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(Cross posted from Through the Shutter)

Kyle watched his hand reach out to her face.  Just as he was about to touch her, she shrieked through her stitched jaw and wiggled on her pedestal.  Kyle backed away, and she yelled louder.  He whispered to her to be quiet, but she wouldn't stop squirming. -- Squirm by Doug Goodman

Copyright null, Stopped Motion Photography. www.stopped-motion.com
A Moment Of Hope. Originally published on April 14th, 2008, for the short story SQUIRM by Doug Goodman on the Edge of Propinquity.

I am very pleased that I was awarded the People's Choice Award for Best Horror in the Norwescon 35 Art Show. I am very gratefull to everyone who voted for my work and I'm sure it wasn't an easy decission as there was some wonderful horror pieces in the show this year.

fullcontactmuse: (IT Ninja)
Well, I'm not on IT this year so I should have the convention to do what I please, right? Nah, I'm working panels this year. In fact, here is my schedule.

Thursday

Does Horror Have Something to Say?
9 pm - Cascade 5
Politics in Horror? Romero’s films are always full of his political beliefs. What are they, and what other horror movies have political influence?

Lorelei Shannon (M), Satyros Phil Brucato, Julie Hoverson, Amber Clark

Intro to Seattle Sex Positive Culture
10 pm - Cascade 8
What does it mean to be sex positive? Where can you find sex positive environments? How can you get involved? Learn more about this movement, and what it implies. 18+ WITH ID

Rachael Kenoyer (M), Peggy Foy, Amber Clark , Matt Bamberger

The Business of Art
10 am - Cascade 12
There’s more than just talent to making a living as an artist. Health insurance, taxes, marketing, organization, selling yourself, portfolios – where do you find the time to do all that and still make art?

Peggy Foy (M), Jeliza Patterson, Amber Clark, Allen Gladfelter

Best and Worst of Genre Film 2011
11 am - Cascade 3&4
Weigh in on what worked and what didn’t in 2011.

Mimi Noyes (M), Amber Clark, Eric Morgret, Judith Herman

Transphobia: A Panel for Allies of Trangender Folk
3 pm - Cascade 5
An entry-level discussion on some of the facets of transgender identities. We'll discuss terminology, pronoun usage, whether there's a difference between sex and gender, and when it's best to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Suggested pre-panel Googling: Not Your Mother's Trans 101, Gender Binary, Silencing Tactics

Lilith von Fraumench (M), Rachael Kenoyer, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Amber Clark

Changing Star Wars
7 pm - Cascade 6
Do creators have the right to change their work after it has been released into the wild? Why is “pulling a Lucas” so upsetting to so many people?

J.C. Gordon Granger (M), Ken McConnell, Amber Clark, Jack Skillingstead, David Nasset, Sr.

Saturday

BDSM 101
9 pm - Maxi's Ballroom
Interested in BDSM? Want to find out what it’s all about? What are these limits, boundaries, and play people keep talking about? We will endeavor to answer your questions - or if we can’t, we’ll point you to a resource that can. We will also discuss BDSM etiquette and resources for you to find out more. 21+ WITH ID

Satyros Phil Brucato (M), Morgue Anne, Amber Clark

Sunday

Finding Inspiration
10 am Cascade 7
The creative process can often be a tricky one, and it is easy to fall into a rut or hit a blank wall. Our panelists will discuss how to develop ideas, create compelling subject matter, and what to do when you hit a block.

Russell D. Campbell (M), Aimee Stewart, Bryan Syme, Amber Clark

See you there!
fullcontactmuse: (Norwescon Logo)
The Norwescon Update

Follow along... )

Okay, back to my day.
fullcontactmuse: (Arcade Centipede Cabinet)
I am walking out the door soon to go to the hotel for Norwescon until Monday. Yes, that's the thrill of working a convention, you get extra days of conventiony goodness. I get see friends and family that only happens once a year. My dad comes up for the convention and then there are all of my con friends.

I will most likely not be reading LJ or Facebook or any number of other sites inspite of withdrawl symptoms I will most likely encounter.

If you need me to read something that is important or time sensitive, please reply here or send me an e-mail. Those will go to my phone. :) Comments are screened for any potential privacy concerns.

"See you on the other side, Ray."

[livejournal.com profile] lunargypsie is standing behind me. I think she's wanting to go. Like now.
fullcontactmuse: (IT Ninja)
(cross posted to my journal and [livejournal.com profile] norwescon)

The Norwescon IT Department needs two more people to make sure that it has all of the support shifts covered during the convention and ensure that Registration and the Art Show all run as smoothly as possible.

