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xposted to ListaholicsBook·of·Lists & something wonky this way comesConventionBlues

  • Some of this I've covered before:

    • Early on after setting up a convention, think it was SillyCon, I'm fairly bushed. Wandering outside I sit down and a bird lands next to me. It hops up my arm, rests on my shoulder, and just looks at me. Trying to move as little as possible so as not to spook it; about finch sized. Finally I put my hand just under it, it steps onto my finger, and I move it to a nearby branch. Only after it's gone do I realize it crapped on my shoulder.

    • Generally when I host a room it's clothing optional and openly sexual. This is both because there's not really enough privacy to change clothes without being seen and the awkwardness of trying was getting on my nerves. As to the other aspect, I was getting sick and tired of someone else getting lucky and locking the door with the harbdolt so there was no way to get inside. These have become less an issue since I instituted these rules.

    • Varying degrees and experimenting have revealed that alarm clocks get destroyed at conventions faster than anything else where many are sleeping in the same room. Due to this one of the first things I do when I get my room, I take the drapes down and hide them. Sunlight is the best alarm. Since I started doing this a lot of people have invested in some really creative sleep masks.

    • I've only been to BayCon once since they moved into the new location. The rooms are smaller, as are the bathrooms. Can't take the drapes down either. Only hosted a room that one time there and I couldn't have as many people in as there wasn't enough room. Hell, the bathroom barely deserves to be called that; is bath closet an actual term? At previous locations it was sizable enough that you couldn't reach across the bathroom even if fully stretched out. Current location you can reach everything from the toilet, which is the center piece.

    • My metabolism is a little wonky, I tend to get the flu when it's not flu season but in the Summer months. Not always but occasionally and I get it bad. Back in the day I'd goto conventions regardless because they were all at the same location and the gym had a steam room. I thrive on heat, used to go into the steam room fully dressed and after an hour I'd leave breathing easy and my sickly malady gone. That was when the place was still the Red Lion Inn. When it got bought by a different company and the name changed to the DoubleTree Inn, they removed the steam room. I've had to revise my scheduling a couple years since this.

    • A friend of mine was seeing one girl a stretch back, who he all but worshipped. She dumped him but still they had a lot of influence on each other. He gets together with another girl who does everything she can to break that tie, including forcing him to destroy things the aforementioned girl gave him. A couple years down the road they both show up at BayCon and upon finding this everyone tries to keep them apart and they plan to kill each other. Nothing happens till the 3rd night when they're found arm in arm, singing loudly and off key, stumbling drunk down the party floor hallway, blitzed on that year's version of Romulan Ale.

    • Her worshipfullness was at another convention with me and we run into one of my ex's and her new guy. My ex was beyond insanely jealous by nature so her worshipfullness, upon my telling her this, decides to start flirting with the new guy. Very effectively as she's a fetish model. I wander away whistling innocently as my ex nearly has a brain aneurisim.

    • There was a guy named Scotty at most of the events I attended early on in my convention experience. He was well known for getting involved with women that were already attached, sort of a hobby of his. Naturally, after he disappeared rumors began to fly that he got caught by the wrong husband. No idea for sure but I miss him, he was a great guy.

    • I get busted for sex with one of my fellow gophers in the bathroom of our shared room. Everybody gives me flak and teases me about it for years to come, nobody seems to remember who she was.

    • There's a regular to a lot of local conventions who one year, and sadly only that particular year, brought an unbelieveably hot creature with him I only ever knew as 'Angel'. Back then I often took door duty on the dealer's room but because nobody wanted to sit there I was usually on the far door. In the middle of the afternoon that put me dab center of a massive sunbeam...which would usually knock me right out. So, I had the good fortune of waking up because Angel wandered on over, straddled my sleepy self, and sank her clip on fangs into my neck. No broken skin, no blood drawn, she just played them on me until I was very very, VERY awake.

    • As far as local conventions go, there's an attitude that seems to go around them regarding sex that I've often been amused by, but BayCon actually has it as a motto. Not on the official stationary or anything but most everyone that've been going longer than me hold to "if you can't get laid at BayCon then you can't get laid at all". Personally, this has mostly not been an issue with me but the first year I went one of my closer friends decided that he wasn't going to sleep until he got some. Early Sunday morning he was still awake but he'd changed his tune somewhat. Now it was about seeing how long her could stay awake!

