I shot myself in the foot laptop-wise, installed the fingerprint recognition software during one of the final class breaks, and discovered the hard way it would only connect directly with corpnet. WTF? Laptops need to be able to connect to a local network and VPN to corpnet. Anyhow, it meant I needed to go to the office after class and log into corpnet to uninstall the app.
Class was over at 4:30, Potlatch wasn't till 7, no problem.
Potlatch registration was simple, I snagged a seat in the second row for the opening panel - at 10 minutes before the start there were only 3 other people in the room. Of course the tallest, widest guy at the con parked himself in front of me. I moved to the other side of the hall, plenty of seats. A good thing, since the fellow sitting next to me had also been a Howard, and two or more of us so close together could create a duplicity. That's twice as dangerous as a singularity, sucking up braaaaaiiiinnns an order of magnitude faster.
Lots of the usual suspects were there. It was fun watching Ursula K.LeGuin's responses to the audience's remarks about her book, Always Coming Home. A couple of them almost had her ROFL. She sat three rows behind me, and declined to participate in the panel or add any comments, but she chatted with fans afterward. I personally did not "get" that particular book, but am in awe of Lathe of Heaven and her career in general.
Prior to her book's panel, there was one on John Ford's Growing Up Weightless. I'd heard a little bit about it, and the discussion made me want to read it. Will add it to my list.
Tomorrow I'll hit the morning panels if I am awake in time, have a photo shoot from 1-5, then maybe will go to the Kaneffilk. Not too interested in the PM Potlatch panels.