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Cranialspasm (aka Ali) has recently come to terms with her nerdocity. It was once a dirty secret. Hiding comic books, DVDs and a metric ton of polyhedral dice was second nature because she worried that people wouldn't take her seriously. Then she realized something. Serious people are boring. Ali is not boring. Unless you mention her day job. Then her eyes glaze over.
You can also find the random ramblings from her brainpan on her website http://www.cranialspasm.com

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The Kindness of Others: A Cautionary Tale

I am absolutely amazed at the friendships that start and flourish on the internet. The people that I talk with on a daily basis I feel an incredible closeness to.

I am floored by the generosity of those that I have met online. I have seen someone post “I hate to do this, but can someone lend me $30 so I can get enough gas to get to work this week. I will totally hit you back” and will see a list of people ready and willing to pay it forward. It is amazing the amount of generous people looking to help people in need.

However, there are some times when you are not necessarily sure where your gift is going. What happens if someone says “I need $320 for a new part for my car” but is using it for something else. Did they lie? Was “part for my car” their way of getting money to pay off their bar tab? Are you being conned?

With internet anonymity, you can’t always trust the old adage “what you see is what you get”. The person that you have gotten to know and have invested time and honesty into might be a completely different person playing a role.

So how do you decipher what is true and what is false?

It pains me to admit, but I don’t know. I have racked my brain for quite some time with this predicament. There are people on Twitter begging for a RT from someone famous linking to a “charity”, but how do we know if the link is genuine?

Sadly there are people that will take advantage of the kindness of others. It is inevitable. Once you feel that you have been duped, how can you be sure that anything you want to do in the future is on the up and up?

I know this is a completely depressing post, but I just don’t know. I have no idea what advice I can give to those who have been burned. It’s happened to me in the past and has definitely affected my desire to donate to certain things. Money complicates everything. Loaning a friend some money then watching them spend frivolously without paying you back is one of the worst things to go through.

The only shining light in loaning/donating via the internet is that you can keep record of what you have given and if something doesn’t add up, you have proof of fraud. If you are extending a helping hand to someone, I suggest including someone else in the correspondence so that it is not the case of my word versus their word.

Please be vigilant. Some things to keep mind of.

1. If someone doesn’t publicly thank you for giving them something, they might be getting things from other people. Sometimes even though people are getting things from you, they might be getting money or gifts from others. They don’t publicly acknowledge because they don’t want the well to run dry. If they send you a thank you privately, save that in a special folder marked “Just in Case”.

2. Be wary of shifting stories. If someone is telling you about their life and it seems different from what you remember, make note of it. Jot a quick email to yourself or something (perhaps in a folder marked “Just in Case”). That way if the story changes again you can recognize that you are being fed a partial truth if not a complete fabrication.

3. If someone is still paying for entertainment (cable / internet / smart phone / Netflix / GameFly / World of Warcraft), they obviously have money to pay for those things.

I posted this to my site, but I think that this is something that everyone should keep an eye on. #paranoia #hashtaggingoutsideoftwitter

Being Human

Review: Being Human


So a werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost get in an apartment together… Sounds like the beginning of a joke, right?

Wrong. That is the concept for “Being Human”, a new series that started on Syfy. Are you angry that you missed the first episode? Well, unlike the first episode of S3 Merlin that seems to have fallen off of the face of the earth (grumble grumble), SyFy is airing the first episode right before the second one airs.

The main characters are Aidan, a vampire, and Josh, a werewolf.

Aidan (Sam Witwer – Crank, Gamer) is struggling with his attempts to cut fresh human out of his diet and remove himself from the clutches of his sire, Bishop. He ironically enough works as a nurse in a hospital and spends a lot of time in the trama unit exposed to the scent of blood. He does nick some of the bags to feed himself, but he has grown to appreciate human life and his desire to maintain the masquerade of being a part of the status quo.

Josh (Sam Huntington – Not Another Teen Movie, Detroit Rock City) is a werewolf who gives you the impression of having been bitten (though it’s not confirmed in the first episode) and every month he is subjected to an unwanted transformation. He is having a hard time dealing with it and distanced himself from his family and friends.

Somehow Josh and Aidan became friends working the nursing shifts in the hospital. It is mentioned by another character that their friendship is something of an anomale, but Aidan keeps trying to get Josh to “be normal”. They decide to get an apartment together so that even though they have to really try to be normal, they have a moment away from society to be themselves and not be judged.

