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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: December 06, 2014, 08:53:52 PM
Oh my god, I love super long piers!! That's awesome. Thanks for showing that. smiley

We have one in the Bay Area, no longer functional unfortunately, but it used to be 3.5 miles long! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Pier

- Oshyan
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: December 06, 2014, 12:00:23 PM
I know, crazy place to start, right? I'm fascinated that someone in Dubai saw her and then decided they wanted to book this act from half-way around the world. Awesome. smiley

- Oshyan
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: December 06, 2014, 10:57:10 AM
I thought you guys might want to know that Abbey has her first paying, independent performance of Aerial Animation coming up mid-December in Dubai! So it all paid off. It's a very exciting moment. smiley

Thanks everyone for all your support!

- Oshyan
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: December 05, 2014, 10:28:56 PM
At long last, Part 2 of 3, for those interested:
https://plus.google.com/p...lbums/6088425499534158033




Thanks for looking! And hey, please DO post your own photos and share your journeys, adventures, discoveries, etc! smiley

- Oshyan
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: August 29, 2014, 02:44:08 PM
Really sorry to hear that Jesse. It is indeed so hard losing a loved one, and 18 years together, wow. That's a big bond. Take the time you need, we're all here for you.

- Oshyan
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 27, 2014, 11:04:59 PM
Thanks guys. I'm hopeful that she's able to create some kind of production company out of this and take the show on the road. Who knows. I'll let you know if that happens and you can all go see it in person. smiley

- Oshyan
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 27, 2014, 09:09:02 PM
Well, it's over at last and she didn't make it through. Sad It was a pretty tense finale, they were the last to find out their verdict, and it was chosen by the judges. The way they structure the show is just so stressful... Anyway, she got really far and did great, I'm very proud of her. Thanks once again to all of you who watched, voted, and read about this little moment in my life. smiley

- Oshyan
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 27, 2014, 08:21:44 PM
Well, she's in the "Snapple Save" candidates, so she needs votes if you got 'em. One for each Google Account, just like before. Just search "snapple save" on Google.

Thanks!

- Oshyan
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 27, 2014, 04:20:57 PM
Results are tonight, tonight! But there's important info to share as well. Read on...

They've got a new thing this year called the "Snapple Save" where the audience can vote from between I think 3 acts to pick one to advance, i.e. to "save" them from elimination. They are the "maybes" or something. Anyway, if Aerial Animation ends up as one of those, then she needs people to vote *live*, during the East Coast show, to get her through. So I'm going to ask for all your help again, if I may.

As far as I know this will probably happen near the *beginning* of tonight's results show, which means it starts at 9PM Eastern, 6PM Pacific, and it will happen *before* the airing on the West Coast. The stream I linked to above is from the East Coast feed, so it would work to watch that. Abbey said it would be between 6 and 6:15PM Pacific basically, and once it's announced there is only a 30 minute period to vote. Fortunately the voting happens all online, you just search "Snapple Save" in Google after it's announced and you can vote. If you're not watching, you can even just try searching for that around 6:15 Pacific and see if she's on there.

Here's a page with some more info: http://www.nbc.com/americ...s-got-talent/snapple-save
And a video, if you have access to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/...o.php?v=10152473462559760

The results of the "Snapple Save" will be given at the end of the show.

I'll let you all know what ends up happening. Thanks again!

- Oshyan
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 27, 2014, 03:34:01 PM
Glad to hear you enjoyed mouser. She had a tough couple of weeks leading up to this, she got sick, her partner hurt is back, but I think they did well in the end, especially considering the difficulties. Now to see what America thought. cheesy

Thanks to everyone who watched and/or voted! No matter what happens the support she has gotten from everyone has been amazing. Reality TV is a really tough environment, but it has been an opportunity to connect with such an expanded audience, I think it must be worth it, with the challenges and all. smiley

Soooo... any other talents out there?

