kshandra: The TARDIS to the right of a purple sun (TARDIS)
I just spent two hours sitting in a room with my high-school crush, watching Doctor Who.

Okay, the room in question was the Century 20 Oakridge, and the fact that Chris was there was pure happenstance, but it was a wonderful little bit of nostalgia for me.

[personal profile] gridlore and I had used the comps we received from Fathom Events after our disastrous attempt to see Young Frankenstein last month to go to tonight's screening of the newly-animated Power of the Daleks. The evening started out on a bit of an ominous note, however, when we walked into the theatre and found the video crawl had begun with no audio... The major difference tonight was that a supervisor came into the house shortly before the main event was scheduled to begin to say that there were indeed technical difficulties, but that they were working furiously up in the booth and hoped to have the show start soon. And to their further credit, once the audio had been brought back online, they sped through the pre-show rah-rah (hooray for digital projection!) to get us to the start of the actual presentation, more or less on schedule.

For those of you unfamiliar with classic-era Doctor Who, Power of the Daleks is one of the all-too-many stories that was lost to an archive purge in the mid-70s. A complete audio recording of the story still existed (because fandom), and a team from the BBC used that along with the few hundred stills that remain, a couple of short video segments, and an original shooting script to reconstruct the production as an animated feature. Doug and I were both initially disappointed with the quality of the animation, particularly of the actors, until we learned in a post-show featurette that the team had only six months to turn the entire project around. Considering that the average Pixar film takes 3-4 YEARS to complete, with a staff 20x as big, the fact that they were able to do as much as they did is practically heroic.

All in all, it was a great way to get back in touch with my fannish roots.
kshandra: long-haired woman silhouetted against a stormy sky (Bad)
One of the friends I made in the heyday of pundit fandom wrote an amazing dystopian AU several years ago called The 28th Amendment, taking place in a world where McCain (with Huckabee as his running-mate) won the 2008 election, only to die two months after the Inauguration; the titular Amendment "states that America is and always has been a Christian nation and her laws must therefore be in harmony with God's Laws", specifically outlawing marriage equality and abortion. The story includes Real-Person Slash, which I've grown less okay with as I age, but that's really beside the point here (save that some of you may not want to read it if that isn't your cup of tea). The 28th 'verse has been haunting me in these final weeks leading up to the election, for obvious reasons.

The author tweeted this morning, wondering how she had woken up in her own story.




I almost couldn't get out of bed today. I finally managed about five minutes before I was supposed to be at work, because, as Doug put it last night, "babies are still pooping," and we need my paycheck more than ever now. There's been a fair amount of gallows humor in the office, and I imagine the mood will be even more somber as our drivers (black, Latin@, and Asian) return.

Copied from a comment I left elsewhere on DW:

[personal profile] gridlore will die, no two ways about it, without the Medicare expansion. He'll die, and I'll wind up having to file bankruptcy because there's no way in HELL I can afford his medical care. (Assuming I can afford my own, which isn't guaranteed, despite having coverage through my employer. So maybe we'll BOTH be dead, and it won't fucking matter anymore.)




We'll go on. We have to. I just wish I had the first idea how.
kshandra: the highly stylized sphinx logo of the convention's inaugural year (Convolution)
It's been about 24 hours since I got home from Con-Volution. As much as it initially SUCKED to leave [personal profile] gridlore at home on Friday morning (he'd been planning to skip the con even before the latest round of fuckery), I have to admit it was really good to get a break. I'd been stuck in Crisis Mode since his first hospital stay in August, and I was beginning to question whether or not I remembered how to stop. Doug seemed to improve while I was away, too (though it may well have been that I just couldn't SEE the improvements while I was hovering over him).

I spent most of my weekend working in Gallery, though it hardly felt like a job compared to some of the volunteer gigs I've had at cons in the past. But I still managed to get to a couple of events, and spent some time with people I've been missing.

It was a good weekend, and I'm excited for next year.
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
The Last Plane to Heaven, as many of you likely know, is the title of a forthcoming collection of [livejournal.com profile] jaylake's short stories, set for publication this September.

