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Thursday, July 6th, 2006
2:32 pm
Conzilla is History!
The 59th West Coast Science Fantasy Conference is over. Whew! What a time! Much fun was had by all. Despite lower attendence than expected, and a lot of last minute shuffling of programming (five people cancelled at the last minute), most of the problems went unnoticed. Some of the highlights:

Fantasy Iron Chef defender "Iron Chef Conzilla" held back the challengers "Team Lokimen(?)" and retained the title!

Ariel won the Robots Running Rampant competition, beating out two other teams, one led by an engineer! (Overdesign problems, anyone?)

Twelve contestants won prizes playing Match Game SF, hosted by kevin_standlee

Conrad T. Lizard introduced the guests and introduced a soon-to-be hit song, The Thing That Time Forgot

Guest Walter Jon Williams declared the convention to be "all about me!"

Las Vegas will host "Burning Fan," Westercon 61 in 2008.

and lots of Great Programming, Movies, Anime, Parties and Friends!

I'm sure everyone there had a good time. If you weren't there, you've missed a lot, but we'll see you at another con real soon now!

Current Mood: relieved
Saturday, June 24th, 2006
10:20 am
"Superman Returns" Movie outing Friday afternoon at Conzilla
For some of those of us who are arriving at Conzilla early, we're having a movie expedition on the afternoon of Friday June 30 to go see Superman Returns.

If you are interested in joining us, please email me at:  mabloom@dslextreme.com

One can print out movie tickets (for some theatres)  in the comfort of one's hotel room the same way  one can print airline boarding passes and, by doing so, avoid having to wait in line to get tickets.   I plan to bring a portable printer to the con, so we may be able to all have our tickets before leaving the hotel.

If you are familiar with the  movie theatres in the area,    info on the theatres themselves would be appreciated.  Useful data might be:  "The seats at this theatre are more comfortable",   "The lines for the concession stand are way too long" , etc .   Again, please reply to mabloom@dslextreme.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
12:00 pm
Conzilla site down, including email
The Conzilla website has been down since approximately 6:30am today. Email forwards have been down since approximately 7:30am. Our host team is working on fixing the problem. In the meantime, if you need to get ahold of a Conzilla staff member and don't have a direct email address, post the problem here and we'll make sure it gets to the indended person. Thank you for your patience.

James M. Briggs
Conzilla, the 59th Westercon

[Update: 12:20 pm] And of course, its now back up at 12:20.

[Update: 2:00 pm] Apparently the configuration files on the DNS server [in India] were hosed. Problem gone away now!
Saturday, June 24th, 2006
9:42 am
Just a reminder: Baseball Tickets are still available!!
Baseball and SF....and a FREE replica Road JERSEY T-shirt!!

Upper Box 327, Row 1 Seats 6-12, Row 2 Seats 4-12, and Row 3 Seats 4-12. These are the $24 seats.

No up-charge from the Group Rate. Recommend an email to me to confirm your interest. Payment at time of ticket pick-up by cash or check is fine. I will be available at the Convention Hotel afternoons of the 28th and 29th, and almost all day the 30th. 

Suggested trolly travel time is nearly an hour, so I suggest heading down a little earlier and enjoy a meal at one of the gazillion restaurants in the Gas Lamp or closer to the Park.

UPdated to reflect change in the giveaway to a T-shirt Jersey rather than a Jersey. (sigh)
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
4:55 am
Cross posted to LASFS- Hitchin a ride?
Anyone from LA going to Conzilla Saturday Morning/afternoon? I sure would like to hitch a one way ride with a fan or Fen who may have an available seat. I can provide gas money and promise to be "good"! If you can give me a lift from Burbank please email me at this address:
It would be a kindness!

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
8:00 pm
NEEDED: Party Friendly Fans
There's a need for a few more Party Friendly Fans to help fill-in the two party floors as well as our "sound barrier" floor.

If you are willing to be on a PARTY FLOOR, please send email by clicking HERE.

If you are willing to be ONE FLOOR up from the PARTY FLOORS (that would be the 5th floor) and are in a NON-SMOKING ROOM, please send email by clicking HERE.

Thank you in advance for helping our Party Hosts minimize complaints by other guests/attendees in the hotel.

