momebie: (WS Bucky Awake)
HOLY SHIT YOU GUYS. FIFTEEN DAYS UNTIL CON. I STILL HAVE SEWING TO FORCE LISA TO HELP ME WITH. HOW DOES TIME WORK THIS WAY EVERY YEAR? Anyway, it's time to start setting things up and getting amped about seeing your excellent faces, so it's Thursday night dinner planning time! Like last year, we are planning to have our Thursday Night Dinner @ Max Lager's. We chose this restaurant because of its proximity to the hotels and its variety of food. I'm going to shoot for reserving spaces between 5:00PM and 6:00PM, but I will hammer that out officially when I get a headcount and speak with someone there. The thing I do want to pull over from last year is the firm count rule.

*** We need an ACCURATE count of how many people you're going to have with you. If you bump into people on the way, please do not bring them in tow. (Well, unless they're going to fill a space someone dropping out left, I suppose, but at that point you can only fill one for one. Not two or three or fifteen to one. Seriously you guys, think of the waiters.) ***

Also, for this year, we need to keep in mind that their policy has changed and we may be split up a bit. This is fine! We just need to come prepared for it and willing to break off into groups of 6 or so. Make five new friends! Not that you'd probably have to. I think we all know each other by now. SO:

[Poll #1929064]

If there are people you want to invite who can come, please send them over here to fill out the poll. If you cannot send them over here, please comment below with who they are. WE NEED YOU TO FILL OUT THIS SURVEY BY AUGUST 21ST. I will call to make the reservation on the 22nd.

Remember! This dinner is open to anyone who can see this who is going to the con, so feel free to link it from your journal/twitter for your friends if you think they'd be interested. It's a hectic weekend and we just like having a calm(ish, we know you guys) moment to see our friends before things really get underway. So come! Bring your friends! Just let me know about it first. :p
momebie: (Batwoman Kate/Renee kiss)
Guys! In 22 hours I'll be on the Florida Turnpike and headed to Dragon*Con. I'm so excited! If you don't have my number but want my number so we can hook up while we're there, let me know and I'll get it to you. In honor of Con my favorite barista drew me a special cup. I'm hoping I'll see him there as well!


[Other Thing The First] I am so colossally stupid sometimes, guys. I made a moony post to Tumblr last night, as I sometimes do when I can't let go of a thought that's gnawing at the back of my head. I made it about a specific person whom I haven't seen in ages and who I miss still, kind of regularly. I hit post and then I realized that I actually, really loved her. Well, love her. Was probably a bit IN LOVE with her, and didn't know how to say any of that. So I acted like a twat, which is what I do best. Ugh. Seriously. I'm an idiot.


[Other Thing the Second] Cure for Caska! They're a local band I'm sure I've told you about before. Well now they've made a video and you should watch it. [livejournal.com profile] karenthology did the filming and editing and person wrangling. [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers and I did B-Roll and minor person wrangling. The singer acted like a sexy tiger and that made it in. So you know, SOMETHING about that should interest you.



Watch it. Go tweet at them and tell them you like it. Or better yet, go give them money in exchange for sweet tunes. It's win/win, as Mr. Bowers would say.


Right. I need to call someone in another department now and try and figure out what they've done that's causing me this massive work-related nightmare. Here's hoping I can get it cleared up today and I don't need to drag the co-worker into it to babysit while I'm away.

Oh, who am I kidding? I'll be at Con. I won't care!
momebie: (Torchwood Ianto my bed)
DRAGON*CON IS IN THREE DAYS. WORK IS GOING TO BE INTERMINABLE UNTIL THEN. Here's my tentative schedule. Things will probably change, and I can usually be easily swayed into joining people places for other things, depending. If there are two panels scheduled for the same time, the one with the star is the one I'm anticipating going to. Beneath the cut for those of you who don't care. )

I'm using the app on my phone. If you want to be friends let me know and I'll send you a code or enter yours in!

I still need to find out from [livejournal.com profile] count_to_seven when we'll be doing Girl!Iantos and the Archer group. And I should probably nail down Hunger Games plans with [livejournal.com profile] ninepointfivemm, even though I know the photo shoot is at 2PM on Saturday. All of the costume stuff is packed and ready to go. I have my regular clothing all packed as well, so I don't accidentally wear any of it in the next three days. Over the next three days I need to make cookies, buy last minute supplies, nail down what Lisa and I want to do booze-wise, and make a list of things I'll need to pack Thursday morning, like bath stuff and electronics and chargers. Usually when I go away I don't stress too much about leaving things behind, because there's always a store to get to somewhere, but D*C is hectic enough without having to track down a Best Buy so I can get another iPod cable. Goodness.

