Worldcon

Jun. 20th, 2014 10:45 am
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It seems like almost everybody I know is talking about Worldcon, so I'm getting to the point of looking forward to a gigantic party with loads of people I am excited to see in person. 7000 people in a huge convention space is going to be extrovert heaven, omg.

I actually really wanted to get properly involved, not just attend as a visitor. So I signed up for the science track and put my name down for volunteering and panels and stuff. And then I got lots of emails and didn't really have time to deal with any of them. I have to conclude that getting properly into the con scene is just not going to fit into my life, sadly. However, the good news is that someone with influence has put me on a couple of panels anyway, I suspect maybe [livejournal.com profile] purplecthulhu or [personal profile] emperorzombie, so many thanks if it was you!

Namely, on Friday afternoon I'm on a panel called Scientists without borders which says:
Science may strive for objectivity, but all scientific communities are grounded in their host cultures. The panellists talk about working in different scientific cultures, working in multinational teams or transporting a team or project elsewhere.
I really like the sound of that and I think it's going to make for some cool discussion, yay. And on Sunday afternoon I'm playing giant Pandemic live in front of an audience. I've also submitted a poster for the science poster exhibit, actually one made by my excellent PhD student, but I'm waiting to hear whether that has been accepted.

So, first of all, who's coming to Worldcon and would you like to hang out? This applies equally much if I already know you in person as if we've only met online, if you're ok with connecting your DW identity to a physical body and possibly offline identity. It would be really awesome to use the event as a chance to spend time with some of you in person. If you want to show up and support and / or heckle my panels, that would be lovely too; I have plenty of experience doing this kind of thing professionally, but almost none of doing it fannishly.

Relatedly, is there anyone who can arrange to be in the same geographical location as me and has a copy of Pandemic that I could practise on? I am really bad at Pandemic, even though I am actually a scientist IRL! Board-gaming friends, if we can get a game together before August so I'm a bit more in the swing of things by the time I'm playing in public, that'd be cool, and also a good way to socialize. Generally I can be in Cambridge or London or anywhere else within a couple of hours of there or Stoke most weekends. And I'm totally happy to try several games if there are multiple groups volunteering to help out.

I am contemplating doing a DW meetup, what do people think? It would simply be advertising and time and showing up in a central area of the con. I'm not up for organizing an actual official Party, especially given that you have to order catering through the hotel and I can't be doing with that. I am also going to want to escape from the con at some points, because from past experience one thing I don't handle well is being trapped in a hotel miles from anywhere else over several days. So there will be at least a couple of expeditions into London to eat real food somewhere a bit quieter and without having to pay hotel prices for crap. If you'd like to get together in a smaller gathering of that sort, ping me and we can make plans.

I'm massively nervous about clothes, because I have anxiety about geek scene dressing up stuff. I'm not going to bother with cosplay or take part in the masquerade. But I'm contemplating spending some of the time wearing a random cool dress that I wouldn't normally have many occasions for, cos that seems to be in the spirit of the con. Yes, I know it's totally fine to hang out in jeans and a t-shirt throughout the event, but the thing is that I don't wear jeans and t-shirts. If I don't put effort into clothes, my default is more like blouse and skirt, just a couple of notches "smarter" than typical geek attire and I am scared of people assuming I'm one of those icky mundanes. Equally if I do a goth thing or a ridiculous ballgown, both of which might well be fun, I'm scared of people being lechy or else disapproving of me because I'm not very good at the kind of style which is regarded as sexy in geek circles. I should probably just stop angsting about all this and wear whatever the hell I feel like, and if people are going to be judgy that's their problem.

I am working my way through the Hugo reading material. I am pretty definitely going to vote for Ancillary Justice for best novel, because it's not perfect but it's really innovative; on past form I don't expect anything nearly so ground-breaking from Stross or Grant, I am not going to read a 13-book fantasy epic, and I am not going to bother with the random third in a dick-lit series that was pushed onto the ballot to make a point about science fiction having too many gay cooties. I have absolutely no idea about the Campbell, though, and for the shorter-length categories I'm going to make a concerted effort to actual read everything (except the ridiculous troll) and pick a favourite for each category. May or may not vote in the related work, zine, podcast etc categories, because honestly I'm probably not enough involved in those scenes to have a useful opinion.

I am wondering if I should try to find out whether there are going to be Jewish services over the Shabbat, and if not, whether I should volunteer to run some. Anyone Jewish who's attending who would be interested in something? I could do a Kabbalat Shabbat Friday evening easily, even more so if I get some help from someone with more musical ability than I have. Would be nice to do a Saturday morning service too, but probably without a Torah reading since I doubt I'll be able to arrange to borrow a sefer. I'm basically Reform but I can do fairly cross-denominational liturgy if there's interest. Except not Orthodox if you're of the opinion that the fact of my being female means that nothing I do can possibly be Orthodox. I strongly doubt we can get a minyan together Friday, Sunday or Monday morning, but maybe we can, with 7K people there might be 10 Jews who want to do weekday davening b'tzibbur.

