I missed the Fan vs. Volunteer/Pro fútbol game. By the time I came everyone was shaking hands and hugging. I did get Paul Azaceta and Briton Dougie Braithwaite to pose in victory.
Doug played so well that the con organizers gave him an award at the closing ceremony. I'm pretty sure I was the least athletic guy there under the age of 60. For those who don't recognize the name he's the fellow who did
Paul is a youngster who draws like a young John Paul Leon, one of my artist heroes. I'd never heard of him before but I was mightily impressed.
I didn't get any good photos of D'Israeli. When I first met him I misunderstood and thought he was "Matt Brooker, who works with D'Israeli." It turns out he's "Matt Brooker, who goes by the alias D'Israeli." He showed me some of his recent work. It's truly amazing. It kills me that this stuff isn't getting distributed in the US. He blogs a clearer impression of the Avilés jornada than I do.
I was carrying my old Canon G2 with me. It's big, it's clunky and it takes about 2 seconds to shoot after you press the button. I have lots of out of focus shots 2 seconds after something interesting happened. I'm buying a newer faster higher ISO camera for the French trip. Something that'll fit in me pocket. Expect better photos of my next trip.
On a totally different subject, you no longer have to pay to read Paul Krugman columns. The NY Times used to charge extra to read their columnists. That scheme is dead. The best things are once again free!
Paul pretty much thinks what I'd think if I had time to follow the economy and politics from a macroeconomic perspective, I had an economics Ph.D., and about +30 IQ. He recognized Bush's obsequious dishonesty back in 2000. He just read the policies and saw that the numbers didn't add up. If only most US journalists would put in that much effort,