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August 2, 2009

Making Light party at Worldcon
Posted by Patrick at 04:02 PM *

Not being organized by persons named Nielsen Hayden, although we’ll certainly be there. Friday night, 8:45 until all hours, Delta Centre-Ville Hotel. To obtain the room number, find one of us, or Kathryn-from-Sunnyvale, or Serge, or TexAnne, or any of the several other volunteers found posting and commenting here.

Last year’s party in Denver, run by more or less the same mysterious conspiracy, was insanely good fun, and this year we’re promised exciting new features like oxygen and temperatures below 90F. This new technology, it’s all the rage.


UPDATE:

There is a separate RSVP and Requests post for the Miracle Fruit Tasting subparty. Whether or not you’re interested in trying the miracle fruit, can you check if there’s anything that you may be able to bring? Note that we’ll need smaller quantities of things like cheap whisky (which miracle fruit is reputed to improve) than good whisky to use as a control (which the entire party would then benefit from).

UPDATE 2

As this article points out, beer is an ideal flavor for experiments involving miracle fruit. Could any of our beer fanciers bring some, or (if not attending) recommend some good beers for trying out?

Comments on Making Light party at Worldcon:
#1 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: August 02, 2009, 05:13 PM:

Whee! Fun shall be had by most (ideally all!)

#2 ::: Bjorn ::: (view all by) ::: August 02, 2009, 07:43 PM:

Have fun for me. Had planned to be there to meet some of you whose posts I've been reading for years. Then last October happened in Iceland.
But there will be another WorldCon and another ML party.

#3 ::: Kathryn from Sunnyvale ::: (view all by) ::: August 03, 2009, 04:36 AM:

There's now a post for the Miracle Fruit tasting supraparty.

Even if you've already RSVP'd to the main post, could you re-RSVP and look over this page if you're interested in the tasting party?

We'd like to divide up the bringing of the most interesting drinks-Balsamic vinegars, for example-because they're most easily brought There and Back Again by a multitude of volunteers.

-- Unlike standard party drinks, other parties are unlikely to accept donations of these as leftovers (and if you bring a small bottle, it won't be hard to bring it home).
-- We'll only need enough for sampling and sipping.

#4 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: August 03, 2009, 11:37 AM:

Kathryn from Sunnyvale #3: There's now a post for the Miracle Fruit tasting supraparty.

Is that Oprah's Acai Berry (about which I've received an increasing burden of email amspay)?

#5 ::: Kathryn from Sunnyvale ::: (view all by) ::: August 03, 2009, 12:41 PM:

Earl Cooley III @IV,

No. Acai is the pomegranate of 2009: a fruit high in antioxidants and hyped in health claims.

Miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) has a glycoprotein molecule, miraculin, that temporarily causes the tongue to taste sour/bitter flavors as sweet. This has an interesting and fun effect on foods where sour is a dominant flavor- it can make their overall flavor more complex (because you can taste the notes normally hidden behind the sour).

People have parties devoted to exploring this effect: that's what we'll be doing.

#6 ::: Skwid ::: (view all by) ::: August 03, 2009, 08:39 PM:

I see no reason to delay all the partying until Friday...I'm already here, after all! Staying in the Delta...folks looking to get ahold of me should e-mail me at thehumblest.net (put my handle before the at), or perhaps catch me on either Google, AIM, or Y! IM as "tggskwid."

Whee!

#7 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: August 04, 2009, 01:32 AM:

Well, good luck to you all. Perhaps another year...

#8 ::: Kathryn from Sunnyvale ::: (view all by) ::: August 05, 2009, 12:00 AM:

The Miracle Fruit tablets arrived today, and I did a mini taste test at lunch, using cafeteria selections.
While there were no lemons, several other commonly-tested foods (onions, granny smith apples, pickled veggies, vinegar) became much more interesting. And chilled cherry tomatoes tasted straight-off-the-vine.

#9 ::: Kathryn requests RSVPs ::: (view all by) ::: August 06, 2009, 07:37 AM:

a quick day-before request to put in RSVPs and might-drop-bys: we'll be doing some shopping today. (and internet accessing will be more intermittant: the internet is not, in fact, like oxygen, to be taken continuously. It is like food.)

#10 ::: Kathryn requests RSVPs ::: (view all by) ::: August 06, 2009, 07:38 AM:

a quick day-before request to put in RSVPs and might-drop-bys: we'll be doing some shopping today. (and internet accessing will be more intermittant: the internet is not, in fact, like oxygen, to be taken continuously. It is like food.)

#11 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: August 06, 2009, 07:43 AM:

Doyle, Pip, and I will make every effort to be there.

#12 ::: Kathryn requests Update ::: (view all by) ::: August 07, 2009, 04:13 PM:

(mods- please add that the room has changed (again) to 2131, not 2831 (and not 631 the original).

Room change to 2131. This is a lovely suite with more than twice the usable space as the Denver party, and no staircases.

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