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January 9th, 2012
04:25 pm

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meetup in Orange County
This might sound cruel and judgemental, but...  So around a week ago I went to the Orange County, California Geekdom meetup http://www.meetup.com/OC-Geekdom/, as I had went a few times in 2011, too.  This time while attending I got the distinct impression I had walked into some sort of Mensa event.  Please put in a sort of foreboding, scary and hostile mood.

Current Location: Cafe Royale, redlands
Current Music: weird new age

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04:21 pm

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Here's the deal!  Been going to fan conventions regularly since around 2002, and since around mid 2007 I've attended more than a couple anime conventions.  There are a few things fandom could really learn from anime conventions, and a few of this items are referencing process and some are content issues!  Registration, please the ole fashioned way of printing out forms mailing them in with membership payments, and then retrieving the information when one retrieves one's membership packet; whatever, it's all so 1980. Example, when I registered for a local anime convention Pacific Media Expo http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2011/ and at a late date when one needs to pay at the door, but still their on-line form took all my relevant information and it will be with the registration department prior to my getting to the venue on Sunday a.m.  On-line forms and on-line storing of all the data; however, this may not be coming to fandom anytime soon, because we all know that this whole computer deal is just sum krazy wacky fad the kids do, it's not going to last.   Next handling volunteers, and a few friends of mine are fan convention department heads, I've volunteered, IOW gophered, at a few anime convention and more than a few fan conventions and really the way anime conventions handle their volunteers is efficient; example, even after finishing gophering at a few fan conventions I've never really known how many volunteers hours I've accumulated.  At the anime conventions I've gophered for every volunteer is always up-to-date on how many volunteer hours they've accumulated.  Make a database spreadsheet to handle this, I might be able to do it and I would need to look at the program manual, but I know it's easy.  Another thing about volunteers, when gophers show up to the 'gopher hole', the on duty staff should be completely up-to-date about where gophers are needed to go.  To many times I've heard at fan cons the staff in gopher hole say, "I don't know, maybe art show (con-suite, green room, etc.) needs someone".  And lastly, when an attendee shows up in gopher hole to start their volunteer time, don't send them to three different people to get them started.  

Lastly, here's a content issue that I have recently raised in one or two other fan forums.  Many anime conventions have a 'manga suite'; naturally, this is a set e room for the reading of manga.  If one of the purposes of fandom is to preserve the literature that forms the basic, core, ontological reason for fandom's existence then I think it's essential and critical that fan cons have a reading room for that literature.  If this is not done then, IMO, there's a probable scenario that this literature will disappear.  When I started going to fancons, copies of books, ARCs with packets,  were often included in membership packets, or sometimes the con arranged for mass distributions of said books, but this happens all too seldom.  Most likely, such activity would provoke the anger of either the book sellers in the hawkers room, or the authors.or both.  

So this is starting to sound like an ole man rant, so this is enuff for now..  

Current Location: cafe Royale, redlands
Current Music: weird new age

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October 7th, 2011
04:48 pm

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Is it all the same?
I know regular watchers of the McLaughlin Report and David Brooks and Mark Shields commentaries on NPR's News Hour, who sincerely and earnestly believe that if different sides start yelling at each other, in other words turning up the intensity and volume of the rhetoric, that the respective content does not matter who says what.  Therefore, when Eleanor Clift raises her voice to Patrick Buchanan, and in turn Buchanan raises his in response, the difference in their content from each other becomes irrelevant.  This is what now passes for deep analysis.  Perhaps as subset of this cursory mode of looking at things is illustrated from the following.  Some years ago the mother of a good friend was talking to me about Rush Limbaugh, and she said "Limbaugh should not sound so bombastic on his radio show!"   Seemingly, it did not matter that the big radio gas bag said hurtful, wrong, hateful, bigotted things!  Thoughts, comments and more.

