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11/12/10 - The first batch of AnimeUSA 2010 photos, and I finish my touristy tour of DC: even the White House!

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I made the airport bus!
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On the plane!
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Night flights don't offer as many sight seeing opportunities, but the lights are cool!
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I'm not sure what city this is, but it sure looks cool from the air!
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So much light pollution
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The exposed elevators at the Hyatt in Crystal City!
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The neat lights on the roof
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People signing up early to get their badges
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This door kept breaking all weekend
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It's only Thursday and there's already a line
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Anime USA!
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Is that all we are to these people? Anime Convention?
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Our hotel room!
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Bryce checks out the program
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Brian and his girlfriend Kitty
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Bryce is already tired and we haven't even started yet
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Nice hat, Brian
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Ready to rock!
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Flashes are bright
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The flash put Bryce into zombie mode
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Bryce brought his Persona hat
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Getting decorations set up
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Jefferson was working Registration!
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Brian and Alan
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"Sign this"
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The Anime USA mascot
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Brian is a puffer fish
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It's Mckeed!
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Ah, yes, that's the Mckeed I know.
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Looking for t-shirts
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Joanna!
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Bryce and Mckeed wait around for the Vicmobile to show up
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Alan always makes the same face when he spots a camera
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"Put the damn camera down and help me move the server!"
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Waiting around in the lobby with a pile of stuff
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Amanda carrying some stuff
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Nice pillow, Mckeed
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Mckeed sets up the screen
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Getting the VAT ready
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Alan brought juice boxes!
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Bryce marvels over the amazing prizes we'll be giving out.. namely the ones that last year's winner didn't want
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Vic gets the server ready
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There's that look again!
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Getting the VAT set up doesn't take too long
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Rinny stopped by to say hi!
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Joy works on some last minute alterations to her Error-chan costume
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Hey Amanda
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Bryce basically just wandered around
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Vic sets up some connections in the server
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I can never resist a closeup of a mixer
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Mckeed and Joanna
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Jeff plays with his trusty iPhone
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Mckeed and Joanna investigate my G2
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It was too late to use this for my picture of the day, but I still liked it
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I found this thing in the staff hallway. Looks like a timebomb
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Wii time!
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Bryce recreates the logo to his website
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What's up, Rinny?
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Mckeed gets the playlist for his panel together
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If we don't do it ahead of time, it's usually a disaster
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Whoa, hey Jeff
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The control booth. Well.. really more like, the control corner
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Jeff and Joy hanging out in the control booth
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I imagine this is how Vic edits his videos at home.. two computers, orange soda.. tupperware..
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The view of the Hyatt lobby roof as seen from above
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The Hyatt lobby!
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The cosplayers are out today!
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Metro stations continue to be neat
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Slipping away from the con for a few hours, I spent a few hours checking out the city!
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I missed my stop, so got off at Archives, which is the stop I used to get to the Rally
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Playing frisbee on the Mall
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Hey, where did the Rally go?? This picture was taken from approximately the same place I stood for the Rally
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The Capitol! Today, this was the closest I got
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My first target for the day.. the Washington Monument
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I was going to say hi to the spacecraft in the main room at the Air and Space museum.. but the line was out the door and I'm on a schedule!
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A merry-go-round on the Mall
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I just took this for James
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Some neat looking church
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What the hell is going on here?
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It's some crazy group shooting promotional photos for pneumonia awareness or something
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Other people got in on the action
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Walking along the mall
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The Monument is a destination for a lot of people
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I almost took a ride in one of these, but decided it was too goofy
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That second to last point is a little broad..
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I'm almost there!
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Closer..
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Closer still!
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Too close
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It's so surreal to see sights like this in person after seeing them on TV for my whole life
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The White House peeping over the trees!
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Neat flags around the monument
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I asked a person to take my picture!
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I asked a wall to take my picture!
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Coming up on the World War II monument
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Interesting fountain
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The walls had artwork depicting the events of the war
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Battlefield medicine sure has come a long way
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Nice fountain
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Fountain!
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I really liked the light specks on this one
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Someone left this wreath here. Remember that yesterday was Veteran's Day
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Famous names
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More interesting fountains
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Franklin Roosevelt gives the women of the war the credit they deserve
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If the Atlantic is here then..
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There's the Pacific over there!
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Interesting sculpture
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I like the deail on the feathers
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Looking back at the fountain
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I found Massachusetts!
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More fountains
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I was drawn over to this, but wasn't quite sure what it was..
