September 15th, 2015


Trapped on the Trolley

[Yes, I know the Santa Clara light rail isn't a "trolley."]

I intended to use a combination of light rail and a bus ride to get to BASFA last night. I was one of the first aboard the LRV waiting at Mountain View, but the car filled up completely with people heading to the 49ers football game at Levi's Stadium. This proved to be my undoing. The car was so full that the operator began to skip stops, including Reamwood, which was where I was supposed to get off, and I would have been hard-pressed to get out through the packed-in crowd of people in the car anyway. I managed to extricate myself at Lick Mill, after all of the football fans had left. I started to walk back to try and go back the other way, but it took so long (partially because of having work my way through the Security Theatre around Levi's Stadium) that I concluded that it wasn't worth it, so I took the next car heading downtown and went back to the motel instead.

Sorry that I missed folks who might have been expecting to see me at BASFA. Once again, I thank those people who offered to give me a ride back to the motel.

I guess I must have had enough sleep (although I don't feel like it) because I woke up early and ended up catching the earliest LRV back to Mountain View that I could. I had the shuttle bus to my office all to myself.
Gavel of WSFS

Rumors Versus Reality

I've been getting e-mails now talking about unspecified "rumors" about what happened at the 2015 WSFS Business Meeting. Well, the minutes aren't finished yet (lindadee has the unenviable task of writing them, which she has been doing, but it's going to be huge), but there's no secret about what happened at the Business Meetings this year. The entire meeting was recorded, and the recording were (mostly) posted to YouTube within 30 minutes or so of the completion of each segment of the meeting. You can watch the whole thing on the 2015 WSFS Business Meeting Playlist. Thanks to the 20-minute segment limit imposed by the camera for the low-resolution MP4 files, you don't even have to slog through all eleven-plus hours. You can take it in smaller pieces or jump straight to a segment if you know approximately where in the meeting something happened.

This set of videos is not secret. There is a link to it on Sasquan's WSFS Business Meeting page. There is a link to it in the article I submitted to Locus. It's been posted on Facebook repeatedly. Links are all over the place. What sort of cover-up posts to Twitter when they've published videos in public about their Secret Meeting?

Why people think that the meeting was Top Secret and that all of the results were Not for Mere Mortals' ears, I don't know, other than to assume that Making Stuff Up is much more fun than Boring Old Reality.