random rambling and things that catch my eye

21st July 2014

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Just a few of the bracelets I made for #livinghistory at #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #california #centralcoast #slolife #paradise #shinythings #jewelry (at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California)

Just a few of the bracelets I made for #livinghistory at #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #california #centralcoast #slolife #paradise #shinythings #jewelry (at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California)

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19th July 2014

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A boy with a slingshot and his palm tree, who could ask for more? He has acquired a satiny sheen during his visit to the #gettycenter restoration dept. #hearstcastle #art #sculpture #california #californiastateparks #sansimeon #slolife #paradise #centralcoast  (at Hearst Castle)

A boy with a slingshot and his palm tree, who could ask for more? He has acquired a satiny sheen during his visit to the #gettycenter restoration dept. #hearstcastle #art #sculpture #california #californiastateparks #sansimeon #slolife #paradise #centralcoast (at Hearst Castle)

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18th July 2014

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One perfect dahlia in the #gardens of #hearstcastle #slolife #paradise #gardencourt #centralcoast #californiastateparks #california #nofilter (at Hearst Castle)

One perfect dahlia in the #gardens of #hearstcastle #slolife #paradise #gardencourt #centralcoast #californiastateparks #california #nofilter (at Hearst Castle)

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17th July 2014

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A different take of #donatellos #david. #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #centralcoast #sansimeon #paradise #art #slolife #sculpture  (at Hearst Castle)

A different take of #donatellos #david. #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #centralcoast #sansimeon #paradise #art #slolife #sculpture (at Hearst Castle)

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14th July 2014

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After a long absense, David returns to his perch on top of the fountain. #hearstcastle #slolife #paradise #art #californiastateparks #centralcoast #sansimeon #sculpture (at Hearst Castle)

After a long absense, David returns to his perch on top of the fountain. #hearstcastle #slolife #paradise #art #californiastateparks #centralcoast #sansimeon #sculpture (at Hearst Castle)

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13th July 2014

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Dinking around with filters today. #photography #slolife #paradise #centralcoast #cambria #gardencourt #california  (at the sweat shop)

Dinking around with filters today. #photography #slolife #paradise #centralcoast #cambria #gardencourt #california (at the sweat shop)

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6th July 2014

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Send help! I am trapped a 16 pound Maine Coon and he’s very comfy! #sillykitty #slolife #centralcoast #cambria #california  #trappedunderacat (at the sweat shop)

Send help! I am trapped a 16 pound Maine Coon and he’s very comfy! #sillykitty #slolife #centralcoast #cambria #california #trappedunderacat (at the sweat shop)

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4th July 2014

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The Casablanca lilies have all opened at last. The fragrance is amazing. #slolife #centralcoast #california #cambria #paradise #gardencourt  (at the sweat shop)

The Casablanca lilies have all opened at last. The fragrance is amazing. #slolife #centralcoast #california #cambria #paradise #gardencourt (at the sweat shop)

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3rd July 2014

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Garrett plays a mean cowbell #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #california #slolife #silly  (at Bobbi and Iain’s)

Garrett plays a mean cowbell #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #california #slolife #silly (at Bobbi and Iain’s)

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3rd July 2014

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The Cloisters perform their chart topper 30 days of guide school. #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #california #centralcoast #slolife #silly (at Bobbi and Iain’s)

The Cloisters perform their chart topper 30 days of guide school. #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #california #centralcoast #slolife #silly (at Bobbi and Iain’s)

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2nd July 2014

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The Truth Behind Heroes Of Cosplay: New Orleans

Oh what a shock! A shit reality series is very shit. Once upon a time SciFi was a channel about science fiction and fantasy and not SYFY “hey lets fill the schedule with wrestling and reality shows”. My Dad and I watched for the cheesy B grade movies and reruns of classic shows. But it is a business and “reality shows” are anything but real. I am not terribly surprised by the behavior exhibited by cast and crew, because they are all scripted to be charming assholes, but with heavy emphasis on the asshole. I hope none of the folks I know, who love their cosplay so much ever find themselves in this situation.

