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Thursday, December 25th, 2008
1:56 am
Merry Christmas from The Chibi Project
Episode 24 of The Chibi Project was posted yesterday. That makes 12 episodes that we've posted every two weeks since July. Phew!

This episode covers the test I did on the Sailor Moon Cycle at West Virginia's Tsubasacon in 2005. I crushed it with a heavy lead weight. That was fun. Lots of pieces! This is also the final recap that we'll be doing since it was the only one left. That means that everything from this point on will be brand new material!

The Chibi Project will be taking a well-earned break until we start season 2 in the spring. During the break, we'll be reorganizing the web site, putting together a new title sequence for the opening theme, and making plans for season 2 experiments. While you wait, you can still take our survey so that we know what you like and don't like and we can improve the podcast.

I'd like to thank everyone who has helped with The Chibi Project to date. Everyone who has subscribed... Everyone who has e-mailed or left voice mail... Everyone who has donated a toy, especially Mara, Andyi, and Jeff... The conventions who have invited us to appear, Bakuretsu Con, Nan Desu Kan, Tsubasacon, Animaritime, and San Japan... Our special guests Greg Ayres and Brian Brushwood... Finally, a very special thank you to my co-hosts and fellow experimenters, Buford, Jon, Kristian, Lizz, and Jekka, without whom The Chibi Project would be boring as hell. I hope I didn't forget anyone.

Although we won't have any new episodes until the spring, Jekka and I may decide to give out some sneak peeks or special previews before then. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast in iTunes if you want to see this stuff. (It's free and you don't need an iPod to do it.)

Obligatory links:

...and no, we haven't forgotten about the Naruto headband experiments we promised. Stop asking. :P

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
3:45 pm
Episode 23 is a blend of success and failure
So Episode 23 of The Chibi Project was posted this morning.

This is the first episode since way back in Episode 2 where we cover more than one experiment. This episode covers our failed attempt at blending Megaman and then our eventual revenge as he is shot into tiny pieces.

Some fun facts for you...
  • Part of Episode 24 was filmed right after this.
  • The blender has been in our opening title sequence since Episode 9.
  • Now that the blender has been featured in an episode, there is only one remaining clip from the opening title sequence that hasn't been seen in any episode to date...and it won't ever be. It was filmed for another purpose which we might talk about some other day.
  • One more episode left in the season!
  • I think I had a voice mail to put in this episode, but I forgot. Sorry!
  • Take The Chibi Project Survey! Please!
  • Jekka and I are already talking about stuff for season 2. It's gonna be EPIC! Season 2 will start in the spring...but we may show the premiere at Anime Boston. We haven't decided yet.
  • Episode 24 (the last for the season) will be posted on Christmas Eve.

Links from the episode:

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
7:13 pm
The Chibi Project episode 20 - Bootlegs vs Jigsaw
So we posted Episode 19 a week late due to scheduling issues, but Episode 20 of The Chibi Project is right on time, just a week after Episode 19!

If you missed Episode 19, I'm going to assume it's because you're busy like me...and not because you're lame and haven't subscribed to the podcast. Anyway, Jekka and I sit in her basement and recap the experiment where we crushed Shinji's head with a train. I tell you, that's just pure excitement right there.

Okay, maybe not...

However, I got out the power tools for Episode 20 and brought a jigsaw and bag full of bootleg DVDs to Bakuretsu Con where I conducted a live experiment. It's now posted as Episode 20 and includes an intro by Greg Ayres (aka bam2)...so check it out!

Episode 20 is the 3rd largest episode we've had to date (if measured by file size) and that's partly because I had so many bootlegs. Also, Greg's intro is the longest intro we've done yet, but probably one of the best. I like it. The episode also gave me a couple other things which will probably end up as bonus material on DVD volume 3 someday.

In case you're curious, Jekka and I have already shot Episode 21. We're not telling you what it is, but I will say that it's another recap episode. (We're almost done with those, I promise!) We called this our "shiny" episode...and you'll see why in two weeks.

Anyway, don't forget to subscribe and all that jazz.

