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All the vids! I kind of put this off because most of my vids are just available at Youtube, but that's not 100% true anymore. So here we are!

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More D&D

Well, that was exciting. Last night I had my first session with the online D&D group I'm joining as a player. The DM was actually out of town, so one of the other players ran a one-off. I like these folks and this is going to be a lot of fun!

Thanks to [personal profile] settiai for inviting me in!

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Dear Festividder 2016

Hello Festividder!

You are completely awesome and I am so stoked to see what you come up with this year! My requests this year are a mix of classic cinematic treasures with some cult flicks and one newer source. Hopefully among this eclectic mix, you've found a vid you're excited to make!

My music preferences are the same as always: if it works, it works. Trust your instincts!

Here are my requests for this year:

Alucarda (1978) [Safety]Collapse )

Critical Role (web series)Collapse )

Frankenstein (1931-1948)Collapse )

The Raven (1963) [Safety]Collapse )

The Third Man (1949) [Safety]Collapse )

Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain [Safety]Collapse )
Anyway, thank you so much again! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Jetpack Monkey

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Dear Festividder letter coming soon

You may have seen it briefly, but the formatting went to hell and I couldn't fix it. So I have to redo the whole thing. Fun times.

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I just registered to vote by mail because I *need* to vote this year, but I am also deeply lazy.

I highly recommend it.

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How is everybody? (post-Debate check-in)

Everyone okay? How much furniture repair will you need? Bandages for bleeding fingers from exasperated tweets? Hugs?

(I didn't watch, but I watched Twitter watch, which is like watching, but not nearly as frustrating)

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Shortest most belated con report ever

Vividcon was amazing. Just amazing. It was the best time I've ever had there. I didn't have a social meltdown or need to hide or anything.

Tech stuff went well. It was all very low stress and everybody was super helpful. The vidshows were all fantastic (I saw nearly all of them by the end of the weekend). I wish I had been able to attend more panels, but it wasn't happening.

Club Vivid was a grand old time. I cosplayed as Joel Hodgson from MST3K and brought along a Tom Servo I bought off of Etsy. He was a big hit!

There were so many excellent vids! So many. I feel like I should make a list but it's so haaaaaard. Maybe later? Probably not. Maybe?

It was so great to see so many amazing people again, like the entire concom team, as well as [personal profile] settiai[personal profile] bironic[personal profile] bradcpu, [personal profile] thirdblindmouse, [personal profile] shati, and the lady who jumped into my arms after Premieres, [personal profile] fan_eunice . I also got to connect better with [personal profile] lola[twitter.com profile] ghosttownexit00, and [personal profile] dira, who are awesome people and I really enjoyed the conversations. There's a bunch of other people who were significant and awesome from the weekend that aren't named above. You can assume one of the following regarding any omissions:

1. It slipped my mind just now because it's been nearly a month and I'm terrible.
2. I remembered the experience but the fannish name is escaping me at this late hour.
3. We vowed never to speak of it again. We take it to our grave.

Something that became clear soon after Vividcon, though, is that I don't get to see my out-of-town friends enough. It's hard to reconnect with dozens of people over a single weekend. And I really want to stay closer to my Vividcon people and it's so easy for me to just sort of drift off. I want to be more connected. I want to write emails and beta vids and offer advice and go visit and maybe a bunch of us meet up in a non-Vividcon setting and hang out or go to a theme park or museum or something.

I have a therapist friend who says I'm an introvert masquerading as an extrovert. I think I'm just an enthusiastic introvert who loves people. I just need to be able to run away or do quiet-together time. Or I need to be like, the most caffeinated. That is also an option.

Short version: I love you guys and I miss you guys.
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Multi-vid resource: spreadsheet time!

Here's a stripped-down, less micro-managey version of the spreadsheet that I use for all of my multifandom vids:


It's set to read-only, but you can "Make a copy" in the File menu to keep it for your very own.

The rows will auto-highlight based on whether you've clipped and/or acquired source and there's an automatically updating counter at the top.

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A rock, a rock, my kingdom for a rock

Yesterday's D&D game was a classic example of how the players really help form the world. One of my NPCs, Anton (the servant of a powerful lord), had gotten himself into a bad situation (after being goaded by diannelamerc 's dwarf cleric and failing a Wisdom check that I will sometimes make as a save against Stupidity). Instead of helping, [personal profile] brokenallbroken 's human fighter used his action to lean against a large rock to have a laugh. I hadn't put a rock on the map, but it amused me, so I dropped a D12 down to represent the rock.

Two trolls then dropped down, a delayed consequence of the bad situation. I had balanced this encounter with the idea that another NPC, Helmar, would be present, but earlier in the session the players engaged in some impolitic fighting with Anton over the terms of the job they were on. Helmar noped out at that point for character reasons and I didn't adjust my plans accordingly. Oops.

Anyway. This probably would have been a TPK (and/or I would've had to come up with some really weird justification for the trolls not to just kill everyone), except there was this rock smack dab in the middle of the map. The Trolls took up too much space to really maneuver around it on one side and it also limited their ability to get past each other. So basically they were having to constantly move in a C-shape around the map instead of just mowing through the players.

It was touch and go, but the party survived, largely because one player wanted a rock upon which to do a bit of character business (and also there was a Helm of Teleportation).
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VID: Bad (Mystery Science Theater 3000)

Title: Bad
Song: Bad by Michael Jackson
Source: Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and related media)
Length: 3:29
Warnings: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Made for: Vividcon, a vidding convention that takes place every August in Chicago (this version differs slightly from the one shown there)


Password: pushthebutton

Download 33.2MB MP4 (right/ctrl-click and "Save link as...")

Notes: Yeah, this was going to happen eventually.

Thanks to [personal profile] laurashapiro for her insightful beta!

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