Posts Tagged ‘Geek Girl Con’

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The end of convention season this year was a little different for me. I began volunteering with Japanime Games. They import, translate and distribute Tanto Cuore and Krosmaster Arena. I worked three conventions in a row for them; Vlogger Fair, PAX Prime and Kumoricon. This was exciting and exhausting at the same time. I arrived home from the third convention this past Monday and the next day I almost called into work. Not only was I exhausted, I was fighting off what we call “Con Crud.”

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This wasn’t the first time I’d helped out the company. Sakuracon, was the first this year, it was fun and rewarding. I spent the entire convention helping people learn Tanto Cuore. That’s the game I teach best. Krosmaster Arena is a game I love playing but don’t feel entirely comfortable with teaching. (Although, at Kumoricon, I stepped in plenty of times to help out.) At the start of these three conventions, I learned that I do know the base rules, but I get tongue tied. I also discovered something else, Post Convention Depression.

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The conventions are exciting! You meet a lot of people and most of them are there for the same reasons! It’s great bonding with people that think the same way you do! Conventions are also exhausting. You want to spend the whole weekend packing in as many experiences as possible. There is an adrenaline rush that comes from the entire experience.

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When I attend conventions, I eat too little, do too much and don’t sleep nearly enough. This all contributes to something called Post Convention Depression. The conventions are always fun, as much fun as I can possibly make it.

After the conventions, I have a hard time sleeping, feel exhausted, feel disconnected from my every day life and feel a general malaise. This is all part of PCD, or Post Convention Depression. I didn’t realize this was actually a thing till Kumoricon. There was a panel at Kumoricon about dealing with PCD. I unfortunately couldn’t make it to that panel, but it peaked my curiosity.

The number one advice people give for dealing with PCD is planning for your next convention. If you’re a cos-player, then you probably have a handle on this.

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The next piece of advice is hanging out with friends. In the past PAX Prime attendees in Seattle have had post convention game meet up. Seeing your friends, even your non-convention friends can help alleviate some of the gloom that comes from being in the real world.

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Make sure you get lots of rest after the convention. You didn’t sleep well, or didn’t sleep the in the same bed. That can affect you more than you know.

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In the immediate week following, make sure you get enough to eat and you re-hydrate. Drink lots of water and restrict your caffeine intake. During conventions it’s hard to get the right nutrition and enough water.

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They also advise that you should get exercise and take it easy at the same time. It’s good to stay active but also, don’t run yourself ragged.

All of this will help you recover after the convention and help you avoid… CON CRUD! ( Colds passed around by convention goers.) One year I got swine flu from PAX Prime. Other years, here and there I caught something respiratory after the conventions. This year, I managed to fight off whatever virus was passed around because I rested, ate well and made sure that I got the right foods after getting home.

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What am I planning for next?  Geek Girl Con and Brick Con, which are both in October.  Then we start the process all over again next year. Keep well.

If you don’t feel better, make sure to talk to your friends or family. If you don’t feel you can talk to them make an appointment with your doctor. If it’s worse than that, just remember, someone loves you. Call the suicide hotline 24/7 at 1 (800) 273-8255. 

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Disco Zombie loves me!

 

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The Missing Muse

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Lucky duck, I caught wind of a show Cibo Matto was playing in Seattle in December. They were opening for Tune Yards and I really only wanted to go to see Cibo Matto. I got my wish and Tune Yards gained a new fan. The night turned out to be pretty magical.

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Adult? Haha… who’s an adult?

 

Who is Cibo Matto? Seriously, you should fall in love with this band. Japanese expats living in New York, Cibo Matto is a duo act that started in the 90s. They are a mix of Sonic Youth style grunge pop and trip hop. The band name means crazy for food in Italian. Their first two albums all had to do with food of some kind. The concept was surprisingly robust. Throughout the years their music has appeared in movies and a video game, Jet Set Radio. (Although, I swear they were on one of the Katamari games.)

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I was out by myself to see a concert, which was strange for me. I’m usually with a small group or performing, either way I’m never alone at music events. I found a way to pass the time. I was there early bc my keys were locked up at work. I had to rely on timing and texting to make sure my husband and I connected at the right time. Since I was at his mercy, I was only fifth or sixth in line outside the beautiful Moore Theater. I’ve never been inside this Seattle Landmark. Footage from Pearl Jam’s Evenflow video was filmed at the Moore Theater. The weather was unseasonably warm which was perfect because I had a new outfit that was meant for summer. Standing in the line I realized as the sun started to dip it was a good thing I had an over jacket, scarf and gloves. Using my lovely phone I took photos of some of the surrounding area while standing in line as well as facebooking and tweeting about where I was and how excited I was to see Cibo Matto finally. I never had a chance to see them in the 90s.20141213_18475020141213_184104

The Moore Theater was built when architecture really meant something, 1907. The floors and walls are lovely marble with curving stairs up and down to the different levels. I found a bar in the basement with some restrooms. On the main floor was a snack bar with some food. The only things I could eat were candy, so I bought a water and some peanut butter cups. I was struggling with eating a gluten free, meat free diet and was starving. Really, I just needed something to keep myself standing. Looking around the room I glance to the second floor to see the room guarded by the muses. Counting the statues and reading their names I found Melpomene and Terpsichore. Both of whom I’ve used for character names but… there were only eight that rimmed the lobby. Who was missing?!

