They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me

Penguicon 12.4 -- The End

So after the 4pm panel, I took a seat next to the walkway to another tower. Fired up the Kindle and sent some emails. Saw a Facebook message from Al Bogdan saying he was at Penguicon. Alas, he hadn't kept up with my posts and didn't know I was coming. Too late now.

On the way out...

The Gaming Room was set up in the airy, bright lobby lounge. What a great idea. Almost made me wish I had time to find a game of Cards Against Humanity or something fun. (Click on photo for larger.)
©2014 Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon (All Rights Reserved)

One last, fond look at Penguicon -- or at least that Delorean. (grin) (Click on photo for larger.)
©2014 Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon (All Rights Reserved)

And then into the sunshine and out on the open road. (Click on photo for larger.)
©2014 Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon (All Rights Reserved)

You can only be at one session at a time. And I wasn't doing the whole weekend this year. So I missed some things. Funny to think I was at a Linux/SF con and never made it to any Linux sessions, though I did get to a VR technology session and 1½ sessions on metallurgy.

One last comment. There were a couple of transgender and LGBTQ sessions, which alas conflicted with other things I wanted to see. But I felt like there was a welcoming atmosphere at Penguicon. I know, I know, don't judge books by covers and don't assume you know what others are experiencing. But at the two Penguicons I've been to, it's been a diverse crowd. Not just hackers and Linuxheads, not just the usual SF/F suspects -- there's a strong artistic bent, too, and a really wide range of people and dress and costumes. There was an older guy in a Tron suit -- lit up blue lines and everything. Older guy, someone's father, with a mustache. And another woman, who -- forgive me -- I swear was a cross-dressing man. What got me was that everyone was having a good time and no one cared.

Whether it's progress or not, I think it says something about 2014, the SF/F/Linux community and the unique annual madness that is Penguicon. Now if the 2015 con isn't during Grading Week...

Dr. Phil
Tags: cons, nikon, penguicon, photos

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