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10 April 2007 @ 08:08 am
Norewescon wrap-up  
Thursday: the parking was a bad joke. The Double trtee was turning people away at 5, and giving them a list of nearby airport parking lots - a list of three of the most expensive airport parking lots. One was full, one hadn't heard of anything going on at the Doubletree, and one was over a mile away. We eventually found parking at the Econo Lodge down the street.

The usual registration song and dance, met up with lithera and grymor and went to find dinner. 50 minute wait at 13 coins, so we ended up at the Roaster across the street, which seems to be a slightly-cheaper franchisee of the same company as Von's. They do OK meat, but they mutilated the roast apples into something completely inedible.

DJ Eternal Darkness - trilliumgrl's favorite DJ - spun for the Thursday dance, so there was danceness. We crashed out fairly early, as she had to work Friday.

Friday: up early, "breakfast", walked to Econo Lodge, she drove to Auburn, I drove back and walked to the hotel. Put on the I'm-too-lazy-to-really-dress-up utilikilt. Movie previews. Dealer's room. technocracygirl. A few odd "should we strip mine the moon" panels. Met up with lithera and horriblywrong and grymor for dinner, whereupon we try 13 coins again. Decent food, but their prices have finally been adjusted for inflation ... and beyond. trilliumgrl and technocracygirl and wanderingfey met up with us, but Kyna is feeling uck so I take her back to the room for a nap. Chain Maille panel with julzerator, who convinced Kyna to model a latex dress for tonyawinter in the fetish fashion show. Spent the rest of the evening following around the two of them in latex dresses. Yum.

DJ Jammin Panda and that other guy seemed to be playing music that was "fun to play", not necessarily "fun to dance to", but it worked out well enough. The gnome party had strawberry mead and was less crowded than the Cult of Scott Bacula or Deatchcon - definitely worth hitting early next year. Back to danceness, and I eventually got Kyna out of the dress. Pictures of her and Julez within the dresses are forthcoming, but pester robotangel about her picture - I suspect a very drunk Angel is still a much better photographer than a mostly-sober Sean.

Saturday: more panels. A bid for art. More movie previews. Master Payne's magic show. Evil. Scrounging for food before the Masquerade - we ended up ordering from Pizza Time. MC 300 Baud was up to his usual antics, with crappy 80s music, extra-long masturbatory remixes, and incompetent transitions. Julez and Kyna ran off to get tied up, so I wandered off toward the party wing. After Kat pooped out, I found my way into the food orgy - great idea, good feel, good cause, worth stopping at next year. The gnome party ran out of mead. Eventually, I picked up Kyna and we finished up the night at room parties.

Sunday: we were outbid on the art, but didn't want to stick around for the live auction, so we didn't put in the dickish 4th bid at $1 over. Sunday's panels are more family-oriented, so we skipped them. Got breakfast, packed up our loot, and tried to leave. Of course, the parking lot was only operating one exit - I think the Doubletree fails to communicate "Norwescon!" to the company that runs the parking lot. Met up with Kat and Steve at Red Robin for lunch, but were too worn out for a post-con movie.

All in all, a good weekend.
Zzyzxthezzyzx on April 10th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Well? Should we stripmine the moon?
St. Sean the Amused: grrr arrghseanb on April 10th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Honestly, barring an exotic biodiversity argument (discovering native bacteria or somesuch), I'm in favor of just about any measure that encourages industry in space. Mine the asteroids. Put large-scale power stations in orbit. Make a pepsi-cola sign on the face of the moon visible from earth. Go for it!

Of course, the thought of a pepsi-sign-moon surviving a "fall of civilization" scenario leads to some interesting story ideas.
Zzyzxthezzyzx on April 10th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
I'm with you about everything except for the Pepsi sign. My thoughts are that if we have to choose between destroying the biosphere that keeps us alive or destroying a lifeless rock, I'd go for the latter. However, I'm getting really sick of the inability to avoid marketing these days and anything that makes it even harder is not something I can cheer for.
Fireball of 3fireballof3 on April 10th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good time, all in all.
★·.·´¯`·.·•Pearl•·.·´¯`·.·★mspurplepearl on April 11th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
I wandered in by searching technorati for "Norwescon+Pictures". I'm also on Julez' friends list along with a few other mutual acquaintances.

If my comment is unwelcome, feel free to delete, and please accept my apology.

You mentioned your unhappiness with the DJs. Have there been some NWC DJs that you *have* liked? What constructive criticism would you give the existing DJs if you could?

You mentioned that your friend likes DJ ED, what about BlackMaru?
St. Sean the Amused: eeyoreseanb on April 12th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
First, let's calibrate. DJ ED is my favorits DJ in Seattle, so my comment about his night above can be classified a n absolute 10 on the "Sean is a grump" scale.

I don't really dance, so my main criteria are:
a) music I enjoy hearing
b) music my girlfriend (and other friends) enjoy dancing to
c) music that inspires other lovely people to dance in ways that are worth watching.

ED cosistently hits on all 3 points. My tastes don't precisely line up with Panda, but I know he enjoys what he's doing for it's own sake. He's usually pretty good, and responds well to corrective feedback when he is spiralling off into "fun to play" mode. I'm still quite happy with any con dance that Andy does.

As far as I can tell, 300 Baud's repertoire is limited to 80s music (not my cup of tea), con classics (worn out by Saturday night), and the occassional silly mashup. This distaste for his musical selection combines poorly with his complete lack of talent for transitions - I've experienced less of a "DJ trainwreck" factor from an ipod on random - and his predilection for extra-long mixes that bore people off of the floor. I know some people that absolutely love 300 Baud - but I don't agree with their taste in music and I don't like watching them dance ;-)
★·.·´¯`·.·•Pearl•·.·´¯`·.·★mspurplepearl on April 12th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thanks for the serious reply and for not getting offended that I "wandered in" and asked.

This helps me understand where you're coming from a lot. Knowing both Panda and mc300baud enough to give them feedback, it will be good to take some honest criticism back to them.

Sordidatussordidatus on April 11th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
I was only there for a few hours but I had a blast. I got to see the art room, the dealer's room, part of the masquared, part fo the dance, and a few panels. Lots fo fun all the way around. Next year though I want to spend a whole day or two.