They find an apartment that needs some work and move in. Awhile later they meet Sally (Meaghan Rath – Lost and Delirious), one of the previous owners of the apartment. She had died and had spent months trying to get people to know that she was there, but humans weren’t able to see her.

Josh tries to get her to leave the apartment so that he can have some time to himself and considers her a bit of a nuisance. Aidan seems to be very accepting with having the ghost in the house.

Aidan is trying to reacclamate himself to a normal life when his sire, Bishop (Mark Pellegrino – Capote, Dexter[2006]), tries to pull him back into the fold.

Josh is reconnected with a family member and is put in the terrifying position of revealing what it is he has become.

I really enjoyed the first episode of Being Human on SyFy. I thought it was a unique take on the supernatural and was ready to give full props to SyFy for it until I was told that it was a rehash of a UK show. It makes me feel bad for all of the screenwriters in L.A. slinging coffee with brilliant ideas and no one to listen to them.

That being said, I’m going to keep watching it and have added the original version to my Queue so that I can watch and compare.

5 Podcasts that Got Me Through 2010: #5 Walking the Room

Warning: These reviews are moderately if not completely profane.

This past year has had it’s ups and downs and I have found that there have been many podcasts that I needed to get through a lot of the hard times. These mini reviews (which will be sporadic in coming up because my computer is dead and my internet access is limited) are my way of thanking five that have brought laughter into my life.

So thank you.

#5: Walking the Room
(I’m sure that Greg and Dave will probably complain that they are #5 out of the five mini reviews I’ve written, but to give them a bit of perspective, I listen to about thirty podcasts so the fact that I’m taking the time to write, this is a word hug to my cuddlahs.)

Walking the Room is one of the most vulgar and violent verbage out there when it comes to podcasts and I love every fucking minute of it. Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony don’t veer from letting the F-bomb fly and their mock animosity for each other is HYSTERICAL! They like to play “Here’s What I’ll Do” followed by a lengthy description of the unconventional death of the other. At one point one of them talks about going out, buying a pair of Doc Martens, and then kicking the other in the face. I think it was Dave. I laughed so hard, on the pee scale, I would give it a four out of five drops.

In one episode, Greg and Dave lament the death of the “guy’s guy”. They go on an extreme tangent about the search for the next “Steve McQueen”. If they remade Bullitt right fucking now I would punch someone in the gullet. It’s true. With the amount of rehashing of old plots, I would be hard pressed to find new blood to play John McClane in a bastardization of Die Hard.

Their podcast is incredibly random. They end up ranting about various things but there is always one constant. They love candy. Super love candy. If candy was a dude they would light some candles and cue the Brokeback Mountain soundtrack.

Walking the Room is like being spanked, but with humor. Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes you tear up a bit. But there’s always something that brings you back to it.

And I almost forgot!

I’m a “Cuddlah” FO LIFE!. Clown from the neck down.
Oh and I’m terrified of clowns, but just the makeup. Everything else is okay, so this picture is sublime.

Clown From the Neck Down

Check out Walking the Room on iTunes
or add Walking the Room to your RSS feed
or just pop over to libsyn and give it a listen

Originally posted on www.cranialspasm.com

Podcasts That Got Me Through 2010: #4 Doug Loves Movies

Warning: These reviews are moderately if not completely profane.

This past year has had it’s ups and downs and I have found that there have been many podcasts that I needed to get through a lot of the hard times. These mini reviews (which will be sporadic in coming up because my computer is dead and my internet access is limited) are my way of thanking five that have brought laughter into my life.

So thank you.

#4 Doug Loves Movies:
Doug Benson has to be the most productive stoner in the world. It’s amazing how much he ends up doing. In addition to his stand up, his BENSON INTERRUPTION theater extravaganzas and his fresh new viewing of the BENSON INTERRUPTION on Comedy Central, Doug has time to tell everyone that will listen how much he LOVES movies. His podcast originally started out as “I LOve Movies” but this year he changed to “Doug Loves Movies”.

In each episode he has a panel of people that talk about their love of movies or their complete lack of movie knowledge. The panelists are introduced and he’ll ask a few questions before they start playing games. They pick out people from the live audience to play for and the winner gets a bunch of stuff that all of the participants bring in.

