kevin_standlee: (Kevin and Lisa)
Collecting the accumulated mail from my PO Box, I found four convention membership/expense reimbursement checks. representing membership and expense reimbursements from both L.A.con IV and Conzilla, including paying for my airfare to attend a Worldcon pre-con planning meeting. I never banked on getting any of this, but it's always nice when the conventions are able to issue such reimbursements.

Thank you to both conventions for the reimbursements. They aren't "make or break" for me the way they appear to be for some other folks, but I'm certainly happy to have the money, particularly at this time of the year.
kevin_standlee: (Kuma Bear)
There is a vast (and as yet mostly uncataloged) dump of L.A.con IV Photos now up on the L.A.con IV web site.

Among the many photos, I've found one of Me, Lisa, and Kuma Bear, with Kuma riding in his custom-built Bear-o-Metric Chamber.
kevin_standlee: (Hugo Trophy)
The October Locus arrived in my mailbox today, with the Hugo Awards coverage. Among many other people I know, [ profile] pmcmurray is included in the panoramic photo of the winners and acceptors on stage. Alas, while they got his name right in the photo caption, the article itself identified him as "Mike" McMurray.

Looking at the winner photo, I see what Cheryl was saying about the photo session. Last year in Glasgow, we gave a lot of thought to the post-award photo session, taking care to have a properly lit photo area. We didn't do the movement of the nominees to the photo area as well as I wanted -- I came up with a method in hindsight that I think would have worked, but never mind -- but we still had a good photo shoot. LA did what just about every other Worldcon has done, as far as I can tell: make it up on the spot and ask the winners to come on stage, where the lighting conditions are wrong.

L.A. even had a reasonable option here, I thought: Take the nominees next door to the Arena Lobby (Spaceport Lounge), where they could have set up a proper photo shoot area. But I don't really fault L.A.con IV that much; it's not like they did any worse than almost every other Worldcon.

I wonder why it is that Interaction (er, well, Cheryl and I) thought through things like the Former Worldcon Chairs Photo and the Hugo Winners Photo shoots, while everyone else leaves them up to chance.
kevin_standlee: (WSFS Captain 4)
It's a pretty large file -- about half a GB -- but I've managed to upload the footage that Lisa shot of the L.A.con IV Closing Ceremony.
kevin_standlee: (Default)
I've finally had time to start working through the pictures and video I shot during the last three days of L.A.con IV, and among these are the presentation of the Best Fanzine Hugo Award. I apologize for the quality. It's being shot with a handheld camera mainly intended for still photos, and it's being taken from so far back that the slightest twitch wobbles the shot. Moreover, I haven't figured out all of the controls on this thing yet, and don't even know if there is a manual focus on it. The auto-focus persists in trying to lock on to people in the foreground -- that is, the audience -- and therefore the thing goes in and out of focus.
kevin_standlee: (Pensive Kevin)
I was allowed to work from home today, and fortunately all I needed to do was review some specifications for a new job on the horizon for which the serious discussions won't start until tomorrow at least.

I've posted (plus the following entries here, here, and here) on [ profile] laconiv the text of the constitutional amendments and formal resolutions that passed this year's WSFS business meeting.


Aug. 29th, 2006 08:49 pm
kevin_standlee: (Pensive Kevin)
Having left Paso Robles around 12:30 or so, we got back to San Mateo around 4 PM, including several rest stops. Throughout the trip, Lisa scribbled away on a note pad from the hotel because she still couldn't speak.

Kuma Bear travels in comfort )

We had a late lunch or early dinner in San Mateo while she decided whether or not she wanted to stick around for another day. We went up to my office where her van was parked and moved stuff from my van to hers, and retrieved from my office a couple of things she'd felt uncomfortable storing in her van.

Lisa decided she'd go ahead and try and head back toward Oregon tonight. Her first leg is a relatively short one, going probably only as far as Dunnigan, where she will stop for a few hours sleep in her van. I bought her a smoothie from the Jamba Juice near my office, and that helped her get a tiny bit of her voice back. I told her to spend a few days resting when she gets home. She was sick to some extent for almost the entire trip, and kept beating herself up over not being 100%, which didn't really help.

