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Before I forget…the LSC Sci-Fi Marathon!

by on Feb.06, 2009, under Uncategorized

So! Two weeks ago, Saturday January 24th, I went up to Boston (well, Cambridge) for the LSC Sci-Fi Marathon!

Marathon 2009 Flickr Set

The Long Story

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Back from the Global Game Jam!

by on Feb.01, 2009, under Uncategorized

And tired! Yep. It was…an educational experience, which was good. I’ll have more later.

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by on Nov.01, 2008, under Uncategorized

I’m back from infiltrating an evil cult in NYC. It was fun. There were some problems, but it was fun. More later…now, sleep.

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NY Anime Festival, Friday

by on Sep.26, 2008, under Uncategorized

Day 1 of the New York Anime Festival 2008 today. Some highlights (or lowlights):

Negima OAV: It was the “Golden Week tropical island” story. Argh, I really dislike dubs. And there was some Adaptation Decay. But, you know, still kinda fun.

Loveless: This was an anime aimed at bishounen love fans, also featuring mysterious magical battles. I don’t really mind the borderline-yaoi, but the story was just developing so slowly.

Marie-sama ga Miteru: This one for the lily fans. The all-girl intrigue and subtle maneuvering was kinda cool. Certainly more “story density” than Loveless.

mc chris: The sound system was low and the audience was sometimes befuddled, but he was tirelessly upbeat and energetic, making for a really fun show.

Samurai Beat Radio: This was a radio show taping an episode here, talking about the history of Japanese popular music. They played the very first Japanese song to hit #1 on Billboard, way back in 1963…yes, “Sukiyaki”. I felt rather pleased with myself for knowing about that (I heard about it from Peter Payne’s J-List email). And they played a bunch of other interesting songs too, most of which I didn’t recognize. And they had “Falsies on Heat” guest-appearing, who spoke only Japanese. Interesting.

The Akihabara Stage: This was a stage in a big hall where people would dance or tumble or put on lightsaber shows. Sometimes unscheduled!

The Dealers’ Room: All sorts of wild stuff here. Quick highlights: A guy selling “Danger: Pedobear” T-shirts. A guy selling Doki Doki Majo Shunpan 2 (in some sort of premium box that was $100). Voltaire.

A bunch of girls with signs saying “Free Hugs”. I did not get any.

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by on Aug.11, 2008, under Uncategorized

So we’re going into NYC for some stuff. I’ll be back later tonight.

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by on Jul.17, 2008, under Uncategorized

Tonight I went to see “Eighty-1” at the June Havoc Theater in NYC. My brother is playing the keyboard for it (he’s the entire pit band, in fact). It was interesting…yet, I felt like it wasn’t perfect. It needed some work yet.

I don’t really feel like writing more, because tomorrow I’m getting on a bus to Boston to go to ARGFest-o-Con. Whee!

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Marathon Debriefing

by on Jan.30, 2008, under Uncategorized

So! This weekend I went back to MIT to attend the annual LSC Sci-Fi Marathon!


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by on Dec.09, 2007, under Uncategorized

I’m going into NYC with my family to hang out for a bit and also visit various conventions in the Javits Center.

(“ACROSS is a convention center in Fukuoka–it’s like a US secret organization naming themselves ‘JAVITS’.” –Excel Saga manga notes)

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New York Cares Day

by on Oct.23, 2007, under Uncategorized

The charity event on Saturday was actually lots of fun. Apparently it was this really big thing, New York Cares Day, more than 1500 volunteers going to 122 schools in the NYC area and doing stuff to help out. The MIT Alumni Club of New York had asked all the alumni in the NYC area to come help out, so there were 8 including myself. We went to Pacific High School in Brooklyn (I don’t think it has a webpage), a high school especially for kids ages 17-21 who have had their school time interrupted for some reason and want to continue. (I was a little unsure about calling 17-21 year-olds “kids”, but that’s the word the assistant principal used when she talked to us about the school…)

Of course, the MIT Alumni weren’t the only ones doing stuff at the school. There were people gardening and organizing files, and a bunch of painting going on. We painted two different stairwells with large murals. At the first one, an artist woman had already sketched out a basic design; it was a big quote from Martin Luther King Jr. with various decorations around it. (“The ultimate measure of a man is not how he acts in times of comfort and convenience but in times of conflict and controversy.” Probably not the exact wording, but it’s close.) And we painted these lines around it to decorate…and then we got all excited and painted other stuff like suns, tic-tac-toe games, trees…Eventually we stopped doing that (“We’ve done enough damage here”, I said), and we asked for another place to paint, so they sent us to another stairwell. We painted various wonders of the world like the Eiffel Tower,the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, then an orange path connecting them.

I’m not that good at visual art, of course, but it seemed to go pretty well.

After that we all walked around Brooklyn for a while, chatting and looking for a place to eat. After we got something to eat I eventually excused myself and went home.

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NY Cares Day

by on Oct.20, 2007, under Uncategorized

Well, I’m off to participate in New York Cares Day. I keep wondering why, exactly…not that I dislike participating in charity events, but it’s so darn early. But the MIT Alumni asked people to come in, so…

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