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28 days and counting to this year's Worldcon Masquerade!

That's right, it's only four short weeks away!

If you are considering entering, I strongly recommend you take a few minutes and fill out the entry form at http://www.renovationsf.org/masquerade .
It only takes a few minutes and will give [livejournal.com profile] bovil and I a better idea in advance of what to prepare our crew for.

You can return at any time before Wednesday, August 17, to add or update your entry information. At that point, you'll need to come see us on-site at the masquerade desk in the lobby of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

If you are not considering entering, but will be attending, we can always use more volunteers in the green room (being ably run by Byron Connell), back/on-stage crew (impeccably organized by Chris O'Halloran) or as ushers in the house (being managed for us by Bill Keaton). Drop a note to masquerade@renovationsf.org and let us know how you would like to help.

Counting down the days now...

Kevin Roche
co-director, Renovation Masquerade
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OK, you asked for it.

Here is the initial design sketch for my Gallifrey masquerade entry, code named Project TDK (aka Tiki Dalek Kevin, although you can substitute Kooky or Krazy if you prefer).

This all stemmed from some square fobbed tassels Andy and I saw in a fabric outlet store in Dallas, they looked like robots wearing grass skirts and my imagination went off from there.

The object is to make this so it assembles onto a light-weight collapsible frame so it can be easily transported and maneuvered.


Design concept for Tiki Dalek
Design concept for Tiki Dalek
The bottom skirt is short plastic green grass skirting; the upper skirt is natural raffia skirting; the hemispheres are polished half coconut shells. The lower shoulder section (top of the skirt) is lightweight wood; the "shoulders" are basketweave with bamboo half-rounds for the slats. The shoulders are simplified, with a flat front instead of the two gun boxes for the ball joints. The gun is a Tiki torch; the plunger assembly is on a bamboo cane and carries a brightly colored tiki cocktail. The inner mesh of the neck is octagonal-weave basket; the struts are more bamboo canes and the three neck rings are ?? (tiny hula hoops, more bamboo, ??) The dome is thatched, and where the lamps would be located are a pair of cone shells. The ocular is made from a coconut cup on a bamboo cane, with several paper cocktail umbrellas in place of the disks.



Note -- I've found a source for the coconut shells, $100 for 250 polished half shells. I only need 60. Anyone else have a use for them?
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OK, you asked for it.

Here is the initial design sketch for my Gallifrey masquerade entry, code named Project TDK (aka Tiki Dalek Kevin, although you can substitute Kooky or Krazy if you prefer).

This all stemmed from some square fobbed tassels Andy and I saw in a fabric outlet store in Dallas, they looked like robots wearing grass skirts and my imagination went off from there.

The object is to make this so it assembles onto a light-weight collapsible frame so it can be easily transported and maneuvered.


Design concept for Tiki Dalek
Design concept for Tiki Dalek
The bottom skirt is short plastic green grass skirting; the upper skirt is natural raffia skirting; the hemispheres are polished half coconut shells. The lower shoulder section (top of the skirt) is lightweight wood; the "shoulders" are basketweave with bamboo half-rounds for the slats. The shoulders are simplified, with a flat front instead of the two gun boxes for the ball joints. The gun is a Tiki torch; the plunger assembly is on a bamboo cane and carries a brightly colored tiki cocktail. The inner mesh of the neck is octagonal-weave basket; the struts are more bamboo canes and the three neck rings are ?? (tiny hula hoops, more bamboo, ??) The dome is thatched, and where the lamps would be located are a pair of cone shells. The ocular is made from a coconut cup on a bamboo cane, with several paper cocktail umbrellas in place of the disks.



Note -- I've found a source for the coconut shells, $100 for 250 polished half shells. I only need 60. Anyone else have a use for them?
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I won two awards in tonight's Historic Masquerade with my White Star Line Able Seaman's Uniform (1912):

in workmanship: Honored for Excellence in Tailoring

*and* Best in Master Class Documentation!

(cue Kermit the frog cheer: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy!)
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I won two awards in tonight's Historic Masquerade with my White Star Line Able Seaman's Uniform (1912):

in workmanship: Honored for Excellence in Tailoring

*and* Best in Master Class Documentation!

