everybody has that one game that completely ruined them like for better or worse there’s that one game with a plot that destroyed your insides and characters that stole your heart and art and design that reduced you to tears and you just want to hold the game in your arms and cry like a small child bc it’s your game
T-2 days to IAC Opening Day
Man, today was a long day! I’m really glad I picked an earlier flight; it let me beat the crowd for registration as well as let me take care of necessities (like acquiring some of that funky plastic Canadian money from an ATM that didn’t want me to have a good day), but I also was able to take the time to really take in my surroundings, like the ferry ride from the airport to the mainland, the ridiculous cleanliness/high-techness of the TTC subway juxtaposed with the horrible inefficiency of not having automated fare machines (seriously, does every person have to wait in line for a teller to give them tokens/tickets? That’s nuts, though perhaps it’s just Union Station that’s that way.)
Toronto has a really NYC vibe, which I wasn’t expecting. Ridiculously tall buildings and giant TVs everywhere, complete with roads that turn from “nice shopping mall” into “really sketchy I’m glad it’s the middle of the day” within just a few blocks. And the PEOPLE. Even when I went to NYC, there were not that many PEOPLE crushed onto the sidewalk together. My goodness. Also, Toronto is insanely diverse. I saw people of every colour, shape, age, nationality (judging by the accents), gender, and fashion sense (seriously, is The Mandarin a haircut icon now? I saw so many people with the “side shaved, top in rattail” look…) They have pretty sweet comic shops; I was impressed by the one I stumbled upon today. I also got a free can of ice cold Diet Coke from a Coke promo team when I desperately needed a cold drink! I love cities for a lot of reasons, but one of the underrated ones is people giving stuff away for free on the street.
I also now understand the pain of living outside of the US for a number of web services that I take for granted; I just tried to turn on Pandora while I write this and I got an apology letter saying that since I was in Canada, I could no longer use their service. Bummer.
Tomorrow is the International Student Educational Board (ISEB) orientation. All the students who are sponsored by their home agencies will be there and we’ll meet and get some cross-cultural communication tutoring (how to not speak so fast, for example, for people like me) as well as get trained in the activities we will each be helping with for our outreach day on Friday. I did everything short of groveling to get assigned to the awesome “draw a comic about space” booth…namely I whipped out my credentials that basically consist of “I draw comics about space. When I have time. And then some other comics too.” It worked! I’m looking forward to working with all the sixth graders who will be coming to tour the activities we have planned for them.
Other than our ISEB orientation, tomorrow I’ll be making sure my presentation stays under 15 minutes, which probably means cutting out all the slides with actual technical results on them and sticking just to overviews of my case studies. Then, on Monday, IAC officially begins! We kick off with a crazy Opening Ceremony in the Sony Centre which apparently includes Cirque du Soleil (I know, right?!) and head into a hectic schedule with like 15 different sessions going on simultaneously. The booklet is overwhelming with the number of panels and sessions and plenary talks going on!
I’ll keep updating as I can (I’m not used to (a) being unable to use mobile data, and (b) not always being in a wifi environment like I am on campus.) Thanks and welcome to everyone who followed me today, that was really exciting (and motivates me to actually document this trip well) <3333 Feel free to send me any questions about anything (IAC, space, whatever).
And now it’s time to try and sleep despite the party around the ice machine outside my door :P This is a crazy-big, busy, and boisterous hotel…
imagine if china, while they’re up on the moon, decides to knock down the US flag or whatever just to say ‘screw you’ and its like, what are we gonna do? spend a couple million just to fly some craft up to the moon and re-erect the flag? the whole scenario would be petty and that’s hilarious
i have lived in america my entire life and i am 100% sure we would do exactly that
If we could spend “a couple million” and get to the moon we would never have stopped going
Y’all have been warned. I’m gonna be liveblogging about IAC 2014 for the next week. If it gets annoying, just block the tag “iac 2014” (: