A dictation Multi-tool to cover your weekend.

I have found that a more efficient and productive way to capture my thoughts in real time is to dictate into my email app and send the message to myself in real time.  Then I get home and copy the email here on WordPress and clean up the wording and it’s as easy as that.  If you have a barrier of sorts between typing as I sometimes do, this is a very handy wordaround.
That said, my email app is by far the WORST at accurately capturing my words, but it is the only one I can transfer them with.   If I don’t get on correcting them right away, I have sometimes NO idea what I was originally trying to convey based on the words on the screen.  So right after catching a review of Starbuck’s Black Panther Tie-In Drink,  and comparing it my improved version, My work hours picked up again, HARD.  Much longer shifts, nearly each day of the week.  When I finally lifted my head to look around, so much time had passed I had NO idea what I’d been saying into the phone.  So to cement this cautionary tale about punctuality and memory, please see the following.

And now, if you can make sense if it, here is “Black Panther Coffee vs. Black Panther Coffee.”

“The first Black Panther Coffee was called the king. It was one of their superhero coffee versus superhero coffee, so for events you had to try two flavors. Naturally, they had excellent business even at the 4th & Seneca location.

But you needed to get through mocha on coffee flavor. Fred’s Pizza Express Irwin there. And I see sludge that needed the fall before I could be drunk. Well the icing is certainly fit something in the movie. And all that coffee and a touch of chocolate was good for relating to Farmers which was what con discover.
Wow that taste it and looked wildly derivative from what we’ve seen before, I as per usual when I invent drinks used only elements from the movie and only year-long ingredients to create something much more distinctive. I took 3 shots BlackBerry to reflect the purple motif of t’challa and added it to one iced mocha covering the coffee and chocolate that grows in abundance in Africa, the ice. The purple in the blackberries also covers the heart shaped flower. Meanwhile I asked that the cream because it. Or at least chocolate Sun some form done to resemble the necklace. The way it went in those curves actually worked in its favor for that, but once the lid was down it was kind of ruined. But of course this was the first new suits Black Panther Coffee, find the name of his suit in this movie. And I’m sure more practice would get better results. Speaking the better results, it’s not only tastes better and looks more distinctive, also cheaper. I’m going to say my free drink for the super suit version, which adds one package of strawberries, one scoop matcha powder, one protein, and one more iced mocha.”
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Emerald City Comicon for Aspies

Prologue

I have Asperger’s Syndrome.  People keep telling me they want me to write from my Apserger’s perspective to help other people on the spectrum.  Well I have a lot more than that going on with me, including childhood PTSD (which may have been misdiagnosed ENTIRELY as ADHD) and… as a result I don’t personally see how my particular lens can help anyone else without such a vast brain juice cocktail.  Nevertheless I was determined to give it a shot this year, and one of the few areas I feel equipped to deal with this is describing my convention experiences and lessons from them that I can impart to you.  Sakuracon is less than 1 week away.  So to help my fellow Aspies (if I managed to fix the errors from my voice dictation, my software is faulty) I’ve compiled my list of Deviantart posts about lessons I thought my ECCC 2018 experience could help Aspersgers attendees at Sakuracon.

Chapter 1: Cosplay and Social Conventions

Starting with Emerald City Comicon 2018.  This is late because I work so much of the week, and I will be doing this topic by topic.  So I will be posting more later, this is just ECCC 2018 topic no 1.  Not everything in here is from personal experience.  So let’s start with cosplay.  Plenty of room for social lessons there.  Cosplay is not consent, after all.

So I saw a woman over the weekend who strongly resemble the Black Canary and outfit and hair and what not, but was not in Cosplay.  This is important, because when we ask you types are on a roll we do not always roll with the punches. 1) we were in the Dealer’s Hall. You do not move people around in the Dealer’s Hall. There is a steady stream and Flow of people constantly moving. And in that dealer’s hall traffic you hop from one current to another. You DO NOT swim against that current like a carp that wants to be a dragon, you do not move people through it, and even if you’re near a blank space to get some quick snap shots. See when someone is just dressed really cool what you should do in any convention situation. With some exceptions where you just don’t do it all. Is you take a singular full body shot and you move on. Instead I asked her to move into a corner just outside the current. And that got my shooting privileges revoked. Remember taking that shot is a privilege that someone else gives you. You are never entitled to take someone’s picture.

Also a social etiquette rule that we should also consider here. Just because some college rules apply to conventions like note taking during a panel and asking for permission use a voice recorder, does not mean that convention rules apply to a costume setting. It’s not just the ACT of dressing up and some kind of outfits that has to be considered.  It’s also the setting where you do it. Costuming is typically an irregular part of society, whereas it is a more regular part of the experience in nerd culture.
And finally, just because it’s crunch time, con is closing, you’re in the zone and you just HAVE to get those last few pics… don’t make a drop in your conduct.  Don’t call out to people, by their outfits or otherwise.  Don’t forget these other points I’ve mentioned, when you’re in …admittedly the heat of the moment.  And whatever else you’ve learned about social structure and courtesy from anywhere else in your life, that still applies.  See more at https://fandomfoodie.deviantart.com/art/Cosplay-and-Social-conventions-735000050.
Chapter 2 Tight Corner Photography Rules to Remember
During the last Emerald City Comicon, I caught a LOT of BangBangNeko cosplay pics, especially of her Lady Death.  Sadly not as much of her Twi’Lek Belly Dancer.  There was something I had to reflect on since I stumbled onto her crowded late night shoot on Saturday.  In these, YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY PHOTOGRAPHER.  There are a lot of people you need to accommodate around you.  They all have ideas and requests for the models, and some of those people are models who might want in.  And that means you will have to wait for your input longer than a one on one, and you have to adjust to a lot of changes, and as the backpack in the above pic demonstrates you cannot cleanup, move or otherwise adjust the scene.  Only your own view into it, meaning the position and settings of your own camera.    See photos from this shoot and more at https://fandomfoodie.deviantart.com/art/My-Lady-736099689 and check out BangBang Neko at https://bangbangneko.deviantart.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/BangBangNeko/.
Chapter 3: Tardiness
I’m still adjusting to my new hours, so I’m thrown for a loop.  Then I look up and it’s been 2 weeks.  No excuses, I waited to long to post.  I passed out the name of my brand to a lot of cosplayers to look for themselves online.  I should have so much more up by now.  So the lesson for my fellow Aspies is as follows: If shifts in schedule throw you, adjust in advance.  In this case, I could have made time to make posts one in the evening and if possible another in the morning each day of the week 3 weeks leading up to con, so I could just keep it up when ECCC came and went.  So by now EVERYONE who had a picture with me and didn’t leave me THEIR contact should have been able to find the pictures I took of them.  Some of them expressed eagerness to do shoots with me later.  If I cannot establish ties with them, I have only myself to blame.  See again the timing of this article.  And see more at https://fandomfoodie.deviantart.com/art/She-s-late-736157385
So, please let me know in the comments what you think.  If you or anyone you know has Aspergers, or any syndrome similar in social situations, does this sound relevant?

The Tattood Princess Interview

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1. If someone at commissions you for a costume, how much lead time do you need or want?  I actually don’t make any of my own cosplays! I’m still a beginner at sewing, and the most complicated thing I can make now is a skirt. I’m learning, and I really want to get better so I can make my own ballgowns.

2. What inspired you to start making costumes?  Again, I don’t make my own costumes, but I started cosplaying a couple years ago and really got into in the last year. I’ve always loved dressing up, and last year I started working as a birthday party princess on the weekends. I fell in love with portraying specific characters and decided I wanted to do it more on my own time too.

