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Traffic School

So I'm enduring my 4 hour house arrest sentence, which is to say that I'm doing the 7 module online traffic school for the speeding ticket I got last month. It sucks, and it's boring, but thank God I at least have the option of doing it online. Obviously there are ways to reduce the amount of time I have to pay attention to it, but each module is timed so there's no easy way to actually speed up the entire process.

It's my own fool fault for getting the ticket in the first place, of course, so I pays my money and I does my no-brains-required quizzes. In the mean time, I've also been watching Robot Chicken, playing some video games, getting ready for my date with redheadlass tonight, reading LJ and e-mail, posting things like this, bidding on an old electronic game on eBay, and finding the dorkiest Tron costume on the planet. (Okay, geek that I am I think the costume is actually pretty cool- it's just this guy in it that makes me cringe.)

Okay, back to doin' hard time for The Man...

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moonshadowdance
Aug. 14th, 2005 06:33 am (UTC)
That was cool! The guy maybe a lyyle svary but he had the balls to wear a unitard while freely admitting he is overweight,kudos.
jmaynard
Aug. 14th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
I am what I am...there's not a lot I could do about my body, certainly not between the time I got serious about doing the costume and the time of the con where it was to debut. After that, it became part of the deal for me to stay as I was, as that helped make the Jimmy Kimmel Live bits funny.
datan0de
Aug. 14th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
Boy do I feel like a butt hole! *blush* (At least I can appreciate the challenges of trying to get into better shape just before a con.)

On the other hand, I'm watching the Jimmy Kimmel videos right now and they're a riot. :-) When I found your site yesterday I didn't get any further than the costume pix page. I was looking for some clean, close-up pix of the detailing on the costumes to use as inspiration for fluorescent body painting (it worked out quite nicely), and did a Google image search for Tron. There you were!

By the way, Dragon*Con is in Atlanta early next month. It's a lot of fun and a lot of costuming goes on there. If you have the opportunity you may want to check it out. There was a Sark costume there last year that also used EL wire, and it went over well.

Actually, since I seem to have attracted your attention I'm curious about a couple of things (if you don't mind me following up my initial rude comments by pestering you with questions):
* Is the paint on the non-EL lines on the costume fluorescent? It requires strategically placed black lights, but under controlled conditions the effect is stunning.
* How long does a set of batteries last?
* Have you considered getting a larger set of front/back armor to add more EL, or are you done tinkering with this costume?
* How easy is it to remove/replace the disc, and how securely do the magnets (brilliant idea!) hold it?

I love the character concept, BTW!

*shuffles off to watch more videos*
jmaynard
Aug. 15th, 2005 08:49 am (UTC)
Don't feel bad...I've had a lot worse comments, and have learned (by force!) to deal with them, so yours didn't bother me. If they had, I wouldn't have held back, believe me. :-)

The paint on the unitard is not fluorescent. It would have made things even more interesting, but might have also screwed up the way it looked on TV (although I certainly didn't have THAT in mind when I made it)...

The helmet runs off of one 9 volt battery, which usually lasts about 3 hours. The rest of the pieces have their own 2 AA cell packs, and those last about 8 hours.

I'm pretty much done tinkering with this one. At this point, there's value in the look of it as it is, so I'll leave it alone. Besides, I've got other things I'm working on.

The disc comes off easily - sometimes a little too easily, if the washer doesn't hit all 6 magnets flat. I'd use stronger magnets if I could find them easily. You don't want them too strong, though, as there's a limit to how well you can stick them to the unitard.
datan0de
Aug. 15th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
You, sir, have the perfect outlook on life.
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