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This is the third year that a maker event took place in Greenbelt, Maryland. (It used to be known as the Greenbelt Mini-Maker Faire until this year, when the organizers decided against renewing the license with Make magazine, which holds the rights to the name “Maker Faire”. One of the reasons I heard is that the organizers of this event has always insisted on it being a non-commercial, non-profit community event which is the opposite of most Maker Faire events, which tend to have all kinds of corporate sponsorships.) After sitting out last year, I decided to return as a participating vendor with my own table.
Makerspace 125 is the main spearheader of this event. This is what it looked like on that day all decked out in balloons and hoops wrapped with yarn.
Someone draped the nearby Mother and Child statue with long strings of beads.
Here is my vending area at this year’s event.
A few days earlier I created a video slideshow of my sketchbook drawings I made over the years (I only admitted the ones that depicted partial or full nudity because this festival is an all-ages family-friendly event). I made a little brochure explaining about myself. I also offered free Oreo cookies.
This section shows the comic book coasters I made by cutting up the comic book collection that my ex-husband left behind. (I attempted to sell them but comic books are worth squat these days, especially if they were published after 1985.) I first debuted them at the 2015 Greenbelt Mini-Maker Faire and I still had a few left mainly because I haven’t worked as many art shows and craft fairs in recent years as before the economic meltdown of 2008.
Last, but not least, here is my Barbie doll section.
The one in the front is the Barbie that I customized into the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (which I also documented in my four-part DIY video series).
The three other dolls in the back are ones I originally found in thrift stores and I converted them into fairy dolls.
Since this event took place the day before Easter Sunday, there were plenty of eggs on display this year.
Here are my photos of the rest of the festival. The day started off cloudy and cool but then the sun came out and it got progressively hotter until I took off my hooded sweatshirt and just walked around in a t-shirt instead. The cream in the middle of the Oreo cookies I was giving away started to ooze from the middle of each cookie. (I ultimately had to put the entire pack in the refrigerator when I returned home.)
Even though the weather was ideal, the event drew a smaller crowd this year than in previous years. I have a feeling that the fact that this event was scheduled on the day before Easter had something to do with it. I only made a total of $25 in sales throughout the entire six-hour event. I was sort of disappointed because I really wanted to get rid of some excess crafts that have been stored in my home for the past few years while earning extra money. Oh well. At least I got to see a lot of my friends at this event so that’s something.
I also shot a short video of some parts of the festival, which you can view below.
Today is Tax Day in the U.S. and I’m burning the stress candle at both ends between getting my taxes done on time, following up on some potential job leads, and doing some general spring cleaning of my home. The one fringe benefit of Tax Day is that it gives me an incentive to go through papers trying to find any documents I could use for filling out those damned tax return forms while I take that opportunity to throw old papers either in the trash or the recycling bin (depending on if the paper in question is recyclable or not).
In the course of sorting through old papers I came across a letter from last year notifying me of the death of my onetime divorce lawyer while saying that if there are any outstanding papers from him that I need I should go to the lawyer handling my late lawyer’s estate and get them immediately. (Luckily my divorce lawyer had given me all the documents I needed around the time of my divorce so I didn’t need to do that.)
Well, anyway, here’s a video break that’s appropriate for today. It was originally a Beatles song but the late George Harrison did a live performance of that tune during a 1992 concert in Japan that also included Eric Clapton on guitar.
As I look back on this, I have to admit that I really pushed my body to the max. That was because the night before I went to Light City in Baltimore, where I waited outside in the cold for over two hours waiting for my animation, The March of Liberty, to finally show on the big screen. I was so stiff and sore the following day that I ended up skipping church.
I still pushed myself to check out the first annual Kamecon because I like seeing cosplayers all dressed up, I was attracted by the $3 admission fee, it was held on the campus of my alma mater (the University of Maryland at College Park), and it was held just three miles from my current home.
Compared to other anime conventions like Otakon and Katsucon, Kamecon is relatively small. The entire event was held in one of the ballrooms at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union building. But the participants were pretty enthusiastic as they donned costumes and hung out. Here are some photos I took.
There was a line at the ticket office located next to the Hoff Theater but it wasn’t too bad. I think I may have spent about 15 minutes in line at the most.
I decided to bring my Canon Digital Rebel EOS camera with me to this event. Here’s a selfie I was able to take thanks to the restroom mirror. (Yes, I was wearing the My Little Pony Rainbow Dash hoodie in order to blend in a little bit with the cosplayers.)
Some people were waiting to have their photo professionally taken.
The entire convention took place in a ballroom, which included an indoor tent/lounge where people could chill.
There was a Jubeat video game that had a cool cube design. I didn’t see anyone play it mainly because it was directly imported from Japan and that machine required a 1 yen coin, which doesn’t do any good for the vast majority of Americans present.
There were other video games that people played.
