Shit happens sometimes. It's a risk we take, one we can mitigate but ultimately not avoid. And when a community comes together and collectively creates a safe environment that turns a small crappy experience into a reaffirming message of support and solitude and participation in active countermeasures, then that's the kind of world you want to live in.
I'm tired right now (landed back in DC a few hours ago and it's now 4am) but hope to be less cryptic about this later, but suffice it to say that the folks at geekfeminism.org have been - and are - a real inspiration. A special thanks to Skud and Mackenzie for writing what they did.
Ok. Submitting a talk proposal, checking a package, going to bed; the rest of my to-do list can wait until tomorrow.