Now, thanks to the prompt I left in [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's latest Poetry Fishbowl, it is also the name of a poem in her Schroedinger's Heroes universe.

Check it out, and if you like what you see, go feed the fish.
kshandra: Animated: Kermit the frog in front of a red velvet curtain, flailing happily (Yaaaaaaaaaay!)
...was a brilliant intersection of my fannish home and my playa home.











[tumblr.com profile] myrkrida, thank you for letting us dream with you.
kshandra: the highly stylized sphinx logo of the convention's inaugural year (Convolution)
...unlike my husband, I will be in attendance at Convolution this weekend. I don't know how much of the con I'll be at, as finances have dictated that I must commute up to the hotel from the Mysterious South; should anyone be in a position to offer, I will try and have a bag packed in the car, and will not say no to crash space.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how the con has come together.
kshandra: Mock Scrabble board square reading "Triple Nerd Score" (Triple Nerd Score)
I appear to be in possession of a 4-day BayCon guest-of-guest membership. I'm working Friday and Monday, and I'm not staying on-site (obviously), but I'll do my best to make the most of the time I'm there.

Tomorrow, I'll stop by ProgOps after work (hopefully they'll be open) to pick up my badge and see if I can learn who my mysterious benefactor is. (I have a couple of theories, but as [livejournal.com profile] karlht suggested I may be "pleasantly surprised," said theories could turn out to have very little basis in fact.)
kshandra: the highly stylized sphinx logo of the convention's inaugural year (Convolution)
It is with regret that I have had to tender my resignation as Social Media Liaison for Convolution 2012.

Work has begun eating my head, early, often, and thoroughly - we ran a promotion on LivingSocial at the beginning of February that got us more new customers in a week than we ordinarily see in six months. I haven't been able to keep up with my personal social media accounts, let alone those for the convention, and the position that I held is one that needs to be done right if it's going to be done at all.

To my friends who are still involved with the con, I wish you the very best of luck.

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kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
...I'm not sure what was harder: Hearing the news, or having to tell [livejournal.com profile] murphymom. (I actually called her in the middle of class; I needed to know she'd heard it from family.)

The tears I feel today
I'll wait to shed tomorrow.
Though I'll not sleep this night
Nor find surcease from sorrow.
My eyes must keep their sight;
I dare not be tear-blinded.
I must be free to talk
Not choked with grief, clear-minded.
My mouth cannot betray
The anguish that I know.
Yes, I'll keep my tears till later:
But my grief will never go.

  --Song for Petiron, from Dragonsinger
kshandra: The TARDIS to the right of a purple sun (TARDIS)
Also known as "Koosh should add 'paid DW time' to her $WINTERHOLIDAY list, 'cause all her Whovian icons are still on LJ"

Your job is now your Time Lord name. The last digit of your phone number is the current regeneration you are in. The nearest clothing item to your right is now the most notable item in your current wardrobe. The last person you texted is your current companion. Your favorite word is now your catchphrase.

I am the second CSR. I have a penchant for sweaters, apparently, and [personal profile] mactavish is my companion. (Does this mean Owen gets to come with us?)

Squeak!
kshandra: long-haired woman silhouetted against a stormy sky (Bad)
...'cause I'm gonna need it to tell you just how AWESOME life is right now. :-P

I am phenomenally broken today, exacerbated by the fact that it was too fething hot in the apartment to even think about sleeping until 0115 this morning; I've actually lost count of the number of times I've teared up and/or flat-out started crying. (Doctor's appointment is already booked. I've been non-compliant on all my meds, brain and body, since before Worldcon, and I already knew that I needed to get back on the horse. Will be discussing an embryonic workout plan, as well; if [personal profile] gridlore and I are going to London in 2014, I have three years to lose 200lbs, because I'd like to survive the trip there and back.)

I've got a W101 LAN party to look forward to tomorrow night...and then Paul's memorial service the next morning, so I'm not going to get to ride that high for as long as I would have liked.

I think I'm spending large portions of the rest of the weekend reblogging MLP macros on Tumblr.

