Here's where I was last week (which explains the light posting schedule):
Global Gaming Expo--November 13-16, 2006
Indian gaming makes up a big fraction of the gaming industry--maybe a third--so it's relevant to this blog.
I attended with my pal Victor Rocha (Pechanga), the owner and operator of PECHANGA.net. He moderated a panel called "Media Matters" that featured Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock, Seattle Post-Intelligencer editor) and Frances Snyder (Chumash, tribal spokeswoman). Mark's the journalist who asked Bush the infamous sovereignty question.
For Frances's take on tribal-media relations, you can read her articles edited by Rob for PECHANGA.net. (They're articles 3-5 under that heading.) Also worth reading on the subject is Mary Ann Weston's Journalists and Indians: The Clash of Cultures.
OMG, I almost went to that gaming conference. All my cousins were there and I just found out that my sister was there too on unrelated business. I should of gone, oh well maybe next year. I hope you had fun.
Writerfella here --
Ah, Las Vegas in Indian Summer! Must have been better than when writerfella last was there in July 2004! 108 degrees with blast furnace winds! writerfella was hosted by the annual massive STAR TREK convention held in the Hilton every July, as it was the 30th anniversary of the winning of an Emmy Award by his animated ST episode, "How Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth." Great hotel room (you could see the 'mystery lights' of Area 51 from writerfella's room!), free eats, free booze, a tour of the city, free run of the ST convention, parties, speaking on several panels, the showing of the episode, a banquet in Quark's Bar in the ST Attraction. Four days of fun and frivolity, all on Paramount Television's nickel, maybe to be repeated in 2007 to help promote the DVD release of the animated series. My brother David (my guest) and I barely left the Hilton ever, except to ride the monorail and do some evening explorations. I think I spoiled a few convention attendees because I never charged a cent to autograph photos or books or VHS videos or copies of STARLOG Magazine. Hell, writerfella would have paid good money just to be remembered so joyfully! I reallyMUST go again!
Judging by our trip, Las Vegas is nice in November. The temperatures barely reached 80.
Traveling with Victor Rocha is fun because he's one of those well-off gaming Indians. He paid for things but I didn't.
By the way, with the animated Trek coming out on DVD shortly, you're bound to be remembered again.
Writerfella here --
The Paramount Home Video DVD came out today (11/21)! Shortly, a few burbles of the next 15 minutes of fame for writerfella should begin. Some began back in September, including two newspaper interviews, a magazine interview (SOUTHERN LIVING?), and a TV appearance. Now, bring on more free trips and guest appearances! Yahoo!
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