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Apr. 2nd, 2019 05:10 pm
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I was busy! But now I get to wander around mentally singing "I'm freeeee!" a la Elsa. And also, err, start our household taxes and do a lot of laundry. Minor details!

A kid anecdote I told elsewhere on social media when it happened:

Me: time to get up!
The Pip: tell me something I don't know.
Me: The square root of 81 is 9.
The Pip: I knew THAT.
Me: New York does not impose franchise tax on certain 501(c)(3) corporations.
The Pip: I have no idea what you just said.
Me: Something you didn't know! So get up!

And here's a video of a marble run the kids and I improvised last night out of a pretty lousy kit. Design mostly by SteelyKid, because she has spatial abilities and engineering instincts and I do not.


Have a bunch of links:


Two Avengers: Endgame thoughts based on teasers )


Finally, io9 has a big piece on Farscape which reminds me that I watched a few episodes several years ago and just never kept going. That was long ago enough that I'd probably have to start over; so is there a spot in S1 that people would recommend I start at, or episodes in S1 that I should skip? (Admittedly I may just need to not watch in the middle of the night while up with a very small child, which I'd forgotten was my previous mode until I checked the tag, but still.)

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I'm stepping down (!) from Con or Bust after a decade (!!) so if you value its work, now's a great time to get involved: there will be three Board members left, which is the bare minimum under the bylaws and almost certainly not enough to make it sustainable, so we're holding elections early to allow for lots of transition time. Find out more, spread the word, and consider joining!
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News from the Con or Bust end of things:

1) This coming year is my last running Con or Bust on a day-to-day basis, so now is a great time to join the Board of Directors! Learn how here; deadline is this Friday, March 16.

2) The annual auction is now accepting submissions through Sunday, April 8, with bidding to follow in the two weeks after; check it out.
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I have still basically not been here, sorry, but fyi:

Con or Bust is taking auction offers through tomorrow, Sunday April 23 (end of the day Eastern time).

Bidding starts Monday April 24!

There's a bunch of cool stuff up already, a few more things going up today, and, I hope, more coming in that just haven't been submitted yet. So check it out!

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News from the Con or Bust end of things:

1) Auction accepting offers now through April 23; bidding April 24 through May 7.

2) Sign up for the newsletter, which includes fandom news as well as Con or Bust stuff!

3) Read the annual report for 2016 and the board meeting minutes, which include my announcement that I am strongly considering not running for re-election to the Board in spring 2019 (ten! years!) and the Board's agreement that regardless, we should identify and encourage new candidates for the Board next year (and/or people who could start volunteering this year!), to bring new perspectives and to keep improving Con or Bust’s stability as an institution, not just my personal project.

I think that's all for now. *whooshes away*
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As I said on Con or Bust's site:
In March, Con or Bust’s Board of Directors will be electing up to four members to the Board, for terms of up to three years. Anyone can be a candidate; if you are interested, or if you want to encourage someone else to run, please read on for more information.
Please see the link for more details and spread the word!
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I have a paid job posting up for a small modification to the WordPress plugin Gravity Forms; if you know anyone who might be good at this, please point them there—I'd really like to get some responses that actually show they've read the whole thing, understand what I want, and have a plan.
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I announced this earlier in the week, but forgot to mention it here:

Con or Bust's annual online auction, which is its principal source of funds to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons, is now accepting items for auction. Bidding will begin on Monday, April 20, and run for just under two weeks. You can get more details at the announcement post, which is also a good thing to link to! (I've been swamped this week but will be sending emails to various people who've donated items in the past, but you don't have to wait for that!)
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Con or Bust's annual fundraising auction will run from Monday, February 10, through Sunday, February 23, this year, and the website is now open for auction offers (actually, a few got posted this weekend when alert folks noticed I'd put up a post just to make sure things were working).

You can learn more about submitting items for auction, or go straight to the submit an auction page: all you need is an email address. And if you're not in a position to offer something, it would also be incredibly helpful if you'd spread the word! Thanks.

(Did I mention here that from now on, people can request assistance for any forthcoming SFF cons, not just ones in the next calendar quarter? There's even a handy list of upcoming cons for which specific assistance has been donated for your information.)

(Also, if anyone's interested in helping with boring auction administrative stuff a few times a day, as your schedule permits, let me know either in comments here or in email, knepveu@steelypips.org ? Enticing, I know, but it would be a big help. Thanks.)

