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  1. KC Worldcon T-Shirt Thread

    The order is in. Now to wait for these to come back from the printer. Will post photos when I have them.
  2. BWB Meet & Greet at MACII on Thursday

    If this is your first time at a WorldCon (or just your first time coming to hang out with the BWB at a WorldCon), the Meet & Greet is a great opportunity to connect with a whole big pile of boarders all at once, which will definitely help you be involved with all the other formal and informal BWB gatherings and excursions throughout the weekend. Maybe that's because you'll get contact info for coordinating outings, or maybe that's because you'll learn a bunch of faces to look out for when passing through gathering spots and bars over the course of the weekend. So come on out!
  3. Pokemon Go

    Opened up the Entertainment forum to see the following amusing juxtaposition of thread titles: The next Olympic Sport? Pokémon Go
  4. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    There's a new Descendents album due out next week and it's streaming over at NPR. And it's good! Gotta go fill my Bonus Cup.
  5. KC Worldcon T-Shirt Thread

    Bumping because the deadline is this Friday, July 22nd.
  6. I teach high school math. I had long been interested in teaching (as far back as when I was in high school), but didn't do anything serious in pursuit of it. My undergraduate degree is in mechanical engineering, which I chose because (A) I enjoyed physics and math in high school and (B) my dad is an engineer. After doing nothing with that for a couple years, I found myself traveling to NYC from the DC area on a regular basis to play drums for a friend of mine. He was teaching high school math at the time and, knowing that I was interested in the field, told me that if I was serious, I should bring some nice clothes and a resume on my next trip to the city because his school was hiring a bunch of new math teachers. 14 years later, I'm still teaching while that friend is off playing music somewhere other than NYC.
  7. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    Here's a bunch of stuff I've been digging lately: Last week, not a day went by when I didn't listen to Blisters in the Pit of My Heart, the new album from a northern English band called Martha. Absolutely delightful pop-punk that's catchy as hell and features clever lyrics. The video for "Ice Cream and Sunscreen" is what initially sold me on them. Before that, I'd been obsessively listening to Goodness by The Hotelier (who are from Worcester, MA, so put them up there with diners and Polar Seltzer on the list of good things from that city). I suppose you'd call this emo, though more in line with the mid-90's Midwest version of that rather than the glammy MTV version from the early 00's. Or you could just call it rock. Anyway, "Goodness Pt. 2" is a solid entry point. Closer to home, the Brooklyn-based rapper/producer Oddissee alternates vocal and instrumental albums, and this year's The Odd Tape is the latter. One of my friends said he's using this to teach his son about syncopation. You should have this on your stereo while enjoying a peaceful weekend morning at home. There's a video for "Brea", if you're interested. And I'm a little late to the party on this, but Julien Baker's Sprained Ankle is lovely. Also, her cover of Jawbreaker's "Accident Prone" is my favorite Jawbreaker cover ever. I like it even better than the original, and Jawbreaker is one of my all-time favorite bands. My favorite release of the last few months is probably Cardinal by Pinegrove. Country-tinged indie-rock seems like the easy quick take on their sound, but that doesn't really credit the quality of the songwriting, the catchiness of the hooks, or the deceptive simplicity of the arrangements. I can't tell you how many times I've played "Size of the Moon" on repeat. Also good listening: The Dream is Over by PUP [smash everything in the room punk rock from Canada] II by Magrudergrind [grindcore is the best core] The Impossible Kid by Aesop Rock [they say he's the rapper with the largest vocabulary] Tired of Tomorrow by Nothing [the go-to phrase for music writers describing this band is "tough guy shoegaze"] (Fun fact: the cover photo was taken in my neighborhood.)
  8. Oops! Time for a new thread.
  9. KC Worldcon T-Shirt Thread