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Rewind… on my way out the door I suddenly doubled back. Taking off the necklace I had on, I grabbed a necklace I’d picked up at Geek Girl Con. On the necklace is Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. I love this necklace. I felt compelled to put it on, leaving the other necklace behind, then running out the door so Kane could lock up.

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Fast Forward. Starring up at the ceiling I start puzzling over who was missing… Urania. Urania is the muse of Astronomy and Astrology. I found this especially interesting because of my choice to go back for my necklace. Striking up a conversation with the ushers on my way to my seat, I mentioned the missing Muse in the lobby. 20141213_194918

According to the employee, the Muse haunts the upper balcony where a second circle of statues is also missing a statue of Urania. Searching for other stories about the haunted balcony, I have found accounts where people felt a statue was starring at them or seen mysterious movement. One story involved roadies sleeping with gear over night. They didn’t sleep at all because of footsteps, voices and a door that kept opening.

Hearing about the haunting, I felt instantly blessed and protected. As if I had listened to quiet whispers sending me back for my necklace to honor the missing Muse. They left her out because they didn’t think she had anything to do with the arts… now I find myself writing a song for my band about the last days of the universe.

The sky will grow dark and we won’t even know it on Earth until it’s too late.

Thank you to whoever told me to grab the necklace.

Part two will be about Cibo Matto performing. Amazing…

 

Coming back

Posted: August 18, 2014 by Noccie in Life in a Box
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Earlier this year I gave myself a concussion. I never realized how long it would take me to fully recover. Even after the doctor telling me to do nothing for a week, there was a part of me that doubted it would take that long. Weeks after I was still having issues with dizzy spells, random headaches and fatigue. Seven months later, I still have some symptoms, my neck randomly gets tight and gives me a headache at the back of my neck. It’s slowly becoming less of an issue though.

My recovery was seriously hampered by, first of all my stubborness and secondly stress. There were lots of outside factors that slowed my recovery time. I wasn’t supposed to use a computer, use my phone, watch tv, play video games or even read. I could listen to quiet music and talk to people. NOT PEOPLE! I definately went back to work to quickly, after only three days. The doctor didn’t want me to do anything for a week. During this time, I slept a lot. I also started writing ( but that was stolen from my parents car!)

Once I thought I was good and ready to work on the blog again, I suddenly had pneumonia. That took several weeks to recover from and still shows in my lungs on x-ray. Then, I was finally not exhausted all the time and wisdom teeth started bothering me. About three weeks of pain insued. I had the offending tooth removed but again, as I recovered all I wanted to do was sleep. When I wasn’t sleeping, I was practicing or performing with my band. Yeah… that kind of hurts when you are singing. Now we are good to go again. Healthy enough to blog finally.

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The offending tooth.

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My puffy face after having it pulled out.

I missed writing the blog so much. Kane is my husband and he was taking care of me through out all of this. Please excuse our abscense because well… life happened. We are finally in a place to move forward with the blog. In the next few weeks there will be so many EXCITING nerdy things to talk about.

We have tickets to PAX and Geek Girl Con. We’re also planning to attend Brick Con in October. Lot’s of Kickstarters are coming in and we still get a monthly LOOT CRATE!

Both Kane and I are excited to start the blog up again. The plan is to have daily posts on a variety of topics. I’m going to resume my “Coming Attractions”  blog that talks about movies coming out in the next week, next month and next year.

My Little Pony is still a love of mine. I’ll be posting all the new gossip and any updates we discover along the path.

In the past few weeks we dug through all our video games. You’ll see a lot of retro game reviews in the future.

Either way, there will be a ton of content to plow through. I can’t wait to hear from all of you about our articles, to discuss all the nerdy things.

Yours Truly,

Noccie

There is a magical place where you can go to be with friends you’ve never met before. This magical place is called a convention. I’ve been to lots of conventions. Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head. There is a sweet spot with conventions where they aren’t too big yet and aren’t in the first year stage. A balance is struck between panels, vendors and other activities in these sweet years. Geek Girl Con is in that sweet spot right now. I’m not saying it won’t get bigger and better. I do want more but this is definitely part of that sweet spot.

