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Saturday, December 8th, 2007

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SMOFS at Filk
The evening social hour started with a cheese and dessert buffet, including the first of the various cheeses people had brought to the convention. Convention-supplied drink chits were available for a limited time for use at the bar, after which it became a cash bar. (Soft drinks and water were free, hooray.) Traditionally, SMOFCon has a mixer event on Friday. These are difficult things. You need to get people mixing, which usually involves randomizing them, then you need to get them involved in a project that gets them talking with each other and with luck is fun, too.

You can skip this if you don't care about the amusements of SMOFsCollapse )

Later on, I checked to see if any poker games were breaking out. Nobody could think of a good space for them, and while the SMOFCon con suite is good for general socializing, it didn't seem to have a good poker space in it. Mainly it's just too loud for those of us would want to play. That didn't stop the mahjong players, though.

Earlier in the evening, Vince Docherty gave me another box of the wonderful Belgian sugar-free chocolates, and John Mansfield gave me a train magazine. Eventually, Cheryl and I ran up the room for a few minutes to dump the camera and these things I got, then went back down to the party for another hour or so. I did realize that I have an 8:30 breakfast meeting of the CanSMOF (Anticipation) board of directors Saturday morning, and I'm also on the "SMOFCon 101" panel at 10 AM, so maybe we'd better get to bed. Except both Cheryl and I were too keyed up and wanted to write things, so now it's 1:30 AM. Guess I'd better finish writing and post this so we can get some sleep!

Update, 14:10: Added link to Google Video of the performance.

Current Mood: pleased
Hello Public, Hello Fandom
Cheryl, inspired by my group's efforts last night to set fannish anger management issues to music, has written a whole bunch of verses to the tune of "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah." I like this a lot, and was chortling along with her as she kept tossing out new verses last night.

Current Mood: amused
How Secret Can They Be If We Publish Photos Of Them?
I have posted photos from Friday of SMOFCon, although I've had no time to add any additional information about them.

Current Mood: accomplished
Taking Up A New Challenge
This morning over breakfast, I attended my first meeting as a director of CanSMOF, parent non-profit corporation of the 2009 Worldcon, Anticipation. Nothing really exciting I can report from the meeting. We mainly talked about what the Board should not be doing, which is trying to manage the Worldcon. That's the Anticipation committee's job. Their chairs report to the CanSMOF board, but the Board manages the managers (Robbie and Rene), not the convention itself. We probably won't meet again (save via e-mail discussion) until Denvention Three. I reckon I can probably manage to attend two in-person meetings in Montreal between now and Anticipation, as long as I can buy the first of the two before my $800 Northwest Airlines voucher (received from being bumped from the trip to Nippon 2007) expires next September. (As I understand it, I have a year to use the voucher, but I could buy a ticket with the voucher for use after the period when the voucher itself expires. I'll have to confirm this. No point in letting the voucher go to waste, after all. I did that once with an America West free ticket, having forgotten about having earned it.)

The meeting was a relatively low-key affair, aside from being slightly rushed because we did have to finish in time for me to get upstairs to the 10 AM "SMOFCon 101" panel on which I was one of the participants.

Current Mood: busy
Why SMOFcon Isn't a Relaxacon
I was on the first panel this morning, SMOFCon 101. It appears that the panel was set up with one first-time attendee (Cass Marshall), one who has attended a few (netmouse), and one who has attended 18 of the 25 SMOFCons (me). Note that there is only one person who has attended all 25 -- Ben Yalow -- and that's because he's one of the handful of people who had non-refundable airline tickets and therefore attended the canceled SMOFCon 2 in 1985.

Like all of the panels I've attended so far this weekend, it was a strain to keep the subject within 50 minutes. We talked a little bit about SMOFCon's history, but more about the nature of the convention and "why is this convention different from other conventions." We spent the second half of the panel asking the audience -- most of whom had not actually attended SMOFCon before -- what they hoped to get out of the convention, and (I hope) setting in motion post-panel discussions between people with like interests in learning different things about specific con-running topics.

We made a point of wrapping up at ten minutes before the hour so everyone could get back to the Con Suite Ballroom for the keynote address from Dr. Gloria M. Boone on the subject of Branding Fandom (and no, hot irons are not involved, so you can save the witty comments).

After that, the Taming the Digital Wilderness Committee established by the WSFS Business Meeting met over lunch to discuss the issues referred to it, specifically the Best Web Site proposal and alternatives to it. Nothing to report here, because the committee needs to spend more time hashing out the specific proposals and reduce them to alternatives that can be discussed without endless arguments on technical side-tracks, which was one of the challenges we had when the proposal came before the Nippon 2007 Business Meeting.

While I was interested in some of the early afternoon panels, particularly "Finding Your Focus," I instead took the time to upload photos from last night and catch up on e-mail and LJ.