    Men's or women's? XL for all three of them?
  10. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    You won't miss a whole lot if you get in on Thursday morning. In the past, there tend to be a waves of arrivals, starting the day before the con (Tuesday this year) through the first two days (Wednesday and Thursday). There will still be newcomers on Friday and Saturday, some of whom may only stay for a day.
  11. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    Damn! I knew there was something I forgot to do when you were in NYC. (Also, get over to the t-shirt thread and put in your order.)
  12. I keep meaning to come in here and post a bunch of links to all of the excellent new music I've been listening to, but right now I've gone off on a Bad Religion binge for no particular reason and am totally remembering what a fucking awesome album No Control is. And that's not just because it's 15 songs in 26 minutes. Will probably move on to Suffer after this.
  13. KC Worldcon T-Shirt Thread

    (If it's easier for you to Paypal in advance so there's one less bit of American cash to worry about [or if you get a better exchange rate that way], go ahead.)
  14. KC Worldcon T-Shirt Thread

    If you do end up picking up shirts for other people, could you just make a new post with those orders? Easier for me to keep track of things that way.
  15. Hi there! We are making a limited run (print to order) of t-shirts that will be available to BWB members who are attending MidAmeriCon II (a.k.a. Kansas City WorldCon) next month. If you can't make it to WorldCon but want a t-shirt, there is nothing stopping you from bribing an attendee to order, buy, and pick one up for you. The details of that arrangement are between you and your fellow boarder. (Oh, and you'll likely get better results by bribing someone other than Xray or me.) This year's shirt features Sansa. The front artwork can be viewed here and the back artwork is here. The shirts are charcoal grey and the printing is in green, purple, and yellow The art is by the awesome, talented, and awesomely talented Raya Golden, a longtime BWBer who did the art for the Chicago, San Antonio, and London WorldCon shirts. We will be using Gildan Ultra Cotton men's and women's t-shirts. [NOTE: This is a different style of shirt than we have used in the past!] Sizing charts can be found here [Men’s] and here [Women’s] (or here). My general impression of Ultra Cotton vs. Soft Style (which we used for the last 4 shirts) is that Ultra Cotton run slightly larger and true-to-size than the Soft Style shirts. Please email me if you have questions about sizing. To print the shirts, we are returning to Works in Progress NYC, because we love them and they love us. They are a silk screening company that also operates a non-profit internship program for high school students. More info here. You can order the shirts by emailing me (MisterX AT brotherhoodwithoutbanners DOT com) with the quantity, style, and size(s) you would like. Please specify men's or women's in the order. The price for the shirts is $20. You can pay me for the shirt at the con in cash OR in advance via PayPal (PM or email me for details). I will distribute the shirts at the con. If you have questions about payment (currency issues, PayPal, etc.), ask me via email. Any profits will be rolled into the BWB general fund. THE DEADLINE FOR ORDERS IS 11:59PM (EST) ON FRIDAY, 22 JULY 2016! Either post your name, shirt size, and quantity of shirts in this thread or email them to MisterX AT brotherhoodwithoutbanners DOT com. I'll keep a list here of people I've heard from so you know I have your order. Orders: Lily Valley Adz RaceBannon42 a.k.a. multiple Hugo winner for "Most Awesome Guy" Mlle. Zabzie OneEyedRaven Howdy Phillip lady narcissa Lacy DaveAx lugajetboygirl Let's Get Kraken Lany Cassandra maid of woodlynne (2 shirts) Baitac Missy Mayhem (2 shirts) Ser Scot mormont beniowa WillWork4NinjaPowers Ghosts Companion (2 shirts) Lady with Ink Regina (2 shirts) Peadar Neal tara5000 DragonHawk Yalen & Elgernon makotohanabi Arlington Bill mcbigski Perrianne Lurie Joan Jett Fragile Bird Nichole G. (I totally forget your board name because I'm that kind of idiot sometimes. ) boiled leather The Red Woman Lucky Pierre Ser Camaris Elder Sister Cuellar PlusOne Pod Curlz rocksniffer Ser Knight Somerville (5 shirts) Daenerys Stormborm (2 shirts) kissdbyfire (2 shirts) fitheach Mark H. naz Kalbear Salome Sand Witch (2 shirts) Caryn Stark (2 shirts) ithanos (4 shirts) Rohanna Greywald She Who Must Be Obeyed