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Shows, Events, & All That Jazz

It’s my last day at Pycon. I’m SOO TIRED yet still SOO EXCITED.

So Tired

I went to a neat poster session, and talked to folks about their cool projects, like Raspberry Pi game consoles and voice-to-braille generators.

Stumbling upon a room of boardgamers, I joined a game of Dominion. It was my first time playing a physical Dominion. So much shuffling…

Dominion

Lunch was with the Pyladies. I didn’t realize how much I missed hanging out with just women. There was a neat event where all the women that gave talks this conference went to a microphone, introduced themselves, and gave bits of wisdom.

Microphone

I was impressed by the number of women who thanked Jessica for personally reaching out to them. She’s such a trooper.

After lunch, I heard one of my favorite talks this conference. It was “Farewell and Welcome Home: Python in Two Genders” by Naomi Cedar. It was really amazing.

I had a great time at Pycon. It was my first software conference, and I loved it. I saw some of my Boston Python friends and made some new ones.

Folks, if you like Python, or just software in general, definitely go to Pycon next year.

 

~Jenny signing out, from the airport.

Day 3 started with a case of the sads. I woke up realizing I’d missed Jessica‘s talk, due to my mis-reading of the schedule.

Guess I gotta watch the Pycon videos afterwards…

Sads

On a happier note, I caught Ned‘s talk! It was about getting started with testing.

Ned

Check it out! It has really awesome illustrations from his son!

During lunch, I had my very first macaroon.

macaroon

It was not at all what I expected! I liked it. It was tasty.

For dinner, I went with a bunch of Python folks to a vegetarian restaurant. There was a moment in the night when everyone tried to create standing waves in our drinking glasses, by ringing the glass. So good!

I’m looking forward to more talks tomorrow, as well as the Pyladies lunch!

Jenny out.

Today kicked off with an AWESOME KEYNOTE by John Perry Barlow! With gems such as:

“The reason we care about privacy is because we fear the judgement of organizations who have no business judging us in the first place.”

Pyladies

My mornin’ was spent at the Pyladies booth, sellin’ shirts! I hadn’t plan on boothing, but the Pyladies were swamped.

Seriously, though, come buy a shirt! They look AMAZING and you’re helping a great cause.

While helping out, I saw more of my friends from Boston Python and Boston Pyladies. I’ve missed you guys!
Side note: If you’re in Boston, go to Boston Python Meetups and the Boston Pyladies Meetups! They’re one of the best Meetups I’ve been to, EVER!

named tuples

The rest of the day was full of mind-blowing talks. Even with a bit of Python experience, I feel so n00b here.

NAMED TUPLES, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!?

At the end of the day, I saw a sign up sheet for lightning talks, and in a brief moment of insanity, I signed up.

I talked about sewing stuffed animals / procedurally generating sewing patterns from video games. It was an unprepared talk…which didn’t feel too great… but it was fun.

podium

I also didn’t realize there was a small cone of light, so probably no one could see me >___<…

That said, I highly encourage people to give talks. It’s a great way to share what you know. Our community is built around sharing information, so sharing is super vital!

I hit up the opening ceremony. Lots o’ companies were there.

stickers

I stopped by the O’Reilly booth and grabbed some AWESOME stickers. They were also giving away a quarterly newsletter about DIYbio. Though I wasn’t too intrigued by the its iGEM articles, I do LOVE that O’Reilly is approaching hacking the physical realm, (they also have a hardware conference called Solidcon comin’ up).

Physical hacking is right in my wheelhouse.*

Pyladies Mixer

After the opening reception, I attended the Pyladies Mixer, sponsored by Twitter, at a tapas bar. There were tons of tasty snacks as well as a delicious Twitter Kool Aid. I got to hang out with my buds from Boston Pyladies as well as meet some really cool folks. Super fun!

This concludes an awesome first night at Pycon!

*A phrase I picked up from Harry

Queen of the Night was AMAZING!

It’s a show based on The Magic Flute, with acrobatics and dinner. There’s less exploration, but no less the excitement.
If you haven’t gone, definitely book now. It’s on the pricier side, but totally worth it.

SPOILERS BELOW – READ AFTER YOU’VE GONE TO THE SHOW

I first heard about this event from LL. She said it was better than Sleep No More! High praise, considering Sleep No More is one of my favorite shows.

