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This morning San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (SFSFC) announced that should the San Jose in 2018 bid for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention succeed, I will be the convention chair.

You can read the complete press release on the SFSFC website.

I'm thrilled, honored, and (appropriately) mildly terrified to have been appointed.

There have been lots of congratulatory notes and (more importantly!) offers of help flying in already, which is quite gratifying.

To avoid the curse of social media scrolling your offer away, if you want to reach me at my "official" address, it's kevin.roche@sjin2018.org.
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Carla Meyer did a very nice job on this interview, especially considering she couldn't always tell whether it was Andy or me answering her questions!

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/28/5527085/time-to-suit-up-for-westercon.html
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It's probably worth mentioning that I managed to build a Westercon 66 merchandise store via Zazzle.

You can check it out here: http://www.westercon66.org/westercon-66-merchandise/

The shirts with Eric Shanower's "Secret Agents in Oz" artwork are amazing.
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[livejournal.com profile] bovil and I have been at Further Confusion all weekend, taking today to pack up, but not moving home until tomorrow, so we can avoid the zoo that is the bell/valet service at midday on the last day of the convention.

I also booked our rooms for LoneStarCon 3 while we are at it.

And, on top of it all, the costumes for my masquerade entry at LoneStarcon 3 are already 2/3 finished.
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While researching website upgrade possibilities for another group, I came across a Wordpress theme that had a nifty little feature -- a featured articles "slider".

While that theme doesn't work for the Westercon 66 website, it encouraged me to find a way to accomplish the same thing.

Go have a look!
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[livejournal.com profile] bovil and I got to Seattle without incident and are checked into the SeaTac Doubletree.

More important, we have ALL our pre-con errands run: ThinBot collected from FedEx, all our share of the party shopping done. This means we can do whatever we want for the Fourth!
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Featuring, of course, ThinBot, our perfectly ordinary robot bartender

And the day before (Friday), you can Go Underground with London in 2014 and Westercon 66, sharing hosting duties.

Same suite, 8ish.
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Vintacon 7 (StuckCon) will be in Lodi October 7-9.

Registration is still open, but only until THIS FRIDAY!

Reg forms are available at:
http://www.twistedimage.com/vintacon/VintaconSeven.pdf

To read more and see the brand new semi-authorized progress report, visit
http://vintacon.livejournal.com
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I haven't done much in the way of videogaming for years (truth: I remember the Magnavox Odyssey, and Pong, and played lots of Atari 2600 games at my godparents' house), nor costumed from them.

I do, however, write for a costuming magazine (YIPE! if you've somehow missed that fact over the last 3 years) and am working on a feature about video game costumes and/or costuming at videogame events.

Anyone out there in LJ-land have something (photos, anecdotes, tales of excitement and wonder -- or woe and misery) to share? Deadlines are looming [cue ominous 8-bit music]
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I've been meaning to post these for several weeks.

We took TDK to Westercon 64 in San Jose; I finally embellished his shoulder section to my satisfaction with the addition of mesh under the large slats on his shoulders. He was a special guest at the London in 2014 party, and we shot some photos using their decor.

Photos under the cut )
He'll be on display in the Exhibits hall at the Reno Worldcon.
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This weekend [livejournal.com profile] bovil and I attended Westercon 64 in San Jose.

Due to a confluence of happy circumstances with the Fairmont we acquired a free upgrade of our room to a suite, so we asked that it be put on the party floor so the London in 2014 Worldcon bid could use our parlor one night for a bid party.

Three weeks ago, on the way back from my parents' in Redding, we stopped for lunch at Granzella's and realized we could stage a hoax bid party to host Westercon 66 (2013) at Granzella's. (This would make as much sense as attempting to have a Worldcon at Casa de Fruta, which was the hoax bid we perpetrated at the LACon IV Worldcon in 2006.)