(Okay, I'm done now. What, I slept for three and a half hours last night, this is stunningly coherent under the circumstances.)
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Bidding is open! I cheat and quote myself:

Bidding is now live on Con or Bust's annual online auction, which raises funds to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. All you have to do is leave a comment on the auction offer you're interested in before bidding closes, on Sunday, February 24 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. (You may also want to subscribe to comments so you'll know if you are outbid.)

There are already lots of great offers; you can search the site over in the sidebar, or browse the auction tags or the filterable Google Docs index. And there will be more offers posted, so keep checking back. Right now I have about 20 offers to post on behalf of others, and people have promised many more.

Which is to say: it's not too late to offer things for auction, so please do! Last year we raised about $11,500 from the auction, which funded 28 different trips to cons over twelve months. To keep that going, we need all the auction offers we can get! You can submit an auction offer through a simple web form—no login required—and I'll even host your pictures for you if necessary.

Learn more about Con or Bust, or leave a comment with questions. Thanks, and please spread the word!

. . . I was going to say something else, but I forgot what, in all the bustle of administrative stuff. Anyway. Stay warm, those of you in winter climes (we got about 8", less than forecasted, but enough SteelyKid and Chad to go on an epic sledding adventure today), and come check it out!

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Anyone selling memberships to this year's World Fantasy Con? Please contact me in a commment or at knepveu@steelypips.org ; I'm looking to buy two. Thanks.

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I'm looking for two memberships to this year's World Fantasy Con (which has hit its membership cap) for Con or Bust, either to be donated (US tax deduction!) or to be purchased. Anyone have one or two, or know of anyone who might? Thanks.

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Con or Bust is now taking requests for assistance from non-white fans/fans of color [*] who are interested in attending SFF cons in October, November, or December 2012. These include World Fantasy Con (November 1-4, Toronto), which has donated two memberships, each accompanied by two hotel nights, and Gaylaxicon (October 5-7, Minneapolis), which has donated two memberships. These donated memberships may be used by new registrants or to provide refunds to existing members.

The request period runs through August 25. Here's how to request assistance.

[*] Con or Bust defines "fan" broadly as "someone who wants to go to an SFF con"; this set does not exclude "is published or wants to be."

Please spread the word!

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I am sadly late on this one, but [community profile] help_for_ephemere is a a fundraiser to benefit [personal profile] ephemere, with the aim of supporting her in the wake of her losing her job, home, and good relations with her family due to homophobia; it's being run by her friends and with her permission. Bidding on auction items ends Saturday; here are some auctions with no bids or one bid, and the FAQ. *peruses*

Also, Con or Bust will be taking requests for assistance to attend SFF cons in October, November, or December from non-white fans/fans of color during August 15-25; please plan accordingly! More information.

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Yes, I suck for not getting this set up earlier, but I kept hoping for the time to make a better way to take orders. Perfect enemy of the good, blah blah. Anyway: adorable T-shirts, now available by mail!
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I made a post last night about Con or Bust's status and its goal for this year and then was too tired to mention it here or, indeed, anywhere else.

Also, there have been a ton of amazing things listed recently—these three posts from [personal profile] deepad alone make my jaw drop—so check out the spiffy new index and see what catches your eye!

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The annual auction for [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust starts this Saturday! Please see this post for more information, and if there's something you'd like to auction, please do!

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The annual auction to support [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust, which helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons, will be from February 11-25. You can post auction items now, however. Please spread the word by linking to the announcement post!

In addition, requests for assistance to attend cons in April, May, and June (including WisCon) will be taken from February 15-25. More information.

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Over at Con or Bust on LJ. Please go fill out if you're coming to WisCon or are interested in Con or Bust T-shirts?

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I forgot to mention here that after this year's WisCon, [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust will expand to help people of color attend any SFF con of their choice. I am really, really excited about this.

Unfortunately there may not be any money left after this year's WisCon to help people until the next auction or to meet all the WisCon requests; the current total for the auction is about $4K, last year we raised $6K, and this year's requests just for WisCon are approaching $9K.

Here's a list of auction items that have relatively few bids; please link in order to spread the word as widely as possible.

Also, if you have a WisCon membership you'd like to donate, please e-mail me at knepveu at steelypips dot org.

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