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melcharFeb. 22nd, 2017 05:41 pm BASFA minutes for Feb 20

BASFA Meeting 1386
February 20, 2017

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began at 8-ish - ... with all 3 Storms - Wind, Lightning & Rain
17 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1385 were accepted as 'auto-correct is horrible'

The Treasurer was missing

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President said 'hi' to Scott, visiting us for the first time ... who found us through the Meetup group

The Sports Committee reports that the SJ Giants Star Wars day is Saturday, May 20 - $39 for the Martinelli deck & 25 are needed to do this - contact basfa@p4tt.com

Announcements:
Ken announced that the Legion of Rasselon will meet at the IHoP at Steven's Creek this Friday at 7:30pm - Adrienne followed-on, saying that classic Dr Who episodes are on sale at Costco

Ruth announced that the SF Ballet is performing 'Frankenstein' Feb 17 thru 26 & announced that Neil Gaiman will have an evening at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rose, March 31 at 8pm, check = http://www.neilgaiman.com/where/details.php?id=271

Pat Turner announced that there will be a Pagan Pride day in Sacramento, Sept 16-17 & announced that Neil Gaiman has a new book out, 'Norse Mythology'


Reviews:
Adrienne reviewed Gallifrey as she had a great time there & the panels she saw were good; she says she heard rumors there would be an 8th season od 'Doc Martin' & she saw 'Fences and enjoyed it, while she found 'Manchester by the Bay' confusing

Yochanan reviewed 'Timeless' on TV as it has grown on him, rates it a 'B' & Pat also likes it

Pat reviewed Panteacon as she had a great time, it was a good con & there were a few hotel issues

John O reviewed 'Hidden Fences' as good coverage of a time forgotten - except there was no one smoking anywhere - recommends the movie and reading the book & reviewed Andre Norton's 'Plague Ship' as one of the best in the Solar Queen series

there were no auctions

we adjourned at 8:49 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'Santa Cruz is trying to detach itself from the US & escape under cover of rain'

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dprisonerFeb. 13th, 2017 09:52 pm Meeting Minutes #1385 - Monday, 13 February, 2016

Meeting #1385 was called to order at 20:00

32 people present (but not all at once)

A Party jar established

The Vice President read the minutes, and they were approved as Once more with feeling.

Treasurer Report

#1384:
Reg $0.25 / $15,035.59.
Party: $0.25 / $175.97


VP Report
Nothing fannish.

Welcomed back Stellan and (tall)Kevin, and welcomed Shiva from the Meetup group

The President was absent.

Committee Reports

Party: Next party will be at BabsCon Hyatt Regency SFO, Saturday April 15th.

Web: The map page on the site has been incorrectly pointing to Cocos, not Black Bear. This will be fixed soon.

Hugo Recommendations: We need someone to take this on next year (it's too late for this year) as (tall)Kevin is not here as frequently, and will be a Hugo admin next year.

Sports: 20 tix to Barracudas, not for specific game, but GA vouchers at the Tank. Probably after Gallifrey. $9/ea.

Sports: San Jose Giants Star Wars Night, Saturday, May 20th - 5pm. $39 each for the VIP deck (food, 2 drinks, &c...) We need a minimum of 25 people. Contact Ken at basfa@p4tt.com


Announcements

1. JohnO: One month out from ConSonance (Mar 24-26, Crowne Plaza SV, Milpitas).
2. Lisa: Tally is coming up. Kevin and Andy are doing the Friday night party (it's pretty much the only party there!)
3. Adrienne: Turkish documentary: Kedi. Follows 7 stray cats around Istanbul. In limited release, but will be at the Camera 3 theatres March 3. (During but not part of Cinequest)
4. DaveC: NorWes Con April 13-17 at the Doubletree in SeaTac. Ya'll come. Norwescon.com
5. Ric: Cinequest has lost C12, but will be using a couple classrooms at SJSU for discussions and exhibits. AS well as the California and Hammer theatres. Adding CineArts at Santana Row and Century Redwood City for repeats.
6. DaveG: Playboy is bringing back the nudity, and Party Jokes