Internet, is there a word for anticipating something the feel of which you know so well that you're already feeling yourself feel it in the future? BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE I AM NOW.
momebie: (T-Rex Batman!)
Hokay! I know people have been pestering [livejournal.com profile] theemdash with emails about this, so we'll go ahead and get it out of the way. This year we are having our Thursday Night Dinner at Max Lager's at 6PM. For those of you who might be new to the experience, there's a helpful map of where Max Lager's is in relation to the hotels here. For those of you who aren't new, it's the same place we were last year.

Now, there are going to be a few changes to what we request of you, because of the stress that people flitting in and out has caused the restaurant staff and us as your planners in the past.

1.) We need EVERYONE who's coming to BE THERE at 6PM or very close to. It's not fair to the restaurant staff to cascade seat tables and play musical chairs.

2.) We need an ACCURATE count of how many people you're going to have with you. If you bump into people on the way, please do not bring them in tow. (Well, unless they're to fill a space someone dropping out left, I suppose, but at that point you can only fill one for one. Not two or three or fifteen to one. Seriously you guys, think of the waiters.)

So without further ado.

[Poll #1860188]

If there are people you want to invite who can come, please send them over here to fill out the poll as well. If you cannot send them over here, please comment below with who they are. WE NEED YOU TO FILL OUT THIS SURVEY BY AUGUST 21ST. I will call to make the reservation on the 22nd.

Remember! This dinner is open to anyone who can see this who is going to the con. It's a hectic weekend and we just like having a calm(ish, we know you guys) moment to see our friends before things really get underway. So come! Bring your friends! Just let me know about it first. :p

OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, FIFTEEN DAYS!!
momebie: (NNoD Caleb smoke)
Before I get started in on the panel I just want to say that the Psycho City Roller Derby season opener was awesome and everyone in Orlando should go out to at least one date this season. You can find the info here. My favorite derby name from last night was Erin Gobrawl. Roller derby looks like a lot of fun to be involved in. Too bad I can't stand up on anything more unstable than a kitten heel.


The Military in Science Fiction panel was interesting, to say the least. The topic had promise, but the panel itself was kind of a train wreck after the final panelist showed up. He came in late and tried to set up a sign that said "War Is Not the Answer" before another panelist made him put it away. He then introduced himself with a long speech, the basic gist of which was that we need to be able to peacefully prevent deadly conflict. As unorganized as the panel was after that, the pacifist point of view was interesting to have in the discussion amongst the voices of ex-military folk sitting on the panel and in the room.

Whether or not the military is a crutch in science fiction and the Big Damn Existential Scifi Novel. )
momebie: (PATD Brendon bowler)
The alternate title to this post being: or, How I Learned That It Was Okay To Stand Up For the Fantasy.

You know, my co-workers spent all day asking me if I had a good time on my vacation, and I spent all day nodding emphatically and saying yes, but I was a little stuck when they asked me what I did that was so fun. How do I explain my love for academic panels without putting them to sleep? Blah blah vampire emergency existentialism and self-actualization in the Whedonverse blah. Seee, I don't. So now you guys have to deal with it. Joy!

On the Friday of Dragon*Con I attended the Steampunk vs. Victorian Science Fiction panel, which was something of a discussion/debate between G.D. Falksen and Austin Sirkin. It actually turned out to be my favorite panel of the con, because the two of them couldn't seem to agree on what the actual difference between steampunk and Victorian science fiction was. (It does get boring and tiresome sometimes, watching panelists agree for an hour.) They were civil to each other in their disagreement--something people from a few of the other panels I attended could learn from--and both of them brought up interesting points throughout the panel. The ones that stuck out to me went something like this: In which I ramble about science fiction, the steampunk project I'm once again working on with Em, and the merit of the fantastic in scifi. )

TL;DR. Uh, and if you made it through all that I'm buying you ice cream. Feel free to come in and discuss any of this, because I could seriously yammer on about it forever if anyone would sit still long enough.

And please join me tomorrow when I discuss the military and its use in science fiction, a science fiction project I'm working on, and why pacifism will only get you lost inside of the belly of a sarlacc.
momebie: (Sabers Em/KL Super Cute BFF)
So they have Star Wars speed dating at Dragon*Con. I've decided that Lisa should participate in this, because even though she's never seen the movies all of the facts we've fed her she knows about Star Wars are totally true and complete and would impress all but the staunchest adherents to the Force. Discussion about this Wednesday night brought about discussion on how to find your Star Wars name, which involves some sort of complicated ciphering and standing on one foot and touching your nose with your eyes closed. It's a lot like a sobriety test, honestly, and God knows I haven't been able to pass one of those since the third grade. Which means I wasn't entirely surprised to find that my Star Wars name came out to be almost impossible to pronounce using human tongues.

