Ever wonder what fans keep in their garages? Come find out, and buy the items that are offered for sale and thus reuse.

The event will be
Saturday and Sunday, June 27 & 28
at 2999 Fresno St, Santa Clara, CA.
(We are two blocks south of El Camino Real, and one block west of Keily Blvd in Santa Clara.)

The hours will be 9 am and 3 pm. Come meet some of your convention volunteers, and score some bargains in the process.

Our website has a link to Google maps to help you find your way.

Hope to see you there!
Due to technical difficulties, our web site for this year was delayed.

It is now active at http://www.siliconventions.com/

PayPal will be active soon for purchase of memberships.
ravan: by  sarah9380 (smiley - sarah9380)
( Oct. 6th, 2008 12:08 am)
SiliCon 2008 is over, all except for the last bits of mop-up. The hotel blew chunks this year - we are royally ticked with them - BUT the people attending had a good time.

We had some interesting issues with non-fan jerks Saturday night, but they were few. The hotel had to deal with the skeeze, but that meant that it put a bit of a crimp in some of our doings.

I even got a chance to go to parties Saturday night! Had a blast!

The biggest downside? I started Thursday off with a blister on my toe, so I was limping the entire con. That hurt.

I now know what the biggest part of a con chair's job is: Hunting down drama llamas and eliminating them.

Here's a shout out to all those who stayed the course and stepped up to the plate to make this happen. See everyone next year!
ravan: (ooh pickme - shantidove)
( Aug. 7th, 2008 02:41 pm)
As SiliCon approaches, more and more of my time is being spent killing drama llamas. You know the type of thing - people who get butthurt because of what someone said, or didn't say, to them or about them. Every con I've ever had any contact with has had them. Nothing new, there.

But nowadays, there also seem to be llama breeders, too - people who ecourage drama, who may not even be involved in the con at all, even peripherally, but love to whip up drama to feed their own little egos, or 'advance' their own causes. Whatever. These folks are a detriment to our community.

So, I ask all of you, don't feed the drama llamas - whether it regards SiliCon, or any other Bay Area convention. Don't try to play two (or more) cons against each other, it's childish. Don't let anyone turn what should be a good time for all imvolved into their own little stage for attention.

I actually have a great committee this year for SiliCon. Many of them I've known and respected for years. Part of diving back into con running five years ago was my way of giving back to the community that supported me when my life took a very nasty turn many years ago.

Anyway, I'm organizing a weekend long party for over 1000 of my friends in October. Please, come and join us, but leave the llamas at home.
ravan: (runtyOMG)
( Sep. 16th, 2006 08:25 pm)
Well, I've started it. Looks like it will be 44 - 48 pages if I go with 11x17 folded. Each sheet of 11x17 is 4 pages.

Fortunately, the micromanaging boys have gone to bed. I'm sure I'll hear from them tomorrow when I bring the draft to the meeting for them to piss in.
ravan: by ravan (Love Me Feed Me)
( Jul. 27th, 2006 01:12 pm)
Last night, it got down below 70° outside. This morning, that lovely marine layer was cuddling over the hills. One more month, and my finances will start easing from the move disaster - just in time for me to finance the SiliCon program book, probably.

So, if you are going to be in the Bay Area on October 6 - 8, be sure to sign up for SiliCon. It's a nice little relaxacon at the San Jose DoubleTree, and the memberships are only $35 until August 31! More info should be here, if the web page has been updated (since the person doing it is working lots of hours, unpaid stuff gets shoved to the back burner).
ravan: by ravan (stormclouds)
( Oct. 6th, 2005 05:22 pm)
SiliCon, that is. I'm still printing the pocket program even as we speak, but the badges are done.

The toner cartridge croaked, after only ~4000 pages, so we had to buy a new one at Frys ($184). If I'd known that the cartridge I got wasn't full, I'd have order one a week or two ago from Amazon, for less than half that. Note to self, always keep a spare when doing major print stuff.

I haven't packed yet, either.
Political issues? With one of the most a-political committees I've worked with in a long time? Somebody is on drugs, or deliberately trying to smear a non-profit convention to benefit their own for-profit gig...

Apparently certain bigmouths are trying to claim there is some sort of imagined dress code or costume guidelines for volunteers. They're full of it. Seriously.

I have heard that there are people going around badmouthing SiliCon, saying stuff is "policy" when it isn't so. That's BS. Any "policy" I would've had to publish. So ask, verify the rumors.

Hell, we're less fascist than BayCon, IMO - we don't demand your real name to put on your badge.

Yeah, we have an empire builder on staff with a big mouth and a tendency to put her foot in it, but every con has those.

I don't know who has been spreading this crap, but our only "dress code" is "no costume is no costume". That's it. Literary based costumes are ok, stuff made up out of your fevered imagination is ok.

I am not happy about this. I also am a little bit insulted that no one fact checked things with me, instead of listening to some "mouth".

EDIT: There is one thing that might offend local fen: The hotel has gone to "paid" parking. The reason that "paid" is in quotes is because members will get their parking validated (at least this year), and if you're staying in the hotel it's supposedly free, too. This is not SiliCon's idea, several of us object (I growled about it when they first put the stupid booths in), and it will hit BayCon too.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Sep. 29th, 2005 10:49 am)
The program book is back from the printer!! Boing!! Early!!
ravan: (Unhappy)
( Sep. 18th, 2005 07:40 pm)
Well, this year we sold a whole $10 in two days of garage sale, 9 am - 5pm. Better than we've done any previous year, but still sucky. It still feels like a buttload of wasted time.

I have to go in for a pelvic ultrasound on Thursday (doc suspects fibroids). My period *still* hasn't started. The last one started the 16th, and I usually have a 23 - 25 day cycle. No, no chance I'm preggers. I don't think I'm due for menopause yet, either. I only have a few grey hairs.

Grandma's in the hospital, and it's not looking real good.

I'm late on where I'd like to be on the SiliCon work, but at least the money to have the program book printed is available.

No soap this weekend, too damn busy.


ravan: by Ravan (Default)


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