Doug Benson, Samm Levine, Leonard Maltin, Morgan Murphy

Sometimes Doug will play the build a title movie game, but every week They play the Leonard Maltin game. He actually played the Leonard Maltin game WITH Leonard Maltin! (Don’t know what the game is? LISTEN AND YOU’LL KNOW!)

There is a reason why it is in my top five podcasts.

Check out Doug Love Movies on iTunes
or add Doug Love Movies to your RSS feed
or just pop over to the site and give it a listen

Originally posted on www.cranialspasm.com

Podcasts That Got Me Through 2010: #3 The Pod F Tompkast

Warning: These reviews are moderately if not completely profane.

This past year has had it’s ups and downs and I have found that there have been many podcasts that I needed to get through a lot of the hard times. These mini reviews (which will be sporadic in coming up because my computer is dead and my internet access is limited) are my way of thanking five that have brought laughter into my life.

So thank you.

HOW ADORABLE IS THIS?

#3 Pod F Tompkast:
The Pod F Tompkast came out later in the year, but I found myself drawn to it like a hobo to a five galloon drum of fire. Paul F Tompkins is easily one of my favorite comedians and with his guest spots on Comedy Death Ray and regular appearances on other podcasts I listen to, when he announced that he was starting a podcast… I knew I had to give it a listen.

The best part of the Pod F Tompkast is that it’s bringing something often overlooked in the podcast ‘verse – a script.

In highschool, my favorite recordings to listen to were those of Firesign Theatre. The plights of Nick Danger, the episodes of “Beat the Reaper”… They were amazing. The idea that someone could make you laugh like a bastard just by tickling your ears was as foreign to me then as it is to the younger generations now. Now, we are bombarded by every sense. If there was smellovision, tasteovision and tactilevision we would be overusing them to the point that we wouldn’t leave our homes. But that all requires your complete attention.

Listening to Pod F Tompkast has brought me back to a simpler time that is much more complex than the youtube vloggers of today (has your brain exploded yet?). He tickles your earholes with his delightful tales of the partnership of people such as Ice T, the Cake Boss, and Dame Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber(everytime he says that I laugh so hard I die a little inside). This ten to fifteen minute interlude inspires the imagination and I laugh at the absurdity of it all. The backstory of cake boss’s soothsaying powers originated from Paul’s visits to Comedy Death Ray Radio, but they have evolved into so much more.

The next segment is a clip from one of his live shows. The first episode included a clip of him reading google transcriptions of his voicemails. I had to listen to it four times because I was laughing so hard.

The final segment is a conversation between himself and Jen Kirkman. They talk about how they met and occasionally Jen will share stories from her life. It is incredibly entertaining. It’s almost as if you’re sitting in a Starbucks and eavedropping on the FUNNIEST FUCKING CONVERSATION OF YOUR LIFE.

A slight sidenote – Paul F Tompkins has this really great idea that originated out of sarcasm. He had tweeted about being at a specific location and someone had asked him if he would come somewhere else. He told the person requesting it to have 300 people commit to seeing him and he would go out there. Thus the Tompkins 300 came into existence. I recently joined the facebook page for New Haven CT and if you are in the area and love comedy you should join. BUT! Do NOT join if you are not in the area. It doesn’t help anyone in the group if you do. We’d like Paul to come to New Haven, but not if there won’t be a bunch of people there to appreciate him.

Check out the Pod F Tompkast on iTunes
or add the Pod F Tompkast to your RSS feed
or just pop over to libsyn and give it a listen

Originally posted on www.cranialspasm.com

Podcasts That Got Me Through 2010: #2 Comedy Death Ray

Warning: These reviews are moderately if not completely profane.

This past year has had it’s ups and downs and I have found that there have been many podcasts that I needed to get through a lot of the hard times. These mini reviews (which will be sporadic in coming up because my computer is dead and my internet access is limited) are my way of thanking five that have brought laughter into my life.

So thank you.

#2 Comedy Death Ray:
Comedy Death Ray is sublime and has made it’s move to Earwolf Studios, a budding new podcast hub that will kick SMODcastle in the nuts. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll listen to the Kevin Smith stuff occasionally, but it’s not something I listen to regularly. Comedy Death Ray however is something that I listen to weekly.

Scott Aukerman hosts this weekly radio program with a guest co-host. Through the hour characters take advantage of the Earwolf “open door” policy by coming in and hopping on the radio. From El Chupacabra to Little Gary, you would be amazed at the comedic starpower that hops in. Many comedians come in as characters they have created or overexaggerations of celebrities (such as Paul F Tompkins as Ice T – In one episode he tells someone to eat a bowl of dicks. I don’t remember which one, so listen to them all.) Seth Morris as “Bob Ducca” makes me laugh so freaking hard. Especially when he lists all of his ailments. I know that Parallel Parkinson’s Disease isn’t funny, but… but… it is. Also, I want to lick Nick Kroll. That has everything and nothing to do with Comedy Death Ray, but I just figured I’d make that known to the internets.

Scott also plays games with the guests like “Would You Rather” or “Fortunately/Unfortunately” where the guests imaginations are taken to beyond their limits. There is a request for would you rather scenarios on TWitter and then Scott takes over from there. The guests are welcome to ask questions to help them choose the correct answer. If you are going to go straight to one of those games, might I suggest Episode #63 with Jon Hamm, Rich Sommer, and David Koechner as Jon Hamm mentions Bat for Lashes and I’m completely on board with that.

Comedy Death Ray is also where I found and fell in love with Steel Panther. Steel Panther is a current group of musicians that are bringing back the glam hairband rock. Of course, you should not listen to them if there are children in the room. You should also not listen to them if you are ovulating because you WILL get pregnant.

Subscribing to Comedy Death Ray will be your smartest move for 2011… AND IT’S FREE!!!!!

Check out Comedy Death Ray on iTunes
or add Comedy Death Ray to your RSS feed
or just pop over to EARWOLF and give it a listen

Originally posted on www.cranialspasm.com

Podcasts That Got Me Through 2010: #1 Nerdist

Warning: These reviews are moderately if not completely profane.

This past year has had it’s ups and downs and I have found that there have been many podcasts that I needed to get through a lot of the hard times. These mini reviews (which will be sporadic in coming up because my computer is dead and my internet access is limited) are my way of thanking five that have brought laughter into my life.

So thank you.

#1 Nerdist:
Oh Chris Hardwick, what can I say that I haven’t already said in previous reviews? Probably a lot, but this isn’t just about you, so I’m keeping the specific ass kissery to a minimum.

The Nerdist Podcast is a weekly installment of nerding out. Yes, it is not just a clever name. Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira (That’s My-Rah folks. Say it out loud.) sit with a new guest every week and shoot the shit. Sometimes they are talking with an actor about their process or with a comedian on the struggle to market to some towns they’re booked at. Many times it’s just Jonah licking AMC’s taint. Still, it is a great podcast to listen to. Why?

They occasionally do a live show at Largo. This makes me hate the East Coast.

I know that I have barely done it justice, but these guys sound exactly like my friends and I when we get together and talk. There is no pretense. There is no sheet full of questions that they have to get through before they can end the show. It’s just genuine conversation.

Each of the hosts has something that they talk about very often in the scope of the 51 episodes. One of them will talk Dr. Who to you until you are TARDIS blue in the face (and actually inspired me to watch the show), one will thrill you with their incredibly creepy love of zombies, and one is quiet except when talking about his weight. I think he is so friggin cute.

Still you find that even though they know things are being recorded, there may be some moments in each episode where they forget the red button is glowing because the conversation is so damn organic. I am incredibly impressed that they do not seem to edit anything out. They keep me laughing for an hour when I’m sitting at work. They quell my desire to stab.

So although this review doesn’t do the podcast justice, if you regularly read the stuff that I put out there and follow me on Twitter and think I’m funny… Subscribe to the podcast and get your mind thrice blown. If I enjoy them, and you enjoy me, then you will most likely enjoy them.

Check out Nerdist on iTunes
or add Nerdist to your RSS feed (You’ll get other updates on this feed too)
or just pop over to Nerdist and give it a listen

Originally posted on www.cranialspasm.com

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I’m Still Here: Desktop Withdrawl

Yes, I have been quiet recently on both this site and my site. Sadly, I got the dreaded blue screen of death. I did actually try to stream the Joaquin Phoenix *cough*bio pic*cough* before my computer crashed so maybe Casey Affleck should get me a new computer. My phone also died. The Blackberry rollerball decided to liberate itself from it’s flimsy prison. I believe it might have been eaten by my imaginary friend.