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Flowers left at the wall
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Lots of flowers. The words say "Here we mark the price of freedom"
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I asked someone and my suspicions were unfortunately confirmed.. each star represents 100 American lives
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There are 4,000 stars here. It's simply overwhelming
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I finally made it to the famous reflecting pool!
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I'd heard the water was gross, but yikes!
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The Lincoln Memorial awaits
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Of course, I walked along the wall
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When I first rotated this picture, I did it the upside down and was totally confused
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The woman with the bike here was doing some kind of photo shoot
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I pose in front of the Washington Monument again
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We're pretty close to the airport
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Almost at the Lincoln Memorial!
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It's one of those crazy pneumonia people!
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He's doing flips now!
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Mr. Lincoln himself!
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It was bigger than I realized
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Interesting inscription
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Slightly closer view
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Proof I was here!
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The view from the top of the steps was pretty impressive
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Amazing view of the reflecting pool, even if it is a little gross
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I liked the Capitol peeking out from behind the monument
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Airplane!
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A really cool statue near the Vietnam War memorial
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After running into the pneumonia guy again, I had to get a picture with him
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Just the beginning..
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So many names
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It was almost more overwhelming than the WWI memorial
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The reflections make for some interesting photos
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I tried to find my dad's friend who died, but couldn't remember his name. Next time.
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Lots of people left flowers
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The stuff people left behind was almost too much. I didn't look at it long
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The last name on a wall that should never have had to exist
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The book that helps you locate names is enormous
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Changing leaves!
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The Washington Monument peeking up above the trees
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The moon was out!
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Not sure what this is all about, but the flaming sword was cool
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This famous elipse!
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The Christmas trees were already being set up
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This guy was on a Razor scooter!
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Tourists gather in front of the White House while police watch them
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It's the White House! Again, it's very strange to actually see it in person after seeing it on tv so often
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The rainbows were installed after Obama took office.
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Beeeess!!
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I asked someone to take my picture
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Even deadly guard dogs need to be walked
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The treasury building!
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I took these pictures for Brett
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The north side of the White House
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The fountain really adds to the view
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And why not, I got my picture taken on this side too
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Pennsylvania Ave!
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The street is actually shut down. Cars can get on it, but only by passing a pretty intense barricade
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This sign seemed needlessly verbose..
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This was the station I was originally trying to get to
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Already went!
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This walking distance sign seemed a little ominous considering the setting
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I already saw it!
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I was back with plenty of time before it was time to help Bryce with his panel
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This kid was really into the AMVs Bryce plaed
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Brakus thought she was funny
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She kept dancing around. Little did she know she was forcing Bryce to move all the violent videos further down the queue
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Bryce listens to a voicemail from a recruiter. Exciting!
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My favorite thing about cons again. Cosplayers out in the wild
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I got Bryce to pose with the chili again
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That's an.. interesting.. font choice. Down the harr!
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We always grab the best seats
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Mckeed didn't even try to be sneaky. Note the color of the liquid in his sprite bottle
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Our AMV Singalong panel was a smashing success!
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This poor Sakura cosplayer had to wait almost half an hour to get in to see some AMVs.
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Omar finally tracked down his pizzas
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This Okami cosplay was absoutley amazing
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She managed to move in a thoroughly unhuman, and deeply alarming, way. My lower brain just flipped out.. until she gave me a hug
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Easily the most impressive cosplay I saw all weekend
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Brian made this while sitting in the booth during AMV Hell
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It didn't fly that well
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I'm in the credits for AMV Hell 5!!
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The rave next door to the VAT is always an interesting photographic subject
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So many lights!
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The people with glowsticks made a lot of interesting patterns
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I realize these four pictures were more or less the same, but the shifting lights were so interesting!
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This is actually a hula-hoop full of LEDs
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Lights everywhere!
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There wasn't a ton of dancing happening on the dance floor
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This guy was flipping out
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I only kept this one because I liked how the moving spotlight traced out a purple blob
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Not much dancing, but lots of energy
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Dance!
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Spinning!
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Oh anime con raves.. why is there Pokemon on the screen?
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Sudden strobe lights really lit this one up
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The DJ seemed to be having a fun time
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What's up next?
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I don't know, more dancing. What od you want from me
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Give this guy some room!
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Dancing Obama up on the screen!
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I told Bryce he looked like a middle school woodshop teacher. He was really an Iron Editor host
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Artists Alley!
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This costume struck me because normally with this type of costume the head is really oversized, but not on this one
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Yip yip!
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