Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dragon*Con 2010

I know I said I'd never go, (mainly because of the robot track but I won't go into that) but this weekend, I'll be at Dragon*Con. I'm starting off with a bang too, as I'm on a panel in the second scheduled spot of the event, at 11:30am Friday morning, as well as representing both the US Pirate Party, and to the crowd in general.

For those of you that have never been, or heard of Dragon*Con, It's a huge sci-fi, fantasy, and 'related' convention in downtown Atlanta. By huge, I mean '4 major hotels, 50,000 people, something like 100 guests, and even a parade through the city'. By comparison, the last two conventions I was at in the UK, ConFiction, and The Star Fleet Ball (2001), were a lot smaller, around 100 for ConFiction, and 300 for the Star Fleet Ball.

Just in case that's not given you enough to compare, here's a short (8min) clip from an hour long documentary filmed during the 2009 Dragon*Con

Yeah, it's that kinda crazy. When the program grid, reduced to 6 point type, takes up 7 sheets of paper, that's a lot of stuff going on - something like 60 tracks overall. Most UK conventions have 2-3 at most.

One of the tracks readers here will be most interested in, is the Electronic Frontiers Forum track. I'm taking part in the "ISP and 3-strikes" panel, with attorney Clifton Tunnell (just officially added a few hours ago) on the Friday morning.

11:30 a.m.
ISP's and 3 Strikes
We will discuss "3 Strikes" proposals being pushed by major copyright holders, to cut off Internet access to those accused of copyright violations.
Clifton Tunnell, Andrew Norton
Hilton Room 201

I hope to have video of the event, but who knows - the viewscreen of my video camera (a DXG-567V) was cracked several months ago, and my eldest daughter will probably be doing the recording (except she's not used it since it broke, who knows how well it'll be pointed)

So, if you're going to be there the 4 days of the event, say 'hey'. Look out for the Pirate Party, or TorrentFreak T-shirts, and I'll be back here September 7th

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