Lessons from Miscon!
Lessons from Miscon!

Things I learned from attending MisCon:

– CthuluBob will not eat your brains, but he will shake your hand and go out of his way to make sure you’re having a great con. He also grills a fantastic burger.
Steven Brust plays a mean garbage can bongo
Michael Stackpole has the ability to inhale burgers Kirby-style
John Kovalic can see a prank coming a mile away. (It helps that I couldn’t keep a straight face for the life of me).
– Playing spin the bottle with a room full of authors has hilarious consequences
– In Montana, meat is available in both solid and liquid forms. Meat MUST be consumed at every meal. Choose wisely.
– SCA fencing demos are cool. SCA fencing demos at the side of a rushing mountain stream are pretty much the best thing ever.
– Taking a break from panels & manning the table to go sit in the sunshine by said mountain stream is also the best thing ever.
– There’s filk, and then there’s Eben Brooks. (Check out his stuff. Seriously.)
– Missoula is a little chunk of Canada in the middle of the mountains. Everyone is courteous and polite. (And as proud of their huckleberries as folks back home are of their Saskatoons.)
– Poolside venue + beer fridge + live dj + video games = one geeky good time
– Wrangling geeks is difficult, but possible with an army of volunteers! (Thanks for looking after me & the rest of the guests, guys!! You rock!)
– MisCon: well worth the 10 hours drive through treacherous mountain passes to get to!

News: Posted May 27th, 2009 by Alina

^ 8 Comments to “Lessons from Miscon!”

  1. Did Eben Do Hippy Jack? I almost pissed myself laughing the first time I heard him do that one.

    He does monthly free concerts down in San Diego, used to be this high point of my month.

    Posted May 30th, 2009 at 11:03 am
  2. hey Alina 🙂 Glad that you had what sounded like an awesome time at that con 🙂 Are we still on for tomorrow’s TGT Webcomics Podcast? 10PM ET / 7PM PT http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/22928

    Posted May 30th, 2009 at 11:31 am
  3. Skunkee Says:

    Hey, in the comic mentioning Glen Gary Glen Ross it mentions Al Pacino for “3rd Prize is you’re fired.” Wasn’t it Alec Baldwin who did the sales pitch scene in that movie?

    Posted June 1st, 2009 at 12:09 am
  4. shadow Says:

    miscon 23 was a blast cthulubob seem to get tiered up a lot and yes SCA fencing demos at the side of a rushing mountain stream are pretty much the best thing ever

    Posted June 1st, 2009 at 6:02 am
  5. gnrrrg Says:

    Just listened to ‘Hey There Chthulhu” great song.

    Posted June 1st, 2009 at 7:56 am
  6. Othniel Says:

    Alina, one of these years you got to come down for Conduit here in Salt Lake City.

    Posted June 2nd, 2009 at 3:43 pm
  7. Morag Says:

    SCA Fencing demos are pretty win, it’s true. So is Eben Brooks.

    Glad you had a good time 😀


    Posted June 3rd, 2009 at 2:50 am
  8. M/P Says:

    Wowsers! Eben Brooks!! Methinks I’m going to have to see about timing a visit to SD and see him!

    Side note…

    Although it was some time ago, I used to watch SCA tourneys in San Antonio Texas with a gentleman who was dubbed ‘The Once And Every-Other King’, and he was a true treat to watch!

    In Texas (at least), the rules of SCA leadership stated that a king was determined by combat every 6 months, but no one could be king for in two consecutive reigns. He was such a good swordsman that he could have been king forever were it not for that caveat.

    True athletic artistry is rare enough, but to watch a fencing/duel match in such an idyllic setting would be a memory to cherish.

    Posted June 5th, 2009 at 11:18 pm