Thursday, 24 April 2008
|1403 - Penguicon and the OSBP controversy|
I made my usual trip to Penguicon this year. Had a blast, hung out with neat folks, stayed awake entirely too much, went home tired.
Penguicon is one of the few events I'll move heaven and earth to go to every year. I've been to every one, and plan to continue that.
Unfortunately, a controversy over the actions of a few may irreparably harm it: the Open Source Boob Project. theferrett's posting is here. There are lots of folks commenting on it; the one I saw a pointer to with links to many of them is friends-locked, so I can't link to it.
I'm not going to attempt to comment on it. Everyone else is doing that, and there's nothing I could say that hasn't been said over and over already.
What I'm very, very afraid of is that this controversy will spill over onto the con itself. This would be a terrible shame, as the con isn't responsible for the events in question (hell, I didn't know it had been going on until afterwards), and there's no other con in the world quite like it. Given my experiences with another SF con, if Penguicon dries up and blows away, I'll probably drop out of the scene entirely.
I don't know how to keep Penguicon from that fate. Suggestions?
current mood: sad
It's a shame I didn't go. I'm local to it, but I've heard lots of my hacker friends pan it off. I'm generally more fun than they are anyway.
The best thing is to let this die as quickly as possible. The longer it lives on, the more people will remember, and the more it is likely it will have some kind of ramifications for the con.
Remember, kiddywinkles- just because something cool happens to you doesn't mean you should go home and vomit all over your keyboard in a public post about it.
Wow. I hadn't even heard of this one.
I heard mention that some people hoped it would happen again this year (I wasn't aware of it last year). I didn't see or hear about it at the con otherwise.
Not that I care. I get to play with THESE: http://michaelzwilliamson.com/images/gunlady.jpg
(NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR THE OVERLY SENSITIVE)
THOSE were 37 at the time, as was she:-D
I'm loving Penguicon more every year, for the con suite, the parties and the cool gadgets. Stuff like that happens at a lot of cons in a lot of formats. Don't sweat it.