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Looks like many are leaving livejournal.

I am just setting up on dreamwidth with the same user name.

I am a permanent user and don't have much here lately so I am not sure I will delete.

What are you doing?

jeffreyab: (Me)
What was your first screen name?

backmasseur on a BBS

What was your worst day ever?

February 2nd 1992 the day my grandfather who raised me died, the first major death in my life 3 days after I had to put down a pet for the first time.

What is your favorite smell?

Coffee, steak, a summer day

What cocktail are you most like and why?

Not a cocktail guy.

What were you doing at midnight last night?

Playing Red Orchestra an online computer game.

What did your last text message you received say?
Gordon is like that. I nearly missed my driveway.

What is a word you say a lot?


Who was your first crush?

Lisa from Grade 1

What was your worst injury ever?

Sprained wrist way back when.

What was the last song you listened to?

Not sure but it was on 91.3 the St. Clair County Community College radio station.
jeffreyab: (Earth)
Many fewer than in my 1990's peak:

Novi, Michigan for ConFusion continuning a streak that started in 1988
Toronto, Ontario for The OLA Superconference continuning a streak that started in oughts I forget when
Richmond Hill, Ontario for Ad Astra off and on since 1982 mostly on
Ferndale, Michigan for the Ann Arbor Art Fair since about 2000
Livonia, Michigan for ConClave the last one which I first attended in 1987
jeffreyab: (Me)

1. Are you named after someone? After my grandfather in part
2. When is the last time you cried? Cannot remember
3. Do you like your handwriting? Its workable
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Roast beef.
5. Do you have kids? No
7. Do you use sarcasm? Not well
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes.
9. Would you bungee jump? Not at this point.
10. What is your favorite kind of cereal? Large flake Oatmeal
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes.
12. Do you think you're strong? Mostly
13. What is your favorite ice cream? I can no longer tolerate ice cream
14. What is the first thing you notice about people? Looks
15. Football or Baseball? Why choose?
16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? Physically, the weight I have gained and the lack of power to weight. Mentally, my procrastination problem.
17. What color pants are you wearing right now? Black
18. What was the last thing you ate? A chocolate alomond fudge Clift bar
19. What are you listening to right now? The computer spin
20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Red
21. Favorite smell? BBQ sirloin steak
22. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? a client at work
23. Favorite sport to watch? Sports car racing LeMans style
24. Hair color? Dark brown, grey and bald
25. Eye color? dark brown
27. Favorite food to eat? Thai
28. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings. I really prefer thoughtful endings
29. Last movie you watched? In the theater, Fatastic Beasts and Where to FInd Them
30. What color shirt are you wearing? navy blue
jeffreyab: (1959 Hugo)
Originally posted by [ profile] kylecassidy at David G. Hartwell, July 10, 1941 - January 19, 2016.
I went to Worldcon in 2009 partly to sell a book I was working on, Where I Write: Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers in Their Creative Spaces and the timing couldn't have been better. My website had gone viral, getting more than two million hits a day, Wired Magazine had just written it up, I was at the center of everything Science Fiction.

I had a meeting scheduled with David Hartwell from Tor Books that night, at the gigantic Tor party and I was pretty confident.

The party itself was amazing. John Scalzi was there, Neil Gaiman was there, George R. R. Martin was there, the place was packed. David and I sat down on a sofa and he looked at every page of my book layout and poured over every one. He was very enthusiastic, telling stories about writers, looking over all the bookshelves. I think it probably took him half an hour to go over the whole thing. He was filled with praise. And I said, "Well, is this something you'd be interested in?" and he said "No."

The Tor Party. Click to see larger.

And I was kind of stunned. Why had he sat there saying all these glorious things for the past half hour? Why waste this block of time on me when he could be talking to George R. R. Martin or Charlie Stoss?

"For what it would cost to print this," he said, "we could publish five Jay Lake novels. The money's just not there to make this a viable book for us. It is beautiful. Thank you for showing me."

He gave me some leads and went back to the party. I realized that he'd known the whole time they weren't going to publish it, he'd known when he saw the Wired magazine article. And the reason that he'd agreed to a meeting was because he cared about Fantasy and Science fiction, he loved it, and he loved all the people I'd been photographing. He'd agreed to a meeting not because he was a bad editor, but because he was a good person.

I think most other editors would have told me on the phone they wouldn't publish it but David gave me 30 minutes of careful praise instead, because he thought it was something that deserved his kind words. Thank you David, for that.