Anyway, I then headed home, stopping first for groceries, and I got home around 8 PM. Still too tired to do anything about photos and con reports and such. As time permits over the next few days, I will work on it, probably by posting back-dated entries to the appropriate times and announcing their existence as new posts.

For now, I need to unpack enough so I can get to bed early. I'm working tomorrow, albeit from home.

Edit, 9:20 PM: Added picture.

Oh, Dear

Aug. 28th, 2006 11:38 pm
kevin_standlee: (Manga Kevin)
If I'm understanding Mike Glyer's comments in my post about the Former Worldcon Chairs' Party, it appears that L.A.con IV neglected to actually invite the chair of L.A.con III to the party.

Deja Vu

Aug. 28th, 2006 11:29 pm
kevin_standlee: (Default)
We left Anaheim around 12:30 PM, and managed to avoid most of the bad traffic. We counted as a carpool, but on the other hand, traffic was flowing so freely that even at 65, I was still driving slower than much of the traffic in the mixed-flow lanes. The carpool lane on I-405 did help a bit north of LAX when traffic slowed for a rear-end accident in lane 2. The carpool lane only slowed for about five minutes.

We stopped several times along the way, and at one point Lisa insisted on driving because I was falling asleep. We stopped for a late lunch a Pea Soup Andersen's again, and we arrived at the Holiday Inn Express Paso Robles just before 8:30 PM. It's much quieter tonight than it was a week ago Friday on our trip south. Lisa told the desk clerk about our decision to rebook our trip here from a competing chain after our stay on the southbound trip. The clerk then upgraded us to a mini-suite. By coincidence, it was the exact same room as when we came south, so we know it well.

I've pulled the last photos and videos off the camera, but again don't have time to work on them. Among the material Lisa shot was the entire Closing Ceremonies, but it is again too large for YouTube. I guess I'll need to get some sort of video-editing software to allow me to break large recordings into smaller pieces.

Update, 8/29, 08:15: Corrected typo pointed out in comments.
kevin_standlee: (Default)
We have until Noon to check out of the hotel room, and thanks to moving the large, bulky, and boxed items from the room last night, we now only have the bits and pieces, although they take at least as much time -- maybe longer -- to pack. Just as my alarm went off at 9 AM, Cheryl (via Gigi -- Cheryl's US phone had run out of charge and I'd neglected to include her charger in her Box of Stuff, and ever since I bought a new phone, we no longer have compatible charging equipment) text-messaged me saying that the boxes of stuff I'm carrying back to the Bay Area for her were ready to go, so I bounced on up there. As I taped up the boxes, [ profile] cherylmorgan said, "Are you okay? You look terrible!"

I said, "I just got up a few minutes ago."

She apologized, saying she had to be up and ready to take a shuttle for her flight that will eventually return her to Darkest Somerset. I waved off apologies. The fact that I'm driving home and have allocated two days for the trip means that I don't have to rush.

However, now I do have to shut down the computer and pack the many bits and pieces that are piled up around it so we can get out of here.

Total damage for the hotel room, including parking, internet access, and net of that gift card I got for The Monster Project, but not including any meals (none were charged to the room), is $1018. Frugality is indicated for a few months, I think.

Today's journey is to Paso Robles, where we rebooked our mid-point stay on account of how much we liked the hotel on the points stay coming down.

I have a huge number of photos and quite a bit of video shot of the convention, thanks mostly to Lisa's work; unfortunately, I've had no time to process or upload any of it. I'll do what I can when I can, and yes, I will eventually give y'all my take on the Saturday WSFS Business Meeting.
kevin_standlee: (Manga Kevin)
3 AM again and no entries from today. Frankly, I was having too much fun to come back to the room and spend time writing about it. We actually got a chance to walk around an look at a few things (just as they were being torn down), we had a late lunch with [ profile] fr_john, and then went to the Closing Ceremonies. While we were sitting waiting for them to start, I learned only then that Nippon 2007 wanted all of the committee to come on stage during their part of the ceremony. I left Lisa with Father John and headed back stage. The rest of that story will need another entry.

After that, we went back to the room. Lisa was still not feeling that well and needed to rest for a few hours. I changed into more comfortable clothes and headed back downstairs and hung around for a while. I ran into [ profile] cherylmorgan in the bar and we both went and had something to eat. I then went back to my room, where Lisa, after three or so hours of rest, was feeling well enough to head to the Former Worldcon Chairs' Party. Again, that needs an entry of its own.

