DragonCon, Saturday (Nathan)

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
Trip End Oct 27, 2010

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

After the first day of DragonCon (go read that one if you missed it!), I still hadn't gotten any sleep, and so when morning came I pretty much gave up and took a nap, taking some melatonin to make sure I could force myself to sleep this time. I missed the Servo vs. Servo event (where the two voices of Tom Servo talked about their time in the role), but caught up on my sleep enough to make it to the James Randi event at 1:00.

If you haven't heard of him, James Randi is a former magician and famous skeptic noted for his $1,000,000 Challenge, where he'll provide a million dollars to anyone who can prove the existence of paranormal phenomenon under controlled scientific conditions. He's a champion of skepticism and critical thinking, and known for exposing frauds. His talk wasn't much beyond explaining all that and relating a few stories and answering some questions, but he made it very entertaining, showing his former experience as an entertainer. He was a lot older than the pictures I'd seen, and someone in line next to me when he walked in quietly pointed out that he didn't look well... indeed, he'd been sick recently and had only just recovered, from what I heard. But even though he looked a bit old and frail, he was very lively and bright when he started talking, and I had a great time.

I don't remember what event we were trying to get to after that, at 2:30, but I think we missed it for some reason and I ended up going to the Steampunk World Record event instead, where they were trying to break the record for the number of steampunk cosplayers (or, as a guy in line next to me described them, "brown goths with gears") in one place. Much to my annoyance, they wouldn't let anyone up onto the balcony above the room where they were gathering, which would be ideal for getting good pictures, and after that they'd only let in professional photographers... finally they let in everyone else, but even then, we couldn't get very close and all my pictures are distant ones of the steampunk crowd's backs. I heard they got at least 500 people in the room, but I have no idea if that was enough to break the record or not.

We also went to the dealer rooms, which were appropriately numerous and huge, with all kinds of stuff ranging from swords to polyhedral dice to Pocky to model kits of starships. All I was really interested in was the Pocky, and I got a new flavor to add to my collection back home (mixed berry). Sierra got a corset and skirt, and Glennica got some anime-style purple hair decorations, which were basically purple mesh tubes and ribbons on a headband with twinkling lights. By the end of the evening, Sierra, who had been looking for a hat the whole time, had appropriated them for her own outfit. There were some cool pins and patches I might have bought for a nerd jacket, but I still don't have anything to stick them on and I figured I could just come back some other year and spend more time seriously looking if I wanted them that bad.

At 5:30 we were planning to see Adam Savage of Mythbusters, but the line was so long that it was hopeless, and we wandered and revisited the dealers' rooms until 7:00, when we were scheduled to go to the DragonCon party at the Georgia Aquarium! The line for the bus was outrageous, but it turned out the aquarium was only 5 or 6 blocks away, so we just walked over. I have tons of pictures from the aquarium, but that's for next entry!

Can I get a little feedback from anyone reading? Is this blog working okay for you? I've posted dozens of pictures, can you find them easily? Are the pictures reasonably sized, or does it shrink them down so tiny that you can hardly tell what you're looking at? I'm using a teeny little netbook, so it makes it difficult to tell.
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Z on

I'm actually enjoying reading about the trip as you update; I check every few days.

The pictures you're uploading are showing up great. They're not getting shrunk down much, if any at all. An ample supply of thumbnails are given, and we can click on any to see a larger version.

Sending the pocky home with your sister to make sure it gets into the collection, or gonna cart it around for the whole trip?

I'm glad you had fun at the con! I hope everything else goes as planned, and yay having a better quality camera for your trip!

nateandglenn on

I have no idea who this is, but thanks for the feedback! Glad to hear it's all working as it should. As for the Pocky, I did indeed send it back with my sister, who hopefully didn't let it get crushed or melted.

Z on

I'm just one of those random internet friends you were so kind as to point this way 'afore you left. *nod*

CQ on

This setup has been working really well for me. It's fun to read about your trip!

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