David in Montreal for my "Fandom" collection.
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jeffreyab: (Me)
I first encountered David G. Hartwell at worldcons most likely in Winnipeg in 1994 where I saw him hosting the TOR party in an aloha shirt or a kimono leading the party guests in a rendition of Teen Angel.
David was one of the elder statesmen of science fiction, founding the World Fantasy Convention, starting the New York Review of Science Fiction among other feats.
Later he and his family began attending my local convention ConFusion and I got to know them on a more personal basis. We had a good few quick chats and he was always warm and friendly to me. I also got to host he and Kathryn Cramer his wife as ConFusion Fan Guests of Honour. A unique honour for them but then he was a unique person as is Kathryn.
one of the other highlights of our relationship was when I got to interview him at the 2010 World Fantasy Convention in Columbus.
He will be greatly missed.
jeffreyab: (Me)
Originally posted by [ profile] cszego at OUR TOP SELLERS IN 2015

It's always fun to look back at which titles sold best over the course of the year. Here they are, by format (an * means 'Canadian author').

Mass Market
1. Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
2. Rendezvous With Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
3. Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
4. Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch
5. Name Of The Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
6. Written In Red, Anne Bishop
7. Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor
8. Hounded, Kevin Hearne
9. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
10. Dune, Frank Herbert

Trade Paperback
1. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
2. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick
3. Vn, Madeline Ashby*
4. Lilith's Brood, Octavia Butler
5. The Martian, Andy Weir
6. Virga, Karl Schroeder*
7. Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
8. ST: The Klingon Dictionary, Marc Okrand
9. Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie
10. Defiant, Karina Sumner-Smith*

1. Scorpion Rules, Erin Bow*
2. Inheritance Of Ashes, Leah Bobet*
3. Fangirl's Guide To The Galaxy, Sam Maggs*
4. Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett
5. Uprooted, Naomi Novik
6. Book Of Spirits And Thieves, Morgan Rhodes*
7. An Ancient Peace, Tanya Huff*
8. The Affinities, Robert Charles Wilson*
9. Prairie Fire, E.K. Johnston*
10. Just City, Jo Walton*

Extra commentary
- It's not surprising to see Canadians dominate the hardcover list; we launch a lot of books for local(ish) authors. Like, a LOT.
- The #1 mass market paperback sold more than twice as much as #2. Because we loved it. Handselling works.
- Ann Leckie owned our trade paperback list this year.
- These top 10s aside, our most-sold author this year was Terry Pratchett. Only two of his titles made this list, but overall, we sold more of his titles to more people than any other single author. Which isn't entirely suprising. And makes us happy.

I have bolded the ones I have read.
jeffreyab: (Me)
The Toast gives a list of 79 books which, allegedly, all white men own.
Bold those you own.
Italicize those you have read.
Underline those you've never heard of would have to be paid to read.
Bonus points if you're not a white male.
1. Shogun, James Clavell
2. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
3. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
4. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
5. A collection of John Lennon’s drawings.
6. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
7. The first two volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
8. God Is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens
9. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
10. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, Tucker Max
11. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
12. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Oliver Sacks
13. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
14. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
15. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
16. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
17. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
18. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
19. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
20. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
21. The Stand, Stephen King
22. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
23. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
24. Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom
25. It’s Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong
26. Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson
27. Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth
28. Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand
29. John Adams, David McCullough
30. Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
31. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
32. America: The Book, Jon Stewart
33. The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman
34. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
35. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
36. Exodus, Leon Uris (if Jewish)
37. Trinity, Leon Uris (if Irish-American)
38. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
39. Marley & Me, John Grogan
40. Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt
41. The Rainmaker, John Grisham
42. Patriot Games, Tom Clancy
43. Dragon, Clive Cussler
44. Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
45. The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone
46. The 9/11 Commission Report
47. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, John le Carre
48. Rising Sun, Michael Crichton
49. A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
50. Airport, Arthur Hailey
51. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki
52. Burr, Gore Vidal
53. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
54. The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan
55. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
56. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
57. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
58. Godel, Escher, Bach, Douglas Hofstadter
59. The World According to Garp, John Irving
60. A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
61. The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass
62. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
63. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
64. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
65. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
66. Beowulf, the Seamus Heaney translation
67. Rabbit, Run, John Updike
68. The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
69. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
70. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
71. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
72. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
73. House of Leaves, Mark Danielewski
74. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
75. Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
76. I, Claudius, Robert Graves
77. The Civil War: A Narrative, Shelby Foote
78. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
79. Life, Keith Richards

