Lessons From My First DragonCon Experience


So on Sunday I went to my first DragonCon in downtown Atlanta.  This annual 4-day event brings together many people who loves anything geeky or nerdy.  And boy, was the hotels packed!  Here’s a long video of the 2013 DragonCon parade!

While there, I got to attend a William Shatner panel, and he was telling many stories about his past TV and movie roles.  His interview with Rush Limbaugh was quite interesting! Another funny part was when he was talking about how he would prank Leonard Nemoy by chaining his bike at a fire hydrant then placing his bike way up in the ceiling before going on a lunch break.  The whole room was laughing!

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Although the crowds were super heavy, the hotel staff and the DragonCon volunteers were excellent!  The volunteers were quick to check us in for our day passes, of course we also filled out the paperwork ahead of time so all they had to do was scan the QR code!  The volunteers were also channeling the crowds to the panels quickly and easily.  And they were also checking our badges often!  The hotel staff was refilling the water stations quickly and were moving the crowds around quickly as well.

So after attending my first ever DragonCon, I have come up with some great tips so I can improve my visit for 2014.

1. Learn the layout of the hotels!  We never got a schedule and map guide because they were out, I went on Sunday.  So before DragonCon 2014, I need to learn the layouts of all the hotels, where the floors lead you too, and where the skybridges take you too.  When the rain came on Sunday, the crowds inside were crazy.  The hotel security was blocking off access to some floors which were upsetting some people.

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2. Bring your own snacks!  My only meal for the entire day was a biscuit and hashbrowns from Hardee’s.  By mid afternoon, my energy was gone and I was feeling kind of down.  No, I did not spend any money because I have unemployed for 26 months now.  I kept a hotel plastic cup for water but that was also not enough.  Next year I plan on bringing my backpack to keep some handy snacks and some water bottles.  The Peachtree Mall food court had no seating at all and it was crowded!

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3. Memorize the schedules before I go.  Since they were out of schedules, I had to take a picture of an oversized sign featuring all the panels on Sunday.  Next year, I need to learn the schedules online and plan on where I want to go.  I don’t want to rely on DragonCon volunteers to tell me where to go.  Most of the time, they don’t know what the schedule is in the next hotel.

4. Bring two cameras!  I took my DSLR camera to take pictures and I also tried to take some videos, but that was not going to happen.  So for next year, I need to use my DSLR camera for pictures only and take another HD camera for videos.  I also need to bring a better lens with better zoom technology.  I need to do this so that way I will not have to drag around my computer with me all day long to upload stuff.  A better camera would have resulted in a better William Shatner picture!

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5.  I need to be there more than one day!  Being there on Sunday was not enough!  I got to see most of the features like the art show, artist room, costume voting, and the vendor area, which was too crowed!  I wished I had the money to buy something in the vendor room like from We Love Fine.  Going to DragonCon for one day is like disrespecting your geek and nerd heritage.  You need to be there for multiple days to take the costume pictures, see some panels, and enjoy the DragonCon experience.  Plus, I could get a hotel room at DragonCon, DragonCon TV does show some of the bigger panels!

So I am going to leave you with some pictures I took from DragonCon 2013.  Hopefully next year, I can use the Geek Alabama blog to bring more coverage of DragonCon 2014.  Could I go next year and cosplay?  We shall see!  I saw plenty of Adventure Time and My Little Pony t-shirts and costumes.  Adventure Time makes sense because Cartoon Network is headquarted in Atlanta.  I am also not surprised about the My Little Pony stuff, that show has a huge fan base.

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The Evening Post: The Election Is Over!

I am glad this election is over!  Barack Obama won another term in office.  And it was a bad night for the Tea Party Republicans.  Many people in the minority races voted for Obama.  And until that changes the Republicans will never win.  Here is the Romney concession speech.

And here is the Obama victory speech.

Some people did not take Obama winning easily.  Donald Trump went crazy on Twitter saying things like “This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!” or “Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.”  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83450.html#ixzz2BbMUG7gl.

Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show today that  “Small things beat big things yesterday,” he said. “Conservatism … did not lose last night … it is practically impossible to beat Santa Claus. People are not going to vote against Santa Claus, especially if the alternative is being your own Santa Claus.”  He also said conservatism “did not lose last night.” http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/11/rush-limbaugh-conservatism-did-not-lose-148902.html.

I watched some coverage from ABC News and I thought Diane Sawyer was drunk.  I am not alone in this as many people think she was drunk!  I have the perfect music video for this.  I wonder if people were buying her a drink?

I also saw some of the coverage from Fox News and they kept denying that Ohio went to Obama.  This forced Megyn Kelly to walk to the Fox News Decison Desk and it was confirmed!  Karl Rove got it wrong!

I hope Obama can bring the two parties together and get this country moving forward again!  But if you are not happy with the results and want to leave this country click on the link below.  Wade Kwon has provided a great post-election moving kit!


The War on Women

I read this wonderful post off Geek Mom by Kay Holt.  Read it by clicking the link. http://www.geekmom.com/2012/03/voting-is-for-the-girls

Recently there have been attempts by governments at the state and federal levels to restrict what women can do with their bodies.  The two main sticking points are abortions and contraception’s.  States with Republican legislatures including Alabama are crafting bills that would restrict abortions and access to birth control.  Most of the supporters on restricting women’s rights are the generic white male Republicans.  Some of the bills being proposed right now should make women cringe.  For example; in Arizona lawmakers are proposing bills that would force women to witness an abortion before considering one.   And another bill would allow employers to fire women for using birth control.  I just wonder if the intense desert heat is frying the brains of the people in Arizona.  Another bill in Virginia would propose women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion.  Sometimes even going through a women’s vagina.  There was even a bill here in Alabama forcing women to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound before an abortion but it was pulled.

This is a war on women that is only getting worse.  It now seems like Republican legislators are doing anything they can to regulate what women can do with their bodies.  I would think they would be more concerned about creating jobs and growing the economy. Even high name people like Rush Limbaugh opened his mouth about women’s health.  Calling the women a “slut” over birth control is wrong!  I am glad his remarks have caused massive protests.  I think everyone needs a refresher over the 19th amendment.

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

Many women are now standing up and are wanting Republicans to not force restrictive women’s health issues down their throats.  There is even a women lawmaker in Ohio proposing a bill that would require a man to get psychological counseling before getting a Viagra prescription.  Women should be glad they live in America.  They came together to gain the right to vote and have rights!  They do not want to see lawmakers pass laws on women that would make them feel like they were in Saudi Arabia.  This is a pivotal time for all women across the country.  And they will vote for politicians that will not restrict their rights!  So for the Republican white male lawmakers that want to continue the assault on women’s rights.  They will remember you on the next election.

My view is I do not like abortions.  But I also do not think the government needs to tell women what to do with their bodies and lives.  So I successfully just made a group of people who mostly own businesses and hire people angry.  There goes my job chances in Alabama.