dominochan: (maturity)
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She's simply beautiful. Griffon did a great job.
dominochan: (shocked)
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This is my latest painting "Scary Monster". It's acrylic on canvas, and I opted for the finger-painting method. It's not quite yet done as I need to add one more thing, but I figured I'd toss it up here for some preliminary browsing.

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SAN DIEGO!

Sep. 14th, 2010 02:39 pm
dominochan: (huh)
Okay, I think I got most of my photos uploaded and ready to go. So now here's a recap of the trip to SAN DIEGO!

Dy and I drove down on Friday afternoon and managed to make it to the hotel around 7pm. We hit a snag with the directions since we were on Broadway and we needed WEST Broadway. After a little while, we found the hotel and met up with le Robin and Annie. After that, TACOS.

Photo heavy from here on in. )

All in all, a great time. I hope to be back soon... as long as I don't have to drive as much. XD
dominochan: (supah dynamic cooking time!)
Now to FINALLY cover everything for EVO 2010. This year was held at Caesar's Palace. The convention space was excellent because of the increased interest, but it was a pain in the ass to access. The 100+ degree temps and humidity didn't help, either. All in all, a fun time was had.

As usual, pics and vids of ze con! )

I missed out on most of the qualifying rounds and finals because I seriously didn't want to deal with Strip traffic and the severe heat. So we just stayed at home and watched the stream. Needless to say, they were AMAZING. I know the women's invitational got a lot of flack, but I thought the players did a great job. French player AAA Kayane played a mean Chun Li, but Texan Burnyourbra was awesome. Major props from a fellow female fighter.

The HD Remix finals went to Snake Eyes and his Zangief, making him the first Zangief to ever win the tournament. And the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom finals were won by EG Marn and an unusual team of Zero/Alex. They beat out a badass Yatterman No. 1/Batsu/Yatterman No. 2 team played by Kbeast.

The real talk was about Justin Wong losing to the Taiwanese newcomer Gamerbee. I won't get into it since it's been driven into the ground at this point, but wow. I was so happy that an Adon player took him out, because Adon seriously gets no recognition. Gamerbee eventually took 5th place in the tournament, leaving Daigo and his legendary Ryu to battle it out with Ricky Ortiz and his Rufus. Ortiz put up a great fight, but Daigo won it again.

And with that, another EVO has come and gone. Now to wait around for next year, though I do need to contact them about a few things.

Until next year, people...
dominochan: (peace!)
But I now have a Deviantart Account. I'm mainly using it for photography. :3
dominochan: (peace!)
Um, all of them? XD Seriously, I take just about all the pictures you see on my journal. So I'll just pick another out of the collection. :3


This was taken at the Bellagio's Conservatory.

21 More Days )
dominochan: (really?)


BECAUSE THIS NEVER HAPPENS OFTEN ENOUGH.

22 More Days. Yes I am seeing this through. )

I wish I could go back to bed...
dominochan: (O_O)
This is a bit of a tough one. I take photos all the time, and I'm automatically happy when they turn out how I want. That said, here's one from a set that I took while visiting Texas:

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23 More Days )
dominochan: (supah dynamic cooking time!)
This is one from my cooking class. I have to share it because it's just that tasty.

Eggplant Sichuan-style

2oz garlic chili paste
1 oz soy sauce
2 oz sherry or Shaoxing wine
1 oz red wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar
2 oz chicken stock OR water
2 1/2 lb eggplant (I used Italian eggplant in class, but Chinese eggplant works too)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp ginger root (minced or grated)
6 ea scallions, chopped
oil for sauteing
1 tbsp sesame oil

1oz = 2 tbsp

Now, mix the chili paste, soy sauce, wine, vinegar, sugar, and stock/water in a bowl. Set aside.

Cut the eggplant into approx. 1" dice. Heat oil in saute pan. Add eggplant and saute until browned. Remove eggplant from pan and drain on paper towels. Leave oil in pan.

Add scallions, garlic, and ginger to pan and cook until you smell the garlic (trust me on this XD). Throw eggplant back into the pan and add chili paste mixture. If desired, add a little cornstarch to thicken the sauce. Stir until the eggplant is coated with sauce. Drizzle with sesame oil and serve.

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Enjoy!
dominochan: (vega is a nyc boy)
This year's tournament was AMAZING. It was held at the Rio Hotel (meaning it was easy as hell for me to commute), and attendance was significantly increased from the years before. While the MvC2 hype was not nearly as bad as the year before, the SF IV crowd more than tripled in size. There were well over 1,000 entries in SF IV alone! And all while the fighting was going on, our mini-arcade in the corner was a success!

Photos from the event. WARNING: It's very photo and video heavy. )

All in all, I was very happy with the tournament. The Rio was pretty pricey, but the staff was cool, it was convenient for me, and I had a total blast. The only real downside was that I didn't get much use out of my Venom stick. I'll have to change that this coming weekend.
dominochan: (faust is CUTE!)
Just a few things to update on:

First off, I want to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday. *gives all of you a big Banana hug!* And here's what we had for dinner! )

Art class is going great. My class went to the Bellagio for the Modernist exhibit. Not bad, but most were too funky for my tastes. Afterward, I joined a classmate and her mom for lunch. Drawing-wise, I tackled some GG and Jojo's art using ink and pencils. I'll be posting more artses soon, including a planned one of Anasui.

Then there's some awesome news from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom:

Jun the Swan is a confirmed character! )
dominochan: (fuyuki freaks out)
And so another EVO hath passed. Despite all the setbacks and the gross miscommunication about registration, it was a good time. Lots of fighters were played, asses were kicked (including my own), and fun was had by all.

We got to check out some Street Fighter IV, and I must say it's a ton of fun to play. The graphics and animation are smooth, everyone was balanced for the most part (El Fuerte felt kind of weak), and the controls were responsive. If you guys see SF IV in an arcade or have a next gen console, definitely check it out.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom was a bit of a letdown. I wanted to jump in line to play, but the same guys kept going over an over. However, after watching a few matches, I realized that it was very unbalanced. Ryu and Chun-Li are horrendously overpowered with easy combos/supers, and the killing blow was the absence of Ken the Eagle from Gatchaman (you know, G-Force, Battle of the Planets, etc.). Whether that was intentional or not is still unknown, but it's odd since he's in all of the promotional game videos. I'm seriously hoping this game gets tweaked, because it looks stunning visually. And the Nana wants her Gatchaman fighters!

On our side of things, that is, the SNK section, we had several Neo Geo games running. Everything from Matrimelee to Samurai Shodown to KoF Ultimate Match received lots of attention. I tried my hand in a NeoWave tournament and got booted out by a Young Geese. Eh, at least I gave the guy a run for his money... even though the tourney was free. XD

Sadly, I didn't get to play BlazBlue, but from what I saw, it looks very pretty and GG-esque. Wish I coulda spent some time with it. :(

and now for our pic heavy section along with a bonus video! )

With EVO 2008 behind me, it's time to plan for 2009. I've been wanting to host at least two tournaments, but now I want to add to that. As my goal for next EVO, I want to run:

-A low-tier only Marvel vs. Capcom 2 tournament. I think this would be far more entertaining than the usual high-level play.

-An all-female tournament. The game of choice is still up in the air, but I was thinking Guilty Gear. There were more girls at this one than at earlier cons, so I'm hopeful about it.

-A Jojo's tournament. Of course, I still need to hunt down a copy of the game, but I think this would be a fun and whimsical tourney. Just beware that Vanilla Ice.

That's all for this year's EVO report. See ya next year! <3
dominochan: (one annoyed petshop)
Taken at my local supermarket:

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dominochan: (fuyuki freaks out)
The temperature outside is barely 60 degrees. AND it's doing this:



What the hell, Nevada? On Memorial Day weekend when it's supposed to be over 100 already. But hey, at least I could turn off my AC... AT THE END OF MAY!
dominochan: (Wha...?)
I was going to post a retrospective essay about the events of the past year, but I'm lazy and I dun feel like typing or whining.

So here's pictures of my Christmas tree instead.

My tree of awesomeness. )
dominochan: (Needs an energon keg stat!)
Here's the giant post we've all been waiting for. Y-con 2007 has wrapped up and now I eagerly await 2008. First, here's my batch of photos from the con and a couple from the city.

Pictures! )

Now a synopsis and my thoughts on this year's con. )
dominochan: (cgaussie's This is For Science!)
I am having way too much fun with my new camera.

For those who may not know, I'm a photography whore. I get it from my father, who's semi-professional himself. He bestowed upon me his 30+ year old film camera, and while I do have a blast with it (it came with a pimp-ass carrying strap), I still got a lot to learn about it.

With that I got me a digital camera to compliment my old one. Worry not, as I won't be abandoning the old ways of film photography anytime soon. I'll be using the digital one to learn how to steady the shot without blurring. And I'll be able to take pics of everything people have been demanding me to take pics of sans developing time.

Next stop: all-in-one scanner!

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