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Minicon 41

Thursday, March 19, 2009

11:39AM - Minicon Livejournal Community

We now have one Minicon Livejournal community to cover Minicons past, present, and future; please check it out at minicon. Any future posts about Minicon 41 or any other Minicons should be made there.

You may also be interested in the mnstf community.

Monday, May 15, 2006

3:50PM - Baron Dave's Minicon 41 Picture Galleries

Minicon 41 galleries are up. First pass. Gallery A which continues on to Gallery B.

As usual, LiveJournal gets the word first, partly because so many of you are in the pictures, partly because you can all send me corrections and such, and partly because it's even more work connecting the galleries to the rest of the world. Enjoy.

Crossposted from Baron Dave's LiveJournal. Please leave comments there.

Friday, April 28, 2006

10:18AM - Photos from Minicon 41

It took a while for me to get these up but here they are.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

8:52PM - (Book Review) A Princess of Roumania

At Minicon, Tor Books gave out free copies of Paul Park's A Princess of Roumania. Since they went to the trouble and expense, I thought I should say a few words.

Short version: It's one of those "relatively ordinary teenager discovers that she is, in fact, the magical princess of a fantasy empire" stories. Specifically, an alternate Earth's Roumania. The protagonist, Miranda Popescu, and her friends must undergo many dangers on the way to rescuing her homeland. It's a fair amount grittier than some of these stories, kind of like Twelve Kingdoms.

I didn't much care for it. It's the first part of a trilogy, and really shows it, being all set-up. Most of the characters seemed dull to me (including Miranda), and the one I found most interesting is prevented from most interactions with the others early on. And honestly, the empire doesn't strike me as being worth saving.

Spoilers ahoy!Collapse )

Current mood: lazy

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

9:37PM - Good lines from minicon 41

Thorin Tatge was spooning some chocolate pudding into a bowl hidden from my POV. I think the quote was " Thorin, spooning pudding into your shirt pocket isn't a good idea. It's squishy." For some values of croggled, that quip fit.

Yes I was awake at 4? am Saturday morning.

Current mood: giggly

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

6:55PM - Minicon wrapup

First, I should mention that my last post in my regular journal got a comment with a link that some of you might be interested in. Especially those who know Russian or are musically knowledgable.

As always with conventions, I went to some panels, saw some movies, enjoyed parties (quite a few room parties this year.) Bought a little stuff in the hucksters room, got a book signed by the GOH, that sort of thing.

Little things: there was a computer game set up in the corner of the game room--the same three pre-adolescent boys were playing that game every time I was in the room.

Still much amused by that moment in "The Day The Earth Stood Still" in which the doctors wonder how it is that the spacemen have such a long life expectancy--and then pull out their cigarettes.

Most impressive party room was from the SF3 folks (media con) who did up their cabana to look like a hobbit hole. Complete with false front.

Went to the LJ party, managed to meet up with luned, but no one else who'd admit to being on my friendslist.

Music circle lasted until 6 AM Sunday morning. Woo!

Only enough money to get one CD, so I picked up Joe Bethancourt's "Who Fears The Devil?" based on the Silver John storis by Manly Wade Wellman.

Oh, and I had my yearly review at work today, I did really well, so got a tiny raise.

Current mood: lazy

10:46AM - Howdy

Minicon 41 was great! Ellison was really something, wasn't he? That man can tell a STORY! It's always great when an author's personality in person is so close to his personality in his essays and introductions. I had a great time at the panels, too. I'm trying to convince my wife to make it next year, and I'm hoping to stay at the hotel so I don't have to drive back and forth all the time. I met a lot of nice folks, heard some good music, and bought some great books.

Sorry I couldn't make the lj-party, but I had pressing family needs that had to be taken care of.

One quick Minicon story:

Towards the end of a panel discussing the work of the late, great Octavia Butler, the group began discussing social ills, and how to solve them without creating more problems. (This is the topic of several of Octavia's books.) In the front sat an old woman who was 85 years old if she was a day. As the discussion wound down, she spoke to the people gathered in the room. In her old, cracked voice and said, "Lots of politicians seem to think that we need more money for more policemen, and that will solve the crime problem. They want to take that money from libraries and parks. I'm not really this kind of person, but when I hear that, I think I should just mail them a bomb."

We all sat in stunned silence. She sat back in her chair, satisfied.

The moderator looked around the room and said, "Well, we've moved off on quite a tangent. Any closing comments?"

I left the panel and LAUGHED for about 20 minutes before I could regain my composure.

In retrospect, maybe it wasn't that funny?

Best,

Derek

Current mood: geeky

Monday, April 17, 2006

12:15PM - Dead Dodo Tonight

Sorry about that guys, I didn't know the website was down!

Dead Dodo party tonight! The Minicon 41 Dead Dodo Party will be at the home of Dean Gahlon and Laura Krentz, 4323 France Ave. S., Minnneapolis, starting at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

2:49PM

Don't forget: Dead Dog party tonight at the hotel, Dead Dessicated Dodo party Monday night at Dean & Laura's place (details on the website of course.

