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melcharAug. 29th, 2015 04:43 pm August 24 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1308
August 24, 2015

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8pm with snark
12 people attended

The minutes of meeting 1307 were accepted as 'short and sweet'

The proxy Treasurer's report was that last week we took in $0.25 in the regular jar & there was no party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report - but we did say 'hi' to Ellen Desmond, a long-time science fiction reader, visiting us for the first time

Announcements:
Ken announced that this Friday is the Legion of Rasselon meeting at the IHoP on Stevens Creek & Lawrence, 7:30pm & announced that this Saturday is a Psychotronic Film Festival at Foothill college, 7pm in room 5015 - get there early, $5 at the door and $3 parking

Adrienne announced that she has something for next week

Reviews:
Fred reviewed Worldcon as great, albeit a little smoky & his ribbon train was long & the con ran well; Adrienne reviewed it as her Writer's Workshop ran well & she likes that the Finland 2017 Worldcon will be called 'Worldcon 75', the convention center layout was generally derided & Ken watched the Hugo live feed & enjoyed it

Howeird reviewed adventures in medicine as not terrible

Fred reviewed a Hogu get-together as fun

We did auctions

we adjourned at 8:40

and the rumor of the week was: 'The voting membership of BASFA has determined that there will be no rumor in the minutes'

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melcharAug. 20th, 2015 02:58 pm August 17 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1307
August 17, 2015

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 7:55 pm with too much heat
11 people attended

The minutes of meeting 1306 were accepted as 'interrupted'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $11.60 in the regular jar & $14.80 in the party basket

The Vice President reported that the ongoing thing turned into a job at 'The Villages'

The President had nothing fannish to report

Announcements:
Andy announced that Sasquan is coming up & recommends getting a room for Convolution now

Valerie announced that Wizard World Comic Con will be in San Jose on Sept 4-6

Reviews:
Geri reviewed having had great fun this last weekend at an Earthquakes game they went to for free, that the Earthquakes scored a goal - so free tacos - and the Earthquakes won 'taco to nil' and rated Dara ['DJ'] as worth full price

We did auctions

we adjourned at 8:13

and the rumor of the week was: 'You're unique - you're not a rumor'

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melcharAug. 16th, 2015 05:21 pm August 10 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1306
August 10, 2015

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm with tales of parrot flogging
18 people attended

We established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1305 were accepted as '3rd person view'

The Treasurer was not there, but the proxy report is that last week we took in $8.25 in the regular jar & $9.00 in the party jar

The Vice President reported that the funny thing happened, but he has not yet heard back

The President had nothing fannish to report, but did say 'hi' to Warren, here for the first time

The Outing Committee made an event of Andy's birthday - they sang & there was laughter

Announcements:
Adrienne announced Sasquan rumors

Bill announced that site selection for Worldcon 2017 is open until 11:59 pm, Aug 10

Rick announced that Sense8 has been renewed

[evil] Kevin announced that the secret project has been completed

Ken announced that the next Psychotronic Film Festival will be on Saturday, August 29 at Foothill College, room 5015, 7pm

Gerry announced that he [G David Nordley] and C. Sanford-Lowe will give a short talk about The 'Black Hole Project' on Saturday, Aug 22, noon-3pm at the Los Gatos Library

Reviews:
I reviewed SciFi channel movies in general as 'traumas inducing' & there were comments

Fred reviewed the Tiptree award ceremony for Jo Walton as interesting

Dave C reviewed an Adult Swim show, 'Rick & Morty' as awesome & a crazed mad science show on sunday nights. worth full price & reviewed 'Mission Impossible, Rogue Nation' as fun to watch & Simon Pegg is in it & worth non-regretted full price & Bill followed, mentioning that the movie used real stunts and not CGI

Adrienne saw 'Pixels' with Mo & said it's 'not as bad as people say' - while Mo enjoyed it thouroughly, but worth matinee; then Adrienne reviewed 'Mr Holmes' as different & worth matinee

Mo then reviewed the new DMV office on Center Road in San Jose as really fast & practically empty

We did auctions, but did not auction off Andy

we adjourned at 8:54

and the rumor of the week was: 'Our rumors strike fear into hearts around the world'

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melcharAug. 10th, 2015 06:34 pm August 3 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1305
August 3, 2015

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm with me wanting to kill an Archie comic with FIRE
24 people attended

We established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1304 were accepted as 'Hugo taint'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $10.75 in the regular jar & $17.55 in the party basket

The Vice President reported that tomorrow he has a funny thing

The President said 'hi' to Patty & Dave, here for the first time - along with John Michael, Loni & Amanda - and then commented we had a wonderful trip


Announcements:
Ken announced that on Sept 15-16 many theatres will be showing Doctor Who in 3D, check fathom events for details

