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11:57 pm - AND THEY HAVE A PLAN
Am I cooler than the Cylons?

Next Friday after work, I will BART down to the Oakland aiport and fly to L.A., where I will spend some quality time with dahliam, my dearest friend in the entire world named Dahlia.

Saturday morning, we will head down to San Diego. aprilbegins, do you have wheels? I haven't had a chance to ask if you can join us.

So I took a look at the Saturday schedule for Comic-Con and came to the conclusion that it was definitely in my best interest to join cadhla and her posse on Have a Seat Island. Basically, if you want to find me on Saturday, look for me in Room 20, inching closer and closer to the front. But, seriously, guys, I want to know what everyone's plans are so I can make sure to meet the people what need meeting! There are hugs to be delivered, dammit!

10:30-12:00 Lost: Season 3— You won't want to miss this panel with Jorge Garcia (Hugo “Hurley” Reyes) and Daniel Dae Kim (Jin-Soo Kwon) from the cast of ABC’s hit show Lost as they are joined by co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producers Bryan Burk and Carlton Cuse to discuss the new season of Lost. They'll preview excerpts from the Lost Season 2 DVD box set, take questions from the audience, and perhaps even offer some surprises! Room 20
Surprises? Like an OMGWTFPOLARBEAR?! One can only hope. This should be an interesting panel, and I like Jorge Garcia and Daniel Dae Kim (Gavin!).

I suppose we will eat lunch between 12:00 and 12:00 because there's no really time to eat at this thing, is there? Can you bring food into the rooms? Maybe we could just grab some fast food for lunch on the way and eat quietly.
12:00-1:00 The Simpsons Heading into their unprecedented 18th season this fall, and with their historic 400th episode airing next spring, The Simpsons continues to entertain and delight. Members of the team responsible for the longest-running comedy on television will be on hand to answer the questions everyone wants to know, including: how do you continue to keep it so good? Panelists include Matt Groening, creator and executive producer; James L. Brooks, executive producer; Matt Selman, executive producer; David Mirkin, executive producer; Al Jean, executive producer and head writer; Don Payne, co-executive producer; Bill Odenkirk, co-executive producer; Matt Warburton, supervising producer; Mike Scully, producer; and David Silverman, director. Moderated by Bill Morrison. Room 20
Okay, so I barely watch the show anymore, but it's the fucking Simpsons, dude.
1:00-2:00 Bradbury, Harryhausen and Ackerman Three legends. Three lifelong friends. Do not miss Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, and Forry Ackerman as they reminisce about life, science fiction, fantasy, movies, and more. Room 20
So I'm not even that huge a Ray Bradbury fan, as I've only read Fahrenheit 451 and that one short story about the kids who lock the girl in the closet and make her miss the one day of summer she'll ever have a chance to see ("All Summer in a Day," I think it's called). Ray Harryhausen is Ray Fucking Harryhausen, man. Clash of the Titans, baby. And I have no clue who this Forry Ackerman guy is. Who knows if this will actually be interminably boring? But the only other place I would rather be at this time is listening to Kevin Smith in Hall H, which Seanan has helpfully informed me not to bother trying to get into.
1:00-2:30 Kevin Smith— The moment is here. Kevin Smith’s Clerks 2 is in theaters now, and the man, the myth, the legend behind it is here at Comic-Con to talk about the making of the film and whatever else he damn well pleases. Hall H
But maybe he'll remember me and save me a seat! You never know!

But that is the magic of Room 20! Because I'm not a hardcore comics fanboy, I don't even know half the people at these panels, so there are only a small percentage of them I'm remotely interested in.
2:00-3:00 SCI FI: Stargate SG-1 and Stargate AtlantisDiving into its tenth season, Stargate SG-1 has made history by becoming the longest-running sci-fi drama in U.S. television history. The show follows General Hank Landry (Beau Bridges) and his team as they travel through the Stargate—an ancient portal allowing instantaneous travel to distant galaxies—to explore the uncharted regions of the universe and save the Earth from destruction. Panelists for SG-1 include Christopher Judge (Teal’c) and additional cast members, plus executive producers/writers Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and Nora O’Brien, VP original programming, SCI FI.

On Stargate Atlantis, currently in its third season, evidence of a secret base left by the originators of the Stargate is found in the most unlikely of places-on Earth. The implications of this discovery lead the team to the distant Pegasus galaxy, where they find the legendary city of Atlantis, and a primitive human civilization threatened by a sinister new enemy. Stargate Atlantis panelists include Joe Flanigan (Lt. Colonel John Sheppard), Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir), Rachel Luttrell (Teyla Emmagan), David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay), Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett), executive producers/writers Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and Tony Optican, VP development and current programming, SCI FI.Gary Jones (Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman, Stargate SG-1) moderates both panels. Room 20
I'm not remotely interested in this, but I have friends who are big fans, so I may attend in their stead, but this hour is probably the best chance to meet up during the day. I hear you're not allowed to enter or leave the room once the panel starts, though. Perhaps I can take some time to peruse the massively gargantuan dealer's room I've heard about.

But, what ho? 3:00 - 3:30 is TOTALLY FREE, YOU GUYS. I wonder what chaos will descend upon Room 20 in that time, though.
3:30-4:30 TV Guide Presents: 2006 and Beyond— Craig Tomashoff, TV Guide’s West Coast bureau chief, hosts this look at the current successful supernatural/ fantasy/sci-fi television series and how they are paving the way for television series of the future. Panelists include Brannon Braga (Star Trek: Voyager), Rene Echevarria (Medium), Jorge Garcia (Lost), David Goyer (Blade), Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer), Jeph Loeb (co-executive producer, Heroes), Bryan Fuller (consulting producer, Heroes), Frank Spotnitz (Night Stalker, Star Chamber), and Mark Stern (VP, original programming, SCI FI Channel). Room 20
This looks ridiculously sweet in its own way. Jennifer Love Hewitt will be there looking hot. And Bryan Fuller!! I wonder if I can meet him and tell him how much I love Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls and that I know cran and am therefore cool. And screw Medium; René Echevarria is one of the creators of The 4400.

AND SPEAKING OF THE 4400, YOU STUPID WHORES:
4:30-5:30 The 4400 Get a sneak peek at upcoming scenes from CBS Paramount Network Television's hit sci-fi series The 4400 for USA Network, followed by a panel discussion with series stars Joel Gretsch (Tom Baldwin), Jacqueline McKenzie (Diana Skouris), Patrick Flueger (Shawn Farrell), and Megalyn Echikunwoke (Isabelle Tyler) and executive producer Ira Steven Behr (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and producer Craig Sweeny (Medium). The third season of The 4400 sparks a new beginning for the 4400 people who, over a span of years, mysteriously disappeared—only to be returned to Earth all together in a ball of light. Though the returnees have not aged physically, many of them reappeared with dramatic abilities ranging from enhanced reflexes to precognition. NTAC (National Threat Assessment Command) is the government agency responsible for keeping track of the returnees and investigating all things related to the 4400. Craig Tomashoff, West Coast Bureau Chief at TV GUIDE, will moderate. Room 6CDEF
First, you put the frakking Battlestar Galactica panel on FRIDAY, and now this? Now that I have discovered Jacqueline McKenzie was in Deep Blue Sea, which makes me love the movie even more? It's too bad they don't have Mahersfsdjhgkshgjskdhgsjkdhgsjdv Ali there just for the hilarity as the moderator attempts to pronounce his name.

If you don't understand why I have to miss it, you're at the wrong journal.
4:30-5:30 Veronica Mars Series creator and executive producer Rob Thomas (Drive Me Crazy, Cupid) and cast members Kristen Bell (the upcoming movie Pulse, Showtime's Reefer Madness), Jason Dohring (Deep Impact), Francis Capra (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Ryan Hansen (Death by Engagement), Michael Muhney (upcoming Lovers, Liars & Lunatics), and Enrico Colantoni (Galaxy Quest) have brought to life some of the most memorable noir characters on network television today. Join Veronica and the rest of Neptune's residents for a Q&A session about the San Diego–filmed series moderated by tvguide.com's Daniel Manu. Room 20
This looks like it might be cool. I mean, they have guys from Deep Impact and C.S.I. AND OMG THE DUDE FROM MATCHBOX 20!!!11

Who knows how long we'll be dallying afterwards with the autograph session. I mean, all my friends are special and cool and totally deserve to talk to the VIPs for hours and hours.