For me, this month has been “Digital Disaster December”. Angst! Sadness! Woe! Woe Blackberry (Blam-a-lam)! But as of Saturday, my cell phone sobfest reached a thrilling climax. From the ashes of my Blackberry rose a phoenix from the ashes. iPhone 4. It is a holiday present to myself (which means no one else is getting a present this year… suckers).

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, I felt like I was in recovery. I had limited internet access so I couldn’t log in to any of my favorite sites. I couldn’t listen to my Podcasts. And my iPod wiped itself when I plugged it in to my computer. I guess I should have known my desktop was crapping out.

Without electronics I have been shaking like a chihuahua in Connecticut. I wanted to check everything to see what people were posting. What was happening to all of my friends? It is amazing how addictive the internet has become for me. Luckily, my mother and I had planned to bake a metric buttload of cookies and peanut butter truffles so at least I had something keeping me busy. We made Christmas dinosaurs. I named mine Rex Harrison (The stegosaurus, obviously. The T-Rex is Jimmy Stewart.)

Question: What do you get irritated about when you can’t use it? Does the fail whale make you want to punch a baby?

NERDS IN BABELAND AND CRANIALSPASM DO NOT CONDONE THE PUNCHING OF BABIES.

I felt it necessary to pop on here and let you guys know that I’m still here, just think of me as the girl in the cast on the volleyball team. I’ll be limited until desktop resurrection.

I heart you all and keep pushing @nerdsinbabeland to 1k followers!!
Oh, and if you want you can follow me @cranialspasm.

Since I’ve been ranting about myself, I figure I should drop some nerd knowledge trivia on you all.

Did you know that “The Twelve Days of Christmas” actually starts on December 25th? It ends on January 5th, also known as “Twelfth Night”. William Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night” is believed to have been written to end the Christmas season with a laugh. I JUST MADE YOU LEARN SOMETHING! BWAHAHAHA!

(For you Angel fans, a little more trivia! Illyria is the name of the setting of Twelfth Night and is believed to be an ancient region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.)

You’re welcome internets. I miss you terribly.

Coming December 7th: World of Warcraft – Cataclysm

Blizzard has decimated their landscapes!

In preparation for their latest expansion “Cataclysm”, Blizzard rips Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor asunder. They explain that an “old evil” by the name of Deathwing is rising. Deathwing is a superhuge dragon of dragony proportions.

You can watch the trailer yourself (link at the bottom of this post).

With the Burning Crusade expansion it was the introduction of the Horde race Blood Elf and the Alliance race Draenai. In Wrath of the Lich King, there was the addition of the player class DeathKnight. True to fashion, Blizzard has announced the introduction of two new player races: Goblins and Worgen.

Goblins and Worgen have been in the game for as long as I can remember, but they have never been player characters. Also, they’ve been pretty generic. Goblins have appearance adjustments to choose from and the Worgen have gotten a major overhaul. MAJOR.

In addition to this, the level cap has been increased to 85. Odd, as it typically raises in increments of 10. They’ve explained that off that the new goal is to improve your characters through talents and a path system that will be implemented (I’m assuming it’ll happen in a patch before Cataclysm’s release date).

They have added new high-level zones with Uldum, Grim Batol, and a Sunken City that looks like it would bitchslap Ariel and also boast more raid content than ever before. Great… Thanks Blizzard. I’ll never see my bro again.

They’re also finally taking some of the races class exclusions away. Now you can finally be a gnome priest or blood elf warrior. A tauren paladin! A troll druid (My brother and I have always thought was weird that you couldn’t be one. That’d be perfect.)!!! Squeeeee!

New Secondary Profession: Archaeology! Apparently with the enormous changes in the landscape, you now can unearth valuable artifacts and earn rewards! I can hear the auction house bells chiming!

The flying mount ban in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms has been lifted. I’m guessing that Blizzard can justify that due to the fact that a humongous dragon is going to be flying around getting his burn on in Brill.

Check out the trailer for more details! Let me know how you feel about it! Are you excited? Irritated? Bored?

I haven’t decided if I’m going to start playing again, but the Worgen look pretty fierce so you never know.

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The Anatomy of a Convention

Guess which one I am? I aim to misbehave.

