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Had a good WisCon, home now


I'd love to sit down and write a long entry about WisCon, seeing friends, making new friends, the panels I was on (really enjoyed the "cyborg living" panel), the panels and reading I attended (including a good panel on disability metaphor, and another good panel called "Getting It Wrong Gracefully" about stuff like RaceFail and MammothFail—link is to Liz H's summary/transcript of most of the panel), sadness about various friends not being there, the Tiptree auction, the GoH speeches, conversations and lunches, etc.

I would also love to sit down and write about the great conversation Ben and Mary Anne and I had in the car on the way back to Chicago (partly developing a theory of Mary Anne's Mutant Leadership Powers, partly discussing interaction styles and the differences between people who like doing what others ask them to do (but who don't ask for things themselves) and the people who like asking others to do things for them, partly justifying the divine right of kings (it made sense in context), partly a bunch of other stuff).

I could also write some about spending a couple of subsequent days in Chicago.

And on unrelated notes, there are various same-sex marriage developments I'd like to write about.

Sadly, I'm operating on minimal sleep (about 5 hours a night at WisCon, and under 5 hours on Tues and Weds nights, though I did sleep on the plane), and I have about 24 hours before the movers show up and 48 hours before my tenants start moving in, and several projects at work to finish.

So blog entries from me are likely to be sparse for a bit.

But the short version is that I had a good time at WisCon (despite the absence of people I'd have wanted to see) and that I made it home safe. Hope that's also true for the rest of y'all who were there.

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Hooray! And good luck with the move!!!

I was not at WisCon, and as you may have read was sort of dreading my weekend, but to my surprise it turned out as lovely as yours. Some year I'd love to go to WisCon, but there are always seventeen things scheduled for Memorial Day weekend (I'm already being heavily lobbied to go to a morris ale in Colorado in 2010) so I may always have to attend vicariously through you :-)

I look forward to eventual posts about your move!

Hey it was good to meet you intermitently and put a face to your blog since I've been following it and occassionally commenting for some time now. (Jane and I were Sumana's roommates, but I don't know if you'll remember me - we didn't really talk). I meant to have a chat with you about the Strange Horizons page on the SF Editors wiki, which I manage, or your own page there, which has yet to exist, but I didn't, so I hereby open that conversation here, somewhat lamely.

(see http://www.sfeditorwatch.com/index.php/Strange_Horizons for context. Please let me know if there are people or details we're missing that you'd like to see there. You can also email me at akgmurphy (at) gmail if you'd like.)

Good luck with the move!

I think I'd love to hear about that conversation as well. Leadership and what makes someone a leader is interesting to me, philosophically and personally. I tend to be a meritocrat, and so expect leaders to be the ones who know what must be done, and those lacking knowledge to willingly follow such leaders. School makes it easy, with the clear designation that I am the teacher and therefore both the expert and the one to follow. In work contexts, it gets weirder, as I find myself surrounded by people who either want to follow me despite my protestations that I'm not the leader ("Remember, I'm an Agency nurse -- that means they pay me extra not to care.") or refuse to follow me despite it being obvious that I have useful/necessary knowledge they lack (eg, camp last summer). What has been problematic and seriously annoying is the people who assume that if people stubbornly refuse to follow you, it must be because you are a lousy leader, and couldn't possibly be due to the underlings being the sort who would never agree to follow anyone (heck, the sort who think asking any questions is a sign of weakness, and so wouldn't even tolerate basic orientation). I hope the Divine Right of Kings somehow addresses this?

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