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Monday, January 24th, 2011
10:55 am
Death to Spammers
We got some spam this morning. I killed the post and changed the community settings to moderated membership; that is, one of the community moderators has to approve membership requests. Also note that by default all posts to this community are members-only, and as far as I know, that means that if you want anyone to be able to read it, you have to first post it and then edit the post to change the status to Everyone.
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
11:01 pm
A Bidding We Will Go
The videos for future Worldcon bids' presentations from SMOFCon 28 are now online:

Texas in 2013

London in 2014

Pacific Northwest (not necessarily Seattle) in 2015

Kansas City in 2016

Nippon in 2017 (or later)

2020 Worldcon Bids — you probably knew about New Zealand, but you should watch this video to see the declaration of a new bid for a place "with no organized fandom."
Monday, December 13th, 2010
10:01 pm
Seated Worldcon Videoa
More videos from the Fannish Inquisition:

Renovation (2011 Worldcon)

Chicon 7 (2012 Worldcon)

Because the SMOFCon Site Selection was contested, almost half of the total time allocated for the Inquisition was taken up with SMOFCon business, leaving only an hour to deal with two seated Worldcons and a series of Worldcon bids from 2013 through 2020.
Friday, December 10th, 2010
10:46 pm
Feedback Session Online
The SMOFCon 28 Feedback Session Video is now available online. It runs exactly 45 minutes. The most common topic of discussion was SMOFCon 28's experiment with Open Space Programming. The reviews were decidedly mixed.
Sunday, December 5th, 2010
11:44 am
It's Amsterdam in 2011
Amsterdam, the Netherlands will host SMOFCon 29 at the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel on 2-4 December 2011. Online membership and other information about joining is available on their web site.
Saturday, December 4th, 2010
2:27 am
Detail Program Schedule for Saturday & Sunday
The detailed program schedule produced by the Open Source Programming event is now available. Paper copies are being distributed around the convention. By popular demand, programming will begin at 10 AM. See the announcement for details.
Monday, November 29th, 2010
2:52 pm
Distillery Tour Seats Available to Non-Members
If you're intersted in coming on the St. George's Spirts Distillery Tour the day before SMOFCon, you can now buy a seat on the tour (while space remains) even if you aren't planning on attending SMOFCon. See the SMOFCon 28 web site for details.
Sunday, November 28th, 2010
9:15 pm
Plan for Open Source Programming
SMOFCon 28 Programming leader Tom Whitmore has posted some advice for people to help make the most of our "Open Source Programming" plan. See his message on the SMOFCon web site for the full version.
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
12:53 pm
Book Your Distillery Tour Seat Soon
Time is running out to book your seat on the St. George's Spirts tour. SMOFCon 28 will soon open the tour to local fans who aren't attending SMOFCon, so if you want to take the tour, sign up now before it fills up.
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
11:12 pm
Data Projector Available
Several people have asked if we'll have a way for people to display presentations at the convention. We've arranged for a data projector and screen for this purpose. At the moment, we have no technical details for what type of computer data projector it is.
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
11:58 am
Distillery Tour Booking Open
After considering the feedback from the members, SMOFCon 28 has selected the Pilots’ Lounge/Traditional Guided Tasting option for the St. George's Spirits Distillery Tour on Thursday, December 2. Cost will be $55 including the bus to and from Alameda. The bus leaves the hotel at 2 PM and returns about 7 PM (subject to traffic-related delays). See the Distillery Tour page for more information and instructions on how to sign up and pay for your space.

