So I enjoy staffing and attending conventions and I enjoy Scientific Skepticism so I combined both of these interests and started Logic-Con a science and skepticism convention.
It’s going to be a lot of work and I have become the con-director by default which is equally exciting and scary. I started with registering six different domains to make sure that we didn’t end up with someone making a similar site and as well as helping any congoers that go astray. The other domains all redirect to the main domain of course. I then recruited some of my friends and affiliates to be staff members and created a “master todo list” of things I thought we needed to do to really get off the ground. It seems like a lot of work but it helps to be able to break things up into smaller parts.
So yeah if this at all interests you check out the Logic-Con site and maybe post in the forums. We will be posting updates about our progress whenever we can.
So I have been working on my book project for about a month now and it has been quite a bit of work but I also feel I am starting to get used to this whole “research, read, and take notes” process. So far I’ve read about six out of my now thirty plus list of books that I have chosen to read.
Right now I do most of my reading during downtime at work and I keep a notebook on hand to take notes on things I feel I would like to mention or research further for my book. I fear being too derivative but on the other hand I really do want to contribute something to the conversation so this means there is a lot of information and concepts that I feel I need to understand fully before I write anything.
One of the problems I am facing is every time I read a book I end up finding six other books that I need to read. In the end if I don’t ever write a book I will be a rather well versed in theology.
I also have been taking some breaks from this project to read other books specifically Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK by Gerald Posner which at five hundred plus pages did take a bit of time to read through but I thoroughly enjoyed.
I am currently working on writing a book on Atheism and Skepticism. I have never been been very confident with my writing so this is quite the task for me but I thought it would be worth a shot.
Fortunately there are quite a few books on this subject. I really don’t feel that I want to write a book without reading these books because I would like to actually contribute something to the conversation instead of just stating something that has been better stated elsewhere so I am compiling a reading list that at this point is about thirty books long which I expect to get much longer. I am taking notes while reading but I am also concerned with my book being “too directive.”
I do most of my reading at work due to having a lot of downtime there and while I read I take notes in a notebook on various points and topics that I would like to research further or expand upon in my book. I am then organizing these notes and my further research in a private wiki I have set up.
I will be posting occasional updates from time to time about this project but don’t expect this to be done in a few months. This is my first large writing project and I am doing it part-time and working on it between my time at work as well as conventions, tabletop rpgs, and whatnot. In short this may take a year or two.
I haven’t written anything about being trans in quite some time so I guess I should give an update on how things have been going on with that. In short no progress has been made.
Almost two years ago I got the letter recommending hormone therapy from the psychiatrist I was seeing at that time. I also found out during this time that there are no doctors in Eau Claire who I can go to prescribe hormone therapy for me. I have asked around and asked every doctor I have seen and it appears that my only option is to go to the Twin Cities for treatment.
When I got my letter I was rather poor and soon afterwards I was out of a job. Two years later I am making a comfortable living due to the combination of my part-time job and my social security disability benefits. I also know have my own car so there is more hope for me to get hormones and I do have an appointment in December with a OB/GYN who specializes in hormone therapy for transfolk that another transgirl friend of mine recommended to get hormone therapy. Due to my autism I do now have Medicare as well health insurance but I am unsure if I will be able to use either of those for this appointment.
Another thing I am considering perusing is getting an orchiectomy which put simply is the removal of the testicals. It would mean I could stop having to deal with testosterone so that’s one less pill to take with my hormone therapy and of course that would mean that I would have a lot less body hair issues. It would also make tucking easier and less painful. Also it would serve as a rather effective contraception.
Due to some weight over the last couple years. I am not chubby by any means but none of the few girl clothes I did have no longer fit me. I have some makeup but I really don’t know how to apply it so I don’t tend to wear it due to not wanting to look weird. I have been trying to shave religiously sometimes having three hour shaving sessions in the shower but often my depression gets in the way. I have an epilator but it takes a long time to use and hurts quite a bit. I guess I need to go shopping for clothing and makeup with another girl as well as possibly get an appointment with a electrologist for a more permanent hair removal option.
My hair has gotten quite a bit longer and I am happy about that but it also looks more “headbanger” instead of being all that feminine. I am currently looking for a hair stylist that can give my hair a more feminine cut. Every time I tell a hair stylist that I want a more feminine cut it just ends up looking super boyish. I sort of feel that I have to find a hair stylist that I can sit down and just give them the “trans speech” so I don’t have wild hair but I also don’t end up with a boyish haircut.
My friends know to call me Sarah but to the rest of the world I present entirely as male 100% of the time and that makes me rather depressed but whatever I do to present as a girl I don’t feel confident that I’ll “pass” so I just don’t do it. So yeah I am progressing very very slowly and that’s sad.
In the last year or so I have started to see psychics setting up booths at the various anime/geek convention that I attend in both artist alleys and the vendor rooms. At first I really didn’t think much of this practice except for some small private ridicule but now that I take some time to think about it I don’t actually think this is as harmless as it appears. At best a psychic is a scam artist in the guise of a entertainer and at worse they are a dangerous scam artist helping legitimize a particle that leaves many people penniless or worse off.
I understand that conventions do not always have the option to be selective about their vendors or artists but in the same way that a convention shouldn’t allow vendors to sell counterfeit merchandise they shouldn’t allow cold readers to practice their “craft” because they call it entertainment.
In a way this is similar to the issue I have with “Hentai Rooms” or “Hentai Events” which I do plan to write a blog entry on later. In short the issue I have with such rooms and events is that quite a lot of the hentai featured in such rooms tends to be scenes of rape or sex with minors and this contributes to a larger overall societal issue. If there weren’t people being scammed by Psychics and everyone who paid for the service understood that it was bullshit I would be less against it.
