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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: The hug line
« on: May 27, 2009, 02:33:21 AM »
I wasn't fond of it, but agree that is was an improvement from last year.

The first time I passed them, they were up against the wall, and while it did slow traffic, it wasn't horrible.

The next time only half were against the wall, some people were hugging others in the middle of the hall, and some were just hanging out more towards the center of the hall.

So... eh. I MUCH prefer them to unwanted glomps. I had potentially one person, but they were stopped before it would have/could have happened.

Now, costume/tail pulling is a WHOLE 'nother story this year. And one for a different thread.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Your Hotel Stay 2009
« on: May 27, 2009, 02:00:03 AM »
Stayed Marriott again this year:

Pros:
- Maids were very polite, clean towels every day. (even when I hung them so they wouldn't bother changing them out. XD )
- The hallways were very quiet this year. Like, noticeably more quiet. (But I suppose that's con-goers rather than the hotel.)
- Room set up in a King is wonderful.
- Being a Gold Rewards member meant I got a free breakfast Friday and Monday, and Sunday night I went up and got a mini salad/fruit and a slice of chocolate cake.
- New HDTV.

Cons:
- The beds are almost too comfy. I shared a king sized bed and we woke each other up a few times just from the fact that it transferred motion so well.
- Same old remote for a new TV. I generally had Cartoon Network on, and was unable to change it to the normal screen ratio. Stretched out picture not so ftw.

- Check-out was a nightmare. I requested late check-out (Like... 1:30pm) just so I'd be able to MISS the rush. I go down around 12:30 and request a luggage cart. I was told it would be up within 30-45 minutes. After said amount of time I go BACK down and request it again. This time I WATCH them call in to make sure they'll get a cart up to us. So, finally, after 1 hour 30 minutes of waiting for my luggage cart my sister and I ended up making multiple trips up and down, and to and from the lobby to my car.
And for reference, there were at LEAST 4 luggage carts being used to store luggage in the luggage check. When I went to the front desk to hand in my keys, the man started to give me excuses, but when he saw they said Elite member, and I mentioned the fact that I'd waited for so long, he offered to knock off a night of parking.
A nice gesture, yes.... but I would've preferred to have just gotten my luggage cart.

Will I stay at the Marriott again? Yes. But I think next year I'm going to be taking the majority of my luggage down the night before I check out. (It wouldn't have been so bad had I not sold things at the swap meet this year, and had to haul what I didn't sell back home. -_- )

Question for people staying at the Hilton!
How was the lighting in the room/halls this year after the renovation? Is it brighter at all? (That was one of my biggest reasons for staying Marriott other than it being closer to where I wanted to be most of the time.)

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Marriott has poisoned water?
« on: May 27, 2009, 01:34:54 AM »
I stayed at the Marriott again this year: drank tap water, my sister used ice for a drink: no problems.

And I never had any issues with the ice, perhaps it was just the ice maker on your floor?

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Real fast update on the plushie factor:

I'm hoping to find a buyer for
- Set 1 Naruto UFO Catcher, Naruto Plush. Very Good condition, tag might have some bends.
- Set 2 Naruto UFO Catcher, Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke, Gaara, should all be Mint with Mint tags.
- Original Naruto DX UFO Catcher, was part of the set of Naruto and Kakashi, I only have Naruto
- Saiyuki UFO Catchers - Goku, Sanzo, Gojyo, and Hakkai (looking for Kogaiji tonight.)
- Bleach DX Ichigo and Kon - Ichigo's hair is starting to split (the glue holding the two pieces together, ugh.), Kon is Mint.

These plush are all collectibles, so don't be shocked if the prices are higher than what you'd expect. I've seen so many bootlegs of all of these, these are the real deal.

I also have:
Keroro Gunso plush
Pokemon plush
Various plush

I'm hoping to sell a few t-shirts
2 pairs of boots
Other various small things

A few comics.

And of course: Street Fighter 4 collector's edition for PS3, unopened; and a fight pad with Ryu on it.

I plan on getting a spot tomorrow (gonna show up early and line up at some point.), and we'll see how the stuff sells Thursday. If it sells well, I might not sell Friday.... if it DOESN'T sell well, I might not sell Friday. We'll see.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: A GUIDE TO A GOOD FANIME STAY
« on: May 18, 2009, 04:03:11 AM »
First off, I know this isn't the best, but I've found it works fairly well.

This is what I've done previously at Fanime for food.
1) Bring 1-2 coolers, depending on how much food/water/juice you want to keep cool.
2) Stock those coolers with perishables, and replenish the water/juice/soda whenever you take one out.
3) Pour the water out into the tub a few times a day and refill with ice.

