Well, CONvergence 2008 has come to a close, and it was a fantastic time. I liked the four day format (though I'm not sure that my body agrees with that assessment). Man, my hands are soooo sore today...
Thursday is kind of a blur. Between arriving on Wednesday and such, I'm not entirely sure what I did on Thursday. I know that I registered...OH! I remember now, I helped Jim and Angie set up the Project Room. That was fun, if a bit disorganized for a while.
Friday involved Face Painting! I should post the pictures I took, though that would require me to retrieve them from my camera. I should do that. As a side note, I should also acquire a roomier memory card for said camera - it's a little disturbing, as much of a technophiliac as I am, that I only had a 16 MB card for it. Insufficient, I say, insufficient! I know Jim has a LOT more pictures, not only from the session in the Project Room and from the faces he painted during the day, so I'll see if I can acquire those as well. He's very good...I think next year, I'll practice my face painting and team up with him. Why, we'll be twice the painting ferocity! It will please The Donkey.
I also went to Dr. Jim's lecture on the physics of superheroes and their outfits. It was pretty fascinating - I would have liked to talk with him more, but he looked busy post-panel, and I needed to get back out to the pool area to help with painting.
Saturday found The Donkey promoting glow sticks. Thanks to everyone who helped us crack and cap, especially Caspian (sorry bud, if you told me your name, it escaped my mind completely), Rachel, and Thea for the long time you sat with us helping. We wouldn't have gotten nearly as many done as we did if you hadn't helped. Despite the fact that my hands and forearms burned by the end of the night (and today), I had a great time watching people decorate themselves in the five colors of light. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the glow sticks, and we'll absolutely bring them back next year.
Overall, I think Con was a blast this year. If there was one thing I was disappointed with, it was that, for a sci-fi convention, there was a disappointing lack of actual science going on. I would love to do a panel, maybe an hour every day, and run some three day activities to do some real science (well, real in the sense that learning about scientific ideas is real). Maybe I'll talk to Those in Charge (to whom even The Donkey bows) and see if I can do that or something similar next year!
Anyone from Con who happens to read this on the CONvergence website, feel free to friend me. I'll add you back! See you all next year. =)
Mike was sick today, so there was a sub. She didn't arrive until 7:46 (class started at 7:50), and she walked in and said, "Hello, I'm the sub today, right?" I explained that I was an intern, just here to observe and jump in when wanted. She made some comment about being happy that someone with more content knowledge was there, and then the bell rang.
While Wheel of Time was not my first foray into science-fiction/fantasy, it was, without a doubt, the most influential. The way I write, the way I think about fantasy, the way I feel about how magic should work, and the way I visualize magic in my head is all grounded and/or heavily influenced by Jordan's writing. And, while I have not yet read all of the books, I fully intended to, much as I might have said otherwise.
The Light shine on you, Robert Jordan,and may you shelter in the palm of the Creators Hand. The last embrace of the mother welcome you home.
I'm sad that she's back on lurking mode. I suppose it's for the best, though - now I'm not tempted to send her a message. Kit, if you read this, I love you and I wish you the best day ever. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone.