Otakon!

Aug. 19th, 2017 12:33 am
allekha: (Young Victor waving)
Haven't been around the Internet much lately, between work, traveling, Otakon, and now more work and more traveling - my parents and I are headed to see the eclipse on Monday, so this post is brought to you from the beautiful mountainous state of Virgina. So far it's been nice - we saw a pretty little farm museum - with the one exception of the lady at the diner we stopped at for lunch trying to tell my dad that he could have the non-vegetarian soup because 'the chunks of ham are so little you hardly even notice them' (she was otherwise nice, but what??).

Anyway. Otakon! Z and I had a great time there this year.
Cut for lots of words in this con report )
allekha: (Ailen <3)
I took a break from social media and some other sites I visit, so I haven't been on DW for... at least a week. I was kind of hoping that it would help me be more productive, but it hasn't, really. Oh, well. Hope things are going okay for everyone.

My garden's doing just fine - we've actually been getting enough rain here that I've mostly been ignoring it. I did manage to kill off one of my mints right before I potted it (need to get a new one, sigh) and one of the eggplants died for reasons unknown. And one of the basil plants has gone missing; I suspect it became a lawnmower victim. The rest are being more than productive enough to make up for it, though. I need to tie everything to the stakes I put in, will probably do that tomorrow after buying a replacement mint, and do some weeding. The petunia I rescued a few months ago has started blooming again - I didn't realize it would - so it's nice to have the flowers on the table to look at when I eat dinner.

Work is coming along okay - I ironed out some administrative issues, and have finished some programming tasks that I've been meaning to do. And got all my tests to pass again, woo. Need to talk to my advisor when I can catch him; I think I'm ready to start writing that lit review, and I'm more prepared to do that right now than the other thing I need to work on.

I've also been working on the Japanese paper, though not as fast as I should have been. Talk about that and other Japanese study stuff under here )

There's also been good progress on my young!Victor cosplay. I'm making a paper pattern of the fifty million feathers (on the front), after frame-by-framing the footage of him to figure out wtf was going on with his costume. I'm almost done, so soon I'll be able to make all of them, pin and check that it looks good again, and then add fifty million yards of sparkly bias tape. I wish this stuff was available in the US, it looks really nice; alas, I had to buy it from a UK seller on eBay. (Dear Internet, thank you for making that possible.)

And when not programming, reading papers, pattern-making, trying to balance my wips, or procrastinating by looking at Yuri on Ice fanart on Pixiv, I had time to watch Wonder Woman. I actually wasn't that interested in going to see it, but I was invited along, and I ended up liking it overall. Spoilers under here )
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Merry Christmas to all of those who celebrate it! (And if you don't, I hope you enjoy any other winter holidays you may celebrate.)

My family had a good, quiet time - it was just the three of us, and we put on the Nutcracker music while we opened presents. Some were practical (my mom got a new pot; my parents got me a chargeable handwarmer) and others not so much. There was a lot of chocolate. So, so much chocolate. On top of the Christmas cake, too (a new tradition ever since my mom and I had one when we spent Christmas in Japan). My dad received three books - The Undoing Project from me and Euclid's Elements and the new translation of Principia Mathematica from my mom, so a bit of light winter reading. I got the Avatar: the Last Airbender coloring book and a set of colored pencils to try out on it :D Plus another Japanese vegetarian cookbook.

My mom had told me to get a clock for them since the one in the kitchen had stopped working, and apparently she told my dad the same thing, so now we have a practical clock in the kitchen, and a decorative one sitting in his office waiting for us to find it the right spot. It has golden ratio spirals in the background and complex equations for each number, so it's a biiiit harder to read than the normal clock. Though it's much more interesting to look at.

Dinner was nice, eggs on toast and fruit salad and of course the Christmas cake, paired with raspberry-honey mead I brought with me. I started buying mead on a lark because I wanted to know how it tasted, but it turns out I like it and my mom just declared that she likes it more than wine, haha. And we Googled and found out that there's a local meadery twenty minutes away! They're only open three days a week; I wonder if they sell anywhere else in the state.

Z went and got me the whole (!?!) hardcover set of Avatar comics that are out so far, so, wow. <3 He also wrote a very nice note on the back of a Pathfinder character sheet for Yuuri <3 <3 Must find a way to integrate that into a game.

Speaking of Z, he made it safely back home. While he was here, we had a good time going around the area and eating local ice cream. I gave him a full tour of the campus here (much bigger than the one where we're studying) and we had a nice walk at my second-favorite park. And yesterday especially we worked on our Yuri on Ice cosplays - sanding and painting our experimental silver crystals for his costume and continuing adventures in dyeing fabric. We wanted the fabric under the mesh on Yuuri's costume to fit his skintone as well as possible and it was way too light; after putting a little dye in at a time, on our third try we dumped the entire rest of the bottle in and gave it an extra fifteen minutes, which did the trick. And now I have a dye pot! I've wanted to try dyeing fabric for forever.

I uncurled the wig I got for young!Victor yesterday (couldn't find a bangless straight one in the right color), which, for future reference, took just under two and a half hours and lead to sore hand muscles. It somehow feels even softer now - I love the wigs from this company - and as someone who had never so much as touched a hair straightener before (I have long hair, so I need to avoid damaging it), it amazes me that people actually use them on their hair. I was dampening down each section before straightening it and the straightener - on its lowest setting - was hot enough to turn the water into vapor. Yikes. No wonder it damages hair. Today I also used the straightener to undo the part and pull all of the hair back. It's now ready to style, which I'll do whenever the fake roses I ordered get here and I've made them into the crown.

The weather was nice today - relatively warm and sunny - though I slept through my chance to go for a run. Oh, well. I'll do some exercises tonight instead, and then try to get writing done now that I have the time.
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A couple of weeks ago I ordered some kimono stuff off of ebay for a very cheap price, and it just arrived today. Two haori and a furisode. They're all so beautiful~~ And they all feel really nice, especially the furisode. I'm really happy with the purchase.

I'm taking Japanese again this semester, and astronomy with lab. I already know a lot about astronomy, so between that and the fact that the headteacher seems pretty new at what she is doing which leaves a lot of dead spots in her lectures, it's not a very exciting class. We only have a few night labs, which seems a little weird for an astronomy class, but we haven't had one yet. I do hope that we get them done soon, it's starting to get cold out, especially at night.

I've also decided that I want to try cosplay. The costume I chose is pretty simple, but since it's based on a national costume that has a lot of embroidery, I decided to add some of that to it, and that's going to take a while to do. Ah well, as long as I work on it everyday, it has to get done eventually, right?

My mom and I are also planning a study involving fandom and its social networks. If we can end up going through with it, I think it will be very interesting. Hope that we get the grant...

Tomorrow I'm going to take the SAT again. So far in the practice tests I've been doing pretty well, so I'm not terribly nervous. As long as I get enough sleep, eat a good breakfast, and have a lot of tea in the morning, I think that it should go fairly well. I nearly always have time left at the end of the sections, so I'll be able to check over my answers thoroughly. I just hope that I get a decent writing prompt this time. The one I got last time was kind of... well, it was pretty boring. One of the practice tests had a really excellent one...

Anyway, I need to go to sleep, so good night~

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