July 5th, 2006
|10:30 am - This Change of Plans Brought to You by the Letter A|
So I had no plans to go to Comic-Con, really. I knew I couldn't take time off work because it's deadline season around here. But then athenacqd said she was going, and I think she's tops, and if you don't think she's tops, you're...wrong. She came up with the brilliant idea to just come down Friday evening, so I could still attend the VM panel on Saturday. San Diego was one hell of a drive, however, and flights were more expensive than they should be. And then aprilbegins, with whom I walked in Austin, goaded me along, advising me to just come down to L.A. Friday and drive into San Diego on Saturday. And...I think I can do this.
Help me make plans! Who all is going to be there? I want last names and current status. (I don't, but any excuse to quote the Dresden Dolls should not be missed.)
Assuming I can borrow the car, I can make it down to L.A. by 9 or 10 Friday night. There, I can stay with dahliam. First of all, is anyone else in the area planning on going down? I assume cadhla and her posse will be going down earlier in the week. But what about hobviously? holly96? beeker121? Sister of ivyisgilgamesh? Anyone want to get in on this action? You would need somewhere to stay in L.A., however. If I cannot get the car for some reason, maybe I can fly down; flights to L.A. are cheaper than flights to San Diego.
L.A. peeps! What are your plans? ivyisgilgamesh and your crew! Are you guys driving down Saturday morning? I know aprilbegins is. We should coordinate and shit.
I've never been to Comic-Con and don't know how anything works, but I guess I'll figure it out. If you're going to be there, I want to know so I can meet you if I haven't and hang out with you if I have!
Now, what's going on Saturday night? Is it worth it to stay in San Diego? Will all the L.A. peeps merely be driving back? If staying in San Diego is a good plan, where can I stay? I could sleep in the car if need be. Also, more importantly, athenacqd is looking for a place to stay if anyone has room to spare. Since she doesn't have the option of going back to L.A. to sleep, priority goes to her.
Is anything happening on Sunday in San Diego? Is that why it would be good to stay? If nothing is happening and I am in L.A. on Sunday, does anyone else in L.A. want to see me? pix_kristin? aimeejmc?
This is all of course assuming I find a way to get down there. But I think I can make this happen. I'm just so terrified of VM getting cancelled and making me uncool that I want to take advantage of these fun fandom gatherings while they exist.
Also: I need to buy a digital camera before I go. Give me recommendations as to what and where to buy. My price range is $200-$300, and I'd like a fairly small camera that's easily portable and not too noisy. It might as well be able to take video too. And of course I'd like the best specs one would need (I believe 5.0 megapixels and...some high number of optical zoom, not digital zoom, is what I'm looking for?).
Finally, here are random shout-outs to sincerelysummer, who was once my enemy and is now my friend, and kammgirl, who is far too sweet to me.
Current Mood: determined
Current Music: Death Cab for Cutie - Crooked Teeth [in my head]
Your icon is ridiculously appropriate. Heh.
I think you should work some massive overtime to justify the expense. That's what I do!
Ooooh JELLUS! If you go, you must try to attend the Neil-related things and pass along the info--and pictures--to me.
There will be Neil-related things? I have no idea what else will be going on on Saturday.
Ooooh, I'm going! *waves hand* I've never been before, either.
|Date:||July 5th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)|| |
1. Many events at Comicon require sitting in a room for hours and hours just to see the thing you actually wanted to see, because otherwise, you will not be a contestant on Has A Seat Island. Rae, Rebecca, Phil, Shawn and I will be contestants for the VMars panel starting at like, noon, and moving steadily forward, because 'winning' means 'first five rows'. You can be a contestant with us.
2. There is very little night programming; we should totally plan some sort of big dinner thing. Given the food in the area, it may be most cost-and-sanity-effective to just say 'screw this noise' and invade the local mall food court en masse. I like the food court. They have lots of food there.
3. Remember the Wondercon dealers room? The Comicon dealers room is more than ten times that size. Make sure you have all necessary cellphone numbers, and establish meetup points, because people vanish in there, never to be seen again.
4. Anything in 'the big room' is no in-and-out -- if you go into one of the major halls (where I assume the Stardust stuff will be), you stay there until the event ends. People pay in blood for good seats on that island, and some folks just stay in there all damn weekend.
5. SQUEEE WE GET SUNIL!!!!!
Comic-Con sounds scary.
I am scared.
Woot Comicon! I'm a San Diego native, and have been many times. If you are going to get a hotel room, you probably won't be able to find anything downtown, in which case I suggest finding a hotel in walking distance of the trolley. The trolley dumps right out in front of the convention center, and you DO NOT want to try to find parking downtown that weekend. It will make your brain bleed out of your ears. In terms of restaurants, anything downtown will be expensive, but the food will be faaaaaabulous, and therefore potentially worth it. With a party of 8 million, though, you'll need a reservation. This
is a good SD restaurant guide.
(who also lives down here) and I are doing a VM shooting locations tour with a bunch of people and cars one day that weekend, so if you're interested, flail around in our general direction. :)
Oh, the shooting locations tour sounds like so much fun! I'm not sure that I could do it, though, because there won't be time on Saturday, I imagine, and I don't want to drive ten hours straight back from San Diego on Sunday.