Reviews

1. JohnO:
1. East Bay Comic-con in Concord, just a few hundred people in the Crowne Plaza. Used even the cafe seating area for programming. Interesting variety, plenty of comic books. Costume contest was from stunning to a 6 year old Princess Leia. Was only $8 at the door ($6 in advance). Venders sounded pleased. ChrisO: Costume Contest was pretty well done. Excellent costumes. Brad: Asked how many had Golden Age stuff - maybe 2, but a lot of older stuff.
2. Cheap E-Books: The Wrong Unit - A Novel by Rob Dircks. The future, humanity confined to small space with helper robots. One robot is absconded with a human baby to a remote place. It was the wrong bot. Worth the $1 or so...
3. Cloak Games: Thief Track by Jonathan Moeller. Future with Elves from another dimension taking over the Earth. Treating the humans like cattle. Main character raised to be a thief. Fun ride, but the author should have paid for an editor! Was only $0.99, but the sequel was $1.99!
4. No Honor in Death by Eric Thompson. Honor Harrigan lite. Military space opera, without the tech details. Plot elements pitched from other places... Barely worth $1.99.
2. Ruth: reading Neil Giaman's Norse Gods, more traditional stories done in Gaiman style. Worth full price, and multiple copies. Audio book is by Gaiman!!!
3. Adrienne:
1. La La Land: (dissenting opinion) Overrated! OMG! Slow script, tedious. Plot did not grab her, and disappointed by the ending. Washed her brain out with Chicago... Art direction was good. Mo: (well princess poly-head) Thought it was genius. Having lived in LA, seeing people chasing their dreams, this touched on the fantasy that is LA. The jazz is present - how it riffs and exchanges on each other - and is ever changing. Strong jellybean colors, tap dancing on asphalt and on cars. Beautifully done. Voices seem weak. Modern take on musicals. Lisa: There is no middle ground - either Like or Hate.
2. Saw live action short nominations: Favorite is Timecode, about security guards in a parking lot where something odd happens. Not one Brit or US entry!
3. Today went out to lunch with a colleague, went to Adamson's French Dip in Sunnyvale. OMG - amazeballs!!! Even with long wait and the cost.
4. Brad:
1. Went to California Antiquarian Book Festival. Bought 1st edition of Slan. The seller covered the sales tax.
2. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. Talks about the human past. Big topic. Strongly recommends. Same tradition as Wells' Outline of History (1919) Second book will be Homo Deus.
3. First episode of the second half of season 7 of the Walking Dead. May be more group orientated. Has promise.
5. Bill:
1. Saw Cirque du Soleil's Luzia. Best performances were the contortionists in the second half. Didn't notice (m)any non-whites.
2. Sing: Had a good time. If you liked Zootopia, you'll like this. Worth Netflixing. American Idol taken to small-town animal cities.
6. Gerald: Attended the play Uncanny Valley. About artificial intelligence. Goes in different directions than expected. Hard SF, but far away from The Cold Equations. Don't read the reviews, as they give away an important plot point. Extraordinary and interesting play.
7. Alex: Batman Lego Movie: Absolutely fun and fantastic. From head to tail, lots of in-jokes. Continues Batman from Lego Movie. Wonderful voice acting. Doesn't take itself seriously. Worth a movie ticket. JohnO: Enjoyed it as well. Alfred is more the secondary star.
8. Carole: New to them restaurant: Falafel Stop in Sunnyvale. Excellent. They make their own Pita Bread. Generous portion, tasty, well cooked. There's also one on Meridian.
9. Yochanon:
1. Colony on USA season 2 just began. Loved it.
2. Powerless: Not good.
3. BASFA minutes: Wonderful. The best. Saved him on his WorldCon memberships.
4. Rasputins has a book section at their Bascom store. Not a great selection, but cheap.
10. DaveC: Saw the last episodes of the Good Place. They stuck the landing.

We did auctions.

Meeting adjourned at 21:49 and the Rumor of the week is: Apollo has left the ship.

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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dprisonerFeb. 6th, 2017 09:26 pm BASFA Meeting #1384 - Monday, 6 February, 2017

Meeting #1384 was called to order at 20:00

17 people present.