(cue Kermit the frog cheer: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy!)
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The West Coast Science Fantasy Conference (aka WesterCon 60, aka "Gnomeward Bound,") is being held this weekend (June 30-July 3) at the San Mateo Marriott here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sunday night (because the convention actually starts on Saturday, so Sunday is the second night) Andy Trembley ([livejournal.com profile] bovil) and I are directing the Masquerade competition. We're using the same process we've used at Anime Los Angeles and Baycon, which means:

  • Things start on time,

  • End on time, and

  • Everybody has a good time.



(Using rules based, of course, on the ICG Fairness in Competition guidelines.)

We have great panels of judges for both on-stage (presentation) and the optional up-close (workmanship) judging, with a healthy mix of veteran judges and fresh faces.
We have lights and sound.
We have a erudite and entertaining Master of Ceremonies.
We have space for an audience.
We have an amazing live-action half-time presentation to keep the audience enthralled while the judges deliberate.

What's missing? You! A masquerade is just an empty stage without the costumers.

If you are attending Westercon 60, are you planning to enter the Masquerade?
If you are attending but not entering, would you like to help?

In either case, come visit the Masquerade desk (Saturday 12-6, Sunday 9-12:45) and we'll sign you up!

Kevin

P.S. If you'd care to drop a note to chair (at ) cc26.info expressing your intentions, it will help me plan how many munchies I need to have for contestants, etc.!)

P.P.S. Feel free to link to or forward this post (in its entirety) to appropriate recipients.
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The West Coast Science Fantasy Conference (aka WesterCon 60, aka "Gnomeward Bound,") is being held this weekend (June 30-July 3) at the San Mateo Marriott here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sunday night (because the convention actually starts on Saturday, so Sunday is the second night) Andy Trembley ([livejournal.com profile] bovil) and I are directing the Masquerade competition. We're using the same process we've used at Anime Los Angeles and Baycon, which means:

  • Things start on time,

  • End on time, and

  • Everybody has a good time.



(Using rules based, of course, on the ICG Fairness in Competition guidelines.)

We have great panels of judges for both on-stage (presentation) and the optional up-close (workmanship) judging, with a healthy mix of veteran judges and fresh faces.
We have lights and sound.
We have a erudite and entertaining Master of Ceremonies.
We have space for an audience.
We have an amazing live-action half-time presentation to keep the audience enthralled while the judges deliberate.

What's missing? You! A masquerade is just an empty stage without the costumers.

If you are attending Westercon 60, are you planning to enter the Masquerade?
If you are attending but not entering, would you like to help?

In either case, come visit the Masquerade desk (Saturday 12-6, Sunday 9-12:45) and we'll sign you up!

Kevin

P.S. If you'd care to drop a note to chair (at ) cc26.info expressing your intentions, it will help me plan how many munchies I need to have for contestants, etc.!)

P.P.S. Feel free to link to or forward this post (in its entirety) to appropriate recipients.
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Kevin Roche

 Friday, October 6th, 2006
 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in Donnor Pass Ballroom: Meet TheGuests

 Saturday, October 7th, 2006
 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm in Monterey Room: Make it Shiny

 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm in San Juan Room: Costumers HardwareStore

 Sunday, October 8th, 2006
 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm in Carmel Room: Science Worth WritingAbout


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Kevin Roche

 Friday, October 6th, 2006
 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in Donnor Pass Ballroom: Meet TheGuests

 Saturday, October 7th, 2006
 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm in Monterey Room: Make it Shiny

 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm in San Juan Room: Costumers HardwareStore

 Sunday, October 8th, 2006
 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm in Carmel Room: Science Worth WritingAbout


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This is not friends-locked, because the original is available on the IGC-D public archive at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ICG-D/message/33537

If you can't access it, post a comment and I will copy the text here.

Note that I was mostly happy with the masquerade, but am not happy about the turn this discussion has taken. It didn't need to go where it has gone, and I don't blame [livejournal.com profile] karisu_sama for that progression.
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This is not friends-locked, because the original is available on the IGC-D public archive at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ICG-D/message/33537

If you can't access it, post a comment and I will copy the text here.

