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Boskone 2011 days 2 and 3

More obscure gossip about the Change, costuming attracting rowdy teenagers who caused Problems. I'm told Boskone had 1000 people last year, vs. 2900 at Arisia.

A passing child has discovered the word expectoration.

I looked for Kirstein books in the dealers alley, didn't find them. Did get an anthology of Piper's Paratime stores, timely since a panel was on Stross's Merchant Princes, as Amber with economics, and he described his books as a hybrid of Amber and Paratime. "If you hybridize everyone thinks you're original." His New Britain comes from Bonnie Prince Charlie not attacking London and instead simply holding Scotland, so that England loses the 7 Years War and the Hanoverians flee to America. French taxation insanity strangles the Industrial Revolution, or pushes it to New England 100 year later. Some talk of development and infrastructure traps.

Philosophy filks.

Tiny bits of costuming: steampunk girl, girl with cat ears, older woman with cat ears. A filker with a cloak but he doesn't wear it much at the con.

Jewish fantasy panel.

Michael Flynn was doing a panel by himself one the end of the modern age. I walked out when he started talking about Islam taking over Europe. Wasn't the first offense but was the breaking point. Interesting if true was that the word modern is itslef modern, appearing around 1540.

World domination animation. History segment from Pinky and the Brain, "it's educational so we can show it for free under fair use", Invader Zim pilot, Sergeant Frog pilot. High schoolers seemed to be in charge.

Met a woman who liked my green bandanna headcovering. Kept running into each other, never talked properly.

Erica Neely Guest Filker concert. Good. The love song to D&D clerics was my high point.

A filker from Arisia recognized me right away despite the bandanna. Good facial recognition there.

Sunday, came late, walked out of a panel for food, ran into papersky, hung out for a while, also with a Portal friend of februaryfour I'd met Saturday. Fun conversation largely about 1491, Squanto, and crop breeding, like the invention of the sheep in southern Sweden. Also the folly of using celibate monks as colonists. Oh, and some restaurant in Brooklyn that's Cambodian/West African. Sounds odd until you realize there's diffusion through the Francosphere. Jo pointed out that the Koreans have had the potato as long as the Irish.

Post-con filk, a couple of email addresses and an invitation, a bit more actual singing by me, and I got to introduce most of them to O Holey Knight, though I couldn't sing it well. Recognizing a Siegling's bag gave its owner confidence to sing a Bujold fic I'd swear I'd heard already even though it seemed to be making its debut. Someone sang Weird Al's Saga Begins, the American Pie found filk, and I recalled the Lodoss AMV to that song. Filk *and* AMVs, could I get more marginal?


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Feb. 21st, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Yes, it was run by high schoolers. I being one of them. Hope you enjoyed it.
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:20 am (UTC)
...how'd you find this post? Genuine curiosity here, not hostility. Yes, I enjoyed it, and I seem to have the Pinky history lecture movie as an earworm now. Felt like it could have been more perfectly organized, but you probably know that, and it was nice how y'all tried to keep the little kids engaged through snafus.. I was surprised by the scrupulous legalities about showings but I guess that's a con thing.

Part of the high school comment was surprise at your existing; Boskone seems an older crowd than Arisia let alone the anime cons I've been to since Worldcon/Vericon I.

Which one were you, the boy or the girl? I was the green bandanna over beard in the back, if you noticed your audience.
Feb. 21st, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
I was Googling reports on "boskone" posted in the past day yesterday out of curiosity.

I actually found this job unexpectedly. It turns out the organizer of the art show works at my library and last year she was asking the anime club that meets there if anyone would run the anime programming. A friend and I volunteered, and I've done the job for two cons in a row now.

I was the boy.
Feb. 21st, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Interesting if true was that the word modern is itslef modern, appearing around 1540.

On the one hand, yes-ish in terms of the earliest English-language citation, but on the other hand, there is a medieval Latin word "modernus" meaning "modern" (in the sense of "contemporary with the speaker or writer") which dates back to at least the 6th century.
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:21 am (UTC)
I'm shocked, shocked, that Flynn's material may not have been entirely accurate. Or misleading? Still a cute fact.
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
From the Online Etymology site, http://etymonline.com:
modern "of or pertaining to present or recent times," c.1500, from M.Fr. moderne, from L.L. modernus "modern," from L. modo "just now, in a (certain) manner," from modo "to the measure," abl. of modus "manner, measure" (see mode (1)). In Shakespeare, often with a sense of "every-day, ordinary, commonplace." Slang abbreviation mod first attested 1960. Modern art is from 1807 (by contrast to ancient); modern dance first attested 1912; first record of modern jazz is from 1955. Modern conveniences first recorded 1926.
Feb. 21st, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Oh cool! Who was this Portal friend?
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
Sent via e-mail from my main and non-IU address. I'm not sure gmail likes me anymore, so let me know if you got it, or it got Spammed.
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
Got it--did you get my reply?
Feb. 21st, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
A history of the shrinking of Boskone, from a committee member-- I wasn't involved in the running of the convention, but this looks reasonable to me.
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, will read sometime.
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