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|Tuesday, December 9th, 2014|
Terri Luanna Mountainborne Robinson da Silva, 1974-2004
Terri Luanna Mountainborne Robinson da Silva, daughter of Spider and the late Jeanne Robinson, is now in The Undiscovered Country, occurring Friday, December 5th, 2014, at the age of 40 years, due to Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (which she described as "the most common form of breast cancer"). Waiting for their time to greet her again are her father Spider Robinson, her husband Heron da Silva, her daughter Marissa ("Miss M"), and a huge extended family of relatives and intimate friends, as well as many, many more distant friends around the world.
The announcement came from Laurie O'Neal ("Auntie L") on Terri's WordPress weblog about her life with cancer, "gracefulwomanwarrior" [ http :// gracefulwomanwarrior . com ], and on her Facebook page [ https :// www. facebook . com / pages / Gracefulwomanwarrior / 247095598695612 ] (remove spaces to access the links, of course).
With the name Luanna Mountainborne, she was depicted as dancing on Luna in 1/6 gravity in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein.
A crowdfunding request for her medical expenses is at [ https :// www . youcaring . com / medical - fundraiser / terri - s - stage - 4 - cancer - fight / 269274 ]
A crowdfunding request for her memorial is at [ http :// www . gofundme . com / icqknk ]
(Again, remove spaces to access the links.)
This information comes from openly accessible web pages and public announcements, no confidences are being violated. Current Mood: melancholy
|Thursday, July 12th, 2012|
Looking for fanhistorian types to help proofread/factcheck something. Having a Gmail account will be helpful. Email me at email@example.com
|Wednesday, June 1st, 2011|
Proposed motion for the 2011 WSFS Business Meeting
After a great deal of discussion on several fan forums and fan blogs, with the help of kevin_standlee, I have drafted the following motion to put before the 2011 WSFS Business meeting:
The purpose of this motion is to remove audio-visual periodicals (such as pocasts) from the "Best Fanzine" Hugo category, and recognize them with their own Hugo award category. Full text and commentary are included in the linked Google Doc.
Feel free to comment here or send email to the address in the Google Doc
|Wednesday, April 15th, 2009|
|Friday, August 1st, 2008|
Denvention will be my second Worldcon. I had a wonderful time at my first, LAConIV.
The best thing about it was meeting such an amazing variety of fans. One of the downsides of belonging to a long-established local club is that it feels like everyone has done everything a zillion times before, so when I say, "Hey! Wow! Look at that!" they say, "Ho hum I've been doing these since 19__ did I ever tell you about the time ..."
Whereas I still giggle over
- meeting a rocket scientist who's dressed as Carmen Miranda.
- Having a notable and notorious old pro grab me in the elevator and give me a large, conspicuous hug, kind of out of nowhere.
- talking to people who you would swear have read every thing by everybody.
I'm really excited about going and I hope to make a suitable contribution of my own personal weirdness to the occasion.
|Wednesday, February 6th, 2008|
Somebody not me...
Observing from a distance the current Burning F**kmuppetry that is people attempting (make that NOT attempting
) to get hotel rooms for this year's Comic-Con, my lack of a desire to attend this con is once again firmly reinforced.
Somebody explain to me, using very small words, how this current Mongolian ClusterF**k is -- at least partially -- NOT the fault of CCI.
Because you cannot convince me that CCI didn't see this coming. Not when they make a very emphatic point about NOT going to Vegas. Not buying that. Sorry. And I, for one, will not spend my coin to support them smoking the drapes.
The hard cold fact is that Comic-Con has exceeded the carrying capacity of the San Diego regional (not the metro, the REGIONAL) area. Period. Hard stop.
Something's gotta give, kiddiewinkies. And this current hotel cock-up might just be what finally gave out.
Can I get a weigh-in from any concom people? Should CCI be partially to blame for this?
|Thursday, October 11th, 2007|
|Tuesday, April 17th, 2007|
|Sunday, December 24th, 2006|
2 WorldCon 2007 Memberships For Sale
We have two memberships for the 2007 WorldCon available for $175 apiece. Send email to either me or to mneme
if you are interested. Payment by PayPal or by check (USA dollars).
|Wednesday, November 29th, 2006|
|Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006|
One full, attending WorldCon 2007 membership - US$ 175 (the current full attending rate is $220).
Non credit-card Paypal ONLY. Once payment has cleared, I shall do the transfer.
If interested: betnoir underscore mail at earthlink dot net.
|Thursday, September 28th, 2006|
|Monday, August 14th, 2006|
Warning! Newbie Enthusiasm Below!
In one week, I'm going to my first Worldcon ever and I am incredibly excited! If you know anyone who is tired and jaded and thinks fandom isn't much fun anymore, please feel free to send them some of my unabashed, overflowing newbie enthusiasm. I've got lots to share!
They tell me it's big and crowded and dynamic and overstimulating. I can't wait!
|Wednesday, August 9th, 2006|
Coming to fandom as a collective experience
I honestly and truly believe that for fans who are Of an Age with me, Star Wars was a watershed event. Not just in terms of being one of the first mainstream SF movies, but in terms of an environment where we had our very first exposure to SF *as a collective*.
To this day, I distinctly recall how the entire audience reacted to seeing this movie. Seeing SF portrayed in a realistic manner on the screen for the very first time. And having that moment of 'Oh-My-Ghod, there's this thing called SF I knew nothing about and I want to know about it' with everyone else around me...I think it makes a difference.
I never felt that I was the Only One who got it. I always instinctively knew that there were others out there Just Like Me. Because, well, I'd had that epiphany with an entire movie theater full of people.
I am curious if other fans of my age (41) or younger feel this same way.
I've never understood fandom as a proud and lonely thing. Am I the only one who feels this way?
|Tuesday, July 4th, 2006|
long ago in a galaxy far, far away
forgive this babbling attempt to untangle the skeins of yarn that comprise my mind:
the summer of 1991 seems like another life to me...i got my first real internet account (by begging a guy in the library science department...because at the time only secretaries and faculty/grad students had regular university internet accounts...i was a mere library employee). (the closest i had come before that was an account on PLATO...) it was the summer heather (daughter) was getting married...tc was totally remote and i was in a very weird space and very lonely.
i picked up a bunch of former IMSA geeks who taught me how to use usenet and let me hang around with them (i was in my mid 30's at the time and, even though it was weird, they were pretty accepting)...and my life changed. my paradigm shifted.beige_alert
showed me alt.callahans and i was home...my first post didn't get archived...just the response to it did...
nothing good lasts, and i don't hang out much in alt.callahans any more...however, i have friends from there that i still love and i see them in other places...and i go back just often enough to know that there are people there i still love.
callahans also broke my heart once or twice...didi springs to mind.
nromally, i keep callahans in my heart and don't bring it up like a hairball to torment people, but i am going to the campbell conference in lawrence, ks and that's just down the road from topeka which is home to matthew "slash" peterson and i am planning on meeting him.
so, i went back and looked at some posts from the olden days...and i cried.comments are being made in my personal journal...if you are interested in reading them
|Thursday, June 29th, 2006|
|Sunday, June 4th, 2006|
Worldcon Project needs your help
and I are working on an exhibit for Worldcon. The plan is to build a simulacrum of a fridge door and do interactive sf fridge magnet poetry in the exhibit hall. We're building the 'door' and coating it with magnet paint, but we need suggestions from the larger community for the word list that we'll be using to make magnets. The normal word sets for such things are about 400 words or so, and we can get that list together fairly easily. What we need are genre terms, fan-speak, and other 'specialty' words that would be appropriate for a con.
If you've got ideas, please just drop a comment here and we'll compile as they come in.
Thanks. Current Mood: artistic
|Monday, May 22nd, 2006|
Who here likes Baycon?
I enjoy Baycon and am really looking forward to it.
It is, understandably, not to everyone's taste.
Good points: large crowd, lots of leather, abundant drinks, loud music
Bad points: large crowd, lots of leather, abundant drinks, loud music
Those are things I like outside of fandom, so naturally when I can enjoy them and also things that only fandom offers in abundance (writers, readers, scientists, swordfights) I am especially happy.
Also, Baycon attracts a more diverse membership than some corners of fandom, so it's a comfortable place for one who gives off something of an urban vibe. This fan who even other fans find weird is happy to have a place to be part of things.
|Tuesday, May 9th, 2006|
The other day I found numerous acronyms swimming thru my brain; to my shock a pair of them collided: IRL
crashed head-on into LARP
. From the smoldering wreckage was pulled...Real Life Role Playing!
The dazed creature was reading the old "Dragon" cartoon with the D&D characters playing "...Papers & Paychecks. We pretend to be students and workers in an advanced, technological society..."
So, fellow Timebinders, what RPG (existing or not) is RL for you?
Blindgeoff's is F*tards & Fundiots, the game where you try to manuever the twisted labrynth of Corporate Stupidity, avoiding the wandering Cow-Orkers, and searching for Personal Fulfillment. Current Mood: amused
|Friday, April 28th, 2006|
It seems to be the 'norm'...
..and I use the term VERY loosely WRT fandom... to introduce one's introduction to fandom (and other miscellaneous geekery) here:
1st book - "Planet of Death" in the 7th grade. English class assigned us to read a book of a different genre every couple of weeks, genre #1 was SF. Genre #2 was Mystery, and I read "Asimov's Mysteries." Everyone sees the pattern here, right?
Started doing cons as I was finishing up HS in 1978 or 9. Can't really remember back that far anymore! Soon discovered the difference between "Commercial" cons and "Fanac" cons, chose option #2 and never really looked back!
GAFIAted during most of the '90's... then I got better.
SCA - a friend tried to introduce me once, everyone I met was a pretentious poseur... found out why it was called "Silly Conceited Asses." Then a few years later my gf of the time re-introduced me, and everyone I met was great! Calls to mind something about 1st impressions... But since the only road to real advancement in the SCA seems to involve getting hit repeatedly with sticks, I chose other options!
Gaming - Started in '80 with Traveller, AD&D, etc.
Got into reenactment in '98. I can now call myself "A Professional Pirate," since I've actually received legal tender in exchange for doing it... FAIR WARNING:
those who ask me to 'Take a closer look'
will be severely beaten about the head with a belaying pin. I got lucky and joined a group that doesn't run in the traditional "You'll be a peon serf for the first decade here, waiting on my hand and foot until an opening higher up appears..." Since I don't 'follow orders' well, this is a good thing. PRP
operates more along the lines of "An Anarchosyndicalist Commune." They also let me play with blackpowder and sharp, pointy things!
I make beer and mead.
I embrace my geekness! Current Mood: geeky