Two corrections to an entry I did a little while ago about talks I gave this year.
The first is that I forgot to mention Shmoocon, which I also attended and gave a talk at. An ironic thing, considering I recently added all the talks from the 2008 Shmoocon to my collection. The talk was on my footage recorded while at Mammoth Cave Park, and specifically the Bedquilt Cave. It was fun, although I look like living hell and am very tired. (I actually napped on couches in the hallway, because my energy was so low).
The second correction is that on a lark I submitted a proposal and it appears I am speaking at HOPE. My talk will be a whirlwind of hacker lore to make up for the fact that it’s 2008 and many attendees were born after 1990. I’ll be going over all the basics as fast as I can, to be a little primer for those that want some jumping off points. So there we go! I’ve spoken and am speaking in even more locations than I thought.
This past weekend was centered around my 20th High School Reunion. Yes, I really am that old. Held in a restaurant in New York City (the school itself was a couple dozen miles north of the city), a nice contingent showed up and a good time seemed to be had by all, especially the drunk ones. High School was a great time for me and I’m not afraid to see how people are doing. People are doing well, although maybe the losers self-selected themselves out of attending.
Two things to mention about my weekend in the city.
First of all, I was lucky enough to spend some time at the Telectroscope, a beautiful piece of work where a mythical tunnel between London and New York allows people to stand before a large telescope and see people on the other side of the Earth. Sure, you can argue about the ease of the technology, but the presentation was absolutely top notch. It was quite surreal to stand in front of this huge round glass, with the Brooklyn Bridge behind me, and be looking at a nice bunch of Londoners, stuck in the rain (they had umbrellas) and waving back. It was an excellent project and I’m happy to have been able to see it.
Second, I was also given the hint about The MOCCA Art Festival, which is a comic artist event where many dozens of talented and amazing comic book and art people show up and display their wares. I may have found the guy who will do some of the art for my packaging there. I even ran into a few people I’d interviewed in the last two interview cycles, which was neat as well.
All in all, a pretty great time. You know, at one time in my life I was instilled with a terror of New York City. I now consider those lost years to be some of the most tragic of my life. Here’s hoping I can stem the tragedy more in the years to come.
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