An apology

May. 31st, 2016 04:51 pm
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At opening ceremonies I attempted to give an "elevator talk" (2 to 3 minutes) describing the social model of disability.

The metaphor I used was eye glasses and contact lenses: many of us wear corrective lenses and do not consider them to be a marker of disability. While impairment exists in my vision, my eyesight is not disabling because society does not make it so. It is relatively easy to acquire corrective lenses in most cases, because both brick-and-mortar stores and online stores supply them, and because doctors and community members encourage you to use them. There is wide support for these pieces of assistive tech in the society I live in, and they are mostly non-stigmatized, with some exceptions such as very thick lenses.

I contrasted corrective lenses to wheelchairs, which are highly stigmatized. Doctors and community members will generally not encourage you to use them; they are expensive and difficult to acquire; difficult to fix when broken; and infrastructure in our society does not support them, unlike corrective lenses.

A WisCon member pointed out to me later that I missed an intersection having to do with race: Glasses are designed for white people. People with flatter features (for instance some Asian people) can have a lot of trouble getting glasses that fit correctly, as glasses tend to rest on a prominent nose.

I completely missed this intersection of oppression and I apologize for causing pain. I will be more mindful in the future.
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I caught the end of Sofia Samatar's q and a

Sofia Samatar:
we are all critics
It helps to talk about the guilt of enjoying problematic things
Constance Garnet translations are the best
"I'm derivative, and it's great."
Tolstoy, Hemingway, Cormac McCarthy are influences for her

Aud: Separating artist from work?
S: she doesn't. But she doesn't always cut that artist from her life. b/c she can learn from it.
But don't hold that person up to unthinking adoration. Tolstoy abused his wife and that's related to his
portrayal of women. Let's admit it and look at how it affects us.
She teaches HP Lovecraft and talks about his racism. Use as a tool to examine our society and ourselves.
Don't stop looking at it.

Aud: is your work a sort of fuck you to those writers?
S: yes, she is writing back. It's risky b/c you may think you're transforming it and maybe you aren't. Maybe
you are just repeating it. That's why you need readers and critics.

Aud: do you find it therapeutic / cathartic to work w/ these problematic works. like a gotcha moment.
S: yes. Olondria books engage critically w/ epic fantasy which is a genre she loves/hates. She's said what she has to say
about this genre and those authors. Doesn't feel urge to return to them.

S: Future is unpredictable, she can't do a pre-emptive block of things that will be problematic later.
"Man of his times" argument. Don't excuse Lovecraft b/c he existed at the same time as progressive anti-racist
white ppl. Be the best you of your time that you can be. It's not a guarantee that you won't be judged severely later.
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Thuvia, Laura Shapiro, Nelle

Nelle has made 1 vid, goes to VVC, is a 14 yr vid fan
Laura has been watching and making vids since 2000. Mac vidder. made about 50 vids
Thuvia has been vid fan for 10 years, made some vids.

Hillary has made 1 still source vid. wondering about free programs. Windows: Cinelerra. Beccatoria has done tutorials.
iMovie is linear, free.

Thuvia: still vidding is harder b/c less visually interesting.

Aud: how easy to get legal source?
Thuvia: ripping from DVDs is easy. can do w/ freeware. DVDfab and vidcoder.
Mac the Ripper-- works before 10.7. newer don't have Rosetta Stone.
Google "remove DRM iTunes" etc. People in the community will help you: videohelp.com.
The tech keeps getting simpler.

5 things you wish you'd known?
Laura: That you can do it! Technical hurdles are surprassable. It's going to be as satisfying as you think it is.
You are going to really enjoy it. You don't have to follow the rules.
eruthros:
AMV ppl are into high quality source and high tech. that's not true. can use shitty quality, VHS, old computers.
Put an ice pack under her first vidding computer, taped the power cord.
Thuvia:
Instead of fade to black, dim to a specific color.
Play around with your program. If you hate a beta suggestion, try it, you can still throw it out later.

Nelle:
Your vid is OK! if it makes you happy, it is OK!

