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E3 2015: Nintendo Direct: Reaction – A family of gamers

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E3 2015: Nintendo Direct

The kids and I were eagerly anticipating Nintendo’s E3 show. We all raced into the living room at 1 minute of, kicked on AppleTV, went to E3.nintendo.com on my iPhone, and grabbed a seat on a sofa for the about-to-start livestream.

So many games! What a jam packed hour! Muppets. StarFox, Mario, amiibo, Zelda, Metroid, Fire Emblem, and more!

Here’s a recap, and our reactions.

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Our trip to BronyCon 2013

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If there’s one thing Bronies know how to do, it’s how to have FUN!  The biggest MLP convention in the world, BronyCon 2014 is coming up on August 1 – 3 in Baltimore. While we won’t be going this year, I can give you a clue about what it will be like, and tell you about our adventures attending BronyCon 2013.

A 3 day con about everything MLP. BronyCon invites you to:

“Spend a fun-filled weekend with fans of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” from across the world. With panels, concerts, special guests and much more, you’re sure to go home with some new friends!”

Wish we could be there!

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BronyCon 2013, Here we come!

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It’s official! Based on the fun time we had at Canterlot Gardens, our family has voted for this year’s family vacation to be going to BronyCon 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland on August 2-4.

We’ve purchased our Early Bird passes, and booked our rooms at the Hilton.

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Our trip to the Canterlot Gardens Convention

Canterlot Gardens Convention. Ohio. 2,000 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans. Artist’s Gallery. Fighting is Magic Tournament. Panels. VA autographs. Cosplay. Music. Dancing. Swag. Bronies. Lots of ‘em.

Here is the story of our trip to Canterlot Gardens.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who loved ponies. And her brothers loved them too…

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Magic: The Gathering

Playing our first tournament…

My kids are in the middle of playing their first Magic: The Gathering tournament.  We’ve been practicing for weeks, fine tuning our decks. Now we’re ready to try our first tournament.

We get there at 5 p.m., but they don’t actually start until around 5:45. Parking is tough. There’s a mix of about 40 people – little kids (look like 10 yr olds), college kids, and adults.  Gray hair, nerd hair, normal-Joe looking hair. One guy is wearing a pink-checked cap with matching pink backpack. Geek heaven. All guys, except for 1 girl.

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Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 LIVE IN SAPPORO

Lucky fans will get to see Hatsune Miku live in concert tonight!  Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 LIVE IN SAPPORO! will be screened in theaters in 9 major cities across the U.S. on Thursday, November 10th.

More information is available (in English and Japanese) at Live Viewing Japan and tickets can be purchased through Live Viewing Japan here.  List of specific theaters in each country is hereAdmission is $20.

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By Kids, For Kids: TEDxRedmond

 

If you’re fortunate enough to live near Redmond, Washington, you won’t want to miss TEDxRedmond.  Organized by kids, for kids, TEDxRedmond will be held on Saturday, September 18th, at the Microsoft Conference Center with the theme: Power to the Students!  If you don’t live near Redmond, you can still participate by watching a live, online stream at home, or by watching recorded videos, after the event, at home.

Check out the amazing and inspiring group of young speakers here, including lead organizer Adora Svitak.

After speaking at the annual TED conference in Long Beach, California, twelve-year-old teacher, speaker, and author Adora Svitak wanted to bring a TED-like experience home to Redmond, Washington. “I had such a great experience during my first time at TED, but I realized that not everyone had such an opportunity,” she explained. “Through TEDxRedmond, I’m hoping to share the magic of TED in an independently organized event.”

“I’d heard about the TEDx program and I was intrigued,” said Svitak. “I started thinking about how I could get kids my age thinking about learning and leadership — particularly from speakers their own age.”

Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading”,  TEDxRedmond is for students in grades six through ten.  If you’d like to participate, either as an on-site attendee, as a speaker, or by watching a live stream or recorded videos post event, be sure to check out the attend page here.

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