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Off-Topic Chat / Re: Comic Con Fit Mystery Box challenge
« Last post by alyssa on Today at 07:18:35 am »
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Do we have a new mystery basket this week?
I am hoping this will be a once a year challenge-- i think leonard is about at his limit & wants to get back to artist and con reports/interviews ;)
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Yeah Pendry was pre-booked out last year by an outside party or parties. Did we ever find out who? I walked by a few times but it didn't look different i.e. extra security or anything like Hard Rock. You could still go by and get a drink or etc.

I went in and asked last year and dug around, but didn't find anything.
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Off-Topic Chat / Re: Comic Con Fit Mystery Box challenge
« Last post by Miss Kitty on Today at 06:20:58 am »
Do we have a new mystery basket this week?
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Yeah Pendry was pre-booked out last year by an outside party or parties. Did we ever find out who? I walked by a few times but it didn't look different i.e. extra security or anything like Hard Rock. You could still go by and get a drink or etc.
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Off-Topic Chat / Re: Red Carpet Experience?
« Last post by Mel on Yesterday at 10:07:02 pm »
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Well I have to wear a suit...so not sure how "comfortable" I'll be.
I watched, looks like it was all under a tent this year. Our sprinkles on Friday must have spooked them. I'm surprised they made you wear a suit. What a crock. I'm a member of the union, but have never been. Tickets are $500 a pop!

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SDCC Programming, Panels, and Lines / Re: SDCC 2017 Top Ten list
« Last post by Mel on Yesterday at 09:41:49 pm »
Love this thread. When I get a moment to collect my thoughts,  I'm gonna make a post too

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Online lotteries drastically decreases success odds because now you are going against the other 100k plus attendees and your destiny is based on an algorithm - not your hand in a bag.

You have to get your hand in the bag and CCI poor job with line management the last years have shown an inability or unwillingness to improve that.

First CCI should actually use the RFiD tech as when I was in line for Funko we were led into the building (tapped), led through thr building to the back and exited down the stairs and then went into our respective lines. To get to all drawa you had to tap again to reach Sails - but when we headed outside we found a crap ton of people already inline who never lined up nor went through thr building. Security told us that "yeah people got through. We are aware of it and no more can get through'. But the Funko line was already massive and soon after all spots were taken.

When speaking to security they 1) did not clear out the back to make sure people didn't head into line who shouldn't be there. 2) Did not use the RFID tech to ensure that everyone coming up the stairs into Sails had the punches from the front and the exit - technically the only people outside of ADA that should be there. 3) proceeded to blame Funko and exclusive companies for the line cutters and not their inability to do their job.

Despite this - I think an online aystem is a wrong idea. The tools are there for a better system already they just need to use them. Getting competent people running the lines and using RFID properly would do wonders for line management.

Online will result in more people trying for things they aren't willing to invest time into - making it harder for folks who feel that whatever is their #1 draw of the show.

Also a charitable donation could price people out who scraped by to attend. Putting a paygate for free parts of the show is a no go IMO.

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Apparently someone brought out all the rooms for Pendry. It's not on Peak from what I spoke with the customer service. I think they said 3 different organizations.

The same thing happened last year.
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Off-Topic Chat / Re: Cup O' Tea Hangout Chats
« Last post by alyssa on Yesterday at 05:03:47 pm »
I am sorry to say, neither I nor Leonard remembered to capture this weeks chat.../believe me i am bummed about this/
I am sorry
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Off-Topic Chat / Comic Con Fit Mystery Box challenge
« Last post by alyssa on Yesterday at 12:20:01 pm »
From Chuck Cook; I don't know his forum name

As an additional, personal challenge, I purchased nearly every major ingredient today at the San Diego Little Italy Mercado Farmer's Market. The almond vendors do not have sliced almonds, so I bough whole spicy almonds and chopped them myself.

So, my entry:


Asgard-en Salad

1 bunch curly kale (about 10 large leaves)
1 large crisp apple (Granny Smith or Fuji)
1 sweet orange
1 lemon
extra virgin olive oil
ripe strawberries
slivered or sliced almond
kosher salt
black pepper

Thoroughly rinse kale leaves and pat or spin dry. Cut each leaf along both sides of the stem and discard stems. Chop across the leaves to produce 1/4–1/2" shreds, and place into a large salad bowl.

Slice apple into quarters, and trim out the stem, core and seeds. Slice quartered apple into 1/4" rounds, and then into julienne or matchsticks.

Juice orange and lemon into a bowl. If you have particularly large or juicy citrus fruits, you may only need to use half of each. Throw in a generous dash of kosher salt, and then add olive oil in a thin, steady stream, whisking constantly, until your vinaigrette comes together. You'll use about twice as much oil as you have juice. If you have a stick blender, and especially if you have a lightsaber stick blender, you can use that instead of a whisk. Taste your vinaigrette: you'll want a nice blend of sweet from the orange and tart from the lemon. Adjust with more salt and/or more lemon juice if needed.

Slice strawberries.

Add apple matchsticks to the kale, and then add half the vinaigrette. Toss salad thoroughly, and add additional dressing as needed — you want the salad to be thoroughly dressed, but not soaked.

Using tongs, mound the salad onto plates, and add sliced strawberries and almonds. Add fresh cracked black pepper to taste.







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