Friday, February 20, 2009

wet wet wet

Well its the Friday morning of the last day of Webstock 09 and its pissing down. I'm hoping that its raining as heavily in Canterbury as it is here in Wellington. Luckily Joan has left me an umbrella. Webstock has been pretty good. The Bag is similar to last year's but better and the t-shirt actually fits properly which is great as last year's was very tight and even the year before was a bit small for an XL. In terms of workshops they've all been good but the first (Xhtml & CSS) I found that I knew most of what we were taught (although I have picked up a couple of tips), and the second (JavaScript) was more advanced than I had expected. Every webstock seems to have a recurring theme and this one seems to be creativity and humanity. So far the most interesting presentation for me was the woman from the UK national observatory at Greenwich about astronomy and getting the public involved - I particularly like the photo competition they've got going and astrotagging, and the most fun one was Ze Frank (look him up) which was well placed as the last session yesterday. I also have had time to check out the Monet and the Impressionists exhibition at Te Papa which was nice. I can't say that the art really moves me much - some peices more than others. It was interesting learning of the Japanese influences in his art though. So that's about it. Today I am really looking forward to hearing from Russ Weakley and Bruce Sterling, then there's an event at the Embassy... should be fun. Thank goodness for taxi vouchers.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Faire Highlights

Highlights
  1. Callum McLeod finally got knighted
  2. 3! new Pelicans including the very long-deserving Taddea and Antonia not to dis' Sancha but Taddea has been cooking feasts and helping newbies so long that I can't remember Southron Gaard without her
  3. Lad behaved himself (mostly) at the equestrian day which means we can bring him again - yay!
  4. Spending heaps of time with William up-dating my shoe-making skills. Now to put it into action...
  5. I found out that the site manager can give permission to bring dogs so maybe we can take Kiwi next year, especially if we get coursing happening
  6. Richard and Callum did the pre-event food planning and cooking
  7. Longer CF = more time for set-up and take-down which made it more leisurely which meant that I was less tired
Lowlights
  1. Having to spend much of the week before arguing with the stewards and seneschal against unjustified, arbitrary rules against using gas BBQs (which are specifically allowed by the Prohibited fire season) which would probably have forced me to day-trip (probably more on this later)
  2. I strained my back on Wednesday morning
  3. Nick strained his back on take-down day