Mind you, this is after the validator added ~800 words to my count, but I still have 50k+ legitimate words to win that title. Winning.

So. Uh. Once I run spell check and try to catch any glaring continuity errors, who wants to beta? 8D

And this is only the first half of the story aaaaaaaa

Everything else goes behind a cut because it got image heavy. )

In conclusion:

At Comic Con, even the walls troll you. The end.
I'm going to Comic Con tomorrow.

And Disneyland on Monday.

Be back - and completely exhausted, I'm sure - Tuesday evening. *A*

I've been really, really busy, and I really should've been updating this journal consistently, but I'm a lazy bum and you all know that. No ponies this time - just lots and lots of text.

The Wedding! )

Disneyland! )

E3! )

In other, non-huge-event-related news, work's going smoothly - we finished one project and have another almost done, huzzah :D - I managed to find someone to make Razor Wit for $300 including shipping, RP's going well (until the mods throw another curveball at us, but hey, that happens), and I'm thinking of trundling down to Disneyland again on the 18th if anyone's interested. Also, I got a bitty!Terra drabble written for the first time in over two months - having nothing to do while your car gets new tires will definitely give you some focus.

So basically, life's pretty good. I'm okay with this. |Db
I figure pony recaps will happen when I haven't posted for a few days and some relatively big stuff has gone down. Basically, this amounts to LOTS AND LOTS OF PONIES because I am a lazy bum.

To start, my birthday was Tuesday, and I got a group of sixteen people together for dinner at Gyu-Kaku. I don't know if anyone's ever tried to fit sixteen people in a relatively small restaurant, but it's kind of surprising just how big a group that is in a restaurant of that size. It was also a whole lot of How Do You Know Katie - I had my roomies, friends from cons, house of fandom, and Pepperdine friends there. It was a ton of people and a ton of fun, and you all spoil me, seriously. ♥ I started opening presents and just:

Because seriously. I am spoiled. And I love you all.

Thursday night (or technically Friday morning) was the Pirates midnight showing at El Capitan, so of course I went with a group of friends. :Db It was a fun movie! It certainly didn't outdo the first one, but it felt much more like we were getting back to the look and feel of the first, including having Jack actually act like Jack, which is a nice change. Plot was a tad simple, I wanted a bit more from the MacGuffin Army, but the action was fun and the dialogue was witty and damn was the missionary good looking.

Basically, well worth seeing and I would recommend it, though I don't think the 3D is necessary.

I also managed to walk out of that showing with eight new pins, only four of which I paid for. Free gifts are awesome.

Of course, I was utterly sleep deprived for all of Friday, but that's okay! I can function on four hours of sleep. Life is good.

Finally, I'm having a tough time finding a gif to express just how dumb I think the whole nonpocalypse thing today was. I'm tempted to go with this one:

Or potentially this:

But in the end, I think this one's the winner:

Can't wait to do this all again in 2012. 8Db

Saturday we went to a house party that Kristin and Megan's roommate was putting on. It was actually fun! Their coworker, who, swear to goodness, is named Kermit, is actually not a bad bartender (though the energy-drink-based drink he mixed on request was soooooo bad oh man). He's not the type of guy I'd like to geek with for too long, since he is Highly Opinionated and Always Right - it's the combination that's the killer, really - but there were about ten other people there to socialize with as well, and good company all around, and pizza, and Rock Band. I had no idea they had Pat Benatar's "We Belong" in Rock Band, but they do! There was a severe and woeful lack of Offspring and Journey, though. Also, songs that cater to vocalists over instruments were termed the "wine coolers of Rock Band." I'm a vocalist, but I might have to use that any because it is hilarious.