Also, take our survey at survey.chibiproject.com to tell us what you like and don't like about our little podcast.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
7:43 pm
Episode 18 ...because I think DBZ is dumb.
So, it's this Wednesday and not last Wednesday or next Wednesday. That means there's a new episode of The Chibi Project out!


Okay, so it's pretty hard to top what had to have been the coolest experiment ever in Episode 17, so we tried to compensate with some shots of some cute bunnies this week. Say hello to Baxter and Linus in their world premiere appearance. Baxter is the one with the dark nose and ears. If you're curious, they're lionhead rabbits, which is apparently some kind of new breed that has branched off of angora rabbits. They're just about fully grown and still under two pounds. They're also very, very friendly and very, very soft.

...but enough about bunnies, we did some destruction too!

This episode is a recap of an experiment I did back at Nan Desu Kan 2004 in Aurora, Colorado, right outside Denver. Again, I faced limitations in what I could bring due to flying in...so I brought my Dremel tool and cut the limbs off Great Saiyaman from Dragonball Z.

With me this week is K.T.F. Terison, our theme song composer, who was last seen in Episode 10 with the chainsaw.

Don't forget to become a fan of The Chibi Project on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. Also, if you're 21 or over and in New England this weekend, stop by Providence Anime Conference to see Jekka and me in Anime Unscripted.

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, September 18th, 2008
8:32 pm
The Chibi Project - Episode 17 will be one of the legendary ones
Ten years from now when you think back to those things called "podcasts" that you could subscribe to for free on the "Internet", you may remember one dirty little podcast called "The Chibi Project". When you do, you'll probably end up thinking of that episode where that guy with the spikey hair blows a giant fireball and torches Sailor Mars.

Well, that episode is NOW!

If you haven't seen it already since you subscribe in iTunes, head on over to http://podcast.chibiproject.com/episode.shtml?17 and watch it. It is awesome...and we're not just saying that...everyone else is too.

In fact, so many people think it's awesome that it has catapulted The Chibi Project to the #3 podcast on Pyro.tv. We're #2 in Comedy. Check it out! The #1 show on Pyro.tv is The Totally Rad Show and it's the one that plays if you go to Pyro.tv's main page...so that's sort of cheating. (TRS stars Alex Albrecht, from whom I stole the Webby Award in Episode 12 of The Chibi Project.)

It's all thanks to Brian Brushwood of the popular podcast Scam School. He's the reason this episode is so epic! ...so to any of his fans that have discovered us through him, WELCOME!

Anyway, go watch it if you haven't already. If you have, watch it again...or subscribe in iTunes and carry it around with you in your iPod or iPhone. (I'd say Zune, but who seriously owns one of those?)

We hope to be back in another 2 weeks with another episode. I have no idea how we'll top that.

Also, there will be a Chibi Project panel at Bakuretsu Con in Burlington, VT in late October. More details on that later.

Current Mood: devious
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
1:35 pm
Chibi Project Episode 16 - Chii vs Fireworks
Episode 16 of The Chibi Project Podcast has been posted for all the world to see. You can find it:
In this episode, we show the video of what happens when Chii faces fireworks. It's not pretty. Well, actually, it kind of is...with all those flaming balls and whatnot.

Two errors to note in the podcast:
  1. I said Chii wasn't covered in lighter fluid. Actually, she was.
  2. We say we didn't get any voice mails. Actually, we did get one, but it came in too late to be included. It will be in the next episode. Call us and yours might be too. (206) 222-2191.

Jekka's cat, Callie, joins the podcast, Patrick talks about The Alamo, and Jekka talks at length about David Duchovny's sex addiction. Why? Nobody knows.

Here are links to the things mentioned in the podcast:
  1. LiveJournal (you're already here!)
  2. The Chibi Project on Facebook
  3. Patrick's Twitter
  4. The Chibi Project web site
  5. Providence Anime Conference
  6. Anime Unscripted
  7. iTunes
  8. Pyro.tv

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
11:46 am
Episode 15
Episode 15 of The Chibi Project has been posted. If you're subscribing on iTunes, you should be able to find it now.

