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November 21, 2009

Blogging Notes

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* I'm entering a period of heavy travel, but will be packing my trusty [knocks on wood] macBook and expect to blog at not too much of a reduced pace.

It's Las Vegas 22-29 November for our annual visit there. From what I read, the town has been hit pretty hard by the recession. But it might be hard to tell by looking; a ten percent drop (for instance) in crowds isn't easy to distinguish, but closed shops are unambiguous. How many Gucci stores does any one city need? Or can support?

Then 3-9 December we go to Honolulu, taking advantage of a recession-inspired travel deal. This trip, for the first time, I get to drive and so will be able to explore Oahu beyond the Honolulu - Pearl Harbor areas I'm slightly familiar with.

* I'm still looking for 2Blowhards article contributions from readers. Don't be shy about contacting me and presenting your topic ideas. Longer-term, I'll need to recruit one or two full-time Blowhards. That's a major step, and I don't want to rush things. But if you are interested in that prospect, the key is to submit consistently interesting work to prove your abilities and tenacity.

I don't rule out interests that overlap mine, but the health of the blog demands greater diversity in subject matter than I can provide. Needed topics are movies, literature, music, theater, sculpture and other arts I have only superficial knowledge of.



UPDATE: Got to thinking. Can some readers come up with articles about Steampunk? I don't read enough of that genre to do the subject justice.

posted by Donald at November 21, 2009


Look up Burning Man and steampunk. Lots of material there.

Posted by: JV on November 22, 2009 1:51 AM

While I'm deeply interested in the subject, I doubt I could do it any justice. There are people far more into the subculture than I am. Totally dig the Dark Cabaret scene that's come outta of it, though.

Want any tips on off the beaten path things to see while on Oahu?

Posted by: Spike Gomes on November 22, 2009 10:19 PM

"Steampunk" was the theme of this year's WindyCon (the largest Chicago SF convention). The halls of the hotel teemed with ladies and gentlemen in high Victorian dress accented with 19th century nerdware.

Posted by: Rich Rostrom on November 23, 2009 3:18 AM

Spike -- Sure. It's always nice to venture beyond guidebook territory. Pop me an email at the address on the left-hard bar of the 2B page.

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