So I went to Costume-Con and back. Before the convention, I'd been given the task of ordering most of the convention's official ribbons. I'd also agreed to take on the job of managing the Photography Office, which I've nattered about previously. ( For that project, I'd need to print out a blow-up of the pocket program grid, so I (foolishly) offered to print up one or two grids for the convention as well. [more]Collapse )
*Sigh*. Anyhow, the week before the convention, I was also running around looking for badge stickers at all the teachers' supply stores I could find. It was an eye-opening experience -- if you're looking for badge stickers for your party, you might consider looking at more than one store before making a final decision. (Or ask me, I have a bunch of leftover stickers. Unless costume_con
wants them for something?)
And the badge ribbons arrived just under the wire -- they got to me Thursday, the morning of the day we left for the convention. Note to self: pay for the overnight shipping, if they don't get them done in time for ordinary ground shipping, I need the extra day to sort them out.( Thursday was really a shambles, all things considered. [more]Collapse )
Friday morning in San Jose I stopped at Con Ops to finish sorting out the ribbons. People were panting to get theirs, so it was pretty much the first thing for me to do on-site. (library_lynn
brought me something from the con suite for breakfast.) Went to the Photography Office, set up my laptop, tried to install ActivePerl and my custom software on bovil
's laptop. Why doesn't it work? Punt, we'll just use my laptop. (Big mistake, I had no idea it was such a toad of a machine. But that's something I didn't figure out until the end of the con.)
I basically spent the entire weekend in the upstairs Coat Closet (Photography Office) trying to catch up. Really, that's about the size of it. Staying up late to get all of the camera memory cards copied into the system each night so there wouldn't be a backlog facing me in the morning. I had brought little zip bags to sort out ribbons into, and those were used to tag memory cards with names so they'd get back to their owners.( I got loose in time to see the F&SF Masquerade Saturday night. [more]Collapse )
Oh, there were costumes at the convention. Lots of costumes. You think there are a lot of costumes, percentage-wise, at an anime convention like Animé Los Angeles? Come to Costume-Con, your head will spin.
Anyhow, meanwhile, back in the closet. My equipment that I had working was not sufficient to the task of copying all 60 GB of photos onto the one external hard drive before the convention was over. I was not able to put together an updated browsable index to the photos, nor did I have a slideshow going of the take. Backups? We were running on luck, thank goodness the Buffalo RAID drive didn't fail on us. (Hasn't yet, it's sitting next to me as I type this.) The stickers every day plan was overkill, so I had to return two thirds of them back to the stores this week. I was told at the last minute that everyone needed to sign model releases -- so all the photographers had to carry them around with them. Oh, there are so many things we could do differently if we ever do something like this again!More later...