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samvara: Picture of four characters from Primeval in silhouette (Primeval)
Saturday, May 5th, 2012 09:06 pm
In a moment of enthusiasm for good documentation and knowledge management I offered to host a Knowledge Handover Day for the 2012 and 2013 Swancon Committees plus the Con Steering Committee. It was good fun :)

We did four 30 min sessions where the aim was to pass on information about what worked, what didn't and what knowledge needs to be retained and passed on.

Round 1
  • Program: Good Thing to keep, Good Things to improve, Things to ditch
  • Venue: Good Thing to keep,Good Things to improve, Things to ditch
Round 2
  • Suppliers / contacts: Where we got things, what they cost and who we talked to and should keep talking to
  • Tools / Technology: That turned out to be useful and should be passed on (Program app for iPhone etc.)
The sessions were done in two rounds. After each round the groups came back together and reported briefly on their findings followed by a 'snack and mingle' time to recover and allow people time to chase up related items.

After the final round we had a group discussion about other concerns / topics people wanted to pursue and agreed to do another workshop in July. This also spawned a possible June workshop on committee relationship management (or whatever we eventually agree on), and a smaller Programmer meeting for Coders and ConProgrammers to talk about software.

As a workshop structure I felt the 30 min sessions seemed to work well - they gave enough time to talk and trade info without exhausting people, and kept people from getting trapped by too high a level of detail. All up it took us 3 hours (30 mins to get settled, 30 min workshop, 15 min debrief, 15 min break, 30 min workshop, 15 min debrief, 45 min discussion of other issues and plans for future workshops.

I've done the minutes, now I need to get all the notes onto the sf wiki and figure out how best to structure that information. This has been a looooooooooooong day :)
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Monday, April 9th, 2012 01:27 pm
No doom present, did get treated like a sort of superior mobile climbing gym by young people but this is welcome and desired.

My panel was Safe Spaces with the lovely [personal profile] callistra. We basically covered what we think of as a Safe Space (a space in which one is safe enough to bring stuff up when it becomes problematic, and safe enough to engage if one is called on one's behaviour); the con anti-harassment policy since they are great to have but need to 'live' so to speak; various definitions and mechanisms of 'Concern Trolling' and ways to engage / respond; and whether it's OK to hit on a lone woman in an elevator at 4am (balancing concern for self, concern for others and social norms).

Thank you again to everyone who participated.

I also caught up with a bunch of people I like, met some new ones and attended some panels including
  • My Little Ponies (sweet sparkly crack)
  • Apocalyptically Bad Science (very popular and very funny)
  • Gender Norms in Fictions (in which [personal profile] chaosmanor courageously spoke for 'other' and Brand Sanderson impressed me with his openness)
  • Trailer Park which showcased some great stuff to look forward to
For historical note, it took me 13 hours last year to time out on personal contact, I didn't time out this year.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 08:33 pm
  • New ceiling is in, lights are back in, painters due on Tuesday (yes I know it's Wed today *sadface*) and as they are taking FOREVER I have started painting the living room myself.
  • Swancon was fun, I saw many lovely people and bought a tiny, gorgeous hat. I only went for two days and completely hit my bad touches limit after about 13 hours of constant friendly people being friendly (I have to go rest up now).
  • I was on the Safe Spaces panel again and I used this to talk about how I negotiate being touch averse in a world where people use touch to say hello, I love you, I care, I want to be close to you etc. I would cheerfully defect to a country where they say this with tea and little pink cakes instead. I would bake the cakes.
  • Visited brothers, delivered a lucky dip box of books I will not be keeping and watched Clash of the Titans (2010) which is fkn terrible (sorry Sam, sorry Liam). B1 has tried to not sleep through it four times now and is convinced there is no kraken. I was struck by the number of the female characters who were sexually assaulted and then punished for it as part of the plot.
  • Caught up on Supernatural, Hawaii Five-0 and Doctor Who.
  • Tried to buy an ebook of Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint but Amazon says Aussies can't buy. Grrrrr
  • LibraryThing have introduced a fabulous new feature that tells you facts about your physical books. My book stack is higher than Niagara but not as high as the Taj Mahal. SO MUCH LOVE.LibraryThing Bookstack
  • Interestingly it also tells you how many authors in your library are of which gender. It includes a handy n/a section for such people as Jonathan Wylie (husband and wife writing team, and an other / contested / unknown section for C. Guy Clayton who I was SURE was a woman but can't find any evidence other than the fact they wrote fanfiction about the Scarlet Pimpernel from Marguerite's POV which fills me with glee. I am surprised at how many of my authors are male and am looking forward to unpacking the books I decided to keep and finding out what the new, mini library biases are.
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Monday, July 19th, 2010 03:28 pm
James Butterworth, our fan guest of honour, turned out to be charming, funny and deliciously musical. It was wonderful to meet him and we very nearly didn't let him go back home.

We talked, ate, listened to music, talked more, watched vids, read stuff to each other and generally hung out. I may have broken something laughing and I have a serious sleep debt to pay.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, April 4th, 2010 08:02 am
  • My chosen day of Swancon was awesome, I followed people I like around and talked to them a lot, or just soaked up their presence according to preferences.
  • I have a mug! It has my name on it, I drank tea from it and then foolishly abandoned it in a frenzy of panel planning - thank you [personal profile] prk ! I shall return for it and keep it safe. [personal profile] maharetr and I are already discussing which of our current fave mugs will be retired to make room.
  • Safe Spaces at cons went well, lots of people actively participating, and after our panel presentation/discussion we reconvened outside in armchairs and kept going until the need for food struck. Callie, Mynxii, Chaos and I are available to discuss and/or workshop situations or responses etc on request and believe me, the request doesn't have to be formal or complicated, (or even at Swancon) this is something we all care about very much.
  • My annual butter chicken and mango lassie was everything I could hope for.
  • Yesterday was the usual mental fog and burning urge to hibernate but I did do some food shopping and reading before realising (and honestly, you'd think after 22 years I'd be better at predicting/noticing) it was period day again.
  • [personal profile] maharetr later offered to go shopping for critical supplies; she cruelly laughed at me when I made if half way across my bed and faceplanted while trying to cast 'Summon Chocolate.'
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 07:33 pm
My mother delivered a bouquet of 'congratulations on running a convention!' flowers today along with a card from my brothers and father declaring their belief I am the bees' knees and and ant's pants. They patiently listened to me rabbit on about what I was up to, utterly failed to agree to come to Swancon and have demonstrated great powers of awesome.

Things I wanted for Swancon 2009:
  1. A strong Anime presence in the programme
  2. Support for parents (thank you so much to Kylie, Kate and everyone who contributed to making this a success)
  3. Gynaecon panels in the formal programme
  4. Media related panel items to partially compensate for killing the AV stream
  5. More involvement for gamers
  6. More opportunities for cosplayers
  7. Hosted lunches / breakfasts
  8. Workshops / interactive panels
  9. Women on panels (49%)
Did I get them? Yes.

*packs for Sydney*
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, April 13th, 2009 10:22 pm
Woke up to AmazonFail which was weirdly energising. I love teh internets and want it to have my babies.

Fandom, Boobs, and the Internet: Big sister is watching you was very interesting to me personally and triggered some interesting discussion. It's pretty obvious we need to have conversations like this a lot.

Failed to attend any more panels but did a lot of organising and chatting followed by the Closing Ceremony which I was more a spectator for than a participant. Thank you to my crazy, wonderful Committee for being everything I could ask for and for being the people to whom I never had to say "Dude, not cool."

We did dinner with the con guests in Northbridge which reinforced just how lovely they were during the con. Richard Morgan was warm and chatty and oh my god does that man know how to talk. Trudy was delightful and told many stories - and how can I possibly do justice to Leece and Rob and their tireless contributions.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, April 12th, 2009 10:51 pm
Arrived in time to check room setup and got hit with news about something nasty that was a bit hard on my spirits.

Women at Worldcon - Round Table Discussion was gentle, very interesting and a great source of comfort *loves on [livejournal.com profile] callistra in particular*.

Rebel Empire were dramatic and amazing, they are so obviously deeply in love with what they do and having a fabulous time.

Battlestar Galactica was my second actual panel, it was bouncy and fun. In brief: WTF Starbuck? WTF Baltar+Caprica? WTF Worst colonisation ever. Yups, very brief. Podcasts should be up on the website in the next couple of days, they are uncooked and anyone who wants to polish them for re-upload will be showered with love and appreciation.

Swancon 2010 Launch was very slick, I confess I wanted something... less overtly masculine? Am looking forward to what they do :)

Did a lot of arriving, leaving and organising.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Saturday, April 11th, 2009 10:48 pm
Came in slightly later via shopping for more pretty coloured string for con badges (darn those enthusiastic day members).

Quidditch was awesome. I re-dyed the blue team tabards this year and reinforced the bludgers as well. I appreciate this game more and more; it suits all ages and fitness levels and is ridiculously good fun. Lost some skin off my right knee and palm and accidentally skidded into [profile] special_trille (sorry Trille!) when playing Seeker. Got sat on a bit as well :p

Failed to see many panels but did get to talk to a lot of people which was great.

More Than Meets the Eye - The Golden Age of the Transformers was geektastic, the panel was interesting and well informed plus we all had Transformers to play with! There were gentle clicking sounds in the background as we all transformed our toys.

New Ceres Nights - Twelfth Planet Press launch has some gorgeous costumes, food and readings - I failed to get a copy but must hunt one down to read - it sounded interesting :)

Masquerade costumes started emerging and I did the Lympago dance (which mostly consists of crouching and very slowly backing away while being stalked through the hotel lobby) with [livejournal.com profile] leecetheartist and [livejournal.com profile] rdmasters . I danced with the prettiest girl at the ball (who is darn heavy for a five year old) then reluctantly bailed on Anime and crawled home.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, April 10th, 2009 10:39 pm
Did my first thing in the morning room check but the hotel is handling set-up beautifully and the only problem was no AV equipment on the 2nd floor which we quickly remedied. Have developed the habit of checking rooms/panels every hour or so and gently circulating the con looking for problems - also getting in some fine chatting while panels are running.

Frontiers: Commons and Copyright Creativity in the Internet Age was the first of my two official panels and was really a chance to vibrate with enthusiasm about the Organization for Transformative Works and its projects - particularly the Archive Of Our Own. I love doing that! I also learned more about Creative Commons, Copyright and Curtin University's struggle to embrace web 2.0.

I utterly failed to record Hard SF with the soft sciences which is breaking my heart because I wanted to hear Richard Morgan talking about it.

Guest of Honour Speech - Richard Morgan I *did* record this and manade to attend and he was warm, chatty and interesting. He talked about his writing process and about getting Altered Carbon published then opened up the floor for questions which flowed enthusiastically.

I missed Banned Books and plan to hunt up [profile] emma_in_oz's list because the play-by-play I got later sounded brilliant.

Strong Women in New Who, the Whedonverse, and SFF was so packed that the organisers snuck in and held a quick conference before running a fabulous round-table discussion with a passionate and engaged audience. We talked about Rose, Martha, Donna, Sarah Jane,  Buffy, Tara, Dawn, Willow, Inara, Zoe (who is incredibly sexy), 'M', Caprica Six, Tory, Boomer and more. I managed to record this too. Apparently its damn near impossible to be genuinely powerful and sexy at the same time :(

Channel Flicking I saw the end of and may not be forgetting the horror any time soon - the child-hunting balloons were especially disturbing.

Have established that the woofer does not get separation anxiety if I leave my bedroom door open when I leave in the morning. I also have a woofer shaped dent on my bed.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Thursday, April 9th, 2009 10:23 pm
Met my beautiful committee at the hotel by 10am and quietly wandered around confirming things we where they were supposed to be. We spent a lot of time getting organised and making sure our people took time off to eat and not go crazy.

I did some catching up and talking as well before we held the Opening Ceremony which was kinda fun. [livejournal.com profile] prk is an awesome chair and maintained the steady, quiet strength that has characterised the last 1.5 years of working together.