Mo read the minutes of 1383, and they were approved as: All the news that's fit to web, plus Mo!

With the correction: The Heinlein novel was actually "Time for the Stars" (not Pine)


Treasurer Report

Meeting #1383:
Regular $1.50 / $15,035.34
Party: $2.25 / $175.72

VP Report

Nothing fannish to report.

The President was absent.

Committee Reports

Meet-up:
Adrienne meet-up has 500 members

Sports:
20 tix to Barracudas, not for specific game, but GA vouchers at the Tank. Probably after Gallifrey. $9/ea.

Also, San Jose Giants Star Wars Night, Saturday, May 20th - 5pm. $39 each for the VIP deck (food, 2 drinks, &c...) We need a minimum of 25 people.


Announcements

1: Dave Wallace: Trying to get Hugo Noms for Xin Ye & Lauri Ahonen. Added them to a Hugo Nom wiki: http://hugonoms2017.wikia.com/wiki/Xin_Ye_and_Lauri_Ahonen

2: Carole: Retired 35 year old Eddie Bauer jacket. And has replaced it with one that is not the same color.

3: Adrienne: Gallifrey is in 2 Thursdays. She still has a spare tix, if someone is interested. Carole followed on with spotting a Doctor Who coloring book at Bed Bath & Beyond. Gerold: That weekend they will be at RadCon in Pascoe, WA.

4: Bradford: Reached a personal milestone in his comic book collection. Action #156. Now has 82 to the present (960?)

5: Dave C: (1) Eureka books posted link to proposed autograph bill. Not all we hoped, but should help book sellers. (2) ComicExcitement in LA. They hoped for 20K attendees, but maybe only got 1K...

6: Bill: Hidden figures is Hugo eligible.


Reviews

1. Mo:
1. Saw Dr. Strange. Delighted, well done and thought out. Tilda was spiffy as the ancient one. Loved the cookies.
2. Saw Hidden Figures, really really well done. Can't recommend enough.
3. New series called Emerald City - don't bother. Tries to make Oz edgy, turns every one glum.
4. Jazzed by stranger things second season.
5. Read books! American Gods - very good. Ian McShane will be good for the TV series. - DaveC - EmCit essay on IO9 called "Please Stop Remaking the Wizard of Oz"
2. Bradford:
1. Jo Walton - "Just City" & "Philosopher Kings" basis in Plato's works. Give them a look if you have a classical philosophy bent. Book 3 will be "Necessity". Fred concurs after reading the first book.
2. "Hell's House" by Richard Mathison. The Legend of Hell House with Roddy McDowell was on the TV one night. Moldy oldies, but goodies. DaveC followed on with concurs with Legend of Hell's House being good for it's time and budget.
3. Guilty pleasures: The final Underworld movie & the latest Resident Evil. Doubt they will be the final chapters. If you have liked these types of movies, you'll like them. Good for what they are. Wait to the end of the credits of Resident Evil.
3. Gerold: To get ready for MarsCon panel, rented the 1st season of the Expanse. No physics was harmed by the production. Astronomy was ok, except for taking ice to Ceres... Suspension of disbelief was in the storyline, not the science. If you like lots of mindless violence, this has it. Fast moving, fast paced. Worth the $20 for the DVD. Mo followed on. SyFi channel has a fist season recap with kittens!
4. Adrienne: There was a football game yesterday. Those cheatin' Pats won... Lady Gaga turned in a good performance. More politics in the commercials (liked the Skittles one). Dave follow on: 84 lumber commercial's unedited state was probably more pro-45. Bill: More political moment was the coin flip with GHWB. Gayle: Some rabid Pats fans don't like 45 by making donations to orgs for each Pats score.
5. Bill: Weekend before last went to ConFlikt in Seattle. GOH was Judi Miller - ASL interpretive dance accompanies other artists. Jeff and maya Bohnoff, interfilk was Mark Peters - who runs sound for other cons. Had a good time, plenty of good music. Didn't do as much as usual. Had a good time. Ran into at least half a dozen ex-BayArea fans. Going back next year.
6. Mo: Watched a lot of movies.
1. Finding Dory - adorable.
2. First season of Colony: An invasion force has taken over. No hand holding, the aliens have a presence, but are not seen. FX series.
7. Carole: Saw the Sharks have a disappointing end to a game. Joined in on the "Refs you suck" chanting.