There's a target just a few minutes down the street, I go there and pick up: A carton of milk, cereal bowls (those individually packed ones.), last year I grabbed a few lunchables, jello, yogurt, etc. Grab some crackers/chips. Fruit is an excellent idea. I'm bringing a flat of water from the house. (Fry's had it on sale for 2.40 this weekend. XD ) You can always get a few instant lunch/cup o' noodle and use the coffee maker to get hot water. You could make tea this way if so inclined. I'll probably be making sandwiches this year, as someone suggested.

Now you have cereal/yogurt/fruit for the morning, lunchables/whatever for lunch, and you can eat whatever you'd like for dinner. Rinse/repeat.

All of this costs me VERY little, especially if I just get whatever is on sale at the time or stock up before I leave home. Last year the Marriott had chicken noodle soup for a fair price one of the days, so I supplemented with that, and possibly a fast food meal or two.

And of course, you can either get silverware from your hotel or buy some cheap plastic ones wherever you get your food.

Things you should be bringing for hygienic reasons:
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- hairbrush/comb
- DEODORANT
- If you're really specific, your own shampoo/conditioner/soap.
- Clean clothes for everyday (heck, an extra set just in case.)
- Medication if you need it.

Please, for the love of god, SHOWER during the convention. You'll feel better, and other people will be much happier if they're near you.

I know I'm forgetting something there, but you get the idea.
You might want to bring your own bowls from home instead of paying for some. That should save you a little more cash. I also agree with the showering since the weather is getting warmer. >.>
True, I just usually get those little individually packaged/bowled cereals because I'm lazy. But you could just get a box of cereal and bring bowls and share between roomies to save more.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: A GUIDE TO A GOOD FANIME STAY
« on: May 17, 2009, 09:24:44 PM »
First off, I know this isn't the best, but I've found it works fairly well.

This is what I've done previously at Fanime for food.
1) Bring 1-2 coolers, depending on how much food/water/juice you want to keep cool.
2) Stock those coolers with perishables, and replenish the water/juice/soda whenever you take one out.
3) Pour the water out into the tub a few times a day and refill with ice.

There's a target just a few minutes down the street, I go there and pick up: A carton of milk, cereal bowls (those individually packed ones.), last year I grabbed a few lunchables, jello, yogurt, etc. Grab some crackers/chips. Fruit is an excellent idea. I'm bringing a flat of water from the house. (Fry's had it on sale for 2.40 this weekend. XD ) You can always get a few instant lunch/cup o' noodle and use the coffee maker to get hot water. You could make tea this way if so inclined. I'll probably be making sandwiches this year, as someone suggested.

Now you have cereal/yogurt/fruit for the morning, lunchables/whatever for lunch, and you can eat whatever you'd like for dinner. Rinse/repeat.

All of this costs me VERY little, especially if I just get whatever is on sale at the time or stock up before I leave home. Last year the Marriott had chicken noodle soup for a fair price one of the days, so I supplemented with that, and possibly a fast food meal or two.

And of course, you can either get silverware from your hotel or buy some cheap plastic ones wherever you get your food.

Things you should be bringing for hygienic reasons:
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- hairbrush/comb
- DEODORANT
- If you're really specific, your own shampoo/conditioner/soap.
- Clean clothes for everyday (heck, an extra set just in case.)
- Medication if you need it.

Please, for the love of god, SHOWER during the convention. You'll feel better, and other people will be much happier if they're near you.

I know I'm forgetting something there, but you get the idea.

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The one thing I really hope to sell is:
PS3 Collector's Edition Street Fighter 4, unopened. I purchased it for myself and decided I'd be better off with the regular edition, and since I was outside of the return policy, I'm gonna try and sell it back here.
PS3 Fight pad for SFIV, I believe I have the one with Ryu on it.

Other than that: Manga, decent amount of plush/ufo catchers (Including a Saiyuki set if someone makes me a good offer.), probably a few dvds.

I'll be trying to sell both days. >_< Missed the sign-ups for Friday.

I'll also compile a more complete list later this week.

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Fanime Swap Meet 2009
« on: April 18, 2009, 08:12:38 PM »
So, I was looking at the rules again, and I'm a bit confused on the seller's permit part.

If I'm not planning on doing any other swap meet or selling of sorts over the next year, and managed to sell both nights, would I need to apply for a seller's permit or not?

x_X

Sorry, just kinda confused.

Thanks in advance for the answer,
~Xeluu

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Next-Year Pre-Reg
« on: March 31, 2009, 10:24:19 PM »
I'd definitely appreciate an earlier announcement on early reg for next year. I'd planned to do it this year, and when I first tried they weren't taking registrations, and when I tried later they'd already closed. >_<

Just my experience.

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Live Programming and Events / Re: Fanime Swap Meet 2009
« on: March 31, 2009, 01:49:35 AM »
*flail* I totally forgot to sign up in time. >_<

So, I have a question: I know I'm going to be there Thursday, that's first come, first serve on spots, no?

