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Trying something new

1 Nov

For those of you that don’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month.  Participants are challenged to write a 50k novel in one month.  I’ve done that for six years.   This year I’m mixing it up and writing a biography instead.  But not just any biography.  This will be a biography of the new fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, a.k.a. the Bronies.  The fanbase is growing at an exponential rate, and I’m sure I’ll soon be unable to keep up.  I thought it might be wise to record what I do know of it, to try and explain firstly why I and others like the show, and secondly why it is such a big deal.

I also want to do this to try out e-publishing.  My first draft will go up for crowd-editing, and then I’ll see just how dificult it is to get a book out on the digital side.  I do want to publish my fiction some day, and I’m hoping this gets me back in the groove.

We’ll see how this experiment goes.  If you’re interested, it is at bronymagic.wordpress.com.

I’m also in the final stages of editing my IPL3 (that Starcraft Tournament/Barcraft) report.  It WILL be out this week, and I’ll continue to do weekendly events, have you no fear!

Being Social: the Weekend of 10.21.11

21 Oct

This weekend Boo at the Zoo returns, showcasing costumes, decorations and tasty treats along with the usual creatures!  It’s at the National Zoo from 530-830pm, but if you don’t get $30 tickets, you’ll miss out! (via WaPo).  If you like costumes as much as me, you can also wear them any time this month to the Spy Museum, to get $5 off.  But of course, a certain bit of clothing must be worn to get the discount… or buy a DISGUISE KIT or ‘budget ninja costume’!

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Joining Oktoberfest (more places here), there will be a Beer Festival at Bar Dupont which offers $20 pitchers (though the selection is only from four beers) and German food.  Alternatively, if you care for a ‘sophisticated’ drink you can attend this weekend’s Wine Riot at DAR Constitution Hall. Tickets are $60 or less, and I have heard that it is a fun way to try over 250 wines with the younger crowd.
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Also, you have 2 days left to enjoy Bacon week at 3 Bar & Grill in Clarendon; and this is the final weekend for the RennFest.  Also this weekend are:
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October 21
6pm
The Belly Horror Show will be at the Birchmere.  This is described as a cabaret showcasing a “sinisterly sensual smorgasbord of modern belly dance, vaudeville and burlesque, inspired by things that go bump in the night.” Tickets start at $29.50. [WTOP]
 
7-11pm
Wine Riot is a wine tasting geared toward beginners, and it comes with its own iPhone app so you can remember which ones you liked. Better yet, the wines are paired with foods from places like Luke’s Lobster, Cabot cheese and Taza Chocolate. [WaPo]
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October 22
3-7pm
I can’t say I ‘endorse’ this, because there are no regulations on such things, but the DC Grey Market is back, and selling homemade tasty food products once more!  According to DCist, “growing in popularity, the allure of these foodie bazaars seems to be the fact that they operate under nebulous food licensing rules.” It will be ‘hidden’ in an apartment building located at 1365 Kennedy Street NW. The entrance fee is $2, but tickets can be purchased online to bypass predicted lines.
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I’ll hopefully be participating in Run for Your Lives, a 5k, 12-obstacle race that includes zombies that eat your brains (ok, your flag belt).  Survive, and be rewarded, make it to the end with no brains, and you turn into a zombie.  Fail to go through all the obstacles and… well you fail, and are totally nommed.  Spectator passes may still be for sale, but registration for the event closed long ago.
730pm
For the undead lovers out there, one of many zombie walk / lurch things will be held in Silver Spring. Dress up as the worst zombie, and scare innocent bystanders!  Afterward AFI Silver Theatre will have a special screening of “Dead Snow” at 945pm, followed by Shaun of the Dead! [Metromix]
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October 23
It’s Mole Day!  (Well, it’s the alternate to 6.10 since we didn’t have school in June).  Celebrate the creature and the measure of unit by doing something geeky, like baking.
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The Tough Mudder race will also be held, since I seem to be on the fitness kick this week.  It’s known as a brutal 9 mile course that goes up a ski slope  (1250 feet), greased hills, tunnels and deep water to name a few.  It claims to “test toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, and mental grit all in one place and all in one day.”  My co-workers have said they trained years for this thing.  It makes the Zombie run seem tame… but then again, they aren’t worried about losing their brains.
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11am-5pm
Arlington’s Artisphere will be host to the semiannual DC Record Fair. It’s $5 if you want to get in early, or $2 from noon until close.
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1-5pm, 7-11pm
Wine Riot continues!
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3-6pm
The 2nd annual Home Brew Harvest will be held at American Ice Co. and will showcase DC-only beers!  A $10 donation is requested, and there is a homebrew workshop 3-4, with tastings beginning at 4.  [PoP]

