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The observant reader of this journal may have noticed that I didn’t mention exactly what outfits I wore as my hall costume or Costume Call garb. There’s a reason, and I think pictures are worth quite a few words, to begin with. So, my Technicon 26 hall costume and evening costumes:

Quasi-Victorian 'steampunk' dress . Anime superheroine Sailor Mars

It’s my take on the current ‘steampunk’ craze, in lace and black vinyl; and the anime character “Sailor Mars” in PVC fabric as well. I’ve actually had the second outfit for a while, but only found the nerve to wear it at the Technicon final blowout.

So I trust you to see these, as the folks at Technicon did, and understand that this is just a geek having some fun. These pictures are of a nerd who kept himself repressed and emotionally shut down for decades, and is making up for it now by going a little harmlessly wild, and collecting smiles and a few seriously startled looks in the process.

Unfortunately, I can’t trust everyone out there to understand these things. Call me a freak with a grin on your face, and I’ll laugh along with you, but say so with fear or anger in your eyes, and we’re going to have a problem. This is my LJ, and I like it that way. If anyone’s going to put that much effort into finding pictures of me in a dress, let ’em.

I had loads of fun over the weekend. My friends in fandom are some of the most awesome people I ever met: for all of Saturday and well into Sunday I was met with pleased laughter, friendly teasing, not a few admiring remarks, and jokes about who really ought to be bidding on the silk stockings in the White Elephant auction. I live for all of that, and the fen at Technicon were remarkably obliging.

As the years pass, I know more and more friends who are afraid society will punish them for being the perfectly decent, if offbeat, people they feel they are inside. My lifestyle panels and my costume choices comprise my own little rebellion against this prejudice. I love the folks in fandom who offer me the chance to misbehave.

Thanks again, guys. I hope to be amusing and mildly disturbing you at many events to come!

The latest Guardians

Having already closed a couple of tickets this morning, I bounced over to my RSS feed reader, which notified me of the day’s posts on

Clicking through the links, I brought up this particular group of variant Sailor Senshi. I thought, “Okay, cute, bet I’m missing someone’s fanfic story here…” and then I suddently realized exactly what the theme in question was meant to be.

All I can say is, there’s a weekday afternoon cartoon that I’d put on the DVR recording list.

Christmas / Time

Since my ‘Net connection is still wonky, I may be reduced to watching this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special on SciFi. The horror.

On the other hand, I received a nice Who fandom Xmas present in the from of this Livejournal artwork post by _tonylee_. The image linked at the bottom cheered me greatly; the likenesses are a bit off, but it’s still my desktop wallpaper for a while. (One of them. The other wallpaper is the Apollo 8 “Earthrise” shot right now.)

As Starr works tonight and tomorrow, we finished the majority of our own gift-giving last night. Among other things, I received two hardcovers: an H.P. Lovecraft collection, and a Hitchhiker’s omnibus of all five novels and the short story. In each case, these will supersede paperbacks already on my shelf, thus retaining the integrity of the Stuff Reduction Plan. Starr, on the other hand, got a gift card for plenty of crochet yarn, and a brand-new toolbelt to aid in her remodeling projects (she’s already done a den and a bathroom). She wore the toolbelt around all evening to ‘break it in’, so I think it was appreciated.

I am messing with my co-workers today, playing Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra with album breaks provided by cuts from the “Sailor Moon SuperS Christmas For You” album.

Guilty Pleasures

I was tagged by twistdfateangel, so here it is. My “tags” aren’t mandatory. Heck, some of the five of you may have done this already and I forgot.

What is yours?
Explain yourself
Culinary: The crispy M&Ms in the blue bag They are like crack to me. I cannot stop eating them. Luckily, they’re hard to find around here these days.
Literary: (null set) I can’t think of anything I read and liked that I wouldn’t gladly tell the world about.
Audiovisual: The live-action Sailor Moon series Erm… the actresses playing the senshi are quite cute… especially Mars. Yes, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Musical: Dance. Techno. J-Pop. Heck, we’ll combine ’em: DDR soundtracks. I thnk Rain may threaten my life if she has to listen to “Butterfly” again… but the funny thing is, this stuff helps me focus on the task at hand.
Celebrity: Mikey on “American Chopper” He has almost no useful skills, and doesn’t appear to be incredibly bright, yet he somehow has an 18 Charisma. I love watching him screw around.

Now I tag:-
shrewlet trenn dracono eeedge and lekythen

to complete this same Quiz, Its HERE.

Luna and Battle-Cat are dating

Quote of the day, from “We watch He-Man, Sailor Moon, and other magical girl shows for the stock footage and the monster smiting.”

Now I will have Shojo Universe Master He-Man running around in my head all day. “Greyskull Power Sword Transform!!”

Things I am thankful for today: The alarm clock did not wake me from the midst of a dream, so my head actually made it into second gear by the time I had to drive a car. My body kept trying to slip back into reverse, though. Also, it is sunny today and going to be 70 degrees. I need that right now.

Quick review of the Duran Duran concert from the 8th, before I let it slip any further: That was one excellent evening, and I can’t thank stephaniesmom enough for giving me her extra ticket. It was absolutely worth leaving Fairfax at midnight to drive home. They performed every 80’s song I liked, not just the hits, and some of it was interestingly remixed a bit for live performance. We even had pretty good seats! The only downside was that my ears were quickly overloaded by the concert speakers, as usual, so it was a lot easier for me to follow the lyrics of the familiar 80’s material than the newer stuff. And boy, was I tired by the time I got home!