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dprisonerDec. 25th, 2017 11:14 pm Meeting #1340 - Monday, 25 December

Meeting #1430
December 25, 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, Milpitas

Meeting #1430

Called to order at 20:00

7 people in attendance

A party jar was established via text.

Minutes of meeting #1429 were read individually by members in attendance, and were accepted as “Read them online, if you can find them.”

The Treasurer was absent, but we have money.

The VP had nothing fannish to report.

The President was MIA with the secretary.

New Business

1. The question was raised: If the minutes are not consistently being put on LiveJournal anymore, should the link from the BASFA website be removed? Should the links to our active Social Media pages on the front page?

Announcements

Harold(the Younger)
1. Zeldathon Mission starting Dec 27 at 1pm (pt) Charity marathon featuring Legend of Zelda games, supporting Direct Relief. zeldathon.net to learn more, donate, and/or watch the stream when it goes live. Donations are currently open.

Fred
1. WC76 memberships are going up on January 1. Worldcon76.org
1. Also, if you want to nominate in the upcoming Hugos, you need to become a member before January 1.

Ken
1. This Friday is the 5th Friday, and the Legion of Rassilon will be meeting the following Friday, December 29 at the Denny’s on Bascom in Campbell (near the Pruneyard). Meeting starts at 7:30, and we’ll be doing a gift exchange raffle - bring a gift, get a raffle ticket. Some people will be bringing multiple gifts and sharing the extra tickets with those who couldn’t/didn’t bring. lor.club

Reviews

Dave
1. Saw the Disaster Artist. James Franco, dock-drama of the making of the Room - an unintentionally funny movie. Worth it.

Ken
1. Doctor Who was brilliant.

Fred
1. Orville. Both positive that it goes places, but frustrated at some of the humor. Still worthwhile.

There was no auction.

Meeting adjourned at: 20:17 and the rumor of the week was: My pie will arrive sometime this evening.

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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dprisonerNov. 27th, 2017 09:26 pm Minutes Meeting #1426 - Monday, November 27, 2017

Meeting #1426
November 27, 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, Milpitas

Was called to order at 20:00 with 20 people in attendance

Minutes of meeting #1425 were performed by JC, and were accepted as “Probably where he was last week.”

Correction:

The con is Sherlocked (not Sherlock)
Diasies Theater (not Davey)
It’s the Meshuganutcracker (not Meshugananutcracker)


The Treasurer reported that at meeting #1425 the Regular Jar took in $12.75 ($15,290.47) and the Party Jar took in $5.72 ($ -37.71)

The VP had nothing fannish to report.

The President was MIA with the secretary.

The Sports Committee: Looking at an outing to the SF Giants, but not be on the first Friday of May (too much going on).

Announcements

Adrienne:
1. BAGH is having holiday meet & greet 12/9 $21 at the Hayes Mansion ($25 at the door). Door prizes, including a WC76 Membership! January 13th, a downtown Napa ghost walk - to help attract more business after the Fires. Napa Mayor will be joining the ghost walk, followed by a stop at Joe’s for food ($23.50 in advance, $25 at the door if space permits).
1. Carole said that Healdsburg seems to be doing fine. Communities are bouncing back.
2. SMOFCON is this weekend. The weather has been in the 30s, and rain is expected. Pack accordingly.

Vikas:
1. This Wednesday SETI talk at the SRI in Menlo Park about The Kepler Mission.

JC:
1. 340 days so far that [redacted] has been an [redacted].

Yochanan
1. Heroes and Villains San Jose is this Weekend 12/2 & 12/3. One big room, some big names.
1. JohnO. Keep an eye on their site and FB feed for deals.

Gerald
1. Book fair at Fremont HS (Sunnyvale) Saturday. Local authors will have a table.

Pat:
1. Sac Fan Elaine Gregory (ST & DW) passed away.

Ken:
1. This past weekend Suzanne Pope passed away.
2. This coming Saturday, December 2 is the KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival. 7 pm in room 5015 on the Foothill College Campus. http://www.kfjc.org/promotions/psychotronix/index.php

Reviews

JC
1. Dickens Faire. (JC, Beth, Melissa and the knuckleheads). Went in costumes. Need to up their AC. Well set up, with store fronts. Characters interacting with people. Father Christmas and Queen Victoria had processions. $30/person seems a pit steep.
1. Beth: Shopping was under control, except for a young lady who found the top piece for a prom dress that may be more than a full prom dress.
2. SpecialK: Most places only took cash.
3. Adrienne does not recommend the Chocolate Egg Nog - too rich!

