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Sunday, 18 April 2004


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1701 - Slashdotted

The story about my costume has made the Slashdot front page. There are, at this writing, 201 comments posted, of which all but about 10 are of the form "augh! Why did I go look? Warning! Fat man in spandex!". I expected nothing less from that crowd, so I'm not worried. (I won't be worried, either, if it somehow gets to Fark or SomethingAwful.)

I posted the page, and the pictures, and the story, because I wanted to offer ideas and assistance to those contemplating a similar thing. The juvenile types who can do nothing but criticize and denigrate are not my audience, and I don't really give a fuzzy rat's ass what they think. I also refuse to allow them to get me down, as I'm quite comfortable with who and what I am, in all its ramifications.

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From:bronxelf_ag001
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*reads*


*sigh*
From:radarlove
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You don't know me, but it's made it to Fark as well, Cap'n. Just thought I'd give you the heads up (I did laugh at the PS of you as Tron in that thread, though). Good job on the costume by the way- lotta hard work went into that!
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From:jmaynard
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Farked

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Yes, a friend pointed it out to me not long after you posted. I went and looked, and the result was that I'm not likely to read Fark comments anytime soon: the place appears to be populated with the same kind of immature kiddie mentality that fills Slashdot, without the counterbalancing helpful, mature population capable of interesting insight.

I liked the PS. I wouldn't argue if, somehow, I woke up in that body. Until then, this is the body I have, and I'll just make the best of it.

Yes, a lot of hard work did indeed go into the costume. I've gotten several helpful suggestions via email, and will be updating the page Tuesday (most likely) to reflect them, replies to the more thoughtful comments, and a version of this comment for those who have been taking potshots.
From:radarlove
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Re: Farked

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Cool cool, I'll be sure to check back on Tuesday then.
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From:karma5_0
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Good job on the costume. Props.
From:cyclometh
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Heh. I found the page via Fark myself, then followed the link to your blog. Here was my comment in the Fark thread:

"Props to this dude for hard work, a fun idea and enjoying himself doing something that doesn't involve denigrating other people.

We now return you to the tryouts for the Dung-Flinging Olympics. Currently, FARKers hold the lead by a large margin, and are guaranteed a spot on the first-string team. A number of /.ers are sure to be alternates."

Good job on the costume! And congrats on having the right attitude. ;)
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From:bronxelf_ag001
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I caught that comment. Well said.

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From:be4u
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Hi Jay :)

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I read about your costume through Bronxelf's LJ, and I just want to say I think you did a wonderful job on the costume. I loved reading the instructions on how you did it...you put an amazing amount of time and effort into your project, and into writing about it after the fact. I thought you looked great :)

To hell with any of the asswipes who have nothing better to do with their lives than pick other people apart for silly little reasons. As a general rule, that says more about *them* and their own insecurities than it does about you.

You sound like a very fun, nice and witty guy. Anyone who'd take anonymous potshots at you should be beaten about the head and shoulders with their own keyboard.

*hugs*

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From:storm_lord
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The costume was cool, and you were at a con. You should not permit the comments of mundanes to affect you at all. You appeared to be having a good time at the convention - that was the important thing.

Due to the nature of Penguicon, there are going to be some clashes of culture - the computer geeks are not all fen. Don't sweat their comments - if you had a good time that's all that really matters.

I did have one complaint about the costume: it was a bit difficult to photograph well in the bright-lit hallways.
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From:jmaynard
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Photography of that costume is indeed somewhat difficult, especially if the wire is to be captured properly. A flash will wash it out completely, yet is needed to avoid camera shake in indoor lighting for most digital cameras (and low-end film ones, too). Ambient light doesn't help matters.

The portrait (the last picture on the page) was taken in a dark corner of the green room, aith a very long exposure time (about 1/4 second). Needless to say, the camera was on a tripod.

As for not letting the mundanes get me down, I've pretty much gotten over the naysayers by now. It wasn't the comments themselves so much as the sheer volume that was the big problem. 550 negative comments take a lot of ignoring.
From:parttimehanyou
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Just wanna say that you did a good job on your costume. Just one suggestion though. If you're going to wear form-fitting spandex or lycra or any other material, you might want to think about investing in a dance belt if you havent already. It, well, masks that area so it isnt so prominent.

I'm not here to make fun, and you dont know me, but as someone who's done a similar skin-tight costume for a different con, it's definitely a good idea to do.

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From:e_m_k
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Yeah, you made the Awful Link of the Day at Something Awful.

Congrats.
From:spiritplumber
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Wow!

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Great job on the costume!!!!!!! I especially like the parts that actually light up, that should
have been there more extensively in the movie.


(tiny suggestion if I may, next year wear a cup)
From:endy_n_omni
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Fark and SomethingAwful.

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^_^ I wish I could put that much time into something I was interested in.

Yeah, the People down at Fark aren't the most. . how to put it kindly. . .intelligent people on the web. Very few people are though it seems.

That's a really great outfit, made me wanna go rent Tron and see it for myself. Keep up the good work!
From:frookah
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Rock on, baby.

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"The juvenile types who can do nothing but criticize and denigrate are not my audience, and I don't really give a fuzzy rat's ass what they think. I also refuse to allow them to get me down, as I'm quite comfortable with who and what I am, in all its ramifications."

That's absolutely fantastic! In the immortal words of Bender of Futurama, tell them all to bite your shiney metal ass!

Everytime I open my mouth on Fark I get flamed. I have given up entirely. I was once told to sit down and shut up because 'this is America!' Hrrm, the internet is America? That explains sooo much!

I've added you to my friends list because I'm interested in hearing your opinons as this goes on. If you'd rather I mind my own business, just tell me. :)

Can't wait to see what you come up with for the next costume!
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From:jmaynard
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Re: Rock on, baby.

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Why should I object? The more folks I can convince that I know what I'm talking about, the better off the world is. :-)

Seriously, though, I think the LJ friends list feature is misnamed: it's a list of journals one wants to read regularly, not a list of one's friends per se. (Although, for most folks, the two will overlap heavily if not completely.) I have no objections to anyone adding me to their friends list.
From:frookah
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Re: Rock on, baby.

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Oddly, of all the people who read my journal regularly, and comment, and overall interact, I've met all but one, and I'm meeting her Wednesday! The rest I've known almost ten years. I use my journal to keep up to date with my husband, who travels about 80% because of work, and all my friends back in the US. LiveJournal is a strange thing, really. I'm very private about my actual id, but I'll post any gawdawful, personal thing that comes to mind!

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