Stop looking at me like that, Seanan.

I hope that by this time, dinner plans will have materialized. Or maybe we can eat the dealer's room. There's, like, no time to see that thing.
8:00-10:00 CCI:IFF Extra: Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of Firefly and Serenity Adam Baldwin hosts the telling of this vivid Browncoat story that features interviews with Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Serenity, the cast, crew, and most important, the fans themselves. Join filmmakers Brian Wiser and Jeremy Neish for a Q&A after the film! Room 6B
I knew dahliam was going to be interested in this. I didn't really do much at all to save Firefly, and I've heard time and time again that the fans didn't really do as much as they think they did, but it's still a fun story, and it's going to continue to be propagated forever and ever no matter what anyone says.

I still haven't figured out what to do after this. Now that I'm flying and not driving, I do have the option of hanging in San Diego, provided I:

A) have a place to sleep
B) have something to do the next day
C) have some way of getting to LAX Sunday night
D) don't run off to elope with Kristen Bell

Otherwise, I'll be heading back to L.A. with Dahlia, and I shall be free for L.A. hijinks on Sunday, which is also perfectly fine. It does figure, though, that there's a Fables panel on Sunday. THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THE PANEL FOR A COMIC I ACTUALLY READ ON THE DAY I'M NOT GOING, WHORES.

That is pretty much the plan as I know it. I would really like to fill it more with you people. You guys make it all worth it.
Current Mood: busyfrazzled
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From:offtheceiling
Date:July 13th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
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Uuuum, mutinousmuse and I will be at the Lost panel. Her because she LIKES the show and me because I'm a little in love with Jorge Garcia. We'll probably be at Kevin Smith, too, if we get there in time.
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From:truemyth
Date:July 13th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
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*sobs quietly*
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Hey! I thought you were going to be there!

I guess I was just dreaming.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 07:40 am (UTC)
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From what I hear, a paltry hour is NOTHING!

I will look for you guys in the morning!
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From:mutinousmuse
Date:July 13th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Her because she LIKES the show and me because I'm a little in love with Jorge Garcia.

Damn skippy! *ducks more rotten eggs* Heh. And don't forget the Sunday VM set tour. Wheeeeeeee!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
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How is this working? What are the times? Who is doing it? I don't know if I can do it or not.
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From:mutinousmuse
Date:July 14th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
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We don't have a specific time set up yet - that will get firmed up before that weekend - but I'd guess late morning/early afternoon. truemyth and I did a trial run when blond_bear came to town recently, and have a tentative itinerary. Basically, since we both live here, we're taking a caravan of cars around to locations... the Camelot, Dog Beach, Mars Investigations, the carwash, the Fitzpatricks' church, the cliff the bus fell drove off of, probably the restaurant on the VM set, etc. etc. It will probably take 3 hours, maybe 4. So far we know we have 7 or 8 people going, and we have a few open seats, but if there are more drivers, then certainly more people could go. :) It would fun if we had 4 or 5 cars caravaning around. The more the merrier!
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From:aprilbegins
Date:July 13th, 2006 07:05 am (UTC)
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I do not have wheels. If I can't carpool, I'll rent a car, but a ride is preferable. Happy to help pay for gas.
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From:briasoleil
Date:July 13th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
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I have little to comment about here, because I will not be at Comic-Con and I'm insanely jealous. However, I made my first post to audiography and it's chock full of Canadian content.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC)
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Awesome! I know a few of those songs already and love a couple. I may take some when I am not dead tired.

And freaking weird, dude. They played that Bedouin Soundclash song on Soundcheck Sunday. It wasn't very well received by the listeners, but I thought it was okay.
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From:noisedesign
Date:July 13th, 2006 08:22 am (UTC)
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MM and I are also going to be there on Saturday. I think we're driving down Friday night. We're seeing a Clerks II at The Arclight before we drive down and there's a question and answer session with Kevin Smith at the showing. Maybe we'll see him twice in two days.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Oh, cool! What are you guys doing Sunday?
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From:noisedesign
Date:July 13th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure yet. I need to talk to Joe and find out what time we want to head back to LA. I've got family in San Diego that we're going to stay with.
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From:tibicina
Date:July 13th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
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Hall H is, I think, the only one you're not allowed in and out of, usually.

