Well, Philcon has come and gone. (Most interesting observation of the weekend, from new writer Anna Kashina: "In Russian, there is no word for privacy.") Cory Doctorow was very kind and generous when my reading went five minutes over schedule. I stayed for his reading, of selections from his not-yet-published novel, for which he spent a month in southern China, doing research, and it sounds like a winner. Some of the panels went well, others fell flat, and I learned more about the strange field in which I work. So it was worth attending.
Afterwards, Marianne and I had a few close friends over to the house. Here are their pictures.