There were panels I wanted to watch and musical performances that I loved. The vendors room was an interesting mish-mash of crafts, arts, authors and organizations. There was a gaming floor for table top games and a few video games present. The special guest area was humble and calm. The special guests weren’t asking for money in exchange for their signature and photo. The cosplayers were friendly, proud and excited by about the other cosplayers. Everyone was really down to earth and approachable.

I personally had a few moments where I was brought to tears. Honestly, I’ve been rather emotional lately but when I met Karen Prell I couldn’t help myself. Karen Prell is the voice and puppeteer for Red Fraggle, of Fraggle Rock. So many happy child hood memories came back and my regret that Jim Henson was no longer walking on this earth came spilling out. I was utterly overwhelmed and teared up. There had been a short line with only 5 people in front of me. She was so thankful to be talked too and very sweet. I wish I had been able to make it to her panel.

I only made it to one panel. There were many but the first day we were there, I was lost in the wave of people, sights and sounds. The second day I couldn’t arrive early enough to hit the panels I really wanted due to poor logistics. Kane made it to several though, I am sure he can run down how the panels stand up.

There were all kinds of human beings present. There were older people, little children, Men, Women, gay, straight, Trans, little people and disabled people. I wish I had taken a picture of her but there was a really nice little person that was hanging out with a lady in a motorized chair. They were dressed as Hermoine and Luna Lovegood. I ran into the Sexy aka the Tardis. I loved her costume so much. There as a guy, very secure in his manhood dressed as a Hello Kitty version of Gears of War. There were tons of cos players of all kinds. There were lots of Doctors from all throughout the series. I saw a few tiny baby Doctors, daleks and tardis’. The costume contest was funny and impressive. A lot of the Cosplayers hung around after to talk to people and pose for photos.

The music was fantastic. Friday night they had a kick off party at Wayward Coffee House. Wayward Coffee House is a Firefly and Science Fiction themed coffee house. They have a Chai Tea Latte called the Muab’dib because of the spice. My favorite drink is their Green Tea Latte. I have had these all over Seattle and theirs is the best. They use matcha powder and make sure it’s pure with no additives. The Doubleclicks and Molly Lewis   (here is her facebook.) played at Wayward as a pre-convention party. The place was packed with about 150-200 people. If you don’t know the Doubleclicks, they are a band from Portland. They are sisters and incredibly funny. Aubrey plays the Cello and Angela plays the guitar and ukulele. They sing songs about D & D, velociraptors, Mr. Darcy and acceptance in the geek community. Molly Lewis plays the Ukulele, she’s from the Seattle area. Her songs are funny and irreverent. The songs go from break ups to Goldeneye 64. The whole crowd began to sing along with both bands. The big Concert on Saturday was Unwoman and Marion Call. If you haven’t heard of Unwoman, you should hunt down her music. Her music is played on electric cello. Electronic versions of classical instruments have become popular in the past 5-10 years but Unwoman has been playing since she was six and her first album came out in 2002. She briefly toured with Rasputina and has played at the last four SteamCon’s. Her music is soulful, lonely and haunting. Watching her perform was a trip because she has an electronic Cello. This means the body of the cello is missing in this case. You can see from the photo it’s just the head, neck and strings. I was floored because I am used to seeing photos of her with a standard wooden cello. I felt lucky to see her twice at the convention. If you doubt the geek relevancy of her act, just know her name Unwoman is a from “A Handmaid’s Tale,” by Margaret Atwood. A story of a post apocalyptic dystopian society where infertile women are called Unwoman. The headliner was Marion Call, a self published singer and songwriter. Marion Call is like a nerdy Ani Difranco. I only had a chance to see part of her performance though. She’s very talented and uses her body and non musical prompts in the composition of her music. It was fascinating to watch her perform. She would stomp on the stage and type on a type writer for different parts as accompanying rhythm/percussion. While, I am not too into her music, she is an INCREDIBLE musician. She’s also adorable because she was really excited that she is traveling to see CERN again. I appreciate that passion for science.

One of the really unique things about the music at Geek Girl Con were the secondary concerts they had. In the atrium area of the convention center, all the musical guests that performed and some other musicians that had traveled to the convention performed. It made the entire event magical because you were surrounded by music as you went from the doors to the third floor. The openness and accessibility of the music made the convention feel that much more intimate. They didn’t have a microphone and but Unwoman did have a little travel amp she uses. Most of the music was acoustic, except Unwoman of coarse. Everyone was so respectful and quiet. People were sitting on the floor once the couches and foot stools filled up. There were people watching from the second and third floors as well as people traveling on the escalators. This was a great chance for people who couldn’t make it to the concerts to enjoy the musical guests and for other musicians to get introduced to the crowd.