Here is what I need from you as the head of IT:
  • You need to be good at troubleshooting basic computer problems. If you don't know about things like networking and such, but can track down a loose cable or reset a printer, then you're fine.
  • You will need to learn the Registration and Art Show Point of Sale applications so you can help those volunteers in Registration and Art Show do their jobs.
  • You will need to be available for Registration Training on March 1st, Art Show Training on March 15th, and System Integration Test on April 5th.

What do you get for your hard work?
  • You can get on the ConCom Staff and get into the con for the Staff Rate of $20.
  • We have fun.

Please reply here and I'll get a hold of you with specifics or send an e-mail to activegnome (at) gmail (dot) com.
fullcontactmuse: (IT Ninja)
Registration Volunteers and Staff
Are you planning on volunteering for Registration or working on the Registration Staff this year? Now is your opportunity to learn how to use the Registration Application that we use. On Sunday, March 1st, from noon to 5pm at the Double Tree Hotel, the Norwescon IT Staff will holding a training session for Registration Staff and Volunteers.

Art Show Volunteers and Staff
Are you wanting to work in the Art Show? The Norwescon IT Staff will be leading a training session on how to use the Art Show Cash Register. Training will be on Sunday, March 15th, from noon to 5pm at the Double Tree Hotel.


If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail it (at) norwescon (dot) net.
fullcontactmuse: (Dice)

Alchemists for a Better Future

We here at the Alchemists for a Better Future ask ourselves every day ‘How can we make a better life for our fellow Wizards and Witches?’

Not too long ago the founder of our little order determined how to best do that. His name was Phinneas Jaspea Kim and he is the inventor of the potion known as the greatest advance in alchemical happiness since the discovery of hot cocoa: Kalforis. This miracle potion uplifts the spirits, is non-habit forming, and has no known side effects or magical interactions.

Phinneas used the profits from this potion to develop modern potion manufacturing processes that modern Industrial Alchemists use today. He married his entrepreneurial spirit with a liberal and fiery personality to form the Alchemists for a Better Future, an organization that is today dedicated to the spread and practice of uplifting potions for personal and recreational development.

Don’t believe the hype; we are no peddlers of illicit Dark Arts and spells used to seduce children away from their parents. It just so happens that in times of great change it is the young who often lead the way forward and our organization follows the original goals of Phinneas Jaspea Kim in trying to forge a better world for all of us no matter who might want to hold us back.

So whether to expand your mind to explore latent oracular abilities or to make a dark day a little brighter the ABF can help you!



proudly presents...

Stranger Concepts presents a live action role-playing event in a time before the birth of the boy who lived, when the Dark Lord was rising in power and the western hemisphere set about to gather the best minds to develop a plan to deal with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Participation in this event is by preregistration and limited space will available at the convention for walk-on parts. This LARP is geared for players 18 and older.

Game Information

What:  Lord Voldemort and the Wizard's Summit LARP
When:  Friday, April 10, 2009, 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Where:  Norwescon 32, Maxie's Ballroom

To register visit www.strangerconcepts.org or email potterlarp@strangerconcepts.org for more information.

fullcontactmuse: (Dice)


proudly presents...

 

Dawn was just breaking on the horizon when the owl arrived with the morning mail. Among the various letters was your confirmation from the New York Concillium.

Greetings advisor:

We thank you for your response to the invitation for the coming Wizards Summit on December 31st, 1979. We look forward to meeting with you and receiving your analysis on the Voldemort situation developing across the Atlantic. The summit will occur in the floating city, the Eye of Daedalus. This modern wonder of wizarding craft will provide us the sanctuary for our deliberations during its dedication. As you know, the Eye of Daedalus was constructed by the Artificer's Guild and the Technocratic Union as the first wizard made transient geomantic point to help stabilize the Great Comprise Spell of 1884.

For everyone's safety and security, no apperation is allowed to or from the Eye of Daedalus. Please contact your local concillium for port key locations and times.

Sincerely,

Filomina J. Euripides
High Auger

Stranger Concepts presents a live action role-playing event in a time before the birth of the boy who lived, when the Dark Lord was rising in power and the western hemisphere set about to gather the best minds to develop a plan to deal with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Participation in this event is by preregistration and limited space will available at the convention for walk-on parts. This LARP is geared for players 18 and older.