I took a few shots of two cosplayers who were dancing alongside one of the dancing video games while it was playing Lady Gaga’s hit song “Poker Face.”
I even shot a short video of those two dancing cosplayers.
The ballroom was divided, with half of the room being reserved for Artists Alley. There was a photography ban of that area (unless the photographer gets permission from an Artists Alley participant) so I took only one wide shot of the entire area from the other side.
There were board games and card game packs available for attendees to play with.
Here are some more pictures of Kamecon, including cosplayers.
I also took a few pictures of the University of Maryland campus because it was such a lovely warm sunny spring day. But I didn’t take too many pictures because I was growing tired from both checking out Kamecon and Light City the night before. Here’s a long shot of the Jim Henson Memorial.
The cherry blossom trees on campus were in full bloom.
Here’s a shot of the Mall.
One of the terrapin statues that are located on campus.
March is Women’s History Month, which ended just two days earlier, but there was still this poster featuring the University of Maryland’s famous female alumni including Connie Chung, Dominique Dawes, Gayle King, Sarah Winnemucca, Judith Resnik, Adele H. Stamp, and Carolina Rojas Bahr.
I’ve just uploaded my latest podcast on PodOMatic. It’s about one of the sheet music that I purchased at a vintage yard sale last summer for only 25 cents. I inputted it through the computer using MuseScore. I initially made a YouTube video out of it but I’ve now made it available as an audio-only podcast. The song is called “Twilight Valse” and it was copyrighted back in 1917. You can listen to it right here.
That’s the last podcast featuring sheet music that I purchased last summer. I haven’t purchased any more old sheet music since that time mainly because I’ve been too busy doing other things instead of perusing antique stores or used book stores searching for vintage sheet music. I hope to be able to resume doing this sometime in the future because it’s kind of cool using MuseScore to hear what these long ago tunes sounded like.
I’ve just uploaded my latest podcast on PodOMatic. It’s about one of the sheet music that I purchased at a vintage yard sale last summer for only 25 cents. I inputted it through the computer using MuseScore. I initially made a YouTube video out of it but I’ve now made it available as an audio-only podcast. The song is called “There’s a Spark of Love Still Burning in my Heart” and it was copyrighted back in 1913. You can listen to it right here.
I shot a short video featuring the Chalice Dancers at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church right at the beginning of Sunday service. They did a Hawaiian dance to Hawaiian music.
I’ve just uploaded my latest podcast on PodOMatic. It’s about one of the sheet music that I purchased at a vintage yard sale last summer for only 25 cents. I inputted it through the computer using MuseScore. I initially made a YouTube video out of it but I’ve now made it available as an audio-only podcast. The song is called “The Humoreske Song” and it was based on Dvorak’s classical piece called “Humoreske.” It was copyrighted back in 1914. You can listen to it right here.
I’ve just uploaded my latest podcast on PodOMatic. It’s about one of the sheet music that I purchased at a vintage yard sale last summer for only 25 cents. I inputted it through the computer using MuseScore. I initially made a YouTube video out of it but I’ve now made it available as an audio-only podcast. The song is called “Poor Little Me” and it was copyrighted back in 1922. You can listen to it right here.
I first got into podcasting when I took a free online class on social media marketing through Alison.com. As part of the class I learned how to use the free open source software Audacity and then upload it on to PodOmatic.com. When I took out an account on PodOmatic, I was sent a welcome email while suggesting that uploading three new podcasts three times a week for eight weeks was the best way to go if I wanted to build a following.
After doing this for two weeks straight, I found it to be a bit too daunting. It doesn’t help that these podcasts are essentially a one-person effort so I have to think about the subject of the podcast, write the script, record it, edit it, then upload it. I found that doing it three times a week is a bit much, especially since I have other things I need to be working on (such as decluttering my home and working on my income taxes).
I also realize that I only did these podcasts because I wanted to get some working experience in doing them. If I was an aspiring radio deejay or talk show host, I would continue with doing these podcasts three times a week or more. But I find doing these audio podcasts to be a bit daunting myself because I have to think of topics and it’s not always easy finding inspiration for new podcasts, especially since I’m doing audio-only podcasts so there are certain subjects that I can’t even get into (such as my drawings and paintings) because it would be too hard to explain.
So I’m going to cut way back on these podcasts to little more than one day a week and, even then, it would only if I actually have something to say.
Right now I’m making podcasts based on sheet music that I purchased at a vintage yard sale last summer, inputted them into the computer using the open source MuseScore, and generated audio files. I made them into videos and uploaded them on to YouTube. But I’ve been making the audio files into separate podcasts focusing on one song per episode. I’ll continue with them until I run out of songs. (I haven’t purchased any more vintage sheet music since last summer.)
Now that I got that announcement out of the way, here is my latest podcast, which I uploaded online yesterday. It’s about the sheet music for the song “Little By Little You’re Breaking My Heart,” which was copyrighted in 1919. You can listen to this podcast right here.