It's that time again!

Drumroll please!

Rebecca's 6th Annual NDK Birthday Party


I'm encouraging everyone to MAKE UP A PRINCESS.
Pick something you like (or just something around your house), throw together an outfit themed around it, and BAM, YOU ARE NOW THE PRINCESS (or prince, whatevs, Fionna needs love too) OF [INSERT ITEM] KINGDOM.

(Whatever you come up with could not possibly be weirder than the actual princesses.)

Date: Saturday September 15th
Time: 8:00pm
Location: My room at the DTC Marriott (room number TBA)

Please RSVP so I can estimate cake&booze stock (and let me know if you have any food or drink requests).

Love you guys, looking forward to partying with you all! <3

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Wow, super past time to update.

Fanime was so Terribad Disappointmentpants, it drained me of my ability to write.

Sleepy Oshawott is Sleepy

Cool things about Fanime:
+Shopping by the glow of smartphones when the power went out at the liquor store.
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Anyway, I debuted two new costumes:
Homura (Madoka Magica)
Boxy costume is boxy.
Sakura (Jade Country Emeraude Variant, Tsubasa)
[Photos by Dustin Leitzel]

In June, we ran the Costume Contest at the first Denver Comic-con.
Glitter glue
It was a totally amazing event! The team behind the convention are all great peoples and I was so happy we could help them. Next year, bigger and better!
Dahlia meets her tattoo
(Also looks like the next one will be the weekend after Fanime, so I have an airtight reason to avoid that con. Yay!)

Becky and Matt came to visit, which was fabulous. <3 We must go eat more great food together soon!

Emily is in Prague for the month, so now I spend most of my time missing her. D:

Here's the stuff I'm working on for Dragon*Con, which is OMG HOW DID IT GET SO CLOSE:
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Also also, my little brother just got engaged. <3 So proud of him! His fiancee seems really nice. He made a comment about me being a bridesmaid. I gave him the stink eye. XD
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On Monday, I asked my employees
"Is there a term for that feeling when you want to cry and vomit at the same time?"
J-chan, without missing a beat: "Cromit".

(It's become quite popular around the lab.)

Tomorrow I may present them with
"Is there a term for being very upset that you're missing your movie date to see X-Men because you're stuck doing work in a genetics lab, and then realizing that's sort of ironic?"
and see what they come up with.

Also, if anyone knows how I can get James McAvoy to recite genomic sequences to me for a while, that'd be swell. Thanks.

Fanime Con Report

Super long long report! Man, I just won't shut up! Also, image heavy! The creepers have warned you!
Creepers gonna creep

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... That was a lot of photos of alcoholism. Well, it sure was a good time, and I miss everyone already~~ and looking forward to Dragon*Con big time! <3

3 Nice Things, and 1 Depressing One

First, the Bad:
I just called United and cancelled my trip to Tokyo.
There are a lot of reasons to cancel, and one obvious reason I wanted to go anyway.
But it's done. There will be other times.

Minako-chan, you hang in there, tough girl.

Now, the Better:
I was officially promoted to supervisor today. Hopefully, this will be a great step for my career, although one I was hesitant to make. Still gotta be on call, though. Darn. ;)

I bought the bunnies a new home today, since they've been displaced by the kitchen remodel. They'll now be crashing in Kaoru's bathroom, in the Room of Shame. This must inspire me to keep the RoS tidier so they can hop around without disappearing into piles of fabric. My only real concern is training Kenken to use a ramp up to their house, since he's just so preciously dumb.

And Gundam Fridge now has a new door to replace the scratched one! These deliverymen were much, MUCH more conscientious than the first crew. I appreciated it a lot, I'll call the store and compliment them.

Now, I'm going to go have a glass of wine and a hot bath (and hopefully not eat a pint of Depression Ice Cream, but no promises).
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I was totally impetuous (by Virgo standards) and am now going to Tokyo at the end of March!

I'm super excited to visit Minako-chan, eat some good food, see the flowers... and be in Japan sometime other than the Frozen Winter. :)

To prep, I'm tripling up on Japanese language software. Here are some thoughts!
Caveat: For those who don't know, I've never formally studied Japanese. I learned from manga, TV shows, and video games. This has led to some truly hilarious skill gaps, some of which have been pointed out to me by the following programs. XD

Nintendo DS "My Japanese Coach"
I've used the DS Japanese tutor off and on for about two years now. It's probably most useful for vocab drills. It can be a little buggy, and the snail's pace moving from romanji to hiragana to kanji is almost unbearable. Comparatively, the lessons on verb conjugation fly by without much practice. The writing exercises with the stylus are generally nice (... but again, buggy, as it only intermittently cares about stroke order, and sometimes errors out entirely). The game comes preloaded with thousands of phrases in the "Reference" section, and I wish it would utilize these more effectively in the game itself. It's really cheap for an electronic dictionary/phrasebook, though.
The teacher-animation is incredibly embarrassing. Having a CG-Kimono-Lady bounce when you get something right is awful.
Hilarious Thing It Taught Me (that I should have already known): "otearai" means bathroom. I knew the kanji, but never thought about the pronunciation! Lollerskates!

Rosetta Stone
The idea behind Rosetta is immersion. They show you photographs while a phrase is read aloud; you then choose the appropriate photograph. It's interesting, and it tries to teach some conjugation (the difference between, say, "The children are jumping" versus "The children have completed jumping") without actually directly teaching it. It's a good software if you're looking to learn phrases... but not necessarily "useful" phrases.
Here's me explaining it to fellow biologist John--
Me: " then you click on the picture that matches what you heard, or read."
Coworker John: "Hmmmmm I don't know about that. Is that a good way to learn?"
Me: "There's no English at all, so it forces you. You keep guessing until you get it right, and eventually you figure out why you got it right."
John: "What about sentences and stuff?"
Me: "I guess with enough repetition, you'd memorize the sentence you hear, but you wouldn't necessarily learn structure."
John: "Right? Weird. You could totally learn things wrong that way. Like, you need the bathroom, and with what you remembered from Rosetta, you'd yell 'THE BOY IS IN THE BATHROOM'."
Me: "... it's not impossible."
Anyway, I obviously can't argue with immersion-learning, since that's how I learned my Japanese. But like I said, not the most useful conversational phrases. "The little girl has long, straight black hair" or "The clown on the left is taller than the clown on the right".
Hilarious Thing It Taught Me (that I should have already known): "mijikai" means short. (Make your own BL manga joke here.)

Obenkyo App
My biggest weakness is numbers and counters. So I downloaded this free Android Market app and it's been super. It has a hiragana test, a katakana test, kanji, and numbers. You can specify which JLPT you want in the kanji portion, so I can filter out the high-level stuff I'll never learn. There's a writing portion in beta, but I haven't tried it yet. No phrases or conjugation or anything, but it's a cool little quiz (and probably particularly useful for kanji drilling before an exam) plus it's free! (I've also got the "FlashCards" free app, but most of those kanji are waaaaaay beyond me and there's no way to take it down to my stupidity.)
Hilarious Thing It Taught Me (that I should have already known): There are 1200 JLPT level 1 kanji? Bejeebus.

Those are my major Study Tools at the moment... but let's all just admit that I'm really doing most of my learning from Tokimeki Memorial Girls Side. And THIS is why all my vocab comes from shoujo manga...
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Heeee, sliding in stocking-feet on my new hardwood floors is AWESOME. <3

Fashion Show this Saturday! I'm helping out, serving cupcakes and helping the models get on the runway. I'm excited to see everyone's outfits. All are welcome!

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Also also, I need to stop listening to "Motor Cycle" by Bump of Chicken. It is consuming me.