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1) [profile] lilycobalt and I put in an application on an apartment yesterday. It's for a 2-bedroom place a block from Prospect Park. It's huge and beautiful and has a dishwasher. Much further commute to work for me, but much shorter commute to Ward III and a very short walk to Ample Hills and Citibike stations. I guess I know where my priorities are? I'm a little ehh about the commute but very excited about the rest of it. I'll miss my giant one-bedroom in Queens but I won't miss huge long train trips late at night from Brooklyn. I'm also going to be very close to [personal profile] rosefox and [personal profile] xtina

2) I'm really sick. I'm not...dysfunctional, per se, but my lungs are full of this thick green stuff. I've been told it's viral and the best thing to do is just wait it out and rest, but it's gross and I'm essentially drowning a tiny bit all the time. Going to see specialists next week, yay?

3) [profile] emo_snal is going to be here at the end of the week into next week and I am going to hug him so hard.

4) My cousin Kyle is getting married on Saturday so I will be out of town for the wedding.

5) I'm in love with Citibike. I built swivel mounts that fit onto the bike frames for water pistols and bubble guns. I rode a Citibike home at midnight last night, when I found out that the R train wasn't running uptown. Drunk. On nearly-empty Manhattan streets, up from Tribeca to Union Square where I got on a 6 and then a 7. It was amazing and full of lights and magic.

I have all these ideas about creating community around citibike. Also, I made these icons right here: https://sites.google.com/site/citibikestats/timeline I did not do the coding. Just the icons. I made some bigger bikes, too.

6) I'm getting another tattoo. Sometime soon. Just have to figure out where I want to get it.

7) My lungs are full of goo and it's making it hard to remember what else I wanted to say. Love you all! <3
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1) [profile] lilycobalt and I put in an application on an apartment yesterday. It's for a 2-bedroom place a block from Prospect Park. It's huge and beautiful and has a dishwasher. Much further commute to work for me, but much shorter commute to Ward III and a very short walk to Ample Hills and Citibike stations. I guess I know where my priorities are? I'm a little ehh about the commute but very excited about the rest of it. I'll miss my giant one-bedroom in Queens but I won't miss huge long train trips late at night from Brooklyn. I'm also going to be very close to [personal profile] rosefox and [personal profile] xtina

2) I'm really sick. I'm not...dysfunctional, per se, but my lungs are full of this thick green stuff. I've been told it's viral and the best thing to do is just wait it out and rest, but it's gross and I'm essentially drowning a tiny bit all the time. Going to see specialists next week, yay?

3) [profile] emo_snal is going to be here at the end of the week into next week and I am going to hug him so hard.

4) My cousin Kyle is getting married on Saturday so I will be out of town for the wedding.

5) I'm in love with Citibike. I built swivel mounts that fit onto the bike frames for water pistols and bubble guns. I rode a Citibike home at midnight last night, when I found out that the R train wasn't running uptown. Drunk. On nearly-empty Manhattan streets, up from Tribeca to Union Square where I got on a 6 and then a 7. It was amazing and full of lights and magic.

I have all these ideas about creating community around citibike. Also, I made these icons right here: https://sites.google.com/site/citibikestats/timeline I did not do the coding. Just the icons. I made some bigger bikes, too.

6) I'm getting another tattoo. Sometime soon. Just have to figure out where I want to get it.

7) My lungs are full of goo and it's making it hard to remember what else I wanted to say. Love you all! <3

Si-ducked!

May. 17th, 2013 02:57 pm
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So, yesterday, I got to my desk and there was a small box addressed to me. ME.

I wasn't expecting anything. It clearly looked like an eBay sort of thing, and I racked my brains trying to remember if I may have bid on something I forgot about.

Then I opened the box and there was this:



I still couldn't figure out who sent it. Karen asked if there was a note. I said, "no, just the name of the...

OH."

[profile] calicomask, I adore you so.

Si-ducked!