- Oshyan
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 26, 2014, 06:10:50 PM
2AM it is then! Hard to sort out daylight time from non-daylight the world 'round. I wish we'd just stick to "Daylight Saving Time" permanently. Everyone hates "regular" hours. :-p

- Oshyan
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 26, 2014, 05:51:12 PM
It's about 10 minutes to 4(PM) here right now, which will be 7PM on the East Coast. So about 2 hours from now for the live East Coast broadcast at 9PM EDT. I'm gonna say that's 1AM GMT. Hope that's right, looks right... cheesy

- Oshyan
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 26, 2014, 05:34:55 PM
For anyone without TV or not in the US who wants to watch it live, here is a horribly ad-laden streaming link that usually works. Remember, it will come up at 9PM Eastern Time (6PM Pacific).

Here we go, just be warned: shields up and at maximum strength (ad and pop-up blockers, etc.)!
http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/nbc-live-stream
Usually one of those 5 streams linked at the top of the video area works. Even with ad blocker on, you may need to click the x's to close blank ads over top of the video.
This one in particular was working just now:
http://www.stream2watch.m...php?id=13286&stream=1

I shall not be watching, I'm waiting for it to show locally (9PM Pacific), so no spoilers please. Wink

- Oshyan
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 26, 2014, 12:15:07 PM
Awesome, you guys are fantastic! But apparently not very talented yourselves. Wink

Would love to see one of the DC coders go on AGT/BGT and just sit there for 2 minutes and pump out some basic software like "Yeah?  And what, bitches?!"

Haha! Awesome. "Yes, I just made a basic word processor. Bam!"

- Oshyan
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 26, 2014, 11:55:35 AM
Awesome, you guys are fantastic! But apparently not very talented yourselves. Wink

- Oshyan
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 26, 2014, 01:14:40 AM
Ahhh yes, clever devil. I love posting this to DC mainly because many other people I've sent it to have gotten confused about how voting works. I trust DC-ers won't have that problem. cheesy

- Oshyan
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 25, 2014, 10:02:45 PM
Hah! Well, I think technically UK people aren't allowed to vote. :-p I guess I should have clarified the America part. But you can try! Internet voting should be available from 11PM Eastern Time onward, so um... what is that, 3PM, 4PM your time?

- Oshyan
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 25, 2014, 09:20:18 PM
Well folks, Abbey's next performance on America's Got Talent has almost arrived. So here's the info to vote, if you don't mind helping out. smiley

Her act is called Aerial Animation and the show is on tomorrow night, Tuesday August 26th at 9PM Pacific/Eastern Time/8 Central (it airs live for East Coasters, delayed for West Coasters). It runs for 2 hours and voting is at the end. There are 3 ways to vote, and you get 10 points *for each voting method* to distribute to the acts you like. You will be able to vote on the official AGT site here (after the show airs): http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/vote

You can also do a Google search for "America's Got Talent" and you should be able to vote live on Google itself. This will be a voting "widget" on the Google search results page, you vote right there, don't follow any links. Again this will only work after the show airs. And since you're all DC-ers and you can handle complexity, I'll let you in on a little secret: you can vote 10 points for *each* Google account you have (not including Google Apps accounts). So if you have multiple you can just Switch Accounts and vote some more (if desired). cheesy

Last but not least, you will also be able to call-in (info should be on the page above, after the show). There are unique numbers for each act and it records one vote per call, automatically, then hangs up on you. It's kind of annoying, but not too bad to just keep redialing and wait a moment until it hangs up on you. I wouldn't blame you if you don't do the phone thing. But the NBC and Google site voting is easy.

Phone voting closes 2 hours after the show airs (local time, so if you're on the East Coast, phone voting is over at 1AM Eastern; they do it by area code I think), but I think Internet voting works until 9 or 10AM the next day, so if it's a little past your bedtime to vote at 11, feel free to give it a shot on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday will be the results show where we find out if she made it through. Again I think it's at 9PM. I'll post the results here afterward for anyone who doesn't want to watch (I wouldn't blame you, hehe).

Thanks everyone!