Laura: sometimes the hard way is the easy way, and vice versa. her ex. is drawing on paper and scanning something
in instead of rotoscoping it. ie old school animation took a day instead of 9 months of digital animation struggle.

TWW: creaky door sound example. Recorded their back door squeaking (analog) instead of digital source.
Key framing is changing something over time in the vid. Telling the program what rate to progress. Can do this with any effect, making colors change,
fonts bigger and smaller. "Your Disco Needs You" titles.
Image: building vertically. an image is 4D. build up layers.

After Effects is a compositing software; not needed for most vids.

motion is visual interest. Light changes are motion. face changes are motion.

Titles? Many programs have their own tools for titles. Laura: try to make them part of the vid, not stuck on. It's a text tool.
Text takes longer to read than you think it will. read it out loud! can also build title in any other program as a graphic file and import.
Can draw titles on paper, photograph and upload. can also outsource: Kuwdora makes titles for a few dollars. Some friends are just really good at
stuff and will do things for you.

best vids are done w/ careful consideration of clip choice, how they are juxtaposed and matched w/ the music. effects are not needed.

Thuvia thinks that premiere is easier than photoshop.

Storyboards?
Thuvia: makes an outline w/ lyrics, major time breaks, specific clips, mood. keep some notes. Now she is more comfortable and does
more direct to timeline vidding.

Thuvia: lots of different processes.
dualbunny said she just threw clips onto the timeline and it looked ok.
Laura started out doing a ton of planning. Months of work. With more practice, less planning needed.
Collaboration can necessitate more planning.
Start and end images, idea for bridge are often most important.

Aud q about exact timing. matching lyrics.
Thuvia: gets easier. you get better at it as you learn. Can look at wave form for the music. Techno and hip hop have strong beats, almost
rectangular wave forms.

Laura: be familiar and comfortable with your source.

TWW:
process. Makes small clips, about 2 sec clips of useful things in the movie. Clip library, watches this with the song on.
Grounds her in how song connects to source. Categorize the clips. Setting up folders, like "Fury face reaction shots".

Thuvia: can be easy to get caught up on individual words / lines. The argument is an entire chunk of the music, not one line.

Temptation to get too granular. Pay attn to how things build. She has an example from her vid "Hey Ho." 5 betas hated something so
she finally lost it. Laura: many vidders are lyric / world people. Avg viewer won't catch all lyrics (or even any), may watch vid once.
Vids can be matched to the music also, can be very powerful. Visceral level of music.

Me: sometimes we hear lyrics wrong - subtitles.

TWW: you can vid instrumentals!
song choice is super important.
Dessa and Vienna Teng get vidded a lot; they are complex lyrically and have big motion and changes
A capella version of pop songs; covers work well

TWW: cut songs down; take a verse out. thuvia did this for "Hey Ho" to make the climax happen elsewhere.

Cutting and adding to songs is common. Laura has made long vids. Just make sure you have enough ideas. Waveforms help with this.
If you are cutting too much song; maybe there is a better song. that's tough b/c you have to break up with the song / vid pairing.

L: The bridge is the key; say something new and different.
Tempo change or guitar solo.
in Beyonce's "Freedom", kendrick lamar raps on the bridge.

Thuvia: bridge doesn't have to be "change" in the story but should be visually different
break out into different characters, for ex. Poetic b/c can be free association of images, improvisation

TWW: vidding as an argument. song gives you the structure, can radically change your argument.

Mashups usually have a bridge.
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First minute and a half of "Underground" are like a vid #HowtoVid #WisCon40

Internal and external motion add visual interest to a vid
Narrow focus. Close ups emphasize something; create a sense of intimacy and emotional connection.
Melissa adds that a close up of the eyes creates empathy with the character.
We see the slave hunter from a distance, from below, we don't see his face b/c he's a monster.

Cut to titles on a big, different sound.

