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[personal profile] brainwane
I went to WisCon and had a pretty good time. I am sad that I missed all of the vid party but I am glad that I used that time to catch up on sleep. I went to most of one panel, and didn't serve on any, and went to very few parties, and spent a lot of time in small group conversations with friends. The Guest of Honor speeches were thought-provoking and rhetorically neat as usual -- WisCon GoH speeches set a high bar and most tech industry keynotes do not meet it, in my opinion. I got a couple neat clothes at the Clothing Swap; I regret that I barely looked in the Dealer's Room and I never got to the Art Show.

I believe this year I saw multiple women of South Asian origin whom I did not know already, and by the end of my WisCon weekend I still had not quite met all of them! So exciting as a signal!

I was the auctioneer again this year for the auction benefiting the Tiptree Award. It looks like I will serve as that auctioneer yearly for the foreseeable future. I hear people really enjoyed the Tiptree Auction - the best compliment I got was (close paraphrase as memory permits): "it is weird that we use this capitalist approach to fund this feminist project! But you named that, and made fun of it, and made it so we could all play with it. You made it so we were all performing capitalist drag." People also livetweeted with #tiptreeauction in case you wanna see that. [twitter.com profile] radhardened made and ran an electronic signboard that displayed the current bid, and that helped me so much to keep track of things! In future years I need to:

* more frequently mention what the Tiptree Award is
* ensure pre-auction advertising of what we will be live-auctioning
* ensure pre- and at-auction advertising of what items are available for direct sale and at the silent auction
* rearrange stage furniture so the audience can see me better for whole-body schtick, and potentially move around the audience more
* remind audience that we take credit cards
* remind audience that they can always simply donate, in person or online
* ensure pre-auction advertising explicitly saying that it is absolutely fine to just come and not bid
* prepare somewhat more "if we get the bid to x then...." group crowd incentives akin to last year's onstage smashing of a "Pilates for Weight Loss" DVD

I rode home in a car with a friend I too rarely get to see, and am glad for the opportunity of long conversation where it's okay to go on twenty-minute tangents because the road and the trees and the topic and the friend will still be there when the tangent's over. Partly based on that conversation I wrote up a blog post on my other blog, about resilience.

Date: 2017-05-31 04:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yatima
Performing capitalist drag has IMMENSE POTENTIAL!

(In other news: you called it. _All Systems Red_ is my jam.)

Date: 2017-05-31 06:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
You do such a great job as auctioneer! So nice to see you.

Date: 2017-05-31 10:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naomikritzer
It was great to see you!

WisCon GoH speeches are amazing. I believed Amal 100% when she said she started writing it the day after she was invited, and finished at 6:30 p.m. the day she had to give it. I wonder if people ever turn down the gig because the prospect of writing a GoH speech is just that intimidating?

Date: 2017-06-01 03:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mycrazyhair
Are the Guest of Honour speeches published anywhere? I feel as if there should be a record but, even if there isn't one for past Wiscons, it would be lovely to start a tradition of making them available. Is this a thing? I would totally buy that.

Date: 2017-06-08 01:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] boxofdelights
Yes! They are usually published in The Wiscon Chronicles, available from Aqueduct Press.

http://www.aqueductpress.com/current-pubs.php

(Scroll down or search for "Celebrating Wiscon".

Each year is edited by a different person, and there are no guarantees about what this year's will contain or whether it will exist, but looking at the contents page of the last few says Guest of Honor speeches are very likely to be included.

Date: 2017-06-01 02:08 am (UTC)
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
From: [personal profile] oursin
Sorry I missed the auction, but I was suddenly overcome by exhaustion.

Date: 2017-06-01 03:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mycrazyhair
You were amazing as auctioneer. Thank you for all of the work and energy you put into that! And for getting me to buy that very special Tingly item!

Date: 2017-06-01 12:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilysea
I believe this year I saw multiple women of South Asian origin whom I did not know already, and by the end of my WisCon weekend I still had not quite met all of them! So exciting as a signal!

Yay! ^_^

Date: 2017-06-02 04:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ckd
It was great to see you, and I'm flattered that I got to be part of the one panel you went to as well as pleased that I got to be part of one of those small group conversations with you. As I said then, I really enjoyed the auction and the energy you brought to it; along with the GoH speeches, it was one of the highlights of my WisCon.

(WRT your blog post, I'm always happy to see Jessica McKellar name-checked. I was fortunate enough to work with her when she was an intern at my previous employer, and seeing the difference she has made for so many people since then makes me all the happier.)

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