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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
5:24 pm
A matter of a pinion
I have inflicted the crow/raven pinion pun from Saturday's panel onto another friend of mine (known from Wiscon rather than Farthing Party) whom loves all things corvid, and also likes to inflict things like "Iron Bulwer-Lytton" contests on the world.

My day is now complete.
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
12:15 am
The necklace conspiracy
Many of you will have heard of this already, but I think it bears recording.

Not quite a month ago, I was in a hotel room in San Antonio thinking about the Worldcon just ended, and looking forward to the Farthing Party still to come.  I thought about all the work that Jo has put into Farthing Parties over the years -- dealing with hotels, worrying about room blocks, organizing programming, opening her home to us and sharing with us food and drink.  And it seemed to me that it would be a good thing to give her some kind of reward.

It didn't take much further thought about what Jo would like, to come up with commissioning a necklace from elisem.  So I sent out emails, and people pledged money towards the project.  I got to present it at the Saturday night party, and many people as well contributed money there.

Here is a list of all the people who contributed (in an order contributed by random.org):

Emily Frawley & Tucker McKinnon
Seth Breidbart
Vicki Rosenzweig & Andy Hickmott
Jonathan Crowe & Jennifer Seely
Theresa Mecklenborg & Brooks Moses
Beth Friedman
Debra Doyle & Jim Macdonald
Jessica Cohen
Frances K R & Chelle Parker
Joel Polowin
Alison Sinclair
Cenk Gokce
Cath Jackel & Bill Hately
Shana Rosenfeld
Matthew Surridge
Alter Reiss
Christopher K. Davis
Marissa Lingen & Tim Cooper
Adrienne Seel, Eugene Heller, & Alison Wall
Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Duncan MacGregor
René Walling
Caroline-Isabelle Caron

ETA: And Don Fitch was inspired by this post to contribute, as well.

On the necklace itself, Elise outdid herself.  She said that the project attracted to itself a number of beads that she had thought were going to be pendants -- it has agatized dinosaur bone, and fossil coral, and boulder opal, and lava from Iceland, "and and and...."

I was stunned.  For myself, I could not be happier with how it turned out.

Its name is "ibidem", which is Latin for "in the same place".  Elise said further:

And that's what Farthing Party has always felt like to me:  somehow, no matter which hotel we happen to use that year, and which combination of people we happen to get, we're all together again in the same place, that glorious place where we talk and think and laugh and learn and share and embrace. Also, it's a bit of a joke, because so many of the beads are landscapes or places, and while they aren't all of the "same place" by any means, they're all of the realm of story.  And that's our place, too.   And even though I don't happen to be coming to Farthing Party in person this year, I'll still be in that place with all of you, in my heart, sharing stories and seeing the look on Jo's face and greeting everybody who's made it back to The Same Place, as it were.

Here's one of the pictures Elise took when it was done:
the necklace

And you can see the full gallery at Elise's site.  (Well worth checking out!)
Monday, September 30th, 2013
7:30 am
Dim Sum
So in case anyone still here today missed this: today's plan is dim sum at 10am in Kam Fung -- the same place as Friday.
Friday, September 27th, 2013
11:36 am
A Good Time will be Had by All
My best wishes to all of you at the final Farthing Party. I was at the first and had planned to be at the last, but it has not worked out. In fact, I filled out the paperwork for a vacation this weekend back in March, but my employer appears to have misplaced it (or else I did before submitting it) and that was a problem.

Also, a cold which had been waiting in the wings took its cue from a week of deliberate extraversion in job interviews and has been in center stage since Wednesday night. I don't think it's likely that I'd pass it along, but I sure am tired.

I'm finding all of this particularly unfortunate because I am feeling more communicative and less anxious about traveling to a convention than I have in years. I had prepared a couple of conversation-starting ideas for the weekend:

  • I thought that perhaps building a foldable mini-spectrometer for smartphones might be of interesting to my friends (known and those yet strangers) interested in seeing new dimensions in minerals (in natural forms, glazes, and even frits (though not frites)). Of course, you can follow that link to the Public Lab site and have fun with electron energy levels without me. The inexpensive desktop spectrometer might also be of interest.
  • I have been repurposing the membership badge from the Open Hardware Summit to run a slide show of fanzine illos. I would have liked to share it with you and perhaps have triggered some new ideas for projects. Well, some other time and place, I guess, and perhaps in a more complete state, e.g. with built-in lighting and perhaps even additional controls and better processing to prepare images for display.

Anyway, I hope that you are all having fun up there, and I look forward to seeing (and meeting) more of you on some other occasion.