Establishing shot: Bright, peaceful, big. calm. soothing. close up on cotton, tells you the importance.
emphasis on the cotton (extreme close up)
black hands on the cotton tells you who is doing the labor
Group, community shot, hidden in grass. hidden, overlooked community. White person is above on a horse, slight angle
HERO SHOT
no white faces
Historical, cultural, context
Vids often have canonical context: are you aiming at ppl who only watch your show?
Disruption onto peaceful scene
One shot with exposition
Visual metaphor: she's running to a child birth (turning point) and he's also running to a turning point; these two characters are on a parallel
journey
you already understand the grammar of film
M. found it useful to storyboard. gives your anchors
Alexis says a vid idea is images, song, feeling

A. is now talking about Premiere. non-linear editor has multiple tracks
free software tends to be linear, but there are free non-linear editors
put some music and video in your timeline
can create clips in premiere. depends on how much hard drive space you have. external hds are recommended.
Clip - make sub clip - give it a name
Folders are called bins. Sub clips go in bins

aud:
Where do you get source material?
Alexis talks about legality
Problem is that it's easier to manipulate source that is acquired illegaly
Sometimes You Tube is the only source (ie J Monae's Many Moons)
panelists say, please email them with questions

The song shapes the images; it is the structure or the container for the argument
Editing the audio to shorten the song; can do in premiere
thuvia says you don't have to clip-- you can pull straight from source and put onto time line
m key creates a marker in premiere
a. taps the m key to the beat to help her vid to the beat; thuvia does this to big sounds
M: Wave form tells you info about the song's big sounds
You will run into speed bumps

3 recs:
Do a movie vid - limited source (or a single season show)
Do a simple vid with a clear idea, won't require a lot of tech - just str8 cuts
Have a v. passionate idea that carries you thru tech problems and frustrations

Audience:
Tutorials are not basic enough for technical stuff. any recs?
panelists could put something together.
Alexis says biggest obstacle is fear usually.
Thuvia says the tech is getting easier; but getting source is harder
some TV shows are not shot in good quality
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Vid Discussion Panel with myself, [personal profile] metatext, [personal profile] brainwane, [personal profile] were_duck, and [personal profile] cyborganize. For a list of all vids, please see http://wiscon-vidparty.dreamwidth.org/12762.html

These notes are from memory; any mistakes are my own and please correct me! We mostly talked about the premier vids.

We discussed brainwane's premiere, Pipeline, quite a bit. Brainwane has written about her vid on her journal including sources. This was brainwane's first vid and she did a lot of research into how to use still footage and how to make a multivid; she was very pleased with people's response to the vid. Women used to make up a lot of the tech world but have been pushed out. Similarly, women are recruited into tech but then are pushed out due to hostile work environments. Someone in the audience said that in Mongolia, Ghengis Khan had his daughters inherit power in the capitol city and his sons took over the outlying territories. But when the daughters died, the sons came in and literally scratched the daughters' names off of the stone because it was shameful to them to have women in power.

I don't remember what we said about garrideb's Pretty Deadly vid, "Hope in the Air", except a lot of Ooooh, it is beatiful, and great song choice! Brainwane said that the still techniques were different than what she had researched for her vid.

For starlady's vid, "Just a Dream Away", people joked that hardcore ST fans will brag about seeing "everything" in the Star Trek universe but will not have seen the animated series. But what is great about the series is the camp, and the way it uses animation to do things that traditional film cannot (such as tentacles), and this vid celebrates that. I loved the humor in this vid, and the way it centers women.

For seekingferret's vid "Cassavetes", metatxt explained that Cassavetes was a controversial, prolific film maker who did not share credit easily. The band here, Le Tigre, is a feminist band, and the question they pose in the song is one we struggle with in fandom: how do we react to problematic characters? No person is all good or all bad; when we elevate them, what does that mean? A very WisCon-appropriate question.

