Before I post my Friday schedule, I'd like to put up a plea to any Austin-area Schlockers who ALSO play Disc Golf:

Linucon is Upon Us!

Thursday morning I'm in the air and on my way to Austin, Texas for Linucon 1.0. Austin-area Schlockers, now's your chance to score a sketch, or bask in the glare that comes off my freshly-shaven-for-public-appearances pate.

Before I post my Friday schedule, I'd like to put up a plea to any Austin-area Schlockers who ALSO play Disc Golf: I want to play Friday morning! I have a few hours before the 'Con starts, and getting out in the sunshine would be oh-so-nice. Email me if you're interested, but hurry up! I'll be checking email all day Wednesday, and then not until late Thursday night or early Friday morning. If you leave me a phone number I can call you Friday to finalize details.

Okay, on with Friday's schedule:

3:00pm-4:00pm -- The Art Show opens. I'll have a 4'x4' display space with about a dozen originals up for the auction. The show runs all weekend, closing its doors at 3:30 Sunday.
4:00pm-5:00pm -- Opening Ceremonies. I'll be there with Wil Wheaton, Eric Raymond, Eric Flint, and Steve Jackson.
5:30pm-6:30pm -- "Celebrity Munchkin". Steve Jackson, Wil Wheaton, Eric Raymond, Eric Flint and I all play "Munchkin" to determine which GoH is the biggest munchkin. I'm betting it's either Steve or Wil, but you know I'll give them a run for my money.
7:30pm-8:00pm -- they're making Ovalqwik-flavored Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream in the Con Suite. What a treat!
10:00pm-11:00pm -- "Obligatory Linux vs. Microsoft" panel. Ah, my old Novell life rears its head. You know I'll be able to say what I REALLY think here, of course.

Saturday is no less packed...

10:00am-11:00am --" Linux on the Desktop" with Cathy Raymond.
11:30am-12:30pm -- "Introduction to Geek Culture" panel with Cathy Raymond and Wil Wheaton.
2:30pm-3:30pm -- "Hacking Food" panel with Jay "Tron Guy" Maynard. I'll be making Chupaquesos.
4:00pm-5:00pm -- "How to Draw" panel. Dunno who's on this with me. Apparently I've fooled the world into thinking that at some point in the last four years I've learned to draw.
5:30pm-6:30pm -- Art Show Tour. Lemme show off my stuff to you, so you can pay top dollar for my Schlock. Like this one or maybe a nice F'Sherl-Ganni.
7:00pm-8:00pm -- "How to Write" panel with Rie Sheridan and Lawrence Person.
8:00pm-9:30pm -- The Masquerade... I'll be one of the judges (insert evil grin here).
11:30pm-12:30am -- I'm going to sit in on the "Hosting a Webcomic" panel. I'm not a hosting expert, but I'd like to see what's getting said here.

Sunday, the day of rest (well... the day of the rest of the 'Con.)

10:00am-11:00am -- "Novell, GroupWise, and Linux." My old schtick, with some new twists. "Ex-Novell insider" the program book calls me.
11:30am-12:30pm -- "Schlock Mercenary." This is my "everything you wanted to know about the Schlockiverse" panel. Or something like that.
1:00pm-2:30pm -- The Banquet. It's at kind of an odd time, but this is where a few select guests get to pay for the chance to eat with the Guests of Honor.
3:30pm-4:00pm -- Art Show Closes. I'll be there to collect my paycheck (insert hopeful smile).
4:00pm-5:00pm -- "Feedback Session" for the convention. I'm pretty sure I'll be there.
5:00pm -- hustle to the airport for a 7pm flight home. Collapse into my seat on the plane.
Looking this over.... man, am I ever booked. During my copious free time I'll be meeting with fans, shmoozing with fellow guests, and hopefully sitting in the Dealer's Room next to Sharon the Button Lady doing original artwork for buttons (I'm not sure on the price yet, but figure on at least $10 for one of these).

I'm super excited. I get to meet Wil Wheaton and Eric Flint, conduct a little business with Steve Jackson, and hang out with lots of old convention acquaintances -- Eric Raymond, Jay Maynard, Pi, Kreely, Bookworm, Hawklady, and the Amazing Chalain.

I hope to make some new friends, too. If you're in the area and don't show up, I'll be sad.

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