September 7th, 2009

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In my e-mail this morning were a bunch of photos from travelswithkuma. He was on a fishing expedition, it appears. Me, I sort of wish he'd develop a taste for birds, especially those horrible loud exotic birds that one of the neighbors keeps -- how she can stand the racket, I don't know.
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SFSFC Announces 2009 SMOFCon Scholarship

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San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (SFSFC) has voted to offer a scholarship of $500 to help convention runners in training attend the SMOFCon convention-runners convention in Austin TX this year over the weekend of December 4-6, 2009.

SMOFCon is an annual convention about organizing science fiction conventions. Subject matter ranges from managing small conventions up to the unique challenges of World Science Fiction Conventions. The convention is held in a different city each year. The 2009 SMOFCon will be in Austin TX at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown. More information about this year’s SMOFCon is available on their web site.

The scholarship is open to anyone involved in running science fiction conventions, regardless of their place of residence. However, applicants must be able to demonstrate that their attendance at SMOFCon will benefit San Francisco Bay Area conventions. Applications will be judged by the scholarship administrators, who for 2009 are once again the three directors of SFSFC who have chaired Worldcons: David W. Clark, Kevin Standlee, and Tom Whitmore.

An application form is available on the SFSFC web site or by writing to SFSFC at PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363. SFSFC must receive (postmark date does not count) applications by October 15, 2009. Application forms will also be available at the Westercon 64 information table at SiliCon 2009 in San Jose, October 2-4.

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