Other vids that the panelists and audience mentioned as being particularly note-worthy:
Roxane Samer's Orphan Black vid, Gold Rush, which intercuts footage with intersectional feminist quotes
Silent Fandoms by Ghost-Lingering. were-duck liked the vidder's subtitles which were quite meta and contributed to a community, in-the-moment feeling
Repeated use of the song "Blank Space" in 3 vids (Pipeline; Purple_fringe and such_height's Dr. Who vid; and sleepygeeky's Power Rangers/Fair Use vid). Interesting to note how the meaning of the song seems to change in each vid.
Losing my Religion by rhoboat. Such intense feelings and the song really stood out for people, as it is a cover of a familiar song.
Pressure (Quantum Leap/vidding) by the California Crew. A spotlight on vidders, in the VHS/analog age. were-duck mentioned that when you see what they are actually vidding, you can see that it is in the service of smut, which is so great.
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Writing a bit in my Wordpress blog about WisCon!

https://accessthis.wordpress.com/
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Enjoying WisCon a lot.

Trying not to overdo it, physically-- resting and getting to bed more or less on time.
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Wiscon Readings and Programming Sign-ups are open now, and are scheduled to close on Sunday March 22nd! http://wiscon.info/program/index.mhtml

There is some really great programming this year, check it out! You can sign up as "interested in attending" a panel or program item, which is part of how programs get picked and also room sizes chosen.

Please signal-boost if you are so inclined. You can copy/paste this post.
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Not sure if I should post this locked or unlocked. I'm putting myself out there a lot with this post-- please don't link w/o permission.

Content note: discusses harassment/bullying and responses to it.

Learning to recognize harassment - general thoughts )

a wiscon story )
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In June I had the privilege of attending SDS2014, the Society for Disability Studies conference in Minneapolis. SDS did a lot of things right concerning accessibility for people with disabilities. It did not appear that the organizers had put as much thought into economic accessibility. For instance, the venue was an expensive downtown hotel. The nearby restaurants were mostly sit-down restaurants. The convenience shop in the hotel had some bottled beverages and foods at airport prices. Lunch time meetings at the conference felt inaccessible to me, because I didn't know where to grab a sandwich or take out food at a place that I could afford to eat, and get back in time for the session. So I skipped the lunch time sessions; I need to eat according to a set schedule, as I'm sure many folks do. (Note that SDS' discussion of anti-harassment policies occurred during a lunch time session.)

Many academic conferences are similarly expensive, and do not seem to care about being affordable. The registration prices alone can be close to a thousand dollars. This is before hotel, travel, food, and any incidentals for conference participants. Presenters many want to get new clothes or travel gear, for instance. Many people attending academic conferences have their institutions pay for these expenses, or get grants or scholarships to cover them.

Check out two price listings for conferences, just as examples:
An epidemiology conference in Spain
Grace Hopper Women in Computing

I attended SDS as a community member rather than as an academic-- ie, not affiliated with an institution. A friend paid for the reg fee and hotel, and we carpooled there and brought some of our own snacks. SDS does have a sliding scale for their reg fees. Disability studies, unlike many other academic disciplines, values the role of community members and lay people because your lived experience counts. Your embodiment and activism count. You don't necessarily need classes, degrees, and publications to contribute. (I do have some independent-of-the-academy publications.)

My main convention and social event of the year is WisCon, a fan convention, which prioritizes affordability. Many of our affordability issues intersect with other social justice issues, such as disability access and emotional access.

For instance, WisCon provides late-night cab vouchers to get people home from the convention. I imagine the original intent of this service was safety: prevent drunk driving and the like, since alcohol flows fairly free at convention parties. But it also provides an affordable means for people to get home without having to pay for a cab or rely on bus schedules or friends, and means that some people can stay other places than downtown hotels, such as on the outskirts of town at their own or friends' houses or cheaper hotels. It provides independence-- the means to leave the convention when you want (also a safety feature). The cab service we use is a co-op and a union, allowing us to support a local business with shared values. And cabs can be reserved online, which is another accessibility feature.

All of these things intersect. Feeling like your finances are stretched and you can barely afford to be somewhere is stressful and adds to cognitive and emotional load. It means you can't be as present and contribute as fully as you might like. Worrying about affording a meal when you want to go out with friends or colleagues can be embarrassing.