8:07AM - For those who attended yesterday's panel on the world of Babylon 5

Some information on authorized/canon stories that appeared in some magazines in the first couple of years after the show ended

Read more...Collapse )

Saturday, April 15, 2006

11:31AM - Free wifi at Minicon 41

Last year it was free everywhere, but this year you need to pull up a chair by Poolside Room 109.

Come visit!

Friday, April 14, 2006

3:44PM - um, okay

Star Tribune: Bloomington becomes sci-fi 'hotbed' this weekend.

[Note that you can read startribune.com without getting bugged to log in if you refuse cookies from the site.]

2:50PM - Minicon 41 signings

Signings will be in the Plaza Atrium (first floor, north/short tower).

7pm, Friday - Harlan Ellison
11:30am, Saturday - Pamela Dean and Kathryn Sullivan
1:30pm, Saturday - RM Meluch
3pm, Saturday - John Picacio (will be in the Art Show)
4:30pm, Saturday - Harlan Ellison
7pm, Saturday - Angela Albee and Tyree Campbell

2:48PM - Minicon 41 Readings

Minicon 41 Readings will be in Atrium 5. Here's the schedule:

Friday
4:30pm - 5:30pm - Katherine Sullivan
8:30pm - 9:30pm - Tyree Campbell
9:30pm - 10pm - Michael Merriam

Saturday
11:30am - Noon - SN Arly
Noon - 1pm - CJ Mills
1:30pm - 2pm - Adam Stemple
2pm - 3pm - Naomi Kritzer
3pm - 4:30pm - Twin Cities Speculative Fiction Rapid Fire Reading
4:30pm - 5:30pm - Laurel Winter
5:30pm - 6pm - Pamela Dean
7pm - 7:30pm - Melinda Kimberly Melin
7:30pm - 8:30pm - Angela Albee
8:30pm - 9pm - Jason Whittman

Sunday
11:30am - Noon - Marissa Lingen Gritter
Noon - 12:30pm - Susan Hastings

Thursday, April 13, 2006

2:05PM - Writers' Workshop - help!

I'm supposed to be leading (co-leading) the writers' workshop. Er, I do not know what time I am supposed to be there tomorrow morning, and I have no idea how to get ahold of someone who does. Help?

1:23PM - members of Twin Cities LJs?

Are any of you members of any of the Twin Cities Livejournal communities?

If the Harlan Ellison event hasn't been plugged there yet (or Minicon 41, for that matter), someone could post about either or both . . . (I don't want to join just to do that, seems rude, and I've been plugging the stuff enough already).

Seems some folks might be interested in hearing Harlan.

9:03AM - Attn: Minicon attendees who bus

Where the hotel says it's located: 7800 Normandale Boulevard in Minneapolis.

Where Metro Transit's online trip planner says it's located: 7800 Normandale Road in Bloomington.

12:43AM - Minincon 41 photos

Because I've worked at the work party, and because I've taken and posted photos.

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Additional photos will appear under that page off and on throughout the weekend, when I feel like taking the trouble and the hotel Internet connection is working. I will not be spamming this community, or probably even my own LJ, with announcements each time, though.

Current mood: excited

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

4:55PM - Don't forget . . .

. . . to bring your Livejournal badge if you got one last year or have one from some other event. [And if you don't have a badge with your Livejournal handle on it, if you've got the means, you might want to make one before you head off to Minicon. Unless someone's bringing supplies for making them again or nifty LJ stickers or something.]



What else is it important to bring to Minicon? Is there something important you've forgotten in the past? Please share.

I will try to report back after some time in the hotel tonight on whether it seems overly warm or cold or dry or anything. It's a hotel, it stands to reason it will be at least one of those things.

As for weather, there's info on the website. It's gorgeous in Minneapolis! (70s right now).

4:29PM - I hope this is ok...

Here's a plug for the Carleton Science Fiction Alliance room parties at MiniCon41!

SFA Sci-Friday line-up! Friday night at MiniCon we will be showing some of our favorite sci-fi shows. There will also be food, beverages and fun people to watch with!

8:30 pm - 9:15 pm BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER "Doppelgangland"
9:15 pm - 10:00 pm BATTLESTAR GALACTICA "You Can't Go Home Again"
10:00 pm - 10:45 pm STARGATE SG-1 "The Fifth Race"
10:45 pm - 11:30 pm STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION "Darmok"
11:30 pm - 12:30 am THE PRISONER "The Schizoid Man"
12:30 am - 2:00 am SERENITY - "SPECIAL" Special Features Not Found on USA Region 1 DVDs!

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And join us Saturday night for the SFA Party! There will be food, beverages, pump it up, hanging peeps, and of course, uncontrollable geekery! Learn more about the SFA, meet some great people, and most of all have fun!

Look for our posters around the con for more info!

Current mood: excited

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