May. 17th, 2013 02:57 pm
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So, yesterday, I got to my desk and there was a small box addressed to me. ME.

I wasn't expecting anything. It clearly looked like an eBay sort of thing, and I racked my brains trying to remember if I may have bid on something I forgot about.

Then I opened the box and there was this:



I still couldn't figure out who sent it. Karen asked if there was a note. I said, "no, just the name of the...

OH."

[profile] calicomask, I adore you so.
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So much to say. The past week has been rollercoastery in all kinds of ways, my workplace has been hit hard, spent too much time at funerals and tonight, getting home at 10:15 is the earliest I've been home in a while.

Not complaining. Just in this kind of delirious sort of sleepy way. It's also been a week of really good things, amazing conversations in amazing places, new adventures, old friends and new friends, and incredible amounts of love from so many directions.

It's just that when life is happening so fast and hard and racing, is when you don't get to update.

I had one of the most beautiful weekends ever. )

It was such a lovely, beautiful weekend, full of so much joy and excitement and wonder, and I am so grateful to have had it. And I'm really, really looking forward to the prospect of having Brenna close enough that we can see each other more often and go on more amazing adventures.
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So much to say. The past week has been rollercoastery in all kinds of ways, my workplace has been hit hard, spent too much time at funerals and tonight, getting home at 10:15 is the earliest I've been home in a while.

Not complaining. Just in this kind of delirious sort of sleepy way. It's also been a week of really good things, amazing conversations in amazing places, new adventures, old friends and new friends, and incredible amounts of love from so many directions.

It's just that when life is happening so fast and hard and racing, is when you don't get to update.

I had one of the most beautiful weekends ever. )

It was such a lovely, beautiful weekend, full of so much joy and excitement and wonder, and I am so grateful to have had it. And I'm really, really looking forward to the prospect of having Brenna close enough that we can see each other more often and go on more amazing adventures.

Resolved!

Jan. 1st, 2013 03:25 pm
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I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. It’s part of a philosophy I espoused a long time ago that setting goals can get in the way of living life.


Sure, goals can be good for some things. They’re important for business plans and for progress on specific projects, but for me, personally, I find that I end up focusing too much on things I once wanted to the detriment of new and more exciting things that may pop up onto the horizon when I least expect them.


The last year has been a combination of things I wanted and got (I lost twenty pounds, I managed to keep my apartment impeccably clean for approximately six months, I read an amazing number of books [for me] and I wrote tens of thousands of words) and things that I never saw coming (I made amazing new friends, I ended up getting a second job doing something I love with people I love that has transformed my life for the better in uncountable ways). Of course, there were things I wanted and didn’t get, and things I never saw coming that turned out to be bad, but hey, you take what you get, and I did get a lot of adventures and excitement and joy.


Anyway, one of the things I did last year that worked out really well for me was that I offered to help my friends with their resolutions. Just because I don’t make them for myself doesn’t mean that they don’t work out well for other people, and offering to help other people with theirs means that I end up learning new things and having adventures that I didn’t plan for myself. It also means that I end up fostering and building on some amazing relationships in ways that have really defined my year.


For example, last year, Connie wanted to get into better shape. I offered to go walking with her once a week to help her have an impetus to get out and get exercise where she’d feel more of a push to go because she would have a commitment to a person in addition to an activity.


We have gone walking almost every week for a year now. We’ve only missed it for holidays, vacations, and sickness. Even in inclement weather, we go to an indoor shopping center and walk there.


And the most important part of this for me is that Connie and I have become very good friends. We share a lot of things, we know about each other’s lives, and in general have a much stronger relationship than we had a year ago. And that’s amazing, and that is what I want more of in my life.


So, I will ask you now: if there is a thing that you want to commit to this year as far as your own resolutions, and there is a way I can help you, support you, or join you in it, please ask or tell me. And I will see what I can do to make that happen.


Happy 2013 to everyone! I love you!


Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

Resolved!