Current Location: cafe Royale, redlands
Current Mood: confusedconfused

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October 4th, 2011
03:53 pm

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A "librarygasm", a neologism.
So on Saturday October 1, 2011, I visited the http://www.lapl.org/index.php
Central Library of the Los Angeles City Library, 630 W. 5th St..  First time I'd visited there since I'd been in High School.  OMfG, what a cool and awesome place.  The outside architecture as you walk up Hope Street is pretty impressive, reminds me a bit of the Chicago BoT building but way better.  Walking in just gives the feel this is how all public libraries ought to be.  Even though I spent only a good portion of Saturday afternoon there I still was impressed, and before this I held the Washington Library in Chicago as most impressive public library ever.  Consider the following, Central LIbrary's foreign language collection is very likely a rival for libraries in foreign countries and this shows an extraordinary understanding of 'diversity', and their collection of foreign language learning materials would be impressive if found in a post secondary library again showing extraordinary understanding of 'diversity'.  Since I grew up in Los Angeles suburbs, my contact with Los Angeles's Library was minimal, our local suburban libraries always belonged to the library system of  http://www.colapublib.org/
 Los Angels County which is a pale comparison.   .  .  

Current Location: starbucks, redlands
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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September 26th, 2011
02:52 pm

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Is it possible?
I infrequently order a frappucino from Starbucks. However, when I do I order it with one or two extra shots of espresso, and is it possible that sometimes when I order this special order they staff just ignore the request and make the drink without the espresso shots? Because, sometimes I cannot tell if it's been added or not.

Current Location: Starbucks
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: redlands

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September 7th, 2011
03:49 pm

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Religious definitions (conservative v. liberal politics)
So earlier on my FB I read something, from the San Jose Mercury News, it discussed how the ultra conservative religious right wing has hijacked religion in America? Beginning with Roe v. Wade, and I'm using that as a starting point since Frances Schaefer became a huge darling to the political wing and from that point the political right wing and religious conservativism became very much the siamese twins of US politics.

Current Location: cafe Royale, redlands
Current Mood: okayokay

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August 26th, 2011
04:46 pm

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Yahoo yokels at Starbucks.
So there's a Starbucks I go to fairly regularly in Redlands. The area in front of their cash registers is divided into two aisles, one for approaching the register and ordering, one for pass through, egress and entrance. The pass through aisle is not for extra or overflow seating; therefore it's inappropriate to park your chair to block this aisle. If I hit your head with my backpack while I'm trying to navigate my way to a place to sit down, I don't feel bad for you because you're in the middle of the aisle.

Current Location: starbucks, redlands
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy

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August 21st, 2011
03:13 pm

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Facebook troll
OMfG!!  My facebook troll is back!

Current Mood: crappycrappy

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July 26th, 2011
05:00 pm

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Previous entry in this LJ!
 Previous in this LJ http://taras-wizard.livejournal.com/57614.html I told what I lbelieved to be GOP's covert, or it might be their overt, agenda.  Based on recent statements, since last Friday July 22, 2011, by GOP leadership in House of REpresentatives, I think one can see some ttruth to my previous messages. 

Current Location: starbucks, redlands
Current Mood: angryangry

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June 27th, 2011
06:11 pm

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Dennis Praeger and NY legislature's decision
 There's this radio right wing gas bag Dennis Praeger, carried nationally on Salem Network, I happen to have been listening to his schtick since the 1970s when he was local only and I have older entries in my LJ about this buffon.  This a.m. he gassed on for two hours about how the NY legislature's decision regarding same sex marriage was apocalytic in its negatively inclined import.  OMG.  He brought out many of the cunnards and myths surrounding gender attraction; examples, mostly ugly women are to become lesbians (he claimed his experience validated this view), sexual preference is mutable for men (using prison life as the point's validation), or maybe not because his statements on this vary widely (at other points in his tirade he said heterosexual men are incapable of understanding homosexual men's attraction to other men) and somewhere in there he says women are inherently bisexual and who knows what he might mean by that.  Later on he had a lesbian woman suopporting the NY decision call him and he was extremely offensive to her saying pretty potentially hurtful things about the woman's children (two sons).  ; he asked her 'what if your one of your sons told you he'd fallen in love with a man, how would you feel?"; obviously, his tactic here is elicit some latent homophobic tendency on the woman's part .   There is a logical, rational answer to Prager's baiting tactic, 'I hope my son will fall in love with someone who will cherish, respect, care for, want him and be fedilitous to him, but such a logical exchange is impossible in the hyper emotionalized environment Prager promotes.  After that I turned him off, because I've heard this schtick before.  

Additionally, during the time he found some time to heap calumny and disinformation on hie audience about Rev. Fr. Michael Pfleiger of St. Sabina's in Chicago.

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