Did I mention that the special guests felt comfortable to just walk around freely at the convention? Denise Crosby was there as a special guest. I about died when I saw her sitting at a table with no line! Denise Crosby played officer Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Even though she was only on the show for a short time, her character had real meaning and impact. I still feel for Data, having lost the only woman he ever loved. Back to the convention though. I saw her just walking around enjoying the place several times. I kept making Pokemon style jokes during the convention though, “Look, a Denise Crosby in the wild!” There aren’t many conventions where stars can go and feel like they aren’t going to get mobbed by crazed fans.

A very special feature of this convention was a science discovery zone! They had real scientists running an area for children to explore science! The experiments included simple things like making a raisin float in carbonated water and more complex experiments like detecting DNA. There craft activities like making a nature book and making home made goo. All of this was propelled by fun and a punch card. If you got six punches you could enter in a drawing for prizes both days. There were 10-12 activity stations, so it was easy to get six. Even though the area was really big, like 4-6 kids could be at each station, there were more people interested than could fit into the area at one time. This is so math! I hope next year they get a room for that activity area though, it was INSANE.

After everything was said and done there was one more thing we had to do! The Ladies of the 80’s sing along was right before the closing ceremony. Everyone made their way to the largest room at the convention. There were two screens on either side and hilarious videos were projected with subtitles. They played Madonna’s “Borderline”; Cyndi Lauper’s “Girl’s Just Want to Have Fun”; Janet Jackson’s “Nasty Boys”; Debbie Gibson’s “Only In My Dreams”; and Olivia Newton John’s “Physical.” The host also played one of my favorite nonsensical videos, “Love is a Battlefield.” There is sexy dance fighting and 1980’s post apocalyptic clothing. Nothing makes any sense any more! WE ARE YOUNG! Heartache to Heartache we stand! Love is a battlefield. Sure… sure it is. Whatever makes you feel better in the morning. ( I love this song on Rock Band and dance along like in the video. No, I’m not going to post a video of that) The best and last video played was “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” by Bonnie Tyler. The video for Total Eclipse is like the brain child of someone on drugs. The video includes ninjas, laser eyes and ballet dancing barbarians. There is no rhyme or reason to the video. Everyone had a good time, it took a few songs but everyone really got into it. There was a dance party in front of one of the screens where most of the kids wound up. The host was also adding little funny comments throughout the event. This was a great way to end the weekend.

The closing ceremony was short and sweet. They thanked everyone who had come together to make the convention so wonderful. Then the Doubleclicks played, “Nothing to Prove.” I couldn’t help myself, I teared up again. The whole room was singing along with the song. Above is a link to the video.

YAY GEEK GIRL CON 2013! I signed up to volunteer for 2014. See you there!

At Geek Girl Con we found an awesome vendor selling video game related soap, Digital Soaps.

Sounds awesome right? You have no idea.

Chrystal Doucette, is the founder of Digital Soaps and we talked for a while. She is charismatic, friendly and really open to questions about her cool products. We were impressed because on first glance, her soaps looked like the real game cartridges. There were soaps of all sizes and game systems. We purchased a Chrono Trigger cartridge that is Mt. Dew Scented in fact. Yesterday I handed it to my Mother and said I bought a new game. She tried to feign interest reading the tag. Then Kane and I laughed because she commented that something smelled really nice. Even she was amazed by how much they look like the real cartridge.

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I also bought a deliciously smelling Pokeball. The scent is Strawberry Rhubarb pie. The ball looks like a Pokeball. According to Chrystal, there is a surprise Pokemon in each one. I can’t wait to find out what I bought. I will have to post an update after I’ve rubbed it all over enough to expose my POKEMON! I CHOOSE YOU… to wash the filth from my body and make me smell nice.

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As a bonus she gave us a Mario star. It’s citrus scented.

Digital Soaps had other products I wanted but I thought I should start with two first. I am a little bit of a girly girl  at times and I have a back log of handmade soaps. There was one that looked like a PlayStation controller.  I really want the buy that next. She had a variety of scents that included Dr. Pepper and A&W Root-beer. She suggested getting the shampoo when she found out I have a pile of soaps. Her product line is very diversified. She makes body washes, soaps, lotion, hand sanitizer, shampoo and conditioners. One of the really unique items she makes is CAFFEINATED SHAMPOO. Yeah, you read that right. If you need to rise and shine, rinse and repeat.

Another really cool item are the Tetris soaps. I just like the idea of being able to display them before I use them.

If you really like bacon, but don’t want to rub yourself all over with it, try her soap. She makes a vegan bacon soap. They come in either dark chocolate or bacon scent.

These are great gift items. I smell holiday shopping ideas!

Check out her Etsy shop or her website.

http://www.cleangeeks.com/digitalsoaps/

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Digitalsoaps?ref=pr_shop_more