You can bring food and drinks pretty much anywhere but the art show, but you have to check your bags when going through the art show.

Dealer's hall... one hour... heh. You could probably choose a couple of booths you really wanted to see and find them on the map. But the room it's in is currently about twice the size it was when it held the Republican National Convention.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Hall H is, I think, the only one you're not allowed in and out of, usually.
Okay, thanks. That's good to know.

You can bring food and drinks pretty much anywhere but the art show, but you have to check your bags when going through the art show.
Awesome. I don't even know what the art show is, so I don't have to worry.

Dealer's hall... one hour... heh. You could probably choose a couple of booths you really wanted to see and find them on the map. But the room it's in is currently about twice the size it was when it held the Republican National Convention.
Is it bigger than Belgium? Because that's what I'm getting. Also, where can I find a map? I don't even know what I'd be interested in, besides stopping by the Middleman booth to say hi to Javi if he's there.
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From:tibicina
Date:July 13th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Art show is.. umm.. art show. People bring art (and jewelry and dolls and other crafts). And display it. And most of it is usually for sale in a silent auction. And it ranges from the really cool and large and expensive to the really tacky to the cool and small and pretty cheap.

And... no, but it may be larger than Vatican City. Or possibly Rhode Island, I'm not sure.
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From:tibicina
Date:July 13th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Oh and the map is the center of the program book, usually. They may or may not have it on line. I've seen several people who will be vendors posting blow ups of the section of the map which they're in to help people locate them.
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From:cass404
Date:July 13th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
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Enjoy! Tell my old city that I said hi when you are there?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Okay!
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From:cran
Date:July 13th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
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And Bryan Fuller!! I wonder if I can meet him and tell him how much I love Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls and that I know cran and am therefore cool.

Haha, try it! He'll probably give you a hug. He's also doing another panel on Sci-Fi Pulse, but that's on Sunday afternoon.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
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He is? Dude!

Oh, he's directing Ant-Man? I had no idea! That sounds like a cool panel too. But I kind of have to do the TV Guide one since it's right before the VM one, and leaving at that point would practically negate the point of playing Have a Seat Island.

I do not think he would fit in my bag, anyway.
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From:incidentist
Date:July 13th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
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There's gonna be an Ant-Man movie? That's odd.
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From:bspalek
Date:July 13th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
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*pouts*
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From:schnappycat
Date:July 13th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
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Sounds fun. Do me a favor and lust over Patrick Flueger for me? And report back how hot he looked? That would be awesome.

Have a great time!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
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But I won't be able to! I can't go to the 4400 panel!

If I see him around, though, I will do some lusting by proxy. If Jacqueline McKenzie is nearby, it will come naturally.
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From:tamarai
Date:July 13th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that sounds like an amazing excursion! I hope you do find time to eat, though. Eating is not overrated.
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From:tamarai
Date:July 13th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and I never get tired of seeing that icon. It makes me giggle.
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From:kammgirl
Date:July 13th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Wow this sounds awesome. I know the FarScape people will have a table set up. Isn't Ben Browder (Crichton,FarScape) Claudia Black (Aeryn, FarScape) and Richard Dean Harris (MacGyver) also on Stargate? I never watched either Stargate series, though they reshow on Fox a lot where I am. I love Medium and Ghost Whisperer and awww Jennifer Love Hewitt. I have watched her since Party of Five. And I grew up with Star Trek and repeats of old BSG and Buck Rodgers. Maybe some Doctor Who fans will be there as well. Actually, I think I have heard of some going. I loved The 4400 from the very beginning, but I admit I haven't kept up with this season because in the first episode they killed one of the original characters that I really liked. If you happen to hear any news of Invasion being saved or picked up by another network, I would be much obliged for the info. And a BSG and Veronica Mars panel. Sounds like heaven. Have a wonderful time. I am still attempting to upload that Confidential for you.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, they're all on Stargate, but they won't be at the panel.

I'm going to miss the BSG panel. Boo.
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From:gymble
Date:July 13th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
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I wish I could justify going to this thing. But I'm already spending way too much money this summer. But I'm already in California! But driving down from SF to SD is a bit too long of a haul and I can't really afford flying. Curses.

