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Being Social: the Weekend of 3.16.12

16 Mar
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!  There will be too much for one to do this weekend, if you enjoy imbibing with others clad in green.
From Tuscan happy hours to Shamrocks & Shenanigans and everything in between, there’s tone to go out and do. Other specials include Fado marks the occasion with Paddython, a day of rugby, Irish dancers, and live music beginning at 8 a.m., with a cover of $10; Rumors will sell beers for as cheap as $1.17; P.J. Clarke’s will have pints of Guinness and Harp for $4;and if you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with alcohol, designate a driver or call WRAP’s SoberRide at 1-800-200-TAXI.
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After moths of waiting, this weekend The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, will open at the American Art Museum.  It starts with lectures by famous developers (many are sold out, though they will be livestreamed!), a GameFest, and video game movies like King of Kong.  If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.
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Also, the 20th Annual Environmental Film Festival runs through Sunday, March 25, if you’re into earth-friendly, tug-your-heartstrings films. [theDistrict]

Geek Look Ahead:

March
April
  • Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
  • Geek Day 2012 will be April 11-12, and features a ton of geeky/tech exhibits at the Washington Convention Center.
  • T-mode, an anime and gaming convention, will be April 20-22.

May

June

  • Anime Mid-Atlantic is a bit further away, but it’s another big Anime Convention, if you’re in need of some geek time! June 15-17
  • Bronycon will be in NYC (actually the Meadowlands) June 30-July1. I’ll be there, cosplaying it up! Note me if you want to room share, cosplay with me, or just meet up!
July
  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

August

September

October

November

  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.

A walk in Mario’s shoes

30 Aug

Mario World by Alexey Mikhaylov

Looks pretty awesome, eh?  This art by Alexey Mikhaylov sums up the next few weeks for me.  A ton to do, with lots of adventures, but maybe not much time to blog.  I’ll keep trying, but if you don’t hear from me either don’t worry, or pester me to post more!

DistrictGeek’s post-Otakon Report 2011, Part II!

16 Aug

And now, part two of my Otakon 2011 venture! (Otakon 2011 Part I is here)

EAR! OMNOMNOM!

Saturday

Brookshire suites has a Shark Mascot and a free buffet breakfast which drew me in.  After our impromptu photo shoot, I wolfed down some grease and spent the day in my Gatomon (Digimon) costume.  Predictably, the first thing I did back at the con was to queue once more.  This time it was for a Baby, The Stars Shine Bright (BTSSB) and Alice and the Pirates fashion show, which featured Japanese Lolita fashion.  I met more local Lolis there, and they convinced me that Lolita is a branch of costuming that I would like to venture down.

I then made time in my schedule to visit the dealers hall by skipping the showing of Trigun: Badlands Rumble.  Afterwards, I joined in a fur-meet (to show off my catgirl outfit) and visited a Lolita clothing swap.  It was at that point that I realized I hadn’t eaten in eight hours.  I dashed off to my hotel for a bite and then it was back to queue for the US Premiere of Fullmetal Alchemist: the Sacred Star of Milos.  In contrast to Shamballa, this movie was exciting, fit well with FMA: Brotherhood, and cued a lot of insane cheering when certain well-loved characters appeared.  The action, though repetitive (and becoming a lot like Harry Potter) was exciting and gory.  I would highly recommend seeing it when Funimation releases it to US theatres.

(For those interested, a good SPOILER-full review of Otakon FMA Milos is here.)

