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Tuesday, 26 April 2005

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1713 - Penguicon 3.0

No detailed report here...just a quickie. Basically, I didn't do anything earth-shattering this time. I spent the weekend hanging out with friends and arguing with Cory Doctorow (and earned myself a Pain-in-the-Ass Poindexter ribbon from him, whee!).

As noted before, I spent all weekend in one costume or another. Friday was one of my Renaissance outfits (which Eric Raymond told me later would be very good to wear if I wanted to seduce women, whee). Saturday was the Xinchub costume, and Sunday was the TRON costume. Not a single person said anything the slightest bit negative to my face, as usual. I got a lot of positive comments.

I hadn't planned to enter the Masquerade. I did volunteer to help with it, but when I showed up at the muster, I got drafted to enter it instead. Since I was already wearing the only costume I'd have entered, it didn't take a lot of effort. I didn't shave my head or mustache, as I had for Linucon. I did, however, succeed in memorizing and delivering the speech I'd totally blown at Linucon, and the audience laughed at the appropriate moments. howardtayler did the "I'm not worthy" thing to me afterwards. Unfortunately, though, I didn't win anything. I was really disappointed, since I'd gotten the presentation right, and was the only one who had any kind of a presentation of note.

My panel on what the last year has been like had 3 people attend. sandratayler was nice enough both to come and to run my camcorder, so I've at least got the talk on tape. I was hoping more would come, but 2 PM Sunday was a really slack time.

I went to a panel on the differences between SF fandom and the open source community. I told my story about the rotten time I had at last year's CONvergence. After it ended, one of the panelists came up to me and suggested that I try a different con in the Cities, or maybe elsewhere, as she felt my experience was atypical and I might have a better time at another. I might try Minnicon for a day, though CONvergence and MarsCon are off my list for the next several years at least. (Yes, I know they're different. Yes, I know the groups running them are different. I've got reasons to avoid both.)

I got to spend a lot of time with good friends, and generally enjoyed myself. I'll be back next year.

current mood: [mood icon] tired
current music: Marshall Tucker Band - Ghost Riders in the Sky

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When I read this stuff, I get kind of excited and start wanting to make a costume.
I found the official spiderman costume on sale - it looks pretty good in that the webbing is in the right places (but flat, not raised like in the movie), but besides that, store-bought costumes just don't have the same heart in them.

What I need in a costume is to be comfortable wearing it for a whole week to teach children. I should also be able to put it on in minutes or wear it under clothing.
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Hm...You can find costumes on eBay, and many of the Spiderman ones have the raised webbing.

OTOH, I agree that a store-bought costume doesn't have the same appeal, at least not to me. That doesn't mean you can't buy major parts of it already made, as I did. As long as the creative design is your work, you'll get the same satisfaction out of it.

If you're wearing it long-term, you need to be able to get it on and off easily, or else have a way to partially undress so you can use the bathroom. That's one problem with the TRON costume: I have to take it almost completely off to do that. You'll also want separate gloves, so you can do things like eat without worrying about getting it dirty.

Unfortunately, the lady who did my custom spandex work is getting out of the business. I need to find another, myself.
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Hi Jay! I'm a Tron fan since I was little and I ran across your site after seeing you on Jimmy Kimmel and I thought Id post a reply for once! I was going to suggest Renaissance Dancewear but as I just visted the site for the fist time in a while it looks like they are selling their business. They did a custom dye job for tights socks for my renaissance costume patterned after the Swiss Guard of the Vatican. Can wait to see your pictures from Penguincon! Oh and may I add you as a friend too?

~ Mike
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Renaissance Dancewear is the company I've been using...but, as you note, they're selling out. Darnit. I'd like to find someone just as good, but fear that that will be a problem. I've been buying tights from them for several years.

Sure, you can add me as a friend; see my LJ user info for my thoughts on friends lists.

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