    • I don't usually goto the Klingon Slave Auction even though the ones I've checked out have been fun. There's been more than a few rumors circulated about what happens after someone is 'bought' but I can't speak to those. The one time I participated a friend of mine was on the block and before the bidding really started I walked up and asked her if she'd be willing to give me a fully nude, both of us, full body massage. She said yes. I walked away, bidding was at about $15 at the time, and called out $50! A large hush hits the crowd as everyone looks back and forth between us and more than a few people wanna know what we'd been whispering about. By the by, best massage ever.

    • At Fanime, lots of cute people with signs. 'Hug me' I already knew, quickly learned what 'glomp me' meant. In one of the corners along the path there's a cat girl with a sign that says 'sex me' that I conciously avoided. Wanted to know what that meant cuz there's no way it could mean what it would seemingly obviously imply, but I didn't go over to ask cuz she looked barely 12 and I was worried the answer would scar me for life.

    • I've invested, over the years, in a number of 'space guns' from various fandoms. This has been fun cuz shooting people is great when you know they can't be harmed by it and I sometimes would break out the armaments to little kids and send them on assassin raids against the Klingons. Learned the hard way one year that while this is generally okay, the staff of the building itself are not fans of laser tag. I'd brought a few guns and vests and was having it out with 2 hyper opponents when staff and hote; security took us down.

    • On a side note, I still bring the laser tag guns. Just not the vests. Both cuz the guns without the game are acceptable but also because of a cosplay quirk. One year someone made this absolutely beautiful and intricate armor, want to say oldschool Cylon but I don't remember. Anyway, he apparently incoporated laser tag tech in the thing because in passing I took a shot at him and his armor went haywire! He got it under control but the timing was so bizarre that I switched locations and took another shot at him and sure enough. Anyway, I keep bringing the guns in case he shows up again or someone else gets a similar idea.

    • A rather disturbing facet of my convention experience pertains to sex. Not boasting to say I've had lots of luck in that area but have been constantly annoyed by the fact the years I don't host my own room are the ones I seem to get the most action...but given the situation that doesn't work out as well as one would hope. However, as most events happened at the San Jose DoubleTree Inn, formerly the Red Lion, I've gotten to know the ins and outs of that building really well.

    • Much as with that last one, there's a tonnage of rumors about me flying around that're not only untrue...some are just ridiculous. My recent absence from events is financial in nature, the recession has not been kind to me, but I slightly worry that others may take it that I've been banned from events. Easy to disprove and will when I'm in better financial standing someday...but a slightly paranoid part of me worries what some of my stronger adversaries, for wont of a better word, may do in reaction to such.

    • Towards the last few I went to a lot of things changed. I'm not allowed to work conventions in the capacity I have since I started going. Various rumors of this have circulated but I was first told I was too old. That makes no sense because there are many regulars that're much older than I am. Then the truth outed itself when I was directly told I wasn't to be trusted around the younger members of that department. This goes to those rumors about me that're not true but up until just recently they only impacted me negatively directly, not thru the capacity I worked the event. That was from BayCon but I've heard rumors, from a trusted source, that the rumor mongers have taken it upon themselves to get me restricted from aspects, if not the whole thing, of SillyCon as well.

    • I don't see age, beyond the legal point, I see opportunity. Early on before a convention really got underway, I kept crossing paths with this older woman. Eventually we settled in the same spot, got to talking, and made out like gangbusters. Nice enough but due to a certain hemmerhoid situation we won't go into, other than I had 'em, I didn't let it go further than that. Anyway, the following day I find out she's the mother of a guy I know...who has since blabbed this fact to anybody who would listen. I get a lot of interesting conversations that day.

I hope to see many of you at Pi-Con!

As everyone makes their August plans, I wish to remind you to consider attending Pi-Con! Pi-Con is a weekend-long celebration of science fiction and other fan interests - there's webcomics, science, costuming, gaming, larping, filk, lifestyle, and lots more. This year, it's happening August 21-23 in Enfield, CT right off 91, just south of the MA border. Register today!

This year will feature Author Guest of Honor Mary Doria Russell (award winning author of The Sparrow and Children of God), Webcomic Guest of Honor Jeffrey Rowland (creator of Wigu, Overcompensating, and the awesome t-shirt site Topatoco), and Guest of Awesome Genevieve Iseult Eldredge. We will also see the return of our video game room, two full rooms of all day board/card/table top gaming, many favorite panels and events including the panel in the pool, and the new addition of Filk programming! There will also be performances by our local Rocky Horror and Repo casts (The Come Again Players and Genetic Imperfection)

Full weekend pre-registration rates for Pi-Con are currently $40 for adults or only $25 for students! Get your registrations in at the early rate!

Room reservations are *open* for Pi-Con! Room rate will be $109/night + tax. Just go to http://www.pi-con.org/hotel.php and you can register online for a room (note: Discounted room rate ends August 10th, reserve soon!).

