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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] rinnytintinny on Facebook.
It made me think for a minute about how much time I've spent at conventions and/or working on them.
Would you like to know more? )
I don't tag people, but I am curious about my friends' experiences, especially oldermore experienced fans like [livejournal.com profile] badger2305, [livejournal.com profile] materia_indigo, [livejournal.com profile] chebutykin, [livejournal.com profile] qob...you know who you are, people.
wombat_socho: Wombat (The General)
Well, [livejournal.com profile] phoenixalpha, right as usual - I did not in fact get out of the house until about 10 AM, and had to make a couple of stops on my way out of town, with the end result being that I didn't get down to the Crowne Plaza in beautiful downtown (right next to all the glorious industrial food-processing plants) Cedar Rapids. Gas was over $3.10/gallon when I left town, but I figured half a tank would get me to Iowa and cheaper fuel, which it did, even though I took the shorter, scenic route down 52 to 63 to 218 to 380. Five hours on the road, including stops for fluid and lunch (since I forgot the lunch and pop I'd packed) and getting rid of fluids...[livejournal.com profile] tj_striker was already here, of course, and checked into the room reserved under [livejournal.com profile] stuckintraffik's name. Unfortunately this was up on the 9th floor, whereas the party room wound up on the 7th floor. Oh, well. We set up the Room Party Kit, broke for dinner at a local Chinese joint, and started a little before our announced time of 8 PM. Kept going until 0230, and now it is time for bed. *thud*
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Went out and did laundry last night while starting to reread John Ringo's When the Devil Dances; followed that by some minimal grocery shopping. Could not get motivated to do anything even vaguely scholastic last night, not even going out to the website where I was supposed to review educational software for the Methods Class. So much the worse for me; I'll do that today along with a revamped authentic assessment and an expansion of the unit plan with three, count them THREE individual daily lesson plans! Can you feel the excitement? Me neither. Still, it has to be done, and that's why they call it work.
Read more... )
Now that I'm done pissing and moaning, a meme about books ganked from [livejournal.com profile] danae:
Booky book book book... )

The Who By Numbers arrived in the mailbox over the weekend, and I don't know quite what to think about it; most of the songs don't seem familiar at all, despite the fact that this is a replacement for an album I used to have back in the day. More about it later, maybe.
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The rains came yesterday and put an end to the hideous August heat that arrived over the weekend, but it's a temporary break - we'll be back in the low 90s by the weekend. Of course, I won't care, since I'll be en route to Cedar Rapids...but in the meantime I still need to get things done. Today, since work is likely to be slow, will be spent revising the lesson and unit plans I was supposed to do last night before I fell over and went thud around 7:30. This should allow me to get them printed off and in the mail today, which is good because they're due tomorrow. Fortunately for me, the instructor lives in Richfield.

It looks like we'll have another couple of people helping out with the room party this weekend at AI, which is a Good Thing. Also good is the fact that AI's room party den mother (or whatever her title is) checked back with us about it and is making sure our rooms are relocated to the fourth floor. I'm glad she did, since I lost her e-mail address when the Deskpro died and forgot to ask the AI people I know how to get hold of her. (Not that it was my job anyway, for all that it looks like I'm getting stuck with it regardless. Grumble, grumble.) So on the one hand I may not have a room to myself, but on the other hand I may not have to pay for it either, and that too would be good, for I am a wombat of very limited resources these days.

Going to bed early (with no dinner save yogurt, since I ate hugely at lunch) caused me to rise around 0400 and then not be able to get back to sleep. I passed the time finishing The Tyrant, which is the one Raj Whitehall novel not written by Steve Stirling from David Drake's outlines; instead, it's written by Eric Flint. Flint's style of writing is different enough (and the main Center-affected character not being the protagonist may account for a lot of this) to give The Tyrant a very different feel from its predecessors, quite aside from the differences between the Byzantine Empire and the Roman Republic which make the situations so different. One of these days I'm going to have to take the time to track own and read the rest of the Drake/Flint collaborations in the Belisarius series, if for no other reason than to be able to compare the two series better.
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No, I'm okay, but I dunno about the Deskpro...went home last night resolved to unplug all the peripherals and set it down next to the desk to await gutting in September, but after I cleared off all the papers and crap I had stacked on top of it I decided to power it up and see what happened. Amazingly enough, it booted cleanly, and ninety minutes of timewasting with Luxor ensued. Based on this wild success, I decided to plug the speakers and Ethernet cable back in. This I then did...and after denying a couple of applications access to the Interwebs, it once again went splat. Hmmm. At least Cowzilla has found its way back to the wireless network after a couple weeks' flailing around failing to connect, so it's not like I'm totally without Internet access at home.

A lot of us on AD staff are pretty unhappy at what's happening to [livejournal.com profile] jariten at AI. It's a classic example of an innocent bystander getting hurt because he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time trying to do the right thing. [livejournal.com profile] phoenixalpha is furious and says she's not going this year, and I'm giving serious thought to staying home myself. Yeah, I already paid for my membership, but I usually spend most of my time down there volunteering, and under the circumstances I don't feel right about doing that. The way I see it, volunteering signifies that you support the convention and its staff, and I can't do that with a clear conscience at Anime Iowa this year because of what's been done to [livejournal.com profile] jariten.

Well, I don't need to make a decision on it right away, and neither does Detour - I've suggested to [livejournal.com profile] stuckintraffik that we might want to reconsider having a room party down there this year, all things considered, and that we might want to bring this up to the Board for possible action. Even if it's just a short note asking "WTF were you thinking?", I think we ought to take formal notice of this. We've learned a lot from Anime Iowa - maybe it's time we did a little schooling in return.

UPDATE: As it turns out, nothing needs to be done. The whole thing with [livejournal.com profile] jariten and AI turns out to be a communications problem, and I'm glad it's been resolved to his satisfaction.


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