Jul 02 2014

Getting ready to leave for #cvg2014

Expect updates to be more sporadic than usual around here — I’m off to Convergence for four days of happy chaos. By the way, I just noticed that Amanda Marcotte will be attending — you’re really missing a maelstrom of godless, science-packed, feminist-fueled wildness if you aren’t coming. Party on, dudes & dudettes.


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    David Wilford

    FYI, as of 9:30 am there are already lines at registration. Which given an attendance of 7,000 people I’d expect.

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    See you there PZ. David Wilford – thanks for the heads up re: Registration.

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    Have fun storming the castle.

    (Sorry, after responding to Ed with a Princess Bride quote, I’ve got the movie on my mind.)

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    Jake Harban

    Marcotte and Myers? Pity I’m over 1,000 miles away and can’t afford to attend. :(

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    Ask Marcotte if she still supports jailing women who don’t report being raped.

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    SallyStrange, is that something she said she supports? I know that there have been some issues with her in the past that people found problematic, but that isn’t one I have heard of.

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    PZ Myers

    I’m here, and I’m checked in. It was fast & painless, except for some reason Mary is hung up in the line. I think they decided she was too dangerous to let in.

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    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    except for some reason Mary is hung up in the line. I think they decided she was too dangerous to let in.

    In one of my albums — Arlo Guthrie Live in Sydney — Arlo describes the difficulties he has in airports. He tried explaining to the young officers that he’s not nearly the threat he dreamed of being. Maybe Mary is the threat she dreamed of being?

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    Story here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/02/25/alleged_rape_victim_arrested_to_force_her_to_cooperate_in_the_case_against.html

    I think she has something approaching a point, but I definitely agree with the idea that it is a lazy ass way to avoid actually doing some outreach, further traumatizes the victim, and will probably scare other potential reporters away. She writes good stuff, but not in this case.

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    twas brillig (stevem)

    re 9:
    Agree +1000, I cannot fathom the concept of “We gotta lock up the guilty, whatever it takes to do so; even if we gotta force the testimony from the victim.”
    Compassion; she’s doin it wrong. :-(

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    Thanks, nich. I hadn’t read that piece.

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    I spent the day setting up in gaming up on 22. Most of the lines for registration had cleared by around noon from what I saw. Reg is open until 6pm today and after 9pm tonight for those who want to get registered early. Hopefully we can avoid another Regnarok like last year (though to be fair, Thursday falling on the 4th caused a good chunk of that).

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    I semi-stalked you at TGIFridays. :-) I was at the table behind you.

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    David Wilford

    I was there yesterday afternoon hanging some of my wife’s artwork in the art show and then just hung around for a few hours gaming and then taking with some friends who had come up from Chicago and had a table in the dealer’s room. Lots of activity, but not crowded – yet!

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    PZ Myers

    That will change. People were lining up at 8am for registration this morning.

    But they sailed through! My daughter went down to register at 9:30, and she was back 5 minutes later.

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