James Gamble

Penguicon Food Drive

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Apr 222012

For more than 35 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been “nourishing communities by feeding hungry people.” Last year, Gleaners distributed 40 million pounds of emergency food to over 600 partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. They alleviate hunger by providing the equivalent of 85,284 meals per day to people who otherwise cannot afford the food they need. Penguicon is pleased to support Gleaners by hosting a Food Drive this weekend at the Con. Bring any donations to Ops where you’ll get special recognition for your donation. If you have any questions, feel free to email charity@penguicon.org, or check out the Gleaners website at:http://www.gcfb.org.

A look into Penguicon’s website statistics…

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Apr 202012

We’ve been gathering analytical data on Penguicon.org since the site became live in early January, and I thought you may find some of the data interesting. Note, I will not be sharing any personal information that can be traced back to anyone.

Browsers Used

Google Chrome took the lead with an impressive 34% of all visits to the website. Firefox came in second with nearly 33%, Safari with 12% and IE just shy of 12%. However, we had one visit, just one, with a Playstation 3. Well done good geek sir (or ma’am).

Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows won this category with an astounding 59% of all visits followed by Macintosh coming in second at 14% of all visits. Linux came in third with close to 13% while Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod operating systems taking up the bulk of the rest. We did have a couple of visits with the Google TV OS, and once again, our friend with the Playstation 3.


As expected, most of our visitors are from the United States or Canada, but we did receive a number of visits from the UK, Germany, Australia, India, Japan, Brazil, France, and Italy. Some of our more exotic visitors (or their proxy servers) hail from Nepal, Senegal, Morocco, and Philippines.


Referrals are links to Penguicon from other websites. We have Facebook to thank for most of our referral visits, with Sched coming in second, and a couple of URL shortening services taking up most of the rest.


Aside from the default landing page page, the Penguicon schedule page was the most popular page on the entire site with the About page coming in second and the Program Book page coming in third.

Site Speed

The average load time for all pages is 3.95 seconds. Surprisingly, IE loaded pages faster than any other browser averaging 2.28 seconds. Firefox came in second with an average of 3.86 seconds, and Chrome was dead last at 4.27 seconds.


Since tracking was started (January 11th, 2012) we have had a total of 13,855 visits, 8.042 unique visitors, 41,486 page views, with each user averaging 3 pages a visit. Average visit duration is 3 minutes, with 44% of all users returning more than once.

A note from our intrepid hotel liaison

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Apr 022012

Hey all, I just wanted to make sure that the word got out, it would appear that there are something shy of 100 rooms available at the hotel for Penguicon. Our room block expired at month’s end, so at this point anybody who hasn’t purchased a room is competing with the general population for them. I expect that by next weekend there will no longer be rooms available.

Thanks…holy crap, it’s April…we are almost there!!

-Jer Lance

Ops Shift Sign Ups

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Mar 262012

Shift sign up for the Operations Booth at Penguicon 2012 are now OPEN! Shifts go quickly, so please sign up for what you want ASAP. You MUST include a valid email, your real name, and a phone number where you can be reached during the convention for your shift to be considered valid. Please contact ops@penguicon.org with any questions.