Jo, the first Farthing Party was great fun for me, and I'm sure the FPs from then until now have been wonderful also. Thank you for your hospitality and generosity, and may your work continue to bring you the readership and accolades you so truly deserve.
Friday, September 20th, 2013
6:36 pm
Getting here
While the address of the Hotel des Gouvernurs is 1415 St Hubert, it's essentially on the corner of Ste Catherine and St Hubert, 2 blocks south of Sherbrooke and the Plaza. What it's actually on is Place Dupuis, a square.

For inexplicable reasons, the underground passage that connects the hotel to Berri metro is undergoing work and is closed right now. (Oh well, it was confusing anyway.) To get to the hotel from Berri metro, therefore, come out onto Ste Catherine and walk one block east. Or come out through the library onto Maisonneuve and walk one block east. Not a big deal.

Greyhound, Amtrak, AirportCollapse )
6:19 pm
Friday: a Plan
So, we have a plan for Friday 27th, and this is it.

The idea is that some people will be here already, and others will show up throughout the day, and this plan is designed so that people can meet up at certain times and places. We've done it before and it works better than you'd expect

11.00 Brunch, La Boule au Carre, 3482 St Denis, opposite Sherbrooke metro, same as the last three years. This is a Breton creperie, they have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, also meat, dairy and croissants for those who can eat them! They open at 11. They will know we're coming. Directions from the hotel -- take metro one stop on orange line direction Monmorency to Sherbrooke metro. Come out on the west side, signed "St Denis". Come out of metro onto sidestreet, walk west half a block, cross St Denis, the restaurant is right there on the corner. Or if you want to walk it's not far. Walking directions -- walk along Maisonneuve or St Catherine two blocks west to St Denis, walk north up St Denis until you get there.

After Brunch -- Expeditions. We think we will have an expedition to the Beaux Arts to see the Chihuly Art Glass, and an expedition to Marche Jean-Talon to see the market, and we're thinking about a wander around in the Old Port to see the Old Port. There's also a possibility of seeing the ruins of water mills and the outsides of some old houses on the north shore is the island. We're also open to other suggestions. We have several local guides. There's a reasonable amount of flex here depending what people want to do. If there's something you always wanted to do in Montreal and want an expedition for, suggest it in comments.

Afternoon Tea. 16.30. Juliette et Chocolat, on St Laurent and Prince Arthur. the same one as last year. (The one on St Denis is permanently full.) They don't know we're coming, but they're big. If I have time in the week I'll go and warn them. If you're on an expedition, it will wind up there. Directions from hotel -- take metro one stop on green line in direction Angrignon, to St Laurent. Take 55 bus from directly outside the metro and get off at Prince Arthur, which I think is three stops. Walking directions -- walk up St Denis to where Au Bulle de Carre is, walk through the park, walk along Prince Arthur until you come to St Laurent directly opppsite it.

Dinner and Hanging Out. 1900 for 19.30, Maison Kam Fung, 1111 St Urbain, Chinatown. This is trying something different! Ever since Les Gateries closed I've been trying to find somewhere that reliably works for Friday night and nowhere has ever been any good really. We've done lots of different things that didn't work! Our requirements are just too challenging. So instead, I have booked dinner for everyone at Maison Kam Fung in Chinatown. Kam Fung is good reliable Chinese food -- if you have had dim sum with me, this is where, and everyone left ate there once on a Monday after Farthing. This is going to cost $15 per person and Farthing Party will pay the extra, though I will certainly accept contributions. I have ordered a whole pile of their excellent and abundant set menus, including Vegetarian for 6 and extra crispy spinach for everyone -- and we can order extra stuff, it just might not be quick. So there will be lots and lots of food, and nobody will be able to eat everything but everyone ought to be able to eat something, and we will all be there and we will have 8 tables for 10 people each near each other, and they don't mind if we move around. And if anyone wants to come but not eat, just come and don't eat and don't make a fuss about it. And if you're driving here after work from Ottawa or somewhere and getting here later, then we can just order more food. (I appreciate that this is not ideal, but the best is the enemy of the good. And this is possible. And it should be fun.)

To find Kam Fung -- Maison Kam Fung's street address is 1111 St Urbain, but it's upstairs in a mall in Chinatown. How you get there from the hotel is to take the orange line direction Cote Vertu to Place d'Armes, come out of the metro onto the street not into the Palais. Cross the street (Viger) diagonally such that you're on the corner by the Holiday Inn, which is immediately recosnisable by the pagodas on the top. Walk north (uphill), for just over a block, and go into the mall, which is labelled 1111 St Urbain, at a small undistinguished door. You may see "Maison Kam Fung" in neon on the building. Once inside, follow the maze around to the escalator, go up the escalator, follow the maze around to Kam Fung. There's actually a sign with an arrow at the top of the escalator. (There are lifts there too, in which case you want M.)