For this episode, I traveled to San Japan in San Antonio, Texas and held a live panel there on Saturday afternoon. For this experiment, I took Botan from Yu Yu Hakusho and she was hung, drawn, and quartered. ...mostly quartered. I was quite impressed that the figure was so well made. It was difficult to dismember her, but that was a difficulty that was eventually overcome.

There's a bit of the Q&A session in the episode too. I also talk about upcoming tests...and make a baby cry.

Show notes are here: http://podcast.chibiproject.com/episode.shtml?15

Also, we're still conducting our survey. Take a minute and fill it out to help us make the podcast better:
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
2:34 pm
Viewer Survey
So I've created a viewer survey so that we can get to know what everyone likes and doesn't like about the podcast. It will only take a minute of your time, so head on over and help us out with your feedback!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
2:18 pm
Episode 14
It seems like just two weeks since I posted Episode 13. Maybe that's because it has been. In any case, Episode 14 was just posted to the world. If you get your video podcasts by way of iTunes, you should be able to download it now. A perfect way for you to goof off for almost nine minutes of your Wednesday workday.

If you watch the episodes on sites like Pyro.tv, then they should have the episode fairly soon. (I haven't quite figured out when they update yet.)

In this episode, seraphwings and I recap the time when an anonymous former scientist and I destroyed Pikachu at Anime Boston 2004. Good times...good times...

By the way, if I do not survive until tomorrow, it is because Jekka killed me in my sleep. She didn't know I was going to put that little bit after the credits. :) Jekka, I promise that Episode 15 will not have anything to embarrass you...that one's ALL ME. :o

Oh, and if anyone is going to San Japan this weekend, be sure to say hello! If you're going to some other con...then to hell with you! :P

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
1:56 pm
Chibi update
So here's what's up at The Chibi Project...
  • Episode 13 was posted last Wednesday. Have you watched it yet?
  • I will be at ConnectiCon. I've been listed as a guest on their web site for a year, but they forgot to print my bio in the program. Boo! There is no Chibi Project panel, but I will be hosting Anime Unscripted on Saturday afternoon. Look for "Anime Uncripted" in the schedule. (They spelled it wrong.)
  • Episode 14 will be posted a week from today. I'm editing the episode this week.
  • Next Thursday, I fly out to San Japan in San Antonio, Texas! I'll be doing the first live Chibi Project panel in Texas! I'll also be hosting Anime Unscripted and doing a panel about anime conventions.
  • Episode 15 (which will be recorded at San Japan) will be out on Wednesday, August 20th. (Two weeks after Episode 14. Do you see a pattern here?)
  • We're currently ranked #5 in Comedy and #13 overall on Pyro.tv. (As you'll see, seraphwings and I talk about our ranking in Episode 14.)
  • I've been planning a new intro for the podcast. It probably won't show up until Episode 16 at the absolute earliest.
  • Leave us voice mails. Put our number in your cell phone and call when you're bored. It amuses us so much! (206) 222-2191
  • Tell your friends about us! Spread the word!

Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
5:27 pm
Episode 13
Episode 13 is now online!

You can view it here:

...or subscribe and download it via the iTunes Store (it's free!)

Show Notes:
After hurricanes began ramming up against one of The Chibi Project's team members on a regular basis in 2004, The Chibi Project staff began to discuss subjecting Chibi Moon to a hurricane test. Unfortunately, the short notice on which most hurricanes arrive made it difficult to mail the Chibi Moon figure in time. Ultimately, we decided to improvise with another figure.

Six hours before Hurricane Dennis was expected to make landfall, we found a Kuroneko figurine. Kuroneko, the annoying "Where's Waldo" character from Trigun, seemed like a perfect test subject. Let's face it -- who hasn't wanted to punt a cat at some point in their lives? So, armed with duct tape, we went outside and strapped the bastard to a tree branch.

A few hours later, Hurricane Dennis began pummeling the yard with 110 MPH winds and driving rain. Branches, fence parts, and small rodents were also airborne during this time.

