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3/6/14 12:53 am - Consonance starts TOMORROW!!!

Consonance starts TOMORROW!!!

Memberships are available at the door.
We have full weekend, daily and even Sat Evening only memberships.

Our Guests of Honor have already started to arrive!

Remember the hotel has extended our reservation deadline to receive convention rates till Friday.

The program grid has been posted on the website.

AND... Special appearances not listed in the program book or anywhere else:

Sunday, March 9th, 2am* special hosted filk circle.

Julia Ecklar leading "Horse Tamer's Daughter"
Leslie Fish leading "Banned From Argo"
and
Frank Hayes leading "Matty Groves" the original unabridged version.
All 47 verses!

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

http://consonance.org



* Subject to space time continuum restraints.

3/3/14 10:23 pm - Consonance is just 4 days away

Consonance update!

Just 4 more days!

Hotel has extended the Consonance reservations deadline to March 7th.
Yes, that's the first day of the convention!
https://resweb.passkey.com/go/consonance2014

Program Grid online.
http://consonance.bostoncalifornia.com/consonance-reg_files/consonance2014.html

As always, more information at http://consonance.org

2/26/14 12:04 am - Consonance is just 10 days away

Consonance is just 10 days away.
http://consonance.org

Do you have your hotel reservation yet?

If not, the hotel has extended the cut-off date to MON, 03/03.

Registration by mail has closed. At the door rates are:

Full Weekend: $55
Children 6-12 full weekend: $27.50
Children under 6: Free, but must be with parent or guardian.

Daily Rates:
Friday: $20
Saturday all day: $30
Saturday evening concerts: $20
Sunday: $20

Hope to see you there!

2/18/14 02:22 am - Announcing my 2013 Hugo Awards Photoset is eligible to be nominated in the Best Related Work catagor

For Your Hugo Awards 2014 Nomination Consideration, in the Best Related Work category.

LSC3 Hugo Awards photoset
http://goo.gl/XOhH3Q

If you agree that the photoset is worthy of nomination, please share, tweet or cross post.

Thanks!

6/28/13 05:32 pm - There's been a leak regarding Westercon 66!

Originally posted by bovil at There's been a leak!

6/27/13 11:06 am - Q Branch has outdone itself... Westercon 66 program is available!

Originally posted by bovil at Q Branch has outdone itself...
Originally posted by bovil at Q Branch has outdone itself...

...and Westercon 66 has a mobile-friendly online schedule, thanks to our friends at Finncon and the 2015 Helsinki Worldcon bid!


5/30/13 11:53 pm - Why Was There A Sudden Change In My Appearance?

Why Was There A Sudden Change In My Appearance?

In March, during my wife Chris' annual mammogram, there was a cancerous lump detected.

If Chris had to have chemo, she would lose her hair. So I decided that I would shave my beard and head in solidarity.

Our friend, and author, Jay Lake has been battling cancer for the several years now and the incidental costs are overwhelming his income. So an ongoing fund raising campaign has begun, with events at various science fiction conventions, functions and online.

When Baycon announced they would be hosting a fundraiser for Jay, I thought I could show solidarity with Chris and help support Jay. I decided to contribute an act of Whimsy (see Jay's blogs for examples) -- $200 for the beard, $300 for the mustache, $500 for the hair. http://goo.gl/BAoGy

This is very emotional change for me. I have not cut my hair short since I left the Us Air Force in 1989, I've have a mustache since I left basic training in 1984, I have had a beard since 1990. Chris has never seen me without facial hair, except in pictures

Fortunately Chris' tumor was surgically removed with clean margins and follow-up tests showed it to be a very lazy form of cancer. So Chris just has to have radiation treatments, so there should be no hair loss.

Since I had not announced the planned act of whimsy, I decided not to offer it. But then, at the closing ceremony at Baycon, the fundraising totals were announced. The total for Jay's fundraiser was $2640 (see the Baycon blogs for exact numbers), so I jumped up and said if there were donations to take it to $3000, I would shave my beard & mustache. In under 10 minutes, the money was collected.

