DaveAx

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About DaveAx

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    Castellan & Steward of Lamprey Pyes; Maester of Bee Stings
  • Birthday 07/05/1950

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  1. Washington, DC Meetup January 21

    Those coming from out of town may want to purchase their DC Metro passes in advance from their website: https://www.wmata.com/fares/farecard-options.cfm
  2. Washington, DC Meetup January 21

    If you want to travel to DC with a group, here's a good way to start: http://rallybus.net/Booking/Event/womens-march-on-washington Note that this also effectively offers an option for long-distance travellers to avoid the DC airports by landing somewhere else.
  3. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    Also, you can often find folks who bought early and then discovered that they can't attend for one reason or another, and who are willing to sell their memberships for their price (as compared to the increased prices that come at regular intervals).
  4. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    >>Cider and long drinks are not equated with beer. For those who are wondering what a "long drink" -- referred to as a "lonkero" in Finland --might be... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_drink http://www.originallongdrink.com/
  5. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    Yeah, it looks like the con runs from the 9th - 13th, and all the hotel rates are for the 8th-13th. Just enough time to maybe get over your jet lag.
  6. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    An interesting tidbit from their website: "Members who join before January of 2017 may nominate for the Hugo Awards, whether they are attending or supporting members. " I'm not an expert on Hugo voting rules (nor do I play one on TV), but this looks very early to me. It will certainly prevent those who don't join until after nominations open up from having any effect on who gets on the ballot.
  7. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    Did they really say the blocks will be up in September? That's would be remarkably early -- most Worldcons don't have them ready till mid-Winter. The hotel closest to the venue is relatively small -- it's a Holiday Inn, and has 244 rooms out of the 1400 total they plan to make available. According to the con web site, it only has some easy access rooms, but it is attached to the convention center and is thus definitely a choice location. One suspects that non-accessible rooms there will go to the Guests of Honor and top-level convention staff, and only the remainder will be available for attendees in general.
  8. Not likely for me, as that's when I normally throw my big summer party.
  9. WorldCon Helsinki 2017 -- Planning!

    They say: "We have preliminary contracts with two large hotel chains in Finland, and have in total of 1400 rooms reserved. These include all the 244 rooms in Holiday Inn MessuĀ­keskus, which is attached to the con site and has some easy access rooms. The door to door travel time from the farthest of our hotels to con site is 22 minutes." So it's only one hotel that's 22 minutes away. (I'm assuming that's by public transit, since they make a point of saying that there will be a free travel pass for all members, courtesy of the City of Helsinki. But they don't indicate if that time estimate includes waiting for transit to arrive, which is a tad misleading. I would expect the remainder of the hotels to be a bit closer, but still likely to be dependent on transit. Those with accessibility issues will have to look closely at which transit lines are needed to reach the various hotels. The local transit system only allows mobility scooters on the Metro, commuter trains, and a ferry, but not on buses and trams. (Wheelchairs, both electric and manual, are OK on all lines.)
  10. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    Keep in mind that some events -- like those featuring GRRM -- will draw large crowds, meaning that you'll want to arrive early to get a decent seat (or, at worst, get inside the room at all...). So sometimes you'll need to leave an event early in order to ensure that you can see one in the next time slot.
  11. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    A reminder, especially for those who don't attend many conventions.... If your hotel has a "frequent sleeper" program (e.g., Marriott Rewards, HHonors, etc.) and you are not a member, sign up in advance. Not only will you collect points useful for future conventions and other travel, but you may be able to get an at-con room upgrade, check in in advance via the program's smartphone app, and reap other goodies at no cost. It's also a good idea to see if there are linkages between airline and hotel loyalty programs, leading to extra points for one or both.
  12. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    There will be three charity/benefit auctions at this year's Worldcon (plus the usual Blood Drive). In some of them, you can contribute and/or bid even if you're not attending. https://midamericon2.org/home/registration-hotel-member-information/benefit-auctions-and-blood-drives/
  13. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    GRRM at MidAmeriCon II, per current schedule... Thursday 3-4:30 PM: Signing #1 Friday, 12-1 PM: Reading Saturday, 1-2:30 PM: Signing #2 Saturday, 3-5 PM Wild Cards at 20: Deathmatch Sunday, 2-3 PM: MidAmeriCon I: A Conversation (with Pat Cadigan and Michael Swanwick)
  14. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    If you have the Grenadine app for phone or tablet, you can load the schedule into it with Event Code MAC2. If you want to view it online, it's here: https://midamericon2.org/online-program-schedule/ Note that, at the present moment, the Grenadine feature that allows you to log in with your membership number (so you can store your personal schedule) is not working. The convention is aware of this, and is working to fix the problem.
  15. 2016 KC WorldCon: MidAmeriCon II Aug 17-21

    A general reminder to all members of Worldcon, attending or otherwise: Hugo Voting ends this weekend. Mail-in Voting for Site Selection ends next weekend. (Ballots must be received by next Saturday.)