Everyone has heard of a convention, but they don’t necessarily know what happens there or what is available. The word convention itself simply means ” a meeting for particular purposes”.

What I’ll be talking about in this post are “fan conventions”. These gatherings are meant for the purpose of bringing together people with an interest in a particular film, TV show, comic book, genre, etc.

They are extremely large in the amount of attendees so they typically take place in hotels or convention centers.

I don’t consider myself the biggest convention attendant. I’m sure there are people that have been to more than I, but after visiting three of the nerd persuasion, here is what I’ve grown to accept as commonplace at conventions.

My friend Casey? Kinda a big deal.

1. AUTOGRAPHS and PICTURES! : When you go to a convention, one of the main things that draws you in is being able to see people that have been in things you like. They set themselves up at a table and then sign pictures of themselves or DVDs or breasts or replicas or… you know what? I’m pretty sure they’ll sign anything but a baby (and if you would ask someone to sign your baby, please call DCF). There are also typically replica cars sitting in front of the entrance. During events, you are often asked to pay for autographs and donate in order to have photographs in replicas like the Delorean, the General Lee, the Batmobile, Batcycle, etc.

Q&A with the cast of The Boondock Saints

2. EVENTS! : From Q&A’s to sneak previews to concerts, any good convention has a bunch of stuff for you to do. Hopefully, the ones you want to do don’t all coincide and you have to choose one. Because chances are, if you choose the “wrong” one, you miss an eye stabbing. Who doesn’t love an eye stabbing? The only downside is that if you go to a Q&A for the same topic at different conventions, you start to have the ability to know what questions are going to be asked and you could answer them verbatim. So mix it up! Who cares if you don’t know a darn thing about Green Lantern. Go to the screening/Q&A. You might become their newest fan!

3. VENDORS! : When you go to one of these things the way I do, you go completely unprepared. (“Wait… Deanna Troy is gonna be here? All I have on me is a checkbook. Uh… Will you sign this Boris Karloff check for me?”) Enter my salvation: VENDORS! If you have never been to a convention before and have no desire to, I’d say try it once. I would suggest getting a one-day pass if there is one near you just to look at the stuff that is sold. Some of it you can buy anywhere and for a lot less, but there are some rare and remarkable finds like a complete collection of TMNT trading cards, or a cardboard Archie record in near mint condition. Be prepared for sensory overload. Vendors pack their tables as full as they possibly can to provide the most product in hopes of turning a profit (vendors pay for space).

Sweet sounds of psychos

4. COSTUMES! : If you go to a convention, don’t be surprised if you are asked to be pulled into a picture (especially if you dress like my friend, Crissie). Many people dress up to go to conventions in costumes from their favorite shows, mangas, books, movies, comic, etc. Many conventions have a costume contest as well. You can have yourself and Lara Croft, Scarlet Witch, a Predator, a Ghostbuster, Doc Brown, Shaun (of the Dead), Ash, and Flo from the Progressive commercials all in one snapshot. It is amazing to see the time and dedication that some people have put into their costumes.

5. SMELLY PEOPLE! : Yep. Had to bring it up. For the most part, I figure that the costumed people after the third day in a row of wearing a costume are going to be a little rank. So don’t hug a costumed person on the second or third day. I’d suggest multiple costumes, but that’s only if they are made out of a porous material like lycra, spandex, and cloth. I wouldn’t expect someone who has built custom Fett armor to have a set for each day. Maybe the stuff fitting under the armor should be replaceable. But they’re not even the most notorious smellies out there! Honestly. If someone doesn’t dress in costume for the weekend, they should lather up daily. They are staying somewhere that there is a bathroom. Most of the time, they’re staying at a hotel, so the hotel provides soap and shampoo. All you need to remember is deoderant and breath mints. There are hundreds or thousands of people within close proximity to each other. The temperature rises drastically due to the amount of warm bodies thrust into one location. If I can’t stand next to someone without gagging, there is a problem. I have paid just as much to get into the venue, yet I am clean. Oh! And slathering on cologne fools no one. You just smell like butt and cologne. Blech.

So these were the things that I could think of when trying to explain to my mom what a convention was and why I had gone to so many in a short timeframe.

What do you think of when you think of a convention? What do you expect and are disappointed with when they don’t deliver?

[[The pictures are all from the latest convention that I went to. Please ask if for some reason you want to use them. ]]

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