Once a year I participate in World Book Night and 2014 marks my third time. Volunteers are given 20 copies of a book to pass out to people. The focus is to get folks who are light readers and turn them into casual readers. Usually, I like heading to the capital building in Austin, Texas but my schedule did not allow me to make the drive. This time, I passed 20 copies of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs around my school, Texas State University. Normally, students at my school don’t like random people stopping them so there was concern I might not be able to pass out all the books. To my delight, people were excited to get something to read. My favorite reaction was a girl sitting on a bench and she said, “I’ll get to read something other than a textbook!” It was a good moment. Overall, it took me only about 20 minutes to pass about the books. It was a short but wonderful experience!
It’s not a huge secret, I’m a poor person. Every year SXSW in Austin, Texas makes me wish I was just well off enough to afford a badge. Since I can’t, I rely on free events! My favorite one by far is the SXSW Gaming Expo!
SXSW Guest Badge
This year there’s real life Mario Cart, tons of panels, and a bunch of new free games. It’s a chance for new developers to show off their stuff! Also, did I mention the real life Mario Cart? I didn’t get to go today but trust me, there will be a full report for Day 2.
Today we played around with Classroom Aquatic. It was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. The goal is to cheat off other papers to pass a quiz. Also, you’re a dolphin. It was fun because it moved with your head movements. It was really trippy. Also, the best part was just throwing stuff at all the other dolphin students.
Sam playing Classroom Aquatic
Today was a short day for me but it was pretty darn fun. Can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow.
I discovered I’m just not into Anime Cons. I just tend to find more things I like at a Sci-Fi Con or a Comic-Con. I made this discovery when I headed to Round Rock, Texas for UshiCon. I just wasn’t that into it. Not only that, it was a lot smaller than I expected. I’ve been to small cons before but this was definitely the smallest. I guess the way my friends described it, I expected more. I went on a Saturday during the afternoon and it wasn’t really bustling. The highlight for me was the Game Room where guest could play old games like Contra 2. (Side Note: I sucked at it as a kid and still suck at it today.)
Since I didn’t stay long, I decided to take make the best of my day and go to Torchy’s Taco. The thing about going to conventions, or traveling in general, is that it is up to you to find the good in a situation. Yeah, UshiCon was not the best con I ever been to nor will I ever return but I went with a friend I like hanging out with. It was a good trip in the end.