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So I’m sitting here, now having previously dealt with the music meme thingie.
I also took the MIT questionnaire, so apparently….

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Come to think of it, that’s not the first time I’ve broken a law…..

This past week has been fairly interesting, ending up as follows:
Wednesday, I had a personal victory at work, when my boss’s manager asked me to look into a Windows server solution for our web site, as they have strategic plans for the future. For the past two weeks, I’ve been investing time and effort in getting all the information down for a RH Linux server. Needless to say, I was a little pissed off.
So I spent the rest of the day investigating a Windows solution, including the time and effort it would take to migrate etc… and finally informed the manager with my findings, as well as my professional recommendation. He told me to forget the Windows solution for now, and proceed as planned. Yay!
Wednesday night, the opening of Hebrew Book Week, there was a mass happening in the German Colony – Emek Refa’im to be exact – where it was pretty much cordoned off, and many restaurant booths and other merchandise was available, as well as artistic stuff and more. I sat with a friend at a outside wine bar, and met a friend of his whom he had known forever, and struck up some conversation. My friend was nice enough to leave us alone for a bit, and I thought we hit it off quite well, (despite? thanks to?) the amount of wine she had drank was enough to intoxicate her a bit. As she left, she mentioned that my friend has her number, and I asked her if she’d mind me calling her. She was amiable to the offer, and I felt pretty elated.
Thursday was another exciting day at the grind, where I got to play with many more fun gadgets and boy, some of them are real zingers.
I left work early, and rushed back to Jerusalem for Bidyon, where I got to meet up with all the awesomely weird folks some call “fen”. I call them “those weird people who I happen to know”. 🙂
I sat out the first round, as I had finished my main part of getting things up and running smoothly and on time, and still had work to finish from earlier. So I wandered around while on my phone(s), and met people outside where we chatted and enjoyed the company. I also made a valuable business connection, so it really paid off.
While roving the area, I called the lady I’d met the previous night, and asked her out. She kind of snubbed me, although I don’t think she meant to. So she has my number now, and if she wants to call, then she’ll call. Oh well. NEXT!
During the break between rounds, everyone came outside to look for refreshments and discussion. Lucky for me, was there, and we got to have a good time talking and laughing while surrounded by Kenny’s and other people. On the way back, we stopped at an author‘s booth and had fun chatting there too.
For the record, I explained to that the theory of the universe having 9/10 missing mass is actually all made up by my ego. She disputed this and we have to have some sort of measurement made. We also have to measure who has a dirtier mind, because she says that she’s got one worse than my own. Huh. Good luck, missy. 🙂
Back into the second round, I sat with Didi, whom I had previously made fun of for having an Anglo-female name, and we had a great time listening and commenting amongst ourselves on the subject matter. The moderator was very passionate about the subject, and the speakers were great. Michal Regev, Dr. Raz Dekel, Guy Viner, and Joe Brown. All good speakers, and all deserve their own slots to speak at length on these subjects. Didi and I still had fun ridiculing some remarks, and appreciating others.
After it was over, we headed back to my place to relax.
Friday was a bit busy, as I went by the bike shop, and am putting the bike in for the day for maintenance tomorrow. Went shopping too, and made delicious burritos with refried beans, veggies and cheeses for dinner. Yummy.
Today was a nice relaxed morning. Early afternoon, I went to the Palmahim beach to catch some sun and waves. It was beautiful and I have a slight tan. Just a touch really.

Behind the cut are some thumbnails of pictures from .


The first thing you see when arriving is Rami and more manning the tables, selling tickets, memberships and merchandise.


Here we can see Doron, Hagit, Joe and Vered. Joe is apperently hiding behind his book so we don’t see his real face. Boojie is lovely as ever, all decked out in her signature purple colors, with the trademarked blue highlight.


Here we have Keren, the Con Manager, behind the podium for her opening speech. Didi, of Internet fame. Next is Shlamko taking a picture of me taking a picture of him. How original. Last, is Rivka and myself schmoozing outside, taking my details, probably for some strange future usage.


So in the early stages of crowding, it wasn’t so crowded, but as time passed, more and more people showed up, and then starting playing around, as crowds are so prone to do. Apparently, some members were not concentrating on the event itself, preferring to kick back and chat, catch some Z’s etc.


From the second round, the panelists. Next is Gali Golan and Michal Regev, followed by Joe brown and Guy Viner. Apparently, Keren was happy (or scary?) as she gave me one seriously frightening smile. She kept on going on about how she wished she had her sword with her….

And you can see Didi’s pictures of Bidyon 2005 here.

  • avgboojie

    So much that needs answering:

    1. You wanna have a dirty mind contest with me? Are ya sure what you’re getting yourself into??? 😛

    2. Well, maybe the “lovely as ever” has earned you some points there, since mooshiness makes me less competitive. 😛

    3. Shlamko has sent me his pics, and I have the paralel one (y’know, you taking his pic while he’s taking yours). Tomorrow they’ll probably be on my site, we can compare. 🙂

    4. Ooooh! I totally forgot the one with Didi sitting on my lap. Took a while to persuade him. Totally cool. 🙂

    5. Keren, the con manager, totally rulez!!!1. Like, totally. Really.

    ‘Twas great fun. We should do this more often. Wonder if Hotam and the museum will agree. 😛

  • joshbrown

    No pictures of ME? What kind of chutzpa is that?
    And as fro the person sleeping – that is – are you surprised? I mean, the guy barely speaks Hebrew.

  • joshbrown

    Did you get a chance to work on my computer?

  • cogitationitis

    I’m always fascinated by your convention scene. I do sometimes wish the photos had a bit more accompanying text, and I have no idea who any of these people are. I often wonder what y’all would make of an American-style convention. And I often wonder what I’d do to your con-running community, were I let loose on it.

  • avgboojie

    I think I have several excellent pics of your, um… back (sorry!), in the pics Shlamko took. You should really stop turning your back whenever someone’s taking pictures… (You were wearing a red shirt? Am I identifying your back correctly?)

  • joshbrown

    I don’t remember what shirt I was wearing. But post the pictures, so I can judge for myself.

  • avgboojie

    Tomorrow, in all probability, they’ll be on my site, and then you’ll be able to judge for yourself in the back question. 🙂

  • avgboojie

    What IS an amrican-style convention? How does it differ from our own?
    And btw, Bidyon is not our regular sort of convention – it’s a very small one, and dedicated wholly to SF literature (as opposed to regular cons, which have much more media). ICon, for instance, which is the major Israeli SF&F con, is something on a different scale altogether. We’re talking thousands of people, not dozens.

  • cogitationitis

    Well, first of all, they’re usually held in hotels. (One exception is *our* I-con (www.iconsf.org), on Long Island, which is at a university.)
    Second, people buy a membership for all the events happening that day or weekend–generally about $30/weekend if you buy in advance, or $30/day for the better days if you don’t. You can’t get into the dealers’ room without a membership, but once you have one, all the events & exhibits are included.
    Third, there’s a range of conventions, from the pure media (www.cauldroncon.org) to the purely literary (www.readercon.org). Many are a combination of both (www.nesfa.org/boskone/, http://www.arisia.org), or have a special focus (www.gaylaxicon.org). Note these examples are near each other in both space & time, but that’s because New England has a large fan base.
    Fourth, there are often parties at night in hotel rooms, to a varying degree. That is, not all conventions have them (Cauldroncon won’t), and for some, the party *is* most of the convention.
    Fifth, conventions range in size from a few friends getting together (aka a ‘relaxacon’) to upwards of 8,000 (LaCon3, see http://www.worldcon.org for statistics), or even more (www.dragoncon.org).
    Sixth, the bulk of the active fans here are older; most have regular jobs. The younger ones are going for anime conventions (www.animeboston.com). (There is much brow-beating over this issue.) It’s not unusual to have been to and even worked on conventions for 20 years or more; this means that there’s a lot more experience and history at hand. I passed my 100th convention this year; I estimate I didn’t volunteer at about 10% of them.
    Seventh, I think there are some differences in how the conventions are run & organized beyond this, though I haven’t yet experienced an Israeli con to know for sure. One obvious difference is that most cons aren’t bilingual (except maybe ConCept/Boreal (www.conceptsff.ca)).

