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Subject:Worldcon Day 1
Time:06:56 pm
 The con committee seems to have underestimated attending membership a bit - someone said by about a third, which is a half kiloton or so of fans. A lot of the rooms are too small for the numbers wanting to use them. They've also used one hour programme slots with no time for movement factored in, so panels end up at 45-50 minutes and begin and end with huge crowds around the entrances. They're also relying on people using on line resources to keep track of room changes, which is a bit of a pain if you're not in the habit of checking. Nevertheless I'm enjoying myself, and I've got to most of the items I wanted, or found fun alternatives. And they've got a lot of things right, e.g. Free bus and tram travel throughout the con.

Hopefully things will improve as the con continues, but I think it'll be a success provided nothing goes catastrophically wrong.
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whswhs
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Time:2017-08-10 12:47 am (UTC)
Half a kiloton seems like a lot! Let's see, 1.1 million pounds divided by, say, 200 pounds is 5,500, which implies a full attendance of 16,500. Not impossible, by any means, but I'm remembering when C and I went to Con Francisco, just weeks after the San Diego Comic-Con, which had maybe 30,000 back than; WorldCon had around a tenth that many, and I looked at C and said, "What a nice little relaxacon!" I haven't been to a big SF con in many years, so I don't have a feel for their size; have they grown that much?
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ffutures
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Time:2017-08-10 05:55 am (UTC)
I think yo are underestimating the weight of the average fan.

Plus I'm exaggerating wildly, of course!
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jhall1
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Time:2017-08-10 07:53 am (UTC)
I too had bee wondering what average weight per fan you had assumed. :)
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whswhs
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Time:2017-08-10 02:19 pm (UTC)
Well, that was a possibility, but it seemed close enough to plausibility so that I wasn't sure if it was hyperbole. After all, in the intervening years, San Diego has gone from around 30k to well over 100k.

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