Disneyland! Disneyland Disneyland Disneyland! The rides were all sorts of fun, I got a shiny six-person pass simply for being polite (and likely for having my HAPPY BIRTHDAY button in plain view, but politeness helps too), I walked around for a good chunk of the night with a lightcycle painted on my face thanks to ElecTRONica, I managed to get a WDI Tiki Room pin (which is a rare thing, so I'm pleased), and we found out that they will be releasing a KH pin in the park in late June. What is this I don't even. You'd better believe I'm either camping out for that sucker or sending a proxy to do just that, because I want that badly especially in multiples. Trading is good 8D. Basically, I love this park, I love my roomies, and I love [livejournal.com profile] lynxgriffin - awesome Disneyland party is awesome. 8Db


So I walked into work exhausted. That was mistake number one. 8D

My task for this week, and basically until it gets done, is to put the audio into demo videos for a project that we have been working on literally since I started temping at my job in January. It's been a long time coming. The previous demo videos for this project have been easy - they came with one set of audio cut in all the right places, and all we had to do was input our audio in the right spots and remove the old stuff. Not so much this time around.

The new videos are timed too quickly for the audio, and I'd be up a creek without a paddle on that front if Camtasia didn't have a freeze-frame effect that lets me extend one frame as a still image. The script that tells me what audio goes at what time on the video is useless, since I had to extend frames in the video right off the bat and that throws everything out of whack. On top of that, I thought it'd be a good idea to cut all the audio at once instead of leaving it in one strip and cutting it as needed. I keep having to move audio further out to make room for all the wonky timing in the video, and Camtasia's inability to move multiple audio clips at once means I have to start at the end and move every one individually every time I need to lengthen the video.

I spent all day working on this video and have about five minutes of video to show for it. The video is ten minutes long. It is one of three videos for this module. There are ten modules.

This'll be fun. 8Db

Also, I have not forgotten about one-sentence fics and mini FSTs! I shall get to them eventually, promise. You can also still request one if you want one - I will get around to them. :Db
First and most importantly, Happy Mother's Day! To everyone on my flist who's been a mother or will be a mother, thank you for taking on the toughest job in existence and never let anyone tell you it's not a wonderful thing to do. To everyone out there who has a mother, take some time to do something special for her today, or at least say thanks. You would quite literally not be here without her, you know. ♥

I live in a different state, so I'm calling my mom in a bit. With any luck, she got my card already. |Db

I went to go see Thor on Friday night. It was an opening night crowd, which means it was loud and appreciative (and at some points hilariously profane) and I loved the hell out of it.

As for the movie itself, Spoilers for Thor abound! )

Non-spoilery long story short: Did it measure up to previous Marvel movies? Yes. Was it fun to watch? Yes. Am I going to see this a few more times in theaters and wind up owning it? Most likely and definitely yes. Basically, A++, Will Watch Again.

On a relatively related note, does anybody know if the Spider-Man reboot is going to feed into the Avengers movie at all? Because that would be fun, I think.

On a completely different but still fun note, my birthday is in nine days! I'll be turning 23, which isn't really a landmark but is still a reason to celebrate. I believe in parties (not quite up to Pinkie Pie standards, but still), and so I'm having two of them!

The first is on Sunday the 15th, and it's Disneyland day! Come to Disneyland, we'll hang out and ride rides and go see Fantasmic and it will be all sorts of fun. :Db

The second is on Tuesday the 17th, my actual birthday, and it's dinner at Gyu-Kaku! I have a weakness for Japanese BBQ, obviously. |D Dinner's at 7:30, so let me know if you're going and I'll make reservations.

And yes, if you can see this entry, you're invited. XD

And because I know some people want a list in regards to gifts, I have a relatively short one:

- Tron: Legacy Marquee pin (Ebay is my friend)
- Membership to Teavana's Tea of the Month club (pie in the sky, but nonetheless XD)
- Tron on DVD
- Gift Cards: Teavana, Disney, Godiva, Gyu-Kaku, White House Black Market, Brighton, Albertsons/Ralphs/Vons, or just about anywhere else I frequent.
- Fic, arts, fun artsy stuff - you guys know my fandoms and my pairings and what I like

Though really, I'd really rather hang out with you guys than receive stuff. Y'all are the best present I could have. ♥

As a closing note: Glee's doing "Friday" for their next episode; there's a new clip of At World's End released; and this absolutely made my morning.

