kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Default)
Load-in for BayCon starts on Thursday, and over on the Book of Face I'm starting to see desperate pleas from friends looking for people to work in their departments (including one person who, despite every attempt to avoid same, found out at the final staff meeting that they are running their department).

And I'm torn between feeling bad for my friends and wanting to help out...and schadenfreude that I got the fuck out when I did.
kshandra: Composite image of a sprig of white jasmine and the word Jasmine on a golden background (Jasmine House)
So I've got this dark-red saree with silver sequins.

Who's going to help me put together an Avasarala costume for Baycon? (Amusingly, Baycon ten years ago was the last time I wore said saree, for a friend's Firefly-themed room party.)

In my dreams, I'd basically be wearing this outfit with the color scheme reversed. My hair is long enough for the braid to look right (it'd be great if I knew someone who could hook me up with the coronet, instead, but I'm not holding my breath). If I can figure out WTF is wrong with my sewing machine this time, I can make a black petticoat to go under the saree. I need a snug-fitting black top, 3/4 or bracelet-length sleeves (the one black blouse I currently own isn't the right style by a long shot). And then I need ALL the jewelry.

Any takers?

EDIT: This top will do nicely if I can find the money to order it in enough time, and [personal profile] feyandstrange has noted that I can probably find wedding jewelry for cheap in Berkeley if I can get up there.
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: Cartoon: Garfield face-down in his cat bed, a single Z in a word balloon over his head (Z)
Though I sure feel like I gave it the old college try.

Started slowly reacquainting myself with food on Thursday; the process continued on Friday, when I was feeling well enough to return to work. Vague references back here, but still TMI ) Part of me is really missing seeing folks at con, though I was never planning more than a day trip, but all things considered it truly is best that I'm home.
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: Mock Scrabble board square reading "Triple Nerd Score" (Triple Nerd Score)
Crossposted early, often, and thoroughly

Convolution 2012 has an opportunity to volunteer our time wrapping gifts, with all of our tips going to our charity, Reading for the Future.  This gets our name out there and a jump start on helping our charity.

Where: Barnes & Noble - 1150 El Camino Real, Space 277, San Bruno, CA 94066, 650-871-2530
When: November 25, 2011 (Black Friday), 6:00am-10:00pm

We appreciate all the help we can get - you don't have to be staff to join the fun! We do not need to provide paper or supplies, and this is a job that can be done sitting down. Shifts will start every two hours between 6:00am and 8:00pm; we need between 2-4 people for each shift. People who show up ON TIME for the 6:00am shift will be treated to their choice of beverage and breakfast item from the B&N Cafe.

Please email our Chairman, Jim "Sylvan" Sullivan, with the times you are available to help. And if you're not available, please repost! We'd love to get this out to as many people as possible.
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: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (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: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (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: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Fan)
In no particular order:

  • Starting to feel like I might actually be competent as an assistant department head. (Starting. Nothing more. And I'm still not interested in taking the next step.)
  • The sight of [livejournal.com profile] firestrike in a tuxedo taking my very breath away...and being further overwhelmed by the thought of someone so beautiful sharing his life with me.
  • Encountering someone I wasn't sure I was ready to see (and even less certain of zir readiness to see me) and having it go remarkably well. (Zie's still smoking fuckin' hot, though. And who knew zie could sing like that?!)
  • Speaking of singing...the phenomenal success that was Friday night, and feeling ever so slightly smug that getting [livejournal.com profile] kor27 to work the con was originally my idea.
  • The "spoon conservation device," as [livejournal.com profile] zyxwvut dubbed my scooter Friday night on the party floor.
  • Giggling furiously as I rolled down the plastic-covered carpet, thinking of bubble wrap.
  • Seeing my friends doing awesome work in the Masquerade, and being rewarded - repeatedly - for their efforts.
  • Time with loved ones. Not enough of it - never enough of it - but precious nonetheless.
  • The best Emergency Holographic Boyfriend EVAR. (I can't wait to see Dr. Doyle's pictures of those two together....)
  • Weasel Tags.
  • "It was drunk, I was dark...."
  • The splendid dichotomy of sitting in a room full of catty commentary that would leave the Algonquin Round Table in the dust...and feeling cherished and accepted.
  • "...a joint that's merry."
  • Finding out that the ribbons [livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I had ordered this year had been specifically mentioned in the Ribbonology panel on Friday, resulting in their singularly absurd popularity. (Warning me would've been nice, [livejournal.com profile] pentaclemoon. *grin*)
  • Flirting with eye candy.
  • Acquaintances becoming friends. Bonding over the weirdest things.

