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Just uploaded my pictures from MagFest, which I worked on the first weekend of January. It was a contract with the Dorsai Irregulars, so we were working security and badge check for the con.

Video Arcade The Dealers Area Gaming Room

One of the more memorable things about this year's MagFest was that we had a staff suite, complete with an actual chef, who cooked breakfast and dinner. Getting real cooked food without having to go offsite or order out was a really nice perk at this year's MagFest. I hope they continue it next year.

There was also a contest of the game Nibbler, which was held at MagFest during the weekend:

Nibbler Contest

Unfortunately, according to Retro Thing, Dwayne Richard's machine froze just shy of half a billion points, forcing him to abort his attempt.

Also, the Chairman of MagFest dressed up as a Wiimote:

Brendan Dressed up as a Wiimote

The Dorsai Irregulars also won an award at the MagFest awards ceremony. It was for "Best Hats". No, really!

If anyone is interested, my full set of pictures can be found here:

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A nice little thing seen on CNN:

Using brain scans, researchers at Stony Brook University in New York have discovered a small number of couples respond with as much passion after 20 years together as most people only do during the early throes of romance, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reported.

The researchers scanned the brains of couples together for 20 years and compared them with results from new lovers, the Sunday Times said.

About 10 percent of the mature couples had the same chemical reactions when shown photographs of their loved ones as those just starting out.

Previous research has suggested that the first stages of romantic love fade within 15 months and after 10 years it has gone completely, the newspaper said.

The downside is that there's a 1 in 10 chance of finding someone that you will be truly happy with for the rest of your life. But I guess the upside is that finding someone you'll be happy with for the rest of your life really can happen.

I'm still at MagFest, and heading out shortly. I'll have pictures and a con report later.
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Here's my schedule for MagFest this weekend:

Friday: 6 AM - Noon

Saturday: 12 AM - 6 AM, 6 PM - Midnight

Sunday: 12 PM - 4 PM

I won't be wearing a tail, but I'll be wearing a black DI beret, so I should be easy to spot.

I hope I'll see folks in the Virgina area there!
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MagFest went okay. I worked 3 shifts there and got to deal with a few problems, but not nearly as many as we had last year. This was probably due to them borrowing language from Anthrocon's Standards of Conduct. :-)

I personally got to deal with the aftermath of one assault, one alcohol-related issue, and my very first medical situation. The medical situation had to do with an individual cutting his finger while trying to use a knife to open a bottle of wine. Good idea, bad execution.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I tried commuting from [ profile] davinwarter's place over the weekend. That seemed like a good idea in theory, but didn't work out too well in practice. There ended up being a fair amount of time spent traveling to and from the convention site, and we had to deal with the suck that is Washington, DC traffic.

Overall, my impression of the con was positive, and I hope that they'll be back at this hotel again next year.

I took a few pictures from the con, but haven't yet had a chance to post them. Also, just an FYI, I do not announce every single set of pictures I post on Flickr. So folks who actually care about what I photograph may want to consider subscribing to my Flickr RSS feed, found here.
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Here are my hours for working MagFest this weekend:

Saturday: 6 AM to 10 AM, 10 PM to 2 AM
Sunday: 2 PM to 4 PM

I will be commuting from [ profile] davinwarter's place, so that means I very likely will NOT be onsite when I am off duty. If you're coming to the con and would like to get together, please let me know.
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I finally put up my pictures from MagFest 5, held back in January. The Dorsai Irregulars were contracted to work this convention, and myself and several other furs were drafted to work with the DI. The pictures can be found over here.

Here are a few selected pics:

And what con is complete without things that give electrical engineers nightmares?

The full archive.


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Douglas Muth

April 2012



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