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Annual Otakon Retreat

This weekend was Com Con, which is the annual winter retreat for Otakon staffers. Traditionally, it is both a working weekend and an opportunity to socialize.

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Time Sharing

This weekend on Saturday, my husband, The Gryphon, and I had to choose between attending the annual Halloween party at the home of our friends, The Book Lover and The Martial Artist, or to sit in on a long, dry Otakon budget meeting. This might sound like a no-brainer, but The Gryphon and I will both be holding important positions this year (The Gryphon will help run Industry Relations and I'm heading Press Relations). Therefore, we decided to do both.

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Gadget Quest

Since it's been a couple years, it's time to update my technological toys. You see, they've begun malfunctioning. Oh, the joys of planned obsolescence!

My camera, a Canon PowerShot S400 Digital Elph bought, has been to the manufacturer twice for repairs and has recently been shy about playing back pictures. "No, you really don't want to see that one. It's kinda blurry and stuff..."

A friend of mine, The Hugger, raves about her new camera, a Coolpix L18. I've got some familiarity with the Coolpix brand, having used two different models of them for work-related uses (back in the Stone Ages when they were as heavy as plastic paperweights and almost as useful).

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking for a lightweight, small point-and-shoot camera. I take a lot of photos, but I'm an amateur. While I'd love to buy a more professional SLR camera, I'm not certain the price would be worth it for my uses. Thoughts?

I'm also looking for recommendations for a portable DVD player. You see, I'm a chronic multitasker, and I'd love to be able to watch DVDs while I'm working at the computer. I currently have a 13-inch color TV in my office which, sadly, doesn't have proper inputs and also has a vestigial VHS player (I killed it with a time-shifted episode of Medium and suspect poltergeists).

Given the limits of my office space and my budget, I figured that a portable DVD player was the cheapest solution. That way I can also take it with me to places like hotel rooms.

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Dog Walk Pics

I was up until 7 last night, finishing some work, so I apologize if I make any silly mistakes today. First, a call-out to The Hugger, a.k.a. mailechan, who sent me some wild violet jelly (in honor of my online lit mag) by way of The Gryphon. Delicious and so thoughtful! She's really the sweetest person.

On my last day in Central Pennsylvania, I had breakfast with Dad and, once he was off at church, took my dog, Una, for one last walk. Once more, I took my camera with me and photographed things along the way. Here are a few.

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National Treasures

Every American Idol season offers up at least one shocking result. In season seven, that result didn't come until the end.

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On Sunday of Girls Weekend Out (GWO), we made the most of the time we had. My College Roommate and I had to be on the road by about 2 p.m., since she had to be back by a certain time.

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