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  1. If you arrive well before the doors open, you'll be waiting a while. If you come after the doors open and the line is moving, the wait will usually be much shorter.

    Which is why, despite the opening time, many folks here on the boards who are familiar with standing in the Thursday pre-registration line suggest coming around 7-7:30pm. The line is never short by any means, but it moves faster and the sun's going down by then. Of course pre-registering is faster than registration at the convention. All you really have to do then is pick up your badge. If you're coming Friday morning and want to miss as little as possible, pre-registration's the way to do it.

  2. I'm with MC on quad shots. That and a mountain dew amp energy drink, and I'm usually golden. Only when I need a little pick me up or have a taste for them though. As far as b-12 is concerned I usually get a 'healthy dose' of that every day in the vitamins I take (to the tune of about 417% per vitamin). Though interestingly enough I cut back to nothing but water come convention time. Are you asking about or mentioning energy drinks and supplements for recommendations, trying to stay up for extended hours, or find out what people keep energized on 'at con'? Just curious.

  3. While I've already suggested that the dance move (to accommodate the growing number of people who seem to attend), I do have some concerns.

    1. Is this area far enough away from the rooms to avoid waking people up with the music?

    2. How well ventilated will this space be (I hope this doesn't need to be explained)?

    3. Can the area meet the electrical needs (all that equipment has to suck some serious juice)?

    4. Would the carpet cleaning bill be cheaper or more expensive?

    5. Are there accessible bathrooms nearby?

    6. How would bag check be handled (or would there even be one)?

    7. How many water fountains (takes a while for water to get cold after replacing a jug), extra water jugs, and sleeves of cups in each room?

    8. Where would the nearest USABLE entrance and exit be for people who need fresh air or want to smoke?

    These are just a few that come to mind, but to answer the original post:

    1. Maybe. I am for A move, not necessarily this one. See above.

    2. That depends on how easy it is to get to. To me it seems attendance just keeps growing the past few years.

    3. Again, see above.

  4. I'm a fan of Megazone 23. To be fair though it's being RE-released as a complete collection. Details later (I haven't watched it in a few months). Other 'older' (I wouldn't really call much anime old) titles that I'd recommend: Venus Wars, Five Star Stories, Vampire Hunter D, Casshan, Maetel Legend (and anything Matsumoto for that matter), Iria, ... So many to choose from. Besides D all of those fall squarely in sci-fi. I know for a fact that all of these titles have been available on dvd in the last 5 years (they're sitting on my shelf) the question is whether you can still get them or not. I'd say Vampire Hunter D should be relatively easy to find. Five Star Stories should be RE-released and available 3/3. As for the others YMMV.

    Are you looking for a particular series/movie on DVD that you need help tracking down, or are you looking for suggestions? Most of the stuff I remember coming out of the mid-late 90's was available on dvd at the same time or shortly afterward.

  5. FYI ... If I remember correctly, I read that the last company producing standalone VCR's finally stopped making them recently (like this past fall).

    ... Yup assuming engadget is correct here

    Side note: Beast King Golion is still coming out, but Voltron (the lions portion anyway) is all released now (Vehicle Voltron part one is out and part 2 is coming 1/27)

  6. You see where I'm coming from, right?

    Oh. You mean how just because something is perverted and obscene doesn't mean it's actually doing any harm to anyone? Yeah. A pen and some paper can be a mighty danger to society (warning: that was sarcasm). Still, how anyone finds any appeal in that material is beyond me. Maybe some form of mandatory counseling would be a more suitable punishment seeing as how there are clearly some issues there.

  7. I'm wondering how this even came together. He's got manga that somehow was seen by someone who was offended by it? ... and they saw fit to alert authorities? Who knows this guy well enough to check out his collection, but finds the material offensive enough to do that? Is that how this reads to anyone else, or is it something initiated by all this federal-government-monitoring-your-every-move kind of surveillance? I'm just baffled.

  8. I think the grammar of your post hurt my brain a little. Now on to the topic at hand. Driving through there is cool, but I usually go up a block (N), over 2 (W), and down (S) to 395 South out of the city. The Hyatt's an expensive lot to park in, but it's 24 hour, easy to get in and out of, and almost always has spaces on floors 5 and 6. I take it you have to go that way to get out of the city from where you're parked. It must be nice to get to go through there when you leave. I see there's a down side to that though. Sorry to hear you're bummed. I do remember doing that. I always get a cool sentimental feeling going through there - or even just passing by the BCC. Sorry for rambling.

  9. note; apparently mods don't like double posts... so all the pics I put up are gone. When I get my weekly bit of spare time, I'll start rehosting them in a mod-ok'd manner :D)

    I think the problem was that you didn't link to the images, you just posted them directly (double posting aside). It's in the rules, but usually someone at least lets you know when that's the case. Sorry to go O.T. like that. Just figured you'd want to know.

  10. I happened upon that little tidbit of info thanks to a 'bleach the movie' post somewhere around the boards (if my memory hasn't failed me again, that is). I have my ticket for Wed at 7:30. The full list of theaters is available at fathomevents.com. There are two showings, both at 7:30 pm - one on Tues 5/20 and one on Wed 5/21.

    The full list is here--> http://www.fathomevents.com/news/default.aspx?newsid=122

  11. If you're staying for three or four nights, it's not unheard of. If your room is $250/night, and you're staying Thursday night - Sunday night, that's $1000 right there. Add in the taxes and other miscellaneous charges (room service, parking, etc) and it adds up very quickly. Most people combat this by staying Thurs-Sat nights, or sometimes even just Fri-Sat. However, if you want to stick around and see the sights (there are some nice ones in Baltimore, if you know where to look), tacking on an extra night is a great way to do it. (Plus, it helps combat con-fatigue!)

    Oh ok, I didnt consider that some people stayed 4 nights. I guess that makes some sense if you're flying in from across the country or from another country. Im from Washington, DC so Ive already seen Baltimore's sights 100s of times ^_^

    Personally I'm only staying 3 nights (Th-Sa) but I missed con rates last year (so approximately $390 per night if i remember correctly). I'll be under $900 (on the room - with the con rate) this year and have a second bed in the room that I've offered up to 2 people (no takers yet - kinda feel weird even offering). It's really not about the money.

      I don't feel like walking any farther in the Baltimore heat than I have to

      I spend almost every available minute in the convention center

      I only sleep about 4 hours a night, so I want a comfortable bed to sleep on in a quiet hotel

    ... so I stay at the Sheraton Inner Harbor. I shudder at the mere thought of trying to get away with my schedule AND sharing a room with enough people to get away with spending $100 on a room for the entire weekend. I was fortunate to get some extra work one day about a week before con last year that covered the bulk of my expenses. I need to take a serious look at some Funimation stuff that I've been missing out on, so I'll probably end up around there again this year.
  12. Hotel fee for those who don't split a room is pretty high. I spent about 1500 last year, but most of that was hotel (about 1300). Parking, food, merch, my con membership itsself. I was 'prepared' for more, but there's rarely any reason I spend much more than I did in the dealers room or on food. If I saw that one thing that cost an arm and a leg that I just had to have though...

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