I'm leaving comments enabled, but please don't try to engage me in discussion right now. The metaphorical silverware drawer is empty.
kshandra: Keith Olbermann, pointing at the camera; caption: "I see you, you dirty fangirl" (Keith - Dirty Fangirl)
KO - Suit Kink

Multi-fandom Suit & Uniform Kink Meme
All fandoms, characters, pairings, and ratings
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kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Keith - We All Are Americans)
The following is not filtered, because I don't know how many of you may be within striking distance of the Santa Clara Hyatt this weekend for whatever reason.

I was more than a little intrigued by the following item on the program listing for BayCon, scheduled for Monday at 10am:

Artistic Solutions Board Meeting - Alameda
Open board meeting with the Artistic Solutions board of directors.
Jay Reynolds Freeman, Mike Higashi, Michael Siladi (M), Robert Toland, Caradwen von Braskat

A lack of this sort of transparency is precisely why all of us walked away last year. So please, I ask you, if you are within a reasonable distance of the hotel and have the time on Monday morning, come to this meeting. The entire ASI board needs to understand beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is bigger than the seventeen of us who left last January.

All comments screened, and please understand it may take me a while to respond, if at all.
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Fan)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kate_nepveu at Con or Bust NOW taking requests for July-September cons!

Con or Bust is pleased to announce that as of this very moment, and through May 31, fans of color/non-white fans may request assistance to attend SFF cons in July, August, and September 2011.

Because there was no advance notice that we'd be taking requests, please repost and link to this post far and wide so that people know that assistance is possible. I will announce the precise amount after WisCon, but a minimum of $700 will be available to help fans of color attend cons for the next three months, plus two memberships to Renovation and memberships to Think Galacticon (one full, two half-price).

These cons are taking place in July-September and are supporting Con or Bust:
  • Renovation, the 2011 WorldCon, August 17-21, Reno, Nevada, USA (donated memberships);
  • Readercon, July 14-17, Burlington, Massachusetts, USA (donated money).
  • Think Galacticon, July 8-10, Chicago, USA (donated memberships).
Read this post for how to request assistance. Donate con memberships by e-mailing knepveu@steelypips.org. Donate money with a PayPal account or credit card with this button:



Or learn more about Con or Bust generally. And thank you for your help in spreading the word!

Updated May 24, 2011.

kshandra: Six hearts in rainbow colors, linked in a star pattern around an infinity symbol (Polyamory)
The next person to make a Star Wars Day reference about my wedding anniversary is getting shoved out the airlock.

[personal profile] gridlore and I were married May 4, 1991, because it was the Saturday closest to the one-year anniversary of our roadtrip to see the Dead, and his proposal on the trip home. For all that we met through our mutual interest in science fiction, that interest had NOTHING to do with our wedding plans.

(Besides, if we'd wanted a fannishly-significant wedding, we would have chosen November 22nd, he would have been dressed like Jon Pertwee, and I would have worn Romana's scarf from "Destiny of the Daleks" in lieu of a veil.)

As you were.
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Fan)
...if I were to suddenly appear at Wondercon this weekend, might one of you wonderful people take pity on me and let me crash on your floor Saturday night?

I have friends who will be in the Masquerade, and after last year, the notion of going to a convention where I have NO emotional ties to the event or its staff is really appealing.
kshandra: Close-up of an old Nokia cellphone; the display reads "Tardis calling" with an icon of the TARDIS in the corner (TARDIS Calling)
How the hell did I manage to go this long without actually seeing the name of the actress playing River Song?

DUDE, ELIZABETH CORDAY FROM ER IS ON DOCTOR WHO. HOW BADASS IS THAT.
kshandra: Close-up of an old Nokia cellphone; the display reads "Tardis calling" with an icon of the TARDIS in the corner (TARDIS Calling)
So the Free Game of the Day on http://www.gamehouse.com/ last night/today was The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes. It's a fun little hidden-object game - but the designer was clearly a Whovian.

The first couple of references - a Professor Eccleston, a Mrs. Pertwee - were good for a giggle.

"Peter Moffat" made me snicker.

But the latest suspect was Captain Jack Barrowman.

Oh.

Bitch.

PLEASE.

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