… then this weekend, after having spent a fine time with good friends, I’d go back and do the weekend again, this time attending Picocon, where I’d see more friends, hear some great talks, drink cheaply and comprehensively in a student bar, do an SFF pub quiz and quite possibly watch grown men fighting a seafood-based duel.
Annoyingly, I don’t have a time machine but if you, with or without your time machine, find yourself at loose end in London this Saturday, I suggest you consider attending this small but perfectly formed convention. Tell ’em Jaine sent you.
ETA: Actually I wouldn’t be drinking in the bar, because, whilst the Imperial College SF Soc are fabulous people, I’ve just discovered that the College itself allowed this nasty piece of sh*te see to the light of day, albeit mercifully briefly, and there’s no way anyone who thinks this is funny is getting my patronage.
Actually, the “Hangman guide to getting laid” really isn’t the worst segment of the saga. As a matter of fact, they’ve been turning this stuff out since I first arrived there (and quite possibly before). In my humble etcetera, the worst part of all this is actually the utterly hypocritical little editorial which came out the week after it was (apparently) in the news that IC’s student newspaper publishes offensive material. It has apparently just now come to the Editor’s attention that this drivel has been appearing *every* *week* *for* *the* *last* *four* *years.*
That said, this has very little indeed to do with College. It has more to do with the Union (they run that bar) but still not very much, as they have zero oversight of the contents of the paper. Boycotting them probably won’t achieve anything useful.
Thanks for clearing up the situation. I agree that the presence of a tiny minority of sad dicks at Imperial can’t be held against the majority. I guess we can only hope said dicks eventually grow up.
If they don’t, they’ll self-select out of the gene pool at least.