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06:01 pm: Festival, day 1...aka It's all about the hair
Although we had perfect sunny weather for the two practice days, the first day of the festival dawned rainy and gray.

And, because this is really all about me, I will say that the combination of the conditioner from the hair dye and the humidity from the rain made my hair defy gravity like some random anime chick.

There's not a drop of hair product on there, it's just brush-n-go. Yeesh. I hope it settles down by tomorrow.

I tried to get a shot of my hair color using the timer on my camera, but as I suspected, it's too dark to show up under such lighting conditions.

The inset shows what it looks like when I hold the camera over my head. The flash made a little of the color show. It's much more impressive outdoors on a sunny day.

Anyway, aside from the rain in the morning, the festival went well. I took hundreds of pictures. It's a lot harder to get good shots with a still camera, since I miss whatever's happening while it's processing each picture. That's not even taking into account the number of shots that come out blurry because the subjects are all moving, though that happens when using a videocamera too.

In other news, I polished off the stack of "must read" Japanese novels demanding my attention and turned to some of the English ones my parents brought for me that I had been saving. I have to say, learning a foreign language kinda takes some of the fun out of reading fantasy books with made-up words in them. For example...

Character: "Would you like a cup of sumi?"

Me: You're offering your guests ink?!

Plus the characters were exclaiming "Hai!" all the time, and it messed with my head because it didn't mean "yes."

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From:basicblack
Date:September 28th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
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That's a fantastic picture, you look great. ^_^
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 28th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:amnachaidh
Date:September 28th, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
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You look more anime yet with the glowing red eye...is the other one black black black?

Great photos. My hair, because of the chlorine in the water, highlights red. Most people don't believe it until we're out in the sun, and my hair is down.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 28th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
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You look more anime yet with the glowing red eye...is the other one black black black?

<g> I got a really good redeye one from the Goth photo shoot, though I didn't post it because it was a sitting pose.
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From:firesign10
Date:September 28th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
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Fluffy hair! :-)
The flash made a little of the color show. It's much more impressive outdoors on a sunny day.
Yes you can see it, I'm sure it's way more purplier in ths sun! That's a really pretty outfit, you look very nice!

Hai! *LOL*
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 28th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
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That's a really pretty outfit, you look very nice!

Thank you! I bought the top from a street vendor in Yokohama's Chinatown.

I really like Indian-, Chinese-, and Vietnamese-style clothes. I bought a couple books on how to make Chinese-collar clothes...one day I'm actually going to make some...
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:September 28th, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
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That's exactly what my hair looked like when I tried to dye it for Nuriko! You couldn't really see it at all, unless you got a close-up look at some of the hairs that started out grey *cough*.

Great outfit!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 28th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
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That's exactly what my hair looked like when I tried to dye it for Nuriko! You couldn't really see it at all, unless you got a close-up look at some of the hairs that started out grey

I wish the color would show up better, but I don't really want to bleach my hair before dyeing it, so I guess I just have to live with barely visible highlights.

I do think it would be neat if I could get my hair to do the sticky-out thing on demand for conventions. I'd probably have to import Japan's humidity, though.
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From:nitasee
Date:September 28th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh, wow! You look wonderful! I can't even get my hair to look that good even with the Houston humidity. But the hair style is just adorable.

I love the clothes too. They look great on you. (I'm jealous.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
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Thanks! <blush>
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From:megory
Date:September 28th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)

Nice!

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I like it all, the fluff, the color and the outfit.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Nice!

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*^_^*
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 28th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
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*laughs at the anime hair* I love your outfit!

I miss whatever's happening while it's processing each picture.

Have you tried turning off the auto review function? You can take pictures a lot faster that way.

Plus the characters were exclaiming "Hai!" all the time, and it messed with my head because it didn't mean "yes."

What did it mean? Were all the made up words stolen from Japanese, or was it just a coincidence?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 29th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
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I love your outfit!

Mental note: must wear this outfit more often. ^_~

Have you tried turning off the auto review function?

The problem is, I was trying to take pictures of things on the stage in an otherwise dark gymnasium. I had to set it for candle mode to get anything to really show up at all, and that means it had to process every picture.

What did it mean?

As far as I could tell, it was just some random exclamation. Sometimes it was used for distress, other times excitement. Kind of like "Whoa!" I suppose.

Were all the made up words stolen from Japanese, or was it just a coincidence?

I think it was just coincidence. There were a bunch of other words (for made-up animals and such) that didn't ring any bells for me.

However, I'm currently reading a book that uses the word "cha'a" to represent a stimulant drink that I'm assuming is supposed to be the equivalent of coffee. I can't help imagining it as green tea instead.
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