Being Social: the Weekend of 10.07.11

5 Oct

Happy Columbus Day!  It’s such a ninja holiday that everyone forgets about, but is a great excuse to take time off work.  I, personally, will be attending the IGN Pro Leagues video gaming tournament in Atlantic City this weekend!  StarCraft 2, Battlefield 3, Bloodline and League of Legends will be played, with many being shown to a live audience on the big screen! Commentators are being flown in for the games, and the entire tournament will be streamed online to your home and to various BarCrafts –  bars that will show the games to their patrons.  If you’re interested, the Sunday finals might be shown here in DC.  Keep an eye on the DC Barcraft Reddit.  Also, I plan to tweet my progress, so follow me @iSaunter.

If you’re in town for the long weekend, don’t forget that the RennFest is still going, and it’s Oktoberfest!  Also, for this weekend only, the Taste of DC and an Occupy D.C. protest will be taking place within a block of each other. Both are free to get in, but Taste’s food tickets start at $15. (via DCist)
 

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Friday & Saturdays in October
8pm
Care for a Ghost Story Tour of Washington?  I crashed one last year, and my friend swore that the Ghost of Lincoln followed her home.  It has some good tales – please ask questions of the tour guides. They may be old and ornery, but they’re full of awesome trivia.
 

They all have attained Super Geek status

Saturday
2-3pm
Dude.  Arlington Rocks.  At the Arlington central library, there will be a STAR WARS Cosplay Panel, hosting professional fully-costumed members of the local
Rebel Legion and 501st Legion.  For more information, call 703-228-5946. (via ArlNow)
 
630pm
Nerd Nite returns, this time at DC9.  These usually entail geeky lectures and discussion, though I have yet to attend one not for lack of wanting! If you go, let me know how it was!
 
Sunday
I got nothing. Go to Barcraft, man!

It’s a…

12 Sep

snack!  Meet the Ack Bar.  Total geekiness to the max. ❤

Destroy the Empire of hunger!

There is so much awesome at welovefine.com.  I literally had to make myself stop browsing the site… still have a little more work crazy to go!

If you find any wicked shirts, feel free to share in the comments below!

Embrace Your Geekness Day?

13 Jul

….is apparently today.

It’s totally un-geeky, in that it is a copyrighted holiday created by Wellcat Holidays to “celebrate life and its many quirky moments”.  Ugh.  Is a copyrighted holiday even legal to celebrate? And how does this differ from Geek Pride Day, which is, to my knowledge, not copyrighted?

Towel Day is geeky, May the 4th is geeky. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is completely nerdy.  Why today? Why copyright it? I’ll take a cult holiday over this one every time.

Or am I missing something?

#FAIL, Wellcat.  #FAIL.

16-Bit Awesome of the Day

22 Jun

Two awesome things combine to form something EVEN MORE AWESOME ❤

Day of Many Sci-Fi Holidays

25 May

Happy…

  1. Geek Pride Day!
  2. Star Wars anniversary day
  3. Towel Day
  4. Wear the Lilac Day (Terry Pratchett)… omg I read Disc World in High School and I feel so old

Pick one and start partying!