It looks like I'll be a judge for the Katsucon Anime Video Awards again this year, because Keith politley asked if I'd do it again. He just wants my big screen TV! :-D No, seriously, I love doing this. Sure, 90% of the videos are boring crap, but the 10% that aren't sure make up for it. Some have been so good... I cried (the Miyazaki "Golden Slumber" one, and the fake trailer for Metropolis got me last year). I am such a wuss for musical scores sometimes. Last time, we judges had to wade through tons of bad Sailor Moon fan service stuff, a few disturbing violent porn selections, and a lot of just really dull, uninspiring clips to get to some that were golden. Although, sometimes after 10 dull clips, we'd over-appreciate some that were not as dull, simply because our brains hurt, and our attention span was desperate for a change. But those get weeded out after the second pass. When I judge anime music videos, I go more for the deeply moving, and roaringly funny, rather than subject matter. There was one video I liked where it was dedicated to the abuse that Lupin III's Cooper Mini survives. Another was Goldenboy done to "Pretty Fly for a White Guy." I didn't truly appreciate those until I saw the Goldenboy series.
I am also going to be the technical Cosplay judge, which was a pretty interesting learning experience last time. Note to Katsucon Cosplay entrants: I favorably judge on effort and humility. A good technical job will shine on its own, you don't need to be a primadonna about it. I mean, don't be shy, sit in a corner, and say nothing when I ask you questions, but don't jump in my face and nail yourself to the cross, either. Having the illustration that inspired you is a BIG plus (and thanks to the majority of you that did).
The guy running pre-reg this year has assembled a team to help him, forcing me to slap my head and go, "THAT'S what I should have done!" And it's not like anyone didn't tell me. Oh well. Lesson learned. Thanks for your wisdom, Tom.
All this week, since Christmas Eve, I have been learning a few new skills. I have started up with OpenBSD again, after having left it for a while to learn more about Slackware. I have also learned more about networking, and how household cable (TV, Internet) work. These all have to do with stuff I do at work, of course (since we test networks), but I have been working on personal side projects to see how my cable router and firewall work, and how secure it really is. It's not the best results, but I suppose it's better than having my PC directly connected to the Internet. So I am working on improving security.
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