Not going to start doing point by point review of movies here because I don’t foresee being able to attend enough movies to really be a “movie reviewer” and there are other blogs and online shows that do it better.
So I wanted to see “Gravity” on its opening night on Thursday. Mostly because it was really the best day for me to go see it. Unfortunately the only theater in the area that had it during that time was the one in Menominee which is thirty minutes away and is a bit far to drive for a movie when we have two movie theater in Eau Claire but whatever it was nice to go to somewhere different.
So I have seen quite a few movies set in space and this movie feels the most like it is actually in space. This has a lot to do with the sound design. It should seem obvious that there isn’t any noise in space but that is something that a lot of movies and shows do forget.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are great in this movie. I could easy foresee how a bad performance from either of them especially Bullock would of made this movie unwatchable.
So yeah this is what I’m not doing movie reviews because all I have to say is go see it and if you can stand 3D go see it that way, it’s worth it.
So the 2014 Geek.Kon staff elections were Sunday in which I ran unopposed for the position of Equipment head. I also ran for website and events head but I lost both of those elections but both to very worthy candidates. Last year was my first year on Geek.Kon staff and I was co-equipment head and I really enjoyed the position but I felt that I wanted to be equipment head by myself this year.
I also submitted “Project Hermes” to the rest of Geek.Kon staff which is a project I have been working on for a while to to purchase radios instead of having to rent the ones we have been using. This project will be expensive costing about three thousand dollars but there is some chance for other conventions to help out in the cost.
So yeah its going to be a big year for me being the only one responsible for the Equipment Committee but I am looking forward to the challenge.
I like to start off with mentioning that my teal Gameboy Color was my favorite possession by far when I was growing up and I spent countless hours playing it so it’s not that I never liked gaming on a handheld. Somehow I never ended up buying any other handhelds then that one; no Gameboy Advances, PSP’s or DS’s.
That is until last week in which I bought a used Nintendo 3DS XL from Gaming Generations here in Eau Claire before FOY-Con. From the get-go I knew that the 3D feature was not for me but I was excited to play some of the games from the virtual console especially quite possibly my favorite Mario game “Lost Levels” and I really wanted to try out some of the new Mario games for the 3DS.
However I soon realized how bulky the 3DS XL was resorting to carrying it in my backpack instead of in my pocket. With all this bulk I still found the screen small in comparison to the TV screens that I am used to doing all my gaming on especially when it came to playing Lost Levels or other Virtual Console games.
A lot of this really isn’t anything wrong with the handheld itself but issues I have with my eyes I have no doubt that someone who doesn’t have keratoconus would have much less issues playing the consoles. I will say that the controls on the 3DS XL were pretty nice especially the Circle Pad. Using the controls were all very satisfying well except for the touch screen, not really a big fan of using a touch screen and I found myself having to constantly clean finger prints or grime off the screen.
The other big issue with portable gaming I have for myself is I just don’t know when I would play it. If I’m not working I’m at home where I can play a regular sized console and I just feel silly playing a handheld when I can be playing my xbox360 or more likely something on the computer. I guess I could play it on my 15 minute break at work but if you factor in for a bathroom run, and grabbing a bite then that really only amounts to five minutes or so a day. It could of made sense when I was taking the bus to work but now I drive everywhere so I kind of have to stay focused on the road. I could see getting a lot more use out of something like this if I was a student and spent a lot of my downtime away from home.
I got the console on a discount because it apparently did not play original DS games which I was alright with, unfortunately I later discovered that anything that used the camera crashed the console so I ended up returning it to Gaming Generations. I did however lose the $20 I put into the Nintendo eShop but I am alright with that loss. So yeah there was a time in which I adored handheld gaming but now it really isn’t my thing anymore. I will stick to the full size consoles and passing my breaks at work reading a book instead of playing a handheld. Now I just have to go to Gaming Generations tomorrow to pick up a copy of Grand Theft Auto 5.
I saw this before but I was reminded of it again today and I thought I would highlight it.
I have been a fan of Shadowrun for quite some time and Shadowrun 4th edition was one of my favorite tabletop games of all time and I have been wanting to get back into it for a long time. For those who don’t know Shadowrun is a very unique game set in a cyberpunk type world with magic mixed in creating for a pretty rich game environment for adventures.
Well Shadowrun is coming out with a 5th edition and from first looks it is very nice. I especially like how they revamped character creation. While I have always loved Shadowrun character creation has always been a bit of a pain. Obviously if character creation is difficult it can create a large barrier of entry for new players especially players who are not only new to Shadowrun but also new to tabletop RPG’s in general.
I am happy to see that that they have greatly expanded the core rulebook almost 500 pages. Yes this makes the core rulebook more pricey then now you don’t have to track down the sometimes hard to find books like the”Street Samurai Catalog” and it gives players and GM’s a lot more to work with. I currently have a pdf of the game and am awaiting getting a physical copy of the book when it arrives at Fountain of Youth here in Eau Claire. Generally what I like to do is use the pdf on my laptop when playing so I can pass the physical copy of the book around the table.
Hopefully I will be able to find a group of players interested in trying out the new Shadowrun. It has been a while since I played Shadowrun so I may need some time to refresh myself and I have already been having issues finding players for a Pathfinder campaign so I’m not sure but I know I will try.
Catalyst Games have released both a Quick Start Guide and a Preview go check them out now!