Many people believe geekdom is defined by a love of a thing, but I think — and my experience of geekdom bears on this thinking — that the true sign of a geek is a delight in sharing a thing. It’s the major difference between a geek and a hipster, you know: When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, crap, now the wrong people like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER!"
I fly out for Dragon*Con in two days! And I haven't finished packing. I am so incredibly behind this year with things. I need to get packed tonight (except for the few things I'm going to wash Wednesday night) and spend tomorrow making sure I have all the notes I want for my panels printed out.
Right now the packing list (which feels excessive at 3 pages) stands as...
Suitcase (ok, really a duffel bag)
Bag of Holding (messenger bag)
5 T-shirts (always pack a spare)
Welcome to Atlanta (Walking Dead)
Video camera (the other two have crap sound)
Also, I Can Kill You With My Brain
Shiny: A Big Damn Hero
Aliens (8 bit Game Over)
Notes for panels
5 pairs of cargo pants
6 pairs of socks
6 pairs of bras/underwear
AV cables for iPod
2 pajama pants/tank tops
2 pairs of fluffy socks to sleep in
Pond's face wipes
Saline nasal spray
Converse (in TARDIS blue)
And I fully intend to print this out and use it as a checklist. Now if I just wasn't feeling like I've forgotten something.
Dragon*Con comes up next week. And we all know that cons aren't for sissies. There are still some good rules, or guidelines as it were, for surviving at Dragon*Con (or any other convention).
5-3-1 Rule: 5 hours of sleep, 3 meals, 1 shower This should be the minimum mandatory for us all especially concerning the shower. 40k+ people packed into that small a space requires good hygiene habits.
Hygiene rule: Cleanliness is next to Wheatoness. Wash your hands frequently and before you put anything in your mouth. If you're not near a sink, use hand sanitizer. Con crud sucks and you don't want to pass it on to anyone else. And if you see me on Sunday, you might want to run away screaming or put on a hazmat suit. That's usually when my con crud kicks in.
Elevator rule: You will have a hellacious wait. If there's space on the elevator, get on it. It doesn't matter if it's going the direction you want. It'll go that way soon enough. Of course, I don't know why you're bothering to try to take the elevator. Just take the stairs.
Corollary to the Elevator rule: Pointy costumes on the elevator, wait for the next. Trust me, I've gotten poked in the face/back of the head/tit too many times while pressed back against the glass in an elevator at the Hyatt.
2nd Corollary to the Elevator rule: Be prepared to get up close and personal with strangers. I swear, dude, I did not mean to grab your ass. I got bumped by Chewbacca. Okay, the first time, I got bumped by Chewy. The second time was an ass grab. Sorry. Nice top hat, by the by.
3rd Corollary to the Elevator rule: The Stair rule: The stairs can be your friend. BISis has no patience with waiting for things. She also doesn't understand any of the DC elevator rules. I'm prepared to take the stairs most of the time. I've requested again that we be on the 10th floor or below. I can do 10 flights a couple times a day. Two years ago, the 16th floor almost killed me. By the by, the stairwells are gross by the end of the con.
Line rule: Talk to people. I've always had great conversations with complete strangers while waiting in line for my badge (really, with as long as that wait is, you might as well enjoy it) and for panels. Dragon*Con is filled with people just like you. You never know, you could make life long friends, or at least, a weekend drinking buddy. If you're near me in a panel line, ask to join in a game. I'll have Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice with me this year. I'll also be taking photos of any game of them I play to submit to the As Seen On Tabletop tumblr.
Costumes rule: Be prepared. Have a sewing kit. Always change your underwear. Or possibly don't plan on wearing the same costume/outfit everyday. Also consider how difficult it will be to navigate stairs, rows between chairs, and the bathroom in the costume. Also be prepared for the heat. Atlanta is called Hotlanta for a reason.
Corollary to the Costume rule: Don't stand too close. I love steampunk outfits. They are fantastic. They also frequently have sharp, and pointy edges especially if they have steampunk fairy wings. Don't walk to closely. Pointy hurts. (Pardon my Willow moment.) This goes for costumes with weapons as well. It's all fun and games til someone gets an eye put out and most people don't look good in an eyepatch. They're also hard to game in, eyepatches that is.
Mary Poppins rule: Be prepared.
There's a reason I carry a Bag of Holding to D*C. I have cameras, wallets, OTC meds, snacks, drinks, sweaters, notebooks, pens, tissues, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, clorox wipes, face wipes, and who knows what else.
Second most important con rule, (i.e. The Wheaton Rule): Don't be a dick! Listen to the wise and all knowing (or mostly knowing anyway) Wil Wheaton. He know of which he speaks.
And above all else, Most Important Con Rule: Have fun!
As usual, I'm forgetting a few here. Feel free to add more to the comments.
We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him. The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you are afraid, because for the first time in your life you have found yourself a victim of unwanted sexual advances by someone who has the physical ability to use force against you.” The boy nodded and shuddered visibly.“But,” I continued. “As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are fourteen, and it never stops. We live with that fear every day of our lives. Every man walking through the parking garage the same time you are is either just a harmless stranger or a potential rapist. Every time.” The girls in the room nodded, agreeing. The boys seemed genuinely shocked. “So think about that the next time you hit on a girl. Maybe, like you in the taxi, she doesn’t actually want you to."
I've gotten massively backed up because of work and a class I'm taking. I promise we should return to regular posting soon.
On my To Do List, I have:
Leverage: The First Contact Job, The French Connection Job, and The Gimme A K Street Job
Warehouse 13: Season 4 episodes 1 to 4
White Collar and Covert Affairs
Finishing up Supernatural season 6 commentary
Teen Wolf: seasons 1 and 2 (and I blame Tumblr for this).
Sherlock series 1
Wallander series 2
Commentary and wrap up for Eureka final episode
Movie reviews for The Bourne Legacy, The Expendables 2, and The Dark Knight Rises
Also, Dragon*Con is next week (holy frakking crap, Batman) and that will have a whole series of posts including costume posts, and panel commentary and photos. If you check out my tumblr and twitter, I'll try to do some posts while there. Everything will have a DragonCon 2012 tag.