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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 01:45pm on 22/04/2006 under , ,
In the few minutes I have before Eric's hot sauce panel, I should comment about the rest of Friday at Penguicon.

I had two panels on Friday, and both went very well. One was the how to throw room parties panel. [livejournal.com profile] tlatoani was the hit of this one, with his hilarious descriptions of how the traveling Pirates! party came to be, but I managed to stick my oar in the water often enough to get out some practical suggestions about the logistics of party throwing (i.e., trash bags and waste disposal are key to maintaining good ambiance) and to give [livejournal.com profile] mirell a chance to get in a few words about the Linucon LN2 ice cream party experience. We dragged in [livejournal.com profile] thatguychuck, which enhanced the general experience as well. The panel finished with our official moderator, Rachel, handing out party lists and party ballots and urging us to rate the parties and hand our ballots to con ops when we were done (since the winning party organizer gets a free membership to Penguicon 5.0, and Penguicon 5.0 will benefit from encouraging fun room parties).

After a hasty dinner consisting of half a Jimmy John's tuna sub, I was off to my second panel, which featured me and GOH Chris DiBona on the status of Linux. This turned into a barely monitored (mostly by me) discussion of where Linux on the Desktop stands, and on whether we OpenSource/Linux lovers really have reason to care if Linux ever makes it big on the desktop at all. Audience participation was lively, and despite the general agreement that Linux apps still leave something to be desired for Joe Average User, the number of related tangents to discuss kept the discussion lively and fun.

Free for the rest of the evening, I cruised the party circuit (including an hour-or-so long sojourn in the Serenity party watching a good documentary feature about the Serenity ship set and a favorite Firefly episode). Finally. I ended up in the gaming area and learned how to play "10 Days in Europe", a fun game about playing travel agent and building a coherent itinerary before your opponents do (I swear, I'm not making this up).

Having spent most of Saturday AM getting brunch and helping Eric complete the hot sauce procurement for his hot sauce panel and tasting session, I prepare to rejoin the con....
Mood:: 'pleased' pleased

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