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Vicki
21 November 2010 @ 04:07 pm
Quick post - any of you in London interested in having drinks/dinner with me on Tuesday, 7 December? I'm staying in the Camden Market/Camden Lock area, so close to there is good but not necessary - I'll have an Oyster card and will be able to get anywhere the Tube can take me, pretty much.

Feel free to contact me on Twitter or Facebook as I'm on both of those more than LJ these days (I know, I know).

Hope I'll get to see some of you!
 
 
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Remember this post? My very long post about #w00tstock 2.4 in San Diego

Welllll... just announced!!!

#w00tstock 2.5 & 2.5.1 at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco September 16-17! Ticket info

Also, EAST COAST: keep an eye on the main w00tstock site because they're working on dates there, too!

Thus ends my GEEKLOVE post. I really do need to write a longer post about other stuff, and not just post to Twitter and Facebook... ARGH.
 
 
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I'd been hearing about w00tstock since it began, and when they announced one was going to happen in San Diego, I decided to go for it, even though I'd just be getting back from Infinitus 2010 and would probably be exhausted. That much was true - but it was SO worth it.

I headed down to San Diego, hoping to arrive by 5 pm... but amazingly, the traffic wasn't bad at all and I got there barely after 4. Parked right next to the venue and went round the corner to find... a whopping 3 people in line. After all the queuing I've done for rock concerts, it was almost funny to be at a venue just over 2 hours before doors and have there be next to no one there. Of course, many people were likely still at Comic-con - if it had been at another time, the line would probably have been very different. So I sat down and talked to the few people who were there and texted and tweeted. About 20 minutes or so later, Ice Cream Man and ThinkGeek showed up with free ice cream and other freebies. ThinkGeek had posted a special code phrase on their blog and I was one of the first 10 to say it, so I got a $30 gift certificate! EEEEE! Sometime this week, I need to go on a geeky shopping spree. :D

More people got in line or walked by, and it was really funny how many people simply did NOT believe ICM was giving away ice cream for FREE, no strings attached. I can understand it, but we started trying to help by telling people as they walked by - FREE ICE CREAM! LOL The line kept growing and at one point, Wil Wheaton came out to take a picture of the line. A little bit later, he came back out to get his free ice cream and literally skipped back into the venue! I adore him more every time I see him - or he tweets about his family or his pets or... But I digress. As we waited for doors, Jonathan Ross and Grant Imahara walked by, and I have to admit I was more excited about seeing Grant. I started watching Mythbusters when it began on Discovery and I absolutely loved it from day one, so... yeah. Geek!crushes ahoy!

We finally get let in and somehow, I get in and am FRONT ROW CENTER. Kids, this was not at all the plan, but who looks a gift horse in the mouth? Not I! I started chatting with the guy who was sitting next to me (he was the first in line) and then I got up to go and buy a t-shirt and get a free poster.(I am hereby cut off from buying more t-shirts for a looooong time - between the Orlando trip and then w00tstock, I bought FOUR in less than 2 weeks!!!) After I got back to my seat, a very nice waitress came around for drink orders. I freely admit I had a couple of drinks, and they were quite lovely. :)

And it finally began! Wil started it off with a great introduction, and then Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters came out briefly to introduce Paul and Storm, who were talented and hilarious.

Next up was Molly Lewis, who did a truly geeky song about wanting to have Stephen Fry's baby since he's gay and too awesome not to procreate. Another note about Molly - #freemolly was another hashtag for this w00tstock because the venue was 21+ - and Molly was not. So apparently the only way she was able to perform was by being escorted by security on and off stage - in and out of the building. :| She couldn't even stay inside to watch the rest of the show! Despite this less-than-awesome treatment, she was really amazing and even wrote a song in about an hour and performed it while Wil held the lyrics she'd written. I'm telling you - only a geek could make a ukulele that cool.

Next up was Rifftrax and they did Lunchroom Manners live, and I was laughing so hard I nearly fell over. Literally! If you've never seen any of their stuff, you really need to check them out. SO funny!!

