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Pictures taken during July 2019

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It's Terra!
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Terra flies through the sky
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Next in line, Aqua!
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The astronomy "stack and rotate" software I used added these weird concentric circle artifacts. But that's Aqua in there!
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One more Aqua shot
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Aura is next!
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Back of the A-Train, Aura
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Hmm.. air sampling dosimeters.. what could this be for?
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Ohh, that's right. Here we are at Three Mile Island!
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Reactor Unit 2, site of a partial meltdown
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I missed this historical sign last time I was here
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Unit 2 and its dormant cooling towers
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I shot this as I crossed the street
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Looking south
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Three Mile Island!
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Dormant cooling towers
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The base of the towers are cool
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Closeup of Unit 2
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Unit 1's cooling towers are still chugging along
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Unit 1 is peeking up behind that other building
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This could've been the epicenter of America's own radioactive exclusion zone
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What would this road look like?
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One last look at Three Mile Island before getting back on the road to Ithaca
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Sage words from a vape store
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This gnarly front hit me a little while later and it was some really intense rain
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I took these shots of the front while at a red light. Later I could barely see anything because of the rain
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Well... shit.
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This was my view for over two hours when my front-left tire was punctured
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This nice cop stopped by to make sure I had help on the way and was OK. I like his three pens
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Normally this would be an alarming sight
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Hey the tow truck is here!
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Poor little Soul
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Tow truck mechanisms
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My sad tire
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We got it up on the truck right before the rain started. The tow truck driver was pretty cool. Turns out he was from my area of Maryland!
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Fracking tower
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The Kia service place was closed for the night so I had to stay at a motel. You can tell my state of mind since I completely forgot to take pictures of the motel
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Walking through Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Looking for breakfast at Rite Aid
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Are you mocking me?
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The start/finish line crosswalks near the main street in Watkins Glen. (Shot from a red light)
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There was a snarl of slow moving traffic moving past this capsized bus. It was slow enough that I took some blind shots with my camera while driving the car. As expected, the shots didn't come out great, with this being the best
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Well, it took me about 24 hours due to the flat tire, but I'm finally here
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We are now camping. Or cabining. Or something.
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The newest Englert: Emily!
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Megan and Steve seem to have taken pretty well to the whole parenting thing
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Little Emily
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Looking out on the lake
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This house is so strange. It's like it was built in Minecraft
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Let's play a game!
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Steve consults the rules
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The necessities of summer
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Steve and Megan's Mom check how to take lobster tail out
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"Step 1, pick up the gross ocean bug. Step 2, take the stuff out"
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Steve digs in with the lobster tail
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Mike's ready to play some Hanabi
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Megan loves games
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Emily time!
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Steve looks so startled
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Someday Emily's gonna get that octopus
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Official disco ball
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More Carcassonne!
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Mike considers his main move
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I saw "Mind Eraser" on Steve's mug and asked if he got it at Six Flags New England. Nope!
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The boat house
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It's a little cleaner today
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Hanging on the porch
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Steve and Emily
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Emily thinks deep thoughts
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Confusing stairs
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The strangest house
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The ducks run away from me
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Nice dock
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Fishing time?
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Looking south, I think, down the lake
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Boats live here
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This is how pizzas happen
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Please don't mix these up
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Dinner time! Too much pizza was made but it was great
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Steve commits the ultimate Buffalonian sin
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The modern father?
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Mike has opinions on hops in beer
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Late night discussion
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Emily sort of has a mohawk going
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Goodbye, Minecraft house
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These stairs brought to you by M.C. Escher
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Wheeling Emily into Ithaca Beer
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Beer! I bought some pint glasses and a growler for display. Well, also it was full of beer. Now it's not.
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Megan checks on Emily
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The Finger Lakes are good
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Does baby want a french fry?
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Mommy Megan and Emily!
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The Washington Monument with some ominous clouds appoaching
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Now it's a Saturn V!
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Lots of people like space
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Now if they would just turn around and register that support with the white building with the dome..
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This is really really cool
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This guy is gigantic!
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Finally caught a little lightning in the approaching thunderstorm. Luckily it just missed us
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Guys, it's a Saturn V
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Please stop standing up
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Saturn V on the mall!
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Almost time for the show to start
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This is a very narrow place to assemble a rocket
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It's launching! Some stupid part of me expected it to continue off the top of the monument
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I think that's a life-sized CSM/S-IVB
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The thunderstorm is coming!