I was planning on shaving in my room and making the reveal at the Dead Dog, but folks asked if I would shave in public if the total collected exceeded $500. I agreed assuming another few minutes of fund raising Turns out a total $550 had already been collected.

Someone asked "How much for the hair?" Several hands shot up into the air holding more money. Chris quickly said "NO!", so I called out loudly "My wife says 'NO!'" and the hands went down reluctantly.

At the Dead Dog party, there were towels, hot water, razors, shaving gel and a mirror. Chris trimmed my beard and I started shaving. In front of 200+ folks. It took nearly 15 minutes, using all 5 razors in the package, but in the end I was clean shaven for the first time in 23 years. Photographs were taken and at at least one person took a video of the entire process.

Fred Capp's "John's Close Shave" Album: http://goo.gl/KThVa
Note: This album is on Facebook and you must be logged in to FB to view it.

4/12/13 10:05 am - We got the test results call! Good News!

Chris posts to facebook:

"Woo hoo! No more surgery! Just got good news from Kaiser - the biopsy on the lymph node is negative - no cancer! And the margins they took around the lump are clear as well! They will need to do some radiation and/or chemotherapy, but no more surgery. Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts."

4/5/13 11:36 pm - It's been a rough couple of weeks...

Lets start with the headline.

chriso had surgery yesterday to remove a <2 cm sized nodule of stage 1 cancer from her right breast, the surgeon also took her first lymph node for testing.

We know several folks dislike them, but we love Kaiser Permanente because of how they handled this.

4 weeks ago, Chris had her annual mammogram.
They called the following Tue to schedule a follow-up mammogram.

3 weeks ago, Chris had the follow-up. They asked that she stick around while the images were reviewed. They wanted to take a biopsy of what they found. The biopsy was done that same afternoon.

Last week, on Wednesday Chris received a call from a doctor saying they found something. Chris spoke to the Doctor who gave her the bad news, a Nurse and scheduling clerk. We were in having a meeting with the surgeon that afternoon, and he scheduled the surgery for the next Thursday. He was looking for a date even sooner.

Friday afternoon was taken up with tests and more discussions and the list of do's and don'ts for the "10 days prior to surgery." ..the one that happening in 5 days...

This week on Wednesday, Chris received an injection of radioactive dye to so they could trace the path from the nodule to the first lymph node.

Yesterday Chris had her surgery. We arrived at 10am, were checked in quickly. She was prepped and moved to Pre-Op, but the previous surgery ran long, so instead of starting at 12:40, she didn't even go into the OR till 1:30.

She was in recovery at 3:30, which means the surgery went exactly as long as it should have. They let me in to see her at 4pm. Chris was awake, looking good and feeling good. If a bit groggy and sore.

They released her at 5pm and we were home at 5:30.

Friends brought over dinner.

Today was a quiet day. We actually did some shopping but it drained both of us so we took a nap. Then went out to dinner. We're really wiped out and will probably be heading to be soon (which is very early for us.)

2/28/13 10:39 pm - Consonance starts tomorrow!

Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013
http://consonance.org


All our Guests have arrived safely and are looking forward to this weekend. We are going to rock the Crowne Plaza.

All the last minute details we learned as we arrived.

Reg hours: Friday opens at 2pm, Saturday and Sunday at 9am
It will remain open until things slow to crawl. At least 8pm on Saturday.

Dealers room: Friday 3pm to 6pm, Saturday 11am to 6pm and after the GOH concert Saturday night, and Sunday 11am to 3pm

Sign-up sheets for 2x10s and other events will be found here.

Sorry no streaming feed, the costs are prohibitive and bandwidth is limited.

Unless you have a voucher, the breakfast buffet costs $16.95 full, $9.95 continental.

Hours for the buffet: Friday 6am - 11am, Saturday & Sunday 7am - Noon, Monday 6am - 11am

Bar service on the 12th floor: 5pm - Midnight

Remember to mention you are a member of Consonance to get 10% discount on food & beverages at the hotel.