Then we had comic book hottie Matt Fraction (oh yeah, I said it), who went over an older comic and made us all laugh, and then Chris Hardwick aka the Nerdist came out. He told us it was reverse Pi day and began to recite Pi - as in all the numbers AFTER 3.14, which goes to infinity. As he did so, he came to the edge of the stage and reached for my hand. I put it up and he took it, lacing his fingers with mine, and as he continued to recite the numbers, he climbed off the stage and put his arms around me! He continued to chant the numbers, pausing only to whisper in my ear Just go with it, so I put my arms around him and hugged him back. He eventually let me go, still counting, and walked down the aisle of people, then got back onstage and was absolutely hilarious. Perhaps the funniest part was telling my younger brother about this afterwards - and he is also very much a geek! - and him going, "OMG CHRIS HARDWICK FONDLED MY SISTER?!" Umm, not quite, but almost? LOL

Then Wil came back and read one of his chapters - this one was about losing his Rocky Horror virginity. SO funny! And at one point, Aaron Douglas from Battlestar Galactica came out in his full flight suit and everyone in the audience lost it! It was great.

There was a brief intermission and I was highly amused to discover that, FOR ONCE, the line for the women's bathroom was shorter than the one for the men's. XD

We started back up with Phil Plait aka the Bad Astronomer, who talked a bit and showed us a preview for his new show, Bad Universe, which will be on the Discovery Channel, hopefully in the fall. I seriously can't wait!!!

After Phil it was lovely, redheaded, geeky singer-songwriter Marian Call. She's seriously awesome and has a great voice, so check her stuff out and if you get a chance to see her live (check her tour page), do it!!! I'll still be a geek after nobody thinks it's chic. TRUER WORDS. <3

Then, once again, the perils of being in the front row were discovered. Jamy Ian Swiss, magician extraordinaire, took the stage and headed to the edge, leaning out to hand me a pack of cards. I took it, opened it, and tried to shuffle the cards. Now, I am NOT a card person. I don't know ANY card games, not even solitaire! So you can imagine this wasn't working well. I was trying to hold out single cards to him, and he finally said, "Just stand the fuck up, baby!" and while dying inside, I stood up, dumping my purse, Blackberry, t-shirt and poster on the floor! I handed him the separate cards and he made them disappear with sleight of hand. o_O I was seriously mere FEET from the man and I have no clue how he did it! And then he did the old science trick of milk in a bottle held up by a card - but then he removed the card and let just some of the milk out into a bucket. o_O Seriously amazing stuff!

Next up was the one and only Adam Savage!!! Again with the Mythbusters geeky love, but Adam was SO funny. He talked about his first kiss, and it was so geeky and awesome - all due to Dungeons and Dragons. HEE.

After that, my Blackberry died so I don't have photos, but there was more Paul and Storm and then it was Paul, Storm, Wil and Adam doing "The Captain's Wife's Lament," which apparently goes for different amounts of time at each w00tstock - ours was 25 minutes. LOL Then, the show was over.

There was an autograph line, so of course I had to get my poster signed by everyone. I'd worn my "I'm not unemployed. I'm NSFW." t-shirt and yes - in a venue full of geeks, people got it, which was nice. I had a LOT of people tell me they loved my t-shirt, and more when I went down the signing line. Everyone was so nice and gracious, even though it was late for all of us. When I talked to Jamy, I told him I might get "Stand the fuck up baby" on my epitaph. LOL I told Phil that I couldn't WAIT for his show (which is true, ohhh I am so geeky). I told Wil I'd met him at a signing before and that he was awesome. When I got to Aaron, he looked at my t-shirt and said, "Not safe for work? I can tell by looking at you that you're not safe for other things..." and gave me a look. What a flirt! LOL

I finally drove home, getting home after 3 am sometime. It was a completely awesome night, and if you're a geek, you really should go to a #w00tstock in the future if you can. You will NOT regret it.

If you want to see any of the crappy Blackberry photos I took, feel free to look here.