JC announced that Nerdvana Podcast has its 3rd anniversary celebration at SLG this Saturday from noon -to 4pm & announced that he is having editing problems

Beth announced that Doners Choose is accepting donations for back to school - and if you can donate to '21st Century learners' it will benefit her school and please use the code 'spark'

Brad announced that the RA Heinlein fund made its goal to get a bust made

Carole announced the death of Adrienne Martine Barnes

Dave G announced that he has a king room in the Davenport Tower for Sasquan that he can't use, if interested please contact him

[evil] Kevin announced that you have to be a Sasquan member to vote on the 2017 bid location & supporting memberships are

$40 - plus $40 to bid on site selection, so you can bid to help the Helsinki in 2017 bid - and that will then let you vote for San Jose in 2018 next year

Geri announced that there is a new planetary system 19 light years away in Cassiopeia, Gliese 892

[tall] Kevin announced that the business meeting for Sasquan will start 4 days and likely run 4 days

Reviews:
Dave C reviewed the John Wayne airport wifi as not worth full price to endure sad puppy blather & he is sad to say that BevMo no longer carries Jolt soda & [tall] Kevin suggested he check Ralphs

I reviewed 'Ant Man' as fun, good in 2-D and worth full price, possibly twice & there were follow-ons about techniques

Dave G moved that Spokane River and the Spokane falls area be annexed as 'Spokane Gravity Challenged Bay'

We did auctions

we adjourned at 9:16

and the rumor of the week was: 'Our long international Hugo nightmare is nearly over'

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melcharJul. 14th, 2015 05:57 pm July 13 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1302
July 13, 2015

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm with tiara talk
23 people attended

We established a party recepticle

The regular jar was renamed the 'party pooper jar' for the duration of the meeting

Another motion failed

The minutes of meeting 1300 were accepted as 'cheaper than bailing out Goldman Sachs'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $7.25 in the regular jar & $4.75 in the party basket

The Vice President gave a retrospective of the 10-th year 1st meeting between Ken & Geri

The President had nothing fannish to report

The Outings Committee thanked those who came out for last Friday's SJ Giants Star Wars [who won in the 12th, despite bad refereeing]

Announcements:
JC announced that Nerdvana Podcast episode 41 had been recorded & that part 1 will be out Wednesday & announced that Nerdvana Podcast will be at Kepler's bookstore on Tuesday at 7:30pm

Carole announced that Sasquan is about to finalize their programming schedule & it's looking really nice - and that [evil]

Kevin will be the Masquerade MC; then [tall] Kevin mentioned that both the Business Meeting & the Match Game will be in room 300-B

Lisa announced that Little Harold has graduated from SJ State

Little Harold announced that Nintendo's president died last week

Jenny announced that she brought pre-support info for the Montreal in 2017 bid & John O reminds that the Hugo ballot deadline is July 31

Reviews:
[tall] Kevin reviewed his Westercon travels as fascinating

Bill reviewed his travels as Carole was a mosquito entre' & that it was worth mostly full price to visit relatives, even though they had to miss Westercon

Brenna reviewed 'The Body Pirate' by Van Aaron Hughs in F&SF's July-Aug 2015 issue as she was delighted by it

Brad reviewed the SFRA conference as 'these grad students are getting younger and younger' & reviewed a visit to Metropolis Comics as it is by appointment only & reviewed Westercon as his hotel was terrible, but his panels went well & he enjoyed the con & bought stuff from Dave

Westercon was also reviewed by JC, Lisa, both Daves, [tall] Kevin, Big Harold & there was an agreement that the convention was mostly good, panels were very good, Dealers Room was sporadic, Registration had problems and the hotel was -terrible-

Beth reviewed Andy Weir's book 'The Martian' as very good

John O reviewed 'Minions' as not much plot or characterization, but very silly & worth full price for 2D & reviewed Scalzi's 'Locked In' as he enjoyed it, recommends it, but doesn't think it will be a Hugo nominee for him next year

Lisa reviewed Disneyland as the new electric parade is gorgeous, they missed the Muppet singalong that has been replaced with a 'Frozen' show & she had a good time; Tall Harold praised the Scooter folk; Dave C also went & thinks the electric parade needs more floats & the fireworks display was loud

Dave G reviewed Convergence as a fun little con

We did auctions

we adjourned at 9:33

and the rumor of the week was: 'Learning Welsh is much harder than learning Klingon'

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melcharJul. 13th, 2015 05:56 pm July 6 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1301
July 6, 2015

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm with farts
20 people attended

Andy moved to have a fine of $1 imposed for farts fired during the meeting & it passed

Adrienne got a farting license for $5

We established a party basket

The minutes of meeting 1300 were accepted

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $55.05 in the regular jar & $87.25 in the party basket