No auction...

Meeting adjourned at: 21:16 and the rumor of the week was: If this goes on, revolt in 2100.

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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dprisonerJan. 30th, 2017 09:00 pm Meeting number 1383 Minutes

Meeting number 1383 was called to order at 20:00

19 people in attendance.

JC read the minutes of 1382 and were accepted as: Hey, Barbara spelled NumberWang correctly

Party jar established.

Treasurer Report

1382: Regular Jar: $6.50 /$ has money, and Party Jar: $1.50 /$173.47

VP Report

Nothing fannish to be reported

President Report

The President was not present


Committee Reports

Spots Committee: Has purchased 20 Tix to the San Jose Barracudas. General Admission. Non-specific date. $9 each.



Announcements:

1. EvilKevin. Last day to buy WC76 membership at early price $160, going to $190. Down payments of $50 accepted to lock price . John O' followed on: Also last chance to buy a membership to WC75 & WC76 to be eligible to nominate.
2. JC: Nerdvana Podcast will have shows out this week.
3. DaveC:
1. AB 1570: Autograph law. A state legislator will be sponsoring a correction.
2. It's the end of January, and time for the Cargo Cult January 2017 catalog - including the rare color edition.
4. Adrienne: Has an extra ticket for GallifreyOne in LA in February. Contact her if interested. $100.50. John O followed on: Their tix have been sold.
5. Ken:
1. John Hurt passed away on Friday, age 77.
2. Peter Capaldi will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year.
3. The 10th series of Doctor Who will start on April 15th.


Reviews

1. JC:
1. Hidden Figures. Even better than anticipated.
2. Also rewatched Rogue One, keeps getting better.
3. After Beth's accident a couple weeks ago, they have a a replacement car: 2014 Fiat 500L (9K miles). No pressure at the DGDG dealership.
2. Adrienne:
1. Finally saw Rogue One. Impressed with strong woman characters in universe. Enjoyed it. Better than 1-3 & 6. CG characters were a little off.
2. Binge watching Jeeves & Wooster. Delightful series with Fry & Laurie. Chris O also recommends Woodhouse Playhouse.
3. JohnO:
1. Book: Collection of Short Stories edited by Daniel H Wilson & John Joseph Adams all video game based, Press Start to Play.
2. Book: fairly new, but fairly old stories - Miniatures by John Scalzi. Not all 5 star material, very short easy crapper read. Cargo Cult has it in the rare HardCover.
3. Book: Classic reread in Pine for the Stars by Heinlein. Rereading as a adult, bit stilted. Gerald comments that the science was wrong in it.
4. TV: Finally watched the first episode of Victoria (PBS) with Jenna Coleman. Gerold followed on about the historical inaccuracies.


We adjourned at 20:48

The rumor of the the week is: Next weeks minutes will be replaced with MadLibs.

Current Location: Black Bear, Milpitas

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melcharJan. 25th, 2017 02:38 pm BASFA minutes for Jan 23

BASFA Meeting 1382
January 23, 2017

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began at 8:04 pm - ... with a boss fight
23 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1381 were accepted as 'not my minutes'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $7.50 in the regular jar - and $23.25 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report - but did say 'hi' to Dave Wallis who was visiting us for the first time ... and who speaks very well

The Sports Committee is checking out possible Barracuda dates for a BASFA outing - Feb 12, March 11, 12 and 17 are being investigated

The Party Committee reported that the next BASFA party will Saturday, 8-ish on April 15 of Babcon, at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame

Announcements:
Ken announced that the Legion of Rasselon will meet at the IHoP at Steven's Creek this Friday at 7:30pm

JC announced that Nerdvana Podcast will have episodes out this week - and that they will be recording at Keplers Books on this Saturday, 3 till 5-ish when Pablo Hidalgo will be giving a talk