3. Outside of Cosplay, what are your interests?  Besides cosplay, I love to draw and paint, and I read a lot. Tons of comics, obviously, but also a lot of poetry and classic literature. I have a background in medieval lit, so reading has always been a big part of my life.
4. What is your primary method of funding your projects? I fund my cosplays with the money I make from working as a party princess/artist. I buy a lot of my cosplays second hand, so that helps keep costs down a lot. My wigs are often more expensive than my costumes because I buy my wigs new instead of used.
5. What is your number one anime of all time?  Sailor Moon. I’m actually thinking about doing a Sailor Scout/Eeveelutions crossover cosplay with some friends for Wizard World PDX. I’m not sure we’ll be able to get it all together in time, but it’s definitely something I want to do at some point! I already called dibs on Sailor Flareon.
6. What is your favorite material to work with?  Right now because I’m just starting out, non-stretch cotton, haha. Sorry, I wish I had a more interesting answer!
7. What is your favorite convention globally speaking?  ECCC is my favorite con! I had such an amazing time at ECCC 2018 and I’m already counting down the days until next year. I’ve only been to a couple other cons–least favorite was easily D23 Expo, which was so, so terribly organized. It took over an hour just to get into the convention hall each day! ECCC is so well done and people are so friendly and respectful, it’s just a really great community.
8. 
What is your favorite local event?  I love ECCC, as I mentioned, but Rose City Comicon in Portland is also pretty great. I’m still pretty new to the con scene so I’m always looking for new events, especially in the Seattle area!

Arya Snark Cosplay

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1. If someone at commissions you for a costume, how much lead time do you need or want?  1) I actually don’t take commissions for people I don’t know. Personally, my skills as a seamstress aren’t where I would like them to be to sell my work to strangers. I consider each costume I make for myself as practice to enhance my skills. I try to do something new with each costume I make, be it a new type of garment or a making the lines of my costumes cleaner and more precise. I might consider taking commissions once my skills are up to a level where I would feel confident in my abilities as a seamstress, but unfortunately, that’s not going to be any time soon.


2. What inspired you to start making costumes?  2) I need a creative outlet, otherwise I feel like I’m going insane. I went from doing theatre to doing Rocky Horror (where I would have to make some of my costumes) to doing burlesque (where I would modify and enhance pieces I found in thrift shops/on Amazon) and now I’m doing cosplay. My desire to make costumes has always been there. Even as a little kid, I remember watching Grease 2 and wanting so badly to wear the costume that Paulette wore to the bowling alley. Now, as an adult, I can finally make that dream happen if I want to. I also have always wanted to be a princess in a Disney park, but unfortunately, I don’t have the body type and I’m far too tall. But through cosplay, I can be a Disney princess on my own terms.

3. Outside of Cosplay, what are your interests?  3) Disneyland is basically my favorite place in the world. I may or may not have moved to LA from San Francisco to be closer to Disneyland. Honestly, if I’m not downtown buying fabric for my next cosplay, I’m probably at Disneyland. I’m also a big fan of just holing up in my apartment and binge watching something on Netflix. I’m a bit of an introverted extrovert, so I’m happy to spend long periods of time alone with my laptop and my Netflix subscription before I start to feel like I’m going crazy and need human interaction. At which point, I go to Disneyland. It’s a vicious circle.

4. What is your primary method of funding your projects?  4) I have a full-time job at a non-profit organization, so a good portion of my paycheck (after rent and bills and whatnot) goes to my cosplay problem. I’m very fortunate to live in Los Angeles where we have an expansive fashion district downtown. I can get fabrics for much, much less that I would be able to if my only options were Joann’s and various online fabric stores. I tend to estimate how much I’m willing to spend on a certain costume and set that money aside from each paycheck.

5. What is your number one anime of all time?  5) Okay, so I’m one of the only cosplayers who isn’t into anime. No judgments for those who love it. To each their own, but it’s just not for me. I did watch Sailor Moon in fourth grade because that was the thing to do in the 90s, but really, that’s the last anime I watched. I do remember liking Sailor Mars because she was kind of a jerk, and I identified with that on a deep, emotional level, lol

6. What is your favorite material to work with?  6) I love working with faux dupioni. I can get it for about $4.50/yard in downtown LA. It irons beautifully and gives a nice stiffness to bigger ballgowns. When I remade my Lottie (from Disney’s Princess and the Frog) costume, I made it out of faux dupioni instead of the taffeta that i had made it out of the first time. It gave the skirt a nice stiffness and the fabric had a very subtle texture to it that gave the costume some depth. Warning, though. It does fray like crazy, so if you do decide to use it, make sure you serge your edges or at least create a lining for your project!