And with that, I am off to see African Cats in a few hours. Good times, guys. Good times.
( Apr. 5th, 2011 12:06 am)

Yep. WonderCon. :Db

Highlights include:
- Nathan Fillion calling in the Green Lantern: Emerald Knights panel
- Nathan Fillion taking Hal Jordan back from Ryan Reynolds
- IC shenanigans
- The Count +9999 damage
- The local tea garden
- Neil Gaiman is such a troll
- Shenanigans with Ryune
- Getting hit on by someone much older than me...multiple times
- "I thought you'd known each other for years!" "Nah, I only met her an hour ago."

I'm sure there are more, but I'm bushed right now and will try to do a full writeup at a later date. For now, the public photo album is here, the more detailed one is on Facebook, and videos will be uploaded later. For those who do want Doctor Who clips, I do have them, but they're not going on YouTube. Come to me individually for those. |Db

In other news: Tron: Legacy remix album is here courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] uk_not_ok and the Amazon.com bonus track Sea of Simulation is here courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] rebmakash. Thanks to both of them for some awesome music. :Db

On the RP front, I need to figure out what the deal is with Linkara, talk with Lyra about doing stuff with Eb and Rosette, get caught up for Rarity, and try to convince myself that picking up Jason Stackhouse is a bad idea, no really, it is, and if I can't do that, then come up with a journal name for him. Life as usual, really.




kiaxet: (Starry Starry Night)
( Jan. 9th, 2011 12:58 am)

Second Place: Audience Favorite, Drama Category - Anime Los Angeles 2011
Winner: Judges' Choice, Drama Category - Anime Los Angeles 2011

The AMV that won best in show was also in Drama, so I wasn't expecting much. I was surprised when they told me I came in second for audience choice. I started crying when they said I was judges' top choice for drama.

Other creators kept telling me they liked my video and that they voted for it.

One of the creators in the Pro category told me I should enter my video in the AX contest - pretty much the AMV big leagues.

During the replay, after my video ended, one person in the room spoke up: "Okay, who else needs a tissue?"


So I was a laughing, blushing wreck for much of the awards ceremony (such as it was) and after the contest, well into dinner. [livejournal.com profile] lynxgriffin and [livejournal.com profile] ghettopeach have the patience of saints for putting up with me there as well as all the live-long day. XD My prize? A certificate, a bit of publicity, bragging rights, and a paid weekend pass to next year's ALA - where, hopefully, I'll have another video entered.

I will have a con report with pictures, as well as something about Just How Crazy My Life Has Been Lately, up tomorrow. For now, I'm going to bask in this unexpected, relatively minor, yet highly cherished victory, and then go to bed. Today has been long, but tons of fun and well worth it.

And here I am, tearing up again. Go me. XD;;;
Man, guys, I love Christmas. I just do. ♥

We bucked a few traditions this year that don't really work for us anymore, and we're talking about switching things up a tad next year, but this time around, it was a pretty peaceful day. Last night's drama didn't repeat itself (GLORY HALLELUJAH), so things were pretty nice around here.

Also, I got to hold my niece. I love Kennedy. So much. /eeeeee bitty eeeeeeeee 8D

Since everyone's on the bandwagon, I might as well join it. The haul! )

More important than the haul, though, is the fact that I got to spend a day with my family. I do miss them while I'm out in CA, in all honesty, and it's nice to see them again, even if only for a few days.
Everyone go to YouTube and look up Sassy Gay Friend. Like, now. Othello is my favorite, but Hamlet and the Giving Tree are both pretty awesome as well. Seriously, go.

Well, it's time for the Bad, the Good, and the Buh? in Kia's life.

This got slightly long, as my life is wont to do. |D )

So yes! Those are the life and times of Kia. Tomorrow, I fly home until Sunday. Should be interesting, but interesting can be fun. |Db

...okay I couldn't resist. A bit NWS for language, but still amazing.

I love Halloween, guys. Seriously. I am the biggest wuss on the planet, which kind of defeats a lot of the point, but I love dressing up. Candy's also a perk. So yeah, I love this holiday.

