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Pictures taken during August 2014

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This nice old couple and I had a fun conversation on the way to Baltimore. I even did a trial run of my panel with them!
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Alan tossed Topaz a cheese stick, which he of course missed, and it slid behind the 1000 pound chest. It took us a half hour to get it out
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Topaz is officially Otakon staff! You can tell from the lanyard
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OTAKON!!
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Topaz was convinced he had a fever but it turns out he was just crazy
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Waiting to get badges and such
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This lady accused me of taking her photo and then when I said I didn't she insisted I did!
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Vic was pretty proud of his optimal packing job. There was noooo room left in that van
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Really, there was essentially no room left
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Dave had to sit with his legs up the whole trip
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This year's van art survived thanks to the lack of rain
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Topaz is a super serious staffer
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Vic looks sketchy as hell
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Everyone stuff in the elevator!
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Once again Dave is crushed by A/V gear
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Onto the kinetic-friction-carpet of doom!
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Vic is dual wielding projectors
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Wow!! Otakon gave us a pretty huge room for our first year!
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Registration.. little did they know the nightmare that would follow as their computer system had trouble all weekend long
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First cosplay photo of the year!
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This plug in our room scared the hell out of me
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Back to the van to grab more gear
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It's so strange when it's empty!
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Video 1 looks strange without the curtains up
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Little dog!
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Taking precise measurements on the projector for optimal viewing
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Got to make the legs the exact right length
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We spend a lot of tape in an attempt to keep attendees away from our expensive and fragile projector
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For real, don't touch our projector
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Lots of cable to lay
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Luckily Topaz actually knows how to run cables
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Amanda takes one for the team and crawls under the stage to help lay the cable
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Don't step on our cables!! We have to make this a little extreme so it's visible in the dark. Also Erika is new on staff!
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We tried to do this in Video 1 on the giant screen but it didn't work out. Happy birthday to Mel from the first ever Otakon AMV Theater!
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Dave looks so startled
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Brakus also joined us on staff this year!
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Checking the image from the Iron Editor machines
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Dave gives a mini-lesson on how the server works, before Vic's official lesson
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I thought the reg line looked bad.. little did I know how crazy it would get
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Meanwhile, in Pub Ops..
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This year's program guide had a great cover!
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And here's my article! The Publications people did a great job with the presentation. They even used a couple of my photos!
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Vic teaches all the newbies (Katie is new too!) how to use the server
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This dog seemed stressed out
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Hey there's that sign I take a photo of every year
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"Hey Omar, how's Pub Ops?"
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More accurate
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The registration line grows..
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This water cooler made me laugh. Why is it so far away?
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This water cooler looks like a robot carrying water
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The very moment Omar injured his leg doing an Irish jig. More blood than you would think..
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After a long day working in the BCC we dive into our traditional Dominos dinner like animals
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Friday morning! The con is getting started! Sucks to be trapped in the reg line
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Registration worked hard but made some poor system architecture decisions that hamstrung them for the entire weekend, leading to excruciatingly long lines
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Spyro the Dragon!
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Whoa, impressive Blastoise
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Hexadecimal! Rare to see a cosplay from ReBoot
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I don't know this character but given the 3d gear I assume they're from Attack on Titan
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Whoops, the elevator photobombed this shot of me and dave
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The registration line is really getting insane now
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This poor gofer
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Cosplayers from Brave!
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SPACESHIP!!
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This is one of my favorite cosplays in years. Very clever!
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I'm pretty sure I saw that guy on the right last year. Still great costumes!
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This really made me laugh
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Amazing (and terrifying) Songbird cosplay!
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A whole gaggle of Attack on Titan folks!
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This guy... has an amazing costume. Well done! Note the DLC in the red circle
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Princess Peach. A classic!
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This Optimus Prime cosplay looked complicated
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This poor Asuna cosplayer spent two minutes struggling to get her breastplate to stay on before giving up and posing for the shot. Still a great costume!
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Bob's Burgers!
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This uh.. looks optimal.
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This Little Sister was scary
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These two have a piece of the living breathing mountain the Agro Crag!! D-d-d-do you have it? GUTS!
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Ahh, I miss Chef
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This Ravio cosplayer was especially awesome since I beat A Link Between Worlds only a few days before arriving at Otakon
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Don't touch his rupee bag
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So many Zeldas! And a Hilda!