Bill
1. Missing Los Con for a family Thanksgiving. Carole’s family had a gathering in Healdsburg. Got to explore some of the local shops and wineries. Had a good time. The demise of the wine country has been greatly exaggerated. Family activates were very enjoyable.
1. Sonoma Cider in Healdsburg. Tried a flight of 6 and really liked 2 of them. With a visit for cider folk.

Mo
1. Marathoned 6 seasons of Longmire. Not SF, but western with some fantastical elements. Good stories.
1. Candy: Sheriff should be a Sheriff of a county not a town.
1. Pat: Law enforcement titles are governed by the jurisdiction.
2. Finished the Osage Indian Murder. True story. Gruesome.
3. Watched some Gifted and Runaway. Will give them a few more episodes.
4. Likes that Flash added the Elongated Man. Will be watching.

Yochanan
1. Hooked on This is Us. (Not SF) Has some of the best writing. Great show. Love it.
2. Sean Pertwee’s instagram is fantastic.

JohnO
1. Murder on the Orient Express. Really good. Full price. Had not had any experience with the story before. Figured it out before the end. Not all the clues available to the viewer. Beautiful cinematography. Filmed some on the Orient Express route. Good acting. Poirot’s mustache is it’s own character at times. Worth two times.
1. Pat: A Christie aficionado. Read it, seen film version. Went to enjoy it and did. Michelle Pfiffer steals the show. Brannagh comes between Suschet and Finney.
2. TerryTerry: An old fart, let the continuity of dressing was like the ‘30s. Some of the costumes were antiques. Enjoyed the details.
1. Pat: The story is set 1934 per the caption at the start.
Beth
1. Thursday had a very nice quiet Thanksgiving dinner with 4 family dinners. Afterwards Ken & Jerry Brough over Bears vs. Babies. Delightful, whole lot of fun. Game is available Target in the fur lined box. Also played JackBox4 which has Fibbage: Enough About You.

Gerald;
1. OryCon. Was a very good con, good panels. Getting used to a new facility. Art show room was wonderful, widows and full of light. Dealers room was a little more hidden. Split a table with Valerie and his usual bookseller. Sold all 6 at Valerie’s table - where he sat at - and only 1 at the dealer. Good con, lot of fun. Dead dog want on till late in the morning.
1. Gayle: Science programming was excellent. Panel on the eclipse.


There was an auction.

The Meeting adjourned at: 21:17 and the rumor of the week was: Murder on the BASFA Express.

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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dprisonerNov. 13th, 2017 09:25 pm Minutes of Meeting #1424 - Monday, 13 November, 2017

Meeting #1424 was called to order at 20:02 with 26 people in attendance

JC recounted the events of meeting #1423 accepted as: In appreciation of the VP/Secretary who has to write down all the proposed and distended ways in which we propose the minutes be accepted.

Corrections:
Bob Hole announced that Seth McFarlane in coming to the Bay Area to sing with the SF Symphony for NYE. sfsymphony.org (Andrew’s entry was a follow on to this announcement).

Treasurer reported that at meeting #1423 the regular jar took in $27.00, and the party jar took $68.25 (totals: Regular $15,271.47, party -$57.43)

The VP had nothing fannish to report, but introduced Ross and Gary to BASFA.

The President was MIA with the secretary.

Announcements

Adrienne:
1. Brought a pouch for giveaway.
2. New Doctor’s costume has been revealed. Think it works.
3. At Gallifrey Steven Moffatt will be there this year.
4. Gal Gadot may or may not be protesting the offending producer.
5. BAGH is having a holiday meet & greet on 12/9 at 11:30am. $21 ($25 at the door) at the Hayes Mansion. Door prizes.

DaveG
1. Has 50% off coupons for Gilroy Gardens. Good only at night. Through 12/31

Bradford
1. Local writer will be Tuckerizing Brad.

Gerrold:
1. This weekend a con in Portland - orycon. Hell be going, and on panels.

Gary:
1. A WorldCon has sprung up from the east coast - DCin2021.org

Reviews

Ric:
1. Netflix has What Happened to Monday, dystopian SF story about overpopulated world with a child restriction. Story is about septuplets that were kept secret. Each take turns being in public. Surprising depth.

Yochanon:
1. How to Launch and Entertainment Startup event in Cupertino. Guests were great. Went a little long. Free event with free snax. Q&A and autographs. Not hugely attended. Bought the second season volume of These Are The Voyages.
1. Carole went on Saturday, which was more of a reception.

