Fan Room opening ceremonies: this I think worked to set the context for the fan room and fan programme as a separate convention; the proximity of the real ale bar served to link them up again. We told people who we were, pointed out the fan guests and the fan fund delegates, and sent them off to the bar. We forgot to tell them to produce fanzines; this was clearly a mistake.
Open Source Knowledge: this was Wikis vs. Librarians -- examining the tension between the fact that wikipedia mostly works and is a very quick way into things with the lack of control. Amy Sissons works at the Houston university that was my first experience of an academic library; Renee Sieber didn't realise that people do things (like tidy up wikis or distributed proofreading) for the sense of self-satisfaction rather than external egoboo; a general agreement that wikipedia is bloody useful when you're in a hurry but you wouldn't want to rely totally on it, and the notion from the audience of 'digital citizenship'; that this ordering activity is the online equivalent of picking up litter or planting bulbs in vacant lots. A thoughtful panel.
Dance Dance Revolution/Dancing Stage workshop: went exactly as I'd hoped; participants ranged from four year olds who'd not tried it through to the chaps that run the excellent DDR:UK site, who said 'let us know if you're doing this again and we can bring our arcade machine instead'. Woo. I would love to tuck a DDR arcade machine on freeplay somewhere in a corner of a convention. Key moment: incredibly sharp DDR expert up against person dressed in arctic fox costume.
Space Pirate Night: so many people came that we ran out of bandanas; could have done with more cutlasses and pieces of eight. We called for artists in the newsletter -- I had a break this afternoon, and when I returned, the fan room had been covered with pirate pictures on the huge pieces of foamcore we bought on a whim.
Fan Funds Auction: as ever when I auction with people from other countries, there was a little confusion about ways of doing things. More difficult was the crowd, where it was clear that for many USians we were just too late at night, and a lot of the brits were also partying. But we raised nearly £1000 and had some fun.
Fan Computer Art: most suffered from its 10am timeslot, also had all the classic data projection problems. Not only do I need a data projector, I need a wireless data projector. But lots of interesting content and an enthusiastic, knowledgable audience.
Your Life as a Fan: Discussion hosted by Greg with a set of fans who are also pros. Lots of good stories, and also a sense that in the 60s there were very clear paths for fans to make careers in science fiction that aren't obvious now -- not merely as an SF writer.
Fanzine Reviews in the Bath: last outing for this venerable format because our foamcore bath is getting shabby. Discussion ranged about particular articles, fanzines in general, best places to read fanzines. I do like the idea of reviewing fanzines while it's still possible to get hold of those specific issues.
Great Fans of History: This was swopped with the 64k panel with Terry Pratchett and Francis Spufford when they realised they'd put the latter into a 50 seater room. As a result we had scarcely any audience, but still an interesting conversation.
Hugo Reception: entirely too nervous to pay any attention when they told us how to go about looking after our Hugos. Whoops. Met a lot of other people, some nervous, some cheery. We were each given a single drink voucher; I had Clarke award flashbacks.
Hugo Ceremony: Ooh, that was fun. But not so fun I didn't notice that the opening routine was funny, the ceremony was slick, all the escorts, presenters and so on were competent, and none of the speeches were excessive. A model awards ceremony.
Fan Room Closing Ceremony: davidlevine and ang_rrr did a perfect five minute rendition of the con through interpretive dance. We gave awards but I think we forgot the award for 'most inventive use of close-up video' -- going of course to the Hugo cameraman who zoomed in on the Campbell award so that you could see who had won it before it was announced.