Thursday morning I met with the director of the play I am doing the sound design for Burning Coal Theatre's next play, Conor McPherson's The Seafarer - we went over the script again identifying what he was thinking he wanted and my suggesting what I could do for him. Highly productive meeting. For Thursday evening we went to Alivia's near Brightleaf in Durham for The Monti standup storytelling session - this session was associated with the Science Online 2010 Conference this weekend in RTP. I thought the food at Alivia's was ok, and the service was fairly poor, but I was mostly there to listen to scientists, science writers, and science fiction writer John Kessel, talk about what inspires them. The talks were great. I plan to go back to future events at the Monti as I can.
(Note: The Monti sessions tend to sell out in advance, I strongly recommend buying advance tickets through their website. Next session is January 27.)
Friday I fed the scorpions, made more notes, and saw sad Ethan vampire. At least these vampires do not sparkle. Oh, and lunablack gave me a neat mini-Moleskine notebook that looks like a blank passport for a gnome. Thanks!
Saturday I spent in sessions at the Science Online 2010 Conference and the evening I began running the projector and ended organizing more of the Ignite format-inspired lightning talks during the conference evening banquet. I've attended all four of the conferences and they've always been interesting, this was the first time I was working even part of it. It was great to help out. Afterward one of the presenters suggested I put together an Ignite format talk on how to optimize AV and stage management for Ignite events, which was a nice vote of confidence, and today several people said thanks for my work last evening. After the banquet some much-needed decompression was provided by rdansky and melindadansky, for which I give thanks :).
Today has been reading, disquieting news, tediousness, but on the other hand some progress on the sound design - which explains why I spent part of the afternoon in a dark bathroom with a flashlight and field recorder jiggling the tank lever on a flush toilet.
Addendum: The conference organizer Bora seems to have a Google Alert for the conference:
this was posted about an hour after my blog post here went up :).