So why are academic conferences so expensive? Not having organized one, or even gone to many, I really have no idea. Looking around on the internet, people say that the fee covers venue, food, and keynote speakers, etc. Probably professional conference organizers plan these things, and take their cut. But conferences can leverage their power as clients to negotiate better deals with hotels and convention centers. They can use university or public venues which are sometimes cheaper. First and foremost, they can simply think about how to lower costs and reduce the economic burden on their participants, instead of assuming everyone who comes is able to blithely afford it.

I do know that charging so much money functions as a gate-keeping mechanism to keep people out. It creates a space where the conference itself is an in-club for people who can afford to be there: a country club effect. The privileged rub elbows and make connections with each other.

This affects the quality of academics. Science, my field of employ, has a myriad of problems with diversity. These things are connected.
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This has been one of the more stressful few weeks of my life.

I am pretty sick. All-over achy and tired. I took two days off of work (yesterday and today) but not sure how much it helped. I'm afraid that I am under-performing at work at that shit is gonna hit the fan. Well, it won't be the first time that has happened I suppose. Being chronically ill and trying to work and survive on your own is something that there is not a lot of room or support for in society. Right now I am really longing for a different way to live.

This week on the WisCon ConCom list I got really angry, fought with people I respect, and well, made myself sick I guess.

Possibly I am not eating enough protein.

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me in various ways. Thanks also to everyone who writes about things like:
Tone argument
Gas lighting
Microaggressions
Man-splaining
Concern Trolling
Derailment
White woman's tears
Boundaries
Victim blaming
etc
...
because I've been listening and learning.
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I went to an event today at a park called Disability Pride. I'm friends with one of the organizers but have a weird avoidance relationship right now with another of them. They have a performance stage with loud music, food and booths, and people mill around and chit chat.

I am very tired and was not quite firing on all cylinders. I sat and talked with [personal profile] jesse_the_k and a few others. One woman I met, Kathleen, used to go to WisCon and it turns out she started childcare there. We asked her when this was, and she wasn't sure, maybe the late 80s. She doesn't have kids, but her friends in the dealers' room did, and they were having an issue trying to make money there and find child care. The concom was comprised of people who did not have kids and it apparently hadn't occurred to them to provide child care. Now, 25-ish years later, child-care is an inherent part of the con. (I tried to take a break from WisCon today, but this was a nice thing to talk about, actually).

I got a free massage and tried some yoga (painful). Later I walked the dog briefly and took a nap. I'm having a lot of pain and fatigue.
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I saved money this WisCon by having a couple of meals at home, which also allowed me to walk the dog during the supper hour. My house guests were the super awesome [personal profile] thingswithwings and [personal profile] eruthros who helped me make meals. One night we had home-supper with [personal profile] futuransky and her partner K; another night we had supper with [personal profile] owlectomy. I really enjoyed this as an alternative to all the restaurant-ing I've done in the past.

I hung out with [personal profile] meloukhia quite a lot and succeeded in meeting a few new people too!

I don't know if I felt more ill this WisCon, or if I simply listened to my body more and took care of myself better-- ie, I took more breaks, went to bed earlier, and did not push myself as hard. I didn't party as much. The most I pushed myself was for the vid party, which was really amazing. I was very pleased to see many vids I've never seen before!

I sat on a panel about Radical Queer politics which was quite thought-provoking. We talked about the meaning of the word "radical" and how it is used to boundary-police queer spaces and identities, and how it doesn't have to be that way.

The guest of honor speeches were effing amazing and the texts are available online. I don't think Nike Sulway's speech is up anywhere yet (Tiptree winner) but hers was really great too!

I find the culture of WisCon to be very refreshing and sustaining. It is physically exhausting but tends to re-ignite my confidence and ideas.

I am resting now and a storm is coming up. Good time to sleep.
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What Disability-related Programming would you like to see at WisCon this year?

I am happy to submit program ideas if you all can help me come up with some!

Some thoughts to get you started:

Interdependency and work sharing

Hierarchies within communities and how we disrupt them-- (ie, am I disabled or queer enough?), getting rid of the gates!