Have fun for me.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
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I wish you could come! You could drive down to L.A. on Friday, and then drive into San Diego on Saturday morning. It's not that long of a haul that way.

I found a flight from Oakland to L.A. for just under $150. It's over $200 now, though. Of course, now my problem is finding someone to pick me up from the Oakland airport, which isn't as convenient as SFO.

Do you have anything you want to get signed?
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From:gymble
Date:July 13th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
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I could, but then I'd still have to pay the registration fee and find a hotel. And I don't like doing long drives by myself. I've just spent so much money this year. The only thing that I'm really interested in is the VM panel, so it's hard to justify the trip just based on that.

I might want to get my DVDs signed, if we could arrange a pass-off, but I'm not that big on autographs.
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From:ivyisgilgamesh
Date:July 13th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm driving down Friday after work. So I'll be there Saturday morning. I know there was some discussion of drinks being had at some point on Saturday night (Yes, I do realize you're not a drinker) and I'm sure dinner plans will let themselves be known, I might have a dinner thing to attend elsewhere is SD while I'm down there. So my plans are sketchy at best right now. But I'll see you there!!!!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
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You BETTER see me there.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:July 13th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
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I am supremely jealous of that icon.

And the fact that you're going to Comic-Con.

*jealous jealous jealous*
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From:athenacqd
Date:July 13th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
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I've already told you this, but hey! repitition never killed anyone. I'll be pretty much getting to Comic Con as early as I can wake myself up on Saturday and camping out in room 20 for hours and hours and hours. I'll have my cell phone and, if I have enough foresight, my blackberry so that I can play on email (I never even charge the thing so I'll have to force myself to remember it).

I'm gonna be severely bummed if I dont' get to go through the autograph line.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 13th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
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I get Anna all day! Wheeee!!
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From:athenacqd
Date:July 13th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Ha! Yes, I'm sure I'll be super exciting, what with all my sitting and/or watching things. :)

I'm going to be in San Diego from Friday to Monday so as to not have my entire "first California experience" be limited to sitting in a solitary, windowless room for 10 hours.

I'm getting nervous. Is anyone else nervous? Why am I all tense?
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From:sterope
Date:July 14th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
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Man, if only I weren't house sitting, I would totally have gone to Comic-Con Saturday. I am pretty much the only one of my friends who has never gone. And of course there's going to be a Lost panel... And Adam Baldwin too? No fair. :( Have a great time!
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From:kalbear
Date:July 14th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
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Sorry, but the answer is really, truly, no. You're cool, but not cooler than the cylons.
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From:areacode212
Date:July 14th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
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I just saw Deep Blue Sea the other day...it was surprisingly entertaining. Which one is Jacqueline McKenzie? The blonde? Her picture at IMDb looks nothing like any of the 3 female characters from that movie.

By the way, you may want to bookmark/delicious this forum dedicated to Canon cameras.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
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DBS is IMMENSELY entertaining. For God's sake, it's a slasher movie WITH SHARKS. It's one of my favorite guilty pleasures. And, yeah, Jacqueline McKenzie is the blonde with the spiky hair. I think maybe the first one to bite it, actually. Very early on.

Thanks for the forum link.
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From:areacode212
Date:July 14th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
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I like how they screwed with our expectations a little bit, when it came to who survived and who didn't.

If you have the DVD, have you listened to the commentary? Samuel Jackson is really funny, especially when he makes fun of Michael Rapaport, which seems to be often. "There's me doing intense anger, there's the country-boy 'I've got it taken care of' thing that Tom's doing, there's the 'I didn't mean it!', stiff upper lip thing that Saffron's doing...then there's Mikey asking to be off-camera because he doesn't know what they're talking about!"
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From:jcheshire
Date:July 21st, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Last year you were able to bring food in to the rooms. There was a hot dog vendor next to the meeting rooms who was making some serious money. I intend to catch as much as I can either today after work or all day tomorrow.
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From:jcheshire
Date:July 21st, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Also, I seem to remember spending most of the second half of my day last year in Hall H. That's where all the BIG NAMES come out with advance footage of the BIG MOVIES. And then we had a Tenacious D concert last year.

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