~Sandra & Melissa (Facilities and Party Maven)
Monday, June 19th, 2006
4:06 pm
Membership wanted
My mother-in-law wants to join us at Conzilla so I'm looking for a membership for her. If it's already been used to vote in site-selection that's fine.
12:52 pm
Conzilla Schedule on line
The preliminary Conzilla Program Schedule is now on-line on the Conzilla Programming page.
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
3:13 pm
New Flash -- Dinosaurs: Reel to Robotic
We just confirmed a special discount at the San Diego Natural History Museum for all Conzilla Attendees. By showing your convention badge at the time of purchase, you will get the Group Rate for admission.

Admission includes all exhibits, including the one to open on July 1st: Fossil Mysteries as well as Dinosaurs: Reel to Robotic.

Information will be up on the Website once we recieve the .pdf flyer. Flyers will be at our Info Desk at the Covention as well.

Additionally, right after Comicon, there is a special presentation by Ray Harryhausen.

11:41 am
Contestants Needed!!
Conzilla needs contestants for the following events:

Fannish Iron Chef:

Need two teams of two or three people. We have one person so far, need 3-5 more. Please contact info at conzilla dot info if you'ld like to compete! Please note that this will be a daytime event out-of-doors on Monday.

Robots Running Amuck!

Need five teams of two or three people, preferably teenagers or teens & parents. This will be a three day event, 6 hours of building two hours competing, 6 hours rebuilding, two hours competing. Please contact robots at conzilla dot info to volunteer. Competitions will be Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Thursday, June 8th, 2006
9:43 pm
Baseball and SF....
So, I got an email today from the UK.  There's another Baseball fan who wants to go to the game on Friday, June 30.

So, I'm going to call tomorrow and see what I can do re: smallest group possible. If you previously replied "yes" or "maybe" to the Poll in May, please reply here or email me.

x-posted to my journal

UPDATE!!!  Just got Upper Box 327, Row 1 Seats 6-12, Row 2 Seats 4-12, and Row 3 Seats 4-12. These are the $24 seats.
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
12:20 pm
Are you in need of a room mate at Conzilla??
You've got a membership, the time off from work, but the room rate is a little scary?

Reply here to find a roommate for Conzilla. 

DISCLAIMER: Conzilla is not responsible for the loud snorer, early riser, hard-core filker, late night gamer you choose. It's you to both/all 3 or 4 of you to figure out if this will work for you. One of you will need to make the reservation and make sure that all your room mates are listed for easier check in. Figure out who's going to be first on site and have that person make the reservation; it's less headaches for all of us. Make sure you trade non-email contact information in a manner other than this thread so that when you are both standing in the lobby trying to figure out who's your room mate, you can call each other rather than look lost.


Sunday, May 7th, 2006
4:22 pm
Conzilla, the 59th Westercon is coming to San Diego, July 1st!

We've got:

Walter Jon Williams, Hugo and Nebula winning author of Hardwired!
Bob Eggleton, Hugo winning Artist and Author!
Bobbi Armbruster, Fan Extroirdinaire!
Kevin J. Anderson, prolific author of Dune, Starwars, and Space Operas!
And many more of your favorite Authors, Artists, and Personalities!
o Robots Running Rampant! Teams build robots to fight, then rebuild them into submarines to race!
o Fannish Iron Chef! Walter Jon Williams as the Chairman will MC the event!
o Conzilla's mascot, Conrad T. Lizard will, one night only, perform his lounge act in Conzilla's Lizard Lounge!
o Dances! The Buttonhead Ball, DJ'd by techo wizard lynxcat!
o More Dances! Regency by John Hertz!
o Yet Even More Dances! by Scott Beckstead!
o Concert by Heather Alexander

o The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra!
o Surge of Power!
o Destination Mars: The Red Planet (tentative)

Writers Workshop! Organized by Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jeanne Lorah!

The Hogwarts School of Muggles Studies, open to students of all ages!

Warner Aspect release party for Kevin J. Anderson's book five in the Saga of the Seven Suns series!

Hour 25 broadcast, L.A.'s long running SF Radio Show, live from Conzilla!

And much, much more! Where would you rather be on the July 4th weekend?
1:01 pm
Ooops, there's this business meeting on Sunday....


There's no way the Business Meeting Regulars[tm] are going to be able to clone themselves to finishthe business meeting AND ride the trolley ~45 minutes to the Stadium for the game on SUNDAY.

So, there's a NEW POLL here.

Thanks for humoring my inner-blonde.

Current Mood: bouncy and blonde
9:54 am
New poll! Baseball@!!!
So, there's a Padres/Giants series during Westercon. One of those games is a Day Game.

If you are interested in catching the game as a group on Sunday the 2nd at 1:05pm, please go to the poll in THIS post.

If we can get 25, then Conzilla's name will be up in lights.

