August 13th, 2014

Kuma Bear

Lucky Bear in Route to London

We are in London, ensconced in the Crowne Plaza Docklands, with about 1000m walk to the part of the ExCel Center where Worldcon will be happening. I don't expect to be making casual runs back to the hotel.

Our United flight from SFO to LHR was nearly completely full, and Lisa and I were jammed into the left two seats in a near-the-back row. We were both looking forward to a miserable ten hours to London when our luck turned very good.

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Despite the additional comfort, which made the flight quite tolerable, I got no sleep at all. That made the rest of the day much less fun than it could have been.

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We got to the hotel way too early to check in, which possibly is to our benefit, because if we could have checked in early, we would have been tempted to fall asleep right then. That would be bad, jet-lag-wise. So we walked to the ExCel, where we saw many people we knew already, most of whom were wearing one of a number of colors of high-vis vests that apparently are differentiating different flavors of conrunner at Loncon 3. Registration wasn't going to open until Noon, so we checked back at the hotel. They said they wouldn't have the room until 2 PM; however, they unified my complex reservation (a night on points, four paid nights, and a final night on points) into a single booking so that I won't have to check in/out or move during the stay.

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I don't like the single-point lanyards Loncon is using. Sure, they printed them on both sides to deal with the inevitable flopping of badges, but many of us (including all program participants) use the back of our badges for our schedule. Later Lisa worked on the badges so they can be worn single-sided from a clip. Why do people think single-point clips are a good thing.

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After a late lunch in Freemason's Street, we went back to the hotel room. Lisa took a bath. I confirmed that basic wired and wi-fi access is free with the hotel room. But basic access isn't enough to upload the WSFS Business Meeting videos. High-speed access is GBP 22/day, which means I'll need 66 pounds to pay to upload the video from here at Worldcon. I wonder if Loncon 3 will be willing to spring fo the fees? I'll ask Lisa to ask her area head (Don Eastlake, WSFS Business Meeting) to ask his management. OTOH, it's unclear where Lisa stands anyway; she's been left off the WSFS Business Meeting staff list, and she's miffed at the omission. We'll see tomorrow if the resources will be there for the WSFS uploads.

Meanwhile, it's now 6 PM, and I think I can now allow myself to sleep for the first time since 0500 PDT Tuesday, 29 hours ago, without having too awful jet-lag tomorrow. Fingers crossed.