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.