Looking forward to the staff BBQ in three weeks.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Fan)
That was, quite honestly, the most adversarial Hiss & Purr I have EVER been to. I had a couple more points that I had wanted to bring up, but [livejournal.com profile] gridlore needed to get home, and the energy was getting to me, as well. So you get 'em first.

Largeish ramble back here, some taken from comments left elsewhere, that will eventually be edited and sent to the con chair(s) and owner )
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (CommanderCookie)
I'm headed out the door shortly (yes, it's after 5; [livejournal.com profile] gridlore had the day off, so I got to sleep in, too, but I misjudged the traffic and got here late) to SiliCon; I have no idea if they've got a net.lounge or not, so I'm likely to be incommunicado for the weekend. See ya!
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Fan)
I just emailed MFS to let him know I could help with the BayCon fan-table at SiliCon.

(For the record, the only day I'm guaranteed to be there is Saturday. Friday I'm working, though I expect I'll hit the party floor for a while once I'm off; Sunday is Decompression, and I'll make a game-day decision on whether or not I'll be attending that.)
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Tired)
Jeez, people - it took me ?skip=240 to get back to 0900 local Saturday, when I last saw LJ (or anything else online, for that matter). And another ?skip=20 to catch up on the entries that had come in while I was reading those.

So where the hell were you, Koosh? )
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (CommanderCookie)
...with the emphasis on LONG. An even 60 ribbons...well, okay, some of them were very odd, indeed.

Now with footnotes! )

(crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] nerd_plumage)
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Default)
I've spoken with [livejournal.com profile] gridlore several times throughout the day, and he's made several fantastic advances thus far. As of 1040 this morning, he stood up unassisted for the first time in days. As of 1230, he had successfully negotiated a flight of 15 stairs both up and down. He's still feeling weak, but he's miles beyond where he was when I took him in yesterday.

In labwork-related news, they've discovered a thyroid issue (he didn't tell me + or - and may not have known the difference anyway), and started medicating him for that; the folks I've talked to here with wonky thyroids heard that and all said "Yeah, that explains a lot." They're still doing the 24-hour test, but the improvements we've seen thus far make it look at least possible (if not quite likely yet) that Doug will still make at least part of the con.

I was unable to locate an oversized get-well card - so damnit, I made one. I opted for a box of 30 gel pens in lieu of a collection of 10 micro-point Sharpies, and am regretting the decision; anyone reading this who is either staying off-site or won't be at con until tomorrow and can bring me multicolored Sharpies will be saluted as a Hero of the Revolution (or at least get one of our limited-edition badge ribbons).

And how am I, you ask? )
kshandra: long-haired woman silhouetted against a stormy sky (Bad)
Five minutes after I hit post Doug called me to take him to the hospital. (I made a phone post while I was in the car coming to get him, but it doesn't appear to have made it to the server.)

I just got back to the office for the afternoon; he hasn't been admitted yet, but almost certainly will be. The MD we spoke with (who was fabulous - almost everyone we've dealt with today has been great) explained what a normal potassium level is (5-6 - it's an exponential measurement, like earthquakes) vs. what his actually was (2.2 in yesterday's labs, today's weren't back before I left) and the dangers of putting too much in the system too soon ("I'd just squirt ya and send you on your way, but too much potassium is how Kevorkian's machine works"). They had finished the first infusion (both K and magnesium) as I was leaving, and were going to be doing follow-up labs to see how well he was absorbing it. There is a possibility (pending his response to the infusions, discovery of a root cause, etc.) that he could be released as early as tomorrow

I have a Crappy Cellphone Picture™ of him in his hospital bed that I will be emailing the newsletter staff. ;-) (He's sticking his tongue out at me, it's great.) I'll also be stopping on my way up to the hotel tonight (Yes, I'm still coming up - if only so I can get all the crap for the party offloaded into [livejournal.com profile] aurictech and [livejournal.com profile] ataniell93's room) to pick up one of those absurdly oversized get-well cards and parading it around Meet The Guests tomorrow if he isn't on-site by then. (As well as a bottle of Nair - they did an excellent job of attaching the lead pads for the monitor and the EKG, but there's still some hair stuck under them, and it'll be easier to just kill all of it before pulling the pads off.)

Apart from a few moments in the car where I desperately wanted [livejournal.com profile] dafydd with me (not simply as someone to hang onto, but as someone who Speaks Doctor), I'm actually doing remarkably well. If anything, Doug going into the hospital makes things easier for me, because I'm no longer on eleventerhooks (these go to eleven) waiting for my phone to ring with the call I got at 0930 this morning.

BTW, thanks to all of you who made food suggestions for increasing his K levels, but remember that this is Doug Who Won't Eat Anything we're talking about. (Alas, literally - one of the other things that has been wrong these last two weeks is that he's not producing any saliva, so none of the few things he will eat taste right. They gave him crackers and cheese this morning, and he wasn't even able to finish one cracker...on top of the saliva issue and still having no matching molars, he was actually so weak he was having trouble chewing.)

Anyway. I've finished inhaling the burrito I picked up on my way back here, and really should do some actual work in the three hours I've got left. I'll see some of you later this evening; [livejournal.com profile] sylvan is my Point of Contact on-site until I get there. [livejournal.com profile] kevin_standlee, Doug would like me to sit in for him on Match Game, even if he is on-site; if you have an alternate, I'm okay with that, but I think it'd be a blast to do. (And I can pimp [livejournal.com profile] tas_baycon and the Minions of Doug while I'm up there. *grin*)
kshandra: long-haired woman silhouetted against a stormy sky (Bad)
(edited from an email I just sent my boss)

[livejournal.com profile] gridlore's appointment with Kaiser was yesterday afternoon; they called us at 0624 this morning (yes, I checked the timestamp) with the labwork results. His potassium levels are apparently through the floor, with a corresponding rise in some muscular enzyme whose name Doug didn't catch. (The doctor who called asked if Doug had fallen recently. His comment? "I'm a delivery driver – I land on my ass about once a week.")

They actually wanted him to come into the hospital today; as all of you already know, Doug and I leave as soon as I get out of work today for the con. So he’s been advised to get "three bananas' worth of potassium a day" (about 800mg) and hydrate like crazy all weekend, and we'll go in as soon as I manage to get the car unpacked on Tuesday.* I'm incredibly grateful they were willing (and able, frankly, in light of some of his previous medical stunts) to cut him that much slack.

I have no idea what kind of access I'm going to have during the con (it's my understanding that there simply wasn't room in the hotel for a netlounge this year, though I think [livejournal.com profile] murphymom is bringing her laptop), so this may be the last you hear from me until Tuesday. I'll update you then with whether Doug was admitted (I expect he will be), how long they expect he'll be in, etc. For today, let me apologize in advance for any lapses in judgement, bad attitude, or the like, as, well, I’m rather brittle at the moment.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding.

* Oy, but y'all should see the car. I commented more than once yesterday that I felt like I was driving Fibber McGee's Closet; Doug correctly noted that if I were, everything would fall out whenever I opened the door. So far, so good.
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