Thanks again to ALL the #w00tstock performers for an amazing time! I loved every minute of it. :D

Oh and PS - I suspect that if you look over on the YouTubes, as Craig Ferguson calls it, you'll be able to find plenty of videos of w00tstock and that you'll see me. I, however, will not be looking, because OMGNO. LOL
 
 
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Then, my mom and her husband arrived to pick me up at about 5:30, so I ran around hugging people goodbye. :( It had always been the plan that I'd be gone once they arrived on Saturday, but it was harder to leave than I thought it would be. It was so great to see all these people I hadn't seen in years and meet other people and just feel like I belonged. I'm so very grateful to everyone who was there for helping to make it such a great experience, even if very little went as planned! LOL I'd like to list everyone, but I know I'd probably forget a bunch of names... plus, I don't think everyone has LJs. Hopefully we'll all find each other on Twitter and Facebook, though. ♥
 
 
I feel: rejuvenatedrejuvenated
 
 
 
Vicki
25 May 2010 @ 01:04 pm
I know I owe a longer post, but if you could take a minute and vote for Melody here, I'd REALLY appreciate it.

http://www.1043myfm.com/pages/petcontest2010/entries.html

You have to click on M names, then scroll to the pic of her in her pink blanket (and yes, that blanket is now hers LOL), then you need to sign up for the site to be able to vote. I know that's a pain in the arse, but I would REALLY appreciate it.

The first round of voting is over on Thursday, so please vote ASAP! Thank you! :)
 
 
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Vicki
14 May 2010 @ 04:03 pm
Have you seen the preview yet?

Thirty Seconds to Mars - "This is War" Teaser

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Vicki
08 April 2010 @ 11:58 pm


Jared Leto Reports From London With 30 Seconds to Mars

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Vicki
31 March 2010 @ 12:59 am


Check out the 30 STM cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance!"

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Vicki
05 February 2010 @ 02:22 am
I've worked in the entertainment business in a variety of capacities (radio on-air personality; music director; social media/promotion manager for a musician/actor), so I've seen a few things. I've been stalked, threatened, freaked out, had to call in extra security for my client... but this is my first bomb scare.

Tonight a bunch of friends and I were at the Hive, 30 Seconds to Mars' marketing and promotion headquarters in Los Angeles (located on Melrose Ave). The band was going to show a preview of their documentary Artifact, which is about the making of their latest album This Is War. There was a huge turnout and as there could only be about 100 people in the Hive at a time, they decided to do 2 showings. My friends and I decided to wait for the 2nd showing and moved back in the line. The first group went in and we were then much closer to the door, just hanging out and talking.

I first noticed something odd was going on when a car started honking repeatedly on the street. A car had stopped, double parked, right in front of the Hive and the car behind that one was honking like mad. The guy who had double parked got out of his car, put a big box that appeared to be wrapped like a gift on top of his roof for a moment. I still really wasn't thinking much, but then he threw a bunch of money in the air and stormed up to the closed door of the Hive. *blinks* A bunch of people in the line ran into the street to grab the money (I was not one of them, but I was close enough to the people to see that yes, it was REAL money, $20 bills - probably at least $200), and while that was happening, people by the door told him he couldn't go in. He pounded on the door and then went in anyway.

If you haven't seen the video that someone took, I'm sure you can find the link yourself. What happened was this: the guy pushed through the chairs, got right in front of Jared and threw the box at his feet. He then started to yell at Jared. Jared took hold of the guy and pulled him into the back of the Hive; Tomo helped. Someone picked up the box and took it in the back, too. They put the guy out the back door and called the police. They kept people calm and managed to show the group the 20-minute preview, but eventually the police did show up.

Those of us still on the street watched as Jon and Bryan (employees of the band) explained what had happened to the police, and then about 10 minutes later, we were told by the officers that we'd all have to go at least 4 blocks away while the bomb squad was called in. We all went down to Starbucks - LOL! - and stayed there until they had to close, then we went back down the street.