Adrienne:
1. Saw Thor! Fun movie. May not stick with her forever (except maybe Thor’s chest).
1. SpecialK Says it’s Hella Good.
2. Carole. Saw it in IMAX - enjoyed it. Fun dumb superhero movie. Enjoyed Stan Lee’s Cameo. Stay to the end of the credits.
3. Bill. Found the movie a retread of old ground. Doesn’t feel as fresh, but had fun dialogue. Borrowed themes from the Norse Ragnarock.
4. Ric: Thor comics has been done 3 times. Really happy with the blending planet hulk, and the Scourge character. One of the best non team Marvel stories.
5. Atheus: Enjoyable but not Marvelous?

Brad:
1. Saw Murder on the Orient Express. Enjoyed it.
2. Hex Justice League souvenir cup. Not entirely practical.

Bill:
1. Ohio Valley Filk Festival. The Pegasus awards. Seanan McGuire was a GOH. Had a great time. Worth the trip.

Ross:
1. The Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Binge. Early ‘90s, but not dated. Space Opera with variable physics. Mid evil planets, treachery, teamwork, survival, epic! First of three. All sorts of interesting. Gives is an A.

There was an auction.

Meeting adjourned at: 21:20 and the rumor of the week was: Nutrageous

Current Mood: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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dprisonerOct. 23rd, 2017 10:39 pm Minutes of Meeting #1421 - Monday, 23 October, 2017

Meeting #1421

October 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, Milpitas

Called to order at 20:00 with 23 people in attendance

A party jar was established.

JC recounted the events of meeting #1420

Corrections:

The San Ramon Marriott was an improvement…

Minutes accepted as: 99 and 44/100% Pu.

Treasurer Report

Meeting #1419: regular:$0   party:$1.25

Meeting #1420 [no data]

The VP had nothing fannish to report.

The President was MIA with the secretary.

Announcements

Adrienne:


  1. BAGH: This weekend has 3 meetups. (See their meetup page at meetup.com/Bay-Area-Ghost-Hunters/)

    1. Private ghost rock at Alum Rock Park. Fri 6pm. $6 for parking.

    2. Social meetup Sunday brunch at the former Del Monte lodge in Monterrey.

    3. Social meetup Sunday at the Milias in Gilroy. 1pm


Yochanon:


  1. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival is going on. 10/21-11/12 (svjff.org)

  2. BlueLight Cinema in Cupertino is closing.

  3. Cupertino, 11/11 & 12 How to Launch an Entertainment Startup. Gary Lockwood, Sean Kenny, Hanna Hite, Olivia D’Abo will be there. Free, but RSVP with the Cupertino Library. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-launch-an-entertainment-startup-screening-with-star-trek-stars-tickets-37765584881)

Ken:


  1. The Legion of Rassilon (your Doctor Who fan club) will be meeting this Friday at 7:30pm at the IHOP on Stevens Creek at Lawrence and 280. This month we will be watching the first 4 parts of the Patrick Troughton story “The Ice Warriors”. legionofrassilon.org for more information.

Lisa:


  1. Famous Monsters was cancelled because of the Sonoma fires.

  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with the Symphony Silicon Valley is this weekend. (symphonysiliconvalley.org)


  • Reviews

Ric:


  1. Last weekend went to Phoenix for DocCon Arizona - a Doc Savage convention. Took part in a radio adaptation of a Doc Savage story. Had a great time.

  2. This afternoon, watched 2.5 hour review of the Walking Dead (1-7). Really entertaining. Available on AMC on demand.

  3. Also watched 1.5 hours of Inside Story on Bio.com. The making of Ferris Bueller.

Adrienne:


  1. Alum Rock ghost-walk. Relatively new (second year?) program from the park.

    1. Mo: Had a red tail hawk flew past her, and deer came out. It stinks from the minerals in the water.


  2. Private ghost-walk of Union Square. Good tour to take. Only available in October.

    1. Mo enjoyed it. Great to se SF late at night. These are fun.


DaveC:


  1. Fisherman’s Wharf Rainforest Cafe (deceased). Dropped his favorite drink (the Green Python), but they would do other mixed drinks (but wouldn’t do his!) Discovered that the SF one has lost it’s way when he ate at the Anaheim one recently.

Bradford:


  1. Movie “The Professor and the Wonder Women” Good production values, but flunks the lasso of truth test. View as a fictionalized account of the origins of Wonder Woman.

  2. Walking Dead S8 premiere. Reminded him of the open of S6. Hopes it fares better than S6.

Lisa:


  1. CampbellCon. Lot of fun. Actually had programming, and a gaming room. Small dealers room, but they looked happy. Will go again.

    1. Gerald: Sold about a dozen books, better last year. Not as much traffic in the dealers room (maybe because of programming). Go early for parking.


