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Arisia was a bit of a blur. Not because I did a lot of things, or that I got drunk a lot, because I don't drink. I still had a cold and I tried to take it easy. But somehow I don't feel like my memory was working quite up to speed. At any rate, I did do things!

Saw some great costumes. The TARDIS dress that's going around, I saw that. I actually attended the Masquerade, but I caught that one in passing before that. I also saw the creepy weeping angel stalking the con. That was seriously freaky. The moon jelly at the Masquerade was absolutely gorgeous. And it glowed in the dark! It was awesome. Saw lots of Doctors, mostly 11. There was a toddler 11 who was, of course, adorable.

Because I've mostly going to WisCon and Readercon in the last 5 years, with 1 Boskone thrown in, Arisia was definitely a different sort of con. Not just the costumes, of course. The dealer's room was actually overwhelming to me. Lots of costuming stuff, or knickknacks and things for your home. If I had had a plan or a house, I would've totally bought stuff. (I think maybe I'm repeating my earlier lj post..) Well, anyway, it was cool. The art show was also interesting, though I couldn't really say better or worse than WisCon or Boskone. Managed to sneak into that about half an hour before it closed.

I attended 3/4s of the bellydancing. That was cool and was eye-opening to me. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, and was so totally geeky. I encourage people attending Arisia to go see it.

I watched the unaired pilot of Big Bang Theory. That was interesting. Sheldon was _very_ sexual, which I didn't like. But there was an actual female geek. (Who was also a sort of love interest, but.. I suppose we can't have _everything_, can we?) I sort of feel like we need a Friends of Hilda. Gilda? Drat, what was her name?

I also attended the Lightning Talks. That was interesting. Even if the first one was all about meat. I like the format, since you can sort of sample all sorts of stuff in 10 minute chunks. It appeals to the knowledge grazer in me.

I was on a panel as a pinch-hitter. The panel would've only had 2 people without me. Which probably wouldn't have sunk it, since we only had 1 audience member. But that's all right -- we had a good discussion -- on the future of disabilities and what sf shows us, etc. We touched on technology, society, laws, etc.

I attended a bunch of panels, including several of the queer panels.

Now, some things I did miss, because I decided sleeping or being a slug in the hotel room was a better plan. And once because the Thai delivery person, mentioned in the previous post, wanted me to come to the lobby to pick it up. There wasn't any good place to sit down there and eat that wasn't already taken, so I went back to my room. And then inertia, and an optic migraine out of nowhere, kept me there.

I got to see a 3D printer in action at the maker showcase. I didn't stick around and ask questions or anything. But I did learn they smelled. :)

Well, all in all, a successful Arisia experience. I'd go back. I wish it wasn't in January, when I'm likely to be recovering from Christmas and likely to be sick or risk getting sick by going... and of course the hotel is a bit expensive. But the con had free wifi (tho the hotel didn't. Hear that Readercon?!?!) and offered a few cheap/er/ alternatives to the hotel restaurants. But still overpriced, of course.

I feel a little more prepared for Boskone. Maybe I'll order from the Mexican restaurant this time.

UPDATE: Oh yea! And I went to an OA meetup. That was cool. I really need to make more of an effort to do that sort of thing and socialize, rather than just be audience or panelist or shopper throughout a con. :)
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Con or Bust auction starts just past midnight tonight.

Con or Bust

I've resisted looking at the things going up in any detail, since I couldn't bid yet. But some good stuff and some good stuff sure to come!

Con or Bust gives fans of color financial support for attending conventions. While some of it is in the form of free memberships donated by the cons themselves, most of it comes from this yearly auction. So go check it out and bid on cool stuff!


Feb. 10th, 2012 10:13 am
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I'm going to Boskone next weekend. So expect some con reports from me. I won't promise specifics. Just that there will be some. Well, at least one. :) I think both hotels (the con hotel and the one I'm staying in) have sucky, expensive wifi. So the con reports may not come until after the con. I may tweet or facebook from my phone, if you're one of my stalkers.

This will be my first time going to Boskone. I don't have any sort of schedule, because I'm not on anything. You might find me hanging out with some Broads.

Now to go look at the schedule!
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Just a reminder if you're in need of money to attend a con and you're a fan of color, Con or Bust may have some help for you. The application period for January, February and March cons opens soon.

Go here.

I mention it because FOGCon is in March/April.
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Have you read the latest eCube?

If you were waffling about attending Wiscon this year, you might want to check that out. Because the Tiptree Award is inviting all past winners to come. And, y'know what, that could very easily generate a climate of AWE-some!

Cons 2011

Oct. 19th, 2010 11:33 am
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As of right now, I still plan to attend Wiscon.

Yesterday, I registered for FOGCon. Some awesome GOHs, a city I'd like to visit again and spend more time in, and the chance of meeting up with multiple Clarion classmates. Membership goes up 10$ on November 1st, so it seemed a good time to do it.

I've been to Readercon mm... 3 times? As many times as I've been to Wiscons. And while there are people there I like to see, and some high points to the con, overall I don't have a terribly good time. And the hotel is a LARGE reason for that, but not the only reason. So I'm going to skip it this year unless something happens between now and then to sway me.

Any other cons are up in the air, which means I'm likely to waffle on them and then not go.
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I hear good things about Boskone as well, which is a month later. I probably shouldn't do both of them. Any advocates for one over the other?

Arisia is during the Martin Luther King long weekend, which means I could easily justify (to myself anyway) taking the 20th off to watch all the Inauguration festivities. I'd really hate to be stuck at work and missing most of the good stuff that day. I could even stay in Boston and do something big and social-like that day. Party, drink, jump in a reflecting pool, etc. Except that that's not me.
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So far the pattern has been that we work like crazy during the week, then still have more work to do or just don't feel like doing much on the weekends. I got out today to the store, but it was the same CVS I'd already been to, so that wasn't even a new experience. I got myself new headphones. I had brought two pairs with me and they're both broken! Well, one isn't broken so much as the connector/converter piece is broken, so they won't plug into my laptop. We'll see how long these new headphones last.

Headphones are a necessary piece of kit. We're sharing this area of campus with various groups that move in and out and some of them like to throw parties at night. Imagine, loud music on a Friday night? People are writing here!

There's some sort of math and science camp called Cosmos here now, as well as an Esperanto group. Great for writers, if you're the sort to go out and talk to random people about their interests. Which I'm not.

I think I've read all the stories we're likely to get to in workshop tomorrow, but I've only written a critique up of one of them. Karen Joy Fowler is our next instructor. She doesn't arrive until tonight, because she was at Readercon. I'm jealous. Though I have no reason to be, since Readercon has been like half an hour away from me for /years/ and I've never actually gone.

Next year, Wiscon and Readercon. I mean it. Money or no money.

So far I've had one story workshopped, and it was as short as I tend to write. However, doing Jeff's assignment last week I'm going to count in my 'one story a week' plan. Because it was a lot of work and a great divergence from how I usually write.

I've done some noodly work with a story idea. It may or may not turn into the next story I submit. Which I need to do in the next day or so or next week's schedule will be all full up. Truthfully, it may already be. The group as a whole has been very prolific.

We're all still awesome, by the way. Greg said so.


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