Afterwards I met Diana Dial of EveTimeCode.com for a bit of lunch. I grabbed the peanut chicken soup instead of tomato soup because I figured why not try something new. Let's just say that I liked the conversation a lot more than the soup. But if I don't try something, how can I say I won't really like it? Unless it has coconuts in it. I hate coconuts.
I learned a couple of things talking to Diana. The recent negative news hasn't hurt her business because of the bitcoin broker she deals with. "Bitcoin?" I hear you ask. That's right, going to her site means you can actually pay for your game time using bitcoin. I think Eve Time Code is the only site offering to take a crypto-currency in exchange for game time codes. Also, she told me that her business is better when PLEX goes for around 400-500 million ISK. That's counterintuitive, as I would think that people would more likely purchase when the price of PLEX is at 700 million ISK because players would get more ISK for the real life buck.
Afterwards, I returned to my room and actually went through the schedule to figure out what I want to see. The schedule doesn't have very many holes in it for me. I do see that the schedule was rearranged so that the CSM panel is no longer opposite the Industry panel, but I still have no plans to attend the CSM panel. CCP Dolan so pissed me off at last year's panel that I'll just skip the probable aggravation he'll conjure up. I have a new rule. If CCP Dolan is involved, I'm not going. I'm trying to avoid disrupting the good feeling I've enjoyed since landing in Iceland on Sunday.
I got down to the lobby around 4pm and met up with the group going to the unveiling of the monument. Among those in the group was Les Johnson. Les gave a talk at EVE Vegas and so impressed CCP that they invited him to reprise his talk on Saturday. Les is a science and science-fiction writer who works for NASA. I talked with Les while we walked to the monument site and learned a few things about technology and what is possible. While we were walking his wife was trying to track down the location of a one-man show, "How to Become Icelandic in 60 Minutes." I hope she found it because I hear the show's pretty good.
|Hilmar listening to artist Sigurður Guðmundsson|
|Is giving the mayor a knife really wise?|
I definitely didn't dress warm enough for the ceremony. I had another layer in my room, but the temperature dropped so fast I got fooled. I think that contributed to a rundown feeling when I got back to the hotel. Either that or staying up late blogging the night before. Either way, I thought I'd take a quick nap before going to the Celtic Cross for the Tweetfleet meetup. Quick nap? Right. I woke up at 10pm. By the time I was up and about, I found a line to get into the bar. Even with a warmer jacket, I didn't feel like standing in the cold. I wandered around for a bit and decided to just grab a sub from Hlölla Bátar and go back to the hotel.
Taking a nap wasn't the best thing for trying to sleep at a normal time, so I wound up back down in the lobby talking with Kelduum, Bairfhionn, and Gaylen. Gaylen and I finally went to our rooms around 1am. Needless to say, I still wasn't ready for sleep, which resulted in my finishing this blog post before breakfast.
This is probably the last day I publish two blog posts. The schedule is pretty full and I don't plan on having enough time to write as much as I have in the first part of the week. I might publish on the weekend since Fanfest is a special occasion, otherwise I'll finish up the Fanfest posts next week. Of course, the news coming out of Fanfest will provide fodder for posts for weeks to come.