Monday, May 3, 2010

Finally popped my cherry…

I have finally attended my first Con. Why? What were you thinking?

This is probably going to be longer than average post, but keep reading, you may find a link to something you like…

Attended Penguicon 2010 this past weekend and discovered a whole new world. The sights, the sounds, the smells

Actually I went for two specific reasons. One, to meet all the people I have friended over the past year in the Dementia Radio chat room, on the FuMP, and through Facebook and Twitter.  And two, to hear some great music from above mentioned friends and artists.

I am sort of aware that there was also a LOT more going on there, but a person only has so much time, priorities and all that… Next year I will plan a little better and take a little more time to explore the things I missed this year such as room parties.

I was introduced to traditions such as ribbons. And I immediately discovered one that I HAD to have, the “Not Wil Wheaton” ribbon. Many, many thanks to Zillafan for obtaining it in my behalf. I have an idea for next year for my own ribbons, the Dr must represent!

Many thanks must go out to Jaye Kitty for putting together such an awesome music track, and to the performers for being there. I got to see and meet such artists as (in no particular order): Devo Spice, ShoEboX of Worm Quartet, the great Luke Ski, Carrie Dahlby, Max DeGroot, Power Salad, Insane Ian, Soggy Potato Chips, Positive Attitude, Eric Coleman, Cirque du So What?, and ‘the world’s fastest filker’ Tom Smith. Finally putting real faces to the voices, pics, and posts of all my online friends was also VERY cool. (Too many to list here, but you know who you are)

Technology is wonderful. Thanks to my new cell phone and a UStream app, I was able to actually live stream some of the events online. Archived footage can be viewed here (and also where to find future broadcasts): (please view/comment/rate as you see fit).

All-in-all, a great weekend. Wish it had been longer, and that I had time to explore more of what was there. And this was the first hint of a ‘real life’ that I’ve had in a while… hated to see it end.

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Next year…