September 5th, 2010

WSFS Captain 3

Is Awsum Hat, Yes?

At 4 PM on Saturday, the Girl Genius Radio Players took to the stage before a packed house (I'll guess around 200-300 based on the room capacity) to perform Revenge of the Weasel Queen (which I'd seen performed before) and Agatha's Big Date (which I had not). As the Narrator, I had big expository chunks of lines at the start and a wind-up at the end, but little in the middle of each episode. Fortunately, each of these was a three-part episode.

If I do say so myself, I think I did great. I know I had a wonderful time chewing up the script and delivering the narration in the style informed by Cheyenne Wright's interpretation of the material. The other players really got into it as well, and I had an utterly marvelous time doing this show, and I very much hope to get a chance to do it again.

After the show, I went back to Phil & Kaja's table in the Dealers' Room and told them that I expect that we'll want to do this at Westercon next year. Phil said that would be good and asked if I would have the time to be in the play. I said, "I'm your Guest of Honor Liaison — I'd darn well better have the time!" I then posed for a photo with Kaja and Phil.

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I spend so much time on the "business" side of conventions that some people may not even be aware that there are things I really enjoy doing aside from Business Meetings, panels about conrunning, and maybe a game show now and then. I was so pleased that their show fell during one of those blocks of time where I actually had no other calls on me.

I set up the tripod and recorded the performance. I will upload it when I get a chance, but it's unlikely to happen before I get home due to bandwidth issues (including how much time I have available to process stuff!)
Hugo Logo

Hugo Day

Today's schedule for me:

WSFS Site Selection Business Meeting at 10 AM in 216.

Right after the meeting (but not before 11 AM) and in the same room is the Former Worldcon Chairs Photo Opportunity. I'll have to get someone to operate the camera for me if I want to get both still photos and the video of us all reading off who we are for the archival record. (I was once asked to identify the chairs for a Locus photo and realized I couldn't remember one of them.)

After the Photo Op, but not before 11:15, is the WSFS Mark Protection Committee meeting, where we'll elect officers and see what things look like for this coming year.

At 1 PM is my only panel: "How Not to Enjoy the Convention" (sort of the counterpart to the "How to Enjoy the Convention" panels that have been held a couple of times earlier in the con.

Mid-afternoon is the Hugo Awards Ceremony rehearsal, where I can (I hope) figure out where I'm going to be able to set up the camera and computer to maybe live-stream the Ceremony, but in any event to be part of the live coverage of the Hugo Awards Ceremony at the Hugo Awards web site.

I have an invitation to the pre-ceremony reception, which means I hope I can take photos of the nominees. I'm still sweating a bit on how I'm to get from the reception to the ceremony and still get my equipment set up in time.

This evening is the Hugo Award Ceremony itself, of course.

Thank goodness the Girl Genius Radio Theatre wasn't today!
Hugo Trophy

Hugo Night

An amazingly busy evening and night around the Hugo Awards. I really don't have the time or energy to write the full story. I'm pleased at how well the CoverItLive coverage of the ceremony went — over 200 people were in there — but I'm disappointed at how difficult the video live-streaming was. The problem was that we didn't really have any way that I know of to stress-test a broadcast where more than 100 people wanted to watch, as opposed to the 3 or 4 people watching our "test" broadcasts of the Business Meetings. There was no apparent problem with the signal here at the convention centre, which was consistently strong, but every time we got beyond about 40 people watching, the software started complaining and eventually the server would stop responding. I don't know if this is a function of a not-particularly-whiz-bang computer driving the video or what.

While despairing over how the live video would come and go, I could at least look forward to being able to put out the separate recording of the ceremony. Except that somewhere along the line, the Sony shut off recording. I think there must be something about that camera that inists on stopping after a while. I'm probably going to need to deliberately introduce a brief stop-and-start at least once an hour to be safe.

But I'm told I shouldn't be too hard on myself. The ceremony itself went quite smoothly, and I'm very happy with the results. Congratulations to everyone who won, especially Cheryl, who collects her third Hugo Award, this time as one of the editors of Clarkesworld. And I'm also quite happy that Phil & Kaja Foglio were here to collect their Hugo Award for Girl Genius.