The Masquerade literally fills the lower level of Baltimore’s sports arena as costumed otaku hold their talent show.  This event can be awesome, but also sometimes awful.  Hence, I allowed it to pass without me.  Instead I decided to hit the rave again.
At 10pm I queued for a Midnight Burlesque show.  It was a packed house; the combination of anime cosplay and a peep show was distinctive and worth the wait.
Sunday
The final morning of Otakon always has a bit of a slower pace, and the halls are lined with people wanting hugs.  There are still panels and a replay of the Anime Music Video contest, but I managed to miss everything either because the venue was full (damn thinking I didn’t need to queue Sunday!) and picking up my art from the show.  I sold 6 of 9 pieces, at a net loss of $10, but I found it an educational experience for my first entry.  I then got sucked into the art auction, where the most successful pieces in the art show were sold.  To the chagrin of many competing otaku, I kept my hand up for one piece.  Now, I have a Catbus Sleeping on telephone wires above my bed.

Mineeee<3333333

I made my way out at 1pm, with the auction still in full swing.  It’s always a bit of a downer to go, but as I looked back at all that I saw and did, all who I met and how much money I spent, and I was content.  I did all I wanted to and started some great friendships which I hope will continue.  One unique thing about conventions is that even if you only ever see your con buddies the following year, you still know that you’ll have some great people to hang out with next time.  In the meantime, the interwebz is always here.

Holiday Special: Easter Peepshi!

22 Apr
District Geek Peepshi close-up

Maybe not as tasty as Sushi, but more fun to make!

A new trend in Easter food experimentation is PeepshiPeeps Sushi.  The premise is simple: instead of fish on rice, use marshmallow Bunny and Chicky Peeps on Rice Krispies, and tie them together with dehydrated fruit strips instead of seaweed.

Last night a friend from CUA and I ventured into the world of Peepshi, and they turned out pretty awesome.  The only ‘issue’ is that they have SO MUCH SUGAR ❤  If you need instructions, there are some on Serious Eats, but we just winged it and they turned out just fine.

District Geek Peepshi

Tada!

On a related note, apparently this week is Peeps Week.  The only thing I have figured out that it entails is making everything you can out of Peeps, and then eating them all on Easter Sunday.

Locally, the Washington Post held a Peeps Competition, where creative minds vied for the title of “Best Peeps Diorama”.  A selection of the competing Peeps dioramas will be display at the Artisphere in Arlington from May 7-31.  As it’s only a few blocks from District Geek Central, I’ll try my best to make it out there and report on my findings.  If you can’t make it, allegedly the entire collection can be found on the Washington Post Peeps Page.

(M.C. Escher Peeps! Photo by James M. Thresher/The Washington Post)

Cook Bacon, Win Prizes!

19 Apr

Okay.  Bacon is win. But winning with bacon?! Epic!

Raw Tasty Applewood Smoked Bacon

Even uncooked, you can't deny the allure of bacon.

Instructables.com is hosting its annual Bacon Challenge, where you compete to make the most epic food/art out of bacon.  While creating your masterpiece, document the steps, then submit the complete how-to collection for a chance to win a custom-etched iPad (suck, I just bought one!) or an All-clad skillet.

I think I have to enter. I’m thinking either Bacon Transformer or Bacon Nintendo 8-bit controller.

Any Suggestions? 

If you enter, please let me know!

Being Social: The Weekend of 4.15.11

14 Apr

To Do This Weekend- Vote Before Sunday:

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host “The Art of Video Games” exhibit next year!  According to their website, the exhibit will explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects, the creative use of new technologies, and the most influential artists and designers. And in honour of gamers’ competitive spirits, you have until April 17th to vote for your favourite art in games by going to their website.  Allegedly, the winners of the vote will determine what is put on display in the Smithsonian.  So go vote already! NOTE: It looks like you can only vote for one on each page of three games, so choose wisely!

Not To Do This Weekend – Twilight Convention:

Yes, the twi-hards will be invading MY county, and will be having a complete Twi-geek fest at the Arlington Sheraton National Hotel.  If you’re a guy hoping to pick up chicks, put on a tight tee shirt, pale your face, and slick back your hair.  Glare at the girls and pretend that you hate them.  It should work.  For those looking for some fun, there will be the obligatory costume contest, dealer’s den, celebrity appearances and a Volturi Ball.  I’m almost intrigued enough to stop by, but it’s doubtful. Tickets start at $20.