Game Information

What:  Lord Voldemort and the Wizard's Summit LARP
When:  Friday, April 10, 2009, 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Where:  Norwescon 32, Maxie's Ballroom

To register visit www.strangerconcepts.org or email potterlarp@strangerconcepts.org for more information.

fullcontactmuse: (Tired Kitten)
The fall has always been a busy time for me. At the moment I have two projects on my plate. One for the youth theater group I work with and the other for the Edge of Propinquity. The statistics fall like this...

TEOP: 1 of 3 photos shot. 31 photos processed. 1 group of photos rejected to be reshot.
Play: 232 of 2,642 photos processed,

Other work:
Norwescon: Pros and Cons can save and edit all contact fields (even deployed), create and edit room definitions, and I am not far off from actually saving and editing events. (Once that is done, I'll add the scheduling conflict warning checks.) After that's finished, I'll turn my attention to the Art Show work. Some refactoring of the code is needed to support the coming changes. Changes like a totally new art registration wizard and a separate print registration wizard.
fullcontactmuse: (Tired Kitten)
First, a note: My connection to the internet has been spotty at best during my time here and then I was generally busy. That being said, I am not going back and reading some 300+ posts. If you need me to be aware of something, please bring it up here and I'll go look at that specifically.

BayCon is done and I fly home tonight. [livejournal.com profile] princessmei is taking me out to Dark Garden as she has an appointment there this afternoon--I'm hoping to see a variety of pretty corsets today--and then she's taking me to Piedmont Boutique in San Fransisco as well.

I will have a couple of posts to follow this one up in my Growth and Kink filters, as usual.

Over all, I had a fun, fun time at BayCon and made a lot of friends whom I cannot wait to see again. Of course, that generally means a year at least. Working in Programming Operations was a blast, and I was able to as Chris lots of questions about how BayCon does their program scheduling and the things that worked for them and the pitfalls they encountered. So that was good.

Something that BayCon does that I would love to see Norwescon do is what I can only call "Ribbon Madness". So Norwescon, in the recent years has started doing ribbons for staff and concom members, artists, and so, but this isn't really brought over to the general convention membership too much, except for one instance and that was the "Betty's Boobies" ribbons from last year. What BayCon does is that they have ribbons for the general membership that are free. Big deal you, say? Well, there is more to it than that. They also encourage the membership and staff members to bring their own. For example, in the cabal that is "ProgOps", they had several ribbons, one of which was the "Bathroom Ribbon" which was left in the bathrooms on the sink, sometimes in small puddles of water. If someone was seen wearing a "Bathroom Ribbon", they were sent to ProgOps to get the companion ribbon, "Ewwww Bathroom Ribbon".

While the ribbons can be fun, they can also be used to help fan find other fans of a show or a movie or even of a similar interest. One of the staff members, Boris, was able to make ribbons on site and made a few for me, including "Yes, but buy me dinner first" and "Corset Whore". A vendor who specializes in chainmail and scalemail art had the ribbon "I Got Clawed".

What I think I liked most about this is that it became a fun scavenger hunt out where to get a ribbon that someone was wearing. If you had recently taken a shower and showed up in the gaming room, you could get a "Washed Masses" ribbon or if you went in with a caffinated drink, the "Highly Caffinated" ribbon.

Even the hotel staff was in on the fun and they had an internal competition to see who could get the most ribbons. Some of them had even hatched nefarious plans, though never implemented to my knowledge, to acquire more. "I would be glad to bring your food to you, if you have a ribbon to give me."

One ribbon had a rubber ducky on it with the phrase done up like a bible verse, "Rinse. Lather. Repent. Hygiene 6:2:1"*.

The biggest single, tangible benefit that this practice brought is the building and re-enforcing of the sense of community and that is something that every convention can never get enough of.

The Firefly LARP, Harlequins and Hellfire, we ran on Sunday was a smashing success and we had many, many people askng us to do it again for next year. The end of game "post mortem and reveal" went on for about an hour and a half. And the quality of the players was just outstanding! I cannot say that enough. We had more than a few players attain their goals

In spite of having a lot of fun this weekend, there was something that was off for me and I couldn't put my finger on. I figured it out on Friday evening: I missed my family. How this is different from RustyCon is a difference of 800+ miles. At RustyCon, I could go home if I needed to. Here, that's not an option. Right now, I am working on not thinking about being away from them. I long to be home at this point. To see The Boy, Girly Girl, [livejournal.com profile] gypsiequeen, [livejournal.com profile] zorgaulf, and, of course, the cats. Yes, I'm missing my family. I am sooooo looking forward to being home. And yes, [livejournal.com profile] digitaleopard, I'm even looking forward to seeing you as well.