I might play the food thing by ear once I know who all is going to be there. Maybe I will actually get to talk to you this time. We can talk about how awesome Gaius Baltar is.
Aww! How awesome are you to call me out like that.
I'm scared. Seriously. Like, really afraid now.
I'm pissed that I have to miss it this year (and i'm a SoCal native!) I will be in the process of moving from NY to AZ and have to prep my courses for the fall (who in their right mind begins a semester in mid-August!) Boooooo! But hope ya have a great time!
You will of course post all the details, right?
I kill my fingers for you people.
|Date:||July 5th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)|| |
I vote yes to this change of plans!
I'll be there, obviously, but I know nothing of plans or whatnot so I'm of no use to you at this moment. Wait. I can be of use in the camera area. You can get a pretty decent camera in that price range. Definitely go for 5.0 MP or higher. The higher optical zoom you can get, the better. It's not that you don't want digital zoom, it's that you don't want digital only as it's not a true zoom. The best thing to do is go to Best Buy or a similar store and actually play with the cameras on display. See which you like holding the best, etc. Also, Amazon usually has a sample of pictures taken with each of their digital cameras which I found helpful in comparing the ones I liked.
[Obligatory comment of participation]
man, comicon, I'm jealous. those things always sound superfun.
all those cameras I mentioned on your last post were 6 megapixels and most of them have a slightly cheaper 5 megapixel version.
Also if you're looking for a good zoom I recommend the panasonic DMC-LZ5 (6x optical). You're not going to find a compact or subcompact with a huge zoom; it's just not practical. The LZ5 isn't regular pocket size, but probably cargo pant pocket size so it's a good compromise. It's also a decent price at $279.99.
sorry, this is kind of the only thing I've talked about for the last month.
Hm, that one does look good. I don't really need a huge zoom, per se; I just knew I was supposed to pay attention to optical zoom rather than digital zoom, or something like that.
Does that one do video? I think I really want one with video because why not?
|Date:||July 5th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)|| |
I went to this website
when I was researching the camera I bought for my husband (Eventually went with the Nikon Coolpix P2, 8.0 MP), lots of info, but I echo Rae's suggestion to hit the stores and actually hold them in your hands before you make the final decision. C recommends Fuji digital cameras, I know that much.
I will be a Comic Con as well, with starspentswell
, though I am currently planning on leaving L.A. on Thursday evening and the other three are going Thursday morning. The only panels I could give a flying fig about is the VM one and the Heroes
one and my husband wants me to go to the Lost
panel but I don't think I have the stamina for that. Get there extremely early for the VM panel. Last year we were only an hour early and were in the middle part of the auditorium, but this time the panel is on a weekend and the fandom has obviously grown.
Heather and I have been thinking about getting people together for stuff but we are lazy slackers with no concrete plans yet.
you'd change your mind! I'm glad you're taking a break from work and coming down.
Wow, that site is awesome, thank you! Hell, I just looked at the Canon Powershot A530, and it looks pretty sweet. I do need to go manhandle some cameras, though.cadhla
has warned me about getting to the VM panel early; they're camping out starting around noon. I am unsure about how early I want to park because, well, I imagine there are so many other things to see, and I have such a limited time that I don't want to spend four hours just waiting
in a room.
Also, I'm not so much taking a break from work, really. Just leaving early one day (and I'll probably do some work the night before to make up for it) and not working over the weekend.
Regarding your icon: hee, I just had pizza. And a friend of mine just finished S1 and was all, "The cliffhanger was lame," and I was all, "Yeah, but it worked. SIGH."
Great! Not just making me extremely jealous, that you get to got to ComicCon...which only has been my dream for years...now you get to hang with aprilbegins
! She rules! Which by affiliation makes you rule as well. Hell, what am I saying...you rule anyways.
Bring back pictures children...and funny stories...and lots of - oh, I did say pictures, didn't I? Damn.
Still jealous. Why is CC during Summer? I would have so jumped on a plane for that.
Aww, I don't think I'm going to go. I had briefly thought about it , but I already have vacation this week and vacation the second week in August. And I can't really miss church again that Sunday (sounds lame, I know, but is true). But I shall look forward to one of your long, detailed recaps. And hopefully some really good questions/answers from the panel.
I'm going to console myself (about not being at comicon) by the fact that I leave for Italy that day. That said, I can't believe I'll be missing them again.
Please feel free to pass on my greetings. And tell RT that if the bus over the cliff wasn't a direct allusion to The Sweet Hereafter, then Keith coming upon the bus in Rat Saw Dog could only have been a more explicit allusion had he come from a carwash. Seriously. Also, Sarah Polley gets my vote of confidence.
Oh, and make out with JD for me.
I don't know a lot about camera specifics, but I have a Nikon Coolpix 4600 that is 5 megapixels and it is small and I like it a lot. I think it was about $300 though, plus you have to get a bigger memory card if you want to take more than like 20 pictures. I hear the Comic Con is quite awesome, though. Have a fun time!