April 7-17th

The Washington, DC International Film Festival comes back to town! Watch indie films from all over the world that you’ve probably never heard of.  But it could be fun… think of it like SciFi’s old short-run program, Exposure!

April 16th

Foursquare Day – Ok, some dork decided that 4/16 is four-square(d) day.  What a loser.  But there are two parties that you can rock out to, and check in to.  Jagerfest at Town Tavern, and Montgomery County Foursquare Day.

Also:

It’s Hammer Time!

That 80’s Prom Party (Warning: Sound).  Hang out with a ton of drunks in parachute pants or miniskirts with leg warmers.  It’s at Blackfinn DC (Farragut West Metro) from 8pm-close – and from 8-9 there’s FREE Coors Light (if you can stand it).  Plus, I’ll be there!  Tickets have increased in price, and are selling out fast!

April 17th

The Arlington Cinema & Draft House will be having a Lord of the Rings marathon on April 17th.  The site is historically significant to Arlington, and you can drink with a ton of other geeks while you watch all three movies.  Tickets are $10, so get yours now!

April 19th

[via Spreadshirt]

Winning!  Charlie Sheen will be at DAR Constition Hall on April 19.  Allegedly $1 of each ticket will go to Japan Tsunami relief, but I’d rather eat a shit-ton of pork belly for Japan instead.

Being Social: The Weekend of 4.8.11

7 Apr

I hope to post a weekly list of  DC’s weekend events every Thursday.  That way all the antisocial geeks can get out and do something, and all the social geeks know what to drag their friends to.  Thus, I bring you this week’s awesome District plans:

DO EET NAO!

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host “The Art of Video Games” exhibit next year!  According to their website, the exhibit will explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects, the creative use of new technologies, and the most influential artists and designers. And in honour of gamers’ competitive spirits, you have until April 17th to vote for your favourite art in games by going to their website.  Allegedly, the winners of the vote will determine what is put on display in the Smithsonian.  So go vote already! EDIT: It looks like you can only vote for one on each page of three games, so choose wisely!

..It’s gonna suck to have to wait until March 16, 2012 to see it! T___T

April 9

DC Nerd Nite.  This appears to be a nerdtastic series of nerd gatherings, striving to be monthly, but failing. It also appears to involve alcohol, speakers, and music.  I’m not going to this one, but they definitely have piqued my curiosity.

Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival Events (if the Government doesn’t shut down)

Sakura Matsuri – the Japanese Street Festival.  If you’re an anime dork/otaku, this festival is for you.  Get authentic Japanese sparklies here, as well as food and live music.  It’s $5 to get in, but it’s worth it.  I’ll be there!

National Cherry Blossom Parade.  Less geek and more for the geek family.

April 7-17th

The Washington, DC International Film Festival comes back to town! Watch indie films from all over the world that you’ve probably never heard of.  But it could be fun… think of it like SciFi’s old short-run program, Exposure!

Future Events:

April 16th

It’s Hammer Time!

That 80’s Prom Party (Warning: Sound).  Hang out with a ton of drunks in parachute pants or miniskirts with leg warmers.  It’s at Blackfinn DC (Farragut West Metro) from 8pm-close – and from 8-9 there’s FREE Coors Light (if you can stand it).  Tickets are $10, and I hope to be there! EDIT 4/11: I will be there!

April 17th

The Arlington Cinema & Draft House will be having a Lord of the Rings marathon on April 17th.  The site is historically significant to Arlington, and you can drink with a ton of other geeks while you watch all three movies.  Tickets are $10, so get yours now!

April 19th

[via Spreadshirt]

Winning!  Charlie Sheen will be at DAR Constition Hall on April 19.  Allegedly $1 of each ticket will go to Japan Tsunami relief, but I’d rather eat a shit-ton of pork belly for Japan instead.