The tour is limited to 20 people due to the capacity of the bus and the Pilots Lounge tasting room.
11:36 am
Room Booking Deadline Approaches
If you have not yet booked your room for SMOFCon 28 and plan to attend, you should do so now, as the $89 room rate is good only through this Friday, November 19. Thereafter, the room rate increases to $149.
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
9:58 pm
SMOFCon 28 Progress Report 1 Available
SMOFCon 28's Progress Report 1 is now available for download from the convention's web site.
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
10:59 am
Bid Trail Boot Camp at SMOFCon 28
SMOFCon 28 will hold a "Boot Camp" seminar from 10 AM to 1 PM on Friday, December 3 on the topic of Managing Bidded Conventions. (Bidded conventions are those like Worldcon and Westercon, held in different places and hosted by different groups each year, as opposed to conventions held annually by the same group in the same place.) Helen Montgomery is the Boot Captain. See the Boot Camp description for more details of the planned topics.

Although we do not expect to run out of space for the Boot Camp, we are asking people to sign up in advance so that we can prepare for the level of expressed interest.
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
8:54 pm
SMOFCon Scholarship from Canada Announced
CanSMOF Inc., parent non-profit organization of Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, has announced that they will present up to two scholarships of 500 CAD each for convention runners to be used towards the cost of attending SMOFCon 28 in San Jose.

Hurry! Applications are due October 15, 2010. For details and a link to the application form, see Anticipation’s SMOFCon Scholarship Page.
Monday, September 20th, 2010
1:44 pm
Travel to San Jose
We've recently updated the travel information for getting to San Jose on the SMOFCon 28 web site. Those of you who came here for Worldcon in 2002 will be generally familiar with the area, although things have changed a little downtown. If you were here for World Fantasy Con last year or for this past year's Further ConFusion, you'll probably already know your way around, since the Sainte Claire is only a block south of the Fairmont.

This travel information is adapted from what we wrote for last year's World Fantasy Convention, and while I think I got all of the cross-references changed and the transit fares updated, I have to admit that there may be loose ends. Also, there's no guarantee that transit fares won't go up between now and December as the various transit agencies try to close their budget gaps. (Caltrain in particular — the commuter rail line between San Francisco and San Jose — is probably going to increase fares soon.)

If the travel information on the web site doesn't answer your question, please ask and we'll do our best to fill in the gaps. There's a lot of information there simply because there are three major Bay Area airports, each with different ways of getting to San Jose. We've also tried to include information for coming by train as well as for driving to the convention.
Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
12:54 pm
Pre-Con Distillery Tour Planned
Before you make your travel plans to come to SMOFCon 28 in San Jose, you may want to consider giving yourself an extra day so you can attend the tour of St. George's Spirits we are arranging. This will be the day before SMOFCon; we're putting together a bus to carry people from San Jose up to Alameda and back for the tour. Details and costs are still being worked out, and we'll post that when we know about it.
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm
SMOFCon Scholarship Announced
Although SFSFC has announced that they won't be offering a scholarship to SMOFCon this year on account of they're hosting the convention, another group has announced a new scholarship to the conrunners' convention. ALAMO, the Texas-based conrunning group, has announced a $300 scholarship to send someone to SMOFCon 28 in San José the weekend of December 3-5 this year to meet other convention runners and participate in programming about organizing SF genre conventions.

See the application for the ALAMO SMOFCon Scholarship for more information.
Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
9:15 am
Give Us The Boot
This year's SMOFCon in San Jose is soliciting ideas for a "Boot Camp" in the same spirit as the "Budget Boot Camp" conducted on the first day of last year's convention in San Antonio. If you have a suggestion for topics that you think would make a good seminar, particularly if they are things that might bring you in to attend and participate, please let us know by leaving a comment on the SMOFCon 28 web page.
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
4:21 pm
SMOFCon 28 Programming Design Information Posted
SMOFCon 28 (San Jose CA, Decmeber 3-5, 2010) has posted information about the convention programming design. SMOFCon 28 will be using a member-driven approach to developing the convention programming using the ideas of Open Space Technology, with the convention program for Saturday and Sunday being developed by the members themselves at the Friday Night Social. A longer discussion of the process is on the SMOFCon 28 Programming Page.

Remember that membership to SMOFCon 28 in San Jose this December is $50 through the end of April and increases to $65 thereafter. You can register online or by paper mail (details on the web site).
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