The Vice President reported that he has plans

The President said 'hi' to new faces - to 'Sam' who used to work with Ric & to 'Brad' who found us through the Meetup site

The Outings Committee reported that this Friday is the SJ Giants Star Wars night this Friday at Municipal Stadium & they need 15 to do a package deals for it and have 12 now

Announcements:
Alex announced that he is going to ComicCon

Ken announced that he is doing a 44th birthday special in 3 weeks on KFJC & will playing lots of 45's

[evil] Kevin announced that his brother will be playing loudly with the band THiTH, on stage in Pacifica at Winter's Tavern, late Friday night about 9pm

Reviews:
Adrienne reviewed the Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga album 'Cheek to Cheek' as the music was good & Gaga has a remarkable voice

Mo reviewed a Hugo nom'd book 'The Goblin Emperor' by Katherine Addison as very well-written, but that some characters didn't make a lot of sense to her; Adrienne agreed that the writing was pretty

Andy reviewed 'Battlebots' as the announcers are still dumb as a box of hammers, but otherwise fun to watch & reviewed more 'Killjoys' as still fun & reviewed Westercon as he strongly recommends against staying at the Town & Country in San Diego & that the Match Game went well, the parties were successful & [evil] Kevin pointed out that they did well at the Fannish
Inquisition & actually sold pre-supports & a Friend of the bid for the Finnish bid & that all the presentations are now online

Brenna reviewed Cafe Stritch as they have amazing jazz there

We did auctions

we adjourned at 8:53

and the rumor of the week was: 'Don't ask about the fart license exam'

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melcharJun. 22nd, 2015 06:30 pm June 15 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1298
June 15, 2015

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm with railings against the patriarchy
23 people attended

We established a party vessel

The minutes of meeting 1297 were accepted as 'hashtag sleeping on the couch'

The Treasurer was absent, thus no report

The Vice President reported that the Treasurer has his [Ken's] hat

The President had nothing fannish to report

Announcements:
JC announced that Nerdvana Podcast episode 40, part 3, will be out Wednesday-ish

John O announced that he & Chris will not be at Westercon due to health issues & scheduling, so go and have fun for them

Howeird announced that he was here with us due to 'Choreo-aggrivation' with Iolanthe, but the production looks promising, for more details check www.lyrictheatre.org/

Beth announced that Katilyn is doing babysitting, check out http://kaitysitter.weebly.com/

Dave C announced that the Disney HD channel will be showing Dr Who, season 2 & announced that Jeb Bush is now an official candidate as 'Jeb!' & announced that since it was June the May Cargo Cult catalog is out now

Gerry announced that his new publisher has finished proofs of his new book, 'Prelude to Stars' & it should be out by Worldcon

Brad announced that he has his Sasquan schedule & he will be on 3 panels & moderating the 'Medieval Science & Engineering' panel, then [evil] Kevin followed that as part of his 13 hours of Masquerade prep 'please print legibly'

Chris O announced that she had her 1st chemo treatment today & is here and feels fine today

Reviews:
Gail reviewed Berlioz's 'The Trojans' as running 5 hours with intermissions as including some steampunk and was engaging & reviewed the dress rehearsal of '2 Women' at the SF Opera as very good

Gerry reviewed 'Camp Town', a writer's retreat at Mount hood as very productive for him & well run & reviewed Highway 5 as 'it's possible to go from Portland and get back in time for a BASFA meeting in 1 day'

John O reviewed the 'Vegan Black Chef' as cooking with death metal music & his style is very interesting & reviewed the

charity fundraiser that Cirque de Solei is running as repetitious with too much aerial work & reviewed 'Jurassic World' as dinosaurs eating people after the 'we built them, what can go wrong' concept & there were lots of folks who follow'd on and tried not to give spoilers

Beth reviewed the Tony Awards showcase as absolutely amazing

Mo reviewed books - the 'Three Body Problem' as intricate & recommended & will get her Hugo vote & 'Border' by Marina Fitch as entertaining magic realism

Dave C reviewed the book 'Yellowstone Kelly' by Peter Bowen as a mountain man kind of book & worth used bookstore price

[evil] Kevin reviewed Pride Rock at the Oasis in SF that Pepperspray was wonderful and there wasn't a clunker in any of the shows and they've done a good remodel of the space; also check http://www.pepperspraytheband.com/

Howeird reviewed 'As you Wish' by Cary Elwes, the book of making 'Princess Bride' as a very charming book, easy to read

Joanie reviewed going home as Michigan is beautiful is lovely this time of year and nice if you are indoors when it rains & that camping is best done with 2 good knees

We did auctions

we adjourned at 9:25

and the rumor of the week was: 'George RR Martin will be Vox Day's wedding planner'

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dave_gallaherJun. 17th, 2015 09:33 pm Marcia Minsky Donation

At Meeting 1297 on 8 June 2015, we collected $45 for the "Save Marcia Minsky's House on GoFundMe. I passed that donation, plus another $5 to make an even $50, along to the GoFundMe account.