Dave C announced that bookseller Larry Smith has died

Gail announced that the SpaceX launch that happened was even more awesomely timed than she has earlier reported

Reviews:
Adrienne reviewed a TV show live action/animation mix, 'Son of Zorn' as she didn't really care for it & does not recommend it

The movie 'Hidden Figures' was reviewed a lot [by Brad, Bill, Lisa, Carole & Fred] in across the board positive terms, recommended & Brad also recommended the book

Dave C reviewed Numberwang - an online game show as - check it out

Gerry reviewed 'American Ulysses' - a biography of Ulysses S Grant - as a quick read and an amazing story & reviewed 'Rogue One' as the logical consequences ensue and there was some great acting in it & worth matinee

JC reviewed a phone & browser game, Jackbox, as he really enjoys it & to check out Jackbox.tv

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:01 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'President George W Bush just moved 1-up in the presidential rankings'

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melcharJan. 20th, 2017 05:01 pm Jan 16 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1381
January 16, 2017

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began at 8:00 pm - ... with not enough Mannings
27 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1380 were accepted as 'thanks Obama'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $3.00 in the regular jar - and $17.00 in the party jar & that at meeting 1379 we took in $5.25 in the regular jar - and $6.50 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President had nothing fannish to report

Announcements:
Carole announced that her home phone line sucks & announced that the Seattle filk convention, Conflict is in a week and a half

Dave C announced that Comic Excitement was last week & they posted their harassment policy after the fact

Adrienne announced that Haunted America tickets are on sale now & it occurs in June in Illinois & Mo commented that it will be held in a gorgeous part of the state

Beth announced that Nerdvana Podcast, episode 51, part 4 - the last of Baycon 2016, will be out Wednesday

Gail announced that the SpaceX launch on Jan 8 was rained out and then the launch on Jan 14 was a success

John O announced that Registration prices for Worldcon in 2018 are going up in 2 weeks & announced that Consonance will be March 24-26 at the Crown Plaza in Milpitas & announced that they aren't going to Gallifrey, so they have 2 tickets to sell & Lisa followed on, saying that you can pay for Worldcon in installment payments

Reviews:
Lisa reviewed Furcon as very nice & very furry - with a good science track; Bill found it enjoyable & did a lot of furry watching & Carole noticed an absence of a lot of the fursuiters she knows

Adrienne reviewed binge-watching the 'Poldark' reboot & enjoyed it & Chris O commented that she liked the women's roles from the 70's version more

Dave C reviewed 'The Nightmare Stacks' by Charles Stross as a decent Laundry book

Kennila reviewed 'Hidden Figures' as phenomenal and worth full price

Mo reviewed binge-watching the 'OA' as lovely & beautifully done & reviewed 'Beyond' as interesting

Dara reviewed Wendy Spinale's book 'Everland' as quite good

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:13 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'Joe Biden will be president for 1 day, just to piss off Trump'

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dprisonerJan. 9th, 2017 09:03 pm January 9, 2017 BASFA Minutes

BASFA Meeting 1380
January 9, 2017

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began at 20:00
29 people attended

We established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1379 were read by the VP and accepted as Taste Great

The Treasurer claims that the jar is safe in his office in his new home awaiting an archeological dig.

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President was absent.

Announcements:

JC - More Nerdvana this week. Download. Also, Jan 28 at 7pm at Keplers: Pablo Hildalgo will be there and Nerdvana will interview re: Star Wars.

Gerold - Space X got rained out, rescheduled for Saturday, 14 January.

Carole - Next Weekend is Further Confuision, and the last weekend of January will be ConFlikt in Seattle.

Dave G - Hugo Award Nominations now open.


Reviews:

evilKevin - SF Novel: Swallow the Sky by Chris Mead. A rollicking space opera. Highly recommend. Available on Amazon for eBooks.

Andy - Would like to review Sherlock, but would be spoilery. Not sure if he liked it, but will definitely be watching next weeks.

Brad
1. Passengers (film) Entertaining for a Hollywood film. But gets less like able as it goes on. Worth Matinee.
2. SF Novel: Death's End by Cixin Lin. Highly recommend - especially if you like the first 2 in the trilogy.

