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Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

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Your outlook on life can be bright or dark, depending on the situation. You are flexible and see things objectively.
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This weekend I went with my cousin/roommate and his mother to a science fiction convention in Springfield, MA. It was so much fun. The guest panel was mostly female which is OK with me but, as occurred to me last night, the age range was pretty diverse. I saw talks/Q&A sessions with and got autographs from Wendy Padbury of classic Doctor Who fame, Nicki Clyne of the new Battlestar Galactica, Grace Lee Whitney of the classic Star Trek series and Torri Higginson late of Stargate: Atlantis. I also saw the talks by Tracy Scroggins and Bill Mumy, both of whom have been in a bunch of genre-related stuff but the autographs I got from them are going to a friend of mine who's a much bigger fan of Babylon 5 than I am. (If there was a convient, and cheap, way for me to get autographs for myself I would have.)

All the guests were so funny and nice. I was quite at ease talking to them. Nicki Clyne is much more attractive and bubbly in person than on the show but then she's much less "one of the guys" than Crewman Cally is and, as she pointed out, every role she's had has a dirty face...Torri Higginson commented on my cousin's little red wheelchair flag during her talk and gave him a special autograph that evening. Wendy Padbury and Bill Mumy were entertaining as well. Tracy Scroggins was great too but it's pretty clear she's not used to kids which I found cool if you know what I mean...Grace Lee Whitney's talk was inspirational but it would really have been better for a church program or school assembly not a science fiction convention...

Throughout the weekend they had a dealer room and, perhaps cooler, a "Video Room" showing episodes of TV episodes the guests were in. Friday night, we saw both parts of a Sarah Jane Adventures story obviously not available in North America yet. Despite being a kids show, it was so cool. It would have been nice of that episode was the pilot so we could find out who exactly her adopted son is whether he's an android, alien or what, where the Mr. Smith computer came from and where K-9 was since she had one last time we saw her on Doctor Who but with her "sonic lipstick" and, frankly, Mr. Smith, this show rocked so much. One question about the whole video room experience though: why was all the convention tech guys having so much trouble with Windows Media Player?

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