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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
6:07 pm
Since I'm not clear how I edit entries
So not computer gifted. I will just post.

Financial Support for AppleCon 2009:
For clarity when I say someone wiling to take a financial risk and use their personal credit card to hold the room block against it for AppleCon I do in fact mean taking the risk if we fail to meet our room block. Which I realize is the suck but that's the reality of it. And AppleCon has no way to reimburse you much as I wish we did. Also the suck. So yes if you are willing to consider it you need to be comfortable with the risk and the possibility of paying the hotel money. The risk was about $2,000.00 last year and will be about the same if we keep our block small which we plan to. That said this year we doubled our numbers and sold substantially more room nights but since I lack a working crystal ball I can't guarantee that will happen again.

If no one volunteers to do this that is obviously understandable but then we will have to skip 2009.

And added info it looks like our dates would be May 29th, 30th, and 31st 2009
1:01 pm
This convention was a total hoot. I very much want to do it again next year. But there are snags.

See what needs to happen:

David and I are in the process of adopting a child or children. It is likely that by this time next year all that will be said and done but it's unpredictable as to when we will need to travel twice and when our children will come home with us which will require a period of low key hanging out at home with not a lot of people around.

So for Applecon to happen again we need a lot more help. I want to continue to have a say in how the con is run with my Co-chair Larry Sanderson but I can't commit to more then that this time around and neither can David (who did too much last year beverage shopping, pubs, badges, move in & move out.)
So what we need is

Hotel - experienced competent, reliable person to get the contract signed and deal with all the details as the convention approaches and gets under way and settle the bill afterwards.

Financial Support what I mean by this is someone whose credit card can be used to hold our reservation and who is willing to take the risk if we don't meet the room block. This year we doubled our block and held it with our own credit card. But as we are trying to figure out how to finance an adoption it's an additional stress we just can't add to our plate. This year the risk was for about $2,000.

Parties/consuite - I need someone else to do the shopping, set up and general running of this space. Someone who understands what my standards are and doesn't mind having to work with me to meet those.
I'm not unwilling to have shared ideas come to life, I think I'm reasonable at compromising and I take sound advice *note I did not try and make pancakes in the consuite* when advised against it. And I think we had a very nice consuite on a very strict budget. that was admittedly helped by the reservation error that landed us in the concierge rather then the Presidential across the hall.

Programming - Music/science demo programming was and will be run by Chas Somdahl but I need someone to add in some other sf programming and to do the scheduling of it all and work with Chas and other program participants.

Publications Ya ya I know we don't need any. Yet I find myself loath to give this up. I very much like the idea of making a program book that is really mostly a chapbook. This is one thing we could let go of since we can't commit to doing it ourselves. But know that it hurts me inside. I'd like a pubs person who can send an electronic progress report at least one, maybe two. And a message full of updated last minute useful infor. a week before the con. As well someone who could do bi-weekly or weekly posts on the AppleCon live journal, to keep it active.

Badges which could be done by pubs or someone who only has to worry about badges either way.

We do have some great peeps already helping both Karen Cooper who ran the outstanding Wizard Tournament is excited about next years competition
and Ann Viviano who is our treasurer a real professional and everything and also helped with kids programming which was fabulous is on board to help again. Maybe we can recruit more kids this time around.

Hania Wojtowicz helped us last minute with layout, did a top notch job which was are so very grateful for and she has said she'd do it again.

And we have Rachel Lininger who has stepped up to the plate and said she would help with registration. We look forward to her help.

So I guess it's up to you and you and you as to whether we can do this again next year and do it with the flare and gusto that we did it with this first time around. So speak now or forever hold your peace and we will simply take a hiatus until our lives allow us to take more active roles.
Monday, April 14th, 2008
7:22 am
Early Registration
Early registration for AppleCon 2009 is available online here.
Friday, April 11th, 2008
9:20 am
Here in the city...
The streets are still melting. The temperature is 33.6 degrees fondly Fahrenheit and should warm over the day to a mild high of 35. As long as we stay above freezing, the rain or snow won't stick and the roads will roll. Sidewalks, on the other hand, are frozen to slushy, so be careful of ice in shadows. Both tonight and Saturday night, the temperature is forecast to dip below freezing. One to two inches of snow is forecast to accumulate this evening, which should begin melting on Sunday, and be gone by Thursday, when the forecast high is 70 degrees fondly Fahrenheit...
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
7:56 am
We can haz Restaurant Guide
Posted this morning. Yellow indicates they didn't answer the phone when I called between 6:00 am and 7:30 am. OK, some white one's indicate that two, but you need the special glasses to see 'em.
Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
8:25 pm
8:25 pm
8:17 pm
12:45 am
AppleCon Programming
Still rough around the edges but I'm real tired and need to stop for tonight.

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12:39 am
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
2:48 pm
So, is it still possible to join, now that the initial deadline is past? The website says registrations are closed.
Monday, April 7th, 2008
12:00 pm
Yuri's Night Event?
Any plan for a Yuri's Night observance on Saturday?

Current Mood: curious
Friday, April 4th, 2008
6:48 pm
Applecon now has 65 members

56 attending adults
(3 are teens I think)

3 supporting adults

5 children between 5 - 12
(more of whom are closer to 12)

1 under 5
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
11:04 pm
This is your very last chance to get your Applecon 2008 t-shirt. I need to get the order in ASAP, that's for yesterday. So please speak up if you want one.

Visit our web site to view the shirt's great art work and place you order.
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Monday, March 17th, 2008
3:01 am
S. L. Farrell Interview
There's an S. L. Farrel interview at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist.
Thursday, March 6th, 2008
6:33 am
Programming Descriptions
Jamming 101

What makes a good music jam? What kinds of things add to the experience and what detracts? This panel of experienced jammers will talk about their experience and demonstrate both good and bad jamming behavior.

The Science Show.

Can Chas turn water to wine and back? Can he light up a fluorescent tube with his bare hands? Why is the sky blue (and the sunset red)? Can something be freezing hot or boiling cold? These are some of the questions addressed in this display of some of Chas’ favorite science demonstrations.

Music and the Mind.

Explore how music affects the mind and how the mind affects music. Why do some notes sound wrong even if they are in tune? Why do others sound right? Why is it that some music sounds happy or sad or scary? How can scales containing different numbers of notes at different intervals still sound right?

What’s Music Got to do with SF?

Music at Minnesota conventions is a different experience than music at conventions elsewhere. Generally, Filk is the music of the science fiction community. While there is some crossover to that genre, it is not the prevailing music here. What is so different about our fans and musicians and what does it have to do with SF?

GoH Music Circle

A showcase jam of select musicians including our GoH.

Programming Schedule
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
5:35 am
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
5:10 pm
About the books...
lsanderson asked me to cross-post to the Applecon group the posts regarding my books, so I will... in digest form, anyway...


The Cover for TWILIGHT...Collapse )


Sergei, a CharacterCollapse )


Some reviews of TWILIGHTCollapse )


INSIDE STRAIGHT, a new Wild Cards novelCollapse )


I'll be happy to sign any books you want to bring to Applecon. Heck, they don't even have to be mine. I'll sign 'em anyway.
Monday, February 11th, 2008
10:41 pm
Hurry Pre-registration ends on February 14th 2008!

Don't know what to get that special someone..... a weekend to remember with music, friends, Wizard, pie. What could be romantic......

Register on line


And call to reserve your room now

While at the website order yourself and your loved ones t-shirts
(t-shirts are pre-order only)

And donate to our Pie fund, because no fan should go to bed without pie!
Thursday, January 31st, 2008
7:46 pm
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