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04/24/11 - Anime Boston 2011! Topaz joins me on tech staff and I take my nifty fifty on a cosplayer hunt!

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Topaz is unimpressed by the Shertaon elevator. But just you wait!
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Anime Boston's fancy triangular banner
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This year I got a radio the whole time, with a secret service style earpiece! It was a lot of fun to listen in on tech operations throughout the con.
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Topaz is the gaff tape wizard
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He even has a precarious way of storing it
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Hey it's Jamie! He sure has a fancy camera
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Topaz doesn't get the 3DS
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Read a book, read a book!
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Tech staffers hanging around
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It's tough to be the radio tech
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A lot of people check their phones during the downtime
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It may look like we're just sitting around, but at a moment's notice, we may have to rush into action
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I've seen this guy for years, and I only know him as
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We had a lot of radios this year!
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So many radios!
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You need a lot of wires to run a convention
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Main Events is still open to Hall C
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The big fancy LED screen
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Big cameras in Main Events
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Topaz spent a lot of the weekend playing Nethack. A fine pursuit, but I still like to make fun fo him
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Ben's having a good time
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We had Interstella 5555 playing on Thursday night
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Desmond looks pretty distraught for this early in the convention!
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I'll forever regret not being on the forums and thus missing the awesome Anime Boston hockey jerseys
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Ben checks his phone
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Behold: the world's largest laptop
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One of my rare "wide" shots taken with my kit lens
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Yeah, this looks about right for a tech table
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The flashy Apple store across the street. Was it really only last year that the iPad came out?
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Time to study your schedules to be sure when you're working and what panels you want to go to
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Rick! Master of panels at cons up and down the East coast
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The escalator affords one a good opportunity to look around
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Jamie may be a scoundrel, but I do like his fancy camera
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Gathering for the all hands meeting
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Checking the microphones
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Looks like they're working!
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I like how the orange shirts tend to clump on one side
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Andrea, our con chair!
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Mike Lee, Tech's fearless leader
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Victor, the co-chair!
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I like this picture of Jefferson
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Dave lines up a staff picture
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Matt tries to get the cart out of the ditch on his 3DS
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Everyone back to Level 2!
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Marian did an amazing job as Tech Chief of Staff, especially considering that she just had a kid!
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"Nabil, those gloves make it look like you're ready to garrot someone." "Everyone keeps saying that! My hands are just cold!"
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Nabil explains the mixer board. I never got any training!
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So many switches and dials!
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A junior tech tries out the board
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Crank that gain!
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Ah yes. The convention must have started
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Dunkin' Donuts was a madhouse as usual
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Rosie had some trouble running her radio wire up her back
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Cool film camera!
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"Video Land", where the screens of Main Events are controlled
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Setting up the music themed stage
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Arcade machines in Hall C!
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Whoa, a 3DO! But why isn't it playing terrible Legend of Zelda games?
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DDR! I remember when Anime Boston only had Red Octane dance pads
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Business creeper?
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Yeah.. 2011...
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Panels where cosplayers answer questions as their characters are the worst
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Spiffy Spartan costume!
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Oh no! Don't shoot me!
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Awesome Companion Cube costume
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I'm not sure what this is, but I think it's based on Twilight Princess
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This is a pretty half assed Last Airbender cosplay, but I can dig it
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Rock, paper, scissors!
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Tiny toy chickens are scary
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The control center in the middle of Main Events
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Moving pianos is hard!
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Scary creeper!
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Heyyy, this isn't a Gundam!
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So many dice!
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I'm always tempted by dice, but I have so little use for them
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A Kallen cosplayer from Code Geass
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Gurren Lagann!
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Winry and Hawkeye!
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Zorro sure does have a lot of swords
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Oogie Boogie!
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Sim person!
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Oh man, I'm so close to the intelligence!
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Captain N! And he's even got a power glove!
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I found this Robin's white eyes very impressive
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Captain Jack Sparrow, but I don't think it's that one guy who shows up every year
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Dead Mau cosplayer?
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Default Minecraft Guy!
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Could that be Matt the Mat?
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It is!
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Matt has the world's largest camera
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It makes fake-o Polaroids!
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To infinity, and well, you know
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Does this Digimon costume count as a furry? Who knows
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Oh no! Missingno! Make sure your sixth item isn't a bike!
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This little cat thing moved its head in a very hypnotic fashion
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Us tech staffers couldn't figure out what was the deal with the Hetalia cosplayers in the courtyard
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Pineapple and radio?
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That's a big katamari
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Pikachu was called as a witness in Cosplay Court
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The "bailiffs"
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I call this guy "duct tape Sauron"
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Usually this guy is "the internet" but now he's "not the internet' for some reason.
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"Mansty". Yikes.
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Carrying Mansty away at gunpoint
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The prince! Apparently the prince of the Celtics
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Sailor Moon!
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Steve! Just a normal attendee this year
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The Desmometer is pretty low.. for now
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The wall of fame and shame! Good or bad radio behavior would get you on either board. I didn't make either side!
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Colorful drums!
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Waiting to seat people for the Girugamesh concert
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Waiting for the attendees
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Now here is a motley crew
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Commander was on staff too this year!
