Sunday, May 28, 2006


Yesterday and Friday I attended my first sci-fi and fantasy convention ever. It was at the Sheritan Hotel in Salt Lake. I got to meet the author/illustrator/publisher of one of my favorite webcomics. I even got a free original sketch from him which he used to sign the book I bought from him. He's LDS and really funny too. What more could you ask for in a comic artist?

I also got to sit in on various panels and workshops on various subjects from military history to writing a story in an hour (flash fiction). I was expecting it to be fully of geeky men like myself. In reality there were a lot of men, women, and children from all walks of life.

Quite a few men and women wore costumes of various types. Some were very well crafted. One guy was a very convincing Borg from Star Trek complete with flashing lights. I just about burst into laughing when I saw him standing in the hall talking on his cell phone to someone. I was thinking, "Don't they have built in communication systems with the rest of the collective?"

One of the women on security was dressed as a pirate, a pirate with a red Security shirt and radio. "Argg, maty! Keep yer rum in yer hotel room. There be kiddies about! Argg!"

Jack Sparrow made an appearance at the convention. He played the drunken disney pirate to a tee.

Other honerable mentions include a faerie princess, a fox, and a wolf. There were quite a number of mideval dressed people. I wonder what the regular hotel guests were thinking about all the dressed up people wandering around.

CONduit has something for everyone. I should get some friends and family to come along next year.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Spring Cleaning Part II

If I hadn't gone cleaning crazy enough, I just rearanged my bedroom. Instead of facing North, the bed now faces East. Sometimes I get this crazy urge to rearrange furniture. I bet there's a fung shui something about this.

Anyhow I think people need a break from the routine from time to time. Otherwise we get in ruts and once the rut is deep enough you get high centered and your progress through life stops. Moving furniture is an easy way to get out of the rut, at least for a little while.

Spring Cleaning

I was cleaning my bedroom today and my sister arrived with her family. Well the dear niece was nice enough to take some of my clutter off my hands. She is now the proud owner of a binary clock, empty bubbles bottle, foam, empty boxes, a mood ring, and other odds and ends. I guess one man's trash is another man's (or girl's in this case) treasure. Now the clutter is my sister's problem. Aren't siblings wonderful?

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Texas and Babies

I haven't posted much lately. The Texas cousins are now here for the week. I can't believe how big they are! But my boy is just about ready to start kindergarten so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. My boy and Texas Cousin #1 are now partners in crime, mischief, and mayhem. They like each other a lot.

Soon the boy will have an explosion of new cousins as just about everybody seems to be pregnant. Lots of babies. I like babies. They're cute! This year should be called the year of the babies.