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FanimeCon 2010 Wrap up: Part 4 of 5 – Monday

June 4, 2010

== Monday == Monday started fairly early as there was packing to be done. We decided that we wanted to get out and on the road, with any luck, by 11ish since we had 250 miles to go for the day. We managed to make it fairly close to our expected departure, but not without a few bumps along the way. The first was our day starting at something like 6am as an entire troop of con-goers (I’d assume) were passing by our door making, as per usual, as much noise as they could possibly muster. I don’t know what kinda shit they were on, but it must have been good. Me at 6am after a con-weekend… is not a happy camper. Disregarding that one incident the night’s sleep wasn’t too interrupted. After we got all packed and basically ready to get out the door, we headed downstairs to the con for one last round in the Dealers Hall. We had a bit of time to burn so we checked out the other areas to see if there was any excitement going on. Granted it was before 10am, but there was still next to nothing going on. Out front of the convention center was very quite, just a few people sitting around (getting a tan?). As it turned out, a majority of the people awake were waiting for the dealers hall to open, all nicely queued up. We joined them since we had nothing better to do. The idea on going to the dealers hall is to get stuff on the cheap. At least… that was the theory because I heard many people talk about getting “good deals” and “cheap stuff”. Except… that isn’t how it worked out.

Maker Faire this weekend!

May 21, 2010

<img class="serendipity_image_right" width="110" height="73" src="/uploads/800px-Maker_Faire_2008_San_Mateo_Entrance.serthb.JPG" alt="" /></a> West Entrance to Maker Faire 08 © CC-BY-SA-3.0 Jon Davis Are you in the Bay Area? Do you have some free time this weekend? If so, come on down to the Maker Faire at the San Mateo County Fairground. It will be all sorts of kick ass. Past years have featured some of the following: Giant Tesla coils, fire breathing dragons, life (person) size mouse trap board game, RC boats firing at each other, Adam Savage, cupcake cars, more legos than you can shake a stick at, a plug-in Prius, model rockets, and a menagerie of other cool stuff too long to list. You can find a list of all the makers, but that doesn’t really convey the cool. If you know what “Make” magazine is, enjoy building things like Legos (or K’Nex), play with electricity, take care of bonsai trees, decorate in steampunk or care about recycling — this event is for you. In 2009 there were over 80,000 visitors who came to check it out. Wikinews even has a story about it. <img class="serendipity_image_right" width="110" height="83" src="/uploads/Wikimedia_booth_at_Maker_Faire_7.serthb.jpg" alt="" /></a> Volunteers & Staff at the ’08 Booth. © CC-BY-SA-3.0 Michel Deschênes If you happen to be dropping by, stop by the Expo Hall – Space #90. You’ll find me and the rest of the Wikimedia crew hanging out. Right next to us will be our good friends at wikiHow. Last year we had a blast, and I’m sure this year will be just as good, if not better! I did a lengthy write up here on the blog about my in depth experience. The one thing I wrote, that apparently I’ve forgotten was “I’ve learned my lesson about volunteering to be in charge of these things… NEVER AGAIN!“. Why? Because I’m basically in charge again this year, but it is all in fun (and for a good cause).