Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Supercon!

As a somewhat-belated anniversary present, Flip and I went to Fort Lauderdale this past weekend to spend two days at Supercon. First day I got to dress up as Harley Quinn and Flip went with his Fairy Tail shirt.


We went all out and managed to grab a fancy hotel--with a bathroom that was way too fancy for my liking, but with a Jacuzzi bathtub that made up for the weirdness of a toilet without a lock.

Plus the view was beautiful. But that picture is on Flip's phone >.> I was too enthralled to remember to take pictures of everything.

At the convention, I was mostly excited to see Ricky Whittle's Q&A, but due to bad planning on my end and never ending make-ups, plus the unforeseen circumstances of a giant line outside, it took us a good two hours to get inside the convention center, from leaving the hotel, to getting to the convention center, to finding parking, getting in line, and getting our wristbands.

Because we missed Ricky's Q&A, I decided it was imperative we get a picture. Last time we went to a convention at Fort Lauderdale, Summer Glau was there, and I deeply regret not paying for a picture. (That said, I was about to switch jobs and both Flip and I were super broke; would not have been smart to spend money).

Getting the picture with Ricky was one of the better ideas ever. In the line, girls were running around back and forth giggling. Mostly because Ricky is impossibly funny. He had people straddle him, he gave them kisses on the cheek, he had two guys on the floor grabbing onto his legs as he posed with his hands on his hips. He was doing the most romance-novel poses ever. Flip kinda regrets that we didn't straddle him for our own picture, but we did get to hug him and I gave him a kiss on the cheek :D

Plus, the three of us look super cute together. (Even though my wig betrayed me slightly cuz it keep moving everywhere). I might just have to write a character based off of him.



The sad thing is, part of the reason we missed his Q&A was because we needed to watch the last episode of American Gods so we wouldn't get spoiled. That caused us to leave an hour later than planned >_>

Later that day we saw Karen Gillan's Q&A, and she was so adorable we decided to splurge on a picture with her too. I was a little worried during her Q&A because I knew she was gonna get some fuckboy douche who'd try and hit on her and yeah, I ended up being right, but most of the questions were fine, including a couple from little girls who adore her. Mostly she gave some hints about Avengers: Infinity War and at one point got a heavy question about the rates of suicide in Scotland which she answered perfectly by talking about the highest rate being among boys who she feels aren't encouraged enough to communicate about their struggles and feelings.

The funniest one came from the boy who came in last. Because the host/moderator announced he'd be the last question, he brought up this like 12 year old boy up on stage and made him sit next to Karen. (The boy tried to be very polite and give the seat back to the host, but the host insisted he take it and  the microphone). This kid was so visibly smitten with Karen, it was adorable; he kept kind of laughing nervously, looking at her, looking away, then looking back. Their conversation went something like,

Boy: "So you're from Scotland, I'm from Ireland."

Karen: "That's great!"

Boy: "Yeah, yeah, so, you know we're kinda neighbors."

Karen kinda laughed here and so did we. The kid's accent was too cute.

Boy: "So because we're neighborly, I wanted to ask--well, this is a very Irish question to ask, but what's your favorite drink?"

And the host, like, half-freaked out, half-laughed and ran to the stage to grab the microphone away from the kid. He said something like, "Well there goes my job," and gave it back. So laughing Karen said, "you mean like alcohol?"

Boy: "Yeah!"

Karen: "Uhm. Wine. It's gotta be wine. But--but don't drink that until you're old enough!"

Boy: "What kind of wine?"

Karen: "It's gotta be...red."

Boy: "Oh my grandma loves red wine."

Karen: "Well she knows what's up."

It was so cuteeee.

We didn't get to have a picture with Karen until the day after. I want to point out Flip did the respectful thing and didn't, like, death-side-hug her like I did:


But it was Karen Gillan! I actually did base a character off of her back in my old RPing days. I had to hug her!

The same day we got a picture with Karen was the day we got to see Peter Capaldi. He had some pretty cool sunglasses on, though Flip disagrees with him covering his amazing eyebrows, and he got some pretty interesting questions. It was also rad that the host called forth all the Doctor cosplayers, at first together, then leaving the 12th cosplayers for the very end so he could sneak Peter in between them. Flip saw Peter sneaking in behind the back and join the other cosplayers, but I didn't notice until people started standing up and clapping once they recognized him.

He's veryyy funny and very animated. It was also hilarious to see him censor his curse-words or lewd stuff out knowing there were kids in the audience (and either way us Americans are weird about curse words. Hella sensitive to them, it seems).
The doctor cosplays excluding 12th. I regret not getting a picture of all the Capaldi look-alikes amidst the real Capaldi but there wasn't enough time. I was too busy fangirl-ing.

Shitty far-away picture of Capaldi. It doesn't look it but we actually got pretty good seats. I didn't have to use the camera screens to see him at all.

The answer I remember the most is when someone asked him if he ever improvised while filming Doctor Who, and he said it was neither discouraged nor encouraged, but that he thinks it's a little disrespectful to a writer when you look at his/her script and go, "I can improve that" or "I can do better."

He said it's a bit common and easy for a performer to say, "Well my character wouldn't say that," but it's much more challenging and therefore rewarding to instead ask, "how can I make my character say that so it rings true?"