Other than that, if you know the Worldcon scene, any recs much appreciated. I don't intend to cram in dozens of panels, I want to spend a lot of time hanging out and socializing with interesting people. But I do want to go to some, if only because hearing an interesting discussion and bouncing off that is always a good way to meet new people. My past experience tells me that I'm interested in social justice-y type stuff, but that congoing fandom is really bad at it, except maybe classical feminism. So if I go to panels about LGBT issues in SF or whatever, I end up getting really frustrated. And therefore I should maybe look for more directly geeky discussions which will be at a higher level.

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Date: 2014-06-20 11:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emperor
I am going to Worldcon, and would like to spend some time with you :) I am entirely inutile, though, so am on exactly 0 program items.

I suspect I won't do much dressing up, as I seem to freak out about such things ATM; I've not been to a con in a decade, though (and never a Worldcon), so I'm not sure what sort of thing is Done.

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Date: 2014-06-20 11:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nanila
I am excited about being on Scientists without borders with you!

I should very much like to attend a DW meetup outside the con involving eating food somewhere else in London. If Humuhumu would be a welcome addition, could it perhaps be during the day please?

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Date: 2014-06-20 12:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ceb
[personal profile] nou has been putting together a restaurant guide for Worldcon with lots of exciting things in it :-)

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Date: 2014-06-21 07:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nou
Thank you for mentioning this so I didn't have to :) Yes, I'm on the restaurant guide team, and have done most of the geographical listing-type stuff so I think I can give a reasonable overview. We're focusing on things in (and easily reachable from) East London, rather than expecting people to go into Central London. We have around 200 venues on the list including totally-vegetarian, halal alcohol-free, child-friendly, step-free accessible, and gluten-free-friendly options, and cuisines including Brazilian, British, Caribbean, Eritrean, Filipino, German, Ghanaian, Japanese, Keralan, Lebanese, Lithuanian, Nigerian, Peruvian, Polish, Sichuan, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. There is so much good stuff in East London that I didn't know about before I started these surveys!

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Date: 2014-06-21 07:36 pm (UTC)
nou: The word "kake" in a white monospaced font on a black background (Default)
From: [personal profile] nou
I'm not going to the con but would very much like to come to a child-friendly Dreamwidth meetup!

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Date: 2014-08-08 03:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nanila
Eep, sorry, not sure how I missed the poll. I am a "maybe" for that time. It's the one day when I don't have any con commitments and I suspect the bloke is planning for us to have a meetup with his family. If we don't, then Humuhumu and I will come. If we turn up, I'll just have her on my lap (she always ends up there anyway). That minimises the need for advance planning on your part, I hope! Thanks!

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Date: 2014-06-20 11:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cxcvi
I'd definitely be up for meeting other people, although I'm not actually going to Worldcon (I don't know if I can justify either the money or the spoons), but would definitely be interested in meeting people somewhere quieter.

As for Pandemic, it's not one I own, sorry. Would be up for playing it (or other board games) if and when we meet, though.

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Date: 2014-06-20 11:47 am (UTC)
oursin: Brush the wandering hedgehog dancing in his new coat (Brush the wandering hedgehog dancing)
From: [personal profile] oursin
I shall be at Worldcon and am on a couple of panels! Probably will only be there for the actual weekend though, and commuting from N London. Would love to meet up.

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Date: 2014-06-20 11:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ceb
We have Pandemic, want to come round for dinner and a game sometime? :-)

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Date: 2014-06-20 12:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ceb
Oh, and I've only been to one Worldcon before (Glasgow 2005) but they're quite different to just a bigger Eastercon, there's so much more going on. The things I enjoyed most were (1) seeing authors I never expected to see and squeeing incoherently at some of them and (2) the academic programme. This year's academic programme looks amazing (so many exciting things, I might not make it out to the con proper) and like it might be just what you're after if you want social justice stuff: http://www.loncon3.org/academic_sessions.php

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Date: 2014-06-20 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woodpijn.livejournal.com
You'd be welcome to come and play Pandemic at GamesEvening. We have it and the expansion.

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Date: 2014-06-20 12:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vatine
Not been to a WorldCon before, but with one in my virtual backyard, I thought I woudl be remiss not going.

If there's a DW meetup, I'll probably turn up. I'll try to not bring any clothes with a corporate logo, but I noticed that something like half of my T-shirts are from work, so...

