Happy early birthday to correspondguy!
Feeling mostly okay, with pain/tension in arms and shoulders. I should heat up my shoulder moose.
I have first-con jitters! Generally, when I go to a new con, I have an anchor person, so to speak. asim at WisCon. Spooky at PhilCon. Here - I know I'll know a bunch of people here, but I won't be *with* anyone. We'll see. If you see me, give me a hug.
DragonCon = worst con evar.
I say this, and people ask why, and I just gave a decent answer in someone else's comments, so here: "The people are terribly rude, and there are way too many of them - that's the core of it. It's a con that needs the space of a very large convention center, and it's stuffed into two not-especially-large hotels. The crowding turns people mean or meaner. The shoving may have been less of a problem for you because you're larger and harder to toss against a wall! :)
My favorite example of D*Con is the Dealer's Room - which used to be in the convention center, and was, last I checked, crammed into a ballroom. Crammed *tight* - the aisle permits one person at a time. So the only way to make it through is by turning sideways and sidling crablike through - and you can't stop and *look* at anything, because then you're blocking traffic for the thousands of people trying to do the same thing in a space built for maybe a hundred.
If you can tolerate DragonCon, excellent! and I envy you your equilibrium. Me, last time I entered that hotel over Labor Day weekend, I was just meeting a friend for dinner; I managed to get shoved against the wall by heavily-costumed assholes on the way to the elevator (one of the side ones, even, not the main atrium) (the vomit in the elevators is also less than charming), and felt claustrophobic immediately upon stepping into the hotel, with the crush of people and the wall of noise. Never going back, not even just for dinner.
It used to be a good con. It shifted to DrunkenAssholeCon in the early '00s."
I'm not kidding about any of this. That vomit was in the elevator for a few hours, too. Also there's a lot of unwelcome assgrabbiness.
Then again, WisCon has shown me what I want my cons to be, and I'm even edgy about some aspects of Arisia these days. Boskone is maybe a little too staid. I loved WisCon, though. Perfect balance of party and serious business, y0.
We'll see what I think of Pi-Con.
EDIT: Note: If you're on my friendslist (or are married to someone on my friendslist) and are a DragonCon attendee, I do not find you to be an asshole. Just so we're clear.
You must just watch this. OMG.
Adorable little hats by ojouchan! She has more stuff coming up.
Just one night without sleep can increase the amount of the chemical dopamine in the human brain, according to new imaging research in the August 20 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Because drugs that increase dopamine, like amphetamines, promote wakefulness, the findings offer a potential mechanism explaining how the brain helps people stay awake despite the urge to sleep.
Wearing: My favorite black three-quarter-sleeved shirt and jeans; my Shayara necklace.
Reading: Specials by Scott Westerfeld, and The Long Look by Richard Parks.
Writing: This has not been the week I wanted for that. I am gritting my teeth and holding out for a regular schedule, which should resume in September.
Planning: I want to try to get some writing done today. Parents return and chris_walsh arrives this afternoon. Tomorrow, I have a BARCC speaking engagement at noon - I'll go straight to Pi-Con from there.
Here's my Pi-Con schedule.
That is is for now; I must hurry if I'm to get stuff done before people start arriving.