* The 6:2:1, for those not in the know, refers to 6 hours of sleep, 2 meals, and 1 shower. If you are unable to complete first two numbers, that's your problem. If you can't fulfil the second one, that's our problem. :)
fullcontactmuse: (Ji Dian Station (old Logo))
Photos are courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] urbanwolfie.


(click on the photo)

fullcontactmuse: (IT Ninja)
I was going through the list of issues with the Norwescon Art Show registers today and I ran across a keyword in VB6 I had never seen before: Like. It's a string comparison operator that works like RegEx Lite. Really lite. We're talking simple pattern recognition and you can't have escaped characters and you can't have other things. I can see the usefulness of it.

Never mind the fact that I would really love to get this code base off of VB6...
fullcontactmuse: (Tired Kitten)
I just returned from con and I am wiped out. Fortunately, I requested tomorrow off when I asked for the time off originally.
fullcontactmuse: (IT Ninja)
I'm going to try and sleep now.

That is all.
fullcontactmuse: (Arcade Centipede)
Short. Timers. Syndrome.

Yes, that's right, I cannot wait for the day to be done. For my vacation to start. And for me to work my heiny off for 6 days.

Yes, con is just next week. Oh, and I have 1 more meeting today from 4:30 to 5:00. Though I will have the little helper with me. :)
fullcontactmuse: (Ji Dian Station (old Logo))
We are looking for 2 volunteers to assist during the opening 30 minutes of Lights Out at Norwescon to help with player check-in and picture taking.

Here are the two positions:

Player Check In - Simply, you hand out the character packets to the players as they arrive and check off their name from the list. After which, you send them to volunteer number two, the photo manager. Filled.

Photo Manager - Your job is to take photographs of the individual players, print the photo on the printer, write the character's name on the photo, and then tack the photo to the Wall O' Photos so that people who have a character tie to another character knows what they look like. If you have a PictBridge compatible camera that you do not mind using, that would great.

We look forward to playing with you all.
fullcontactmuse: (Ji Dian Station)
[livejournal.com profile] sylvan and I just completed the second round of character assignments for the Lights Out. If you have not received an e-mail from us telling you the name of your character and a very short synopsis of the character, then we do not have registration information on file for you.

If you filled out the form, located at http://www.jidianstation.org/cons/NorwesconSignup.aspx, and did not get an e-mail, we sincerely apologize; the mail server might have eaten it. Please fill out the form again, which will send a copy of your answers to us and to you.

If you have not filled out the form and you want to play, there is still time to sign up. We are accepting registrations until Friday, March 14th, 2008.

To register: Go to http://www.jidianstation.org/cons/NorwesconSignup.aspx by Friday, March 14th, 2008.
Cost: Free to convention members
When: Friday, March 21st, 2008, from 6:00 pm to midnight
Game Operations will be located in the 1st Floor Rotunda between wings 4 and 5
fullcontactmuse: (IT Ninja)
The saga of setting up and testing computers continues. Tonight, I powered up the old Art Show machine, a full tower case of some years. Well, I plugged in the power cord, hooked up all of the cables, and threw the switch to check it.

I hear the drive spin up and then...POP!

This is my cue to kill the power. "Hmmm, I don't see any smoke. Maybe if my sinuses weren't clogged, I could possibly smell the smoke." I crack open the case and take a look inside using a flash light. Nothing looks burnt and I still can't see any trace of smoke.

So I do what any good tech would do: I push to car back up to the top of the hill and let it roll down to see if the brakes will fail a second time. Er, I mean, I hook up the cables again and attempt to power it up, though ready with the kill switch just to be safe.

The machine procedes to boot into Windows like nothing has happened.

Hmmm.

The machine is currently formatting its drive.

Yeah, excitement never ceases.
fullcontactmuse: (Do I look happy to you)
There, I said it. I don't wanna work on my performance review. I hate doing them. Yes, I'm whining.

However, I can't whine too long as I have to get it done. Bah.

In lighter news, I received this e-mail from one of my players that is playing in Ji Dian Station: Lights Out at Norwescon:
From: [REDACTED]
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 6:27 PM
To: Rory Clark
Subject: RE: Ji Dian Station: Lights Out - Character Assignment


Hello Rory,

When you say build my charecter what does that cover? Does that include constructing the charecter by the form you have on the website? If it does, I want all seven points of glitches :)
fullcontactmuse: (IT Ninja)
The old, slow CPU or the 4x CD-ROM drive. I figure the install of Windows 2000 should be done sometime before the con...

Of course, this isn't helping the "I don't wanna's" that I'm dealing with.

*sigh*

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