Neil:


  1. Blade Runner: 2049. Faithful, with same appeal (for better or worse).

    1. JohnO: Really enjoyed it. Slow, but shows off the detail. Deep fan of original.

    2. Yochanon: A thinking movie. IMAX sound was too loud.


  2. The Foreigner (with Jackie Chan) If you liked Taken, you’ll like this. Not a comedy.

    1. Jackie Chan slowed down is not that slow...


Yochanon:


  1. Mount Umunum. Highly recommend. Former radar installation is now an open space area.

  2. The Gifted (an X-men series) Lot of heart. Solid B

  3. Inhumans - not as good. C-

Dianne:


  1. AfroComicon. First year event in Oakland. Had scriptwriters, actors, make-up artists, &c... Lot of topics. Next event in February in SF. Worth full price (and the drive).

JC:


  1. Buzr “Game Changers” documentary with Alex Trebec interviewing other hosts. How the shows came to be, and how the hosts came to do them.

    1. Gerald: He and Gayle were in the test audience for the rebooted Jeopardy.


There was an auction.

Meeting adjourned at: 21:43 and the rumor of the week was: Jacqueline Suzanne made our party jar the valley of the dollars.

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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dprisonerOct. 9th, 2017 09:20 pm Minutes Meeting #1419 - Monday, 9 October, 2017

Meeting #1419


October 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, Milpitas


Called to order at 20:00 with 24 people in attendance.

A party jar was established.

JC recounted the events of meeting #1418

Minutes of meeting #1418 were accepted as: 10 seconds into the future. [prior to the reading of said minutes]

Corrections:
Anything Other than Zeldathon was the name of the event.

Treasurer Reported that a meeting #1418 we took in $14.25 in the regular jar, and $15.25 in the party jar. Balance: $15,207.60 regular, $138.14 party.

VP had nothing fannish to report.

The President was MIA with the secretary.

Announcements

JC
1. A convention has just passed this weekend. 448 members, high percent on-site. The convention is looking for people to help out with the future. Board positions are open. May hold off from doing a con next year. con-volution.org for more information.
Bradford
1. Many BASFAns are pictured in the latest Locus magazine.
DaveC
1. Kaylynn Reeb, her husband and dogs are safe. Their house, on the other hand, was found by the fire.
Andrew
1. So far all their friends are fine, but trapped...
2. Pacific International Quilts Festival starts Thursday evening. Sewing, costume, crafters it’s for you!
Pat
1. ElizaBeth Gilligan has passed.
1. [all followed on with “F*!k Cancer!]

Ken:
1. Announced today: The incomplete Tom Baker story “Shada” is going to be released with newly recorded audio of the unfilmed bits being animated. Downloads available 11/24, and DVD/BD in December.
2. Star Wars tickets went on sale after the HalfTime premiere of the new trailer on MNF.
3. PA Players is doing Peter Pan in November, and they are looking for some production side folks.
4. Symphony Silicon Valley will be doing the next installment of their Harry Potter films with live music. The Prisoner of Azkaban. 10/27-29
5. KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival Saturday, December 2, 7-11pm Foothill College, room 5015. $5 donation to KFJC. Also KFJC fundraiser is in full swing. KFJC.org, or 650-941-6800
eKevin
1. Fathom Events: The MeshugaNutcracker. December 19th. Themeshuganutcracker.com


Reviews

JC:
1. ConVolution: Hotel - big difference from the old hotel. Marriott San Ramon was fantastic. Call buttons in function spaces. Layout was good for the con. Con staff was awesome. Workshops were well attended, as well a s special events. Bryan & Mette did a lot of workshops. Hotel food was good, moderately priced - some slow service. Came together nicely. One of the better Convolutions. The parties were wonderful (Kevin’s Robin was magnificent.) Chuck was amazing, and very professional. Four costume items from FireFly were on display for the very first time.
1. Lisa. Got to everything she wanted to see. The workshops were great fun. Loved the hotel size, has some room to grow, wonderful staff. Didn’t feel like she was walking all over the place. Target was close by, as well as other food.
2. Diane. Ditto. Supply runs all over could be done in an hour. Good restaurants. Hotel had shuttles running in a 5mi radius. Various outside areas.
3. ChrisO: Great workshops. Most part staff was wonderful. Their room was prepped for their allergy requirements.
4. TerryTerry The staff enjoyed the convention.
5. JohnO. Bellhop asked if John had been to Dundercon (it’s fun). Did a Chuck Tingle reading. One of the readers had never read a Tingler... Spread money around the dealer’s room. The Hawaiian shirt folks got a lot his money. Parties were great. Still felt a little hung-over Monday morning.
6. DaveC: There as a dealer. Did about the same business as last year. The loading dock was clean and dry and pristine. Likes this loading dock.
7. Beth. Registration area had plenty of space, slow internet at times. Went to PaintNight (with drinks). Saturday parties were wonderful. Bought stuff. Housekeeping, even at late night, was prompt.
8. eKevin: He had the room problems. Had to be moved 2 or 3 times. Thrilled with the response to the BatRave party, and the Masquerade. Ran a race Sunday morning.
9. Andrew: Saw people intently working in the workshops. The hotel’s neighborhood has a lot of stuff there, and not the airport wasteland of the old location. Costco’s, BevMo, Staples, WholeFoods all convenient. Layout was excellent. Excellent time.
10. Fred: Across the street is a pathway to a pond with waterfowl - invisible from the street!
Gerald:
1. Saw SpaceX launch the Falcoln9. 5:30am, beautiful and spectacular. Then drove to the meeting.
Bradford:
1. Read “Guts: The Anatomy of the Walking Dead” by Paul Vigna. Covers through season 7. Looks at the appeal, covers serious topics. Get the book.


