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Pictures taken during July 2012

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It's the fourth of July! Which means we need to set off some fireworks!
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Firecracker time
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Dad talks about the pidgeons he keeps shooting BBs at..
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"I'm not crazy"
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Stand back!
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Dad's super stuffed basement
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Ready for minigolf!
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The tiger looks concerned
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Dad was in charge of the score
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Gotta love the Orange Dinosaur minigolf place
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Line up the shot!
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This is a somewhat disturbing photo..
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Will it go in?
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It didn't
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This is a pretty bogus setup for a shot
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That's not how you minigolf!
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Dad got a bogus hole in one here and pulled into the lead!
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Gragra wanted me to get her mail, but I made her come with me for the walk
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"No pictures!"
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OK, just a few
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Hanging with Gragra outside
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Nice bench
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Pose for a picture!
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It's Becky!
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Hi Becky!
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Mmm, blueberries
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Becky's weird arm bruise! Where did it come from??
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I got some great views of Boston frmo the air
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I bet I could see Becky's apartment from here
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Buildings!
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The Prudential and John Hancock towers!
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This one looks like I'm in space or something
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Video?? Vic, follow that truck!
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What an awkward logo..
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Eyes on the road, Vic
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What a lovely view from our hotel room window
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Vic hacked the TV by looking up the hex codes to access the service menu. He's a TV wizard
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"What? Don't you travel with a programmable TV remote?"
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And what did we do with our hacked TV? Watch ponies, of course.
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What the hell is that face? Also, note the pony pin
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This is me dressed up. I hates it
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It's Mckeed!
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We said hi and then let him get back to official wedding duties
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I said to Mike "OK, now make that stupid face you always make" but that made him laugh and he couldn't do it
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There it is
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Here comes Joanna!
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Mckeed with his best man
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The ceremony continues..
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The vows are being said
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And the kiss!
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Something about a candle..
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And here they come, the happily married couple
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Congrats, guys!
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This woman turned around, gave us a stink eye, and turn turned her monstrous camera right at us and took a picture and turned around again. We nicknamed her Ursula
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Meri approves of the open bar
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Due to the way his jacket spread out, Vic looks ENORMOUS
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Joanna came and said hi on her way to the reception hall
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The AMV crew got our own funny table
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First dance! Alternate caption: "Soon.."
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Vic said there are no good pictures of him. I tried to take one but he made it difficult
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Toasting fire shots
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Mike smiles at the accidental panorama I made
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Vic, just drive me! The sign's right there!
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Hey cool, Freedom Tower is almost done!
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The New York skyline as seen from the Newark airport.. with a complimentary crappy window reflection
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Phil is armed! Watch out or you'll get a nerf dart to the neck
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Run, Mike!
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This is what happens if you make a joke about Joe being short
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"You think this is funny??"
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I found this sign in the airport
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Hey it's Rick from Anime Boston!
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Wow, an actually interesting view from my hotel window
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Ready to hit the BCC and pick up my staff badge
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OTKAON!!
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The pre-reg line is already pretty long
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My first cosplayer sighting
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This guy probably knows where he's going
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Hey it's that guy I am!
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Waiting to pick up my staff badge
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Video 1 looks beautiful this year! I can't wait to see the contest up on the 16:9 screen
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I love seeing the BCC empty like this. It's so eerie
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Where are all the attendees?
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Ah here they are, registration!
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From what I could see the line was moving pretty well.. but I wasn't waiting in it
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It's Ice Cold Water Man!
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I had to get a picture with him. Of course, I bought an ice cold water
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I've been spotted!
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This guy seemed really into his job
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Lots of attendees milling about the front of the BCC
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Meanwhile, a baseball game is letting out only a block away! A lot of baseball fans were confused by the cosplayers
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It's Vic!
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And Amanda!
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Someone was playing video games on the screen in Video 1
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Amanda's ready to kick this weekend off
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Planning how we're going to load our gear into the BCC
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The loading docks are pretty busy
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We talked to Craig, one of the DSL guys Vic knows about what we can expect for a setup in Video 1
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Standing around the loading docks
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The coveted SDCC Derpy figure!
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A few of these time lapse infrared cameras were installed in video rooms in an attempt to estimate attendance. From what I hear, it wasn't very effective. Too dark.
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We decided that if Con-Ops is Ponyville, then AMV Ops is Cloudsdale
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AMV Victor!
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Watching the Video 1 curtain go up
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Vic and Amanda painted this on the side of Vic's van with soap
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These guys were unloading huge arcade machines
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I can't resist taking pictures of mirrors like this
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A cloud indoors! This is where the air conditioned air met the outside, super humid air
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Hall D, the concert. This was the last I saw of it
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That's a lot of consoles
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Alan and Amanda in Video 1
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They flew the center channel behind the screen.
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One of those funny infrared cameras
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Craig helps Vic get hooked into DSL's gear
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Working to get the scaling correct
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"Hey Vic, point that light at me for a second"
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The video server in all its glory
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Time to head back to the hotel for the night. Our first showing starts tomorrow at 10am!
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The Hilton staff were wearing Otakon pins
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We pushed my cot in between the two normal beds to make a MEGA BED
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Master Shake!
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An Aquabats cosplayer! That's a first
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A great Twilight Spakle and Spike cosplay duo
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Jeff is in the swing of things in Pub Ops
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Don't eat Crabby!
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F da po-lice
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Pub Ops dynamic duo
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That's not how microphones work, Jeff!
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Who doesn't?
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Jeff, international man of Macintosh
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Crabby!
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April O'Neil was interviewing people
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Don't trip on the cables behind the screen in Video 1!
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I don't know what the hell is up with these horse heads, but they are creepy and I saw a lot of them
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Multipass!
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OH-TA-KON, yepyepyepyep
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Excellent Twilight Sparkle cosplay!
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Shouldn't this guy be at CERN?
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Ack! More creepy horse head people! The business suits make it way creepier
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Sniper and sniper?
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An amazing Angelic Layer cosplay troupe! I haven't seen an Angelic Layer cosplayer in a while
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But who's inside??
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We never figured out what this line was for
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This year, just for fun, we customized all the ballot counters with pony art
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Of course, mine had Trixie. The Great and Powerful Trixie cares not for ballot counting
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I love the Derpy artwork. She wants to eat that cloud so bad!
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Long exposures with the light wands? More on this later
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Joy picked up some Panty and Stocking figures
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Soarin'!
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Shin, the man who finally dethroned Chris as the Iron Editor
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Chris! I liked his video better, but I'm not a judge. He had a good run!
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What the hell is going on here??
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We didn't have a real sign, so I made one
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Quail Man!
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A far too detailed and far too close up photo of Jefferson
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Amanda got me some dark blue pony ears to replace the light blue ones I had been wearing.
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Joy got some white ones for her Rarity cosplay. It's tough to see, but she actually dyed her hair purple as well.
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And Amanda got some pink pony ears for her Pinkie Pie cosplay
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I gave Amanda $20 to spend on "something I'd like" in the Dealer's Room. She did good!
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The Vic walks alone?
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An amazing Tali cosplay. The omni-tool is incredible!
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This figure that Vic bought is the most anime thing I've seen all day
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Alan loves juice boxes!
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The Otakon 2012 AMV Department!
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Haha, this is apparently Vic's impression of a creepy anime fan
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Amanda's starting to lose energy
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Finding creator badges
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The only Shining Armor cosplay I saw all weekend
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So many Portal cosplayers!
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This one even had a potato!
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All the Chell cosplayers
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So many portal guns!
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An incredible, and very creepy, Elfen Lied cosplay
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Bieber??
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Vic busts out his mind controlled robotic ears
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This guy had a great costume but was kind of a jerk. He lead me to my theory that Heath Ledger didn't die, but just stayed in character and escaped
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Various superheroes
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Frantically setting up the AMV seating system while the previous show in Video 1 wraps up
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There's a lot of people waiting to get in
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Follow the blue light! Follow the red light!
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We packed Video 1 solid! A great showing
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This is how everyone was feeling after making it through the first showing of the AMV Contest
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Let the counting begin!
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So much couting to do
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Someone voted for Jeff's intro as best in show again! That means we can use it again!
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Count count count
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Ack, more ballots??
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So many ballots!
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Joy put on her horn to match her ears
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An incredible female Shepard cosplay! The detail on the armor up close was amazing
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Before heading out for the day, Vic stuffed Pinkie Pie in bed with Amanda. She looks like she's asleep, but she took the time to tell us off before we left
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Hipster Chell??
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Green tentacle monster?
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Ultraman
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I found myself on the wrong end of a megablaster!
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Dr. Weird! GENTLEMEN!!
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Oh no! Someone help this poor bender!
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I love the look on Vic's face
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Vic creepily takes a picture of Brakus through the curtain
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Working the board in Video 1
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Keeping an eye on the volume levels
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There was a nonstop dance party in the lobby outside Video 1
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Dance!
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One of those weird advertisement-laden superheroes from Tiger and Bunny
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I'm not sure what this is, but I'm guessing it's some kind of Pokemon
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Vic has his camera on? He must actually have a moment of free time
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Trip to the hospital in three.. two....
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"Why can't I hold all these ballots?"
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Well hello..
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Hell yeah!
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I found a DayZ survivor! I made sure to say I was friendly so I didn't risk getting shot in the head
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Pitt!
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Orihime and Ulquiorra from Bleach
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Harley Quinn with a tiny Joker
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I decided to interpret this as a vote for next year's 14th video, since we only had 37 videos this year
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Taking away video-bending?
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One of our dedicated gophers counts like there's no tomorrow
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Our counting gopher team, plus Jefferson
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This gopher jumped for joy that we finished so far ahead of schedule
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Breakdancing!
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It looks like he fell from the upper level, but he's just breakdancing
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Shin edits in Iron Editor
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Vic with the Iron Editor mascots. This photo was Amanda's idea
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Since Omar and Jeff are the only ones who see the Guidebook feedback, they spent all weekend trolling each other
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This guy's Data cosplay was great. He stayed in character the whole time
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Another "I don't know who this is but they were already posting" photos
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A pretty clever costume!
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Keep firing, assholes!
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Appa!
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Iron Editor continues
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Panel 1 was almost entirely full
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Peter hosted again this year
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Erika slipped in with a borrowed badge. I won't tell!
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Look at all the people!
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Chris puts the finishing touches on his video
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Peter was handing out Gushers as consolation prizes to the people who lost the anime challenges
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Error-chan and Render-chan
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Lots of people were in line for Fan Parodies
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This was supposed to be Amanda and Vic giving each other stinkeyes, but Amanda kept laughing
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There we go.. sort of.
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The Otakon president's scooter
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Saturday is done, time to go get some food!
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We met Erika at Hooters
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Telling funny stories
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Erika and Joy
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Some prankster put a bunch of soap in the fountain!
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And of course, people were playing with the foam
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Memes have infiltrated Con-Ops!
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Ermahgerd!
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The last AMV showing is done and the server is packed up. Time to hit the Dealer's Room!
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Kyubey sees all
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They had an actual stripper pole in the Dealer's room, with Panty and Stocking cosplayers dancing on it
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This is Jessie, a friend of Amanda's and professional cosplayer
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Great costume!
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Ash!
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They also had a Stocking cosplayer
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These guys were in a really intense Pokemon battle. That Team Rocket cosplayer looks like he could really be a Team Rocket thug
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Peter Beagle, the author of The Last Unicorn was at the con signing books
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I got a copy of the art book / comic for Beany, who is a huge Last Unicorn fan
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Yeah... chances this is a girl? Low.
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The book I got Beany!
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The lure of a mind controlled device was too much and I finally broke down and got the Necomimi ears
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Light graffiti?
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Vic meditates in a pile of light
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Dragonball style fighting!
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Amanda and Joy square off in a battle for the fate of humanity.... or just for AMV Ops
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All powerful Amanda!
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Vic shows off his laser eyes. The real reason he wears those giant glasses is to keep his laser powers in check
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Con feedback panel!
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I finally noticed that Amanda's staff picture was one I took last year!
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This guy was pretty funny. He wanted "Otakon: The DVD"
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Waiting in the loading dock for Vic with the van
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In the end, we got permission to wheel our stuff through the Hilton and just loaded up in the Hilton parking garage. Time to push all this across the entire BCC!
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Can you tell Vic picked out this outfit for Amanda to wear to the Dead Dog?
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The BCC!
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See?
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This staffer was doing skateboard tricks all the way to the staff photo
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Those boots definitely didn't help Amanda's feet
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Amanda and Vic: boldly looking into the Otakon future
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Yes, the ears are goofy, but they're fun and it's not like I'm wearing them to work! Cons only!
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Staffers gathered around for the Otakon staff photo
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Vic's enthusiastic waving caught Amanda off guard
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Staffers everywhere!
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Scott takes the staff photo
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I ran out to get my own version of it, and ended up taking Scott's camera so he could be in the photo too
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Announcing that the Dead Dog is at the Baltimore Aquarium!
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Everyone, to the aquarium!
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The crowd of Otakon staffers, many in costume, drew several strange looks
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Vic can't wait to eat and drink
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The nerds are coming!
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Neat waterfall
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Vic checks out the waterfall
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Scott was waiting by the entrance to thank everyone for their contribution to Otakon
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Robo-Scott?
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Exploring the aquarium
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I loved the bubble tubes
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Bubbles!
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Bubbles!!
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Sting rays!
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It's neat seeing how they swim
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Omar and Liz check out the sunset
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This guy really wanted to try out my robot ears
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Omar looks at some of the photos he took over the weekend
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Amanda's just happy to be off her feet
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Jeff tries not to think about all the signs that still have to be packed up
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That's not how you use forks!
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Liz ia a genius! Since all the food was on the first floor, she smuggled a bunch to the top floor in these plate UFOs
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We made our own buffet!
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Liz had to try on the ears
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Checking out how they look
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Some staffers on one of the strange moving ramps
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Big sting rays!
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Fish!
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This room was a lot darker than it looks in this photo
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The clearest picture I got of a fish the whole night
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This guy makes dumb faces
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Spikey
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Vic the fish?
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A new album cover photo?
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Amanda says the shark teeth were put in backwards
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Amanda convinced me to watch her favorite movie, The Last Unicorn. It was "80s as shit" but pretty good!
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Shuffling off to get sushi before heading out
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Sushi! The perfect ending to an amazing weekend. See you next year, Baltimore!
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The dancing has begun!
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Everybody dance!
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Steve is dancing
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Tom is dancing
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The lights on the wall are dancing
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Technically, the glowsticks make it a rave
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The mandatory mirror ball
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I think this thing was powering the house
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Dustin is the most ready to dance
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Keeping the dance floor alive
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"Are you going to come dance??"
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Some up close and personal dancing!
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Everyone get to the center!
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Megan's all about dance parties
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Dimming the lights
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Action shot!
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Holy crap, lasers!!
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I CAN'T TAKE ALL THIS LASER ACTION
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Mirror ball laser eclipse. Never thought I'd have a reason to type that
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The lasers only electrified the dance floor
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Oh jeez
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It's like they're flying into your brain!
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Hey! It's targeting my camera!
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Dustin shows us how to dance
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AHHH DANCING
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She's wearing the power source!
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"No pictures when I am not DANCING"
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Whooo
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And since I'm me, I ended the night (the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing) by watching DVDs of old NASA missions! Obviously!
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