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WonderCon 2007 - fun, panels and--d'oh! - Nothing to See Here

Mar. 4th, 2007

10:09 pm - WonderCon 2007 - fun, panels and--d'oh!

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So, we spent the weekend (except for attending a party at wendelina2's place on Saturday night) up in San Francisco, at WonderCon 2007.

We got to see the first public screening of "300" (as mentioned in my last post), attend some interesting panels, collected some pretty cool schwag (including "driver's licenses" of the main characters from Tim Minear's upcoming [April 15th] show, Drive and cool metal Transformers pins [autobot and decepticon logos]). We got autographs from Jane Espenson (yay!), as well as getting to chat with her a fair bit. Jane is so cool. :) We got to hang out and chat with Richard Hatch a bit too, and get his autograph also. We both managed to get (though not quite the way we were meant to get them [which is to say, drawing the magic tickets]) special wrist bands which allowed us to get Nathan's autograph, along with his co-star Kristin Lehman! Studio provided item (really nice glossy promoting Drive), and got to chat with them for a minute while they were signing.

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The one really blah thing about the weekend was ... that on Saturday morning, not long after getting pictures with Jane, my camera went missing. Probably stolen from my pocket. Perhaps left somewhere or dropped (though I don't think so) and if that is the case, then it walked, because it never did show up at Lost and Found (not too surprisingly really).

My trusty Canon SD400, gone. :( ... with the 2Gb SD card in it, and containing all my pictures up to that point.

The good news is that we were able to get Lori's camera and get photos with Jane Espenson and with Richard Hatch again, and about the only photo we didn't replicate was Jane eating Dan Tat (egg custard tart) from Golden Gate Bakery -- we had brought 24 of them along on Saturday morning. Oh well. So, other than that it's only the cost of the equipment, not really loss of data (which is really more important).

That combined with e-mail from Costco with the deals of the week including mention of a Canon SD900 started me looking at the SD900 (10MP!) and, after I found out that it does not have the image stabilization of some of the other new SD series models, the SD800 IS. I'm seriously considering the SD800 IS, as it has both image stabilization and a better lens -- 3.8x zoom compared to the 900's 3.0x, and apparently impressive wide angle for a point-and-shoot. Sure, it's only 7.1MP compared to the SD900's 10.0MP, but I don't think the resolution is quite as important as the lens and IS.

Current Location: 806
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted

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From:brianwilliams
Date:March 5th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I also have a Canon SD400 and a 2GB memory card. :-)

Since we got ours, I have noticed that the megapixels keep going up, the screen gets bigger, and the price goes down. So now you can get something like 7 MP for just over $200. Crazy!!!

When you say 'Richard Hatch' are you talking about the naked guy from Survivor?
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From:mavjop
Date:March 5th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Urr? I'm talking about the famous actor guy who played Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica and Zarek in the new Battlestar Galactica.

Well, you can, but the SD800 IS (which is 7.1MP) is around $400 ... but, well, it has image stabilization and wide angle and stuff.
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From:mavjop
Date:May 19th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Kristin Lehman's autograph? Really?

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At Comic-Con in San Diego, and at WonderCon in San Francisco (which is run by the Comic-Con people), there's sort of 3 ways in which one may get autographs:

(1) There's generally some people sitting around at autograph tables all day or part of a day that you can get autographs from. They generally charge for this.

(2) Some booths (e.g. Sci-Fi channel, or comic retailers, or fan booths) will arrange to have someone at their booth for an hour or so to sign autographs, or may have a series of people.

(3) Studios which are presenting shows/movies at the convention will often offer (on studio-provided items e.g. a glossy photo) autographs to, say, 100 people. In order to get in on this, the convention organisers have a time and place where you can line up and when it is your turn pull a ticket from a bucket or whatever. If the ticket you pick happens to be the right colour or have a dot on it or something, you get a wrist band which marks you as one of the few allowed to go and get an autograph or autographs at the session (generally an hour or something, where they rush people through pretty fast).

We got wrist bands for the "Drive" autographs and so we had to rush to the appropriate place right after the "Drive" panel and gain access to the room for the autographs using our wrist bands.

When I say we didn't get the wrist bands in the usual way, I think what happened was when a WonderCon staff member showed up early for doing the drawings to see who would get wrist bands, we were 2 of maybe 6 or 8 people who were there super-early and they decided to reward us by just giving us wrist bands, hush-hush-like. =)
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From:mavjop
Date:May 20th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)

Re: Kristin Lehman's autograph? Really?

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My comment was in response to a comment which I have deleted at the commentor's request (in order to remove the commentor's e-mail address). The text of that comment (with e-mail address obscured) was:

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I thought you had to sell your soul to the devil for that. Seems almost impossible to get unless you live in L.A., and manage to stop her on the street. I figure the only way I'll ever meet her is if I become an actor myself.

I am so envious.

What to you mean though when you say it takes a 'magic ticket ' to get an autograph? I've been to a few conventions and that sounds pretty unusual.

Please send me an e-mail if you should manage to see this posting someday. I notice this thread's a little old.

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Edited at 2009-05-20 12:23 am (UTC)
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