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Odds and Ends from WisCon 
27th-May-2008 09:23 pm
I arrived back from WisCon late yesterday night. I'm still a teeny bit jet-lagged/sleep deprived.

I had a marvelous time at the convention, which is due in large part to the awesomeness of WisCon itself, and in some small part to my greatly improved skill at having a balanced con experience. (On every day of the con except Friday, I managed a minimum of six hours sleep and an hour of exercise. I also took a bit of time away from the con to wander around and experience Madison. And I went shopping at Ragstock with obadiah, and bought hats. Hats are good. Always wear a hat to a party.)

I actually did end up buying more clothing than books. I never actually managed to make it back to the dealers' room after an initial swing through it on Friday. I did come back with a small list of books that I intend to track down. Total purchases: 2 pairs of smartwool socks, 2 hats, 1 white T-shirt, 1 black T-shirt, 2 sketchbooks, and 3 drawing pens. (I hit up an art supply store just off of State St.)

I avoided the terrible con crud that was going around: some kind of stomach flu, probably norovirus. (A few weeks ago, there were some emails at work going around about a trade conference in San Francisco that was disrupted by a norovirus outbreak. I wonder if this is going to become a persistent public health problem of large gatherings of people.)

Culinary rule #1 of WisCon: If you want to dine well at WisCon, dine with Shannon Clark. Actually, Shannon and I make a good team: he ordered the food, I ordered the booze. (He's better at ordering food than I am at ordering wine or sake, but I've developed my skills to the point where I can manage to get something drinkable pretty reliably.)

I went to a number of good panels, and took a lot of notes - I'm planning on posting some kind of panel summary later, when I've had a chance to organize my thoughts.

In the meantime, I've got to unpack and do laundry.
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