I found another set of restaurants a little beyond the Milpitas Square (Ranch 99) shopping center, several with late night hours.

Ding Sheng Restaurant till midnight
Thai Cafe Restaurant till 11pm
China Palace Restaurant till 3am
England Rose Garden Coffee & Tea Restaurant till midnight (maybe)
Trying Thanh till 2am
ABC Seafood Restaurant till 9:30
Top Cafe till 3am
Family Delight Cafe till midnight
FF BBQ till 2am

I stopped by on Monday evening around 10pm and several of the restaurants were full.

2/27/13 05:49 pm - Just 2 days till Consonance

Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013
Http://consonance.org

Meet Ookla The Mok, Guests of Honor

But first, some announcements.

The complete Program Book has been posted on the website.

The program lists the breakfast buffet as being from 10-Noon on Saturday and Sunday. It will actually be opening at 8am. It will also be operating on Friday and Monday with shorter hours. Hours will be posted at the info desk.

If you are not staying in the hotel, you can also purchase the buffet. Price will be posted at the info desk.

If you don't plan on using your breakfast vouchers, please drop them in the jar in the consuite. They will be given to our GOHs or your fellow fans in need.


Now on to meeting Ookla the Mok

You notice an antique nickelodeon near the door. Having a nickel to spare, you deposit your five cents and turn the crank.

Tick. Tick. Tick tick-tick-tick-tiktiktiktiktiktik...

A flickering image of a strange creature appears. Body of a man, but the furry head is fringed by a striped mane and fangs protrude from the mouth. A raccoon-like mask of dark fur surrounds the eyes. He opens his mouth and tilts his head back, evidently roaring, and a title appears below the picture:

OOKLA THE MOK!

The name seems familiar somehow.

The creature’s image cross-fades to a picture of a three-piece band. Two guitarists with artistically-trimmed beards flank a handsome fellow seated at a drum kit. The sub title remains, however, and adds another exclamation point. Then a second line appears:

Rock Music for Nerds.

The band goes into action, playing furiously while various images flicker in, animate a bit, then fade out, in the background: flying saucer, several super-heroes, a cowboy, the starship Enterprise, an astronaut, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a pirate, mathematical equations, a tandem bicycle, and monkeys, oh my dear Lord, so many monkeys. The only thing out-numbering the monkeys is the parting couples, usually featuring a pratfall during their separation.

Consonance marks the release of the BRAND NEW CD: Vs.Evil!”

Ookla the Mok, has been getting filk audiences on their feet for over 20 years, and shows no reduction in energy yet. Since they’re from Buffalo, the Bay Area is about as far from home as they perform, yet they've played more concerts at Consonance than at any other single con. This is their fourth appearance at Consonance, and -- after an unreasonable amount of time off from the con circuit -- they couldn't be happier to make their return appearance here.


Thanks to Paul Kwinn for Ookla's bio.
Read the full version in the program book.

Sent from my iPhone

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPad.

2/27/13 12:11 am - Consonance 3 days to go!

Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Meet Merav Hoffman, Interfilk Guest of Honor

Merav an excellent and accomplished filk gardener. She will, when
the need arises, moderate a circle without people even realizing she's
doing it, consciously encourage those that need it and redirect those
who need that, all while never losing her sense of manners.

She pays attention -- and so will often notice and encourage
hidden talent in a circle before anyone else knows it's there.

Merav is an accomplished performer. One can see it in how she
acts, how she dresses (often), and always, always in her performances.
Her songs are always fun to listen to (or harmonize with), her voice
is gorgeous, and when she raises her own voice to harmonize with yours,
the result is always better than the sum of its parts.

Thanks to Joshua Kronengold for Merav's bio.
Read her full bio in the program book.

2/26/13 06:08 pm - Consonance 4 days to go!

Sorry, this is a day late. The ipad app said it posted and I never had chance to double check.

Consonance 4 days to go!

Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Downtown Freddy Brown, International Guest of Honor

Fred’s parents knew from a very early age that he would be involved in music. When he was only 2 years old he crawled up the aisle after a church service to where the musicians were and picked up a violin…and started to blow into it. He was fascinated with all kinds of music and instruments as he got older. He took trumpet lessons when he was 8, guitar when he was 12, french horn in high school & sang in the choir.

So, how did Fred end up with a slightly perverted, twisted sense of humour and a passion for parody? Good question! I think we have to say he was cracked from the get go and fell into filk quite by accident. A friend invited him to Toronto Trek V. "What do you get for $35" he asked? Panels, Dealers room, Movie room, ... the beer was free?

On his way to the dealers room, he heard a guitar being strummed in a room off the corridor. He stuck his head in and found a couple of ladies playing some songs (who? read it in the program book...). He ran and got his guitar and was welcomed into the filk circle and has never looked back since.

Thanks to Downtown Freddy Brown for providing his bio.

Read Freddy's full bio in the program.

2/24/13 10:15 pm - 5 more days till Consonance 2013 - Meet Scott Snyder our Toastmaster

5 more days
Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Meet Scott Snyder our Toastmaster

Scott likes RPG games a lot. He also writes music for several video games, performs superbly in a band or two, and works on the albums of other excellent musicians. One of which is Captains of the Chess Team, a band of game industry musicians based in Austin. This group rocks hard, and you can listen to Scott’s “Bit Torrent of Love” at their website and check out several youtube videos.

Scott was a Broadcast Journalist for the US Army and did “everything from Program Management of a radio station in Monterey, to drive time FM Radio on-air personality, to television and radio spot producer, and station graphic artist in charge of station imagery for AFKN (American Forces Korea Network).” .

Those of you lucky enough to have met him know he is a funny, kind, and talented guy.

His song, “Feygrass” was nominated twice for a Pegasus Award in 2005 and 2009. “Secrets” was nominated for a Pegasus in 2012. He has also mastered albums for several filkers and performed in them, Talis Kimberley’s brilliant Queen of Spindles being one of them.

Speaking of albums, His filk music is it is difficult to get ahold of. Bardic Lug was released on tape in 1997. We need more Scott! Luckily, he is currently recording a new album with Jeff Bohnhoff.

Thanks to Dr Mary Crowell for Scott's bio. See the Program book for His full bio.

2/23/13 07:04 pm - 6 more days, Consonance's online presences

Consonance online

Just 6 more days!

Consonance 2013
March 1-3, 2013


The web page is the primary and authoritative source of information for Consonance.
http://consonance.org


I post to multiple social networks various announcements.


Twitter: @Consonance
https://twitter.com/Consonance
Hash tags #Consonance2013 #filk


Facebook: Consonance (an open group)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/consonance/


Google Plus: Consonance
http://goo.gl/EAlaT


LiveJournal: Consonance-Con
http://consonance-con.livejournal.com/

I also post to my personal journal and Filk communities on each network.


Last but not least, we still maintain an old school mailing list!

Yahoo Groups Mailing List:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Consonance-Announce
Join at the website or send a blank email to:
Consonance-Announce-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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2/23/13 12:36 am - Consonance 2013 starts in just 7 days!

Our hotel block reservations is now closed, but if you call and ask
nicely they might give you the con rate still. Check their website for
a variety of deals they have available.

The hotel is almost complete in its renovations. All rooms have been
updated, public spaces have been refreshed.

Almost is the key word there. Unfortunately the restaurant is still
closed. However, the hotel will be setting up a breakfast buffet in
Champagne 1 Sat & Sun mornings during the Filker friendly hours of
10am-Noon. Hotel guests can order room service for lunch & dinner at
regular restaurant prices + gratuity. No price hike, no service charge.

For those who want or need to go off-site, there will be a restaurant
guide in the program book. I've been posting it in the FB & G+
Consonance & Filk communities as well.

You can also find the Program Guide posted in the FB & G+ groups.

Looking forward to seeing you all in a week.