For more information, to volunteer, sign up to vend, or otherwise contact us, check out our web page at www.pi-con.org

Down! Down and near!!

5:44 PM 7/23/09 · For those local to the SF Bay Area that didn't goto ComicCon, for whatever reason, there's still something interesting you can do close to home. Got off Twitter, via purple pawsKimmay, apparently there's a Superhero Street Fair from 1pm to Midnight this coming Saturday in San Francisco...

...½ priced admission with a costume.

No, I don't know the regular admission price. Or where in the city it is exactly.

Frankly, I've never even heard of this thing. If I weren't going to MystikCorin & DaxHoward's wedding with Whee!Laura I'd probably head up to the city to check it out.

just 2 little things

1) This is going to just about all of my communities, except a very small number of them. I've invited people that make icons to any number of my communities but haven't always gotten as many icon posts as I'd like; often cuz other members discouraged such posts. So, from now on, those of you that make icons are encouraged to join and post your work at Lots and lots of IconsIconnage·Art...

...which isn't to say you can't keep posting what you do here, but I'd like you to post it there as well. Especially as it's specifically just an icon community I'd love for you to post there more than you do here and as often as possible.

This doesn't count icon posts or icon dumps of stuff you didn't make yourself, as some of my communities allow for.

2) Changing one of my standard rules: If you want to advertise any kind of community please do so at Livejournal OverdoseWe·Need·a·Life and not here. I used to allow advertising in any of my communities if it kept to the theme of that community but I'd like to cut down on that a bit...until it dwindles to nothing.

Episode 125: Convention Season Kick-Off!
by Chase Bouzigard, Blake Petit & Mike Bellamy

Chase is out of town, so Blake and Mike sit down this week to talk about the beginning of the comic book convention season! The guys discuss the current state of comic cons, Mike talks about his experiences at last weekend's Wizard World Philadelphia convention, and the boys bat around some of the announcements from Philly and HeroesCon in Charlotte! In the picks this week, Mike chooses Power Girl #2 and Blake selects Zorro #14, with a bonus book pick, Was Superman a Spy? Contact us with comments, suggestions, "Ask Chase Anything" questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network.

Episode 125: Convention Season Kick-Off

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Plus: Let's get literary! Chase has work conflicts this week, so Blake gets together with his sister Heather for this special edition of Week in Geek! The sibs discuss the recently concluded Percy Jackson series of novels by Rick Riordan, chat about the currently in-production Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie, and dive into the mythology surrounding the new J.C. Hutchins novel, Personal Effects: Dark Art.

Plus: Blake flies solo for this review of the new Todd Phillips comedy The Hangover. When three guys at a bachelor party wake up to find the bachelor missing, hijinks ensue. But is it funny enough to spend your money on?

At the Movies Episode 7: The Hangover

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well this is a pretty picture...

...which I say with heavy sarcasm!

xposted to FUBARBeyond·Wrong & something wonky this way comesConventionBlues

4:43 PM 3/19/09 · As a rule I don't allow anything to interfere with my good mood during the Holiday Season but especially not during December. Which I only mention as I got a doozy of some badness this past December 11th while I was window shopping on University Avenue in Palo Alto. It had to do with my possibly attending SillyCon that year. I hadn't intended on going but she decided to head me off at the pass, as it were, because she had heard some things and wanted to let me know what I might be getting into...

...and I didn't delete them until I finally got around to detailing this post.

The content she sent via 11 text messages:
As I understand it from the owner of SiliCon, because I know, for a fact, that he wont let you work. Now I could be mistaken, but he doesn't seem to like you, at all. So it stands to reason that has also banned you. The only thin in question is whether he banned you from ATTENDING SiliCon, as well as WORKING it.

I said something inbetween here but I sadly didn't save my responses.

Well, he's NOT going to let you WORK it, due to allegations from SEVERAL reliable sources, of innappropriate sexual behavior w/minors. & there were, apparently complaints from either the girls or someone at con & when I wanted to hire you to work w/the company we work for, he said "ABSOLUTELY NOT!" & told me you no longer may work SiliCon. So I've just shut up & watched how he reacts when your name comes up, & you are in a shit-load of fucked up w/him.

There was something else between here and the next and I think I missed one of her texts.

decided that you're a creep who preys on minors, because the allegations have been going on since my/head injury in 2002, because I've heard them from numerous sources, multiple time, the favorite story has to do with a woman who told her daughte to look -out for you because you "give the bad kind of hugs".

This is no doubt in reference to the "Hugging Incident" that was highly exaggerrated: Clicky!