And I've been a customer of the swap meet before, but not a seller. Are you usually able to get anyone who was NOT able to reserve a spot in to sell things? Just trying to decide if it's worth it to pack the stuff if I'm potentially only selling one night.


Thanks in advance for the answers.

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Dealers Room / Re: What are you going to buy in 2009?
« on: March 29, 2009, 08:09:27 PM »
Hm... probably the usual, although I'm hoping I'll be able to find some cool Claymore swag.

So, dealers; if you are reading this: Get the little boxed mini busts of Claymore! And the larger figures as well! (I refuse to buy them online, too many bootlegs. x_x )

Other than that:
- Couple of those random mini boxed figures
- Hopefully a ufo catcher of some sort
- Something One Piece
- Cheap DVDs.

That's all I can think of at the moment.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: SLeeping schedule?
« on: February 24, 2009, 11:38:39 PM »
Oh man... I get less sleep as the convention goes on.

Friday : 3-4am til 10-11am Saturday.

Saturday: 3-5am til 9:20ish Sunday

Sunday: 5amish til 9ish Monday.

Eesh. x_x That really does sound bad considering I'm one of those people who likes sleeping 8-10 hours normally.

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Hm.

I'm not really that big into the J-pop and J-rock scene, but perhaps someone like Nightmare?

I dunno the actual logistics involved with bringing a band over, so I have no idea if this is too late, or they're too popular, or what not. I just find I tend to enjoy bands that sound similar to that, so I'm sure others do as well.


Regardless of what happens, I'm looking forward to being introduced to a new group this coming year. :3

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Incredible Stuff I can Make / Re: do you know how to make plushies?
« on: January 10, 2009, 11:41:07 PM »
Just figured I'd post here and kinda post general stuff about plush making.

Generally, it's a figure it out yourself kinda deal. I belonged to one of the bigger communities for it online for a long while, and the rule of thumb was: figure it out yourself.

It's not to be mean, but each plush maker has their own unique style, which they've worked many hours to "perfect" more or less. There was a time in which an artist had posted a pattern, but after it had been abused too many times, she removed it from her site.


You'll be VERY hard pressed to find someone willing to make a tutorial. Your best bet is to make one yourself (through general knowledge of sewing.) or to buy an officially licensed plush and carefully take it apart(with a seam ripper.) to make your own pattern.

Sorry if it sounds harsh, but that's really the way things are.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Fanime Housing Web Portal is up!
« on: December 31, 2008, 08:13:31 PM »
:3 Registered again with the Marriott.

See you all in a few months!~

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General Convention Discussion / Re: New to Fanime. :)
« on: December 10, 2008, 03:00:16 AM »
As far as badge checks go, I know Monday this past year I had my badge checked at EVERY door I went through, front AND back of the badge (lots of counterfeiting going on apparently.) so be prepared to show your badge.

I've just made it a habit of holding it up so the person checking badges at the door can spot it easily.

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Ugh, wisdom teeth. *shudder*

Note: Don't eat anything/drink anything you have to suck, the suction can pull out your sutures, and that would be BAD. I survived the first two days on: Slimfast (Chocolate something....), Jello, a smoothie (eaten with a spoooooon.), and I think I may have had a bowl of soup that had cooled down.

Also: Keep the gauze in, there's a chance you're going to be bleeding for the first two days. : / I did.

Oh, and of course: Keep ice on your cheeks. D: You're gonna puff up, and the ice will help. And pain killers.

Expect to sleep the rest of your daaaaaay. Hopefully you'll see this.


D: Good luck, hope your gums heal quickly.

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General Anime Chat / Re: So do you guys actually buy anime/manga?
« on: October 06, 2008, 11:42:54 PM »
I buy a decent amount of manga each month that my sister and I share. (Although it's dwindled a bit.) I RARELY buy Tokyopop's stuff any more though. Got fed up of their weird release schedules.

As for anime: I torrent unlicensed stuff, and buy DVDs of things I like that are licensed, or I know I'll enjoy.

And no offense Shinjiboy, but Border's isn't a library, it's a bookstore. That's one of my major petpeeves since I'm a bibliophile. I hate when the manga or paperbacks or hardbacks are in read condition, yet Border's still has to sell it as new. I've gone months without buying a certain series because they won't order new stock until that one volume that's been read multiple times has been sold. Just my two cents. Not trying to pick on you.

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I'd really recommend leaving the DDR at home. o_o; I'd imagine the people staying in the room below you won't appreciate your DDRing. Maybe that's just me though.

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: nerf tournament gunfights
« on: September 22, 2008, 03:11:52 AM »
Unfortunately, I think there are enough projectiles moving through the air without allowing the nerf guns.

This year as Mudkip and Lucario I had multiple pokeballs thrown at me, and I'm taking plastic or HARD PLASTIC here. D:

As much fun as the nerf would/could be, I don't think we need to encourage people to be hitting others with any item. (Even if it's foam and bright orange.)

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