When we announced our "bid" one week before Westercon 64, the response was huge; the single filed, real bid, for Portland, Oregon, had not been doing any promotion at all, and our joke fired up all the frustration around the issue. By the time this weekend rolled around we suspected that the joke might actually defeat the Portland bid in the balloting, which would throw the decision to the Westercon business meeting. [livejournal.com profile] bovil and I had several serious discussions about what to do in that event and decided that we would accept a nomination to actually run Westercon 66 if the membership actually asked us to do so in the business meeting. There were a number of hurried conversations to make sure we had the key people available if that happened.

It did, in fact, happen )

So: Andy and I will be running Westercon 66 in 2013!

We're looking (first) at venues in Sacramento, in alignment with the Olive Country beginnings of this string of events. Registration, etc., will begin as soon as the necessary legal paperwork is in place to allow us to accept money (ficticious business name, etc).

Right now the "ZellaCon" Facebook group is our only web presence; we'll be using that temporarily as a communications medium if you want to volunteer/ask questions.

Edited to correct some minor errors on my part about the parliamentary details of reconsideration; thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kevin_standlee for the corrections
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TDK had two outings on Saturday at Nova Albion to the great amusement of onlookers.

The first time out was mid-afternoon, when the steampunkonsumption (shopping) was in full swing. As Nova Albion had spread out the vendors across two rooms (on two different floors, with their usual inadequate aisles between the tables) and the mezzanine, it made for slow going. It was, however great fun.

The quick-and-dirty voice modifier definitely has to be replaced; TDKs voice was too hard to understand a good part of the time. It's also been suggested I add a second pair of rear-facing speakers to his undercarriage.

The second time out was after dinner, while folks were waiting for the evening concert ("An Airship Home Companion") to begin. A turn through the ballroom (and waiting audience) was well received, and resulted in a couple of very nice photos by [livejournal.com profile] johno with Lee Press-On. Then off he trundled to the bar area where, unbeknownst to yours truly, he amazed a group of exhibitors from the Bricks by the Bay Lego convention next door.

After putting TDK safely to bed, [livejournal.com profile] bovil and I returned to the concert in more comfortable (Edo Japanese) garb, where I was introduced to said group. They turned out to include the organizers of this weekend's BarBot 2011 robotic bartending competition, and Grant Imihara from Mythbusters! (I wish I'd realized at the time; I'd love to have a photo of Grant with TDK.)

As a result, arrangements have been made for TDK to appear at BarBot on Saturday; [livejournal.com profile] bovil and I had already been considering going to it and staying over Saturday after visiting Wondercon, and meeting the organizers (and their enthusiasm for TDK) clinched the deal.

At the suggestion of a FB friend, I've also secured the Twitter username TikiDalek for TDK. I don't expect he's going to be terribly prolific, but this will keep someone else from putting words in his (my) vocalizer on Twitter.

I've also been informed that TDK will be featured in the Gallifrey One article in Issue Two of the new magazine Doctor Who Insider!

Looks like another fifteen minutes of fame; we'll enjoy it while it lasts! :-)
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TDK had two outings on Saturday at Nova Albion to the great amusement of onlookers.

The first time out was mid-afternoon, when the steampunkonsumption (shopping) was in full swing. As Nova Albion had spread out the vendors across two rooms (on two different floors, with their usual inadequate aisles between the tables) and the mezzanine, it made for slow going. It was, however great fun.

The quick-and-dirty voice modifier definitely has to be replaced; TDKs voice was too hard to understand a good part of the time. It's also been suggested I add a second pair of rear-facing speakers to his undercarriage.

The second time out was after dinner, while folks were waiting for the evening concert ("An Airship Home Companion") to begin. A turn through the ballroom (and waiting audience) was well received, and resulted in a couple of very nice photos by [livejournal.com profile] johno with Lee Press-On. Then off he trundled to the bar area where, unbeknownst to yours truly, he amazed a group of exhibitors from the Bricks by the Bay Lego convention next door.

After putting TDK safely to bed, [livejournal.com profile] bovil and I returned to the concert in more comfortable (Edo Japanese) garb, where I was introduced to said group. They turned out to include the organizers of this weekend's BarBot 2011 robotic bartending competition, and Grant Imihara from Mythbusters! (I wish I'd realized at the time; I'd love to have a photo of Grant with TDK.)