Underlined are a boig mix of never heard of and no desire to read since I have heard of the latter.
Working at a Public Library I tend to read books that I have no desire to own.
jeffreyab: (Me)
Which TV shows did you start watching in 2014?
Helix, Z-Nation, True Detective, Fargo, Penny Dreadful, Gotham, The Librarians, The Strain,  American Horror Story - Coven and Freakshow,
Which TV shows did you let go of in 2014?
Almost Human because it was cancelled and deserved another season I think.
The Strain it was just too dumb.
Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2014? Why?
Arrow mainly because of an awkward time slot and that it takes itself too seriously.
Flash for the same time slot reasons.
Outlander too.
Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2015?
Agent Carter, Constantine, Westworld,
Which TV show impressed you least in 2014?
Warehouse 13 which had a horrible last season.
Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2015 unless things significantly improve?
Which TV shows do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?
Supernatural, I love the dynamic between brothers Dean and Sam and the whole tone and feel of the series.
Which TV show did you enjoy the most in 2014?
Supernatural tied with the non-rapy parts of Game of Thrones tied with Person of Interest.
Your main fandom of the year?
Literary science fiction conventions are still number one!
jeffreyab: (Earth)
The overnights meme:
List the places where you spent a night away from home this year, marking places where you spent two or more non-consecutive nights with an asterisk.

January Detroit, MI* for ConFusion
Toronto, ON for the Ontario Library Association Superconference
April Richmond Hill On for Ad Astra
Southfield, MI for Penguicon
July Detroit for Detcon1*
October Detroit for ConClave*
December Ferndale MI
jeffreyab: (Me)
There currently is no Hugo Award for young Adult science fiction.

As a result, this year's North American Science Fiction Convention Detcon1, has created the Detcon1 Award for YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction.
And the nominees are…
Young Adult
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A Levine Books)
Middle Grade
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell (HarperCollins)
House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Eligibility to vote:
You must be a Detcon1 member (attending or supporting) to vote. Visit the registration page for more information or to purchase a membership.
How to vote:
Online voting is now available. You can submit a partial ballot and update/edit/complete the ballot at a later date by returning to the page and re-authenticating. Your previous selections will be reloaded into the form, which you can then alter, delete or leave as is.
A paper ballot for voting by mail will be available in the soon-to-be published Progress Report #2.
All nomination ballots must be received by 11:59 pm CDT on June 22, 2014.
If you're a member of Detcon 1, and if you are not you can be quite easily even a supporting member, you should vote for these awards. Loncon can keep the Hugos. We have the Detcon!
jeffreyab: (Earth)
December 6th, 10:13
Geneviève Bergeron (b. 1968), civil engineering student.
Hélène Colgan (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Nathalie Croteau (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Barbara Daigneault (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Anne-Marie Edward (b. 1968), chemical engineering student.
Maud Haviernick (b. 1960), materials engineering student.
Maryse Laganière (b. 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department.
Maryse Leclair (b. 1966), materials engineering student.
Anne-Marie Lemay (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Sonia Pelletier (b. 1961), mechanical engineering student.
Michèle Richard (b. 1968), materials engineering student.
Annie St-Arneault (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Annie Turcotte (b. 1969), materials engineering student.
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (b. 1958), nursing student.
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jeffreyab: (Me)
Does this plot of a short story sound familiar to anyone?
Its from before the early 1960's
The atmosphere of the Earth has been poisoned people are told so everyone lives in little rooms and talks back and forth via computer terminals and has their food delievered automatically.
A son wants to meet his mother face to face but she is strangely reluctant to do so.
He comes and gets her and they go to the surface and find that things are not as bad as they had been told.
It was part of a book of short stories we used have at the Sarnia Library and was also used in a high school English class in the early 1960's.
jeffreyab: (1959 Hugo)
Best Novel (1,113 ballots)
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Blackout by Mira Grant (Orbit)
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)
Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (DAW)
Best Novella (587 ballots)
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant (Orbit)
“The Stars Do Not Lie” by Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012)
Best Novelette (616 ballots)
“The Boy Who Cast No Shadow” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, PS Publications)
“Fade To White” by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
“The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” by Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)
“In Sea-Salt Tears” by Seanan McGuire (Self-published)
“Rat-Catcher” by Seanan McGuire (A Fantasy Medley 2, Subterranean)
Best Short Story (662 ballots)
“Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld, June 2012)
“Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
“Mono no Aware” by Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)
Note: category has 3 nominees due to a 5% requirement under Section 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.
Best Related Work (584 ballots)
The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature Edited by Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge UP)
Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them Edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Sigrid Ellis (Mad Norwegian Press)
Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who Edited by Deborah Stanish & L.M. Myles (Mad Norwegian Press)
I Have an Idea for a Book… The Bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg Compiled by Martin H. Greenberg, edited by John Helfers (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box)
Writing Excuses Season Seven by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson
Best Graphic Story (427 ballots)
Grandville Bête Noire written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse Comics, Jonathan Cape)
Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
Saga, Volume One written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (Hypernode Media)
Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sud┼żuka (Vertigo)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) (787 ballots)
The Avengers Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)
The Cabin in the Woods Screenplay by Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon; Directed by Drew Goddard (Mutant Enemy, Lionsgate)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, Directed by Peter Jackson (WingNut Films, New Line Cinema, MGM, Warner Bros)
The Hunger Games Screenplay by Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins, Directed by Gary Ross (Lionsgate, Color Force)
Looper Screenplay and Directed by Rian Johnson (FilmDistrict, EndGame Entertainment)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) (597 ballots)
Doctor Who:“The Angels Take Manhattan” Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who:“Asylum of the Daleks” Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who:“The Snowmen” Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Wales)
Fringe:“Letters of Transit” Written by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Akiva Goldsman, J.H.Wyman, Jeff Pinkner. Directed by Joe Chappelle (Fox)
Game of Thrones:“Blackwater” Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)
Best Editor – Short Form (526 ballots)
John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Stanley Schmidt
Jonathan Strahan
Sheila Williams
Best Editor – Long Form (408 ballots)
Lou Anders
Sheila Gilbert
Liz Gorinsky
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Toni Weisskopf
Best Professional Artist (519 ballots)
Vincent Chong
Julie Dillon
Dan Dos Santos
Chris McGrath
John Picacio
Best Semiprozine (404 ballots)
Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore and Michael Damian Thomas
Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker
Lightspeed edited by John Joseph Adams and Stefan Rudnicki
Strange Horizons edited by Niall Harrison, Jed Hartman, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Abigail Nussbaum, Sonya Taaffe, Dave Nagdeman and Rebecca Cross
Best Fanzine (370 ballots)
Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
The Drink Tank edited by Chris Garcia and James Bacon
Elitist Book Reviews edited by Steven Diamond
Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Emma J. King, Helen J. Montgomery and Pete Young
SF Signal edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester
Best Fancast (346 ballots)
The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester, John DeNardo, and JP Frantz
SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)
StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith
Best Fan Writer (485 ballots)
James Bacon
Christopher J Garcia
Mark Oshiro
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Steven H Silver
Best Fan Artist (293 ballots)
Galen Dara
Brad W. Foster
Spring Schoenhuth
Maurine Starkey
Steve Stiles
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (476 ballots)
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2011 or 2012, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).
Zen Cho *
Max Gladstone
Mur Lafferty *
Stina Leicht *
Chuck Wendig *
* Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