Jan. 1st, 2013 03:25 pm
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I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. It’s part of a philosophy I espoused a long time ago that setting goals can get in the way of living life.


Sure, goals can be good for some things. They’re important for business plans and for progress on specific projects, but for me, personally, I find that I end up focusing too much on things I once wanted to the detriment of new and more exciting things that may pop up onto the horizon when I least expect them.


The last year has been a combination of things I wanted and got (I lost twenty pounds, I managed to keep my apartment impeccably clean for approximately six months, I read an amazing number of books [for me] and I wrote tens of thousands of words) and things that I never saw coming (I made amazing new friends, I ended up getting a second job doing something I love with people I love that has transformed my life for the better in uncountable ways). Of course, there were things I wanted and didn’t get, and things I never saw coming that turned out to be bad, but hey, you take what you get, and I did get a lot of adventures and excitement and joy.


Anyway, one of the things I did last year that worked out really well for me was that I offered to help my friends with their resolutions. Just because I don’t make them for myself doesn’t mean that they don’t work out well for other people, and offering to help other people with theirs means that I end up learning new things and having adventures that I didn’t plan for myself. It also means that I end up fostering and building on some amazing relationships in ways that have really defined my year.


For example, last year, Connie wanted to get into better shape. I offered to go walking with her once a week to help her have an impetus to get out and get exercise where she’d feel more of a push to go because she would have a commitment to a person in addition to an activity.


We have gone walking almost every week for a year now. We’ve only missed it for holidays, vacations, and sickness. Even in inclement weather, we go to an indoor shopping center and walk there.


And the most important part of this for me is that Connie and I have become very good friends. We share a lot of things, we know about each other’s lives, and in general have a much stronger relationship than we had a year ago. And that’s amazing, and that is what I want more of in my life.


So, I will ask you now: if there is a thing that you want to commit to this year as far as your own resolutions, and there is a way I can help you, support you, or join you in it, please ask or tell me. And I will see what I can do to make that happen.


Happy 2013 to everyone! I love you!


Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

Resolved!

Jan. 1st, 2013 01:59 pm
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I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. It’s part of a philosophy I espoused a long time ago that setting goals can get in the way of living life.

Sure, goals can be good for some things. They’re important for business plans and for progress on specific projects, but for me, personally, I find that I end up focusing too much on things I once wanted to the detriment of new and more exciting things that may pop up onto the horizon when I least expect them.

The last year has been a combination of things I wanted and got (I lost twenty pounds, I managed to keep my apartment impeccably clean for approximately six months, I read an amazing number of books [for me] and I wrote tens of thousands of words) and things that I never saw coming (I made amazing new friends, I ended up getting a second job doing something I love with people I love that has transformed my life for the better in uncountable ways). Of course, there were things I wanted and didn’t get, and things I never saw coming that turned out to be bad, but hey, you take what you get, and I did get a lot of adventures and excitement and joy.

Anyway, one of the things I did last year that worked out really well for me was that I offered to help my friends with their resolutions. Just because I don’t make them for myself doesn’t mean that they don’t work out well for other people, and offering to help other people with theirs means that I end up learning new things and having adventures that I didn’t plan for myself. It also means that I end up fostering and building on some amazing relationships in ways that have really defined my year.

For example, last year, Connie wanted to get into better shape. I offered to go walking with her once a week to help her have an impetus to get out and get exercise where she’d feel more of a push to go because she would have a commitment to a person in addition to an activity.

We have gone walking almost every week for a year now. We’ve only missed it for holidays, vacations, and sickness. Even in inclement weather, we go to an indoor shopping center and walk there.

And the most important part of this for me is that Connie and I have become very good friends. We share a lot of things, we know about each other’s lives, and in general have a much stronger relationship than we had a year ago. And that’s amazing, and that is what I want more of in my life.

