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KSweeley last won the day on August 1

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About KSweeley

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    Otakon Staff since 2010, Otakon Attendee since 2001.
  • Birthday 01/17/1986

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  1. Funimation announced that they will be donating $10,000 towards Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas: https://www.crowdrise.com/FunimationHurricaneHarveyRelief?utm_medium=email&utm_source=exacttarget&utm_campaign=&utm_content=https%3a%2f%2fwww.crowdrise.com%2fFunimationHurricaneHarveyRelief
  2. Otakon 2017 Hotel Feedback

    Hello, I stayed at the Pod DC hotel in Chinatown. It's a new hotel for D.C., opened couple of months before Otakon 2017. Found out about it when searching for a relatively inexpensive hotel room to stay at for Otakon this year. Found the Pod D.C. hotel for $562.65 for a four night stay. I checked in on Thursday and checked out on Monday. The hotel room is for 2 people, the room is smaller than the typical average American hotel room but that didn't bother me. The room has a nice large HDTV and there's free Wi-Fi in all the rooms. I've used the Wi-Fi and it was really good. The bed was comfortable. The room is air conditioned and was nice and cool every time I walked into the hotel room. The bathroom is very nice and the shower had hot water whenever I took a shower. Just an FYI: If you are bothered by noises during the night, don't stay at this hotel, the hotel room I stayed in on the 9th floor wasn't soundproofed that well and I could hear noises from the outside when I was in my room but as I am a deep sleeper once I fall asleep, noises from the outside doesn't bother me. The location of this hotel is really great, right up the street is a Walgreens, the Arena is a few blocks away and the convention center is a quick walk from the Pod D.C. hotel. So I would actually recommend the Pod D.C. hotel to people if they want a decently priced hotel that's within close walking distance to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. If you would like more details about my hotel room experience and Otakon experience, PM me, I would be glad to discuss it more in detail.
  3. D.C. Otakon 2017 mentions.

    Events D.C. has posted an actual photo gallery for Otakon 2017: http://eventsdc.com/NewsRoom/PhotoGallery.aspx?currentPage=Otakon 2017 Destination D.C. posted a Tweet welcoming Otakon to D.C and Otakon was a "D.C. Cool Meetings" event: Events D.C. Tweets for Otakon 2017:
  4. When asked what Otakon was, I said "Otakon isn't a business meeting, it's a leisure convention that brings fans of Asian culture together for panels, workshops, meet and greets with guests, stuff like that."
  5. I thought it was rather strange to be asked why people attending Otakon wasn't wearing business clothing since the WEWCC has had Awesome Con for the past couple of years that should've acclimated people and the MPD with leisure conventions that brings in cosplayers. I was asked those questions, didn't really think to ask if these people were familiar with Awesome Con.
  6. On Otakon Friday, I was walking around downtown D.C. and I got stopped by many business people asking me about what's going on in the convention center and why people aren't dressed up in a suit and tie and when I tried to explain that Otakon isn't a business meeting but a leisure convention focused on Asian culture, they all apparently couldn't understand what a leisure convention is because they asked "So, this Otakon, people who attend it won't be wearing a suit and tie?" Also on Friday, a MPD officer stopped me and asked "Sir, me and my fellow officers are seeing a lot of these Otakon badges and people going into the convention center not wearing business clothing, what's going on at the convention center?" and I tried explaining what Otakon is to this MPD officer and the officer said "Otakon isn't a business meeting for D.C.? So the people attending Otakon won't be wearing business clothing to this event? What's with seeing people in costumes coming to the convention center?" and I tried explaining that Otakon isn't a business meeting, it's a leisure convention and that people typically wear costumes to this event. The MPD officer asked "Will this Otakon event be returning to D.C. in 2018?" and I replied with "Yes, Otakon will be at the convention center from 2018 until at least 2024." and the MPD officer said "Uhhh ok, thanks. I guess a lot of us won't understand what Otakon is." Has anyone else got stopped and asked what Otakon is over the weekend?
  7. Over the Otakon weekend, the Washington Business Journal published an article about Otakon where it was reported that Events D.C. estimated that over the weekend, all the attendees of Otakon was expected to spend an estimated total of $30 million, it was also revealed that the Wi-Fi is improved upon in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center annually, article also reported on eSports at Otakon: https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/08/11/with-otakon-city-boosters-hope-to-up-d-c-s.html Washington Business Journal also sent a photographer to Otakon this year, the Washington Business Journal is calling Otakon a "conference" rather than a convention: https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/08/11/is-that-pikachu-scenes-from-2017-otakon-at-the.html
  8. Otakon mentioned in the Washington Post.

    That WaPo article lists an event that Otakon attendees arriving Thursday could go and check out, free screening of the movie Top Gun at 8 PM:
  9. Otakon Discord Server

    Awesome, I've joined the Otakon Discord as well.
  10. This Washington Post article dated August 7, 2017 mentions Otakon: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/going-out-guide/wp/2017/08/07/10-things-to-do-in-the-d-c-area-the-week-of-aug-7-11/?utm_term=.7153782d5eed
  11. No problem, I like to try to be helpful to others. I've been a longtime attendee of Otakon and really love attending Otakon from year to year. It's going to be an interesting experience this year now that Otakon is in D.C.
  12. A primary reason why I created this map is to try to help out this year's attendees of Otakon, also, the map that was given to Otakon is from 2014 ( https://cdn1.otakon.com/media/filer_public/3c/02/3c02b660-6d9d-44f3-ab4c-9a3e64370387/restaurantmap_2014.pdf ), a lot of things can and has changed since 2014.
  13. Funimation could be changing in the near future, Sony Pictures Television just announced on July 31, 2017 that they are acquiring a substantial majority stake in Funimation: http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/press_releases/2017/07_17/073117_funimation.html
  14. Thursday Meetups?

    There's a WMATA bus that goes between National Harbor, Maryland and the Southern Avenue Metro Station, the NH1, here's the schedule for the NH1 bus: https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/upload/NH1_161218.pdf
  15. I created this map way before the finalized D.C. Metro hours was announced. I added hotels (and food places) that would be farther outside of the downtown D.C. area that would be accessible via Metro and would likely be much cheaper than the hotels found in the downtown D.C. area near the convention center. The only inconvenience of the D.C. Metro currently is it's operating hours, Friday and Saturday the Metro stops running at 1 AM (before this year Metro operated until 3 AM on Friday and Saturday), Otakon usually runs until 2 AM on Friday and Saturday, I'm hoping WMATA will restore operating hours of Metro to 3 AM on Friday and Saturday.