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The Geek Weekend Guide for August 26, 27, 28

I am not doing anything geeky this weekend. I’m going to do my best for a new personal record in the Rock the Night 5K then spend Saturday and Sunday recovering from my efforts. Still the Geek Weekend Guide offers up two fun events for those not laid waste by physical activity.

Arcade, Video, and Game Room ExpoThe 1st Annual Arcade, Video, and Game Room Expo

The Crown Plaza in Rosemont is hosting this first of its kind event. The expo promises hundreds of arcade games set to free play, vintage game tournaments, and a number of guest appearances.

Pokémon Go Cosplay Meetup: Valor vs. Instinct vs. Mystic

Stephanie Plus Verb and The Fantasy Realm of Chicago are hosting a Pokemon Go meet up at  Konak Pizza & Grill, Friday night at 8:00 pm. Cosplay is not required, but there will be a costume contest for those who dress up. If you’ve reached level 5, wear your team colors!

Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland – Gallery #5

The final gallery of shots from the Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland includes pictures of:

  • Carrie Elizabeth Getty’s Tomb, a small, square monument designed by Louis Sullivan. The tomb marks the first example of Sullivan’s involvement in the architectural style known as the Chicago School.
  • The tomb of Fridolin Madlener memorializes the man that gave the world Fig-Rye.
  • The Tomb of William O. Goodman, viewed from across the pond.
  • The tombstones of Daniel Burnham and his family rest on a small private inland in the cemetary.
  • The grave of Marshall Fields marks the resting place of one of the 19th Century’s most wealthy men.
  • A young flutist sits atop the gravestone of Dr. Christopher D. Manuel.

Carrie Elizabeth Getty's Tomb

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Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland – Gallery #4

This fourth gallery of images from the Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland captures a number of notable monuments.

  • The tombstone of architect Louis Sullivan.  A relatively modest monument marks “Father of Modern Skyscrapers” and the man behind “Form ever follows function” grave.
  • The Tomb of William O. Goodman. Goodman hired Howard Van Doren Shaw to design this tomb and the Goodman Theater, both in honor of his son, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman.
  • The Tomb of Potter and Bertha Palmer rises like a Greek Temple on the edge of the cemetery’s pond. Potter Palmer pioneered the idea of customer satisfaction in retail before turning his attention to real estate and hotels.

Tomb of William O. Goodman

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Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland – Gallery #3

Day three of the Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland. More pictures of the walkers and some interesting shots of intricate copper work.

Steampunk Stroll

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Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland – Gallery #2

Beyond providing a look at all the finery worn on Sunday, this gallery spends a lot of time on the Dexter Grave Monument, Eternal Silence.

Eternal Silence maintains a foreboding presence in Graceland Cemetery, its cloaked form crafted by Lorado Taft in 1909.

Steampunk Stroll

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Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland – Gallery #1

On Sunday I had the distinct pleasure of strolling through Graceland Cemetery with Steampunk Chicago. After a few months out of the scene, I welcomed the opportunity to reconnect with some friends and made new ones.

I also took a lot of pictures, over 150 of them. The partially sunny day and the cool breeze made for great lighting and comfortable costuming.

I will post the pictures in a series of galleries over the next few days. Gallery #1 features:

  • The Victor Lawson Monument, designed by Lorado Taft to honor the publisher of the Chicago Crusader.
  • The Schoenhofen Pyramid Mausoleum, a steeply sided gray pyramid containing the family of well-known Chicago brewer Peter Schoenhofen.
  • The Pullman Monument, built for railroad man and industrialist George Pullman.
  • A Man of Sorrows, a monument to Charles Hutchinson, one of the founders of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Victor Lawson Monument

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The Geek Weekend Guide for August 19, 20, & 21

The Geek Weekend…

…is upon us. Chicago Geek Guy has two deliciously geeky events he plans to attend this weekend. It’s all about picking out the right costume.

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Best of the Fest Weekend!

13680007_1025064500922836_1724711646017022201_oBristol is a destination for Trinity and I every summer. The jousting’s gotten a bit cheesy, but the music, food, entertainment, shopping, and fun get better every year. The weather is not supposed to be too good on Saturday, but that’s when we plan to make our annual pilgrimage.

Personally, I’ll be shopping for a new kilt this time out.  I’m hoping to find something at Angus Harvey’s.

Saturdays and Sundays until September 5. Tickets at the gates or at select Walgreen’s. Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Steampunk Graveyard Stroll

eternal-silenceJoin the well attired Steampunks of Chicago, including yours truly, as we wander through  Graceland Cemetery.  The goal is to visit the graves of  Chicago notables like Louis Sullivan, George Pullman, Allan Pinkerton, and Marshall Field.

We’ll meet at the gate at Clark and Irving Park at noon and head out from there. I might even be wearing a new kilt!

 

Making a Mallet for Harley Quinn

Making the Perfect Mallet

The character uses a baseball bat in Suicide Squad, but when Trinity decided to cosplay as Harley Quinn for Anime Midwest, she wanted a mallet. Not just any mallet, a big honking mallet that a strong man would swing around with glee and wild abandon.

Unfortunately, Trinity weighs slightly more than a strong man could bench press with one hand. Building this prop required materials that would be large enough to make a statement and light enough for a wisp of teenager to comfortably carry for a few hours around a convention floor.

We searched the Internet for help and found http://www.instructables.com/id/HARLEY-QUINN-HAMMER/. We took it from there ourselves.

Materials:

Building this prop required:

  • 1&1/2″ PVC pipe cut to a six-foot length
  • Two 1&1/2″ PVC pipe caps
  • 1/2″ wooden dowel cut into two six-inch lengths
  • 12″ cylinder concrete form cut to four feet
  • Box cutter
  • Duct tape
  • Drill with a 1/2″ bit
  • Glue
  • Tape measure
  • Paint and brushes

The Plans

To build the mallet:

  • Drill two 1/2″ holes through the PVC pipe, at one end, just far enough apart to fit inside the concrete form;
  • Cut two 1&1/2″  holes in the center of concrete form, opposite each other;
  • Insert the PVC pipe through the holes in the concrete form;
  • Thread the dowels through the PVC. Secure the dowels to the interior of the concrete form with glue and duct tape;
  • Cover the ends of concrete form with duct  tape;
  • Hammer the PVC caps onto the ends of the pipe; and
  • Paint.

Building the Mallet, in Pictures!

The Plans

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The Presentation That Wasn’t: Japanese Middle Schools

Due to a scheduling snafu, my presentation on Japanese Middle Schools got bumped from Anime Midwest this year. This doesn’t include my notes, but here’s the Sway I planned to use during the session.

Anime Midwest 2016 – Day 2

I didn’t get quite as many pictures, today. Another event drew me away from the con for a few hours. What I did get, I really liked.

Anime Midwest 2016 Day 2

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