I went to Chicago TARDIS 2013 this year, after having missed going to Chicago TARDIS 2012. This being the weekend after the 50th Anniversary, I was determined to make this convention.
This year things were interesting, in that I flew out of Manhattan at 7:05am, arriving in Chicago around 9am. Fortunately, I didn't have any trouble being able to check in right away when I arrived at the hotel. It was kind of strange being picked up and riding alone in a stretched limo. But, I guess its what was available when I showed up, and nobody else was making a similar trip around that time. I had booked shared ride service from Windy City Limos, like I had the previous two Chicago TARDISes. Return trip was in black sedan. I had also booked Black Car in Manhattan for the ride to and from the airport.
While getting settled in the hotel room, before heading down to see about lunch....I discovered to my horror that I the charger for my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 was not among my luggage. I did have a couple of what should be fully charged battery packs, but they would not last the weekend.
I later spent some time researching local options on what to do....I settled on the possibility of experiencing Target on Black Friday, where they were featuring the Nikon Coolpix L320 for $99.99 or the Nikon Coolpix L820 for $199.99. I was leaning towards the L320, since this wasn't likely to become one of my regular cameras, so price was a big factor. Alternatively was to see if they carried extra chargers for my camera, since they carried the Panasonic FZ70K....though I later found out that it wasn't the same battery. They had this camera on sale for $299.99, IIRC. Also the Coolpix L320 or L820 had the advantage to me that they took AA batteries (4).
I knew Target was going to be one of the stores opening Thursday night for Black Friday....though I wasn't sure when I would make the dash to try to salvage my trip.
Later on Thursday night, after getting my badge and then checking out the reception (when I saw other people heading the same way, but continue out across to Target.) After getting some food and drink, making a loop around the space, I decided that I would make a dash over to Target and see what's what.
It was chaos in Target, the electronics/cameras counter was pretty much inaccessible since everybody there was after iPad's of various models and sizes. I wandered around a bit to see if things might settle down as they started reporting certain iPads were now out of stock. Occurred to me that I should see about some cheaper water for use in the hotel room, but they didn't have any small packs of still purified or spring water available, so I got a 6 pack of flavored water. Guess I could do that instead of mixing Crystal Light to go with my medication.... As I walked back, I noticed that one of the end of aisle displays was full over Nikon Coolpix L320's. Since that was the most likely candidate if I was going to buy a camera for salvage the trip....its what I got.
It then took forever to snake out from one opposite corner of store to the other to check out. I had intentionally brought my Target Red card this trip, which I otherwise usually leave at home when I travel. Plus I hadn't shopped at Target for a while, in anticipation of this possibility I would later make another trip, to get refill pages for the album that I keep the purchased photos and such I get at Chicago TARDIS, and a bottle of shampoo as the hotel shampoo was bothering my scalp.....
I knew I had an 8 pack of Lithium Photo AA's in my luggage. I went back to my hotel room and unpacked the new camera and spent sometime getting familiar with it (using the included AA batteries.) Since I had owned Nikon Coolpix cameras before...namely the Coolpix S80 (Much earlier on there was a Coolpix 5500, but I don't recall what it was like anymore), I found the menus and such largely familiar, so I tweaked up some settings to fit the kind of shooting I was going to do this weekend. And, set up to give it a test.
The reception was still going on, so I went back in and shot some pictures around the room to get a feel for its controls and behavior. And, downed some more snackage before calling it a night.
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Hopefully, this isn't a trend... but rather a strange problem that has now been treated (through the use of Muro 128 at night for the last few weeks and to taper off over the next couple...)