Current Mood: bouncy
Friday, January 20th, 2006
11:40 am
Convention Awareness???
Oaky, we all know when I see somethign that sparks me a bit, I can go on a tangent... give my opinions, get on a soapbox, try to get it out there, say what's on my mind. Or see a DAMN GOOD IDEA!

Ahem! with my blondeness I have absorbed a new thing... okay, so it's not really new... but it's new to me, cause I didn't know what it was until last night.... (Thank you!!!!!!!!!! -- you know who you are... if you're reading this)

so anyways, I went to the Yahoo portion of podcasts and was browsing around on another slow, steady boring day at work... and came across this...


What do you think we try to hook up with some of these podcasters or find someone within our groups to help promote the conventiosn we are doing?

We need more awareness out there, don't we? Help bring the fans out of the closets and into our arms for fun and laughs?

x-post into Conzilla, Anime-LA, and LaConIV

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
9:04 pm
Love Shack, it's where everyone's at....
Westercon 59 will be at the Mission Valley Marriott, located at 8757 Rio San Diego Drive. Reservations can be made with the hotel directly (1-619-692-3800), on-line (www.marriott.com) or via the 800-number (1-800-228-9290). Please use the booking code: weswesa to get our rate of $139/night.

This convenient location allows people to travel by car, trolley/train and bus to get to the hotel. The closest trolley stop is Rio Vista Station (2020 Qualcomm Way). We recommend going to www.sdcommute.com for detailed information regarding public transportation to the hotel.

For those flying into Lindbergh Field, it's a fairly quick 8 mile ride by shuttle or taxi. We recommend Cloud9 Shuttle (www.cloud9shuttle.com) for their on-time record. Today's pricing for one-way shared service is $11.50 and round-trip is $23.00. They also do small group pricing, so plan ahead!! As for taxi rates, the hotel's estimate is $20 from the airport.

If you are planning a party at Conzilla, please make your reservation with the hotel and then forward your confirmation number to our Party Maven, Katt Thornton,(parties at conzilla dot info). We will start by blocking all parties on the same floor as the ConSuite. And due to the limited availability of adjoining rooms, if you are planning a two-room party, please notify us by January 15, 2006. These will be blocked on a First-Come, First-Served basis.

For those of you with special needs of the hotel (adjoining rooms, handicap accessible, non-smoking), please send your confirmation number to our Housing Liaison, Meg Weaver, at hotel@conzilla.info. She will reconfirm with the hotel as we get closer to Conzilla.

(text as submitted for the most recent progress report by Sandra Childress- Hotel Liaison, ok'ed by Meg Weaver- Hotel Liaison, Housing & Katt Thornton- Party Maven)

Current Mood: hyper
Friday, October 14th, 2005
9:42 am
Conzilla staff meeting Sunday (Oct 16) at 11am
Don't forget that there is a Conzilla: Westercon 59 staff meeting at the Polar Den on Sunday morning, starting at 11am.

Anyone intersted in being on the Conzilla staff is welcome to attend, and to bring suckers their friends along with them.

The BBQ will be fired up right after the meeting (Rain or shine), so feel free to bring your own burnables.

The Polar Den is located at 2405 Camino de Las Palmas, Lemon Grove, CA.  Directions and Maps are available on the Website.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
5:30 pm
Conzilla meeting October 16th, not October 22nd
The next Conzilla planning meeting will be on October 16th at 11:00am at the Polar Den

There will be no Conzilla meeting on October 22nd, as previously announced.

If you know of anyone who is interested in working for Westercon 59: Conzilla, bring them along to the meeting. Attendance is open to anyone who is interested.
Monday, September 12th, 2005
12:58 pm
All Hands Staff Meeting Oct. 22
(Edited 9/15/05)
There will be an all-hands Conzilla Staff Meeting on Saturday, October 22 Sunday, October 16 at The Polar Den (Darrel and Kris's home in Lemon Grove, CA) starting at 11am.

The meeting will be followed by a lunch break, and then the San Diego Fandom Gathering will start at 4pm and go late into the night.
There will be a San Diego Fandom Gathering the following weekend, Saturday October 22, 2005 starting at 4pm.

If you know of anyone who is interested in working for Westercon 59: Conzilla, bring them along to the meeting. Attendance is open to anyone who is interested.

If you just want to have fun and meet with other fans of all genres, be sure to show up for the Fandom Gathering, starting at 4pm on October 22.

See you there!

Darrel L. Exline,
Administrative Division Head, Conzilla
Recording Secretary, SDSFC, Inc.
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