After breakfast I noted that one of the early panels was "Haven't A Thing To Wear" for people wanting help with finalising Masquerade costumes and/or wanting to throw something together at the last minute.
Given my endless amusement at the souvenir book appreciation dalekboy wrote for me I thought I'd make at least one part of it true. So I went along, mentioned what I wanted to do, and generally cooperated with being a live tailor's dummy. Given the, ah, hasty nature of the constructions going on it was amazing how little glue ended up in my hair. There was also one...item constructed... that no power on this earth will make me describe. If you ask nicely though I'm sure spaetlese will share with the crowd as she ended up wearing it as part of a hall costume.
I did come away with a gold foil covered hat representing a block of cheese. So, yes, I did end up going to a masquerade as a block of cheese. :)
I spent the afternoon gaming, wandering through the Art Show (some really nice stuff there this year), and wandering through the Market Day (where I picked up a nice pair of steampunk cufflinks). Somewhere in there I was called upon to judge the Art Show with the committee and the other guests. At this stage my lips are sealed on the outcome (I don't know if the results have been officially announced yet).
After dinner with Steveg and darklion, I did my panel on "An Introduction to Vlad Taltos" (summary: if you haven't read Steven Brust you should be, start with Jhereg) and then wandered around the Masquerade wearing my block of cheese hat. I'd come up with a West Wing gag but I'm not really awake enough yet for that. Somewhere in there I was called upon to judge the Masquerade. These results were announced on the night so:
a) Group Costume: stephbg and her partner for their motion capture suits
b) Individual Costume: Paul Kidd for an impressively cute plushy mantis. And yes it was just as wrong as it sounds. In a good way.
c) Special Achievement Award: Tamara (last name escapes me). As she has for many years, Tamara produced a costume at the "Oh my god how does she do that??" level and is now providing technical assistance/advice to local costumers and convention masquerades. A well deserved award.
More chatting and gaming occurred after the Masquerade and I retreated to bed before the tequila shots game of Nuclear War got into full swing. I then discovered that the committee had left me some chocolate and wine in my room. I'm sure Mum will appreciate the wine and the chocolate is all for me. :)
The shave/dye hasn't happened yet, but should happen on Sunday.