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[livejournal.com profile] jeffreyab has created an LJ community for discussion of Stilyagi and ConFusion. You can find it at [livejournal.com profile] stilyagiaircorp. Speaking of LJ, and ConFusion, and giving credit where credit is due, I should mention that the LJ stickers I handed out at the convention (and which a couple of people have mentioned in conreports) are the brainchild of [livejournal.com profile] daedala who gave them out at her LJ party at Minicon a couple years ago and was kind enough to share the template with me. Between the ones I gave out and the ones [livejournal.com profile] devon gave out at the LJ meetup, there were probably about 75 people tagged!

After ConFusion, [livejournal.com profile] minnehaha's B&K came back to Great Oak for dinner and to spend the night in the common house. B had been to GO before, but K had not, and since she has an interest in cohousing we thought we'd take advantage of her being in the neighborhood to check us out. It being Sunday after the convention, however, we were all of us tired and worn out, so it was a pretty subdued visit. Not to mention that it was damn cold, and GO is much prettier in the summer when you can see all the fabulous gardens. K headed out on the train in the morning, connecting up with the rest of the TrainFusion crowd leaving from Troy.

The other reason for the staying over was that B had a speaking engagment at Wayne State University in Detroit on Monday night. Although [livejournal.com profile] minnehaha B and I have been friends for a couple of years now, and I was one of the 100 or so people who got to read bits of his latest book as it was being written, I had never actually had a chance to see him speak. So in exchange for playing chauffeur, I got to tag along to the talk, which was a lot of fun, even though the audience was a bit slow to warm up. I dropped him off at the airport hotel on my way back to Ann Arbor. This was only the second or third evening out I've had since Liam was born, so that was a luxury in and of itself, even if I did have to drag my pump along. Luckily the bathroom had chairs and conveniently placed eletrical outlets.

Back to ConFusion for a moment - as is par for the course, we were planning for next year's convention even before this year's was over. I've been jonesing to run consuite at ConFusion for a couple of years now, and hopefully next year will actually see that happen! Liam will be a little older but still needing his mom quite a bit, I expect, so I've been instructed by the heir-apparent conchair [livejournal.com profile] rmeidaking that I need to have a strong second. There's also some talk of me having a sort of Division Head role overseeing Hospitality, which would include main consuite, smoking consuite and green room. Which obviously makes a lot of sense from a resource allocation and cooperative shopping stance. I'm really excited about the possibilities.

And now I really should get back to work - between my sick day last week and my vacation day yesterday, I'm waaaay behind and scrambling to catch up.

Date: 2005-01-25 09:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dagibbs.livejournal.com
"jabeeler" is, really, [livejournal.com profile] jeffreyab

Date: 2005-01-25 10:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dagibbs.livejournal.com
Welcome. Not a surprising error, his email user id is jabeeler.

Date: 2005-01-25 10:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeffreyab.livejournal.com
I noticed early Sunday morning that all the Coke products had ended up inthe smoking suite and the Pepsi in the regular suite. Green had neither relying on Mountain Dew.

Hence the need for a common head.

Green Room under Debbie Rigdon used to be more self contained but its gradually started to share more resources with consuite.

I am back on board as Programming Head so Krysta can concentrate on Hotel Laison.

Date: 2005-01-25 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylc.livejournal.com
Are you going to do the wrangling bits of programming as well, or recruit someone else?

Date: 2005-01-25 10:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeffreyab.livejournal.com
Alex has volunteered to do program ops again so I will reside above him.

As for wrangling I am hoping Susan and Scott would return and I will use Krysta's information for panelists.

Date: 2005-01-25 11:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylc.livejournal.com
But what about creating itineraries and producing the content for the program book- you know, all the data entry heavy stuff? Krysta designed a dbase this year that automated a lot of those tasks. You might want to recruit Alex to help with some of that - he's computer savvy enough to make it easy.

Date: 2005-01-25 11:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeffreyab.livejournal.com
Sounds like a plan.

The book looked pretty good this year I assumed it was Jeff's work.

Date: 2005-01-25 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylc.livejournal.com
Matt Arnold did the book. But someone has to assemble the content - he just sticks it in and formats it. Krysta and I have used a number of tools to simplify this over the years - databases, spreadsheets, etc.

Date: 2005-01-29 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avt-tor.livejournal.com
I am happy to help with program ops at Confusion.

I do a schedule database for Ad Astra; wouldn't be hard to do it for Confusion. As long as somebody else does the hard work of making decisions and talking to panelists, the database stuff is easy. I can also use someone else's database if preferred. For Ad Astra last year, I pasted output from the database into Excel spreadsheets and sent the program team updates every couple of days, so they could make decisions.

Date: 2005-01-25 11:54 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] netmouse.livejournal.com
I really like the idea of a Division that includes all of those. Krysta and I were also thinking that Division would also logically pick up getting gift baskets for the GoHs and chocolates for the front of House.

Date: 2005-01-25 07:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] netmouse.livejournal.com
I would also like to see the consuites have bowls or baskets of condoms put out. I believe we have been known to do that in previous years and I don't think we have done lately.

Is the GO Common House available this Sunday afternoon or the one after it for a committee and staff feedback session? Or, hell, I'm not working Saturdays anymore... what about Saturday afternoons?

Date: 2005-01-25 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylc.livejournal.com
I will check the schedule and get back to you. I know it's occupied this Saturday afternoon, don't know about Sunday.

Good call on the condoms.

I've already got someone very experienced offering to be my solid second for consuite.

Date: 2005-01-25 12:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kgkofmel.livejournal.com
Anne, who should I talk to about masquerade and related aspects?

Date: 2005-01-25 07:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] netmouse.livejournal.com
well, like every division head you should write up a report about this year and send it to me and the concom list. Regarding plans for next year, talk to Krysta and Roxanne. I would also try to make sure that the GoHs are asked in their initial programming survey whether or not they would like to help judge, rather than last-minute like this year, so talk to Jeff and Alex about that.

Date: 2005-01-26 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kgkofmel.livejournal.com
Right. The report is already on my To Do list. I will send an email to Krysta and Roxanne about next year.

Regarding GoHs, I did start several months out asking (art guest first, fan guest not because I was already aware they weren't interested, writer guests second), but it took a while to get the answers and in one case I can understand why I never heard back. But getting it on the initial survey would be an asset, so I will put that through to Jeff & Alex. Thank you for canvassing the remaining GoHs at the eleventh hour for me, however.

Confusion returning to form?

Date: 2005-01-26 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scs-11.livejournal.com
It could just be me, but it seems like Confusion is getting to be just as much fun as it was in the 1975-1985 period. It's not the same as it was then, not by a long shot - but for the first time in years I can say that I'd drive quite a distance to attend a Confusion. The new hotel has certianly helped, but the trend started 3 or 4 years ago.

And for the record, Confusion is the only con I've done panels/etc at that asked for formal post-con feedback from the program participants. Even etter, they seem to be paying attention to it.

Re: Confusion returning to form?

Date: 2005-01-27 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylc.livejournal.com
You're not the first person to say that. One of the highlights of my 3 years chairing Fusion was having Mike Glicksohn tell me that I'd managed to create a con that captured the spirit of the ConFusions he remembered.

We've got great people, and lots of enthusiasm, and it's a very exciting time to be part of the convention.

Date: 2005-01-28 07:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dagibbs.livejournal.com
Tammy, Brendan said to point you here (my entry near end of comments) about roll-over instead of refund for volunteering.

Date: 2005-01-28 11:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylc.livejournal.com
Thanks - I don't have those forms yet, but when I get them I'll try to remember.



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