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The lights were really great
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Let's keep getting closer!
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Lots of cops
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I don't think people were allowed to walk this close to the real Saturn V when it was being fueled
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Hey. It's a Saturn V
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I wonder if that's how high the MLP really was
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We're so far forward here that in the second showing we couldn't hear any of the music or rocket noise
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Pretty lights
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They could've made it a little taller!
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Now it's giant vacuum tube
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Sunset at night
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Away it goes
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The LM is landing!
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That's a big footprint
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Let's see how close I can get
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I got this close
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Looking back up the mall
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Well that was fun. Time to head back
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Saturn V peeking over the trees
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It seems weird that this equipment was just out in the open, especially with the thunderstorm approaching
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Yeah I'm sure this would tolerate water. Note the box fan.. it was hot
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One last look back
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There was an event in the Air and Space Museum but the line was too long so I went home
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I heard a loud noise in the middle of the night and found this in the morning
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Well there's your problem
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Yup, that sure is a broken branch
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It's eating the neighbor's house!! Luckily it was just barely brushing up against it. No damage was done
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The view from the neighbor's side of the fence
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Don't eat the house, tree!
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You'd be surprised how much it costs to get a tree chopped up. I would've done it myself but didn't want to risk it since it was up against the neighbor's house
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Just some leaves, no damage
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Careful with that chainsaw
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More proof that the neighbor's house is ok
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Chainsaws are fun
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These guys were pretty good
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I didn't pay to haul the branch away so they just threw it in the corner of my backyard
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Almost gone
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Begone, log!
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Just some dead trees left
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Guess what was still there at least four months later? That's right. This hole in the fence.
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Hang in there, tree
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Mel and Topaz like Codenames
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Topaz has a fun
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Topaz has a snack
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Buzz's CEO photo
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Come here, Neil!
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Who wants a treat?
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The cats are ten years old today! Happy birthday, Neil and Buzz!
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This is the moment that Dan realized he left his wallet in his car.. at my house
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The con before ours was some right-wing thing. So there were a lot of red hats with white text
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Robyn has a shirt
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Dan tries to find some stray cell signal
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He's got his badge!
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Now this is a crew
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Waiting for Vic and Amanda to arrive with the van
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Oh snap!
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The van is completely solid at this point
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Robyn preps for the server move
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All empty!
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Will brings in the first load of equipment
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Second load
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Get out the run book
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Dan samples the weird new hallways chairs
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oh my
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Don't tell me how to live!
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This seems safe
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I am full of radios
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Everyone look like you know what you're doing, Vic's here!
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Dan wires up his radio
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Vic is distressed to find that we haven't done anything wrong for him to gripe about
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I got a picture of Anthony and Robyn at the same time! They make it so difficult. Two for one special!
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Mel discovered that "person shouting from the runbook" is a super handy role
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You can tell Vic has been burned before
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Model puppy
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What.. happened here
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Dan's ready for his first Otakon
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Fixing the wiring
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Goddamnit, Mel
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Finalizing the setup
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Topaz supervises Vic setting up Featured Events
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Vid Gal Jen!
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Our new TV for the blue/red group is a little smaller
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It's the 2019 VAT!
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So many seats
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How does the server work again?
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This reminds me of that crane shot of mission control in Apollo 13
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I love Lamen
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AMV team dinner!
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You can't hide, Robyn!
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I finally got my 10 year Otakon pin!
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This photo is a work of art. I'm putting Dan, Mel and Anthony's names in here just so my lazy search system can find this photo.
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Mel hates these chairs
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Laptop test time
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Are we done yet?
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VAT Lounging
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Topaz trying to get the wireless mic to break
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Topaz has had a long day
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Booth life
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Random Otakon hallway shot
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Pepsi Man!!
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My liege
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So many nerds want pizza
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Decent turnout for the space panel
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Your color is red, you are in the red group, you are in the red group, go to the red light, go to the red light you are in the red group
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The concert next door ended and they turned the lights on for the entire room, forgetting that we had the back quarter. This was a minor crisis
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Vic, where's your real ghostmeter?
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Topaz has the ballots
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Bowsette Amanda!