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She brought us to a pretty spiffy grill called Spike's
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Topaz loves burgers and hotdogs
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Hey Commander!
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Commander's boyfriend, who brought me a sweet Mass Effect hat in exchange for a soda.. but I forgot to buy him one!
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I'm not sure that's entirely accurate
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Commander and her buddies, and Jefferson
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Spike's was an excellent way to end Friday night
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Chris Beveridge's panel was pretty interesting. As he put it, he was the guy who could answer the questions about the anime industry that the industry itself wouldn't answer.
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Joe took my picture, so I took his
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Aisha Clanclan!
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Sheik and Saria from Ocarina of Time!
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Miku was singing in the hall
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You need to be pretty loud to keep the people in the game room under control
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Gathering around the TV
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Dance Central is fun!
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Move is fun too, I guess
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It's that crazy music arcade game!
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Batman cosplayers!
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I had some awesome art commissioned on the back on my ereader!
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She did a great job, didn't she!
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I felt bad that I couldn't tell if this was Princess Peach or Fat Princess
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Wow, Slowpoke. That's harsh
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Martial Arts man JP kicks his non-martial arts guy's ass!
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"Oh god!"
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This looks pretty painful
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Everyone was ok!
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The Masquerade trophies!
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Running the Masquerade from Video Land
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I found myself standing next to this terrifying thing, desperately hoping to not disturb it and/or die
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The view from the Masquerade side stage
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Taking pictures of cosplayers? I can relate
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Ada taking the stage with her giant bazooka
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She's got Dijit in her sights!
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The Masquerade judges watch on
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Uncle Yo has been defeated.. for now!
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Link runs out for a thumbs up
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Mr. Dick Tripwire!
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This guy won an award for his excellent performance at Hentai Dubbing!
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Topaz and I thought this guy looked like Shawn when he was on stage, but.. he doesn't
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Anime Dance!
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Cue the Strongbad techno music!
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The Demomometer is getting pretty high! Also, note the hilarious radio dialogue on the left
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Cosplay Chess? We must be on Sunday!
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An American cosplayer! By which I mean they're cosplaying as America! But they're probably American as well
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The Green Building at MIT. No, it isn't green.
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Some of the remaining attendees check out Boylston Street
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Pikachu and pals walking along
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Good thing the Hynes has free wifi!
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I don't know what the hell this is, but I like it
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Moogle crochet!
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This guy's satellite dish hat spun around!
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Got to keep an eye on the clock so you can be sure the panelists don't run over
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Impressive Chell cosplay, especially considering Portal 2 came out less than a week before!
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Minecraft guy again!
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Teardown time already
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Microphones ready for packing
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Lonely box is ready to go
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Sean guides our teardown team
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Floating a "surface" down to the ground for packing
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A projector lens
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Carrying various equipment through the staff hallways
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Desmond confronts the big board
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It's tough to keep track of what's going on in every room
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"I'll just put this radio over here.."
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Spiffy glasses
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They took my radio away!
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And the secret service earpiece!
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So many monitors
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The Hynes has some pretty big elevators
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Pushing boxes around
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Boxes full of stuff!
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So many beanbags!
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Where do you think you're going?
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The empty halls are pretty depressing
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Heading back to the hotel?
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Carry those pipes!
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Getting the speakers ready for packing
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Topaz helps out with the speaker
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Desmond finds some of his personal equipment
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Careful of the sprinklers!
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It looks like security got roped in to packing up the trucks this year
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Maybe I'm doing them a disservice, but I don't recall them packing up in previous years. It goes faster with everyone helping!
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The desolate Dealer's Room
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Sean gathers all his equipment
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A huge line of equipment ready to be rolled into the elevator
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Staff fight!
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Shaking hands before the duel
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Anime Bryce is ready
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Connor readies his spear, which I can only assume was confiscated from an attendee
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Bryce is ready with his paddle
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Later, Bryce snuck up behind Desmond and whacked him in the ass with the paddle, and Desmond chased him at light speed
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And skinned both knees in the process. Got to give him credit, he just kept running after this!
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Bryce runs to safety
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While Desmond limps off his skinned knees
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Rosie thinks paddles are fun
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I asked Bryce to make a menacing pose
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No hard feelings between Bryce and Desmond
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I really like this picture of Mike Lee, the head of Tech, because I think it does a good job of showing authority, as well as the exhaustion of the weekend catching up with him
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James listens to Mike's speech
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Matt looks on in with rapt attention
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Jarrod thought it was funny
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Group hug around Bryce. Just revenge after all the chaos he called with that paddle
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Hey man, you're at the wrong con!
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Topaz plays some more Nethack
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Steamboy let me take a picture of him. This is his tough guy face
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This guy seems confused
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Topaz listened to Steamboy's idea about a perpetual motion machine where you connect a steam turbine to a heater that makes the steam
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On the bus to the Dead Dog!
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Rosie took my picture in the dark. I like it! Creepy!
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Topaz lines up a shot
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Ian is another techie who wears a vest, so I feel like we're on the same team
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Jason, my roommate for the last couple of years
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The Dead Dog was at the same place as last year, but everyone liked it
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Jefferson hung out with us
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I'm pretty sure that isn't a valid URL..
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"Toei Hug"? Is that why we have our party here?
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