There was an auction.

The meeting adjourned at: 21:14 and the rumor of the week was: BASFA nominated the San Ramon Marriott for the headquarters hotel for the 2019 NaSFic.

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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dprisonerSep. 25th, 2017 09:07 pm Minutes of Meeting #1417 - Monday, 25 September, 2017

Meeting #1417

September 25, 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, Milpitas


Called to order at 20:00 with 23 people (not all at once), and the BASFA sporting equipment, in attendance.

A party jar was established.

JC entertained us with a recount of the minutes, and they were accepted as: Three Slices Short of a Pi

Treasurer was absent. We have money.

VP Report had nothing fannish.

President was MIA with the secretary.

Announcements

JC:
1. Convolution 10/6-8. Plenty of rooms available. Contact Kimmy for programming.
2. SJ Toy Super Show. Fairgrounds this Sat & Sun. Collectibles, toys, memories. Wallet lightening is promised... Casper van Diem will be there.

Adrienne:
1. BAGH meet-ups over the next month: Convolution, Meet & Greet at Palace Hotel in SF, Ghost Tour of Union Square in SF, Malias, Del Monte Lodge, and the Holiday Party. Busy season.

EvilKevin
1. WC76’s Holy Happy Hour Bar Rave on Friday of Convolution. Come as your favorite Batman 66 character! Saturday will be a more usual Worldcon Party.


Reviews

Adrienne:
1. Watching The Thick of It. Malcolm Tucker is one horrible character. Moves quickly. Political satire, with a potty mouth.

Bradford:
1. Comic book Price-guide came out: Thank god for Wonder Woman (they’ve been going through the roof!) Silver age is steady, golden age going up. Bad new, higher premiums for insurance...

DaveC:
1. Horrorstör, by Grady Hendrix: Looks like an IKEA catalog, but is a horror story. Fun. Worth full price.
2. Went to the Elbo Room for a meeting of the Church of the Silver Sexual, the Saint David Bowie. Fun show, worth full price.

Gerald:
1. Watched Star Trek: Discovery. Nice sets, good looking actors, in buyable plot. YMMV.
1. JC: Will make his own judgement. Thought it was a nice new series. Classic homages made (SFX, aesthetics). Looking forward to seeing more. Thought it was worth full price.
2. Alex: This is not going to be like other Trek series’. Part 2 sets up the rest of where the series is going - not episodic. Looking forward to it, was not what he expected.
3. Lisa: Only part she will see until DVD. Not sure if CBS isn’t cutting off their nose to spite their face.

JC:
1. Went to Folsom St. Fair. Lot of fun. Hot. So dense of people at one point. Well run. Entertaining. Good wares. Lots of people in various states of dress (or not). Beth did look f-ing hot.

Bill
1. Last bit of Scandinavia: Hotel in Reykjavik was down from the City Hotel Downtown (The Hotel Borg). Not cubical.
2. Saw Castle in the Sky. High quality, interesting story. Worth the cost.
1. Sandra: Saw Nausicaa. Recovering from a war. If they left the forest, it would help recovery, but people want to burn it down./ Worth full price.

Andrew:
1. Spent 2 days at APE promoting WC76. If you are into small press comics, interesting artists, it is a nice little event. A third of the big tent. Had a pretty good time.
1. DaveC: Previously APE was a large event, and it could be again.
2. Fred: Worth the price of admission. People at tables were friendly and happy to be there.


There was an auction item.

The meeting adjourned at: 20:52 and the rumor of the week was: Don’t worry until you start receiving the SkyMall catalog

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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dprisonerSep. 18th, 2017 09:22 pm Minutes Meeting #1416 - Monday, 18 September, 2017

Meeting #1416

August 28, 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, Milpitas

Called to order at 20:00 with 27 people in attendance.

Birthday auctions were held first. Because...

The minutes of meeting # 1415 was read alternately by JC and Fred, and was accepted as the Huntley & Brinkley Report.

Corrections
Ric: Last of the current Netflix Superhero shows.
Bill: Royal Place in Stockholm


Treasurer Report

The VP took a moment on behalf of the club to express condolences on the Treasurers recent loss.

#1415 Regular) $2.00 Party)$2.75.


VP had nothing fannish to report.

The President was MIA with the secretary (though 2 past Presidents were present).


Announcements

Bill:
1. Pacific International Quilt Fest 10/12-15 at SC Conv Center. Some quilts may be of fannish interest, as well as general fabric art.
1. eKevin: The vendor area is a a treasure trove for makers.

Diane:
1. APE at SJ Conv center. WC76 will have a fan table there. Come by and help

MichaelW:
1. Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society. Space Access is opening the (mid to late April) 2018 conference to other locations. ERPS is looking for help to run it.

Adrienne:
1. BAGH 3 Meetups are upcoming. A meet and greet at the old Del Monte Lodge 10/29. Malias in Gilroy 10/29. 12/9 Hayes Mansion in SJ (a door prize is WC76 membership)
2. Northrop is hiring. Was posted on BASFA mail list. Janitor to Engineer to Admin to Management.

Lisa:
1. Convolution is still looking for people. Englander this Saturday is the next meeting, final meeting on the 30th.

JC:
1. Convo got cleared to show Funimation content.
2. RP1 Lena Waif plays H, first black woman to win Emmy for comedy writing.
3. WorldCon’s PR1 is coming soon. Looking for advertisers. Print & PDF. Publications@worldcon76.org. Deadline is before 9/22.

Stephen
1. Still has a podcast. scifiscifiscifi. Upcoming: Leviathan Wakes review.

Ken
1. Legion of Rassilon is meeting this Friday, 7:30 pm at the IHOP on Stevens Creek at Lawrence and 280. This month, the last 2 episodes of the most recent series. LegionofRassilon.org for more info.

DaveC:
1. Dark Carnival hasn’t closed yet, the sale still continues.


Reviews

Kevin:
1. WorldCon. Their Hamburg hotel had just opened (Holiday Inn Express). Miniature Wonderland is the most enormous model train layout, and miniature life with planes landing and taking off. Ferry from Lubek, Germany. 30 hour (2 nights) ride across the Baltic. Mostly drive on and trucking. Good way to get acclimated to the time. After convention went to Finnish rail museum, and a Viking restaurant. Wonderful 2.5 weeks in Europe.

Bill:
1. WorldCon Trip: Iceland is expensive, because the Kroner is the most thinly traded currency. Spectacular. Golden Circle tour is worth it. Most interesting food they’ve seen.

Vikas:
1. A week ago saw the movie Contact with Jill Tartar narrating.

JC:
1. Second week of The Orville. Better story. More drama, less comedy.
1. Lisa likes the dev. of secondary chars.

DaveC:
1. Read Giant of the Senate by Al Franken. (Fantasy?) Worth it, paperback soon.

Lisa:
1. End of signal for Cassini. NASA has a page for it. A good send off.


There was more auction.

Meeting adjourned at: 21:16 and the rumor of the week was: Goodnight, Chet. Goodnight, David. And goodnight for NBC News.

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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dprisonerAug. 28th, 2017 11:13 pm BASFA Meeting Minutes #1413 - Monday, 28 August, 2017

Meeting #1413

August 28, 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, Milpitas

Called to order at 20:00
25 people in attendance.

JC performed the minutes of meeting #1412. They were accepted as: Presented in interpretive dance.

Correction to #1412: evilKevin: The original hotel Sokos Vaakuna (as there are many)

Treasurer reported that at meeting #1412 we took in $2.50 in the regular jar, and $2.50 in the party jar.

The VP had nothing fannish to report

The President was MIA with Secretary.


Announcements

JC:
Convolution is coming round 10/6-8. Still looking for volunteers (esp Con Ops). At San Ramon Marriott.
Beth00 has lost 36 pounds!

Yochanon:
Circus Vargas is doing Steam Cirque. Milpitas Aug 24 at the Great Mall, Hayward Aug 31 - Sept 11
History San Jose Mini Maker Faire is coming up Sunday September 3.

Adrienne:
BAGH Steinbeck Lecture at the MLK SJ Library. 2-3:30p This Saturday. Sunday BAGH will do Steinbeck House tour in Salinas ($10)
There’s another convention this weekend. SF ComicCon, with Peter Capaldi.

Harold (the Younger):
10th Birthday of the virtual j-pop singer Hatsune Miku (the date of the synthesizer that does her voice).

DaveC:
Went to Disneyland to get reacclimatized to this time-zone. He scored 1,573,400 on the Astro Blaster, breaking into the top 10! But who is DLH, who has the other 9 spots!

JohnO:
There is yet another con this weekend. SacAnime! Hodor will be there...

Lisa:
Fathom Events: ET, Wrath of Kahn, Studio Ghibli all coming up.
Torn rotator cuff, may explain grumpiness, and lack of involvement.

evilKevin:
On September 1, the cost of attending memberships to WorldCon76 will increase in price.
Hotel reservation system is being worked on.


Reviews

evilKevin
Went to Silicon Valley Pride. Still a short parade (5 block). New site is much better than to old SJPride.
Getting to have the bed to himself with no snoring: Priceless

Gayle:
In Tallinn, Estonia before World Con. Organ festival in St Nicholas Church.

Carole:
Walking on cobblestones with joint problems will give you sore joints. Surprised by the cigarette buts in the cobblestones.
Was responsible for costume programming at WorldCon. People seemed to enjoy it. Cosplay History panel was jammed packed! Andy suggested Aifur in Stockholm - an excellent restaurant. Met people from many countries. People would start conversations with her and bill.
JC. Had a blast (first overseas trip) Norwegian air was comfortable, but will pay for better seats next time. Hotel was lovely - cute room. Didn’t like the food palate, though the pizza across the street was incredible. Enjoyed the nightlife (a little too much...). Beth got FaceTime calls from JC (form clubs, bars and his room).
Bill. Helsinki is about Oakland sized, but very friendly (even the drunks). Fun on transit (planes and ferries). Ate at a Viking restaurant in Helsinki, good food. Ate Savota, a Finnish restaurant. Tar flavor seems to be a thing.
Lisa:
The eclipse! Went to Albany, OR. Absolutely gorgeous. Took 2 days to drive up. Traffic back was horrible. Albany is a wonderful town. Just opened a newly carved carousel - done by locals. The hotel had many different countries represented. The weather was clear. The eclipse nuts all hung out through the end of the eclipse (others left after totality). Next one is 2024.
Yochanon: Went to Eugene, OR. Saw it in Snag Boat Bend with his AirBnB hosts. Was worth the trip back.
Gerald: Casper, WY. Camped with telescope. After they went north to Sheridan, then Thermopolis- dinosaurs, hot springs, buffalo, and good food! Travel fried, but wonderful.
JohnO:
Saw Leap!. Animated by Canadian companies. Story of an orphan who wants to be a ballerina. Definitely worth matinee.
Saw Atomic Blonde. The best James Bond movie. Highly recommend.
GoT: Season finally- OMG!

Beth:
GoT: Binged the series, now at season 5. Managed to survive with no spoilers all this time.
5-day Disneyland trip with SpecialK. 58 rides. Then 3-day trip with DJ during Summer of Heroes (may have stopped Thor a little bit). Enjoyed GotG ride. Going back for Halloween.
JC says Beth knows her Captain America by his but.
JC:
Went on a date with Beth. Saw Spider-Man: Homecoming. Really enjoyed the interaction with the MCU. The new guy beats out the previous ones. Long but good. Recommend full price.
Beth: 1 pillow movie. 9:15 show at the end of first week back at work.

Yochanon:
Saw Dark Tower. Forgettable bit of nonsense. Good acting. Not worth the cheap Tuesday price.
RickM:
Caught up with Legion. Worth collecting the DVDs. Watch with no particular expectations.
Mo: You have to watch the show, it won’t hold your hand.

Adrienne:
Rifftraxx: Five Doctors. Both her an Mo enjoyed. If it comes around again, catch it.
Series finale of Orphan Black: Freaking awesome. Worth collecting all 5 seasons.

DaveC:
Joe’s Italian Ice at Harbor and Wilkin in Anaheim. In the heat of summer, it was better than Jolt Cola! You will thank him.

There was an auction.

Meeting adjourned at: 21:53
and the rumor of the week was: BASFA announces plans to publish a string of fake Game of Thrones spoilers.

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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dprisonerJul. 24th, 2017 09:19 pm BASFA Meeting #1408 - Monday, 24 July, 2017

Meeting #1408

July 24, 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, Milpitas

Called to order at 20:00

23 people in attendance.

A party jar was established.

Diane Osborne read the minutes of meeting #1407 and they were accepted as: End with a really big dish.

Corrections:
- Ken: The new Doctor Who is Jodi Whittaker (not Judy). Also the series watched was Broadchurch.
- Adrienne: It’s $13 US (15euro at the door) for the ghost walk in Helsinki.
- DaveC: It’s Dita von Teese (not vonTease)


Treasurer Report

#1407 R $2.00 P $0.00 - no cumulative totals.


VP Report

Nothing fannish.

Welcomed Yvgeny.

The President was MIA with the Secretary...

Adrienne asked for a poll of who’s going to Helsinki. There were lots.

Announcements

Carole: Jordin Kare, PhD rocket scientist and filker has passed. Specialized in lasers. Has impeccable evil genius credentials. Info on Wikipedia and File 770

Ric: James Bond will return Nov 8 2019 with #25.

DaveC:
- George A. Romero (Night of the living Dead) and Martin Landau (Space 1999, Ed Wood) have died.
- Worlds Apart by David Kraig Usmack was sent signed and numbered to SFSFC. It’ll be in the auction.

Yochanon:
- San Francisco Free Shakespeare is currently in Cupertino through Aug 6 with Hamlet. Free to get in (but it’ll cost you to get out...)
- San Francisco Jewish FF is going on right now. At various venues around the bay.

Debbie: There’s a convention coming up in Helsinki. WorldCon 76 in San Jose needs bodies to work at the fan table. If you want to help, email debbie@worldcon76.org

Ken: Legion of Rassilon meeting this Friday at 7:30pm. IHOP on Stevens Creek at Lawrence and 280. This month we’ll be watching “The Pyramid at the End of the World” & “The Lie of the Land”. Plus discussions of the latest Doctor Who news!

Reviews

DaveG:
- NASFiC was fun and exciting. Missed opportunity of taking a picture of successive cruise ships for daily postings...
- Orphan Black this week: Not funny at all...

Adrienne: Bought an Amazon Fire stick. It’s really cool. Magic!

Ric:
- Went to D23 last week (Fan Disney Con, 10% size of Comic Con) Saw footage from Infinity War (insane OTT). Early footage live action Lion King - looks amazing. Exhausting convention
- President of Disney Parks gave a special Fantasmic show. It’s much better now! California Adventure.
- Guardians of the Galaxy ride (took over from Tower of Terror). A lot of interesting stuff in the walk through. Multiple scenes rotated through, different drops, and songs.

Yochanon:
- Valerian: Liked it. Very good, not great. Impressive, but not always necessary graphics. Worth matinee. 5th Element was better.

Gayle: Jordin Kare - YouTube video of his Filk “Psi Naught”. Recommends. [Carole] Jordin did excellent panels on launch systems, making it understandable to laypeople. [Lisa] He was a gentleman. Would provide escorts and assistance.

Ken: Doctor Who Xmas trailer. OMGA!!

An auction was held.

Meeting adjenned (not a typo) at: 21:14 and the rumor of the week was: Jordin: This pun’s for you.

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Milpitas

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dprisonerJul. 3rd, 2017 08:43 pm Minutes of Meeting #1405 - Monday, 3 July, 2017

Meeting #1405

July 3, 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, Milpitas

Called to order at 20:00 with 12 people in attendance

A party jar was established

JC read the minutes of meeting #1404. They were accepted as: Deep fried friends

There was no Treasurer...

VP had nothing fannish to report.

President was MIA with Secretary...

Announcements

JC: Likes turtles. Patrick Marlow of the Sharks is going to Buffalo Sabres.

Yochanon: Creation Con for Once Upon a Time 8/18-20. Hyatt Regency SFO, Burlingame.

Adrienne: Grey Ghost Paracon.8/12 on the USS Hornet.

Kevin: If your going to NASFiC, WC76 is sponsoring mojitos at the Alien Abduction costume party.


Reviews

Yochanon: Went to the Alameda Co. Fair. Liked the collections - esp. a Doctor Who collection (KTEH, TimeCon and the Legion of Rassilon). Worth full price. $1 entrance on the 5th of July!

Andrew: Dr. Who wrap up, immensely satisfying. Ken followed on OMGA.

Dara: Alameda Co. Fair last week. Really fun. Tried the deep fried food. Got a henna tattoo. [Yochanon is proud that he didn’t eat any Fried Food]

Kevin: Hapa’s on Lincoln at Auzerais. Micro brewery. Very nice. Got to taste out of the fermenter. Good beer, and relatively inexpensive. Worth full price.

An auction was held.

Meeting adjourned at: 20:30 and the rumor of the week was: Deep fried Twinkies - it’s people!

Current Location: Black Bear Diner, Fremont

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