Believe I pointed out there was nothing I could do about the rumor mongering that goes on about me between here. No matter what I do it has taken on a life of its own; these are a people that thrive on drama!

What you go for can be misunderstood. The back-rubs, the hugs, that stuff has people talking. You may have chosen an older looking minor to payt attention too & it's catching up to you. I figured you knew, so I never said anything, & let it slide, & never repeated what I heard. Unofrtunately, it becomes your responsibility to stop it when it isn't true, & change behaviors that make what they SEEM true, in self defense, if for no

Missed the followup to that last one between here.

I know you've heard it. You need to change what you're doing, or those rumors WON'T stop. That's what you're responsible for. Your behavior, NOT their rumors

She makes a good point in that I'm not responsible for the rumors. However, my behavior to the contrary...I still get blamed for all of that garbage! Admittedly, I'm a hopeless flirt. Been told I was flirting at times I was positive I wasn't. As a rule I'm very sexual by nature too but there are times I'm being silly that's it's taken for a come on...

...ChocoholicMarianne can probably relate to this the most as for a fair stretch I was telling her that when she was going through some bad times the only thing to do was have sex. I didn't necessarily mean with me, or that she should literally go outside and pounce some random person that happened by, but it wasn't taken as I intended.

Nobody's perfect.

I will also admit there was a time I did dip below the 18 (barely legal) marker but that was ages ago. I stopped somewhere around 1995 because I embraced the line of thought that no sex was worth going to jail for. Even before that I never went looking for it. The few positive rumors that circulate about me brought them to me but even with that I didn't go for all the opportunities that presented themselves. 1995 is significant as I've only been going to conventions since 1993.

As mentioned in the only other post I put up today, there are rumors about me that have no real basis in reality or are grossly exaggerrated. The "Hugging Incident", linked above, was the one and only time I was ever booted out of a convention. The nature of that isn't anything I hide from or deny, hence the public post on it, because I wanted the truth of it out. However, it appears there are those that don't want firsthand knowledge and prefer the gossip route.

Interestingly enough, later in the day of December 11th, I got more texts from some randam fuckwit that had gotten ahold of Sausage BoyLloyd's phone. I was trying to get ahold of him for something or other but someone picked up his phone, saw it was from me, and tore into me something fierce! Relating to that time I was booted from the convention but with a different take. Also they sourced FLARE as where they learned about it.

If you don't know the term, and I suspect it's not as widely used as it seems, FLARE is convention security. I've never had much of a problem with them directly, and am periodically amused I occasionally know more about what's going on at the location than they do, but if what this idiot relayed to me is true then I have a major issue. It's not impossible to believe either because there's a number of those I view as my personal mob that regularly work conventions in this capacity.

1) This numbnut said they were there when I was thrown out of the convention. This I know isn't true because they said I was taken out the front and escorted by several members of FLARE. Actually, as it was closer to the direction I was heading, I went out the side door by the elevators and no one went to make sure I'd gone.

2) Rather than what actually happened, I was told in much more graphic detail than I'm letting on here, this fool told me that I had brutally and maliciously assraped some 12 year old boy.

There's a couple issue with this. In the first, I'm straight and not at all into the male of the species. Not to mention that if this is what actually had gone down...I would not've been thrown out of the convention. They would have called the police to come take me away in cuffs.

Anyway, this is a much shortened version of what this converation entailed. It went on a for about 3 hours intermittantly, which I'm largely gauging by the fact I was watching television at the time, and probably numbered close to a 50 to 75 texts all told. I tried to defend myself as best I could but there was no reasoning with this braintrust. I was clearly lying because they had reliable sources...

...and those sources were FLARE.

Yeah, this piece of pondscum said they got the whole story from FLARE. I'd like to not believe this but as there's some of my mob among them it's at least possible.

Sharing this bit of info with Sausage BoyLloyd a stretch back, he went back through his message logs to find the entire conversation and he was horrified at what whoever the fuck that was had sent using his phone.

As mentioned previously, here or there, I'm not going to BayCon this year. While that's due to financial reasons I'm additionally hoping my absence for a year might take away from of the furl from this stupid fire. I don't know for sure if any of what I got from my friend holds any reality to what my relationship with SillyCon is but I won't know for sure until the next time I go.

There was a previous issue I supposedly had with the staff there a couple years back, which made friends drag me into their room to hide me, just in case, but the following day I went and checked with staff members and found out it wasn't actually true.

