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Subject:I actually wrote a blog entry!
Time:08:44 pm
I haven't done a lot of blogging recently. Perhaps because of twitter, or life, or whatever....

But I wrote up my Worldcon thoughts as I wanted to get them down while I still remembered them. I'm kind of in a unique place, because I've experience running fan-run conventions of this size, but it was also my first Worldcon so I had a bit of an outside perspective. But I had a very positive experience, and am definitely looking forward to Chicago next year!
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Subject:Off to Worldcon I go
Time:10:34 pm
If you're going to Worldcon in Reno, Nevada next week we're having a CONvergence meetup at the Chicago Dogs! Eatery in the Atlantis at 12:15 PM on Thursday Aug 18. (CVG is buying appetizers, or something...)

I've never been to a Worldcon before -- it hasn't really been in a convenient location for me in a year where I could go. Reno isn't "convenient", but it turned out to be cost-effective this year.
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Subject:Checking In
Time:10:09 pm
Yesterday we had a non-profit board training session -- it was fantastic, and very well timed. It's tempting to say "oh, we're doing everything wrong" -- but actually, I felt good that we are doing more right than wrong -- and we're trying to improve and make things *better*. I felt rejuvinated and reinvigorated. There's a lot to do...but it was good. Really good.

I'm taking a quiet night away from such things tonight -- reading Green Lantern (which I'm going through at a rapid pace) and otherwise taking it easy. Because that's a good thing to do as well.







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Subject:Thinking Big
Time:05:55 pm
Current Mood:excitedexcited
Really, this changes nothing. But at the same time, it changes everything.

Not the official word (that went out to the voting members earlier this week) -- but my official word. At our last board meeting of the Minnesota Society for Interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy we decided 12-0 (and the incoming 2 directors agreed as well) to spin off CONvergence from MISFITS, with the details to be worked out by January 1, 2010. Revenue donation will continue at current levels at least through the 2011 convention cycle. And we expect an active partnership between CONvergence and MISFITS for many years in the future.

I was in favor of this for a variety of reasons -- I've been actively involved with both CONvergence and MISFITS from very early on. I care passionately about both organizations, and am very proud of what we have done together. I've seen both organizations grow, mature, struggle, develop, and work together for many years. And I want them both to continue to do so as partners for many years in as successful a manner as possible.

I expect and will work to see that to continue -- and I am personally committed to an ambitious direction for the future as part of this process. The idea here is to build on our successes, support each other -- but then also get out of each other's way and not micromanage either. And let us all be the fantastic, imaginative, exciting community that I know that we are and will be.

There are a lot of details to work out. Lots of details. We'll have FAQs, meetings, discussions, arguments, decisions and paperwork to do.

But it is going to be exciting.
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Subject:The future is this way
Time:09:26 pm
Reposting from burnunit




Please consider joining our conversation about the next possibilities for our diverse community. This touches the participants in CONvergence, Anime Detour, MISFITS, Marscon, Minicon, Gaylaxicon, Mn-Stf, Omegacon, and more and more. . .

http://leagueofwonders.wordpress.com

We began talking about big inter-community projects this year. There have been conversations at MN Society for Interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy open meetings. There have been conversations at closed meetings too. There was a wonderfully interesting panel at CONvergence last week on the subject of a "geek community center." That panel will likely make an appearance at other conventions.

Well we also want to have a public conversation with the members of the communities in which we are active. About joint efforts, about structure, about autonomy and interdependence, and about where we go from here. About what we could do if we start dreaming out loud.

That conversation lives here for now: http://leagueofwonders.wordpress.com and I invite you to take part. Share this info with others and get in on the action. Today!




This is a conversation that I'm actively engaged in as well, and I encourage everyone interested in what we can do constructively as a community in the future to participate.
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Subject:Thank You!
Time:11:36 pm
Now that CONvergence is slowly starting to take shape at the Sheraton, a personal note from me to everyone attending or involved with CONvergence:

Thank you.

Thank you if you help run a department.
Thank you when you volunteer, be it for five minutes, five hours, or five days. Or seven days.
Thank you if you throw a party
Thank you for registering
Thank you for everything that you do to make CONvergence what it is.

Have fun. Take care of your self. Yes, that includes you too.

Be awesome.
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Subject:This looks awesome
Time:03:40 pm
http://www.galaxy-drivein.com/
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Subject:That's no moon
Time:01:26 am
Current Mood:determineddetermined
Today was a day full of CONvergence meetings. May 15th, in my mind, is a lot like being at the top of the roller coaster as you head into the convention. We roughly know what is going on at the convention, and we're going to see a lot of things showing up on http://schedule.convergence-con.org in the coming week or two beyond just the programming items.

[If anyone wants to help me with some data entry, I might be able to set up some quick training. Not sure if that's needed yet, or if I'll have it done by the time I get to the scheduling bit]

Of course, there are a bunch of short and long term challenges, dreams, and goals. These are the kind of things that keep me up until 1:30 AM. Because if SF fans can't dream big, who can?
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Subject:New CVG Online Schedule
Time:11:58 pm
One of the things that I'm really excited about CONvergence this year is that we've got a new system for presenting our schedule online. It is really pretty cool -- it lets people login, save, and share their personal schedules if they want, as well as saving those schedules to iCal files that they can bring into the calendar program of their choice. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, it works on that.

Obviously, with two and a half months until the convention what is posted is neither complete nor finalized, but it is a start.

http://schedule.convergence-con.org

I'm hoping to have as many different events as possible on the schedule -- not just programming panels, but almost anything that has a start and end time.

It'll certainly be changing and improving over the next several months. If you've got suggestions -- or if you see typos, errors, suggestions -- please let me know and either I'll pass it on to the appropriate department (frequently programming) or adjust it as well.
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Subject:Lost Comment
Time:11:03 pm
spoiler from tonight"s episodeCollapse )
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