So, I will ask you now: if there is a thing that you want to commit to this year as far as your own resolutions, and there is a way I can help you, support you, or join you in it, please ask or tell me. And I will see what I can do to make that happen.

Happy 2013 to everyone! I love you!

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

Starchaser

Dec. 31st, 2012 04:02 am
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It’s been a while. Hmm.

Years ago, when I first heard Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts,” I misheard the lyric “runnin’ round leaving scars” as “runnin’ round chasing stars.”

How? I have no idea, since those things really have nothing to do with each other. I realized almost immediately that I’d misheard the song, but sometimes I found myself singing that lyric anyway, because conceptually, I liked it better.

A couple of months ago, I posted this on Facebook one day when I overheard the song in a store.

I was talking to Aleph about it for a while after and he encouraged me to actually write the rest of the lyrics. I started that day. I’ve been working on it on and off for months and I intended to have it done for his birthday, but…that didn’t quite happen. A bunch of you have heard me mention time spent singing into my computer lately, and…this is what I was talking about. I have probably spent a lot of time doing this when I should have been sleeping. Writing new lyrics to a song that already exists is hard. Writing them when they are not a parody is even harder.

It’s apropos because Aleph is one of the most persistently positive and imaginative and unconditionally loving people I know. He is the sort of person who really makes you believe magic things can happen. And on top of that, alternate universes. They’re kind of a thing for us. <3 <3 <3

Starchaser

So here you go. Happy belated birthday, and happy New Year, and all kinds of things.

The song in question is exactly in the weakest part of my range, so I fiddled with it a lot and angsted over getting the vocals perfect and then finally accepted that if I kept trying, they wouldn’t ever get there and this would never leave my computer. Fortunately there are a lot of karaoke tracks on Spotify. I suppose this isn’t technically a legal use of them, but I don’t intend to make any money off it and it’s a gift for a friend.

And it’s a good way to end the year. On a high note. That might be a little too high for me to sing. But it was fun to do and made me wonder about that other world.

Love you all!

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

Starchaser

Dec. 31st, 2012 04:02 am
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It’s been a while. Hmm.

Years ago, when I first heard Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts,” I misheard the lyric “runnin’ round leaving scars” as “runnin’ round chasing stars.”

How? I have no idea, since those things really have nothing to do with each other. I realized almost immediately that I’d misheard the song, but sometimes I found myself singing that lyric anyway, because conceptually, I liked it better.

A couple of months ago, I posted this on Facebook one day when I overheard the song in a store.

I was talking to Aleph about it for a while after and he encouraged me to actually write the rest of the lyrics. I started that day. I’ve been working on it on and off for months and I intended to have it done for his birthday, but…that didn’t quite happen. A bunch of you have heard me mention time spent singing into my computer lately, and…this is what I was talking about. I have probably spent a lot of time doing this when I should have been sleeping. Writing new lyrics to a song that already exists is hard. Writing them when they are not a parody is even harder.

It’s apropos because Aleph is one of the most persistently positive and imaginative and unconditionally loving people I know. He is the sort of person who really makes you believe magic things can happen. And on top of that, alternate universes. They’re kind of a thing for us. <3 <3 <3

Starchaser

So here you go. Happy belated birthday, and happy New Year, and all kinds of things.

The song in question is exactly in the weakest part of my range, so I fiddled with it a lot and angsted over getting the vocals perfect and then finally accepted that if I kept trying, they wouldn’t ever get there and this would never leave my computer. Fortunately there are a lot of karaoke tracks on Spotify. I suppose this isn’t technically a legal use of them, but I don’t intend to make any money off it and it’s a gift for a friend.

And it’s a good way to end the year. On a high note. That might be a little too high for me to sing. But it was fun to do and made me wonder about that other world.

Love you all!

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

Absinthe!

Sep. 11th, 2012 03:10 pm
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This really happened one night during Mardi Gras at Scott’s bar back when he was at the Green Goddess in NOLA. I meant to draw a comic about it then, but I sort of tapered off on my auto-bio comics and did more fictional ones at that point, so it never happened. Now I’ve been doing more real life stuff on account of the distillery, so I figured I’d get this one done too.

