|With 100's of people waiting for Dr Who (7x06) at Eastercon 2013|
I sort of want to say that going to EasterCon made me feel normal but then I'm stuck with what that means... does that mean that in comparison to the other people attending I'd be seen as normal? Or does it simple mean that I'm in a place where I'm seen as normal?
Deep ehh? Or bollocks, not sure.
Anyway, before leaving at lunchtime on Sunday I attended a fascinating talk:
Where Is The New Wave Now? 11am-12pm. Hawthorn. In the 1960s, the New Wave of SF introduced sex, drugs and experimental formalism to SF. SF has never been the same since: but nor is it a continuation of the New Wave style. Our panel ask what SF has kept from the New Wave, what it has dropped, and what it should be bringing back. Kev McVeigh moderates Jo Fletcher, Farah Mendlesohn and Chris Priest.
I'm pretty sure I'd heard Farah Mendlesohn talk last year and enjoyed her perspective. This year was the same as she blew me away when she talked about the evolution of languages... it got me thinking to such a degree that I forgot to listen to much of the rest of the panel.
What it got me thinking about wasn't so much the New Wave of Science Fiction in the 1960s (hey, I cut my Science Fiction teeth reading Micheal Moorcock) but rather that the example they showed has permeated any number of disciplines since. I guess that that sort of "evolution" within a field of discourse isn't necessarily new so perhaps I'm putting too much importance on the New Wave's influence, but it did get me thinking. I guess that it is putting too much credit at the feet of the New Wave thinking about it: Dr. Alan Chalmers, in his book What Is This Thing Called Science? talked extensively about the "r/evolutions" within Scientific discourse and changes in popular music show equal "d/evolution" (It's in the nature of the old to criticise the music of the young (but isn't all just noise?)).
What Farah Mendlesohn said was that languages started out as Pidgin in the first generation, became a Creole in members of the second generation, and that by the third generation people were fluent speakers of the language.
I've recently joined the lovely jQuery Google+ Community and I'm always amazed by the answers there to questions posed by other members of the community. People are just so helpful and whenever I throw my hand in and attempt to answer a question I'm blown away by the answers of others who've perhaps been doing this professionally for more than 3 years. I only hope that when I've got a few more hours under my belt I'll be as eloquent in my favourite language.
But I guess that's partially it. I was studying as AJAX became the great new thing (along with rounded corners), my dissertation was all about it because I was so excited by it, but I've come quite late to the language and it's constantly surprising me and I'm always learning new facets of it. I've not get hit Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hours but I'm getting there and enjoying every minute!