DaveC - Been getting Windows Service key about to expire calls, but not his review. First Church of the Sacred Silversexual. Performances of Bowie songs. Worth standing for 3.5 hours.

Carole - Saw Sing. Enjoyable, funny. Feel good film. Matinee or DVD. Animals behaving stereotypically.

John O
1. Passengers - did not live up to the hype, but enjoyable. Plot on rails, some telegraphing, a few Easter eggs. Saw in 3D, really well. Some science good, some really wrong.
2. Book: The Plant Killers - 3 novels by Robert Silverberg from the '50s. Sort of interlinked, but not really connected. Rip roaring space operas. Recommend.
3. Book: My sisters song by Gail Carriger. Short sweet and bloody. Definitely readable.
4. Books: The Niantic Project: Ingress & Ingress: Level 8 - based on the game. By Felicia Hajra-Lee. Fairly superficial, details on weapons. Pulls treads of the game into an understandable story line.
5.
Aetheus. Went to Canada. Sea to Sky gondola tour. 15 minute ride upto the summit. Snow and trees. Good 4-hour trip. About $45 pp, worth full price, eh.

We did auctions

We adjourned at 20:56

and the rumor of the week was: This is an obscure reference.

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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melcharJan. 9th, 2017 06:34 pm BASFA minutes for Jan 2

BASFA Meeting 1379
January 2, 2017

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began at 8:00 pm - ... in Trump's Amurica
29 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1378 were accepted as 'BAD 2016!'

The Treasurer attended late & reported that last week we took in $0.50 in the regular jar - and $0.75 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President said 'hi' to folks visiting to us for the first time - Judy - and also John Schmidt

Announcements:
JC announced that Nerdvana Podcast, episode 51, part 4 - the last of Baycon 2016, will be out Wednesday

John announced that Ursula Vernon has a book out, [under the pen-name of T.Kingfisher] called 'Summer in Orcus' & it can be found at = http://www.redwombatstudio.com/portfolio/summer-in-orcus/

Harold the Younger announced that the Zeldathon charity is over & raised over $250,000 = https://blog.helphopelive.org/2016/12/27/one-year-later-the-legacy-and-impact-of-zeldathon-hope/

Gerry announced that SpaceX will try its next launch this Sunday, Jan 8

Adrienne announced that she just was notified by the state that West Coast Paranormal Events is now reserved and she is looking for others to be on the board of directors

[evil] Kevin announced that Worldcon in 2018 will have a party at Furcon on Friday night

Howeird announced that he has just been hired to help break Android TVs

Reviews:
Bill reviewed making latkes for a crowd as fulfilling

Dave C reviewed going to the Punchline to see Greg Proops in his Smartest Man in the World show as always interesting and worth full price

JC reviewed the last meeting of the Legion of Rasselon in 2016 as very fun & enjoyable - and Adrienne followed-on, agreeing

Andy reviewed binging on earlier seasons of Sherlock as good & then seeing the new season as he can't say anything more without spoilers

I reviewed seeing 'Rogue One' again as very much enjoyed & worth full price again

Draven reviewed 'Assassin's Creed' as totally worth watching & reviewed 'Swiss Army men' as an odd movie but watchable

we did auctions

we adjourned at 8:48 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'Well no celebrities died on Jan 1st, so another $100 goes into the jackpot'

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melcharDec. 27th, 2016 01:59 pm December 26 BASFA meeting

BASFA Meeting #1378; 26 December, 2016

BASFA Meeting #1378

Called to order at 20:00 with 21 people attending, and a Santa-chu.
The minutes were performed by the Dave Clark 5, with a prime rib interruption. They were accepted as "The Accepted Minutes Have Died."
The Treasurer was absent, but it is presumed that we have money.
The VP continues to have nothing fannish to report.
The President was absent, but probably also has nothing fannish to report.
No committees were willing to rise.
No one brought up any new business.