The ticket said to dress fancy, so Harry and I had to get fancy clothes, since we didn’t own any.

fancy

The night of the show was extremely cold. Luckily we arrived early and didn’t have to wait long in the outside line.

Inside was a staircase down, and we were signaled to wait on the staircase.

A waiter walked up to me, and led me inside. Alone, he told me his name was Glasnost, and that I would be helping with the first ceremony of the night.

Glasnost

He pointed out the Queen, radiating from the center of the stage, and then told me to close my eyes. Holding his hand, I was led to a secret chamber.

“Picture a beautiful moment,” Glasnost whispered.

After an eternity in imagination conjuration, I was told to open my hand and my eyes. My beautiful moment crystalized into an invisible droplet, which I then gave Glasnost.

The room was small. There were three other ladies there, accompanied by their own waiters. In the center was a red robbed lady with a two-foot glass pipette. Beside her was Pamina, the Queen’s laughter, lying on a table, asleep with her mouth open.

Red

The waiters whispered the beautiful thoughts to Red, and Red decanted them in Pamina’s mouth.

Glasnost told me I was one of twelve in the ceremony that night, and marked me with a blue ribbon and a Q. I felt super special.

Q

Rejoining the rest of the guests, we were encouraged to explore. There were a slew of different performances going around the center stage, such as aerial robe.

At the very end of the theater, behind the curtains, was a small corridor. A couple other guests and I crowded around there, and saw Pamina bathing. One of my favorite moment of the night came next, when a guest noticed a faucet on the wall. Curious, he turned the knob and out poured a beer-colored liquid. He drank it and said it was delicious. I love these discoveries!

faucet

Aside from the mysteriously functional faucet, I love the door handles found throughout Queen of the Night. They’re shaped like handshakes!

handle

The main event started quickly. Everyone was ushered to a table, and watched The Magic Flute play out on the center stage. It was a whirlwind of acrobatics. I recognized Tamino, Papageno, and Monostatos, but could not recognize Sarastro.

Queen

When dinner started, our table was given a cage of lobster! Everyone was super thrilled (maybe except Harry, who had to forage for vegetarian dishes). Our table also got to try pork and beef, since lobster was in high demand and people came to our table to trade their table’s dish for our lobster.

Rune, one of the waiters, stopped by to chat.

“Jenny, what does love feel like?”

“It makes you feel really happy.”

“Like candy.”

“YEA! LIKE CANDY!!!”

Rune

He laughed, and then hopped away for the post-dinner performance.

The rest of the night was blur. Everything was just so awesome.

Hope your Queen of the Night was as exciting as mine!

Oh snap! Someone bought my Sleep No More fabric! I hope they make something cool with it.

fabric

It reminded of my last visit to the McKittrick, a couple months back.

SPOILERS BELOW

I was far less enthused because it was my third visit, but the McKittrick surprised me.

A man, (whom I believe to be the Taxidermist), inspected the torn pages of a book in Gallow Green.

I tailed him closely for a couple of scenes. He returned to that Gallow Green shoppe, shoved me aside, picked the guest next to me for his 1-on-1, and slammed the door. I was so sad Mr. Taxidermist. I don’t mind not being picked but it hurts to be shoved.

I then wandered around and got to see Hecate! Finally!

Hecate

She ate a raw steak and coughed up a ring. One guest tried to sit next to her as she was eating the steak, and was shoed away. She may have picked me for the ring, with her knife reflecting a light like a pointer, but I was too uncertain to step forward. Later, her lip synched to “Is That All There Is” and was handed a paper boat by another guest.

Wandering alone in the cemetery, I caught the Taxidermist(?) somberly strolling to a gravestone. He handed me his umbrella, and proceeded to bury the bones of a small creature.

Later I also saw a secret, acrobatic dance between him and the Sexy Witch in the autopsy room.

Somewhere in the mix of events, I saw Lady Macbeth washing her husband after the murder. She was such an awesome Lady Macbeth.

After the rave, I dashed after the Boy Witch, knowing his upcoming scene. I had never seen that scene before, but the fact I knew it was proof that I’ve become a  Sleep No More veteran.

In writing this post, I realized just how much I saw during my third visit. It was absolutely amazing.