After 90 minutes or so, Lisa was fading out again and went back to the room, but told me to stay as long as I liked. As I was starting to leave just after Midnight, I got a phone call from David Clark pinning me back into the room at least long enough for us to hold an impromptu BASFA meeting. (It was Monday, and it was dark outside...) At 12:52, I raised a Question of Privilege saying that if I waited much longer to leave, my wife might kill me, which acting Chair David Gallaher interpreted as a motion to Adjourn, and I went back to the room.

By now, Lisa was hungry -- remember that at dinnertime she was sick and in bed. So we walked down to Denny's for a late dinner.

Returning to the hotel, we were both awake, so we took the opportunity to move most of the boxes of stuff to the van. This means we'll probably only need two trips in the morning. However, now we need to get some sleep so we can get moving in the late morning. We don't want to be driving during morning rush, and we want to be clear of the LA metro area before afternoon rush begins.

A not-so-secret master of fandom )

Edit, 8/29 9:20 PM: Added photo.
kevin_standlee: (Default)
Today is my 41st birthday -- or possibly 40th, as August 27, 1999 never happened for me as it's the day that vanished while I was flying to Australia for Aussiecon Three. Yesterday, I received a very nice birthday card signed my many, many people in the fannish community (not surprisingly most of them probably are now wearing "WSFS Business Meeting Fandom" ribbons). Thank you all very much!

It galls me that I just don't have time to sit down now and write my thoughts on yesterday's activities, because there's a good chance now that I will never get around to it as the memory cools. I'll try to write something, trust me; whether it's what I would have written had I a couple more hours available mid-day yesterday is another matter.
kevin_standlee: (Manga Kevin)
I don't always realize the impact of what I'm saying. Last night during the brief -- maybe 30 minutes -- I was out on the party floor after Match Game, I was informed that something I said while presiding over the Site Selection Business Meeting was taken far differently than I intended. While thanking the bidders on the 2008 Site Selection, what I apparently said was that I congratulated the bidders for a "reasonably well-run campaign." This made at least one of the non-winning bids feel very unhappy with me for downgrading their performance with the "reasonably" modifier.

Now there are two things that went wrong here. First, I've been known to describe the Worldcon I chaired as "reasonably well-run," and that this was the best we could have expected. Second, and more importantly in this case, in reviewing my thoughts at the time, I think what I meant to congratulate the bids for was a "reasonable, well-run campaign." I hope other people see the distinction I do here, and how easy it was to accidentally run them together while speaking.

I have to deal with so many unreasonable people in fandom that my telling people that they are "reasonable" should be taken as a compliment. Perhaps it's sad that this is the case, but I do mean it.

In any event, I took the opportunity last night while eating one of the last of the Chicago Hot Dogs to apologize to their committee and supporters, and I'm taking the same opportunity here to apologize to the Columbus and Denver Bid Committees and to anyone else I offended by my hasty, run-together, mal-punctuated comments, and assure you all that I was attempting to issue a compliment, no matter how mediocre I ended up sounding.
kevin_standlee: (Pensive Kevin)
Sorry folks, but while you've probably heard from other people about all the madness I've been involved with today in the Business Meeting and with Match Game SF, I'm just too worn out to write anything about it. Maybe later, but now I must sleep.
kevin_standlee: (WSFS Captain 1)
Today is the fourth day of Worldcon -- traditionally Sunday, but here on Worldcon Daylight Time it is Saturday -- which means it's time for the Site Selection Business Meeting. At the beginning of the meeting we will receive the official report of the Site Selection committee that counted the votes last night and formally welcome the winner of the 2008 Worldcon. The winners will then make their first official presentation as the 66th World Science Fiction Convention.

After that we have some other business classed under the same heading, including Question Time for seated Worldcons and for bidders for 2009.

