Dracil’s BlogJournal

July 26, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — dracil @ 3:18 am

A waste of $4.5 and 4.5 on free tickets to VAMPS that I won at Fanime.

First my review of the venue (The Regency Ballroom):

$1.50 for the two bottles of water they confiscated at the door.
$3.00 for making me coat check my bag because I had a “professional camera” (DSLR) and only “digital cameras” are allowed.

If you’re gonna coat check my damn bag then don’t grab and throw my water away without warning.  Also, when you do that to people, I’m not gonna pay $5 for your water inside.

Also, be consistent on the photography rules.
1) The MC actually said no *flash* photography allowed for the band, despite what your sign and security guy said.  Get it straight which it’s supposed to be.
2) If flash photography is not allowed, then it makes even less sense to force people with DSLRs to coat check those given those are the type of camera that can have the big ass lenses that don’t require flash in the first place.

Fire your idiot security.  Or management.

Next, my thoughts on the band/event itself.

1) A couple hundred people jumping on the floor = earthquake
2) What is up with those weird hand gestures.  Some people looked like they were having an epilepsy with the way they were shaking their hand. :P  Seems like most people were doing the satan sign  (index and pinkie) and the love sign (index pinkie thumb) with their hands, though looking at his videos on Youtube, I think this is a US thing as these weren’t nearly as common in those vids.  Hyde himself only did peace/victory (index and middle), which is more commonly mimicked in the videos.
3) Only two or three people with glowsticks.  Only one of them with a cyalume.
4) Again, girls seemed to get more in the mood.  Suspect boy band phenomenon a la Alice Summerthing.
5) Hyde talking in the middle was cool, through his Engrish.  :P  The best part was him noticing that SF has a Hyde street.
6) Hyde drinking and then spitting the water on the crowd, then tossing the water out of the water bottle at the crowd.
7) Lots of instrument switching.  KAZ would show off each new one.
8) One song I think had the bass player acting like a puppet.
9) They also did some covers.  Trouble – Shampoo and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – Beatles.
10) Needed to use my headphones as earplugs.  They were selling earplugs for $1 at the coat check.
11) I felt a little like the guy in this K-On clip.

The gist of the video is: She’s rejected by the guy she likes because he likes wild girls.  So she changes for him.  But in the end, he tells her she’s gone too far and she’s rejected again. :P

July 22, 2009

Recent Saturdays

Filed under: Uncategorized — dracil @ 1:38 pm

7/11 – Bayanime karaoke meetup.  Bunch of people from BAUU showed up as well.  They picked Fillmore Karaoke which is a meh place AFAIC.  Very few Japanese songs, which is weird given this is an anime group.  A bunch of us ate at On the Bridge again.  The waitress this time wasn’t as good.

7/18 – Jenny and Nick’s birthday.  After much panic trying to get food from the restaurant and catching the Muni on time (came pretty much at the same time), ended up being delayed for over an hour because there was a train wreck at West Portal station.  Incredibly aggravating.  Lots of strangers.  Not many BST people left.  Learned, played, and won Race for the Galaxy.  Would not teach that to new players.  I find I don’t have much patience nowadays.  Parlour games were basically hide and seek and tag.

July 7, 2009

Recent events

Filed under: Uncategorized — dracil @ 11:46 pm

Two weekends ago, I was supposed to go help volunteer at the API Equality booth on Saturday.  They never showed up.  I walked around but didn’t really feel like taking pics.  Sunday, decided I didn’t really want to be in the crowd so didn’t go to the parade.  I notice several days later they’d left a message saying they didn’t have a booth so it had been canceled, but that we could join them for the parade if we wanted to.  Don’t think I would’ve really wanted to. :P

Last weekend, met up with Jenny and her friends in Moraga to watch fireworks.  I think for once, I may actually have fireworks pictures not obscured by cloud/fog.  Though the wind still creates some odd effects.

Today, met up with #fanime people.  Meeting people from online is a bit odd but people were friendly and we had fun.  Without my guidance, they ended up taking the very scenic route through SF. :P  We met up at Pacific Catch for dinner.

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