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Penguicon [Apr. 21st, 2008|10:32 am]
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Penguicon is over. This makes me sad. I had a fun time; I went to less of the actual programming this time than last time, but did get to see a few OLPC machines (very cute little green things they are too).

Met Jono Bacon. Apparently he's a well-known part of the Ubuntu project, or something. :) Actually, there were at least three other British people there, which was surprising given the con isn't that gigantic.

Most of our time, though, was spent wandering the room parties and meeting interesting people (lots of homebrewers, in particular, for some reason), and hanging out with the ever-groovy dionysus1999 and novapsyche.

The coolest thing I saw there, though, had to be the singing Tesla coils -

http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9921650-1.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave

Oh, and I finally got to meet rbradakis and sheryl67!

Holly and I are considering going to ConFusion, or at least some other kind of con, this year...the break from work and the usual grind is too enjoyable to only happen once every twelve months.
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[User Picture]From: netmouse
2008-04-21 02:49 pm (UTC)
I do hope you come to ConFusion. based on the people we know in common, seems like we should meet. unless we already have and I just haven't connected the real world to the virtual.

Not that we couldn't, like, meet in between now and then... now that would be revolutionary.
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[User Picture]From: jojomojo
2008-04-21 02:54 pm (UTC)
Hmm, do you have a photo? Your LJ name isn't familiar, but of course it's possible I bumped into you at Penguicon at some point.
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[User Picture]From: netmouse
2008-04-21 03:23 pm (UTC)
Sure. lots of my userpics are photos of me. This weekend I was wearing my hair down but otherwise I pretty much look like this. Let's see, hair down... the picture on the Apollocon guest page (I'm the fan guest of honor) has me with my hair down.
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[User Picture]From: jojomojo
2008-04-21 03:34 pm (UTC)
Hmm, you don't look familiar (but, I'm afraid, my memory is terrible, even when unobscured by booze).

Still, hello and welcome. :)
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[User Picture]From: akicif
2008-04-21 05:12 pm (UTC)
Speaking of booze, burkesworks says you're the go-to guy for info on good food and drink in Ann Arbor. I've been reading up some stuff online, but there's nothing to beat the personal recommendation....
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[User Picture]From: jojomojo
2008-04-21 05:39 pm (UTC)
He does?? I don't really see myself as super-gourmet, but still, I appreciate his confidence.

Well, anyway, fair enough - what kind of food/drink are you interested in? ;)
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[User Picture]From: akicif
2008-04-22 11:29 am (UTC)
He did, indeed. Basically, I'm over in AA for a course in mid-May. I'm arriving a few days before the course starts, and have most of a day afterwards, so I naturally went to Google to check for the presence of interesting microbreweries and food places (bonus points for cuisines not available in Edinburgh). Instead of, as I'd feared, finding hardly any places, I get overwhelmed....

I just wish the course had been earlier, or Penguicon later - Charlie's said good things about it.
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[User Picture]From: jojomojo
2008-04-22 12:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm sure we can figure out something. :) Ann Arbor's pretty good for southern Indian cuisine - I'm sure you can find that in Edinburgh as well as the more usual takeaway fare, after all we did run the place for a couple of centuries, but there's some good stuff in that line if you like idli and dosas. Or, have you ever had Ethiopian?

As for microbreweries - there's the Arbor Brewing Company, which has some interesting stuff and slightly pricy food, or Ashleys, which is a pub (for US definitions of pub) that has a pretty wide beer selection. Or Connor O'Neill's if you like Irish-American kitsch. My dad and I would probably also both recommend you try Goose Island, especially Honker's Ale at some point - they're Chicago-based, both widely available round here.


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[User Picture]From: custardfairy
2008-04-22 01:38 pm (UTC)
Sabor Latino is excellent and inexpensive. I also put in a vote for Blue Nile, the Ethiopian place in AA (there's also Red Sea over in Ypsilanti) for very yummy food. The Jerk Pit is a little basement Jamaican place that serves very tasty spicy sandwiches and the like, and sushi.come (unfortunately named place, no?) is very good for inexpensive but excellent sushi. Hm...there's also a lot of Thai around.

We used to go to Leopold Bros. for nice microbrews, but I'll have to see if they're still open.

Hi, I'm jojomojo's girlfriend, by the way. :)
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[User Picture]From: urban_exotic
2008-04-23 02:23 pm (UTC)

*random food commentary*

Leopold's is closed now, which is too bad because it was a fun place to hang out.

I just tried Habana on Washington St. over the weekend. Excellent Cuban food!

I've got a picture of Sushi.Come on my camera phone. It makes me laugh. :)
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[User Picture]From: jojomojo
2008-04-23 02:26 pm (UTC)

Re: *random food commentary*

Ah, we'd notice it looked kind of shuttered the other day - that's a real shame, we liked to play pool there once in a while. :(
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[User Picture]From: urban_exotic
2008-04-23 02:28 pm (UTC)

Re: *random food commentary*

Some of my AA friends liked to have parties there now and again. Now we'll have to find somewhere else to cause trouble :)
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[User Picture]From: custardfairy
2008-04-23 06:22 pm (UTC)

Re: *random food commentary*

Oh well, it's not like we'd made it out since last summer anyway.
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[User Picture]From: novapsyche
2008-04-21 10:16 pm (UTC)
This is the person I was telling you about, who knows scalzi and such. (She also has Neil Gaiman programmed into her iPhone. You can be jealous.)
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[User Picture]From: custardfairy
2008-04-21 02:58 pm (UTC)
You might be going alone. I don't think I'll ever be allowed to take a day off of work again.
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