Larcr Stfer. If left to me, I'd prefer to pronounce it Larcroix St. Fer. I could be some sort of nobility, I'm sure. I'd get a tauntaun all my own and ample land to graze it away from creepy, lightsaber wielding mad men looking to 'tag' him by gutting him. Of course, Lisa and Em have decided it's actually pronounced more like Lurker Stiffer, which I guess isn't exactly false advertising since I am often lurking and my internet penis is huge.

Lisa told me that they're holding a special party for the blood donors at the con and there will probably be famous people at it. In fact, she's hoping that Mark Sheppard will be at it, so she can rub in the fact that she got to meet him and I didn't. And also so she can tell him that the reason I can't give blood is because in the state of Florida you have to wait a year to give blood after your last tattoo. And what was my last tattoo of? Crowley. (And Aziraphale, but I doubt he'd care so much about that.) Thereby implying that I am way more obsessed with him than I am. (IT WASN'T EVEN HIS CROWLEY.) I won't even be there to defend my lurker stiffer self. I'll just be creeping around elsewhere, crying my lurky tears.

And possibly using all my con free time to write an Inception steampunk AU. Someone tell me not to do that. >.>
momebie: (A:TLA Sokka OMFG)
Good morning! This is a type of admin post, so if you're not coming to Dragon*Con you can scroll past. We're planning to have our annual Thursday night dinner at Max Lager's (where we ate last year) at 5pm. I NEED YOU TO LET ME KNOW IF YOU PLAN ON COMING. I'm going to call this Wednesday and make the reservation, so I need to know by then. Please forward this link to anyone you might be bringing to dinner with you so they can fill out the poll and I can get an accurate head count. (If they do not have a journal and cannot vote in the poll, please have them leave a comment and let me know who they are.)

[Poll #1609637]

If you are coming to Dragon*Con and you know me, you are invited to this. It's a pleasant bit of calm before the storm and a good way of getting to know your fellow nerds before the con.

OMG. TEN DAYS YOU GUYS.

FOR SALE!

Aug. 3rd, 2010 10:01 am
momebie: (Bleach Ulquiorra sword)
It's that time of year again. That month leading up to Dragon*Con where I suddenly realize I have too much stuff and not enough money. So I'm going attempt to sell you guys some things.

Comics, books, and wall scrolls beneath the cut. )

The way we'll work this is you'll leave me a comment letting me know what you want to nab and I'll e-mail you my address so you can send me a check/money order/what have you. When I receive that I will box up what you want and send it to you. (I looked into paypal, it's really kind of expensive if you're receiving money. >.>)
momebie: (Zach Quinto Geektastic)
Go back to day three!

Sunday started late, much later than I was intending to start it, anyway. I had good intentions of getting up at 7:30 and being in line for the Gareth David-Lloyd panel, and I did get up! But by the time I had done my hair and taken all the pics from the night before off my camera, I was falling asleep sitting up. So instead of going to the panel I went back to bed until ten. Though, because of that I went down to the Abney Park booth to buy a CD about 10:15, which was just the right time, because I got to meet Nathan and have a lovely conversation with him. He's very welcoming and friendly. Have I mentioned how I love that band?

Pictures and video of the Hellblinki Sextet and random con goings on. )

After that my remaining time was mostly spent sleeping and packing and dealer rooming and driving the six and a half hours or so home. None of that is exciting. But thank you guys for rolling around in this joy with me. Only 359 or so days until I get to go back. Can it be next September now?
momebie: (PATD Brendon Architect)
It really wouldn't be a KL Dragon*Con recap without the steampunk, would it? This year I went to quite a few steampunk panels, to varying rates of success. I have two panels that I wanted to touch on more in depth for those of you who might be interested.

1.) I enjoyed the Weird West panel, because that's not a section of steampunk I usually dabble in, so it's good to get recs and see where people are going with that. I really, really disagreed with one of the panelists, though. Her basic point was this: If you're at the beginning of any given technological advancement, then everything that you create with your new found tech feels like magic. Anything is possible. Because of this, it's okay to hand wave the science in your story, because it's the story that's most important.

Now, I agree with the feeling of magic and wonder and endlessness that new tech can bring to a society. I think it's wonderful, and I love it when a steampunk (or any other scifi) author tries to capture that feeling. What I don't agree with is the idea that it's okay to hand wave the tech aspects of your story. If your story can survive without the tech aspects, why is it steampunk to begin with? If your story is independent of the feeling of wonder and possibility, of the creativity of doing something we in the present do every day in a new way, then why not just set it in already realized history?

