The problem(s) were legion but the big ones were that there was too much to do in the time allowed, the motion picture / entertainment industry stuff was annoying, the technical program could easily be missed if one wasn't careful, and although there were things like the "job fair" there was not in fact much to find in the way of projects or employment.
The "solution", for me, anyway, was to concentrate on the technical program, ignore the Hollywood stuff, and give up on finding a job / work / projects at SIGGRAPH.
So here is the plan that evolved and which I recommend to anyone who attends SIGGRAPH who is interested in the technical program.
9. Electronic Theatre is totally optional.
Now more on what I actually saw and other opinions and issues in Post #3.