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Date: 2014-06-20 12:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] purplecthulhu
Glad to have helped, and glad that my guess that you'd like the Pandemic game was right :-)

On the clothes front, the more dressy things you suggest should work well. There's more hall dressing up at a Worldcon than an Eastercon, especially among the USian attendees so you shouldn't look too unusual. I'm not sure, but there may even be a Regency Dance with many ball gowns in attendance (with their wearers).

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Date: 2014-06-20 01:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naath
I will be there. I like hanging out, but I also like panels and intend to cram in LOADS.

On the dressing up front I have costume, but also I have a Regency dress for the ball; and something I might bring to wear to the Retro Hugos, if I decide to go to it. I figure if I can look silly anywhere with confidence it is worldcon ;-p

The ridiculous troll actually wrote a half-way passable story. I was entirely shocked by this; reading it is unlikely to make you dislike him more than you already do.

WoT is great! Read WoT! (/rabid WoT fan)

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Date: 2014-06-20 01:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaberett
I am really looking forward to your panel and have been since I spotted it :-)

Would def be interested in DW meet-up.

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Date: 2014-06-20 02:33 pm (UTC)
ceb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ceb
PPS it's possible to book party space for a proper party if someone wants to do an official thing; it does need a deposit though.[1] Or there will be lots of general hanging around space for a less formal thing.

Do email the organisers if you want to run services, they may well be able to provide you with a room and advertising and put you in touch with other people who could help.

[1] http://loncon3.org/parties.php

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Date: 2014-06-20 03:19 pm (UTC)
ceb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ceb
Also apparently I am too excitable to read things properly today. Must find some focus...

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Date: 2014-06-21 08:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] purplecthulhu
We've been trying to sort a semi-private party for ages and have not had any significant response from them. If you can prod please do. I've tried it to no effect.

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Date: 2014-06-20 03:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redbird
A friend of mine likes to say that one advantage of cons is never having to say "I like this dress, but I have no place to wear it."

I have a friend you might want to talk to about Sabbath services; he's an American Jewish filker currently living and working in London. (I don't expect him to want to organize them himself, but he might both be interested in attending and know if anyone else is doing anything.) Shall I ping him on your behalf?

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Date: 2014-06-20 04:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] forestofglory
I wish I could be there.

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Date: 2014-06-20 04:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] green_knight
I'd love to catch up - we're both going, and i'm looking very much forward to it!

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Date: 2014-06-20 04:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ewx
I'll be there.

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Date: 2014-06-21 09:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] electricant
I'll be there. It'd be great to catch up, it's been years, maybe not since we left uni?

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Date: 2014-06-23 12:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lovingboth
It was tempting, but not being in London any more plus faff meant that I didn't book early and it's turned out to be a good thing, because it'd be difficult to make it.

I have only been to one SF con, which was a media one in Hammersmith, on the 30th anniversary of Dr Who (Panopticon?) and which I'd been asked to help out with the tech side by someone on cix.

What made it think about Worldcon was looking at it from a BiCon organiser perspective. For a start, what on (insert planet of choice) is the obsession in SF fandom with panels? Is it that the audience can't be trusted to have a discussion without four selected people sitting behind a table?

The timetables of the ones I've seen were 'interesting' too, with lots of overlapping sessions. Erm...?

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Date: 2014-06-23 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] androidkiller.livejournal.com
I'm hoping to go, I'm just trying to sort accommodation. I wish I hadn't been so busy with finishing my PhD when the organisation was going on - I volunteered to run a sci-fi themed improv workshop but got turned down. If I'd had more time I'd have liked to have contributed some Science stuff, (maybe science comedy) but at least if I do go there will be stuff there for me to enjoy!

Also, woo Robin Hobb and Patrick Rothfuss and Paul Cornell and Scott Lynch.

Chill-out Con Carne

Date: 2014-07-05 02:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hairyears
Yes, I will definitely be there.

I don't think I'm on a panel, but I've just received a request for a bio, so I'd better check.

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Date: 2014-07-07 09:03 pm (UTC)
seekingferret: Photo of me with my 2012 Purim beard, with stripes shaven into it. (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
Found your post via searching "worldcon" on DW.

I'll be at WorldCon and would be interested in participating in Jewish services of some sort.

Kabbalat Shabbat at my last WorldCon, Chicon, was a bit of a mess- it was on the schedule, but if somebody had offered to organize it, they didn't show up. So we had about six or seven denominationally and liturgically diverse people, two different siddurim, and no idea if we should start or wait to see if the organizer ever showed up. Eventually I sort of ended up leading a service by trying to sing as much as possible, but nobody knew my tunes so it didn't entirely work.

I am, for what it's worth, more or less Modern Orthodox, but not the sort that believes that because you are a woman nothing you do can possibly be Orthodox.

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