DragonCon, Saturday (Nathan)
Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
59Trip End Oct 27, 2010
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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..
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.