DragonCon, Sunday (Nathan)

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

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Glennica went to the Servo vs. Servo event at 10:00 (for real this time!), but Sierra and I were too tired. I got some real sleep for the first time since the day before I left home, and though I was still sleepy when it was time to go to the con that afternoon, I was recharged enough to last the day. It turned out Glennica had gotten her own outfit while she was away, as well as replacement twinkly hair for the one Sierra took, so the two of them had cute sort-of-matching outfits on Sunday. We went to the "Meet the Mads" event at 2:30, where all the people who played the mad scientists in MST3K were speaking, and we wanted to go to the Futurama panel at 4:00, but the line was already so long that staff were keeping any new people from lining up, because there was zero chance they'd get in. Instead we wandered across the street and got hot dogs from a stand that was selling "Double Darth Dogs" for the con- which were basically two hot dogs side by side on the same bun. None of us got that, but I got a turkey dog with onions and relish, Glennica got a plain polish sausage, and Sierra got a beef hot dog that was absolutely smothered in all kinds of stuff, and somehow managed not to spill any of it on her fancy corset or dress. We also revisited the dealers' rooms, though I still didn't find anything I had to have.

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. We split up at this point, with me heading off to an event at 8:30 and Glennica and Sierra saying they'd meet me at the Adult Themes in Star Wars panel at 10:00, which they didn't. They went to the Pirates and Time Travelers Ball instead, but they'd been mentioning it a lot so I kind of suspected that was what happened.

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)
10. Ummm...
Okay, so I remembered MOST of it. The film was pretty well done, but got a little comical at times, whether intentionally or not, with citizens making ridiculously poor decisions, cops ruthlessly arresting little old ladies in bathrobes after being welcomed inside, etc. The cop was clearly a little nervous and wasn't much of a public speaker, and I don't think he did much to make cops look better, but I thought it was neat that he was even there in the first place- how many former cops go to DragonCon to lend their advice to a panel like that? The audience had a lot of good questions, and probably the most important thing I learned was never to go to Alabama after hearing some poor girl's story about how she'd been dragged from her car and screamed at by plainclothes cops for absolutely no reason and had been laughed at when she tried to get them reprimanded for it. Alabama sucks.

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.
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