Sunday, August 16, 2009

the whirligig of time

brings me back to the present. Kristen and I arrived in Olympia Friday night, very late, and left very early Saturday morning to get me and my stuff back to Victoria. Today I should be all bright and chipper, surely?

Knowledge Gained though not necessarily assimilated:
Pennsic was fun. Worldcon was more fun but less sleep.
Someone cleverer than me could write up an entertaining compare-and-contrast between Pennsic and Worldcon, for way too much happening at once, the Brigadoon Effect, geek culture, etc.
It takes longer to reach Olympia from Montreal than it does to reach Pittsburgh from Olympia. I blame the Great Lakes.
Funniest road sign: Bong Recreation Area.
Most disappointing Worldcon panel: Medieval Technology.
Person most worth buying drinks for: Mary Robinette Kowal, using the keywords 'puppetry disasters'.
Most worthwhile purchase while on the road: 3 flavours of fudge. Sugar hit is at least as effective as caffeine.
In sidetrip bargaining, the Badlands loop is worth at least an hour at the Montana Valley Book Store. (fulfilling a decades-old whine on my part)
Just because something is called a Kaffeeklatch, there is no guarantee that coffee will be present.
One of the things I love about the SCA (despite everything): the Chinese makeup class was taught by a Black woman. The Asian lady in charge of the gate was dressed in lovely 12th c. Norman fashion.
Wooden pattens can be played like castanets (or is it zills?).
Bring food with you. Just in case.
Mur Lafferty is not a mythical creature.
TNH has no fear of heights (possibly not even reasonable caution of heights).
Published writers may not be able to correctly identify passive voice.
Even if you have just learned how to make a brush from porcupine hair (not quills), your travel partner probably won't let you stop for that roadkill porcupine on the way home.

More later, with pictures. Maybe a nap now. Also later, possibly, griping about Customs & Immigration.


Anonymous said...

You do remember spending a week on Martha's Vineyard with Mur, right?

Glad you had fun. The inability of some people to identify passive voice correctly drives me nuts too.

batgirl said...

Oh yes--but she might have become mythical (or at least legendary) in the meantime.

I think people use 'passive' as a sort of catch-all for weak verbs or static description or any number of other things which should be addressed. But yeah, it would be nice if the term could be used accurately and not be used as a bogeyman.