I hung around downstairs catching up with people for a while before making a brief trip to the Con Suite. Alas, the Con Suite is too small, and the function space is also too small. The Royal York is huge, but it's mostly full of holiday parties using up all of the bigger space, and we're making due with what we can manage. I expect tomorrow night's Fannish Inquisition (which I will be recording) is apt to be hugely overcrowded. I hope that will be an incentive for people to not ramble and not show how witty they are in asking stupid questions.
I actually bailed out fairly early tonight (before midnight and headed back to the room, simply because it was too crowded, hot, and uncomfortable in the Con Suite. But there are definitely a lot of people here, and the conversations I was having and overhearing were generally very good. For what SMOFCon does, it's working fine. I just wish we had more room in which to do it. Function space for this convention is difficult, and the challenging part includes the fact that we're not allowed to rebuild the hotels where we want to hold it and have to make the best of what's available.
I did get 20 sign-ups for the Probability & Statistics Seminar so far (40 slots possible, 30 is a good starting number), plus several people complaining that we scheduled for the same time as the beer tasting. I shrugged and said, "When do you think I should schedule it?" and to their credit, nobody had a good answer. If anything, it's a good idea to counter-program things when you just don't have a big enough space to hold everyone in the same place, even for the only 100-150 SMOFCon attendees.