Political coalitions. Groups of disabled folks are naturally coalitions since our disabilities differ.
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Someone wrote to me looking for a nuts-and-bolts job description for Access work for conventions. They had already looked at WisCon's website and the Access Fandom Wiki at Geek Feminism.

Here is what I wrote back:

Here is the text from our "Big Book of Jobs" for the Access position at WisCon:

Access: works with all departments to ensure that all members and their limitations are accommodated. Includes designating areas in each program room for wheelchair seating, designating chairs reserved for lip readers, coordinating with publications to provide large-print publication material for vision-impaired individuals, maintaining clear pathways in all hallways and program rooms, working with hotel liaisons to limit use of scented products by the hotel, working with con suite/dessert salon to post menu/ingredients for those sensitive or allergic to certain food items, and many other things. The theme is to identify barriers to access and try to lower them. This is an advocacy and educational position.

more info:
If members want an accessible hotel room, advise them to contact the hotel. (A walk through before the convention can be super helpful.)

If members wish to rent a wheelchair or scooter, tell them to contact [Home Health United in Madison]. This company will drop off and pick up mobility aides at the hotel.

The Access Coordinator hires a CART (captionist) provider for the Guest of Honor speeches. In the past we've hired [Ginny D and Sarah F]. Provide this person with a list of common names and phrases that might come up during the speeches. If possible, provide them with the speeches themselves. Coordinate with the stage manager also.

The Access Coordinator coordinates the hiring of ASL interpreters if necessary. We used Purple Scheduling in 2012 (our first year of doing this). Bette Mentz Powell at Wisconsin DHS offered us a grant and helped us coordinate this service. Our interpreter's name was Rae. (In 2013 we expanded to 4 interpreters.)

If members need to store medicines, they can do so in the Green Room fridge. Make sure they are properly labeled and tightly sealed.

Try to make sure all stages are ramped. This has been an ongoing issue for WisCon and other conventions. Work with the hotel/event center to make sure this happens.

Have language on your website about etiquette and attitudes, and about barriers that remain. Announcements at opening ceremonies can also be helpful.

Large print program: Programming takes care of this and I'm not really involved, honestly. I think we make about 6 for our 1000-person convention. Documents are also available digitally.

In the last couple of years we have worked on getting people to use their microphones. This is part of moderator training and we have signs and announcements reminding them to do so.

The "traffic lanes"-- blue tape laid down to divide a hallway into a walking lane and a social lane-- are one of our most popular and visible features.

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We do a lot at WisCon-- but we've built this up over several years and have some institutional momentum. Also, a lot happens before the convention, which makes things easier for me. The things that happen at the convention are mostly laying down blue tape, hanging up signs, and fielding any last-minute requests or crises that come up. In 2013, I did most of the before-con work and one of the other volunteers (antarcticlust) did most of the at-con work. It's easy to train other volunteers to lay down blue tape, and some committed volunteers have returned to do this for us several years running.

I am personally invested in and enjoy the work, and find it helpful to read blogs, talk to people, and keep learning. We seek feedback from members about how to improve. Members are the best ones to know about how to improve their experience. It's also extremely helpful that the concom is on board with these initiatives.
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[personal profile] futuransky: Radical queer agenda panel notes/transcript

Me in access-fandom: Masked vs. Blind

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I have been watching "Call the Midwife", which is a really lovely show. S1 is on Netflix; Season 2 is streaming on pbs.org. However: episode 2x04 is a Very Special Disability episode, about a baby born with spina bifida. I did try to keep an open mind here, but this ep need content notices for: Discussion of euthanasia of disabled babies, forced institutionalization of disabled babies and children, and lots of processing of abled people concerned PWD, including how difficult their lives will be, etc. There is also a character with anxiety, although I liked and related to her arc. The episode does actually end OK.
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Thursday:
Shopping for Access Craft supplies with my pals which was super fun. In lieu of dinner or the readings I took a nap for two hours.
Then, Geekeoke! Met [personal profile] such_heights! Sang a duet with [personal profile] jackshoegazer. Yelled and screamed a lot.

