Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Seen In A Car Window

Image released to public domain.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Compare and Contrast v2

Steam Con:
  • Twice the size it was anticipated.
  • Inaugural convention.
  • A large meet of a particular fandom.
  • Fairly easy-going regimentation. (Open carry of toy guns!)
  • Small group of closely related people.
  • Inaugural 'large scale' meet.
  • A meet of a single sub-set of a fandom in a platform.
  • Little regimentation.
  • Larger group of somewhat related people.
  • Fifth such meet.
  • A meet of anyone in the platform.
  • Some regimentation, but not a great deal.
About Steam Con 2009, things I liked and things that could have gone better.
  • Twitter would be a useful tool. "I'm at Salon B." "Going to lunch in 20." Follow who you want to, be available to those who follow you.
  • 20 or so virtual steamlanders showed up, we packed the little salon room we had.
  • Costuming was fantastic. Everyone advised to bring something, even if it's just a cap and suspenders. Better than 90% of the con goers were costumed full time.
  • Virtual steamlanders were a bit of an unknown to steampunk at large.
  • We made a decent showing, and this is definitely a winning convention. See you there in 2010.
  • It was pretty big, I know Doctor Oblonsky was there, but I didn't manage to bump into him.
  • I would have liked to hang out with Terry Lightfoot and Darkling Elytis a bit more, but again, huge con, and so much to do, so many people. (Twitter might have been a help for making oneself more available, findable.)
  • Me, run Twitter at international data roaming rates? ZOMG-NO. Need to look into pay as you go data chips for Blackberry while in Seattle.
  • Random thought for Caledonians or other related allies interested, taking a day ferryboat trip to Victoria, BC for tea at the Empress. (Need to book ahead two weeks at least. Take extra day after the con?)
  • Next year's theme: The Weird West. Naturally, Steelhead will be heavily involved.
  • Still lots of people around during the Abney Park concert, not everyone could get a ticket/was a fan. You won't be the lone weirdo in the lobby.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Got Steam? (MOAR)

Tensai Hilra and Nabila Nadir.

Tensai Hilra and TotalLunar Eclipse.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Got Steam?

Clockwise from the top left: Jaelle Akula, Vivito Volare, Fogwoman Gray, JJ Drinkwater Kamilah Hauptmann.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Neo Hippie

I like this one.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Left Turn on the Autobach

Computer learns to compose. Downloads here.

This was freaky, of all classical composers, Bach is my favorite, and the computer generated Bach sounds very convincing to me.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

What He Said

With a shout out to my friend Cedric. Cedric, I'm ashamed I didn't react perfectly when you came out, but you paved the way for future friends of mine who subsequently came out and I could only react with, "Cool. So where you wanna get lunch?"

Seriously, watch this video through.

Little update. I bought his book.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Here's A Cover

The sad thing is, this is the first time I've understood the lyrics.