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

Absinthe!

Sep. 11th, 2012 03:10 pm
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This really happened one night during Mardi Gras at Scott’s bar back when he was at the Green Goddess in NOLA. I meant to draw a comic about it then, but I sort of tapered off on my auto-bio comics and did more fictional ones at that point, so it never happened. Now I’ve been doing more real life stuff on account of the distillery, so I figured I’d get this one done too.

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

Ellen

Aug. 12th, 2012 06:07 pm
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Now that it’s been some time, I drew this comic for Ellen, my good friend & former English teacher, on the occasion of her retirement.

I haven’t drawn a comic to post here in ages! But this merited one!!! Love you, Ellen!

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Ellen

Aug. 12th, 2012 06:07 pm
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Now that it’s been some time, I drew this comic for Ellen, my good friend & former English teacher, on the occasion of her retirement.

I haven’t drawn a comic to post here in ages! But this merited one!!! Love you, Ellen!

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

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So this has been a weird and wonderful week of mail!

The other day, I got this huge box. It was large and I was not expecting a box. Now, given the nature of my work, sometimes, getting boxes means that I’m getting a particularly zany submission. So my first reaction was “UH OH.”

But then I looked at it and it was addressed to me directly and not to “submissions editor.” And the “from” label was something about beverages. Beverages! Had I ordered something from Cocktail Kingdom and forgotten about it?

Then I noticed that it was posted from Chicago. And I remembered that [info]karnythia had said something about sending me some mead.

WIN. This stuff is coming to Connecticut with me this weekend. One of them is a bottle of Chocolate mead and one is a bottle of hibiscus.

So then just a little while ago, I get ANOTHER PACKAGE. ANOTHER, IN THE SAME WEEK, YOU ASK.

GOD YES.

I was still not expecting a package but this one was a little easier to put together because the “from” address on the package was “ALEPH AND BETH.”

I opened the box.

GIANT CORNUCOPIA OF SWEDISH CANDIES.

In short, YOU PEOPLE ARE AWESOME AND NOW I HAVE MEAD AND CHOCOLATE.

Seriously, I have the best friends ever from the internet. <3

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

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So this has been a weird and wonderful week of mail!

The other day, I got this huge box. It was large and I was not expecting a box. Now, given the nature of my work, sometimes, getting boxes means that I’m getting a particularly zany submission. So my first reaction was “UH OH.”

But then I looked at it and it was addressed to me directly and not to “submissions editor.” And the “from” label was something about beverages. Beverages! Had I ordered something from Cocktail Kingdom and forgotten about it?

Then I noticed that it was posted from Chicago. And I remembered that [info]karnythia had said something about sending me some mead.

WIN. This stuff is coming to Connecticut with me this weekend. One of them is a bottle of Chocolate mead and one is a bottle of hibiscus.

So then just a little while ago, I get ANOTHER PACKAGE. ANOTHER, IN THE SAME WEEK, YOU ASK.

GOD YES.

I was still not expecting a package but this one was a little easier to put together because the “from” address on the package was “ALEPH AND BETH.”

I opened the box.

GIANT CORNUCOPIA OF SWEDISH CANDIES.

In short, YOU PEOPLE ARE AWESOME AND NOW I HAVE MEAD AND CHOCOLATE.

Seriously, I have the best friends ever from the internet. <3

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

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So, if you missed the memo, I went to Austin last weekend for my birthday. I took Thursday and Friday off from work, and hopped on a plane and went to stay with [info]katieupsidedown, who has been my friend online for almost six years, but whom I’ve never met in person before. And to see [info]rainy_day and [info]erato, who also live there!

[info]katieupsidedown picked me up at the airport, and we went back to her apartment where I met her adorable and very paranoid dog, Rufus, and the cat she is fostering, Mishka, who is black and was hiding under the bed, so I didn’t so much meet her as sort of see her eyes reflecting back in the darkness.

