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March 28th, 2010
11:01 pm


[Shelf clearance!]
HAVING A CLEAROUT! help me find new homes for my preloved stuff.
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November 5th, 2009
04:38 pm


cross posting from CI forums
right. straight to brass tacks...

the MCM run party has never appealed to me. ever. (sorry mcm people!) yeah, it's nice and local to the site and all, but really, it's a bit.... predictable.


i'm investigating the possibility of creating a community run mini-event on the saturday night of each london MCM event, but before taking the plunge from event goer to event management, i was wondering if you good people would give a little input. but first, a little about the event idea...

expo is in london. we all know that. and london has far more to offer than the norm to have parties in. i attended an event this weekend which had a thames boat party, and it was amazing. the boat had two interior decks (seated lower and dancefloor upper) and an upperdeck for those who love fresh air and nicotine. the party ran for 4 hours and was generally amazing.

here's the idea.

we steal the format.

i've roughly priced it up, and while it is more expensive than the hotel party, it's a BOAT party. how cool? real cool. the capacity would be 250 heads, so what i'm thinking is make it so we overshoot the expense a bit to cover us, and any left over dosh we give to a nice deserving charity. per head, i'm estimating it will cost £15-£20, but that is a very provisional estimate.

i dunno if we all really have time to set it all up for may, but i'm certainly hoping we could club together and get this thing up and running for october 2010.

to give you an idea, the boat went as far as london bridge, turned around, passed where we'd set off from in canary wharf and went really far past several noteable locations such as the houses of parlement, the O2 arena, etc etc.

so, input please! remember, this is a community run project (essentially the same as a quazar meetup but with a little more pre-organization and cash needed) and we need 250 of you good people to make it work. if it does, it will certainly be a reoccuring thing (possibly even an out of expo event).


please please tell people you know about this idea. please add input. right now (because of various issues) it's looking like october before something can be organized, so we have plenty of time.

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October 20th, 2009
01:11 am


right. openness!
i've been a bit cryptic about it to date, and people have been asking... (and it's getting confusing for people who do know what to say to people who don't/mightn't. it was never a secret, i just never tend to yell about such things.)

time to clean the issue up!

about a month back, i nervously confessed my feeling towards karen (fatkraken) and in much relieving and elating response my feelings were accepted.

we've been on a couple of dates/stop overs, i'm really happy, and everything's all good. i feel we're a pretty good match on pretty much every level, we're both very creative, we bounce ideas off each other, chat about our respective knowledge, etc etc.

without subjecting you poor people to too much mush, i'm feeling things i've not felt for a while. i'm really happy and content that it's all going in the right direction. we're taking fairly slow for now, which i think (hope, haha) is a mutual feeling (i've had some pretty bad experiences in the past  =x )

so yes! there we are. :D

[this post was made to counteract the possible HUH? O_o at expo]

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June 5th, 2009
08:13 pm


if i recently added you, and you're wondering "why the hell has this freak added me?" worry not! i'm filtering thru various people's flist in an attempt to gather up people i've met in some form or another at expo.

i'm not a stalker.

and not weird.

well... not overly weird anyway.

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May 30th, 2009
08:52 pm


my new hat!

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December 19th, 2008
12:05 pm


if anyone sees, or knows where to get any hollow plastic balls approx 50mm in diameter and totally smooth (similar to ping pong balls) please let me know. oh, they need to be fairly cheap too....


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December 17th, 2008
09:50 pm


yep, it's going well now.

xmas i'll remake it with the nice shiny high temp gun my folks are buying me. that should clear up the scruffy surfaces, and i'll make the joining line neater on that one.

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December 16th, 2008
12:04 pm


fibreglass worked! wewt!

dummy head in a few days!!!

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01:21 am


fibreglass is HARD to work with.

that is what i'm going to be telling myself for days now...

so... i did the fibreglass mothermould today for bri #2... followed the instructions on the tin... added the catalyst... yum yum nice runny resin...started painting it all on etc etc all going well... till 45 mins in or so the whole fucking tub of resin set. urgh... fibreglass n00b attack. hopefully i've rescued it from the brink, i hope... i really want to actually make a successful head already, i've been making this one part for like 3 months now x_x

in other news, things are looking a bit hopefull at work, there's rumblings about overnights becoming available, so maybe i can go back to another degree in the new year. probably know more tomorrow.

anyways, it's late/early/whatever. i'm tired, so i'm going to sleep and hoping that in the morning cast #2 is all good and not a waste of time. more tomorrow.

Current Mood: anxiousanxious

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December 12th, 2008
01:22 am


ok, so the whole updating thing has been fairly.... ok, completly not done for ages.

lots have happened since my last update. i've moved back in with my folks till i can get onto another course (which will take atleast 2 years to save for) but all is well i guess.

i've been repeating my insane work overkill again in the hopes i can build up enough cash to get a few bits and bobs in time for completing bri's head. i also have some tabs i need to clear, but the way everything is going, i should be able to sort them out comfortably.

on the subject of bri, the second (yes... second. try #1 failed in an "it was kyuu size" way) sculpt is under about 15 layers of latex now. that's half way... sigh. this bit is so tedious and boring, but i can't speed it up in any way. frustrating? yes. but the end result is going to be worth it.

i've been thinking about buying a new airbrush. the one i have is good enough... but i want better. one with a dual action. specifically, an aztek-testors one, becaue they rock supposedly. it can wait for now tho.... no need for an airbrush if i've not got anything to actually paint!.

i'll try to keep this thing updated more... ehehe

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