P.S. I was serious about wanting to see other people's talents. Anyone want to show anything cool? Are you a painter? Sculpter? Singer? Do you have perfect push-up form? A really interesting-looking eyeball?

- Oshyan
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 22, 2014, 03:21:05 PM
I'm onboard with all that 40hz. cheesy

- Oshyan
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 22, 2014, 10:55:32 AM
Wow, thanks you guys. smiley

Perry, she works with an animator friend of hers who uses mostly After Effects (and hand drawing, of course). She did some of the original sketches for the original 6 minute piece that was created in I think 2009. Part of that was adapted for the 1st performance while the 2nd was largely new material and animation.

wraith, yes she seems to remind many people of Kenichi's stuff from last year, which is understandable as the interaction with a projection is similar between the two. She actually did her original animation act that I mentioned above a few years before Kenichi was on AGT, but as far as the show and its viewers are concerned Kenichi invented the concept. Wink

- Oshyan
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 21, 2014, 03:07:57 PM
Good luck indeed Stephen! That's incredibly cool. Hopefully you'll let us all know more about it as the date draws nearer. smiley

- Oshyan
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 21, 2014, 02:30:45 PM
Thanks everyone! I am really proud of her. She's also a pretty good girlfriend. Wink

I'll definitely post again about voting, both as a reminder and with some additional info (3 methods, etc.).

- Oshyan
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: August 21, 2014, 02:29:41 PM
Egads, what a gorgeous place. I have always wanted to visit. More! smiley

- Oshyan
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Talents and talent shows on: August 21, 2014, 12:40:13 PM
Hi folks. Guess what: my girlfriend is on America's Got Talent this year! And now she's in the semifinals, holy cow. Her name is Abigail Baird, she's an acrobat, and her act is called Aerial Animation. Here's her first audition a couple months ago:

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Aerial Animation AGT Audition

And her second performance in the Quarterfinals:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3qRwopQ1Is" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3qRwopQ1Is</a>
The official video doesn't include the judges comments, but it's here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz5uU-6Bbnk

She has been working incredibly hard on this and it's pretty amazing to see her dedication and perseverance. She's been a professional acrobat and teacher for a number of years now and she has been getting by on earnings from teaching acrobatics to kids and the gigs she has been able to get here and there (it turns out making a living as an acrobat is hard!), but this could be an opportunity to perform full-time and it's tremendously exciting.

I've been pretty quiet around here lately, I have to minimize my DC time because otherwise it'll take most of my *free* time. Wink But I still consider you guys part of my Internet family and this remains one of the best communities around, so I'm excited to share this moment in my life. I know some of you have already seen Abigail on the show, so hopefully it's interesting to know she's a distant DC cousin, in a way. smiley

Abigail will be be on the live show again for the semifinals coming up August 26th, and she'll need votes to continue. If you're already watching the show, vote for your favorites, but maybe put a couple of your votes in for her even if she's not your top pick. cheesy If you weren't already watching, then you weren't going to vote anyway, right? So I figure you might as well give her *all* your votes. Wink There are 3 ways to vote and you get 10 points for each voting method. But I'll go into all that a bit more in an update early next week before the show.

Anyway, I've been encouraged to post about this by mouser and other DC'ers, but in the spirit of community involvement I also want to open this up a bit more widely. Because as it turns out at least one other DC'er has an upcoming brush with fame (you know who you are), and maybe there are more! So if you've been on a talent show before, or have an appearance/audition upcoming, or you just have a talent you want to showcase, let 'er rip! Singing, dancing, expert armpit fart noises, playing the William Tell Overture on 5 parts of your body (real talent a friend of mine showcases at parties), whatever you can do, let's see it! In the meantime I'll be posting occasional updates about my sweetheart, including shameless requests for your votes. cheesy

- Oshyan
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Share your photos! Travel shots, photoblogs, etc. on: August 21, 2014, 11:15:02 AM
Thanks everyone. Now share yours!

- Oshyan
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