DragonCon, Sunday (Nathan)
Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
59Trip End Oct 27, 2010
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We went to the Rifftrax event at 5:30, which was pretty awesome... they didn't do any live riffing, but they showed a couple sample trailers from ComicCon and a never-before-seen prerecorded short about kids making ridiculous arts and crafts from grass. It was already pretty funny on its own without the riffing... the poor kids were making ridiculous masks and hats from grass and wearing them, sticking it onto boxes, making crayon rubbings of it, and basically trying way, way, way too hard to make grass look fun. As they said, it "made it really easy for us", and often the audience's laughter at the film itself drowned out whatever joke they made about it. I think it's probably my favorite short now. They were also giving out free DVDs to people who could answer trivia questions, but they were sadly all ones I didn't know.
I was going to go to a Lovecraft event at 7:00, but I could not for the life of me find it in the con schedule again, and eventually had to give up because it had seemingly vanished. I later found out that it was listed under a really generic heading (Atlanta Radio Show or something like that) and I had just been lucky to notice it the first time around
The 8:30 panel was "10 Rules for Dealing with Police", a film I'd heard about on BoingBoing that outlines ways to not get arrested, or at least to win in court if you do get arrested. It consisted of a screening of the film followed by a Q&A with the guests, which included a lawyer and a retired cop. Let's see if I can remember what I learned (out of order):
1. Stay cool and calm when dealing with police
2. Don't get tricked- police can legally lie to you
3. Don't run from police
4. Say you don't comply with searches
5. Don't let them into your home unless they have a warrant
6. Ask if they're detaining you or if you're free to go
7. Don't physically resist the police
8. If you're questioned, you have the right to remain silent
9. Get a lawyer before answering questions (this may be combined with the one above, I don't remember)
The Star Wars thing at 10:00 wasn't very interesting, mostly consisting of people making lewd sexual jokes about Yoda and how Twi'leks' head tentacles are erogenous zones. Yawn. When it became clear Sierra and Glennica weren't showing up, I left, got a few pictures on the way out, and took a train back to the hotel. I had a nice turkey dinner at the diner, and got some more badly-needed sleep.