At the moment we are at Potlatch in Seattle. So far we have had a delightful Chinese dinner with Janna Silverstein and Jack Bell, dim sum with Allen Baum and Donya White, and vegetarian Thai with Liz Argall and Julie and Greg Sardo. I also participated on a panel about “Writing the Other” with Ellen Klages and Nisi Shawl and hung out and talked with a bunch of other cool people.
We also spotted the May 2010 issue of Analog, containing my story “Teaching the Pig to Sing,” at a Seattle magazine shop. My name’s on the cover! (Yes, as far as the magazines are concerned it is now May. If you want a copy, run down to your local newsstand before June arrives at the beginning of April. This issue will also be available as an e-book in a variety of formats but I don’t know when.)
The video of my Ignite Portland talk has been posted on YouTube:
Someone accidentally opened a fire door at the beginning of my talk, causing a loud alarm buzzer. This made me really flustered and I flubbed some of my lines (like calling the Viking rover Voyager and forgetting where Bianca came from) but I did manage to recover once the noise stopped. Everyone said I handled the interruption really well.
Many people in the audience were on Twitter and you can see some of their comments here. The Mars Society’s Director of Operations called it “a very inspirational talk” and says she will be including it in the training videos for future crews.
You can see all 20 talks from Ignite Portland 8 on YouTube. My favorites are Why Wikipedians are the Weirdest People on the Internet and The Beginner’s Guide to Psychiatric Hospitalization.
I also participated in a group discussion on Laptop Magazine‘s blog about Which Technology Makes You Feel Like You’re Living In The Future?. Go over there, read it, and if you like it leave a comment. There may be more of these “Burning Question” discussions in the future if there’s sufficient response.