Friday, February 29, 2008
The Geek Vote
One of my strangest memories mixing politics and fandom was meeting Senator Paul Wellstone in the hallways of the Sheraton after a CONvergence planning meeting. We gave him a brief description of what we were doing -- though I regret not going into the non-profit side of MISFITS a bit more.
While I look at the convention and fandom as a whole as being a bit of fun and a recreational activity, I also think it's a good way for us to do good as well. And one thing I've also realized is that some of the skills that you get out of this sort of organization running transfer over into other realms as well.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
On Day Passes for SF Conventions
Day Passes make sense for some conventions and don't make sense for others. I think you lose some of the community aspect of a convention if you have people drop in for only one day. One of the appealing parts of a convention is that community aspect -- and day passes are more appropriate for the "show" events where people get tickets to see a celebrity, as opposed to the user-generated content of my favorite fan run conventions and the attendees are members and active participants.
I'd generally be against day passes for a convention like CONvergence -- if you have a large enough attendance that you don't need the additional people to make your budget, or if you were in a position where you need to cap membership (like Anime Detour) -- Day Passes make much less sense.
I can see where Day Passes would be useful for other conventions -- especially if you're looking to get as many people as possible. I can see it as being sensible if you've got certain sorts of entertainment guests -- this is why I think it makes more sense for Marscon, because they tend to have more celebrity actors, and their Dementia music track has a "show" quality that may have an appeal for day people.
The interesting thing is that Day Passes aren't really just an economic decision -- but one that can end up reflecting the kind of convention that you put on.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Still Alive Rock Band
Jonathan Coulton performs "Still Alive" in Rock Band from Joy Stiq on Vimeo.
Jeremy of Fantasy Flight has some good memories as well.
We'll all miss him greatly. He was one of a kind. Like everyone is.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Where's My Cell Phone?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
First of May
And since he's got a song called First of May -- which doesn't have work safe lyrics -- it's a particularly good day for the show.
Star Trek Pushed To May 2009
On one side, I'm sad to wait a little longer -- but at the same time, I think that the longer without Star Trek the better -- it's out of the public eye.
I suppose it's not a surprise that the end of the writer's strike would have these sorts of things come up. They say it's not because of the script -- and I believe that -- but it's probably because of how the whole movie market place changes with a quarter of no script activity.
And it'll make it even more eagerly awaited, I think...
Monday, February 11, 2008
louder and more dissonant
Saturday, February 09, 2008
One of the better pizza restaurants I've been to in the Twin Cities is Sammy's Pizza & Restaurant in Coon Rapids. It's one of the best pizza crusts that I've ever had, nice and crispy. And they've had good, unique kinds -- I've had Taco pizzas before, but they also had an excellent Gyro pizza.
Very very tasty.
Pizza is one of those things that has a lot of the delivery chains that have become really common -- and some of those chains are even pretty decent -- but the best pizza isn't the big chains, but the unique ones.
Now I remember why I like living in a cold climate -- the scary bugs and reptiles don't tend to survive here!
Friday, February 08, 2008
A Thought About Google Ads on My Blog
But one of the interesting things has been that now that we are in a political season, and because of that I'm doing a bit more discussion about political issues, I'm getting political ads both from candidates and organizations I might like, and also candidates and organizations that I don't. And I'm ok with that.
I'm very fond of how the internet can impact the political system -- it is a chance for us all to have our own little letters to the editor, and political candidates have a chance to put out as much information in an unfiltered way as possible. And I think making it easier for smaller donors to help participate in fund raising is really good.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Lost is back
Ok, still Barack Time
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Primary and Caucus
I've been thinking about it some more today. I don't really want to reject all of the advantages of the caucus system. I like that we had the chance to get some face to face interaction with our local political leaders, and it was very hands-on democracy.
I know that a lot of people were frustrated that they couldn't really participate in what candidate the DFL will endorse for Senate this year. It's not just me -- I've overheard other people that felt frustrated that they weren't really able to be a part of that decision.
What I think might work is something that has both -- a primary for the state wide races like President, Senate, House of Representatives, and Governor. The caucus works as a chance to meet your neighbors, discuss the issues, and feed resolutions to the party at a grassroots level.
I don't really know the best solution -- and as you'd expect from a newspaper article you've got one main sentence pulled out of a couple of minute conversation that supported the story that he wanted to write, but I certainly think there is a better way.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
It was extremely crowded -- the room was overflowing, and we left before the end, because I knew that I couldn't go on to the next level of caucusing.
I think the caucusing works relatively well for putting together party platforms and suggestions -- yes, you're going to have crazy or impractical resolutions, but if you let people have their say, you're going to get those. But for candidates for higher office -- I'm not so sure. I think it's too difficult to get a real representative choice there, and I'd rather see the primary have more say in this sort of situation.
I'm not quite sure the best way to fix that -- obviously, you'd have to change how the party makes decisions. And that would require getting it through the people that have the most interest in the current system.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Spaced on Region 1 DVD! I hope!
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Obama Rally Pictures
It was one of the longest lines I've ever seen:
But it's always exciting to see one of the best speakers out there
(pictures by Alicia LaMunion)
Yes We Can
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