That's probably why I celebrated it three times this year. :Db

Three nights of Halloween, complete with costume pics! )

We've only had one trick or treater tonight - a four year old girl who, when prompted by her mother, simply looked sad and said, "Candy." - and given that it's 11 pm, I don't think we're getting any more. Still, this weekend was an absolute blast, and I had a fantastic time with people. Successful Halloween? I think so.
kiaxet: (Stardance)
( Oct. 21st, 2010 11:01 pm)
I have a new default icon and I love it so. Would you look at that. So pretty.

Anyway! I did indeed hit up Disneyland on Tuesday with the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] lynxgriffin. I dressed as Xion on her suggestion, and despite the fact that it got ridiculously rainy at some points, it was still quite a bit of fun. Of course, I come bringing woefully oversized pictures, since Photobucket is weird like that sometimes.

Pictures ahoy! )

And that puts an end to our little picture odyssey. Honestly, I was having too much fun to pull out the camera (and subsequently give it to Lynx and beg for her to take a picture) too terribly often.

In other news, job interviews are still going and will deserve an entry of their own when I finally get around to it - maybe sometime tomorrow. For now, I need to get back into the swing of tagging and maybe actually get a consistent sleep schedule. That would be amazing.
For anyone who doesn't follow my Twitter: the Air Force vs Navy game was today. We haven't beaten them in seven years. It's kind of a Huge Deal.

So I hauled my rear out of bed after a solid five hours of sleep, helped set up the tailgate, and got massively sunburned. It was worth it, though, to see Air Force absolutely hand Navy its collective rear in the most spectacular fashion possible. I'm not sure what the best moment of the game was: the 50-yard touchdown run by our QB, the game-ending interception by the same player who made 15 tackles and a sack, Navy missing a field goal by pinging it off one of the poles (schadenfreude what), or the punt that a freshman player blocked by making an unbelievable leap over the shoulder of a Navy blocker. The footage of that needs to be slowed down and have either Chariots of Fire or I Believe I Can Fly playing in the background, because it is just amazing.

So yes:



A particular favorite from the afternoon is this video, played on the big screen on the scoreboard before game start:

Yeah, it's been a good day.
kiaxet: (YAY)
( Sep. 27th, 2010 12:06 am)





Hell yes I am so glad it's done

Expect it to be compiled, saved, and uploaded tomorrow evening, as I must now crash out so I can brain during work tomorrow.

Yes, I posted just to tell you guys that. We now return you to your daily lives.

Oh holy jeez guys Power Morphicon was freaking fantastic

I just

I'm headachey as hell and I absolutely need sleep but I have to get some basics down and pictures up before I forget and you all kill me. 8D

Recap and pictures under the cut! )

Honestly, I had an absolute ton of fun with these guys. After watching their shows online for so long, sometimes it's tough to forget that they're normal people like the rest of us - they just have much cooler, much more public jobs.
You know, I hadn't realized I missed Cheyenne until I got there this weekend. That said, it's a much nicer place to visit than it is to live, though they have added a few more metropolitan areas (read: shopping centers) since I was last there seven years ago. Yeah, seven years will do something for your cowboy nostalgia.

It's also at 50,000 people, which does make it bigger than Ridgecrest. Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] amorsinseramada.

I obtained a cowboy hat (read: adventure hat whenever the black fedora is not appropriate), a new purse, and quite a few pictures of giant boot sculptures. I also got a concert t-shirt, which broke the bank. 8D

SPEAKING OF THE CONCERT OMW. I loved it. :D I do love Brooks and Dunn, and as always, they put on a fantastic show. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't spent half the concert in tears, but there you go.

...I need to explain that last comment, huh.

They played a song I'd never heard called Cowgirls Don't Cry, about a girl who is raised by her daddy to be a cowgirl, has her husband cheat on her but keeps it inside because cowgirls don't cry, and then her dad dies and his last words to her are - you guessed it - cowgirls don't cry.