JohnO

1/22/13 11:05 pm - Consonance 2013 PR#2 - Message from the Chairman

Consonance 2013 PR#2 - Message from the Chairman

Wow - it's only FIVE weeks until Consonance! While the concom is zipping around making things happen behind the scenes, there are things *you* may want to do:

1. Pre-register - it saves you money and keeps us from lying awake nights wondering if people are coming to the con. We've extended the current pricing through *February* 15th. Just send a check to:

Fanfare Music
c/o James D. Robinson
1448 Carlson Blvd.
Richmond CA 94804


2. Make your hotel reservations. We're at a new/old hotel, the Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley, this year - it's not the hotel we've used the past couple years; it's the one before that. They're eager to see us back, and it's a great location. There's an online reservations link on the website at Consonance.org , or you can follow this link: Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley Reservations.

3. If you'd like to do a concert, theme circle, workshop, or other program item, there's still time - but don't delay! Contact our Program Director, Lara, at lara.ortiz.de.montellano@comcast.net.


I'm looking forward to seeing you all the first weekend in March - friends, fun, and fantastic music!

--Victor Stevko, Chairman of Consonance

1/17/13 10:56 pm - Consonance 2013 starts in just 6 weeks.

Greetings All!

Consonance 2013 starts in just 6 weeks.
March 1-3, 2013

Join us and our fabulous guests for a fun filled and entertaining weekend.

Guest of Honor: Ookla the Mok
Interfilk Guest: Merav Hoffman
Toastmaster: Scott Snyder
International Guest: "Downtown" Freddy Brown


To help you past the post holiday slump, we are maintaining our pre-reg rate of $50 for a full 3 day membership until February 15, 2013!

At the Con rates are:

$55 Full 3 Day

$20 Friday All Day
$30 Saturday All Day
$20 Saturday Evening Only
$20 Sunday All Day


If you haven't already done so, book your travel & hotel now!


We have a New/Old hotel! Consonance is returning to the

Crowne Plaza San Jose/Silicon Valley Hotel

Near the shopping center full of great Asian foods and a short hop from the other shopping center with several familiar chain restaurants.

Deadline to get the Consonance hotel rates is February 14, 2013.


Full details, at our website: http://consonance.org
Website will be updated with the Membership extension next week.


Hope to see you all in 6 weeks.

JohnO

10/11/12 12:29 am - Hugo Reception and Post Hugo Awards photos posted.

Pick your preferred viewing site.

Feel free to tag folks you know have accounts/pages on Facebook.

JohnO

Hugo Reception:

Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/8pc2u7y
Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCnRUKS
Picassa: http://tinyurl.com/8wdqn5a


Post Hugo Awards:

Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/9fgfkfr
Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCpwugG
Picassa: http://tinyurl.com/8r2u297

Note: Flickr is where you can find high resolution versions and prints are available.

Thanks
JohnO

9/17/12 05:59 pm - Birthday at the Faire!

Hey my birthday falls on a weekend this year.

Therefore we (Chris and I) have decided that I get the public celebration this year.

We're going to The Northern California Renaissance Faire (http://www.norcalrenfaire.com/ ) located at Casa de Fruta, just off highway 152, near Hollister CA, east of Gilroy.
(http://goo.gl/maps/otlGt )

Everybody is welcome to join us at the Faire on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

We are planing to arrive around 10:30am

Note: There is a fee to attend the Faire, but there are usually coupons to be found.

8/8/12 02:22 am - Josie's Vet Bill, aka I really won the neighbor lottery

Originally posted by ladycelia at Josie's Vet Bill, aka I really won the neighbor lottery
This is from a friends only post I made a couple of days ago:
Lloyd is good people. I knew that. But yet another example: I went down to his house tonight to thank him for mowing my field (it's not done, but it's mostly done, and anything helps). Anyway, on his porch were Hershey and Duke, and a new pup, little thing, docked tail, cute as a button, cheerful as all get out, and spinning around on her butt because she was so excited that I was there. Her back legs don't work right. And the reason they don't work right, and the reason that her tail is docked, is because Lloyd hit her with a car down by the lake, nearly amputating her tail and damaging her hind legs. Most folks around here, if they bothered to do anything at all beyond driving away, might kill the pup. He took her to the vet. Tail had to come off, and legs are gimpy but kind of work (they're weak, and she can walk on them, just not for long and not really well). But she's chipper as hell, and the damage isn't stopping her from being a happy puppy who is playing with Duke, greeting me on the porch, and following Lloyd around like he's her personal God.

