Post-VVC, post-Ireland and post-firstgold
visiting, I've been catching up on my sleep. 10 hours last night, 14 hours the night before (that one was supposed to be an after-dinner nap, whoops). It feels good.
I can't really improve upon serrico
's account of/response to VVC 2011
(except where my own experience with customs was a lot of bored faces and not so many good stories*), meeting most of the same people (*waves* hello people!), and watching most of the same vids. This vidshow
(Setting: It's Where You Are) was my favourite of the con, because each vid gave me such a complete world to fall into. Unexpectedly powerful vidshow. <3 *Well, I did try to be helpful and suggest a fellow passenger should wait by the plane to pick up her bag because of how Porter does checked bags and carry-ons: she'd been bothering the security guy and I tried to explain Porter's two-kinds-of-checked-baggage. She responded huffily that the security guy told her she could pick up checked bags after security so I should shut up (fair enough: I did, and didn't hint she was asking him the wrong questions). Going through customs is dull so I watched her bother the other passengers and staff with the "WHERE ARE MY BAGS D: D:" question before someone else explained the two-kinds-of-checked-baggage you-should've-waited-by-the-plane situation. While in line for the customs check. *throws up hands*
I do hope I can make it next year, but I have a wedding to attend (and possibly/probably officiate at) in upstate New York at the end of September next year. We'll see how much of this current trip I can claim as being a research expense, and if I can afford two transatlantic flights next summer. I would really miss Club Vivid if I don't make it next year.
All my academic stuff will have to go on hold until Monday. I am having a glorious time in the heat and the sun here at my parents' house and I intend to spend the rest of the week relaxing.
Last night I got myself a Kindle as an early birthday present from my family (you know, 6 weeks early). After looking at the available options - the Nook not being an option for anyone living outside the US - the Kindle does seem to be the best for what I want out of an ereader.
We got all excited at the idea of $50 off an ad-supported 3G Kindle (which also, it turns out, is only available in the US), and ended up driving down to Staples for a 3G Kindle that was no more expensive as buying it online after all the customs and duties and foreign-currency credit card charges and shipping, etc etc. The 3G version turned out to be a good choice because I still can't get the darn thing to connect to my parents' wifi network.
Everything I want to sync seems to sync fine (barring the home wifi issue), my thumbs are long enough to manage the teeny keyboard without problems (or possibly I'm also used to awkward keyboards on mobile devices), Calibre was a breeze to set up and use (to convert ALL THE PDFs), and downloading from A03 works fine, too. \o/
After I stop playing with this new toy I'll post my Ireland pictures, and you can marvel at the Cylon bridge, the Guinness museum/beerapalooza, and the unexpected Dublin branch of Tim Hortons.