Please check out http://www.gofundme.com/Save_Marcias_House if you would like to make your own individual donation.

Dave Gallaher
Treasurer

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melcharJun. 8th, 2015 06:49 pm BASFA minutes for June 1

BASFA Meeting 1296
June 1, 2015

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm with so many things to do
27 people attended

We established a party vessel

The minutes of meeting 1295 were accepted as 'works for me'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $1.60 in the regular jar & $5 in the party basket

The Vice President spoke in past tense & reported that the Garcia twins have touched

The President had nothing fannish to report

The Party Committee reported that there was a well-attended BASFA party at Baycon & the next BASFA party will be held at Convolution - then he showed off a new, shiny vinyl BASFA banner

Announcements:
Andy announced that the latest Humble Bundle is for comics of various sorts

JC announced that Nerdvana Podcast, episode 40, will be out Wednesday & includes Fred for the 1st time

Alex announced that life has been interesting for him these last few weeks & that his wife has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder

Adrienne announced that she has bookmarks

Chris O announced that she is mostly recovered from her surgery

Brad announced that he has a ticket to the Warriors game on Thursday & announced that the Eaton Conference has been postponed until fall

John O announced that a pair of glasswork artists he likes, Joy & BJ have an Indiegogo fund set up to help them move their business and kitty rescue, it has a couple weeks to get funded and details are at = https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-new-art-studio-for-joy-bj-rescue-kitties

Reviews:
Wiscon was reviewed as essentially enjoyable with interesting panels & there was a recommendation to fly there via Oakland

Adrienne reviewed Spokane's convention center as somewhat complex & that she found Spokane to be lovely & green & that she recommends Alaskan Air

John O reviewed episode 8 of Game of Thrones as the fight with giants was great & reviewed 'Mad Max, Fury Road' as boy it was fun and had some weird-ass cars - there were various comments and compliments for both

Dave C reviewed some comics as fun & interesting & reviewed 'Tomorrowland' as he wanted to enjoy it & several 'meh' comments agreed with him

Dave G reviewed Conquest 46, in Kansas City, as a fun & nice little con

Tom reviewed Corflu as an absolutely lovely con & reviewed Brewdog's 'Sink the Bizmark', a freeze-dried ale as a quadruple IPA with 41% alcohol content & is incredibly flavorful - 5 pounds for a tott of it & absolutely worth full price

JC reviewed the Milpitas International BBQ as wonderfully organized, recommended and he had a great time there

We did auctions

we adjourned at 9:11

and the rumor of the week was: 'Hearing the name Wiscon makes me want to pee'

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melcharJun. 1st, 2015 05:08 pm BASFA minutes for May 25

BASFA Meeting 1295
May 25, 2015

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at Coco's, 1206 Oakmead Parkway (Lawrence Expressway/101 Fwy), Sunnyvale

Began 8 pm with with cunning linguistics
15 people attended

We established a party basket

The minutes of meeting 1294 were accepted as 'commissioner approved'

The Treasurer was not there, so there was no Treasurer's report

The Vice President reported that 'Life, the Universe & Everything' that he broadcast on KFJC will be in the archives for the next 2 weeks - and happy Towel Day

The President had nothing fannish to report

Announcements:
JC announced that Nerdvana Podcast, episode 39, part 4 will be out Wednesday & then announced for Beth that Katlyn will be involved in a Tony Awards production at Hoover Middle School June 12,13

Ken announced that the Legion of Rasselon meeting will be at the Steven's Creek & Lawrence Expressway IHoP this Friday, starting at 7:30

Adrienne announced that Mo is doing much better now, although the 'skilled nursing facility' is not getting high marks

Reviews:
Gail reviewed Baycon as it happened & reviewed the Hugo voting panel as it almost convinced her not to vote on some things; others followed, saying - Brad thought it compressed and thought it odd that it ended on Sunday, then the secretary played along & the Art Show was praised, Dave C had good sales in the Dealer's Room & he had lots of people asking about 1st books in series, Adrienne was sorry she missed it & Lisa enjoyed the panels she made it to

Adrienne reviewed 'Avengers 2' as she enjoyed it, despite the slow bits & reviewed 'Tommorowland' as she enjoyed it too, although it also had draggy bits - but that neither were as good as this week's episode of 'Orphan Black' & she recommends Breyer's ice cream = Salted Caramel, as awesome

JC reviewed the Flash series finale as the whole season has been the best he's seen in years

We did auctions

we adjourned at 8:40

and the rumor of the week was: 'The Warriors need their spice'

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