Good people.


These are some photos of Josie this afternoon. She's a wiggly little thing, and she likes people, so getting her to hold still isn't easy. But you can see the lost tail, and that her hind legs don't work the way they're supposed to, especially the right rear. She can walk, but she loses control of the right rear leg, and after a very short while she just drags it. Lloyd doesn't know I'm doing this. But if you can see your way clear to help out a little, it would be greatly appreciated. I know he spent $100 on the tail amputation. He's retired military, mows lawns and cleans up his son's bar to help pay the bills (Ruth, his wife, has ongoing major medical expenses, so money never goes very far). And even so, he comes up here and helps me around my place, took in Alan and Jeff and let them live in his camper until they could get a place, and of course, took in an abandoned pup that he'd hit with his car and got her medical care and gave her a home. When I asked her what kind of dog he thought she is, he responded "Hunting dog. She's got some Blue Tick in her. When she's well, she'll be a good hunting dog." He's an optimist, that man. Anyway, here are some photos of Josie (and one with Duke), and a pic of Lloyd helping me build my chicken coop.

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If you can see your way clear to send a couple of bucks his way, I'll see to it that he gets it all to cover the vet bills. Thanks.

ETA: Karen reports that more then enough to cover Josie's vets bills has been raised.

There are other folks and animals in need that you can donate to instead.

Thank you all who donated.

7/31/12 02:29 pm - New job!

Great News!

Yesterday I received a verbal offer from Cisco for a position in the Ironport division.

Today I received the official offer letter, accepted it online and have already completed the first way of New Hire forms.

My start date is August 13

7/16/12 03:19 pm - Consonance returns to the Crowne Plaza in 2013.

Consonance 2013 - The San Francisco Bay Area Filk Convention, is pleased to announce a new/old location and dates for 2013.

Come join us and our Guests:

Guests of Honor: Ookla the Mok West
Rand Bellavia, Adam English and Luis Garcia
Interfilk Guest: Merav Hoffman
Toastmaster: Scott Snyder
International Guest: To be Announced

At the the Crowne Plaza San Jose/Silicon Valley in Milpitas.
Which will be he home of Consonance 2013 to be held the first full weekend of March,
March 1-3, 2013.

We'll be using the same function space and Consuite as in the past.

Room rates:
Standard rooms: $89 (with full breakfast buffet for 1)
Standard rooms: $99 (with full breakfast buffet for 2).
Mini-suites: $119 (with full breakfast buffet for 1)
Mini-suites: $129 (with full breakfast buffet for 2).

Free Parking
Free internet in the sleeping rooms & lounge areas.
10% discount on published food & beverage prices.
Heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.

From November to mid-February, the whole hotel will be remodeled, and there are new "Perfect Sleeper" mattresses in every room.

To make a reservation, you need to call the hotel directly and request the Consonance rate.
National code and direct reservation link coming soon.

Consonance Web site: http://consonance.org
Consonance Hotel page: http://consonance.org/hotel.html
Hotel page: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/milpitas/sfomp/hoteldetail

6/2/12 04:58 pm - Baycon 2013...

Yep, I'm talking about next year already.

Baycon has announced 3 of it's Guests of Honor for 2013.

Writer Guest of Honor: Lois McMaster Bujold

Fan Guests of Honor: Chris and John O'Halloran

That's right! US!!!

To say we were stunned when asked, is an understatement.
And the applause after the announcement, humbling.

3/8/12 10:11 pm - "Let There Be Dragons"

Wadaiko Newark presents

SCROLLS OF TAIKO III
"Let There Be Dragons"
Sunday, March 25, 2012 -- 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 2012 -- 6 p.m.
Full Stage Show
Both shows will take place at
Mac Gregor Center
35753 Cedar Boulevard
Newark, CA

Chris and I can relay requests for tickets.