BayCon Door Rules

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11:36 PM 5/9/09 · Even though I'm not going to BayCon this year, I had been working under the premise I still might at the outset of this year. Since last year I'd been working on, whenever something occured to me, a set of rules for my door. Similar to the rules for the room but for people to read that happen to wander by...

...the first time I printed up a list of rules for my room I also hung one on the door and I got dozens of compliments on them. Variation on a theme sorta thing

Within this room are rules to follow but since there often seems to be a crowd outside my door I figured there should be rules for you too!
  • Despite the happy noises you may hear coming from within...this is not a party room.

  • These rules apply to anyone within 3 feet of this door.

  • If you hear any sounds from the door step back. Don't want someone to be in a hurry to get somewhere to crash into you.

  • Ritualistic sacrifice is permitted in the hallway but you must supply your own offering.

  • The hallway isn't clothing optional. No running around naked out there. Think of the children!

  • Do not try to gain access by crawling under the door. If somebody opens it while you're there things could get messy

  • No setting the door on fire!

  • Door is boobytrapped. Do not try to break in or feel it up.

  • Don't get too close as one of the roommates was thinking of setting up a minefield out there.

  • No leaving pets tied to doorknob.

  • No urinating on this door. There's plenty of other doors for you to choose from.

  • ...and while it should go without saying: no pooping on or near this door either.


    ah, phooey

    Yet again I didn't goto WonderCon cuz I found out too late and work conflicted. It would really help if there was a community I could add to at least get a notice on my friedslist

    Found the above at the SFGAte, looks fun.

    Here for more: Link


    Lunacon Guests:

    GoH  Dave Freer:

    Dave, like many authors has had a vagabonds voyage in wage earning. Among the other things he’s done to keep the lights on and the body animated are cook, be a medic, and work a fishing boat. Dave regards Heyer as a must read for all aspiring writers. The Forlorn his first novel is a science fiction novel featuring alien invaders in a medieval setting, since then he has written shorts that have appeared in anthologies and other short fiction outlets. His novels have spanned the genre from his work with Eric Flint and Mercedes Lackey to produce the Heirs of Alexandria universe a series that is equal parts alternate history, historical fantasy and in the words of its fans pure awesome. Holding a special place in his heart are the Rats from Rats, Bats, and Vats, a mil-sf universe in which he gets to legitimately embrace his passion for puns and clever send ups of classic literature.  Forthcoming he has Much Fall of Blood, which follows This Rough Magic in the Heirs of Alexandria series, another book in the Tails of the Moon series, and Dragon’s Ring a new universe for fans to enjoy.



    AoH Larry Dixon.

    Larry is one of the most in demand artists in the industry. His work has graced the covers of numerous books, he has contributed hugely to various Wizards of the Coast franchises, and he’s done work in comics as well. In short, if you haven’t seen his work you either haven’t looked very much or have been avoiding finding it. In addition to the art work he’s also written several novels, including the Mage Wars trilogy, the Owl trilogy, The Chrome Borne & Born to Run. Aside from the artistic end he has spent a lot of his time as a volunteer fire fighter and doing raptor rescue and rehabilitation.


    Toastmaster Eric Flint.

    Eric is a very busy man. In addition to his ever growing 1632 universe and his beloved Joe’s World, he’s collaborates with Dave Freer, David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, K.D. Wentworth, and numerous others. When not actually writing himself, he edits, a lot. He’s been one of the motive forces behind the award winning Jim Baen’s Universe. His most recently release collaboration with Dave Freer Slow Train to Arcturus won the Preditor’s & Editors award for 2008.


    Special Guest Mercedes Lackey.

    Misty got her start with short stories in the Marion Zimmer Bradley anthologies, and has barely stopped for breath since. She’s published books across the spectrum, with her books having been released as fantasy, urban fantasy, horror and science fiction. Tor, Baen, Luna, and DAW have all published her works. The books set in Velgarth including the books surrounding Heralds, and other characters are perhaps her best known work but she has also worked with Rosemary Edghill, Roberta Geils, Andre Norton and others to delight of fans and the tune of dozens of novels over her career.


    Leigh Grossman is a writer, college lecturer, editor, and occasional reviewer. He teaches in the English Department at the University of Connecticut and is the president of Swordsmith Productions, a book development and book production company that is currently developing online courseware for universities in the Philippines. Grossman is the author of thirteen published books from six different publishers, and has reviewed books for Absolute Magnitude, Horror magazine, and Wavelengths. Previously, he was the Pre-Press Production supervisor at Avon Books, an editor at Byron Preiss Visual Publications/Multimedia, and a college-level history and writing instructor. He lives in northeast Connecticut.


    For more on who else will be at Lunacon and the complete bio’s, visit


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