I am very grateful to [twitter.com profile] JacquelynGill for taking over blue tape responsibilities at WisCon! It's a big weight off my shoulders.

Friday I went to the Gathering, which I don't do every year due to noise, but this year I checked out the Hypnosis station (cool) and the clothing swap where I found a gray tuxedo jacket. [personal profile] meloukhia took the other tux jacket which was white. I wore the tux jacket for the next two days! It fits me about perfectly.

I tried to go to a panel but I was too anxious. I went to Natt Spiel for supper with some pals: laceblade, dimensionwitch, Jack, and Jaq. Then we had Opening Ceremonies, and the vid show. I attended almost the entirety of the vid show, and was in home and in bed by 2 AM. Dimensionwitch was my houseguest.

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On Saturday I ate at the hotel restaurant for lunch with some of these same buddies; I ordered a BBQ sandwich which was good but too spicy.

My 1 pm panel was lightning talks. I talked about Graphic works by women and very briefly about chickens. Another talk I really liked was by Kat Sweet who talked about using 3D printers for making sex toys. One person talked about Git Hub. The other talk was about shapes and emptiness in the universe, and how shapes are repeated large and small, over and over.

I panel surfed the 2:30 pm panels; not finding much I wanted to sit thru.

Next I attended "Food in Spaaace" which was super fun! The panelists all had great things to say. When going into space, would we pack food along? If so, how? Would we grow food on the ships? Who would grow the food and cook it? What about an edible space ship? What about having soil and mushrooms and trees on ships? Etc. There was some discussion of using 3D printers to make food. One person asked about how Star Trek replicators are supposed to work; I don't think there was a clear answer on this one. There was some discussion of military rations, of submarines and living at the South Pole / McMurdo. An audience member had been a cook at McMurdo and described that. It takes a large support staff to support 1 scientist. I asked about the ethics of vat-grown protein vs. eating a real cow, a la several books I've read, and the panelists had good things to say about that. Rich people might want the hand-raised real cow. Middle-class people might get the vat-grown protein but be lied to about where it's coming from. Also, what is the source of the original cells making up the vat-grown protein? It's hard to know the ethics of a tech that doesn't exist yet. "Firefly" came up a couple of times: food as currency, the plain food being eaten over and over again but improved with spices, the fresh fruit being high value. FUN panel.

I went to dinner at Himal Chuli with [personal profile] futuransky and her partner. We mushed together with some other fan people at this tiny restaurant.

I sat in for part of the Tiptree Auction, then went to the Glitch Memorial Panel. This was bittersweet but I appreciated it a lot. We talked about why we loved the game. There was a screen up and a computer; our avatars were shown and different screen shots. We all liked the whimsy, humor, and non-violence. Many of us who played are non-gamers, and we enjoyed the easiness of entry. It didn't require much hand-eye coordination, and there were no negative consequences to falling or dying. One panelist thought that the marketing failed: Glitch should have been marketed to non-gamers. Many of us discovered it by word of mouth. We all enjoyed the music and art. I especially enjoyed how there was no gender unless you wanted there to be, and the humor was not offensive. It was cooperative instead of competitive. Even the "griefing", such as tree wars, seemed minor and amusing. Conflicts such as people stealing herbs from community gardens were engineered out of the game. Altruism was built in.

I went by a couple of parties and then went home. My dog was a little stressed at being left alone all day.

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Sunday I ate lunch in the Con Suite with [personal profile] j00j and Claire I think.

At 1 pm I was on the "A Very Special Disability Panel." I shall rely on others to report about this.

At 2:30 I sat in on a spontaneous programming panel re mental health disability things.

At 4 I was on a great panel that I proposed called "Radical Queer Agenda"!!! With Timmi DuChamp, Mary Ann Mohanraj, Victor Raymond, and JoSelle V. This was super awesome. Futuransky was taking notes and I think someone else was tweeting it. (#RadQueer)

This was too many things in a row for me and I nearly melted down afterwards. I fled to Jesse's room for a while. Then we ate lunch in the restaurant.