Via John Scalzi
jeffreyab: (Me)
Just the highlights of the year

January: Epic ConFusion was indeed Epic in many ways.

February: The Ontario Library Association conference was fun and interesting and I went to Saturday programming and shopping for the first time.

March: held a birthday party after First Friday at Limbo a Sarnia bar and found that I know way  more women than men in the Sarnia area, and that this does not necessarily lead to an active dating life.

April: was commuter Penguicon my first commuter science fiction convention I won't do it again as its too easy to get locked out of your crash space.  The con itself was fun met with the folks of Scrub Club Records and hang out with a great bunch of people.

May: GenreCon the literary convention I started at the library I work at hits its tenth year! The other big event happened on Mother's Day when I adopted two orphaned kittens that my sister had been hand feeding since they were one week old.  They have been delighting and driving me crazy ever since. Finally my home town football team opened what would be a winning season.

June: I road the Big Bike for Cancer again and on surface streets for the first and in very cool weather. Next was volunteering again for Art Walk our local art and music festival. I also made it back to Michicon one of the oldest boardgaming conventions in America.

July: The usual Canada Day celebration, the third annual HadouCon anime convention that I run at the library, and my annual trip to the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

August:  was a train trip to Chicon 7 the world science fiction convention in Chicago where I got to spend time with old con friends and make some new ones.  I also got to meet astronaut Storey Musgrave a very cool person.

September: saw the rest of Chicon 7 and was otherwise quiet.

October: Was Star Wars Reads Day and Zombiefest.  People preferred the latter which was much more colourful.

November:  I ran Operations for the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto and flared my Plantar fasciitis such that it is still bothering me.  Like Chicon 7 I got to hang out with and work with some old con friends and again made some new ones. Spent the next weekend back in Toronto also at a convention the much more relaxing SFContario where I got to host and attend some great parties and have some great fun.

December: roadtripped to Watford to take the kittens to the vet for the first time and found that they are females not males like I had been told way back when they were younger.  In general I worked myself too hard this much and I hope I can relax more in the New Year.
jeffreyab: (Me)
Earth rise Christmas 1968 my first in the city of Sarnia where I have lived except for unversity ever since.

The Pogues featuring Kirsty McColl "A Fairytale of New York"

The movie "A Christmas Story"  a homage to life and Christmas in the period from the 1930's to 40's the radio period before televison:

Finally from 1965 the first television show I ever watched in colour "A Charlie Brown Christmas"  featuring the timeless music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio:

Its been a slow year only about 8 entries all together.  I am still here watching and posting mostly over at Twitter and Facebook.  I will try to post more in the new year.
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