Then we got on the bus, which is apparently an unheard of rarity in Austin, and took it down to First Thursday on South Congress, which is like a sort of street fair/craft show outdoors ones a month. We went out to a local restaurant called South Congress Cafe, and got pretty nice salads and beers, and [info]erato caught up with us, and then walked around looking at the stores and craft stalls and a trailer for the animal rescue that Mishka is from.



so many pictures! )

Then we went to the Big Top Candy Shop, which was freaking awesome. Full of old-fashioned candies, including Bonamo Turkish Taffy, which is one of those things that my mom has always talked about as one of her favorite childhood candies but that she was certain didn’t exist anymore, so I bought her one of those, and a couple candies to try. They also had an oldschool soda fountain, so we got some of those, too.

candy store pics! )



After the candy store, we headed to a bus stop, where we waited for a very long time before discovering we were waiting for the wrong bus.

While we were doing this, I opened one of the candies I bought, which was called an Idaho Spud:




It was…weird, is the right word. It was covered in chocolate and coconut, and when we broke it up, we discovered that it was full of a gelatinous goo, kind of like those Passover Marshmallow Twists, although the flavor was completely indecipherable.

So, once we realized we were in the wrong place, we called a cab, and [info]erato left us, and we went out to a local bar called the Gibson, which had a pretty nice whiskey selection as well as a pretty nice beer selection, so I had a Manhattan and then some beers, and [info]katieupsidedown and I chatted until closing time, and then went back to her place and chatted some more.

It is always really awesome to meet people I’ve known online for so long and discover that they are just as awesome in person as they are on the internet.

More soon! With more pictures.



 

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

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So, if you missed the memo, I went to Austin last weekend for my birthday. I took Thursday and Friday off from work, and hopped on a plane and went to stay with [info]katieupsidedown, who has been my friend online for almost six years, but whom I’ve never met in person before. And to see [info]rainy_day and [info]erato, who also live there!

[info]katieupsidedown picked me up at the airport, and we went back to her apartment where I met her adorable and very paranoid dog, Rufus, and the cat she is fostering, Mishka, who is black and was hiding under the bed, so I didn’t so much meet her as sort of see her eyes reflecting back in the darkness.

Then we got on the bus, which is apparently an unheard of rarity in Austin, and took it down to First Thursday on South Congress, which is like a sort of street fair/craft show outdoors ones a month. We went out to a local restaurant called South Congress Cafe, and got pretty nice salads and beers, and [info]erato caught up with us, and then walked around looking at the stores and craft stalls and a trailer for the animal rescue that Mishka is from.



Then we went to the Big Top Candy Shop, which was freaking awesome. Full of old-fashioned candies, including Bonamo Turkish Taffy, which is one of those things that my mom has always talked about as one of her favorite childhood candies but that she was certain didn’t exist anymore, so I bought her one of those, and a couple candies to try. They also had an oldschool soda fountain, so we got some of those, too.


After the candy store, we headed to a bus stop, where we waited for a very long time before discovering we were waiting for the wrong bus.

While we were doing this, I opened one of the candies I bought, which was called an Idaho Spud:



It was…weird, is the right word. It was covered in chocolate and coconut, and when we broke it up, we discovered that it was full of a gelatinous goo, kind of like those Passover Marshmallow Twists, although the flavor was completely indecipherable.

So, once we realized we were in the wrong place, we called a cab, and [info]erato left us, and we went out to a local bar called the Gibson, which had a pretty nice whiskey selection as well as a pretty nice beer selection, so I had a Manhattan and then some beers, and [info]katieupsidedown and I chatted until closing time, and then went back to her place and chatted some more.

It is always really awesome to meet people I’ve known online for so long and discover that they are just as awesome in person as they are on the internet.

More soon! With more pictures.

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

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