Though, I think part of my negative gut reaction to this idea is that I worry that when we get this whole ball rolling on the novel, we'll be seen as outsiders. On the other hand, we work really hard on, and pester [livejournal.com profile] mckays_lab to help us in, making sure that the science is possible. Theoretically anyway. I'm not about to inject cobalt into my arm to find out. There's bleeding for your art, and then there's bleeding for your art. I like all my blood on the inside, thanks.

2.) The Rule, Victoria panel was the best one I sat in on all weekend. The panel included two professors (who said that they were Victorianists by trade, which I didn't know you could be, now I'm all second thinking not getting that Lit degree) and two authors currently working on steampunk projects. Now, it would take forever for me to rehash all that they said, but I'm going to leave my notes here by panelist... )
momebie: (Star Trek Kirk Prepare to be Boarded)
Back to day one!

WHY IS HE CLIMBING A MOUNTAIN!? Man. Friday started very early. Not as early as I was anticipating it starting, since [livejournal.com profile] scifigirl decided that she didn't want to get up at 4:30 to be in the Shatner/Nimoy line at 5am, but early enough after very little sleep. As an added plus, though, I got to talk to unexpected![livejournal.com profile] hermione_like for a short while as we were both waiting for our groups.

Click on the cut to hear about Shatner and Nimoy, GDL and Marsters, Tom Felton, Abney Park, and more... )


From here, head on to day three, which is a day heavy in steampunk and rocking out to awesome, awesome music, including more Voltaire and Abney Park, with a little bit of the Hellblinki Sextet sprinkled on the side!
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I've decided to do these in a weekend review type of way, so I'm going to be breaking them up into bite size chunks. The first day was relatively uneventful. After what I think is an ungodly early start (I got up 6, was at [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers place by 6:45) we got to [livejournal.com profile] honkie_mcgee's, got some breakfast, and got on the road. I pretty much sucked it up at the game of Cows! for the entire trip up. Ah well.

Click for continued rambling and pictures and video including Voltaire )


And that's it for day one. It felt long by the time I dropped into bed, but the weekend was just getting started. I think that evening I got about thirty minutes of sleep collectively. It's always good to start a trip in a deficit, yes? More exciting.

And now on to day two! Including the likes of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Gareth David-Lloyd, James Marsters, Tom Felton, and Abney Park.
momebie: (MCR Frank OMG)
Hi, for those of you who don't know me, my name is KL and I'm going to be taking the reins on dinner for our first night at Dragon*Con. [livejournal.com profile] myras_girls was kind enough to do some snooping around, and I can happily say that we're going to be eating at Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery at 7:30 on Thursday evening. The grill is located at 320 Peachtree St., one block North of the Hyatt at Peachtree & West Peachtree. If you would like, you can visit their website here.

Now, we're trying to make this as easy as possible on everyone, so I need a little bit of information from you. Em would like to emphasize that we would like to keep this as close to our immediate parties and their roommates/drivers as possible. It would be impossible to wrangle restaurant space for 40 people.

[Poll #1451808]

We're all going to be incredibly busy, and I know that once people get to Atlanta things sometimes get scattered, so it is your responsibility to let us know if your plans change. It's one thing to ask for a table for 20 people and only have 15 show up, it's another if the problem is the other way around. (On the flip side, it's my responsibility to let you all know if something changes on this end. Man.) The restaurant does seem to have an online reservation service which I'd like to utilize if possible, so poke your friends if you know they're part of our group and get them to answer ASAP. I'll put in the reservation Thursday morning before I leave for Atlanta if at all possible.

If you'd like my phone number so you can let me know if things change or if you get lost or something, please leave a comment asking for it and I'll leave it for you in a screened reply. :)

ETA- I have reserved space for twenty people! If all of the maybes show up we'll just beg to pull up chairs. Aaaaaand...I'm spent!
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I debated whether I should just post this to the steampunk filter or not, but decided against it. Technically, it's a Dragon*Con panel write up, which means it's probably of interest to quite a few of you for various reasons. More than me waxing obnoxious about the novel project of epicness anyway. (Though, there will still be flailing. Sorry.) So without further ado, write up numero uno!

Steampunk is brilliant because it's like DDR. )


Also, I know a fair few people have joined the insanity since my last post and poll. I'm currently writing a collaborative, original fiction, steampunk novel with [livejournal.com profile] theemdash and I do from time to time wax on about it or post bits of character studies or um, porn. >.> If you'd like to be put on that filter, please let me know!

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