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Or, by stuckintraffik's reckoning, AD-1, since our part of the convention starts tomorrow, but I reject this revisionist thinking and stick with the announced start time of Friday. Anyway...we wrapped up all the pre-reg badges last night, he and I and danae and phoenixalpha, so that's done. Next year the consensus is that we print, laminate, cut and drill the pre-reg badges instead of doing the lamination by hand as we did this year; I'm thinking the savings in materials and labor will be well worth any additional expense, if any. There was grumbling about the fact that our badges aren't as flashy as some other conventions, but if the new chairman wants flashier/more colorful badges that's up to him. I'll be just a cog in the staff machine next year. A damn big cog, true, but this and other things won't be my decision, and that's a relief.

Dividers and shelving are going to set us back a little less than half a grand; we may want to look into buying some for next year, although this includes pickup and delivery. A lot depends on whether we stay here in 2008 and take advantage of the Sprawl Phase II, rent beer tents, or move to the Sheraton. It's nice having our own hotel here.

I also called back Ted Cook's and ordered up hot sauce (on the side) in addition to the mild sauce (on the side as a dilutant for the weak-livered among us) since some of us may find the standard sauce not hot enough. Also ordered potatoes - I can't believe I forgot potatoes when I placed the order! It's not real BBQ without taters.

In a rare bit of non-convention/non-health news, I finished Consider Phlebas, a baroque yet gritty space opera by Iain M. Banks set against the backdrop of the Culture/Idiran War. Interesting book, reminding me quite a bit of M. John Harrison's The Centauri Device in its depiction of normal people caught in the gears between two great clashing polities and its overall British flavour. You can also see the similarities to the world of HALO, which are subtle but definitely present enough for Bungie to give credit to Banks for having inspired them. Recommended. Thanks to stuckintraffik for the loan!

The easy part of balancing is over, and now I have to crank out all the other crap that would normally be spaced out over the next few days. All this and the C.R.A.P. for school, too...and tonight I really need to clean up the apartment and do some laundry, or the place is going to be uninhabitable when I return on Monday night.


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Mar. 22nd, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it. If I ever find the second book I'll let you borrow it, too.
Mar. 22nd, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I need to round up the HALO trilogy so you can take a gander at it. Not as baroque as Banks, but good brain candy nonetheless.
Mar. 22nd, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Flashy con badges are overrated. I prefer actually being able to see someone's name (or badge name) on their badge, 'cause y'know, with cosplayers sometimes that's one of the only reliable ways to recognize someone....
Mar. 22nd, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
Well, that's my take on it, too, and unlike some other local conventions we don't get a big price break from the printer. So, we save money there and blow it on the care & feeding of guests, staff and volunteers. Works for me, anyway.
Mar. 22nd, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
When would be a good time for me to stop by and chat with you and the cosplay chair about Convergence 07?
Mar. 22nd, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
I know she's going to be tied up with cosplay stuff most of the afternoon and evening on Saturday. Late Saturday morning might be the best time - drop by Operations and I'll try to get her there.
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