July 7th, 2008

New Tilley Hat

MN-StFers strut their stuff

Seen at the Minicon Party
Convergence 7/5/08
Sharon in corsetLisa in Steam Punk
Corseted dreamsharkSteam Punk Lisa

Convergence had an extraordinarily high percentage of people in some sort of outfit, even people who normally don't indulge (if "normal" was ever a useful description of fans). The Dealers Room had people selling kilts and corsets. I don't know why Steam Punk was so evident, but it sure beats Goth.
New Tilley Hat

Beth, Nikki and warm day rambling

Beth Kinderman and Nikki Walker
Beth Kinderman and Nikki Walker
In Harmonic Convergence, Convergence 7/4/08

I couldn't stick around for the entire concert by Beth and the Player Characters. I enjoyed the part I was at (though the vocals weren't mixed well). Harmonic Convergence, the music/performance lounge of the con, hosted several fine acts. I was able to stay all the way through for only lukeski, and rushed off immediately after.

I usually post individual pictures on LJ as I go through the first editing pass. This year, not only was the convention longer but I'm still playing with the camera's settings. I'm a bit disappointed with the focus, as not everything is as sharp as I'd hope, but I'm very pleased with almost everything else, especially the low-light shots. Fortunately for those who like a lot of pictures but unfortunately for those of use who edit all their photographs, I took a lot of pictures, and after first pass I'll wind up with close to 500. (By comparison, my Convergence 2007 gallery comprised 121 photos.)

Either I'll be very strict when selecting shots to post or the gallery won't be up for a while. Possibly both.

And I take requests. If I have a worthy shot of something you want to see, let me know.

Speaking of requests, minneheha K wanted me to keep track of when I picked up a new concept. I can't promise a notation of all such, but I did learn two things (or was reminded of two things I've forgotten) at Convergence: The ASL gesture for "applause" (both hands in the air about ear level, fingers together and straight up, and wiggle at the wrist) and the ASL gesture for "Zamboni" (elbows in tight, hold a steering wheel and go left and right a few times).
New Tilley Hat

A Sunday card game with tribble and balloon

Card game with Fiona and Corwin
Missa, Fiona and Corwin play an obscure card game
Convergence, 7/6/08

I left Convergence before Closing Ceremonies. Four days is a long con when I haven't steeled myself for it, like the big Minicons. Roving through the poolside atrium one last time, I spotted the girls playing cards. A game they could not (or would not) explain.

There was another programming block, plus Closing Ceremonies plus the event at 12:01 Monday to make Convergence officially five days, but for the most part the con was in wind down mode. Lazing on a Sunday afternoon. And probably Monday, too.

Note green tribble and the nifty balloon aliens on the various tables.