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March 11, 2011

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I'll be there too-- holding down a vendor table with my tiny comic books.

See you there, Hob. I was going to have special Amygdala tee-shirts, but they're... arriving Monday. Oh, well. See here, but I haven't opened a Store yet. Quick improve. Only the "AmygdalaBlog" ones are mine, but folks probably should wait until I have better designs before rushing to order the vast profusion of crappy clothing, keychains, mugs, bumper stickers, baby clothing, etc, I know everyone is just dying to get!

But comments on front and back are welcome, even though, as I said, these were just something I threw together at the last minute to wear, and... will have Monday. :-)

Along with a smart phone donated by a reader. :-) So it goes.

See ya there, I gotta go.

Also, for what it's worth:

TSUNAMI WARNING
in effect until Friday, Mar 11, 11:17 AM

...THE TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER...

PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND.

TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF WAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL TIME.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
in effect until Friday, Mar 11, 11:00 AM

...TSUNAMI WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL CALIFORNIA COAST INCLUDING SAN FRANCISCO AND MONTEREY BAY...

A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED AND IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST. PERSONS AT THE COAST SHOULD BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS.

OBSERVED WAVE HEIGHTS AND ARRIVAL TIMES AT TIDAL GAGES FOR THE FIRST WAVE:

2.5 FEET AT POINT ARENA AT 8:14 AM 1.6 FEET AT SAN FRANCISCO AT 8:19 AM 2.4 FEET AT MONTEREY AT 7:50 AM

NOTE THAT THE LARGEST WAVES MAY NOT HAVE ARRIVED YET SINCE THE TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES THAT MAY LAST FOR MANY HOURS.

PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND. AT THIS TIME THE AREA OF GREATEST CONCERN LOCALLY APPEARS TO BE IN AND AROUND THE NORTH END OF MONTEREY BAY NEAR THE SANTA CRUZ HARBOR. ONE FAVORABLE ELEMENT IS THE FIRST WAVES OF THE TSUNAMI ARE FORECAST TO ARRIVE DURING THE LOWEST TIDAL CYCLE OF THE DAY.

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS... PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND AND BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. TSUNAMIS OFTEN ARRIVE AS A SERIES OF WAVES WHICH COULD BE DANGEROUS FOR AS MUCH AS 10 TO 12 HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF WAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL TIME.

DUE TO RAPIDLY CHANGING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY...LISTENERS ARE URGED TO TUNE TO LOCAL EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM MEDIA FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ISSUED BY LOCAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AUTHORITIES. THEY WILL PROVIDE DETAILS ON THE EVACUATION OF LOW-LYING AREAS...IF NECESSARY...AND WHEN IT IS SAFE TO RETURN AFTER THE TSUNAMI HAS PASSED.

I'm not planning on worrying, myself. Also, it's bright and sunny out. Ta!

I am now at FOGCon, not being at all Foggy yet. So this is San Francisco! Looks just like I recall. Hilly! Who knew? No tsunamis yet. Sun! I demand my money back. Now to go register with con, be struck with Awe and Sense Of Wonder. Suffer no damage and no further strikes, I hope.

Gary, sorry, it will be some time before I get to go thru all the links, so if it explained there, my apologies, but I am really baffled by the Fritz Lieber reading. Is this something usual with science fiction conferences? How does it work?

Hob, do you have a link for your comic books? Love to find out more.

I enjoyed People Don't Listen, Hob.

LJ: note times for interstitial programming. Obscure while traveling, but consider that we switch to daylight savings time....

Now, do I take my laptop down to blogging panel and write comments during panel, or do I tweet or, ooh, right, I'm supposed to talk!

I'd video us, but only if we all gave permission....

Thanks Gary, my eye just caught the reading and said huh?

And now I'm in the green room! Blogging how I may be blogging the blogging panel! It's so meta!

That comment was delayed! Now we're on the panel! :-)

LJ: my website is in transition, so you can see some things here and other things here.

HSH: Thanks!

I was following tweets in livetime during the panel and asked the person who had just tweeted her comment on the panel to raise her hand.

Then I tweeted her a response.

Ignatius Donnelly's "Caeser's Column", "Dr. Huguet", and "The Golden Bottle" all belong on the History of Science Fiction chart, in the general area of H G Wells and Edward Bellamy. "Atlantis", "Ragnorak" and "The Great Cryptogram" were presented as nonfiction, but can easily be read as science fiction or something like it.

And here I was just chatting with Hob in the Dealer's room, and Took His Picture, so I had to run up to my room to comment, in hopes he'll see it, and now I must run downstairs to tell him, unless I should use my phone to send a tweet to the blog to activate some software to get someone to use a housephone to call someone to talk over and tell him.

We should probably have a panel discussion of this.

And I can blog it.

And Hob can do a comic version of it, because it all seems a bit dream-like.

Don't mind me. I need more coffee.

Or less.

But I still say that the internet is real, Hob! So there!

I think I need a nap.

So!


Interwebs, don't fail me now! I'm supposed to say something that fakes intelligence in a bit over 4 hours on this: "Power Structures in F/SF Cities

Redwood Room

Who holds the power in the cities of alternate worlds? Are cities ruled by individuals, single organizations, or coalitions? How is power exercised: through religious, economic, legal, or other means? Can people move freely among classes? Does the nature of power held in a city influence the nature of the underclass? Take examples from modern and classic spec fic works and examine how these questions have been addressed over time.

M: Michele Cox, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Debbie Notkin, Gary Farber "

Context! Speak to me! Give me questions, ideas. references, notions, digressions! If necessary, I'll fake a seizure, point to alien abduction!

I'm counting on you, ObWi!

You. Have. Not. Helped. Oh, group,
OBWI Group Mind!

Oh noes, I must go think for myself! Harrumph.

Harrumph. I would have gone to this had I been a bit more on the ball. Like, knowing about it would have been a good start! Y'see, cities + SF (and SF!) = interested me.

And I could have thanked the esteemed Ms. Mohanraj for her cookbook (among other endeavors, of course). Well, perhaps there will be another one, and I ain't moving again.

There most assuredly will be a FOGcon 2 next year. The precise location in the Bay Area remained a bit uncertain, last I heard, but the committee will definitely be putting on the second, with Vylar Kaftan chairing it, and most of the same people working on it, though someone else taking over programming from Vito Excalibur, since she's an expectant mother.

As I recall, the theme announced at the closing critique session of the con for next year's FOGCon would be "The Body." (Or possibly I picked that up after the con, conceivably at lunch with Vylar; my memory is a bit foggy at present, since I spent yesterday at the ER, and sent home with penicillin pills, shots, and Vicodin, not that I need an excuse to forget details.)

The only major question seemed to be whether to stick to San Francisco or possibly go East Bay.

I haven't gotten around to posting any of my pictures from the con, I'm reminded, nor the videotape of most of the "Lightning Wrath of The Internet" pane, where Mary Anne dared risk some, herself. Plus I have some video (all with permission, of course) of some other select bits of other panels.

Sometime in my Copious Spare Time.

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