The March 25 show is almost "sold out", so let us know by Sat morning. Lots of tickets available for the April 1st show (no fooling).

3/1/12 10:05 pm

Thank you all for your support and leads this week.

But for this weekend I'm going to be mostly silent,
as I'm the Stage Manager for Consonance.

I will return to processing leads and flinging resumes on Monday.

2/29/12 10:14 pm - Consonance Starts in 2 days

The schedule for the weekend has been posted. Workshops, concerts and Open Circles, OH MY!

You can still call the hotel and make a reservation at the convention rate. Just $75 a night, plus tax.
eta: Sorry I was incorrect about this at the time of the original post.
The hotel still has rooms available, but at their usual rates. Please tell them at check-in that you there for Consonance, so you count towards our room block. Also, ask about any discounts that are available.

The Consuite will be open Thursday evening, but not stocked. The exact time is up to your Consuite hosts.

Consonance needs your help! There will be a fund raising auction, so that Consonance can continue have International Guests of Honor.

As usual find more details at: http://consonance.org

2/29/12 09:52 pm - Wadaiko Newark awarded Blue Ribbon for Maker Faire 2011

On the good news front...

Wadaiko Newark was awarded an Editor's Choice Blue Ribbon at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2011

This particular Blue Ribbon was voted on by the kids who attended the Friday Education Day on the Friday of Maker Faire weekend.

Full list of Blue Ribbon winners is at: http://makerfaire.com/blue-ribbon/

2/29/12 07:57 pm - I'm on the Job Hunt.

I already posted bits and pieces, but to make sure all my friends know, here is the full (if brief) story.

On Monday I got the call: "You position has been eliminated. You have until March 28 to find another position within IBM or you will be let go."

News reports say there were "hundreds" impacted. Personally I only know that almost all of my group got the same call. So the chances of finding another position in IBM are small.

I spent yesterday and today at RSA making contacts. Hopefully they will lead to interviews.

So if anyone knows of a position for a Unix Messaging Expert, Unix System Admin or similar/related jobs, please let me know.

Thanks
JohnO

2/27/12 01:18 pm - Just got "the call" from my boss...

I have until Mar 28th to find a new position at IBM.

2/25/12 05:30 pm - Kendra-N-Tom's Wedding photo set posted to Flickr.

Kendra-N-Tom's Wedding photo set posted to Flickr.

New Link: http://goo.gl/2mWbc

I had to re-upload the set after LR4 remotely deleted it.

2/24/12 06:24 pm - Avalon Rising at Pantheacon photos posted.

My pics of Avalon Rising performing at Pantheacon have been published.

Pick your flavor of web service:

Flickr: http://goo.gl/MyPWl Full Rez & Large size
Facebook: http://goo.gl/U9yzz Low Rez & Small size
Picasa: http://goo.gl/w5xvt Low Rez & Small size

All 3 sets should be viewable by all. Please let know if you have any issues seeing the photos.

2/18/12 01:10 am - Full set of pics of Kendra-N-Tom's Wedding posted.

Kendra-N-Tom Wedding 1/7/2012

Full set of 77 images.

Facebook (Low Res):
http://goo.gl/kCRdm
Has duplicates of original 10 images posted

Picasaweb (Low Res):
http://goo.gl/jsQCS

Flickr (High Res):
http://goo.gl/emMzV
{eta}
New Link: http://goo.gl/2mWbc

I had to re-upload the set after LR4 remotely deleted it.

2/16/12 02:48 pm - SF Bay Bridge westbound closed this weekend.

The San Francisco Bay Bridge westbound will be closed this weekend.
Friday, Feb 17, 8pm until Tuesday, Feb 21, 5am.
See http://baybridgeinfo.org for details

2/13/12 11:25 pm

Early Valentine's dinner at Horatio's in San Leandro. Yummy 3 course meal, with my beautiful wife. http://horatios.com/

1/24/12 11:54 pm - Flickrset w00tstock SF 9/16/2010

#w00tstock is in SF this weekend. It's a good time to post my photos of the 2010 show. http://flic.kr/s/aHsjyf2kWF

1/9/12 02:44 am - W00tStock in SF Bay Area on Jan 29...