By nightfall, the hurricane had died down to the level of a "normal" rainstorm. We ventured outside to discover that while some duct tape had survived, Kuroneko was long gone. Searches of the neighborhood -- conducted with the help of the children living nearby -- yielded no sign of the cat.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
5:13 pm
The Chibi Project episode 12 - Sailor Venus / Gross Potato
Episode 12 of The Chibi Project Podcast is posted!

Subscription links:

In episode 4, we stuck Sailor Venus in a potato cannon. After we blew her head off, we called it a day and packed up. Sailor Venus was put in a bag with a leftover potato and brought home...where we forgot about her for NINE MONTHS!

After discovering flies in the kitchen, we found the source: a rotting potato and Sailor Venus! The bag was immediately brought outside in the darkness and the horror was recorded using the nightshot mode. Sailor Venus was hosed off and cleaned up, except for the remaining maggots inside her head.

We're clearly bitter about not even being nominated for a Webby Award, but through a bit of bribing (and stealing of pants), we finally managed to get one of our own. Sure we didn't earn it, but it's ours! HA HA HA! Maybe this will get them to notice us for next year.

We talk about our upcoming appearances at PortConMaine, ConnectiCon, and San Japan. We also answer some e-mails and pimp our new DVDs!

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, April 13th, 2008
5:26 pm
Quick Update
Honestly, I keep forgetting that we have a LiveJournal community for The Chibi Project.

In any case, a few quick updates...

1) The episode from Anime Boston 2008 is posted, but you may want to wait before downloading if you haven't done so already. See #3.

2) We have voice mail! Call our voice mail line at (206) 555-2191 and it may end up in an upcoming episode.

3) I've tweaked some video compression settings and have managed to get higher resolution files that are either fairly close to the file size of the lower resolution files or even smaller (in a couple cases). It's going to take a while to get all the episodes recompressed and reuploaded, but that will be happening sometime this week. Once that's done, you may want to redownload episodes to get them at a higher resolution. If you watch the podcast on an iPod or iPhone, you probably won't notice much difference. If you watch on a computer or Apple TV, it's going to look SO MUCH BETTER! (I like loading it up on the Apple TV demo every time I go into The Apple Store.)

4) Jekka and I will be doing a episode fairly soon that's mostly answering our backlog of e-mails. We don't have a backlog of voice mails, but we could if you call us. You should call us.

5) The Naruto headband episode will be shot sometime in July or August.

6) Jekka and I may do another live panel at ConnectiCon (that's not finalized). I'll definitely be doing one at San Japan in Austin, Texas, but unfortunately Jekka won't be there.

7) Did I mention that you should call our voice mail line at (206) 222-2191?
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
5:49 pm
New episodes coming soon
Jekka and I have shot footage for a few new episodes. They're in the editing department and should be released over the next few weeks. As always, you'll be able to find them in the iTunes Store for free.

The next three episodes feature brand new experiments! Episode 6, the next episode to be released, was shot at Anime Boston 2007 where we took on Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon. Episodes 7 and 8 should follow shortly thereafter and each feature never-before-seen experiments. We're currently trying to work out the schedule for shooting what are currently planned as episodes 9 and 10. Those will have new experiments too, but if schedules don't work out, we'll bump those back and throw a few recap episodes in there.

We haven't been getting much viewer mail lately. If you want to drop us a line, we may read your letter in an upcoming episode. You can contact The Chibi Project through our form at http://chibiproject.com/feedback/send.shtml

Also, if you have iTunes, go review the podcast! There are some people who don't "get it" that have left us some 1-star reviews. They're depressing...so we want to make sure that our real fans leave their comments too!

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, April 12th, 2007
3:52 pm
Chibi Changes
The Chibi Project is now officially on a new domain (ChibiProject.com) with a new site design. (Version 4.0 if you're keeping score at home.)

Update your bookmarks. :) ...and then go subscribe to the podcast, bitches. (No, you don't need an iPod. iTunes helps since subscribing in iTunes is easy, but you don't even need that and can watch it on Digg.com or by searching for "Chibi Project" on Pyro.tv.)