Note that I was mostly happy with the masquerade, but am not happy about the turn this discussion has taken. It didn't need to go where it has gone, and I don't blame [livejournal.com profile] karisu_sama for that progression.
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Conrad T. Lizard, live on stage at LA Con IV

Photos behind the cut )
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Conrad T. Lizard, live on stage at LA Con IV

Photos behind the cut )
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Andy got some spectacular on-stage shots, but these backstage candids from Richard show off some details.

OH, and by the way, Conrad's feet were featured on the FRONT PAGE of the Saturday Orange County Register, along with [livejournal.com profile] twjudy's head and several other folks in a very nice montage.

Backstage -- right after rehearsal

Conrad and the gang, waiting to go on

Conrad relaxing backstage

Closeup of Dana as Conrad's "Alien Phan"

Closeup of Bruce as Conrad's bodyguard

I'll try to pull the images of the new camera tonight and get them uploaded.

Edit 12:11PM -- A brief description of the presentation, pending video availability...

Music: Tom Jones & The Art of Noise doing a cover of Prince's "Kiss"


  • Begins with MC saying And now, direct from a three-epoch run at the Mesozoic Mezzanine, C-O-N-R-A-D -- T-- L-I-Z-A-R-D!




  • Musical sting, then sound of motorcycle revving. Conrad zooms across upstage on a Razor™ Scooter from stage right wing to stage left wing. Sound of a crash.

  • Main music starts, and Conrad comes out boogie-ing.

  • As he moves downstage, a mob of four screaming female fans shove out on stage, trying to push past the bodyguard (Bruce), finally succeeding and line up in a row behind Conrad. Bodyguard, disgusted, takes a step back.

  • Conrad makes his fans swoon with delight by dancing a turn with each of them, in an appropriate style.

  • He then works back downstage center and bodyguard re-interposes himself between the star and his fans. Unbeknownst to either of them, the fans have started pulling out exotic underwear.

  • Conrad strikes his final pose and the final musical sting hits.

  • Fans throw underwear at Conrad (thus pelting bodyguard with it) and pursue him offstage.

  • Bodyguard follows slowly, collecting abandoned undergarments and trying to figure out exactly how the alien panties could possibly fit...

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Andy got some spectacular on-stage shots, but these backstage candids from Richard show off some details.

OH, and by the way, Conrad's feet were featured on the FRONT PAGE of the Saturday Orange County Register, along with [livejournal.com profile] twjudy's head and several other folks in a very nice montage.

Backstage -- right after rehearsal

Conrad and the gang, waiting to go on

Conrad relaxing backstage

Closeup of Dana as Conrad's "Alien Phan"

Closeup of Bruce as Conrad's bodyguard

I'll try to pull the images of the new camera tonight and get them uploaded.

Edit 12:11PM -- A brief description of the presentation, pending video availability...

Music: Tom Jones & The Art of Noise doing a cover of Prince's "Kiss"


  • Begins with MC saying And now, direct from a three-epoch run at the Mesozoic Mezzanine, C-O-N-R-A-D -- T-- L-I-Z-A-R-D!




  • Musical sting, then sound of motorcycle revving. Conrad zooms across upstage on a Razor™ Scooter from stage right wing to stage left wing. Sound of a crash.

  • Main music starts, and Conrad comes out boogie-ing.

  • As he moves downstage, a mob of four screaming female fans shove out on stage, trying to push past the bodyguard (Bruce), finally succeeding and line up in a row behind Conrad. Bodyguard, disgusted, takes a step back.

  • Conrad makes his fans swoon with delight by dancing a turn with each of them, in an appropriate style.

  • He then works back downstage center and bodyguard re-interposes himself between the star and his fans. Unbeknownst to either of them, the fans have started pulling out exotic underwear.

  • Conrad strikes his final pose and the final musical sting hits.

  • Fans throw underwear at Conrad (thus pelting bodyguard with it) and pursue him offstage.

  • Bodyguard follows slowly, collecting abandoned undergarments and trying to figure out exactly how the alien panties could possibly fit...

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Further updates on the WorldCon costume...

Photos and details behind the cut )

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