A day at Anime Expo…

Still catching up on entries… Sometimes I hate being behind…

On Saturday, 7/6, I’ve had the opportunity to once again attend Anime Expo, even though it was just for one day. I seem to have developed a pattern where I go to AX every two years since I first attended back in 2009. Anyway, let’s get this started…

My day actually started on 7/5 and I wasn’t able to sleep that night. So I spent some time getting my camera and laptop ready. Before I knew it, it was 4 AM on 7/6 and my brother and I were out the door. On the way up to LA, there was a really bad crash on the 5 near Camino Las Ramblas. A semi truck had crossed over (and destroyed) the center divider and the front of the truck was completely wrecked. It was still early in the morning at this point and the traffic wasn’t too bad as that only caused a 10-15 minute delay. Other than that, there were no problems getting to downtown LA and the LACC.

It was about 6:30 when we arrived and parked the car. There was still a lot of time before the registration area opened, so I tried using my PSP and DSi to see if there was a wi-fi connection I could use. At first, I thought I had to pay $13 to access the connection, but then I found another access point that was free. Sadly, there wasn’t a place for me to use my laptop as there were no outlets available, so it became useless…

A look at the LACC lobby...early in the morning...

A look at the LACC lobby…early in the morning…

The Culture Japan booth...

The Culture Japan booth…

My brother and I decided to head out to the pre-registration line. Fortunately, we went at a good time as the line was starting to get really long. After about 20-25 minutes of waiting, the line starts moving and passes are in hand. I still had quite a bit of time before the exhibit hall opened, so I headed out to a Starbucks not too far away.

The Nokia Theater...where MIKUNOPOLIS was held in 2011...

The Nokia Theater…where MIKUNOPOLIS was held in 2011…

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The doors going into the Nokia Theater... Metal detectors are on the other side of those doors... Memories...

The doors going into the Nokia Theater… Metal detectors are on the other side of those doors… Memories…

A little bird comes to visit as I drink my hazelnut frappuccino...

A little bird comes to visit as I drink my hazelnut frappuccino…

I proceeded back to the South Hall area of LACC, where a huge crowd was waiting for the exhibit hall to open. It wasn’t too long before everyone rushed in…

Rushing the doors to the exhibit hall...

Rushing the doors to the exhibit hall…

As always, with any convention there’s plenty to see and purchase…

Had lunch at Hooters, which was conveniently across the street from LACC…

Hooters...

Hooters…

Overall, it was a good day. Would’ve been nice if I could attend for more than one day though.

Up next, the cosplayers found at AX. Stay tuned as I continue to catch up…

The NES turns 30

I saw an article on Ars Technica today about the NES.

Other than reminding me of how old I really am, it also reminded me of all the good games I played back in those days. Games like Mega Man 2, Double dragon, Dragon warrior 3, Super Mario Bros. (1, 2, and 3) were just some of those games I remember playing.

Although games have come a long way since the days of 8-bit, its sometimes nice to go back and play all the old stuff again. I’m actually thinking of buying some old Nintendo games and some controllers to replace the one I broke many years ago… hopefully our old NES still works…

San Diego County Fair: Part Two

Catching up on entries… Yay…

On Sunday, 6/30, I had the opportunity to check out the fair for a second time this year (and paying only $3 for admission). Though I wanted to try out more food, I didn’t really have the money to spend for it. I’m not too disappointed about it since I had what I wanted the last time I went to the fair. I did try the deep fried cookie dough…and it was very good…

I went to the area where the flower and garden show was held. There were lots of bonsai plants and miniature rock gardens on display, all of which looked amazing…

Obviously, taking pictures of objects behind glass or plastic is not easy, as the reflection can be seen in some of the shots…

Something new was taking place at the fair this year, which was live weddings. There were actual weddings taking place and fair goers could come and watch as the couples make their vows…or even renew them…

A couple renewing their vows...

A couple renewing their vows…

I should’ve grabbed some h’orderves while I had the chance… LOL

Another highlight of the day was feeding butterflies…

Butterflies in their enclosed area...

Butterflies in their enclosed area…

Everyone was given a cotton swab to dip into nectar, which was place around the enclosure. Then, I had to carefully place the swab in front of the butterfly’s front legs. After many failed attempts, the butterfly finally climbed onto the swab and just hung out for a while…and even took in some of the nectar…

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One thing I learned from here is that butterflies can taste with their feet… I thought it was rather unusual, but then again so is nature…

Random X-rated butterfly moment...

Random X-rated butterfly moment…

I couldn’t leave the enclosure without making sure none of the butterflies were on me, so I had to release them before making my way out…

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Random plant inside the enclosure...

Random plant inside the enclosure…

My next destination was the Star Trek exhibit. Though I had to pay a separate fee to enter, photography of any kind wasn’t allowed. So, I have no pictures of the exhibit… Anyway, they had a full size replica of the bridge from the original Star Trek series…and it cost $15 to have a picture taken in the captain’s chair. There was also costumes on display from various TV series and movies. They even had devices on display, like tricorders, communicators and a laser scalpel… At the end of the exhibit, there was a table set up with various Star Trek merchandise. From T-shirts to tribbles, it was there…

Of course, it’s not a fair without a monster truck running around…

Monster truck ride running around the dirt...

Monster truck ride running around the dirt…

I was going to do a segment on the animals at the fair, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to take enough pictures of them. So, if I go to the fair again next year, I’ll make sure to focus more on those animals…

That’s all for now… Up next, my AX blog entry. Stay tuned…

Eye Spy: Panties

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If you’re from San Diego, I’m sure you’ve probably heard this weekend we will have extremely warm temperatures. Glad to feel summer’s slap early on! I’m done with the cold weather, and am ready for warmer weather, even if it means I’ll have a sweatlodge at my place. =)

So I stumbled on a 10News article regarding the hot weather, and couldn’t help but notice a weird sentence. Please tell me I’m not the only one that thinks it’s a little strange. Haha. The article alludes to the fact that because more people will be at the beach this weekend, there will be a higher rate of trash being left on the beach. Read below for the snippet (full article located here).

“George Lusk of Chula Vista knows the local beaches well. Many like Lusk said they’re concerned of the belongings and trash being left behind at beaches.

On Friday, Lusk scanned Pacific Beach with a metal detector. He scooped up a pair of women’s underwear and tucked them in his pouch.

‘[It’s] litter on the beach,’ said Lusk.”

Hahahahah. Really? So the author of the article watched this man with a metal detector pick up women’s fabric underwear … and then tuck it into his “pouch”. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking what’s the big deal. He could’ve put it in his trash bag of other items picked up at the beach, BUT wouldn’t the author use a different choice of words? Using the word “pouch” leaves much to the imagination … more specific, much to MY imagination. Haha. And why would George Lusk keep it? Why not throw it in the trash? Why even mention that George Lusk picked up women’s underwear? So many questions! Unless he considers it a treasure, much like the many other coins and pieces of jewelry he might find along the beach? (No offense Mr. George Lusk. 10News just made you sound creepy. I’m sure you’re a nice man.)

Speaking of treasures. I found this geeky treasure on the Geekologie site today (full article located here). It’s Zelda Map underwear you can apparently buy for $18.99 on Etsy.com. Seems just as newsworthy as finding underwear on the beach.

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Stay cool San Diego! Walk around with just your underwear on, you know you want to! Oh and if you happen to purchase this Zelda underwear and accidentally leave it on a San Diego beach, there is a likely chance that someone like George Lusk will find it and tuck it into his “pouch” … because he is obviously a geek like us! Duh! =P

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