Announcements:
JC said that Episode 51 of the Nerdvana Podcast, part 3 is out and part 4 is coming soon. Also that their artificial tree has been killed by Tempest and Harley.
Moose announced that the Zeldathon is tomorrow. The event has raised over a million over the years, and this one has already raised $7000. More info at Zeldathon.net
Steven Nelson's SciFiSciFiSciFi (SciFiSciFiSciFi.libsyn.com) podcast is discussing Central Station by Lavie Tidhar this week. Next week they will discuss Consider Phlebas by Iain L. Banks.
Dave Clark was looking for the salt, and that Last Gasp of San Francisco is ceasing their distribution business. Their publishing business remains.
Adrienne announced that George Michael dies last night. Following mentioned that 2016 tried, but failed to get Carrie Fisher - but took the guitarist from Status Quo and the astronomer that lead the way to dark matter.
EvilKevin announced that he helped to get David Gerrold the guest spot in last night's production of The MeshugaNutcracker in LA.
Ken announced that there is a second meeting of the Legion of Rassilon this Friday night at 7:30pm at the IHOP on Stevens Creek near Lawrence and 280. They'll be watching the Christmas special - The Return of Doctor Mysterio. Plus the final episode of the spin-off Class.

Reviews:
John O saw Rogue One again. This time just to enjoy (Beth followed on that she stayed awake the second time.) He also read Rise of Io by Wesley Chu. Didn't realize this is part of a series. Held up well. Also read To Be a Woman by Piers Anthony. Give it a pass...
Lisa H watched the Doctor Who Christmas special. Very Funny. Andy followed on with it being very charming. John O says that Nardol will be the Doctor's valet in the new series.
Jerry N can't figure out how to not spoil Rogue One.
There was no auction.

The meeting adjourned at 20:35 with the rumor of the week:
Zeldathon will feature the classic SNES game, The Legend ofWeeping Angels: A Blink to the Past

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melcharDec. 20th, 2016 02:34 pm Dec 19 BASFA minutes

BASFA Meeting 1377
December 19, 2016

Trey Haddad, President
Ken Patterson, Vice President
Dave Gallaher, Treasurer
Galen Tripp, Sergeant at Arms
Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Secretary
held at the Black Bear Diner

Began at 8:00 pm - with electors, electing
27 people attended

we established a party jar

The minutes of meeting 1376 were accepted as 'I see your pie and raise you a cobbler'

The Treasurer reported that last week we took in $2.00 in the regular jar - and $38.75 in the party jar

The Vice President had nothing fannish to report

The President said 'hi' to folks visiting to us for the first time - Ruthie & Draven & Dante - and mentioned he [& the secretary] will not be at next week's meeting

Announcements:
Ken announced that the Legion of Rasselon will meet at the IHoP at Steven's Creek both this Friday & next Friday at 7:30pm

Adrienne announced that there have been burglaries in her neighborhood and recommends nextdoor.com [although Carole commented that there can be silly things on the site] & then Adrienne announced that Bay Area Ghost Hunters will have a meet up at a dinner before a John Edwards event on Jan 17

JC announced that Nerdvana Podcast, episode 51, part 1 - Baycon 2016, is out now and that parts 2 & 3 will be out soon

Dave C announced that Bud E Luv will be performing this Friday at 8pm at the Chapel in SF

Reviews:
'Rogue One' got reviewed a lot, very much enjoyed, worth multiple viewings, that the 3D was good - although the plot was not terribly subtle

Andy reviewed Hasbro's Pie in the Face game as simple, but worth full price

Dave C reviewed 'Office Christmas Party' as fun & clever & he enjoyed it

Brad reviewed 'Carol for Another Christmas' as about 9 minutes long, from 1964, on Turner classics as still good and relevant

Adrienne reviewed 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' as she enjoyed it & found it endearing & Mo also enjoyed it

Carole reviewed 'YaYoi' at Homestead & DeAnza, a Japanese restaurant as serving excellent food, with high-moderate price as highly recommended

Mo reviewed audio books in general as Amazon Prime gives a monthly credit for them & she recommends the F Paul Wilson Repairman Jack series

John O reviewed a whole slew of books, among them Scalzi's 'Agent to the Stars' as shallow, but fun

we did auctions

we adjourned at 9:12 pm

and the rumor of the week was: 'Somebody poke Adrienne'

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