Current Mood: busy
Music to SMOF By
I have, after several failures because the file is larger than I anticipated (I recorded it at high resolution instead of medium and don't have time to work on it further), managed to upload my performance of SMOFCon Anger Management from Friday night's mixer.

Current Mood: amused
Dave Gallaher Blows My Fuse
dave_gallaher e-mailed me a 14-page document and asked me to print a couple of copies and give them to Ben Yalow and Elspeth Kovar here at SMOFCon. This should have been easy enough. There is a computer and printer here in the con suite, and they even set up the router and provided ways to connect to it. Unfortunately, for some reason, I was unable to access the network printer, and the one computer definitely connected to the printer has been monopolized, so even though I downloaded the file to a USB key, I couldn't print it.

Elspeth Kovar came looking for me. I explained the willingness to print but the lack of access to printing hardware. She suggested we go to the hotel's lobby computer, where we could print small jobs like this quickly. We went down there and I launched the print job. Seven pages in to the document, the lobby fuse blew on the outlet to which the computer and the hotel's Christmas display.

A nice woman at the hotel's front front desk said I could come and print the document at one of their stations. I started printing. The printer broke. Feeling cursed, I tried another machine and printer. This time it worked. Whew.

I have folks standing here waiting for me to finish this so we can go have dinner. So maybe I'd better go!

Current Mood: hungry
Everyone Expects This Fannish Inquistion
The traditional Fannish Inquisition started shortly after the scheduled 9 PM after the assembled SMOFs had availed themselves of the massive cheeseboard consisting of cheeses members had brought to the convention, including our contribution of Northern California cheeses and also some fine Finnish cheeses Eemeli Aro carried over. Cheryl and I, having come back from dinner fairly early, had the advantage of hitting the cheese early – the Pt. Reyes Blue Raw was particularly good, but there were many other excellent cheeses on offer -- so we were pretty sated by the time most people rolled in.

Host Joe Siclari presided over the grilling of the cons and bids. A difference over past years: Con and bid leaders were put in the "hot seat" and told they would need to answer quickly, and that the audience would help determine if they were waffling. Staff passed through the audience distributing sticks with pictures of, on one side, a "thumbs up," and on the other, a stack of waffles.

I decided that I would try to take down as much of the Q&A as I could. This was not easy. I didn't catch everything, and I don't pretend that the following is 100% accurate. I may well have not completely accurately represented what the bids and conventions meant, so you would be advised to check with them if you have any questions about anything in particular. I also probably misspelled some people's names, and for that I apologize.

Because this went on for so long – we were there for more than two and a half hours – I split it into several postings. The next (following this introduction) is for the 2008 Worldcon; then for 2009; after that for Worldcon bids; finally, for SMOFCon bids and site selection.

Current Mood: accomplished
Fannish Inquisition - Denvention Three
First up was this year's Worldcon, Denvention Three, represented by Kent Bloom.

Let the Questions CommenceCollapse )

Current Mood: drained
Fannish Inquisition - Anticipation
See my earlier message about how the Fannish Inquisition was organized and how I tried to recap it.

Anticipation was represented by Rene Walling and Robbie Bourget

And the questions continueCollapse )

We took a short break at 10:10 PM before starting on the Worldcon bids.

Current Mood: accomplished
Fannish Inquisition - Future Worldcon Bids
Fannish Inquisition: Worldcon and NASFiC Bids

See my earlier post about the recap of the Fannish Inqusition.

Australia in 2010Collapse )

At 10:25, we moved on

NASFiC 2010: Raleigh-DurhamCollapse )

Seattle in 2011Collapse )

At 10:40, we sped through the following years

2012 and laterCollapse )

And that brings the current roster to an end. Now it was time to choose a SMOFCon for 2008.

Update, 01:22: Fortunately, I was still awake when that first correction arrived.

Update, 10 Dec 22:45: Fixed more minor errors, clarified that NASFiC bid is for Raleigh.

Current Mood: accomplished
SMOFCon 2008: Showdown at Boston
All but one of the past SMOFCons has been selected by acclamation, with only one bid, and any competition withdrawing. The only time it went to a vote, the vote was deadlocked with a tie, and the selection was made by a coin flip.

Nobody was backing down this yearCollapse )

Neither bid withdrew after the presentations, so at 11:08, a secret ballot was requested. Tellers passed through the audience with tickets to be used as ballots. Much waffle and rumble and confusion ensued. While the tellers retired to count ballots, future bids expressed interest.

Future SMOFCons – Expressions of InterestCollapse )

At 11:24, the Tellers returned with the results. I rearrange them below into the standard form of election recommended by Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

And the Winner is…Collapse )

Note that had they had one fewer vote, or if there had been any more humorous write-ins, nobody would have had a majority!

The Inquisition wrapped up around 11:30.

Edit, Sunday 11:30: Corrected title to reflect year actually being selected.

Current Mood: tired

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