  • zachkessin

    Having been to Boston area cons I find the israeli ones to be quite a letdown. Someday I’ll get back to a readercon or Boskone.

  • miketheman

    Done. Available in my living room. Coordinate with anyone at the house.

  • dorable

    There’s not much room for a range of cons here. People try to give them unique identities, but it’s limited by the fact that half a dozen cons a year would completely saturate the market. We’re a small niche in a small country. This also explains why the kids go to the same cons as the grown-ups.

    And our cons aren’t bilingual. The movies screened are mostly American because that’s the way of the world (or at least of Israel), and the guests of honor speak the language they know, but the rest is in Hebrew.

  • avgboojie

    Wow. That was a real eye opener, thanks!
    I really like our cons (ICon mostly, well, duh, it’s the largest and most fun), and a great part of it is getting to meet and hang around with lots of people I really like.

  • avgboojie

    Shlamko’s pics are now available here:
    http://www.pishpesh.co.il/bidyon2005/bidyon1.htm

  • cogitationitis

    Well, COn*cept/Boreal is held in Montreal, the French-speaking part of Canada, though the English program (Con*cept) is far larger than the French-speaking programme (Boreal).

    But you have some stuff in English (films), and some in Hebrew (programme, mostly)–that’s bilingual. I’d expect there are few adult SF fans *anywhere* that can’t at least read and understand some English, be they in Japan or Jaipur. (Okay, I don’t know if there are many fans in Jaipur, but it makes for nice alliteration.) I know, of course, that the bulk of the stuff is in Hebrew. But if you had an English-speaking programme participant–as is, often, your guests of honor–, or any English programme, you’re technically bilingual.

  • avgboojie

    All Israelis are technically bilingual. It messes up any kind of linguistic research one tries to run here (because we don’t have the monolingual – or whatever that’s called – group available). Had terrible problems with that when I was still in the uni.
    Anyway, we’re so used to it that we don’t consider such programmes bilingual.

  • cogitationitis

    Theoretically, Israelis should be trilingual–Hebrew, English, and Arabic. But few are that versed in Arabic. I think it helps that most of the world’s TV shows & movies are in English. I used to make fun of the way everyone on Trek spoke English, but it does seem to be the new universal language.

  • avgboojie

    Not really.
    As opposed to english, which ALL Israelies learn at school since about 4th grade (I’m not sure in which grade they begin nowadays), not all Israelies learn arabic. I have, twice, actually (and nowadays I can barely utter two phrases, both of which are of no use whatsoever), but many of my friends haven’t learned even that much.

  • antongarou

    As the english language should evolve so much in the next 3-4 centuries that it will be harder to understand then Shakespeare’s english, since with Shakespeare we at least know what he’s talking about, because we know the culture(historicaly speaking).Bab5 has the same problem, by the way, and Stargate are even worse- everybody, everywhere, speaks english except when it is plot imperative that they won’t, and in every case the team runs into a new language they learn it within a day or so.

  • cogitationitis

    I think that with the pervasiveness of visual/audio media, there will be less language drift. It’s already eliminating regional accents, which is a large source of drift. Also, spelling wasn’t regularized back then, which allowed for more drift. While words come and go, core English is now pretty stable.

  • antongarou

    Although you get less spoken drift, you may very well get more written drift as people start using words with a different meaning then the original(see ‘troll’ as a good example).