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Chii! Old school
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Very cool Commander Shepard. That costume looks like it took a while..
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Pirates of Chesapeake Bay?
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*GASP!* Doodlebob!
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Ahhh, my favorite. The view from the back of Video 1 during the AMV Contest. Beautiful
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People wandering around outside Video 1
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Wow! A cosplayer from On Your Mark! I'm not sure I've ever seen one before. On You Mark is a somewhat obscure short music video animated by Studio Ghibli.
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Smash! Who's in the box?
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Lego guy!
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Nerds of a different sort!
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Topaz took a few photos of me during my space panel
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I like the preview monitors in this shot
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I got a much bigger audience than I expected
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I didn't really have time to be nervous because I was busy all day and just launched right into it
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Here I'm talking about the various stages of the Saturn V rocket
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The talk was a lot of fun and a guy from NASA came up after to tell me I did a good job! Very cool!
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Brian introduces the premiere of AMV Hell 7
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On our way downstairs for the Saturday AMV Contest
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Saturday.. getting pretty tired
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Maybe not Dave
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After a brief nap on Saturday night I head back out for a little more fun in my snazzy new hoodie
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Cosplayers don't sleep
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Topaz got stuck on "door ops" for hours. Keeping the lines in.. line.
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This sign was outside our room for much of the weekend. Which is awesome but also unfortunate for the attendees.
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The room got pretttty packed
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We shared our usual AMV Ops room with some other department this year
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Erika's awesome Ezio cosplay!
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Very impressive
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What kind of videos do we play at 1am in the AMV Theater? ..don't worry about it
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OK. We're officially tired now. Photo timestamp: 2:22am
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This guy spent much of the weekend working on an enormous chalk version of the program guide cover
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Josh came to help his friends in the Dealer's Room!
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So did Goran!
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Neat Twilight Sparkle cosplay
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Great costumes, and a solid party in the game!
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I'm not sure.. what this is all about
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Heading outside for the first time in a while
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Ice Cold Water Man! I'm not actually hoverhanding him, my arm is going across his sweaty sweaty shoulder
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Conrad, the guy from NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center!! He threw up the peace sign first so I did and then he put it down before the photo!
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Tearing down the screen in Video 1
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It's a big screen
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This is the camera that Vic barely got to use this weekend
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Goodbye attendees! See you next year!
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We took a time lapse of AMV Theater teardown and when we were done we slowly approached the camera..
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Amanda really classed up this photo
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The Otakon AMV Department, folks
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Be afraid
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Be very afraid
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Let's go to the Dead Dog
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Apparently goofy face time is not over
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Just look at Vic!
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This photo is already hilarious... and then you see Amanda's face
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I jumped too.. by myself :(
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This year they rounded up a bunch of food trucks and gave us a few vouchers. Not a bad idea!
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Which food truck to pillage..
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Finally getting a meal ticket out of Otakon. The aspect ratio on the fan logo made Omar twitch
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It's time for stories of conventions past
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Crabbie! Or Harold! Whatever!
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Story time with Alan
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Everybody sign the awesome banner art!
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Dave demonstrates his revolving door technique from Anime Boston 2005
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The last breakfast?
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This place was great. They made me sandwiches in a bowl
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Aaaand the van's battery is dead
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Luckily Omar had jumper cables
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It took us a while to figure out how to do it...
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Bye Omar!
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Amanda got me a very cool yellow Tachikoma in this year's $20 game
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Showing off my awesome new Otakon hoodie
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Check out that artwork!
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Space wings!
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Topaz tries to figure out my giant phone
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I love the art on my Otakon long sleeved tee
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Topaz didn't like the long sleeves
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Bye Topaz!
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Christina followed me to NYC so she was kind enough to give me a ride to Ithaca!
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Obligatory rest stop photo
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We're doin' it!
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Fire, folding chairs, car parked 15 feet away. We're officially camping
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Big Foot Steve takes out the trash
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Dustin is having flashbacks to last year's camping trip
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Our camp site must have been very attractive to any small animals in the area
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My sad little tent
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The propeller on the boat we rented. Just in case we damage it..
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The gang waits for us to get the boat ready
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Matt is all about boating safety
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Are we in the lake yet?