Nov 2003: OD -5.00 -1.00 075 OS -8.00 Apr 2005: OD -4.25 -1.00 080 OS -7.00 -0.75 045 May 2006: OD -4.50 -1.00 055 OS -6.50 -1.00 035 Apr 2008: OD -5.25 -1.00 060 OS -7.25 -1.00 025 Aug 2009: OD -5.00 -0.50 050 OS -7.00 -1.25 030 Oct 2010: OD -5.50 -0.75 050 +1.25 OS -7.00 -1.00 040 +1.25 Nov 2011: OD -5.50 -0.75 050 +1.50 OS -7.00 -1.00 040 +1.50 Feb 2013: OD -4.50 -0.75 040 +1.50 OS -6.75 -0.75 010 +1.50 Jun 2013: OD -5.25 -1.00 060 +1.75 OS -7.00 -0.75 040 +1.75 Oct 2013: OD -5.25 -0.50 060 +1.75 OS -7.25 -0.75 015 +1.75
Wonder if there's enough time to get a new pair of glasses online cheap, before my upcoming trip (Narcolepsy Network Conference). And, to use up the remainder of my limited use FSA, which is kind of surprising to have last this long this year. Probably because of the unstable nature of my eyeglass prescription this year, I didn't get what I really wanted in a second pair of glasses this year. Maybe I'll finally get around to it next year....
Just as long as I can see the best that I can for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!
Here are some of the pictures of me at Chicago TARDIS 2011, with some of the special guests that were there. I'm wearing my usual attire, where I'm dressed as my own Doctor, though this year I added a bow tie on Saturday. Because bow ties are cool.
Me with Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Matthew Waterhouse. Wearing my Dr.E.Amer lab coat, regenerated Tilley TH4 hat, and bow tie.
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Wow, this is interesting….Doctor Who only started in my area on May 9th, 1983….
Does that mean I became a Doctor Who fan almost as soon as it started for me?
Wonder when exactly The Talons of Weng-Chiang ran …
Seemed likes a good choice to test out my new Roku XDS.
I rated this 5 stars.
I really wished I could be going to this years Ohio Linux Fest, some of the talks and the theme (40 Years of Unix) is interesting. Plus I wanted to see some of the past speakers again to see what a year has changed, and see meet the various fellow organizers that I've been working with online. Along with see some of the people that I won't be seeing since I'm not going to LISA this year.
Some of talks I probably wanted to see/hear include: Keynote Dr. Douglas McIlroy who developed UNIX pipes and UNIX tools such as spell, diff, sort, join, graph, speak and tr. Shawn Powers, who I used to watch in his video podcasts (I've fallen really behind....thinking of getting an iPod Nano or something?) Who I didn't get to meet at Penguicon due to standing in the beef line and other bad luck.
Though there was the conflict between "Shared Destiny: 40 Years of Unix, 40 Years of VM, and How They Came Together" and maco's talk "Sysadmins' Rosetta Stone", both of which I wanted to attend, though I probably would've gone with the first. Since I see going to OLF as 'vacation' rather than 'work'. Even though I'd probably end up doing some poking around at work by remote....though things this year...I might actually have less work to do while on vacation....
Thought it might be interesting to see what is covered at the DiOS (Diversity in Open Source) on Sunday. And, not because I think that someday I want to break back into contributing to Open Source projects, or something.
And, then there's the whole 'ex-IDIOT Doctor Who Fan Club'.
But, a few weeks ago I had a little accident on my bike....the kind where I stopped suddenly, and it happened in 3 stages.
First stage, the bike stopped instantly. Second stage, I went flying over the handle bars ... putting my right hand out in front of me to stop my head from hitting the pavement. Third stage, bike coming down on top of me...pulled over by my legs catching the handle bars.
My portion of the ER visit....that was the hotel room at OLF.
No broken bones, but had elbow and wrist contusions....in my right arm....loss of motion in both directions. Made it really hard to first few days to do basic things like bath, shave, dress, put on my CPAP mask....eventually inward motion returned (though painful)...but still can't straighten my arm, though it has improved a bit.
So the physical therapy cost will probably be at least the airplane ticket to OLF.
And, I wasn't entirely sure how I was going to pay for OLF as it was....was gonna tap my cruise fund to for part of it (with most of it going towards my later trip to Chicago TARDIS)....
You never forget your first Doctor.....I also remember my first Doctor Who show.
But, I'm rating this 3 stars.
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