Following Site Selection business, we then deal with any other business not finally dealt with at previous meetings. The only such business is the Pluto Resolution, which has been hanging fire (with a pending point of order on which I've not yet had an opportunity to rule because points of order yield to the privileged motion to Adjourn) since the Preliminary Business Meeting. I see several possibilities with this resolution. The one I think is most amusing would be for the meeting to adjourn sine die ("without date") before getting to that point in the agenda. That would end the legislative session, and thus any remaining business "falls to the floor" (dies). Since a significant number of members seem to want to debate the silly thing, however, it will then be my duty to rule on the point of order asserting that the resolution is ultra vires (outside the scope of the Society's purposes). I was initially going to rule it so (and probably get appealed); however, having been given two days to think about it, I've decided that I'm not sure, and therefore I'm going to duck the question entirely by referring the point of order to the assembly. That's a debatable motion in this context, I think, and should keep those who stick around for it entertained for a while.

After the Business Meeting, the Mark Protection Committee will meet, greet (I hope) the appointee of the 2008 Worldcon, and elect officers for the coming year. The MPC will need to deal with creating the HASH Committee as instructed by the Business Meeting.

Meanwhile, on the home front, Lisa has come up with a slight fever, dizziness, and sore throat. She's beating herself up for not being able to help me set up the Business Meeting. I've told her that the best thing she can do is stay in bed this morning, get some rest, and drink lots of water, as dehydration is almost certainly a contributing cause of her feeling so sick.
kevin_standlee: (Manga Kevin)
There's a interesting insider take on the Worldcon Site Selection results (Denver won by a nose) in Tom Veal's Stromata Blog.
kevin_standlee: (WSFS Captain 3)
Today we had relatively few commitments after the Business Meeting. This evening, we did not go to the masquerade in favor of going first to the Interaction Thank You and Final Party (hooray!). Of course we were in our WSFS uniforms. Hanging over the mantelpiece was the kilt from Vince Dochterty's formalwear -- he's literally "hung up his kilt." This led to someone suggesting that he would dash back into action "When the Sporran-Phone rings...." We took lots of pictures, most of which did not turn out other than a couple of me that Lisa took.

Kevin without glasses, yet )

Then we went off for what we intended to be a brief visit to other parties; however, we ended up hung up at the Daicon (Japanese National SF Convention) party, where Lisa spent quite a while practicing her Japanese on the fans there, who were very indulgent with her.

Then we headed down to the Montreal in 2009 Worldcon bid, where I took some more photos.

Photos of Anticipation Party )

Many parties were too crowded to do more than pass through or sometimes pass by because there was no space to enter the room. I'm really surprised that more people aren't heading out onto the Lanai decks -- that's the open patio areas outside the rooms. There's plenty of room and the weather is pleasant and mild, and certainly less stuffy than inside the rooms.

We returned to the Interaction party, which was no exception to the crowding rule. Lisa and I were both tired and returned to the room, planning to get to bed fairly soon, but in dealing with our respective issues -- me trying to deal with e-mail, uploading photos, and Lisa not feeling well -- it took much longer to wind down than we wanted. As soon as I get this posted, I have to get to bed, because I still have to be up at 7 AM if I want to be ready for the Business Meeting at 10.
kevin_standlee: (Manga Kevin)
Lisa sent me out to the Subway sandwich shop around the corner from the hotel while she took a bath. While I waited in line, the little girl in front of me started eying my long string of ribbons (currently 17). According to the woman with her (her mother?), she only spoke German, a language I can't speak at all. The little girl was fascinated with the ribbons, and reached out and ran her hand over them (with my permission and encouragement). She pointed out some of the pictures and English words for them. I thought it was very cute.

They got their sandwiches and sat down. As I was paying for mine, I found one ribbon I had that I hadn't yet applied to my string. So as I left the shop, I stopped and gave it to her. She seemed very happy. I walked back to the hotel with more of a spring in my step, despite my feet being awash in blisters.
kevin_standlee: (Match Game SF)
We forgot to take our camera with us to the daytime Match Game, but [ profile] yourbob did, and he has posted photos of the show. See this posting for details. Thanks!
kevin_standlee: (Manga Kevin)
Today's food and drink consumption at the Business Meeting:

Coffee: 5 gallons of 5 ordered.
Decaf: 2 gallons of 4 ordered.
Hot water: 3 gallons of 4 ordered.
All 72 items of assorted muffins, rolls, and cookies were eaten.

Lisa took some photos, for which I'm grateful.

Business Meeting photos behind the cut )

Lisa also shot a video of my opening statement to the Business Meeting, but I think it's too large to put on YouTube, if I remember the requirements.

I'll post a Business Summary on [ profile] laconiv soon.

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