I went to the Guest of Honor speeches but got restless and left before Kiini's speech. I wandered the parties for a while and ate delicious foods. At the Clarion West party I met a woman who has written for TV, and it turned out she wrote the vampire episode for Murder, She Wrote. I find it a little awkward when writers ask (at parties) if I am a writer. "Uh... no not really." "So what do you do?" "Uh...." Maybe I should work on that.

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Today I went to Sign Out and had Ellen Kushner re-sign Privilege of the Sword, which she'd signed for me in 2007 (my first WisCon!). LOL. One thing that was neat about my first WisCon was that I had just read a bunch of these books and suddenly these authors were right there in front of me!

I ate at Noodles with the fannish crew and went to the end-of-con panel and party before heading home.
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I am going to be at WisCon the next few days and won't be online much.

*Texting is a good way to reach me usually.

*I'm anxious lately and am going to try not to panic.

*I get a lot of headaches and may need to disappear for a while. I also may need to go home to take care of my dog.

*I probably don't want to shake your hand because I have arthritis. Fist bumps and curtsies and hat-tilts etc. are all OK. Hugs are good for people I know.

*People bringing me food and Dt. Mountain Dew makes me happy.

*I am donating some sweet stuff to the clothing exchange!

*Wheeeeeee!!!!
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The reasons I like graphic works include:

They are gorgeous and fast to read, and fun to re-read. I can get a lot of information from them with a little bit of time investment. Some of the ones presented here helped me learn about other cultures.
When I have "reader's block" I can still read graphic works.
They are "picture books" for grown ups! Some have very complex themes. The combination of words and pictures convey emotions very well and make them very good and handling tough topics.

Most highly recommended:

Barry, Lynda. One! Hundred! Demons! About the awkwardness of growing up.

Bashi, Parsua. Nylon Road. Memoir of growing up in Iran and living as an adult in Switzerland.

Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home. Memoir of growing up in a funeral home with her closeted father and somewhat dysfunctional family.
". Dykes to Watch Out For. Comics of lesbians and their lives in the 80s.

Forney, Ellen. Monkey Food: the Complete "I was 7 in '75" Collection. Memoir of her childhood and quirky, lively family; very funny.
". Marbles. Memoir of being diagnosed with Bipolar disorder.

Glidden, Sarah. How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less. Memoir of a Birthright trip to Israel, which the author has many mixed feelings about. Watercolor.

Katin, Miriam. Letting it Go. A Holocaust survivor has an adult son who announces he's moving to Berlin. She must cope with this reality, and decides to visit Berlin with her husband. A coming-to-terms tale, in colored pencil.

Redniss, Lauren. Radioactive. A non-fiction book about Marie and Pierre Curie.

Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis. Memoir of living in Iran. Black and White.

Yoshinaga, Fumi. Ooku. Tiptree winner, this manga is a alternate Japanese history where due to a plague, women outnumber men 4:1. The female Shogun keeps a harem on men known as Ooku.
". Not Love but Delicious Foods Make me so Happy! A manga author and her friends tour different restaurants in Toyko and enjoy their food immensely. The author has various social disasters.

Recommended with caveats:

Bell, Gabrielle. Lucky. Whimsical comic diary of living in NYC as a young artist. Funny and endearing. caveat: contains the r-word which makes her sound like a jerk. Black and white drawings.

Medley, Linda. Castle Waiting. Really beautiful tale of a castle-as-refuge and a pregnant woman who journeys there. Fantasy with a domestic flair. caveat: contains racist depictions of gypsies. Awesome black and white drawings.
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My WisCon Schedule is such:
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My Lightning Talk topics are:
1. Graphic novels/comics/manga/memoirs written by women. I am in a glut of checking out comics and books from the library, and loving it. I plan to bring examples. The challenge will be limiting myself to 5 minutes.
2. Chickens
I can talk about keeping laying hens in the city or on a farm, why one might like to keep them, their uses and joys, and types of chickens. Also a bit about eggs.

But I would like some cute or catchy titles. Any ideas?

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