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My long-distance Loncon 3

I watched the Retro-Hugo Awards ceremony. The livecast was plagued with technical difficulties -- no sound for most of an hour, then super-muddy, underwater sound. I trust those in the audience heard things more clearly than those following along at home.

It's hard. Watching anything from the Worldcon has helped ease the frustration of not being there for years now. Yet live video coverage of the Hugos (and now, the Retro-Hugos) has been problematic often enough that it's now hard to remember those times it worked. And if it's not going to work after repeated attempts over a period of years, it doesn't actually matter whether or not it's a different problem each time. I don't want Worldcons to stop trying, but that might well be the wise thing to do.

Other quick highlights: yesterday's In praise of science fiction fandom in the Guardian. Including links to Jo Walton's Among Others and Making Light. Sweet.

Loncon 3 is continuing to update their live demographics page. Current total membership count there: 10,336. That includes 7,435 whose memberships and admissions include being present on site. Not all of us are, of course. But most....

Note: I don't know whether the demographics page includes memberships being bought at-the-door. It might, or it might just reflect online purchases at this point.

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drplokta
Aug. 15th, 2014 06:29 am (UTC)
The walk-ins are not on the demographics page yet -- they were taken on paper yesterday.
ckd
Aug. 15th, 2014 02:27 pm (UTC)
Are they still using the same streaming provider, or have they tried switching? I will admit some bias, but given that there's a company that's proved their ability to livestream a dude jumping off a balloon from the edge of SPACE I would expect doing a livestream from a land-based event should be simple enough.
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