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The Truth Behind Heroes Of Cosplay: New Orleans

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Heroes of Cosplay is a popular tv series on SyFy that showcases certain cosplayers at conventions across the US. But what you might not know about it is how this show treats the people at conventions… the ones that aren’t the “elite” few, the cosplayers and convention goers behind the camera. I never had to deal with them until they came into my town - New Orleans. I thought it would be a great opportunity to see this show in person but my opinion quickly changed.

The way they treated my fellow cosplaying friends and the way they took over our beloved costume contest was completely inexcusable. There were a few mishaps on the convention floor but a majority of the issues came around the time of the Costume Contest. This was my third time attending Wizard World New Orleans and usually the costume contest is done in 1-2 hours. This one took over 2 hours just to get through the individual category. It was clearly being staged because only certain cosplayers were being allowed to talk about their costumes on stage, everyone else was rushed off. I didn’t realize it at the time but the ones they stopped to chat about were mostly Heroes of Cosplay participants. They didn’t care one bit about anyone else. It became really painful to watch/participate when I saw beautiful and elaborate costumes getting rushed off because they weren’t one of the “elite few” from the show.

After the contest was over, my friends and I went on to enjoy the rest of the convention as much as possible. Some of us completely shut out the competition because it was the black mark of the whole show. I began gathering stories from my friends and fellow Wizard World convention goers. Then other people began approaching me with their account of what happened. Here are our collected thoughts:

Encounters on the Convention Floor:

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This happened Saturday around 2:30pm the Cosplay Circuit Digital Hall Awards photobooth, where they take your photograph and post it on the Wizard World site. Jesse Lagers tried to cut in line in front of me. The obnoxious camera crew’s goal was to cut the “Costume Contest Winner” into the line. I was sandwiched right between him and the AVP guys. The costume contest didn’t happen until later that night. They decided the winners for the contest before the show even started.

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I just want to chime in for a second here… I have always loved Yaya, she was always nice to me over the last 3 years and I really admired her up until WW New Orleans. Now I’m a photographer at alot of Cons and I’ve worked for Wizard World for years. This year I wasn’t working for them because I was working exclusively for a very well known website. When I passed by her just in walking around the con floor she pretty much stopped me and was like Oh you ARE going to take my picture now. I was crazy

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30th June 2014

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Just delivered some Rococco geranium cuttings to my favorite gardners at #hearstcastle   This geranium was given to my grandmother by Norman Rotanzi #gardencourt #paradise #slolife #californiastateparks #california  (at Hearts Castle - San Simeon, CA)

Just delivered some Rococco geranium cuttings to my favorite gardners at #hearstcastle This geranium was given to my grandmother by Norman Rotanzi #gardencourt #paradise #slolife #californiastateparks #california (at Hearts Castle - San Simeon, CA)

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29th June 2014

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Golden asiatic trumpet lilies enjoying the summer heat at #hearstcastle #gardencourt #paradise #slolife #centralcoast #californiastateparks #california  (at Hearst Castle)

Golden asiatic trumpet lilies enjoying the summer heat at #hearstcastle #gardencourt #paradise #slolife #centralcoast #californiastateparks #california (at Hearst Castle)

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19th June 2014

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Oak tree versus the concrete balusters surrounding the #neptunepool #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #paradise #slolife #california #centralcoast  (at Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument)

Oak tree versus the concrete balusters surrounding the #neptunepool #hearstcastle #californiastateparks #paradise #slolife #california #centralcoast (at Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument)

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14th June 2014

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And this my friends is what #adultbeverage time looks like here at my hotel. #sandiego #california #roadtrip #paradise #fancy #iwillmissit (at Wyndham San Diego Bayside)

And this my friends is what #adultbeverage time looks like here at my hotel. #sandiego #california #roadtrip #paradise #fancy #iwillmissit (at Wyndham San Diego Bayside)

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