How did I almost miss this???

W00tstock: Founders' Night
Marines' Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Jan 29, 7:30pm
Adam Savage, Wil Wheaton and Paul & Storm
Special guests TBA

http://w00tstock.net/shows/
http://marinesmemorialtheatre.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=427780

11/22/11 03:46 pm

Sigh. ...somewhere the dragons are keening.

Anne McCaffrey has passed away.

Many confirmation posts. TOR, SFWA, etc.

She and her stories are a core of my life. She shall be missed.

10/1/11 01:23 am

Busy day with lots of party prep. Just 10 more hours before
"Chris and John's "Hawaii 5-0" Birthday Picnic" begins.


More Info
Please join us in celebrating our 50th birthdays in fine Hawaiian style.

Quarry Lakes County Park
http://goo.gl/maps/InOd
$5 per vehicle entry fee, walk in is free

We are in one of the big shelters, Ensenada North. Turn right after entering the park and you can't miss the them.

This is very close, walking distance, from the Union City Bart Station.

We'll provide burgers, hotdogs, garden burgers and some soda and water.
Potluck for sides, specialty dishes and other drinks or additional soda.
Don't try to feed the hordes, but we are expecting lots of folks.

There will be a grill designated for vegetarian foods.
We have a Beer & Wine permit, but please, keep consumption moderate.


Aloha shirts encouraged, but not required.

9/19/11 12:19 am - Ancient Digital History...Consonance 1998 photos posted

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150298204842843.341779.637147842

Picasa:
https://picasaweb.google.com/115788924069048022097/Consonance1998

Flickr:
http://flic.kr/s/aHsjw5XEwv

9/10/11 09:16 pm - My Renovation - The 2011 Worldcon, pics have been posted.

Same photos on all sites.

Flickr has the full rez versions.


Flickr: http://tinyurl.com/renosf-f

PicasaWeb: http://tinyurl.com/renosf-p

Facebook issues forced me to split them into 3 albums:

Travel: http://tinyurl.com/renosf-fb-t
At Con: http://tinyurl.com/renosf-fb-c
Hugos: http://tinyurl.com/renosf-fb-h

9/8/11 11:10 pm - HAIRSPRAY AUDITIONS at Stage 1 Theatre!!!

HAIRSPRAY AUDITIONS at Stage 1 Theatre!!!
Saturday, October 15, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Callbacks are Saturday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the
Newark Memorial High School Theatre (39375 Cedar Blvd., Newark)
Email your headshot and resume to theatre.director.hairspray@gmail.com

Originally posted by Debbie Blanchard Otterstetter on Facebook.

7/20/11 10:17 pm - Renovation Panels

It's going to be a busy Worldcon for me. I'm on 4 panels, 1 workshop and I'm a judge at the Masquerade.


Wed 13:00 - 14:00, Molecular Gastronomy: When You have more Gadgets
in Your Kitchen than Your Mom (Panel), A04 (RSCC)

Wed 15:00 - 16:00, Posing Your Costume (Panel), A13 (RSCC)
Note: I may leave early if audience members wish to ask
questions specific to costumes that will appear in the Masquerade.

Wed 16:00 - 17:00, How to Watch a Masquerade (Panel), A11 (RSCC)


Thu 12:00 - 13:00, Photographing a Masquerade (Workshop), A18 (RSCC)


Fri 20:00 - 22:00, Masquerade - Judging, Tuscany Ballroom (PH)


Sat 15:00 - 16:00, Can Computers Think: Watson, Jeopardy, and the
Future of AI (Panel), A03 (RSCC)

5/25/11 09:02 pm - My Baycon 2011 Panel Schedule

Friday 8pm Meet the Guests

Saturday 2:30pm Photographing Live Events

Sunday 10am Protecting Your Identity

Monday 2:30pm Top 10 Technologies


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