TMZ showed up - I did talk to them. I have no idea if I'll end up on camera anywhere, and as much as I detest paparazzi and gossip - I would rather have the truth be told than nonsense or anything else. Although to be completely honest - I didn't KNOW the guy was from TMZ until after he was done filming. Blech.

Finally they let everyone go back, and we walked down to the Hive again (all our cars were near there anyway!). A few minutes later, Jared opened the door and talked to us for a few minutes. He apologized for what happened - like it was his fault?! - and said that the guy was a disturbed individual who wanted to talk to him for SOME reason, and that he hoped the man would now be getting the help he needs. He thanked us for waiting and said they would do another showing tomorrow (Friday) night, and he hoped we'd come back if we could. Then he said goodnight, they locked up the Hive and we headed out.

Some questions that I've seen asked:

Was this just a publicity stunt?

Valid question, but as someone who saw this man and the beginning of what went down... no. Absolutely, positively no way.

Why didn't anyone stop him before he got that close to Jared and Tomo?

It just happened too quickly. Those of us outside didn't realize something TRULY weird was going on until the money went flying and he charged the door. Then, what people on the inside told me is that at first, they DID think this was part of the presentation or something. It wasn't until the guy started yelling that people realized it was NOT some sort of stunt.

Why doesn't the Hive have better security?

Honestly? Because it's never been necessary. The Hive is in a storefront that's open to the public so that people can... come in. Learn about the band, have fun, do promo. Now, the band isn't actually AT the Hive very often, but even at other events where they have been there, things have been fine, everything has gone smoothly and there haven't been issues like this. Will things change because of this incident? I don't know yet, and I doubt anyone else does, either.

What was in the box?

Now that I don't know! Although supposedly people are reporting that it was a blender and candy. *shakes head* All I know is that it was NOT a bomb. The dogs and officers cleared that much up.

Obviously, the important thing is that no one was hurt. I will be going back tomorrow night, because I want to see what I missed! And I sincerely hope that tomorrow's event will be less... eventful. I think I've had my fill of scary!excitement for quite some time, thanks...
 
 
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Vicki
03 February 2010 @ 12:55 pm
Please click to check this out!

http://bit.ly/97Xqc4

30 Seconds to Mars chart-topping song "Kings and Queens" is featured. :)
 
 
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Vicki
15 December 2009 @ 03:20 pm
Check this out!

Check out this video for This is War!!!

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Vicki
02 December 2009 @ 05:37 am
The new album is amazing - one more week until you can buy it, but if you're in the US, you can check it out right now. Just click!

Get a sneak peak of the new 30 STM record at iheartradio on demand!

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Vicki
13 November 2009 @ 01:15 am
This is the video I took part in, so have a look!

New 30 STM Short Film for "Kings And Queens"! Check it out!

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Vicki
05 November 2009 @ 01:15 am
Check out this new link!

30 Seconds To Mars Listening Party In Los Angeles!

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Vicki
17 October 2009 @ 01:22 am
Please check out this new link for me!

Pre Order 30 Seconds To Mars "This Is War" Here

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Vicki
10 October 2009 @ 10:11 pm
Please click this just once for me - you might even find it an interesting read!

Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars Top 10 Albums To Lose Yourself To

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Vicki
12 August 2009 @ 02:51 pm
I'm not going to cut this one - hope it doesn't bugger up your pages too much.




I continue to work towards the day when everyone can get married if they so choose, regardless of sexual orientation. We WILL prevail!

For more information or to see my photo along with others: NOH8 Campaign.
 
 
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Vicki
20 January 2009 @ 05:42 pm
I can't find it online anywhere yet, but hopefully it'll show up soon enough. Be on the lookout!

They just showed on the local LA news that at the big Hollywood & Highland shopping center, Shepard Fairey, the artist who came up with the now iconic image in the t-shirt in my icon, did a tribute to President Obama.

Basically it was a light show on the huge stone arch, showing a quote from one of Obama's speeches and then the White House and then the Obama image. I wish I could tell you what the quote was or if I got all those - still very vague! - details right, but it was really cool, and it was done just as the sun went down and all the lights were going on. Beautiful. ♥
 
 
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Vicki
19 November 2008 @ 04:34 pm
Not at all unexpected, but definitely a step in the right direction.
 
