Penguicon is a great and novel con. It's SF/F and Linux. (grin) Excuse me, it's an "Open Source Software and Science Fiction Convention". This year it's 27-29 April 2012 in Dearborn MI. And therein lies the rub. WMU's Spring Semester grades are due on Tuesday 1 May 2012 at noon -- and I will have 240 papers to grade.
So I had to decline when The Ferrett, the Literary Track leader, invited me to join in the fun and do some panels. You may recall that The Ferrett and I shared a joint reading at ConFusion this year. Bummer. I've been to a Penguicon. In fact, I was around at ConFusion when the first Penguicon was being planned. Then it was too close to ConFusion in the calendar. Now, most years, it conflicts with Grading Week. The one year I got to go, I think it came right after grades were due.
But today I was really disappointed. And pleased at the same time. The Science Track people invited me to be a Nifty Guest at Penguicon. A Nifty Guest isn't a Guest of Honor, but gets a lot more benefits over just a panelist. They've seen the Dr. Phil road show doing my science talks and panels at ConFusion and wondered if I could do the same for them.
This was a nice invitation and now I'm very sorry that I can't cross the state and play with the nice crazies at Penguicon. Even if I wanted to try to risk everything and do it, the weekend before is the Spring Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers -- and that's a whopping eight miles away at GVSU this year. So I'd be really crazy to miss that.
Well, you can't have everything. Let's see when they schedule Penguicon for 2013...
Remember that this weekend is short an hour, as the social engineering of time under the revised DST2007 rules takes effect.