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
6:29 pm
Megaman (Part 2)
So I finally got off my lazy butt and posted the photos from Megaman's final test:

Yes, it took me a long time...and I still need to post photos from other old experiments. I'll get to them, really!

In other news, Episode 4 of the podcast will be out this week. It covers Sailor Venus vs Potato Cannon...one of the experiments I have yet to post photos from on the site. In fact, it has only been seen at Anime Boston last year...so this will be new to a lot of people!

Watch for the episode posted on Friday.

Episode 5 should follow 2 weeks after that. It will feature our Fresnel Lens test. All the footage for that has already been shot and there are a few special treats there.

Also, "The Chibi Project - LIVE!" is (currently) scheduled for Friday, April 20th at 5pm at Anime Boston 2007. We'll be showing off new stuff, doing a LIVE TEST, and filming a podcast episode right before your eyes. (That podcast episode will likely be posted on Friday, April 27th as Episode 6 -- schedule permitting.) Also, this panel will likely have the largest gathering of Chibi Project team members ever...so if you ever wanted to meet me, Jekka, Buford, or anyone else, this is your chance!

Anyway, I'm trying to schedule our next videotaped test now. This one needs assistance from an "expert"...so I've got to work out the schedule with him. I'm hoping that we can get it done before Anime Boston so that I can show off the footage there. If so, it will likely become Episode 7...and the best one yet! *evil laugh*

Current Mood: excited
Monday, November 27th, 2006
3:51 pm
Podcast update
Episode 3 of the Chibi Project podcast has been shot. After it is edited together, it will be posted...hopefully within the next couple days. Episode 3 features the Burning Gundam experiment, our new Chibi Reviews segment, and viewer mail. It's also the first appearance of a new member of The Chibi Project's team!

Episode 4 is scheduled to be posted on Friday, December 8th...which should put us back on our every-other-week release schedule.

Current Mood: busy
Monday, November 20th, 2006
2:31 pm
Podcast episode 2
Episode 2 of the podcast is online!
Subscribe in iTunes by searching for "Chibi Project".
Friday, October 20th, 2006
4:28 pm
Podcast posted, web site delayed
I've posted Episode 1 of the podcast. The new web site is delayed. I didn't have time to finish it up and don't want to put up anything half-assed. I wanted to post them at the same time, but decided to go ahead and post Episode 1 anyway...since I know some people have been waiting a while. :)

Current Mood: tired
Monday, October 16th, 2006
4:02 pm
If you have iTunes, go into the iTunes Store and search for "Chibi Project". When you find it, press the "Subscribe" button. Congratulations, you've just subscribed to The Chibi Project Podcast. Wasn't that easy?

The only thing on the podcast feed right now is the sneak preview (aka "Episode 0"). Episode 1 will be posted Friday. New episodes will follow every two weeks. (To be honest, the first two are kinda bland. Episode 3 will be where stuff gets crazy.)

Know what else is coming Friday? A brand spankin' new Chibi Project web site at chibiproject.com! It will have all the fun stuff from before, plus podcast info, new Chibi Project team member bios, and other updates...all in one state-of-the-art-because-it-has-rounded-corners web design on our new domain which features our new logo! Yay!

So, all that's pretty cool, huh? I'm not done. There's also brand-spankin' new Chibi Project T-shirts! Guess what... They're NOT white T-shirts either! They're "sapphire" blue...or at least that's what the printer calls them and they have the new logo front and center. Those T-shirts will be up for sale on the new site for the low low LOW price of $14 (plus shipping and handling). We've got small, medium, large, and extra large...at least for the moment.

Phew... That must be it, right? WRONG! We'll be selling those T-shirts (along with AnimeCons.com's "CON WHORE" T-shirts and Seraphic T-shirts) up at Bakuretsu Con on the first weekend of November.

So clog those tubes and subscribe to The Chibi Project on iTunes now. ...before you forget!

Oh, and send in your viewer mail. We need e-mails to read in future podcasts. :)

Current Mood: ecstatic
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