the rules or guidelines, for violating the general
concept of the contest, or for any reason FanimeCon or the Contest
Director may see fit.

Limit of five (5) videos per entrant/group.

Videos must have been created on or after May 28th, 2003

Videos must be no longer than eight ( 8 ) minutes long.

All videos must be in the possession of the Contest Director by
midnight on May 14, 2010. All videos will be tested and any errors
must be corrected by May 21, 2010.

All entrants and members of groups submitting videos must be over 18.

Awards that are chosen by the Audience will be chosen by auditory
voting. In the event that method is unclear by the determination of
the Contest Director, the audience will physically move into groups to
signify their vote. If, after such physical groupings, the voting is
still unclear, the prize will be split between the two highest
entries.


Content Guidelines:

No Yaoi or Yuri
No Guro
No Scat
No Bestiality
No Futanari
No Real-Life Porn. This means no pornography of actual human beings in the flesh
Nothing Illegal
Keep any violence and/or abuse to a minimum
BDSM - Wax, whipping and bondage are allowed. Bloodplay is prohibited.
Due to the variety of BDSM, any other kind of BDSM must be approved by
FanimeCon and the Contest Director in order to be permitted.
Use of regular anime is allowed, but the primary spirit of these
awards is for hentai music videos. Insufficient hentai is terms for
disqualification. Videos must be at least %50 hentai.
Tentacles are allowed and encouraged!

Awards/Categories

Cthulhu's pick (Chosen by Contest Director)
Audience's Overall pick (Chosen by Audience)
Best use of Tentacles (Chosen by Audience)
Best use of Music (Chosen by Audience)

Technical Rules

The below has been copied from the FMV rules for 2010. If there is a
discrepancy between the two, treat these as authoritative.

Submitting your videos
Visit http://www.cthulhuforpresident.org for instructions on
submitting your files.

File Formats
We are only accepting files that are formatted in MPEG2, AVI, MP4, or
MOV. If you choose to select a format that is different from the one’s
listed we will contact you and ask that you change it’s format.
Please, when exporting your files stay within official resolutions
720X480 or an HD size of 1280x720 and with stereo audio.

General File Settings
Video:
29.97 Frames Per second
Encode with an aspect ratio of 16:9, 4:3 is allowed but might be
stretched during our conversion process.
If your original source was film or 24fps add a 3:2 Pulldown this will
convert it to 29.97 fps
Please encode your video as deinterlaced. Interlaced is OK but we will
deinterlace the video for the contest.
Video size must be either 720X480 4:3 Format or 1280X720 16:9 Format
Single pass set to a variable bit rate and select 16 megabits per second
If you use two pass VBR set to 2 megabits as the minimum, 8 megabits
as the average, and 16 megabits as the maximum.

Audio:
Use Layer-II or Layer-III audio at 224 Kilobits per second or better
Choose stereo over joint stereo for best quality
Sample at 44.1Khz

File size is rarely an issue, so try to make your video as high
quality as possible. Unlike the FMV contest, the Contest Director does
not have the ability to convert files for submitters. Submitters
should take responsibility for ensuring that the video is playable.
You can find information on file conversion in the FMV 2010 rules.

If you have any questions, please contact me at hmv@cthulhuforpresident.org

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Traveling to Fanime
« on: September 01, 2009, 01:13:18 PM »
As far as traveling, I highly suggest getting tickets with Southwest Airlines if possible. San Jose airport is a major SWA hub and they take up almost half of the airport. They're usually pretty cheap, especially if you reserve ahead of time. SWA only accepts reservations 6.5 months in advance, so you'll want to check their website in December. You can then take the light rail from the airport to the convention center.

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