So, of course, I'm bawling by the time that song is over. That was about an hour into the two-hour concert, and every time they played another slow song I'd start up again. That wouldn't have been so bad if every other song hadn't been a slow and/or meaningful song. I even cried at Neon Moon, for goodness' sake, and I knew it was coming. It got to the point where the stage lights would turn blue, I'd sit there and go OH DAMMIT NOT AGAIN, and sure enough...yeah. Fantastic concert but damn I cried.

Highlights of the concert were:

- Starting with Play Something Country
- The beer sellers all wearing fluorescent pink shirts
- The elderly woman behind me being just as much of a fangirl as I am
- Ending the concert proper with My Maria
- Pretending to take requests: "What do you wanna hear? ...My Maria? ...Later. Boot Scoot? ...Later." Earth Wind & Fire teases me, I go crazy. Brooks & Dunn tease me, I laugh.
- Two song encore: Brand New Man and Boot Scootin' Boogie
- Bringing out servicemen in uniform from all four branches of the Armed Forces for a salute during Only In America. This is the only time I've seen any performance get a screaming standing ovation in the middle of the concert - hell, in the middle of a song. This was incredible and far and away my favorite part.

All in all, it was an incredible concert and a great weekend. I love hanging out with my family and I don't get to do it often anymore.

In more local news, I'm still working on that egg and hoping. This week promises to be another busy one with friend-visiting and lease-signing. The new One Piece movie is friggin' hilarious and I want to watch it again because I am obviously now hooked on Oda's trollish crack. Send help.

If I get my rear in gear tonight, there'll be another post with pictures and video from the past two weekends and snippets of chat log from [livejournal.com profile] universejuice and I watching the movie. For now, I continue on with music.

I'm going to start cutting these whenever I do them in chunks...which is all I ever seem to do ;;; )
Maaaaaan has it been a long weekend. Don't get me wrong, I loved it, but I am still tired. Wow. XD

Highlights included:
- Hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] universejuice 8D
- Hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] purapea, [livejournal.com profile] lynxgriffin, and [livejournal.com profile] ggmoonycrisco
- Convincing Sarah and GG that there really was another drop at the end of Pirates
- 100% accuracy on hitchhiking ghost calling
- Getting the ride operator on Space Mountain, who usually ignores the cars, to wave to us two days in a row; The first guy even gave us air fives
- Learning just how far the splash zone of World of Color extends (hint: a hell of a lot farther than you'd think)
- Maleficent's Imagination = Hell
- "I'm on a horse."
- "The fierce jungle duck is attacking that hippo!"
- "I haven't seen a feeding frenzy like that since college."
- Standing in line for half an hour one day to get pictures with Mickey
- Trekking halfway across the park and back to get pictures with Mickey
- "You just want to sit on my lap."
- Finding out that the pipes in the boiler room of the Tower of Terror have voices, which was exceedingly creepy
- "At least it's not the awkward pony."

Downsides included the woman at the front of the line for Mr. Toad's Wild Ride collapsing from overheating (she was fine) and getting sunscreen in my eye, but those were a few small bad things in a weekend of overwhelming good. Fantastic times were had by all, and pictures will be up as soon as I can get them off my camera. :Db

In other tangentially related news, I kind of want to get back into One Piece. I get the feeling this will be an undertaking. 8Da

And because I'm five flipping days behind, have some music!

Day 11: A song from your favorite band

This one actually gave me some issues. I don't usually pick favorites with bands - I listen to just about everything, so saying YES FAVORITE BAND EVER is tough. However, Bob Seger is one of the few artists that I get upset over when people don't know his music, so though he's not OMG The Favorite, he's up there. (Yes, I know this is the second Bob Seger song I've put up. No, I don't care. 8D)

Then again, there is also the band that, as far as I'm concerned, has never done a bad song.

Day 12: A song from a band you hate

Gag me.

Day 13: A song that is a guilty pleasure

They call it a guilty pleasure for a reason. Yes, I still have the entire CD.

Day 14: A song that no one would expect you to love

It can be annoying as hell, but it's such an earworm and I love it. It also goes under the "songs you can dance to" category - I'm pretty sure Shannon has video of that.

Day 15: A song that describes you

Also, this is the video that introduced me to the song. I'm a tad biased.

All 30 Days )


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