It looks as though I will be on the program at Millennicon
, in Cincinnati March 20-22, which I will go to having just returned from attending the Human Systems Integration Symposium
in Maryland for work.
I might also be attending Ad Astra
March 27-29, but I'm not quite decided. Toronto is a long way from Dayton and I will have traveled a lot the previous week. It pretty much depends on what further travel I do for work in March.
In May (1-3) I am planning to be at Penguicon 7.0
, where we will all have the opportunity to hang with my fellow sci-foo-er Jane McGonigal and supposedly meet Wil Wheaton (I'll believe it when I see it ;) ). Oh, and Spider Robinson will be there, which will be great too. Now the question is whether or not they'll have a fireplace with a chalk line before it and glasses to throw in it...
After Penguicon I don't have any conventions planned until August 6-10, when I will be serving as a Guest of Honor Liaison for Anticipation
, the next World Science Fiction Convention, in Montreal. A group of us look to be throwing a "Michigan Conventions" party at Anticipation, so let me know if you want to help with that.
Speaking of Worldcons, as Scalzi has mentioned
and many others have posted, the Seattle bid for the 2011 Worldcon has withdrawn due to not being able to secure their preferred facilities. This leaves the only other serious bid for 2011, Reno in 2011
, a not-necessarily-sure-but-pretty-damn-lik
ely bet for the Worldcon hosts that year. I for one am pleased. I've been to Seattle a number of times but I've never been to Reno, and Kevin Standlee has pretty much convinced me I need to check out the train museum there. Furthermore I met a number of people at the 2007 Smofcon from the Reno bid who impressed me a lot, which combined with the long-time friends I have on the bid leaves me little doubt that a) the worldcon in Reno is going to be a lot of fun and b) I'm likely going to not only attend but also help run the thing. (Like you do.)
Well, like you do if you're me.
I've run down the list of Things I've done Before on Cons and suspect that for Reno I might try to get involved with the Art Show, since I have not yet worked one of those, and I have Ideas for how it should integrate with the web site...
Post Anticipation I am hoping to attend the annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
, in San Antonio, Texas, October 19-23. Again depending on work travel, there's a chance I will make it to the World Fantasy convention
in San Jose October 29-Nov 1, but that's impossible to predict at this time.
ETA: I forgot to mention I'm thinking of going to Midwestcon
June 26-29th in Cincinnati. And smofcon
December 4-6 in Austin.
Sure, that sounds great. I'm currently planning to arrive the 5th but I'll likely leave whenever Neil does and my responsibilities are over (Monday, probably).
Drop me an email at agkmurphy at gmail and we can exchange numbers.
|Date:||February 9th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)|| |
Unless they changed Penguicon to be Sunday to Tuesday and no one told me, I believe the May dates you want are the 1-3.
What, you didn't know?
|Date:||February 9th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)|| |
With luck, I'll see you at Penguicon (not sure if I can go, yet, but I want to). Otherwise it'll be Anticipation.
Probably shouldn't try to get you to ArmadilloCon
since it's August 14th to 16th this year. We'll probably get a few Australians and Europeans from the Worldcon stopping by.
I'll send you more details about the 2010 ISDC in the next couple of days.
|Date:||February 9th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)|| |
Sadly, I can't help but recommend skipping Ad Astra. I used to go regularly -- as cons go, it is reasonably close to Ottawa (about 1/2 the drive to Detroit). For the last few years, I've been really wondering "why bother" and after last year's Ad Astra, I've just decided that unless I hear from reliable sources that the con is much improved, I'm not going to go.
that's unfortunate, but useful input, thanks.
The main thing drawing me there is that there's an Anticipation staff meeting there, and the opportunity to meet a lot of the programming folks. But as a liaison I don't really *have* to do that.
|Date:||February 9th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)|| |
Alas, I don't think I'll make Millenicon, since that's a mite close to Kittencon and I need to start acting like my travel-and-con budget is finite. So I guess I'll run into you at PenguiCon, and then perhaps not for a while.
I'll be at DucKon, and possibly Conclave, and WindyCon. And ConFusion 2010. All assuming there isn't a Work Stoppage (a.k.a. ikestray), in which case all bets are off.
And I'll be at Capricon in 2 weeks, but I'm pretty sure you weren't.
|Date:||February 9th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)|| |
Oh, and the Simpsons movie has scarred me for life (even just the trailers), just thought I'd share:
"Spider Robinson, Spider Robinson, does whatever a Spider Robinson does."
No, I'm not going to be at Cap. Still haven't made it there ever, actually.
Oh, I forgot to mention I'm thinking of going to Midwestcon
June 26-29th. And smofcon
The one thing about the railroad-related tourism in the Reno area is that you will need a car (or someone to drive you) to get to them. The Nevada State Railroad Museum is in Carson City, and Virginia City is also a little ways from Reno. Both are easy day trips, but neither are in Reno itself.
Good to keep in mind. Here's hoping some of my friends on the coast who are likely to come to the con bring their cars. :)
Not that a rental is going to break the bank, either.
Also, the Reno in 2011 group is talking about organizing group tours and/or taking advantage of tours that already exist, so possibly a railroad museum trip or two will get put in place.
Since y'all live in the vicinity, sorta, maybe you can help me out with something.
What's up with people calling OHIO the "Midwest"? I hear it on the weather station on TV, on the radios, on the national news... but the place is in the freaking Eastern 25% of the country, fa gosh sakes! It's not even in the middle of the nation, let alone in the middle of the WEST! IT'S NOT EVEN IN THE EASTERN WEST!!! ;-D
I mean, hah - sure - you coulda got away with calling it the "midwest" before the first steamboat went up the Yellowstone or the first Conestoga left St Louis - but after that time period? It's just a part of that lost FLAT land between the Appalachians and Chicago.
Much as I'd hate to see Missouri considered as part of the EAST, today the Midwest should be Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming, fa gosh sakes! Who should I talk to to get this corrected, ya think? Maybe you could bring the subject up at one of those Cons you go to? Like make it a topic for a panel or something? :-)
So glad you found something new to rant about... ;)
Where are you from, again?
While the definition of the "Midwest" may not seem right from a purely geographic perspective, it makes sense when you consider the population distribution and cultural shift. Many of the states immediately west of the midwest are so generally empty of people that they don't form as much cultural landscape as other states. Plus there is a "west" that comes before you get to the west coast, whereas that's not really true in the other direction. There's sort of the East (Coast), the Midwest, the West, and the West Coast. And the South, of course.
It's not necessarily flat in the midwest, either. Sure we don't (generally) have mountains, but we have rolling hills and lakes and rivers cut by glaciers and glacial melt. It's not nearly so flat as, say, the dakotas or Eastern Montana.
|Date:||February 10th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)|| |
Well, according to The Phone Company, the Midwest is Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The Southwest is Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The West is California and Nevada. States like Florida were the South, now they're Southeast. East is New Haven, Connecticut.
Remember, Northwestern University is just north of Chicago, Illinois...
|Date:||February 10th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)|| |
I believe the "West" was considered to start at the far banks of the Ohio River. These names have been around a good long time...
|Date:||February 10th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)|| |
Say hi to Jane for me...
|Date:||February 22nd, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)|| |
Looks like I'll be at Penguicon as well. *crosses fingers* I'm sure I'll be laden with new-baby pictures that I won't be able to stop showing people. ;)