I find that very admirable about Mr. Capaldi. He said other people sometimes did improvise on set and were great at it, but even that made it so that he felt imperative he stick to the script in case others wanted to make adjustments to it on the fly.

I'm not against improvisations and a lot of the time they can turn out great scenes, but I do admire both his restrain and his respect for the writer's work.

Outside of the two events, we went to a panel about villains (which we're gonna stop doing because every time I drag Flip to a writing panel, it's always the most 101 pointless questions/discussions ever >_>) and also bought some cool art for the new apartment:


This artist's originals were all painted on glass and were gorgeous, but I'd already spent too much money at the con, so Flip and I split the cost of three prints and will be buying frames for them later.

At the con, we saw a lot of cool cosplays, but I didn't take a lot of pictures because I always feel weird stopping people to shove a camera in their face. Mostly what would happen is I'd see someone posing for someone else and I'd sneak up on them to take a side-picture.

Then they'd either move on or notice me trying to be sneaky and just outright offer to pose for me. So that was nice!
Flip should also totes be the 10th Doctor.
The 10th in this pic was hanging out with a Daenerys who had a rubber dragon.
Shirt I got. Flip got Firefly and Death Note shirts.
This R2D2 was moving on his own. So rad.
Had to take a picture with her. The candles actually lit up!

All in all, it was a great weekend. If we get to go to a con again, I'll put more effort in my Harley Quinn cosplay. Probably add more make-up, get a giant mallet, and get myself a Poison Ivy or a Joker to tag along. (Flip thought about it, but money and wearing make-up/layered clothes on a hot day proved to be a little discouraging). There were a lot of Harleys--both Suicide Squad and originals, plus a couple dudes--and every time we'd see each other, we'd say hi or point at each other and grin. The repeated Deadpools also did the same~

Oh and if Ricky Whittle's ever anywhere in a con near us, I am so going. I'm so happy he's our Shadow Moon~

Friday, July 21, 2017

Everyone Seems to be Asleep

Now Playing: Nine Inch Nails - The Background World.

I--

Not to channel my inner uggs-wearing, Frap-buying, blonde-hair-tossing white girl, but I can't even with this new Nine Inch Nails EP.

I loved Not the Actual Events but hadn't even thought to consider it a concept album until Add Violence released at midnight. The threads on the subreddit for Nine Inch Nails discussing the concept--how it seems to point to a narrative about a man awakening from a simulation and the conflict arising against a machine--it's been so fucking cool.

And the more I listen to it, the more I love The Background World, loops and all. No less when someone said those loops happen 52 times. If there are 52 weeks in a year, does that mean the simulation/machine of the narrative is taking a year to disintegrate?

I DON'T KNOW BUT I LOVE IT--

Someone else commented on the YouTube release for This Isn't the Place and said it's like "The Fragile" and "Year Zero" are having slow, passionate sex.

Ho-ly shit, YES. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE.

WHICH MAKES THIS THE BEST THING EVER.

EPAIHRAPW'ERA'PWEHRAWR I LOVE THIS BAND.

I wonder if it is the "Bleedthrough" concept album Trent Reznor talked about, back before the actual concept album that was "Year Zero" released.

And I wonder if the theory that the narrative is being told end to beginning is true.

AND I WONDER WHAT THE FINAL EP WILL HOLD FOR US.

*bounces*

I've spent all morning writing to both of the EPs, and I'm soclosetotheend I'M SO FREAKING EXCITED AND READY TO END THIS DRAFT WITH A BATTLE AXE.

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07/23/2017 - EDIT: Lolz, I just saw this post by Black__lotus on the NIN subreddit, and I had to quote it:
I'm addicted to the loop, each one is my last. I say to myself, "just one more" and "this is the last one. Then I'll listen to something else" but I can't turn it off. The urge to hear just one more loop, to follow it until completion. It's irresistible. And then, finally, you hit rock bottom, and everything is in disarray. 
This song is something else guys. I feel like a white girl who "just can't even."

Ditto, my friend.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nine Inch Nails – LESS THAN

All I've done since this video dropped is think WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.

Seriously. Thank all that is good about this world for Nine Inch Nails. They make the rest of my existence and the general state of the universe totally worth it.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

An Actual Event

I stole that title from one of the comments on the video, BUTOHMYGOD if this isn't the coolest NIN has ever looked and they sound as amazing as usual. "She's Gone Away" is already my favorite song on Not the Actual Events and here's Trent in a leather jacket and sunglasses with Mariqueen and Atticus flanking him, all of them in subdued blue and violet lights and shadows.

IT'S MY DREAM AESTHETIC. It's like they walked out of a cyberpunk movie.



I already kinda wanted to watch Twin Peaks for a while now. I might actually do that now just to get to the episode featuring them.

I read on the /r/nin subreddit that Trent had sent an email about orders related to NTAE, and at the end he'd slipped in a "yeah btw you're getting more music,"

I CAN'T FUCKING WAIT.
"Science and science fiction have done a kind of dance over the last century... The scientists make a finding. It inspires science fiction writers to write about it, and a host of young people read the science fiction and are excited, and inspired to become scientists...which they do, which then feeds again into another generation of science fiction and science..."
- Carl Sagan, in his message to future explorers of Mars.