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The new Featured Events booth sticks out so I can just look right at the audience. It's weird
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Ballot harvest
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"r" for best in show! (Yes, we recorded a 1)
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Vic demos his weird persistent vision LED strip thing by setting Programming on fire
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Dan and Mel seem to be getting along
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This is what it's like to take pictures of Mel
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Anyone lose their kazoo?
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This guy's photo rig is so insane I had to get a photo
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These guys seem familiar..
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Yeah of course. The classic combination of accordion and uh... oboe? Metal oboe?
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This band seems so sad
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"Jaaaaypeeeee" - Brett
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Keep him away from walls
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Tsao with his amazing art!
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Wacky inflatable tube people!
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Obligatory "I'm working the board and am bored" shot
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We had fireworks on the ceiling for a big chunk of the weekend, as part of the "festival" theme. Then we almost made real fireworks when the projector started to melt from pointing up
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New server
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Render-chan and Error-chan!
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Audience participation!
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Dance, Mel, dance!
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Also Will. Will can dance
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Everybody dance!
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Also.. this guy?
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Vic later said "thank god you took a photo of the winner because I forgot to write it down"
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Free Otakon
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Ballots ballots ballots
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Input the ballots!
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Hi buddy!
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Topaz helped to solve a tricky issue where we had input some ballots more than once. It required some careful thinking and a little database surgery but we got it fixed
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Full escalator
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Amanda and Dan are on the lookout for wristbands
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They left the game room open late for staffers
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Are these all staffers?
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I'm in a strange Japanese mech arcade game
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Uhhh, sure, let's start
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Until what??
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Yeah, got it
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Party outside the rave!
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That giraffe has bubbles
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They're all dancing to Naruto openings
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OK fine
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How dangerous is this door??
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Nerds in the sun
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Artist's Alley
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Whoa. Don't let the sunglasses fool you. Facehuggers are not your friend
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These people are pretty cool
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Replica prop weapons!
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I had to pose with the pulse rifle. It was nice and heavy
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Don't get closer!
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It's Hudson's motion detector! The screen even showed a motion animation
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I'll have to check them out
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Anime race cars are back!
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Amanda waits to hand out the awards
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The official winners ballot!
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That was a fun weekend. Now everybody out!
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This year's "Vic in the elevator shot" is less interesting. Dan stole his thunder
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Bye, AMV server!
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This is where Otakon lives
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F Dreamcast? What do you have against the Dreamcast?
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Waiting to make sure we're dropping off our gear in the right place
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Someone was signing the lyrics to our AMVs! Also Vic got all crazy-mad when they showed the videos wrong.
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Hirokatsu Kihara! He worked on Kiki's Delivery Service and other Ghibli films
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I made a ballot ball
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Let's find the dead dog
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Elevator time
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Vic did a very nice tribute Kyoto Animation as the last thing in the VAT this year. But to keep the tradition alive, we watched Come Sail Away, just for us
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Wire farm
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Vic is master of wires
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Goddamnit, Mel
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Why, Mel
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Will is allowed to coil cables, unlike me
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Amanda bought some bathing suit and is showing everyone
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Otakon 2019 AMV Department group photo!
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Mel finds a way
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Dan isn't a princess because he can't feel the pea under all these chairs
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Omar has some questions
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I've never been on the van trip to the loading dock before
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Hey we're on the woof
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Vic wishes he wrote down how he fit everything in the first place
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Smart to make a sign without the year. "Why are the Otakon Vegas mascots on there?" "In memorium?"
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Time for the retro
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Dan and Brakus have feedback
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Run, Robyn! Don't let Topaz catch you!
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Alan gazes into the future
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"Alan, do the pointing thing!"
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Alan has two IDs! Who does he think he is, Mckeed??
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Hanging out while we wait for the group photo
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Stairs are fun
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Stealing someone else's selfie
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Whoa, old timey photo for the staff photo!
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Some sort of a tribute for the chief of staff I think
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Let's eat Chinese food and get out of this room with the volume turned all the way up on staff videos. Also that guy behind Alan is upset
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Mmm.... food. No talking.
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They were playing mini documentaries about Otakon back in the day
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It took too long to gather all the con chairs for this photo so I gave up on them. Presumably someone got the proper photo
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Dan loves the ball pit
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Feel the energy. Also, I see that, Anthony
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Topaz can't even believe he's awake
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How has the $30 breakfast become a tradition. So stupid. We need to find a diner
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This year's program guide
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Hey I know that thing
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"Oops! All Butlers!"
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Hey that's us!
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