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Audience Figures

Counting informally, for the Sunday of Newcon only -

Panel: Is Space Opera Still Relevant?
- Audience was 80% male, about 30 attendees

Panel: Celtic Fantasy vs Vampire Fiction
- Audience was about 50% for each gender, about 20 attendees

Ian Watson in conversation with Ian Watson as Paul McAuley
- Audience was about 50% for each gender. (No #s, but in the 20-30 range.)

I'm glad I went. Good to see lots of people and meet lots of new ones, and the day was lovely and sunny in the indoors Fishmarket. It was gratifying to see the Iron Cupcake posters in the café.

Also, contrary to this morning's announcement, 10 10 10 10 10 is not 42 in binary; even if it is a nifty sequence of numbers.


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Oct. 11th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
It was very nice to meet you at the Con!

I sloped off around 1 pm after buying some books and can't recall having said cheerio - I think most people were watching the quiz of quiz quizitty quizness if I recall correctly and although it was tempting to rush the stage and yell "GOODBYE NEWCON" I thought that might be a step too far considering it was a roomful of people I'd just met.

Anyway, just as an aside, I emailed Kari to let her know that the pink colour of custard powder is caused by the use of sunset yellow, a dye that goes bright yellow in water but is red as a solid (it has a flat structure that stacks up and molecule-molecule interactions cause the wavelength of absorbed light to change). Mixed with the white milk powder they use, it looks pink.

So there you go. Science, explained. Almost as good as Derrida with your breakfast.

Oct. 11th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello!
Hello! It was nice to meet you too. I was tired enough after one day of conventioning - I know I missed various people who were only there on Saturday, but didn't mind not feeling entirely worn out from convention-going. It's hard work being social all day long!

I am suddenly wondering what Derrida-the-breakfast-cereal would be like.
Oct. 13th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Re: Hello!
"I am suddenly wondering what Derrida-the-breakfast-cereal would be like."

They'd be little squares of processed wheat and mixed, dried berries. They'd be called Obscurrants. It'd be really hard to figure out what the exact flavour is, but if you didn't like it his picture on the box would call you an idiot for not understanding.

-- Andrew
Oct. 11th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Looks like that announcement went overboard. If they'd just stuck with 10 10 10, they'd've been OK.....
Oct. 12th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I saw it on many sites as just 10/10/10, and 42.
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