Space Spaces at Cons went well and covered a lot of valuable ground, I can't shut up about it so apologies to people who feel they have now heard quite enough. I'm just glad we're taking this kind of thing seriously and that we're talking about ways to empower everyone to create safer spaces, and deal with situations once they have occurred (have recorded audio).

I Am The Night: A History of the Caped Crusader was a fun romp through the last 70 years, flirting with heroes, villains and side-kicks. [livejournal.com profile] angriest was kind enough to provide the slideshow as well as let me record the panel.

Crawled home late with [livejournal.com profile] maharetr to do some last-minute sewing for her Masquerade costume and reassure the woofer that all is not lost.
samvara: Picture of two hands touching and text "Contact Swancon 2009" (Swancon2009)
Saturday, March 14th, 2009 02:43 pm
[livejournal.com profile] catundra has kindly offered to co-ordinate the child-friendly activities at Swancon. If you have children, ideas, time, or an interest in the process, please check out and respond to her post.

Even if you've already commented elsewhere, this is the new one-stop-shop marshalling area, so please repeat your offers and suggestions.

We're particularly keen to support people who've got children and didn't think it would be possible to come to Swancon because of them.
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Monday, June 30th, 2008 03:35 pm
It had its moments. I spent half a day helping out on the Swancon2009 stall by chatting to passersby, knitting, watching people in fantastic costumes and anime hair drift by and resisting the urge to sneak up behind people dressed as Storm Troopers and hiss "why aren’t you at your post"
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, June 23rd, 2008 06:17 pm
Thank you all so much for making my birthday celebration part of slashcon, for the excellent company and the eleventyone delightful conversations and thank you to [livejournal.com profile] angstslashhope for turning up and being all interesting, cute and clever. Apologies again to [livejournal.com profile] chaosmanor for the impromptu Little Red Riding Hood re-enactment, I had no idea we were so loud. I saw some new vids, heard some wonderful stories read out loud, learned some more about vidding, a lot more about podcasting and had some very dubious crocodile porn written for me. Yay!

Thank you also to [livejournal.com profile] missyjack and [livejournal.com profile] riverbella for the virtual gifts! I have been blessed both in love and material gifts this birthday *clutches book from [livejournal.com profile] maharetr, shiny new second monitor, new pjs and copy of Bladerunner*. [livejournal.com profile] callistra baked me cake too!

Oh and there will be Boondock Saints and Sahara this Saturday at the House of B&D by the way.
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 11:12 am
In summary: interesting and charming guests (I've now got a crush on Rob Shearman), fun things to do and people worth doing them with.

Discussed or encountered discussions on British versus US apocalypse writing and movie making, movies I missed in 2007, the birth of Doctor Who (fabulous), the romance genre, being a Doctor Who fan and writing for Doctor who, Cyberpunk, the MPAA rating system, anime, movies for 2008, sexual harassment and best coping methods, the ‘other’ in science fiction, the birth of WA fandom, the net culture, Quidditch, watched some Jedi Boot camp, listened to Rob Sheaman’s commentary on Dalek, launched Swancon2009, talked about TV and the porn industry, clapped a lot at the awards ceremony, giggled through the Magical Hat of Mystery, babbled happily about Sheri S. Tepper, talked about The Organization for Transformative Works and attended the closing ceremony.
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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 01:59 pm
[livejournal.com profile] dormant_dragon, [livejournal.com profile] kae_dash and I combined forces to keep the woofers happy and entertained during Swancon. Kenobi, Oriel and Bosworth entertained themselves by running around like idiots, wrestling, stealing things from each other, playing musical beds and vomiting on my carpet. A lot like some humans a couple of suburbs over really...

It felt like wading through a sea of dogs when I stumbled home at night and every time I sat on the bed, slept or sat in a chair I was circled by furry sharks.

Kenobi, Oriel and Bosworth

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Sunday, September 10th, 2006 10:00 pm
Was fabulous, the company and the conversations were utterly worth staying up for despite the flu. I'm not sure I can pick a single highlight, there was singing, delicious food, interesting people to talk to, fascinating things to talk about, snoozing, a bonfire, music and being rained on. In keeping with my inability to take photos of humans I present a daisy and spider.

Daisy and spider