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Okay, so I was not expecting to attend WorldCon this year. Thing 1 started talking about it about 8 months ago, and I was all "Eh? WorldCon? Eh?" I've attended smaller conventions, like Escapade and Vividcon, but not really bigger ones, except one of two Actor Cons that sort of... sucked.

But Thing 1 was all "No no, you don't understand, this is THE ONLY CONVENTION THAT REALLY MATTERS," and I was all with the nodding and agreeing and eyerolling, while she assured me we'd not only have to attend the entire thing, but have a hotel room, for all five days, despite the fact that it was basically being held *in our backyard.*

But, the closer we got to the date, the more worn out we both were. Vividcon just basically sucked the life right out of us, and neither of us could imagine a five day convention so soon. While I wasn't even really sure why WorldCon was such a big deal, and was bitching noisily about the cost, Thing 1, the motivating force for going in the first place, was getting more and more tired and grumpy and ready for one of her hermitages. We were both totally prepared to flake out and not attend.

If Thing 1 had been born in another time, she would have a nice cave of her own by now. Not just any cave, but a very comfortably furnished cave, a cave other hermits could only dream and be jealous of. She would be *the* top-ranking hermit, and she would throw stones at villagers who made the mistake of coming too close, and parents would scare their children into obedience with bedtime stories about her. Even in this day and age, it's a pretty close thing. She requires two or three periods every year when you are not allowed to visit her, or call her, or think about her too closely, and all electronic transmissions are pretty much suspect.

This time period was supposed to begin on Saturday this year, for her, but then... [livejournal.com profile] the_shohsanna emailed us that she'd be here for WorldCon, and hey, we should get together! And then [livejournal.com profile] astolat did the same. And [livejournal.com profile] teenygozer was all "Well, *I* sure as hell am going," and [livejournal.com profile] bayleaf and a few others were all "We should meet for brunch!". Meanwhile, I read a few things on LiveJournal, and started tugging on Thing 1's sleeve going, "[livejournal.com profile] marthawells is *going to be at WorldCon.* *Giving panels.* Maybe I was wrong about WorldCon. Do you think I could steal someone's badge for an hour?" And then, grumblingly, we both caved, and she pushed the hermitage back to Sunday, and we shelled out the $80 for a Saturday day pass, and went.

And it turns out she was right. WorldCon is that Big A Deal. And it was fantastic, and I have to say, if you have to choose one day to go, it would seem to me that Saturday is the day you cannot miss.

Getting There )

The Dealer's Room and Brunch )

What the Writer Needs to Know )

The Art Show )

The Monster In the Maze )

The Vid Show )

The Hugo Awards )
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So, I was cruising along with con reports, and posts were piling up for me to reply to, and all was going well and... then I fell into a post-con coma. And I'm not sure I'm out of it yet, but I apologize to everyone I haven't replied to, and this is why some of you may be getting seriously late replies. My lack of sleep over the last month, and during the con, has now put me on a schedule that looks sort of like... wake at 11am. Stagger downstairs. Feed very angry cats. Stare at wall. Shower. Ponder napping. Fall asleep on the sofa while thinking about walking to the bed. Wake up and search for food. Remember huge list of things that need to be done. Check email. Another nap. And so on....

So. Onward!

The Hour After Anime - VividSection *and* Unexpected Levels )

Literalism vs. Metaphor )

Next Up? The Premieres Show! More to follow....
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The next post is a whole long thing on the Anime Vidshow, or Saturday Morning Cartoons, as it was named in the program. This was my show, and Murphy's Law not only came to visit, it set up house in a lawn chair with a bowl of popcorn and a can of soda and watched the goddamn vids *with* us. To say we had a few problems is an understatement.

I'm going to reproduce much of the handout from the anime show below, along with a little more information about the vids included in the show, and why they made the cut.

The genesis of the anime show )

Saturday Morning Disasters )

The Anime Vids )

The vids that *almost* made the cut )

Things you need to know about the AMV – Anime Music Video Archive )

Very Short Glossary of Anime Terms )

PatrickD's Ten Commandments )

Finally, a word about the vids in general. I put as much info into this as I did, because not one of these vidders was at the con, or, for that matter, knows their vids were used. There's really not a lot of overlap between live action and anime vidders right now, and I figured some thanks, and recognition was due for this amazing set of vids. Hopefully, this will generate some interest in the subject matter, and feedback for the vidders in question.

Also, thank you again to the audience, for being so patient and putting up with so much during the show itself.
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Comment: OMG, this is hard. So many vids to comment on. So little vocabulary, or ability to put thoughts into coherent form... Failing! To do vids! Justice! [/shatner]

Audio Rarities )

The Master Class )

Nearly New. Most of it, anyway. )
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I'll be trying to split these posts into sections, for those of you who are less interested in the social aspects, than just hearing about the vids. LJ cut tags will abound! Don't read if you don't want to be spoiled, and I'm going to be honest in my thoughts on the vids, so don't read if you don't want to hear it.

Thursday Arrival (blitherings about the trip, no vids mentioned here )

Next Up. Friday, and Shows! And, you know. Hopefully a post that's more interesting than this one.
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...that I can't even find the energy to watch this week's Stargate, which my TiVo has been protecting for me until my return. But it's a good tired! We're home safe from the con, I survived my brawl with the taxi driver (he tried to cheat me out of another $5, and I told him he could have his tip, or he could apply the amount to making up the 'fare.' His choice.), and my cat has stopped screaming at me and seems to be calming down a little bit about the trauma of it all.

I had an amazing time, and this year, I am committed to writing up con reports. Last year, it was this huge thing looming over me that I had to get just right, and the more I worked at it, the later it got, and the more pointless and hopeless it seemed. This year, I'm going to try and mix the experience with thoughts on the vids that struck me the most -- for good or for bad. This doesn't mean that I don't have thoughts on other vids that I'll want to post about, but some of them are definitely going to take multiple viewings to wrap my head around.

I'm thinking I'll do another post when the dvd arrives, where I go back and cover more vids, and maybe revise some impressions of vids I've already commented on. There was so much to watch, and one viewing often just can't do a vid justice, or be enough to comment coherently. In at least one instance -- the challenge show -- I found my interpretation of a vid to be about 180% degrees off from what the vidder had intended me to take away from it, and I think it was because I was focusing on the wrong things at the beginning. Definitely needed a second viewing.

Since this is my big con of the year, I will take my time a little bit though, and spread this out over several reports over the next few days.

I do regret, as always, the people I didn't get to see. I meant so much to meet more of the people from LJ this year, that I know only somewhat, or not at all, despite reading their ljs. But once again, things move so quickly, and get busy and crowded so fast, that you often end up with the people you already know, and by the end of the con feel like you were unintentionally insular. (Er. Not to say I didn't desperately want to see everyone I already know, just that I feel like somehow, you should be meeting *everyone*. And it's impossible, and just ends up with the Outback folks glaring at you when you try and get them to give you a table for 17.)

I'm hoping that next year's plan to include more info/lj stickers will help out in this respect. Squinting at people's con badges doesn't always help if you don't know their real name... And then of course, there are the times when you thing, "AH HA! SO AND SO! From LJ! Who I really wanted to meet!" and then you just stand there stupidly going "Er. Hello." without a clue what to say next...

Hope everyone is home safe and resting!

Work tomorrow. Have no idea how I'm going to drag my sorry self in and make myself focus...

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