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Marlee and Sara are totally ready for boating
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I was elected boat captain since I was the only one who wasn't drinking
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Matt knows a camera when he sees one
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Everyone kept telling me to tell people back home that I spent the weekend driving a Bentley. It's true!
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Time to get the tubes inflated
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The gang got me a captain's hat but it didn't fit me so they took turns wearing it
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Phil has a pumpkin themed t-shirt
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Silly Sara. There are no buffalos here.
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Almost inflated!
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Steve gets started on his
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Done?
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Dustin gets to work on his tube
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Are their brains connected by that strand of hair?
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Christina and Megan strike a pose
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I think Phil's ready
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Get in the water!
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Inner tubes are funny
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Dustin kept trying to use the pump to inflate his tube.. without much success
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First in the water!
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Isn't this fun?
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Matt really committed to his jump
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"We're doin' it!"
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Phil seems unsure
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Hi Megan
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Christina contemplates windblown hair
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Having fun in the back of the boat?
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Phil had some really weird swimming faces
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Steve enjoys a relaxing day on the water with his sandwiches
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Dustin is a master knotsman
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Get on that tube!
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Phil's sick of the water.. for now
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We have a really ridiculous inner tube to person ratio
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Dustin holds onto his little string for dear life
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MORE inner tubes??
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Christina and Megan are the keeper of the Cheez-its
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"What'cha got there, a camera?"
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Dustin successfully escapes the lake
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Boats are funny
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Whyyyy is this happening
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Phil knows how to pose for a photo
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Steve is having fun
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Dustin forgot he was wearing the captain hat
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Christina's turn in the lake!
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Phil is the captain of his own mini-ship the U.S.S. Phil-Needs-To-Smoke. That makes me an Admiral!
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Matt attempted to flip off the boat but slipped.
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Steve looks pretty stoned. He's not.
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Megan's not so sure
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Christina's having fun in the lake
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I think those are Phil's feet?
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Hatception
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Good time for a nap
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The back of the boat was the relaxation zone
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Steve finally jumps in the lake
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Steve and Megan are tube-wranglers
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Phil gets his hood on
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Megan thought the lake was a lot colder than she was led to believe
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Steve let a tube ago and Megan made a valiant effort to rescue it
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Matt was the only swimmer strong enough to actually get the runaway tube
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Yaay, Matt!
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Good try Megan. Steve just shouted "I'm bad at swimming!"
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Dustin does his thing
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Yes, Matt is wearing a hoodie as pants. It was a little chilly
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Phil thinks deep thoughts
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Ahhhh, good times.
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Dustin enters the relaxation zone
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Matt uh.. oh god.
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Me and my vessel
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This is me pretending to drive the boat
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Phil is ready for more
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I spent a bunch of the weekend reading The Fundamentals of Astrodynamics. Like y'do
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Ah yes. Camping.
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The disco ball is traditional.
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Matt kept running off with my camera, which was convenient for me because I'm actually in some of these shots!
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Waiting for dinner in downtown Ithaca
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This, ladies and gentlemen, is a classic Megan face
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Fire!
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The disco ball looked lovely in the twilight
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Dustin is really ready for breakfast
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Matt removed an extra log in a super safe manner
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Pancakes on an open flame!
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Megan is ready for breakfast
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Mmmm, bacon
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I'm not sure what Dustin's doing here
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Neither is Phil
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Sideways pancake?
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Ready for breakfast, Steve?
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Matt thinks deep deep thoughts
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Morning in the woods
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I love the disco ball in the background
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Hi Megan! How's breakfast?
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What's even going on here?
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Christina did a great job with breakfast!
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Eggggss
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This is definitely full of water
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It's important to do your makeup before hitting the swimming hole
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Matt and Phil seem confused
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Better just take a nap
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Dustin revisits the site of his almost-death from last year. This time he wisely stayed away from the edge
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Steve heads down to the upper pool
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Is it safe?
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Matt climbed up the waterfall the hard way
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Here he comes
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Matt actually looks like he knows what he's doing
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Dustin's turn as photographer
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Here's that building again that looks like something out of The Last of Us
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We all decided the upper pool was too dangerous this year
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Better head to the lower pool
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And here we are!
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Marlee and Matt found a cave!
