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Sometime this coming year I'm gonna check out what BayCon's like, which used to be my main Bay Area convention. Also going to give CONvolutions a look too.

I miss con-folks something fierce!

kinda sorry I missed FurCon...

oh no he din't


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Where: Panda Inn at Horton Plaza
When: Friday, July 22rd – 8:00pm
Come join us for an evening of fun and friendly company for the seventh year running! In addition to the usual tasty food and great conversation, we'll be almost like our own little mini-convention, complete with personalized badges, a swap-table, and more! A great way to meet new people, see some familiar faces, and have a great time. We hope you'll join us!

My apologies for the late announcement, this has been an extra busy year. Please help spread the word!

Full Details and Registration Information Here

I need to make sure the restaurant knows how many of us are coming, so advance registration is necessary. We had around 40 folks last year, let's see if we can't do better in 2011!

Surprise!

Apparently this weekend, March 12th, there's a Star Trek convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco. Heard about it on twitter from @TheRealNimoy, who will be attending.

cosplay faux pas

Got this off of twitter's @TopTweets.



It's from this past Comic·Con. Apparently a flaw in this costuming is an inability to goto the bathroom by one's self.

I haz Ribbons!

10:47 AM 7/28/10 · Started writing up a lengthy BayCon post but I don't know that I ever posted it, let alone finished it. Still, got a little blurb.

I'm not big on the collecting of ribbons. Still relatively new to my conventioning life, and I do find them amusing, I just don't see the point. For me, not discouraging others. Still, every so often I find my way to rather unique ones.

For example, my last year of gophering the heads of that department handed out on the very last day Gopher Brute Squad. Inteded to wear it the following year but...well, my last year. So I've got it in a jar somewhere now.

Kinda funny as a lot of gophers didn't have any of it the following year. Just me!

Even though I no longer work the convention, I still kinda work the convention. If somebody needs help with something, as I always have done, I don't see a need to be on the clock to help them. Spent a lot of time in the Art Show for the 2010 event, really good stuff this year. One display completely collapsed so I helped happy inducementJenelle set that back up, also helped her with a special display for a particular artist, and a random guy who had a cold was in desperate need of tissue.

Etc.

If you didn't spend a lot of time in the Art Show you may not've been given these, looked around and I only spotted maybe a couple other people that had them. Think it was the tissue guy that gave them to me, tried turning them down but he was most insistant:

1) You don't need to see my bidder number.
2) This is not the art you're looking for.
3) Move along. Move along.

Just wanted to share.

They're in a jar somewhere.

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I enjoyed this... Fred Phelps and his minions from the Westboro Baptist Church were not ready for the cosplay action that awaited them today at Comic-Con

The above made me laugh my ass off today...which is why I'm sharing it.

The Geeks truly shall inherit the Earth!
Where: Panda Inn at Horton Plaza
When: Friday, July 23rd – 8:00pm
Come join us for an evening of fun and friendly company for the sixth year running! Just in case you're unsure, yes, we do mean slashers of the "homoerotic fanfiction" sort. In addition to the usual tasty food and great conversation, we'll be almost like our own little mini-convention, complete with custom badges, an awesome swap-table, and more! A great way to meet new people, see some familiar faces, and have a great time – we hope you'll join us!

My apologies for the late announcement, this has been a busy year.

Full Details and Registration Information Here

I need to make sure the restaurant knows how many of us are coming, so advance registration is necessary. We had around 35 folks last year!

mulling over stuff

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3:15 PM 5/5/10 · So, I'm going to BayCon this year but I'm not sure if I'll be going regular anymore. With the exception of last year I haven't missed an event since 1994, minus 2 family weddings. Of course, I no longer work the convention and I found the first year I went not working it that it just didn't quite grab me as much.

The new location isn't helping...

...I've bitched about this before.

The convention center's convention rooms are massive and ideal...but that's not it. I host rooms and I usually have a few people initially with more picked up over the course of the convention. Years at the San Jose DoubleTree may've spoiled me somewhat, what with the individual rooms being fairly spacious, but the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency ain't all that in this department. The rooms are about average sized and with the big beds they're even smaller. Not that much room around the beds which is tricky for when I'm used to having extra folks setting up sleeping arrangements on the floorspace...

...and the bathrooms are so small that sitting on the toilet you can reach absolutely everything else in there!

At the DoubleTree you couldn't reach much else in the bathroom from the toilet other than the one wall it was close to. Not even stretching your legs full length!

Yeah, the living quarters are a biggie of my issues with the place. I might not've noticed that if I were working the event so much as I'd've been in my room a lot less often. I'm not big into panels so when not checking the art show or the dealer's room or chatting it up with my fellow geeks...I eventually head back to there.

The convention center itself is massive. More space than was ever available at the old location. However, insofar as when I went 2 years back, while the space is larger BayCon occupied a only a small portion of it. Moreso, they took up space that was less than they had used previously. Sure, access to the full convention center...which was kinda cool as we weren't the only convention there.

I'd imagine there's going to be not such a call for using so much space this year either. Last I heard, about a month or so back, there's not gonna be a Masquerade this year. I'm not sure what other events might've been cut too, due in part to ½ the management staff leaving due to financial difficulties from the guy that's been heading up the convention the last couple decades.

Guess we'll have to see. I've already got my room reserved. Got at least 3 confirms for using crashspace.

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