the world of ed wood

Jul. 19th, 2017 04:15 pm
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So yeah Neil came to down and we did the all-night Ed Woodstockathon at the Carlton. Shain came along which was nice. The Carlton STILL had AC issues, in that there was none. That's a deal killer for me; I had fun and enjoyed the films but dammit, I was uncomfortable, and I shouldn't be uncomfortable when trying to watch bad movies. I won't be back unless they can guarantee my air conditioned comfort, dammit.

Crowd wasn't as heavy as it was for the Godzilla movies, but there were more women. The weird part is how well the films work as films on the big screen in a theater setting. They actually do. Even Bride Of The Monster holds up tolerably well. We left at 4:30 after Glen Or Glenda - Night Of The Ghouls is probably his most competently filmed movie, but it's also not as wacky.

Earlier in the day we did some shopping and went out into the sticks and walked through York Regional Forest and got some fresh air, and we met Donald & David at Fran's before the film. Sunday we got up tolerably early (before noon) and went back out into the hinterlands for more junking and chili dogs at the Oasis in Caledonia. We went through some pretty heavy rain on the way out and some lightning on the way back, which was interrupted by Hwy 6 getting closed and us taking a weird detour that swung us all the way down to Stoney Creek. Neil's probably pretty sick of Southern Ontario by now.

This week it's been getting ready for the beach trip, nailing down routes and collecting music and thinking about doing some surf fishing. We've been doing some long drives but I'm still looking forward to the drive down. I need a vacation, that's for sure.

this week in con fail

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:25 pm
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So a little while ago on Twitter a Twitter pal in Buffalo mentioned a Niagara Falls convention called "Fan World" and how they were being really vague about whether or not their big Japanese guest was going to show up. They're a "con in a box" type show: a guest list with five musical acts, four voice actors, and five "professional cosplayers" and not much else. They don't have any roots in local fandom and their website was designed by the same guy who designed the website for the Midwest Media Expo, which was a Detroit "fan con" that was cancelled days before it was supposed to take place.

http://www.nerdandtie.com/2017/04/26/midwest-media-expo-2017-cancelled-days-before-event/

In fact, both the Midwest Media Expo and Fan World Niagara had the same guest, used the same guest bio and the same photo of the guest - Akira Yamaoka - the same guest that Fan World Niagara was now being so vague about.

Turns out that Fan World Niagara just announced that Yamaoka cancelled. Which isn't a surprise, when shows say anything about a guest that may in any way indicate that guest might not show, you can count on that guest not showing.

The con also had an ambitious cross-border event plan, with most events happening on the US side and a few on the Canadian side; the Canadian side events have all been cancelled.

It looks to me like this is Midwest Media Expo all over again - a new show rides a little wave of interest and publicity, but is unable to maintain momentum and withers away after a few years. Who knows if Fan World will make it past two?

I've done a lot of "how to start conventions" panels in the past, and we always holler START SMALL at the top of our lungs, but people don't want to listen. I don't do those panels any more, because people don't listen. They have to find out for themselves that conventions have to grow organically, from the community, that you have to build relationships with staff and facilities and fans (your customers) over time, and that the good will you start with by running a fan event will vanish overnight if you abuse it.

LJ account compromised?, deleted

Jul. 15th, 2017 06:03 pm
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Today, I got an email from LJ to the effect that my LJ account had been logged into from 212.129.2.227, which is J. Random IP Address in France. Mysteriously, although this was some hours ago, I don't seem to have embarked on a spree of Viagra posts/comments or anything. Hence I've ended the unknown login session, changed password, deleted account (weirdly, all of which I could do without agreeing to the evil new T&Cs).

I imagine this is a manifestation of the downfall of LJ, but:
worth checking yourself (www.livejournal.com/manage/logins.bml ) if you ain't already deleted your account?
let me know, please, if I suddenly go spammy anywhere else...

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