As a result, arrangements have been made for TDK to appear at BarBot on Saturday; [livejournal.com profile] bovil and I had already been considering going to it and staying over Saturday after visiting Wondercon, and meeting the organizers (and their enthusiasm for TDK) clinched the deal.

At the suggestion of a FB friend, I've also secured the Twitter username TikiDalek for TDK. I don't expect he's going to be terribly prolific, but this will keep someone else from putting words in his (my) vocalizer on Twitter.

I've also been informed that TDK will be featured in the Gallifrey One article in Issue Two of the new magazine Doctor Who Insider!

Looks like another fifteen minutes of fame; we'll enjoy it while it lasts! :-)
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There is still a bit of time (34 hours and a bit) for you to file your Hugo Award nominations if you haven't done so. I just did mine!

If you were a member of Aussiecon IV (last year's Worldcon) or Renovation (this year's Worldcon) as of January 31, 2011, you are entitled to nominate.


Information about the process is available here:
http://www.renovationsf.org/hugo-intro.php

The online nomination form is here:
http://hugos.renovationsf.org/nominations.php

If you have lost the email with your nomination PIN you still have time to request a new one. Information on doing so is available at the nomination form page.

_________________________________________

And yes, Yipe! The Costume Fanzine of Record IS eligible for nomination for Best Fanzine this year. If you enjoy our 'zine, I hope you will include it for consideration while making your nominations.
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There is still a bit of time (34 hours and a bit) for you to file your Hugo Award nominations if you haven't done so. I just did mine!

If you were a member of Aussiecon IV (last year's Worldcon) or Renovation (this year's Worldcon) as of January 31, 2011, you are entitled to nominate.


Information about the process is available here:
http://www.renovationsf.org/hugo-intro.php

The online nomination form is here:
http://hugos.renovationsf.org/nominations.php

If you have lost the email with your nomination PIN you still have time to request a new one. Information on doing so is available at the nomination form page.

_________________________________________

And yes, Yipe! The Costume Fanzine of Record IS eligible for nomination for Best Fanzine this year. If you enjoy our 'zine, I hope you will include it for consideration while making your nominations.
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I've been working on refinements to the Tiki Dalek.

Several are designed to make him pack as more flat pieces (and thus be more shippable).

However, one of the critical lacks at Gallifrey when he was out conga-ing in the hallways was his inability to speak to the folks around him.

That has been fixed!



The voice modulator is not a perfect Dalek voice; I have plans for a better one. This is built using a hobby kit based on the WIN8072 IC, but had the advantage of coming with a pre-etched circuit board and all the necessary components for quick assembly.

TDK will debut with his new voice at Nova Albion this weekend (shhh)
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I've been working on refinements to the Tiki Dalek.

Several are designed to make him pack as more flat pieces (and thus be more shippable).

However, one of the critical lacks at Gallifrey when he was out conga-ing in the hallways was his inability to speak to the folks around him.

That has been fixed!



The voice modulator is not a perfect Dalek voice; I have plans for a better one. This is built using a hobby kit based on the WIN8072 IC, but had the advantage of coming with a pre-etched circuit board and all the necessary components for quick assembly.

TDK will debut with his new voice at Nova Albion this weekend (shhh)
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Now that the show is over, I've unlocked the posts of the build diary for Secret Project TDK.

You can see them from start to finish (well, from finish to start; I don't know of a way to reverse the fact they'll display most recent first) using this link:

http://kproche.livejournal.com/tag/project%20tdk

Now I have to go back to finishing the article I'm writing for Yipe! about it.
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Now that the show is over, I've unlocked the posts of the build diary for Secret Project TDK.

You can see them from start to finish (well, from finish to start; I don't know of a way to reverse the fact they'll display most recent first) using this link:

http://kproche.livejournal.com/tag/project%20tdk

Now I have to go back to finishing the article I'm writing for Yipe! about it.

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