 
I feel: impressedpolitical
 
 
 
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15 November 2008 @ 03:17 pm
In case anyone's wondering, yes, there IS a fire not far from me. As in I drove by it and the sky is filled with smoke... that kind of close by. But it's about 4-odd miles away, and I don't think it'll get to where I live... but I guess you never know with these damn Santa Ana winds and high heat.

In summary, this shite is pretty damn scary.
 
 
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Vicki
03 November 2008 @ 07:50 pm
I JUST GOT A YES ON 8 ROBOSPAM PHONE CALL !!!!! IT'S BAD ENOUGH YOU MOTHERFUCKERS ARE ON THE STREETS AND ON THE TV, BUT STAY THE FUCK OFF MY PERSONAL PHONE LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

>:0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
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Vicki
03 November 2008 @ 10:25 am
I know this is a long shot, but do any of you Californians have any extra NO ON 8 bumperstickers or know someone who does? I stupidly didn't think things through and by the time I went to order some from the site, they were sold out. I know you're thinking, But the election is tomorrow! and yes, it is, but regardless as to how the vote goes, I want my support to be evident.

If you can help me out, leave me a comment. Thanks!
 
 
I feel: hopefulhopeful
 
 
Vicki
23 October 2008 @ 03:22 pm
This video has shown up a couple of times on my flist, but I feel the need to perpetuate its awesomeness - and you KNOW how rarely I watch videos. So that means you REALLY need to watch:

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

Ron Howard FTW!

Also, I have to take a moment to note that Jared Leto attended a NO ON PROP 8 fundraiser on Tuesday night. Jared's been VERY vocal about YES on Prop 2, but this is the first I've seen of him supporting NO on Prop 8, and I don't care if I seem like a silly fangirl, it makes me all kinds of pleased to see him behind this along with so many others. Now, can we please just get to November 4th already?!

Oh, and in case you didn't notice - tomorrow's FRIDAY!!!! :D
 
 
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Vicki
02 September 2008 @ 11:54 am
I think my political leanings are pretty obvious to most people - posting the LetCaliforniaRing video, for example. But in case you've been living under a rock, I'm VERY liberal. I'm queer. I'm pro-choice. Generally, that means I vote Democrat, although I do pay attention and if there was a fairly liberal Republican who I felt was a better candidate, I wouldn't have a problem voting for that person.

In this election, however, I was already firmly voting Obama/Biden - and then Palin happened. What a complete and utter clusterfuck for the Republicans. Every new thing that comes out just astounds me more. I'm going to paste a few comments I've made in other people's journals recently, because I think I should put those things here, too.

Palin was chosen BECAUSE she's a woman, not because she's actually a good choice or would make a good VP. That's just as sexist as choosing a man because he is male and not because he would be a good choice/good VP. Anyone who believes otherwise is kidding themselves, because all of those other reasons that supposedly make her a good candidate could've been found in a male candidate with more experience. I have yet to see anyone prove otherwise, and I'm still completely and utterly disgusted by the entire thing.

I don't like Palin as a choice for VP, and I don't like her politics. There was no chance of me ever voting for McCain to begin with, but if I had been remotely close to being on the fence, that would've sent me in the opposite direction. That all said, I really hate what she's done for the whole "women can have a career and a personal life" thing, because really, all this woman is proving is that she, at the least, can't do both. She chose to put her career in front of her family at a very poor time, and call me a horrible person, but I AM judging her for that. Her daughter doesn't need this crap, and even if Palin had discussed it with her family, warned them of the scrutiny that would be coming, a teenager can in no way make that kind of fully-informed decision.

Everything about this makes me ill, and it really seems that instead of furthering the cause of women by choosing her, the Republicans have instead sent things backwards to the point where it could possibly undermine all the good Hillary has done for women. Maybe I'm being overdramatic, but that's how it feels.
 
 
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