Category: penguicon

Has it been cancelled? Nobody told us.

I had to cancel plans for Penguicon due to a medical emergency. Jeff at registration has been great in getting my inquiries about a refund of my preregistration and other questions in front of the right people. The folks at the hotel, Westin, have been a different story, however. Unanswered phone calls and emails, then refusal to take the circumstances into consideration and treating us as human beings before saying “no refunds per policy, sorry about your luck.” Guess I know a hotel I won’t be staying at in the future, either. Complaint sent to the Penguicon hotel liason. Even if nothing can be done to bend policy, if Penguicon gets enough complaints about the hotel, maybe they’ll move it elsewhere in the future. I would love it if the refusal to refund, full or partial or via offering a future stay, a single guest cost them all that future revenue. I don’t hold high hopes, but one can dream, right?

Penguicon 2017

It’s been quite some years since I’ve attended, but the wife and I are headed to Penguicon 2017 in Michigan this weekend! The last time I attended, I also gave a talk on MythTV. Unfortunately, my current employer prohibits speaking engagements, free or paid, on topics within my field of employ, which happens to be IT, without prior approval. Not sure it’s worth the effort to obtain approval to give a talk, so I’ll be simply attending this time around. But, on a positive not, it’ll be my wife’s first actual Penguicon! She went with me last time, but did not actually attend and kept busy doing other things. This time out, she’s an actual attendee as well. So excited to make it back, and for her to attend her first con!