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  1. OK also a warning on those 5-hour energy drinks that are advertised to have no crash effects....

    DO NOT take more that ONE bottle every 48 hours i do believe that is the warning on those little orange bottles, and with good reason too as they can have serious medical repercussions. For me, I've done no-doze, monster energy drinks, soda, tea, and the 5-hour energy and out of all of them the two things that workk for me to keep me going is soda (Dr. Pepper since I can't get any Big Red) and tea (Lipton with no lemon).

    Everyone is different though

  2. Just thought I'd put up something about this.

    Remember, caffine is a depresent, meaning once its run its course you feel run down. That means if you have 3 coffees or sodas back to back expect a crash later. A lot of energy drinks also depend on caffine and sugar to give you a rush and so you crash later. There are more energy drinks now that do us B-vitamans, which won't give you a crash at the end. You can also find B-12 drops, sprays, lossanges, etc. at health food stores which can give you a burst of energy. Of course with all this its still important to say you need to keep yourself hydrated and the best way to do that is water, lots of water. Even if you're drinking gatorade or other sports drinks, still drink some water, it will help you a lot.

  3. (repost since I first posted when they were moving all the other topics)

    Made one of these threads last year.

    So anyways, can anyone link me to photos or videos they took with me in my kitty-Miroku cosplay? I think two or three videos were taken of me doing the "nyan nyan" dance.

    Other than that there was a girl I danced with shortly Saturday but didn't get a chance to get contact info for or meet on Sunday. So yeah, if you danced with kitty-Miroku I am here! And hey, anyone wanting to chat with me feel free to send me a private message to trade contact info.

  4. Made one of these threads last year.

    So anyways, can anyone link me to photos or videos they took with me in my kitty-Miroku cosplay? I think two or three videos were taken of me doing the "nyan nyan" dance.

    Other than that there was a girl I danced with shortly Saturday but didn't get a chance to get contact info for or meet on Sunday. So yeah, if you danced with kitty-Miroku I am here! And hey, anyone wanting to chat with me feel free to send me a private message to trade contact info.

  5. Water and Gatorade are two things I take, as well as money set aside just for food. A bag of some sort is also a good idea and some sort of folder for any prints and art you may buy to protect against folding and other damage. Some people may also want to consider carrying around some extra deoderant or body spray because we all agree, no one wants to be stuck next to the person with otaku-funk.

  6. Hey guys, I wanted to remind everyone that at this point, no panels have been officially approved (even if there's been lengthy communication between the staff and some potential panelists), and that approval will not be issued before the June 1 deadline.

    That said, I'm really excited about a lot of the applications we've received so far - and I think that you all will definitely be pleased by the schedule we'll be offering this year. :angry:

    ....Geez, I'm starting to sound like alabaster with all this hinting. <_<

  7. Well, hopefully I'm going to get to do my roleplaying panel this year and maybe even as a workshop. I fully support panels/workshops on writing and roleplaying being done! I think there usually is at least one about fanfics each year. And if anyone is looking for an aditional person to be on a writing or roleplaying related panel, feel free to send me a message, I'm willing to offer my brain.

  8. Isn't rave music any music with some technoy part to it that can be looped? So it could have some banjo cords in it and still be techno. You might have a lot of people that enjoyed the track with the saxophone in it. They're not going to tell the DJ's they can't play music that takes or simulates sounds of a specific instrument. How about some banjo-techno to open the rave this year? That way people that think rave music can only be skull crushing bass can get their whining out of the way at the start.

  9. y'know what? You are completely, one hundred percent right.

    WE SHOULD ALL GO AS SPARTANS NEXT YEAR!

    hmm... I unfortunately couldn't make it this year, can anyone tell me if there were enough Naruto and Bleach cosplayers to form up a full cast of 300? This includes the Persian army too. Or... at least some Xerxeses and immortals.

  10. What ever is popular and being aired on TV will always have a lot of cosplayers apparent for it. I think back a few years you would have seen an abundance of Inuyashas cosplayers.

    There was a lot of different cosplayers at Otakon this year, including a pair of Katt cosplayers (Breath of Fire 2 game), a number of Darkstalker cosplayers, and even a couple of marvel costumes (Deadpool and Ironman were the best!).

  11. Hrm... was just thinking... Even if you don't have breathalyser there, maybe consider asking Baltimore if one or a pair of police would consider standing by the rave during their shift. It would certainly make people think twice, if even for a moment, of slipping anything illegal into the rave or dinking more than they should. Also, if they had a breathalyser on hand, then it would be their perogative to use it if they think they spot anyone over intoxicated or any underage drinkers.

    Just a slight thought.

  12. To Iserlohn and Blues:

    Logistically if there was a deposit for panelists, it would be best if the refunds were given post-con, not during with needing someone to carry a checkbook or cashbox, which is a risk situation all it's own with so many people around. Also, I'm sorry to say, but if $50 is a major difference on your budget, you may want to consider skipping a convention (where people usually spend a lot more that just $50 after getting in) or making other possible sacrifices in your life to make up that difference.

    To Apreche:

    I do notice that some cons want panelists to give a number that they can be reached at during said con. I had actually tacked on my cell number in one of my PMs to the panel head and told them that if anything fell through I'd be happy to fill in with my panel if they would let me, I never got a call though.

    And they really do need to have a low tolerance for a panelist blowing off their obligation if that's what really happened. There was one panel that got canceled this year at Otakon because of a schedualing error and the panelist was never updated on the correct time, so really that wasn't the panelists fault. Now if someone blows off doing their panel with no appropriate reason, I sure hope Otakon takes their name down as someone to not panel next year.

    Having the staff that gets assigned to the room judge how good the panel was though? That's not such a good idea... What if it's a Resident Evil panel and they despise RE? They could give a bad review for a very good panel. And attendance being the judge doesn't always work as sometimes people make judgement calls on two panels they want to see but are at the same time as well as... well, in my expereince? Sunday panels have lower attendance than any other day regardless of what the panels are.

    Example on that last thing: 2006 Internet RPG Panel was on Sunday, just after Sauske and Sakura VA's panel. Even their panel didn't fill the room, though I imagine if it had been schedualed on a Saturday they would have filled a lot more seats. During my panel, which I'm sure had less people present than the prior panel, I even had the problem of one person trying to wave people out because the person that was schedualed next wasn't coming and was in the dealer's room or something... (in hindsite I should have yelled at them that they should ask staff to update the schedual board and then leave rather than being rude and trying to wave people out).

    Judging a panel on attendance is rather harsh given all the factors that effect the attendance of panels.

  13. Well, I had made a post elsewhere that was this:

    <quote>

    There were a number of programming problems and snafus this year... I want to make some suggestions for next.

    1) Have someone keep a second set of information on panelists and workshops. As staff found out this year, computer crashes happen... You need a backup of information.

    2) Consider making a "deposit" charged to panelists and workshopists. If these people quit or drop out after a certain date (like, day of con or said panel) they forfiet their deposit. If they do complete their programming, they get their deposit refunded to them post-con. Now this might mean a bit more work... but this also will help keep away people that app for a panel but never really finalize plans on showing up to Otakon as well as people that app as a "get in free" and then never show up for their panel.

    </quote>

    Now for deposit I'd only say basic con admission, maybe even the full discounted early-order cost, per panelist, rather than a full admission-per-hour rate.

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