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Online Obscenity

In this online review, Joe Brown of Wired waxes eloquent about the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, a new ultra-high-end sports convertible.  The Grand Sport costs a cool 2.1 M$ and boosts appropriately over-the-top stats like a top speed of … Continue reading

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Lunacon 2009 (4): Sunday

After the hectic pace on Saturday, the con wound down somewhat before concluding on Sunday. I attended a panel on Galileo, another one on world building, and one on World Domination. Then I attended the dead dog filk and went … Continue reading

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Lunacon 2009 (3): Saturday

Today was the busiest of the convention. I gave blood; saw Mercedes Lackey and others hold forth on building fantasy worlds; participated in a discussion on financial crises in sci fi; participated (sort of) in the Masquerade after all; caught … Continue reading

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Lunacon 2009 (1): Friday

Well, Lunacon is officially underway. So far I’ve tried out a new card game (Fluxx) and attended one session (“Those Terrible Middle Ages”). I’ve also discovered that I can walk out my room (418), down two corridors, around a bend, … Continue reading

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My walking routes

Part of my new regimen is exercising, which for me is going to mostly (entirely?) be walking.  Using a cool google maps feature/app called gmap-pedometer, I’ve computed the walking distance for various routes around my home.  All of these are, … Continue reading

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Contata (2)

So, on to Contata proper. (See this earlier article for context.) A filk con is different from a regular con (assuming that my limited experience at Lunacon allows me to generalize about a “regular” con) in that the filk con … Continue reading

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Contata (1)

I spent this weekend at the hotel Hilton Parsippany, attending a sci fi con called “Contata 5“. In a somewhat strange co-branding fashion this was also NEFilk 18 — apparently, NEFilk is sort of an umbrella designation. Filk is an … Continue reading

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Lunacon 51 (2)

Lunacon 51 (2) Some thoughts on my second con (should that be “sec-con”?), jotted down at midnight, though they’ll be posted much later. The first panel I intended to attend was “Yesterday’s Tomorrows”, a documentary on the failed vision of … Continue reading

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Lunacon 51 (1)

Well, here I sit in the Hilton Rye Town waiting for Lunacon to get started. If you are paying more attention to this blog than you should be, you’ll recall that I attended Lunacon 50 last year as well. This … Continue reading

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Alternate History: The Speech that Wasn’t

In preparing my second Convocation speech, I spent most of the summer at a loss. Once I had changed apartments, I sat down in earnest. Eventually, I ended up jettisoning my original effort and producing the speech as given. But … Continue reading

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