7. What is your favorite convention globally speaking?  7) I only went to a convention out of state for the first time this year! I was able to go to Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle and I absolutely loved it. But I’m a fan of any convention where it doesn’t feel like the con is being held on the surface of the sun like it does in LA. I tend to plan cosplays for the LA heat, and it was nice to actually think about incorporating something warm into my costumes for the brisk Seattle weather.

8. What is your favorite local event?  8) I have two favorite local cons: D23 and WonderCon. As I mentioned, I live in LA, so we have plenty of conventions to keep us fueled throughout the year. D23 is the Disney convention that only happens in Anaheim once every two years. It will return in 2019, and honestly, I can’t wait. It doesn’t have much to offer by way of Artist Alley, since Disney is pretty strict about their copyrights, but for a hardcore Disney fan like me, it is Disney nirvana. WonderCon is good for people like me who love big conventions, but would have an absolute meltdown at San Diego ComicCon. Since WonderCon is a sister convention of SDCC, I can get a good feel for what SDCC has to offer without the inevitable panic attack from the hoards of people trying to fit through the con floor.

Cosplay and Social Conventions

I have Asperger’s Syndrome.  People keep telling me they want me to write from my Apserger’s perspective to help other people on the spectrum.  Well I have a lot more than that going on with me, including childhood PTSD (which may have been misdiagnosed ENTIRELY as ADHD) and… as a result I don’t personally see how my particular lens can help anyone else without such a vast brain juice cocktail.  Nevertheless I was determined to give it a shot this year, and one of the few areas I feel equipped to deal with this is describing my convention experiences and lessons from them that I can impart to you.  Starting with Emerald City Comicon 2018.  This is late because I work so much of the week, and I will be doing this topic by topic.  So I will be posting more later, this is just ECCC 2018 topic no 1.  Not everything in here is from personal experience.  So let’s start with cosplay.  Plenty of room for social lessons there.  Cosplay is not consent, after all.

Cosplay and Social conventions. by FandomFoodie
So I saw a woman over the weekend who strongly resemble the Black Canary and outfit and hair and what not, but was not in Cosplay.  (Not the woman in the picture, this is just for Black Canary visual reference.  I don’t even know the name)  This is important, because when we ask you types are on a roll we do not always roll with the punches. 1) we were in the Dealer’s Hall. You do not move people around in the Dealer’s Hall. There is a steady stream and Flow of people constantly moving. And in that dealer’s hall traffic you hop from one current to another. You DO NOT swim against that current like a carp that wants to be a dragon, you do not move people through it, and even if you’re near a blank space to get some quick snap shots. See when someone is just dressed really cool what you should do in any convention situation. With some exceptions where you just don’t do it all. Is you take a singular full body shot and you move on. Instead I asked her to move into a corner just outside the current. And that got my shooting privileges revoked. Remember taking that shot is a privilege that someone else gives you. You are never entitled to take someone’s picture.
Also a social etiquette rule that we should also consider here. Just because some college rules apply to conventions like note taking during a panel and asking for permission use a voice recorder, does not mean that convention rules apply to a costume setting. It’s not just the ACT of dressing up and some kind of outfits that has to be considered.  It’s also the setting where you do it. Costuming is typically an irregular part of society, whereas it is a more regular part of the experience in nerd culture.
And finally, just because it’s crunch time, con is closing, you’re in the zone and you just HAVE to get those last few pics… don’t make a drop in your conduct.  Don’t call out to people, by their outfits or otherwise.  Don’t forget these other points I’ve mentioned, when you’re in …admittedly the heat of the moment.  And whatever else you’ve learned about social structure and courtesy from anywhere else in your life, that still applies.
So, please let me know in the comments what you think.  If you or anyone you know has Aspergers, or any Syndrome similiar in social situations, does this sound relevant?