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Matt's ready for his leap of faith
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Jump!!
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Ahh, it's so high!
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I nearly slipped and fell in the water to get this shot
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Christina is filming a shampoo commercial
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Matt commandeers the camera for a few group photos
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Marlee's shampoo commercial
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Haha, good job, Matt
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Dustin wanted a shot with Marlee
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Bye Marlee and Sara! Have a safe drive back to Buffalo!
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Dustin and Phil's yearbook photo
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Dustin's heading to the top. No, not really.
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Steve and Megan did not shoot a shampoo commercial
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Meanwhile, I was doing math. I swear I was having fun!
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A math POV shot
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Looking around for rocks to skip
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Here we go
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Phil and I had a rock skipping competition and nearly killed a duck by accident
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Big cliff
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Phil and Steve relax for a moment
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You get it???? YOU GET IT??
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Matt does a shift as chef
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Smoke is the worst
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Sausages!
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Phil looks disheveled
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Dustin helps with the sausage cooking apparatus
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Matt's going to show us how to chew Big League Chew bubble gum
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Uhh.. not like this
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Dustin loves gum
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I forget what's even going on here
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Time to head to the Ithaca Beer Company brewery again!
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To the place with the beer!
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Don't forget Phil!
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Lots of beer and burgers
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Mmm.. fire.
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Camping at night!
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I guess that's it then, huh?
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Bye Phil and Matt!
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Taking down the tent
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Dustin emerges from his tent of luxury
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The traditional tea sacrifice
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It's so empty!
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But now we have diner food
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That is an absurd slab of sausage
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I miss pancakes
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Steve doesn't understand glass
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Bye Buffalo people!
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What a helpful map
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The George Washington bridge!
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Back in New York.
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Ugh. Welcome back to NYC. *pollution belch*
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Mom's really excited to see me
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Hi Mom!
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Let's go get breakfast!
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I imagine some sort of threat is being made here involving my camera and some broken bones
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Mom's having fun
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Walking through a sketchy-ass part of Queens
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Hmm.. I think I detect some subtle chromatic aberration
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This guy looks bored by the weird lobby of the Museum of the Moving Image
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Old film reels about the world fair
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Just try and stop me
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Let's look at some old scripts and stuff
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Hmm.. these appear to be some old scripts and stuff
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Pictorial Center?
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Photos of photos being photographed!
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Mom continues to have fun
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Say cheese!
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Hey a photo of Hattie McDaniels from Gone with the wind, Aunt Teresa's favorite movie!
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There was a cool video full of clips of famous movies
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Ooo, Seinfeld stuff!
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An original script written by Larry David!
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The Seinfeld script as read by the actors
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An original Cosby sweater!
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I'm pretty sure this is a replica of Nugget's childhood bedroom
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More weird Star Wars toys
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Whoa, a Magnavox Odyssey! The world's first home gaming console
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A replica of Ralph Baer's "Brown Box" which eventually became the Magnavox Odyssey
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Some notes on those consoles
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Whoa, I've never heard of this game but it looks pretty intense
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An original Pong cabinet!
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Hey they even had some Nintendo and Atari stuff. Too bad the buttons were stuck on the NES controller..
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I lost several quarters to Donkey Kong
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This was a very cool and unexpected section of the museum
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Nickelodeons!
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The Oculus Rift of its day?
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Let's make stop motion movies!
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Fun, but tedious
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When the video started recording to make a flipbook I just shoved Mom off the screen
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Whoa.. cameras have gotten a lot smaller
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Editing has also gotten a lot easier
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Ooo, an original miniature from Blade Runner
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Old school cathode ray tubes
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Various old projectors
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A beta max player!
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Mom and Aunt Teresa said they actually had that tv in the house as kids
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I feel like I'm in Mirror's Edge..
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The popular place to get rid of your museum entrance sticker
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I walked down to Flushing to meet up with Mom and Aunt Teresa
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There's that giant globe!
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Fountains!
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Hey I know that lady!
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Aunt Teresa looks a bit frazzled
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Vacation photo!
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Well, they left her behind when she was a kid, but Aunt Teresa is finally at the World Fair! Just a few decades late.
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You made it!
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You can tell how much fun she's having
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Yaaay
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US Open!
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Aunt Teresa wants to go to sleep now.
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