From Juliette et Chocolat: you can walk (or catch a 55 bus on St Urbain) south (downhill) to Gauchetiere and you're right there.
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
5:31 pm
Last Day for Membership
Today is the absolute deadline for membership.

If I don't have your name by tomorrow morning, that's it.

(Money is more flexible if there is a problem, but my badge-making time is not flexible. At all. So if you are coming and I don't already know, email me right now.)
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
10:14 pm
I am finally back from the US and am fully caught up with the physical checks, cash at San Antonio, and PayPal memberships, so if you have sent in your membership and have not got a receipt from me, please let me know asap, at the farthingparty e-mail address and I'll look into it.
10:12 pm
Anyone who has a room booked and need a room-mate?
In between booking hotels for ReaderCon, WorldCon and NASA Houston visit, I totally blanked out on booking accomodations for FarthingParty, so if anyone needs/wants a roommate, let me know at my e-mail cenk dot gokce at gmail dot com.

Worst case I'll get something at the youth hostel or something but it would be much more convenient to be at the con hotel, for obvious reasons.
Monday, September 9th, 2013
4:09 pm
Membership Deadline
The last date to get your membership money to Cenk is Wednesday September 18th. As always, there will be no at the door memberships. If you've been putting it off, do it now, and if you've been trying to decide, now is the time!
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
10:56 pm
After purchasing a membership at LoneStarCon 3 last week, I have discovered that I have another commitment for that weekend, that I must attend.

Am I able to transfer my membership? And, if so, is anybody interested in purchasing it?
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
10:37 am
Room reminder
This is your 'week from end of room block' reminder that our room block deadline is August 27th. If you have not booked yet, please do so this week. (And as always, please let me know if they appear to be out of the kind of room you want or have any other problems.)

In slightly related news, my hoped-for roommate isn't going to be able to make it: if you want to split a double with me, I would be glad to discuss (It's currently booked to arrive Thursday, leave Monday, though I'm still trying to figure out if I'm coming up on Thursday or on Friday. I come with references.)
Monday, August 12th, 2013
9:52 am
Unable to attend
With great regret, we find that we are unable to attend Farthing Party as we had hoped. kateyule is going to have surgery on her knee and will be unable to travel at that time.

Is there any possibility we can get a refund of our membership payment?
Monday, August 5th, 2013
5:26 pm
Additional hotel block
Sorry it took a few days, but they have now added rooms of all kinds to the room block (particularly classic for Thursday-Monday), and I've just tested that it works.

If you have other problems, or aren't sure about your reservations, please do let me know! (I'm going to be travelling Aug 10-18, but will still see email/posts here, just a bit less frequently than usual maybe.)
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
3:18 pm
Books to give away
I'm paring down my collection of books (to make room for more books :D) and am offering some of them here in the hopes that they find good homes.

A bit torn between the opposing desires of 1) making sure they all get passed along and 2) giving everyone a chance at them, so for now it will be first come first served and the first 3 books on your want list are yours. The rest of your list will also be yours unless someone else lists them in their first 3 books. Does that make sense? Just post a reply with the books that you want. I'm driving in from GTA, so will only be bringing the books that are requested.

edited to add 21 Sept. 2013: Not nearly as much interest as I had hoped. Besides the books requested by grimmwire, I guess I'll be donating the rest to a community library.

Book list after the cutCollapse )
Monday, July 29th, 2013
7:01 pm
Looking for a roommate
I'm looking for someone who wants to split hotel room costs with me.  I can produce references if needed that I'm a good person to share a room with!  (It just happens that the people I've roomed with before are either not coming this year or else have already made arrangements with someone else.)
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
4:02 am
Thinking about program -- buy membership now!
I'm starting to think seriously about program. I am only going to be thinking about programming people who I know are coming. This would therefore be a good time to buy membership if you haven't already. Or if you know you're coming and you can't buy membership yet, let me know that you're going to be here.

Membership will be open until two weeks before. As usual, there will be NO at the door membership.
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
2:31 pm
Hotel reminder
This is your "Oh, right, it's mid-July" reminder about hotel reservations. All the relevant info is in the original post about the hotel. Our deadline for the room block is August 27, so please book before then.

(I'll put up a reminder about 10 days out too.)

As always, please let me know if the hotel tells you something unexpected. (You can reach me by comment here, by PM, or by email - jenettsilver at gmail works.
Monday, March 11th, 2013
10:22 am
Looking for a roommate
I'm looking for someone to split room costs with me.  I can provide references as to my suitability, if needed.
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
10:57 am
Hotel booking weblinks
English over at this link, and French over at this link.

(I haven't actually put a booking through yet, but loading it and selecting nights seems to work correctly.)

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