melchar: bucky katt making a statement (bucky)
Meeting #1410
August 7, 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 8 pm
9 people attended

A party jar was established

The minutes of meeting 1409 were missing & their reading was postponed for a week

No Treasurer present, however last week we took in $1.50 in the regular jar & $0.50 in the party jar

the VP reported he has nothing fannish to report & that he is not Chris Garcia

the President had nothing fannish to report

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Lisa announced that there is an eclipse coming up

John O announced that SF ComicCon is the 1st week of December & that Heroes and Villians FanFest will also be in December

Kenneth announced the passing of Harmon Nakagama at the age of 88, who was the original guy in the rubber suit for Godzilla movies

REVIEWS:
John O reviewed 'Expanse' as he read the entire series in about 2 1/2 week, it's interesting world building & is now watching the series & finds the 1st 4 episodes to be good & reviewed 'We are Bob' by Davies Taylor as about a guy who becomes an AI & is a little contrived & it has a lot of humor & reviewed a Campbell nominee 'Info Motracy' as a concept book with somewhat wooden characters & not recommended & reviewed 'War for the Planet of the Apes' as deeper than the 1st 2 & they enjoyed it & there are lots of Easter eggs in it, definitely recommended & reviewed a visit to the Magic Castle in LA as excellent

Yocanan reviewed 'Salvation' [the TV series] as wildly entertaining & reviewed the half book of Connie Willis' 'Blackout' as amazing

Ken reviewed 'Orange is the New Black' as Geri has been chain-smoking them

We did auctions

Adjourned 8:49

And the rumor of the week = 'It's quiet - too quiet'

40C

Jun. 19th, 2017 04:10 am
melchar: (zombies)
Although we had lunch in AC, outside it was 108F. So home being 104F [40C] for 4 hours technically was only one of the outer circles of hell. [If one goes by Dante, the innermost circle is ice ... which I found myself longing for.]

It's 4am and 72F and I can't sleep. Still too hot. I have to be at the dentist at 9am to get the temporary crowns replaced with permanents. I -really- want to go to BASFA tonight, but between the heat and expected tooth discomfort .. I don't know if I can make it. And I SO VERY MUCH don't want being stuck eating soup.

Travelled

Jun. 14th, 2017 01:37 pm
melchar: sleeping ferret (nap time)
Back from Reno. Hey! The drive there was nice - good traffic & weather, but the drive HOME was thru rain, then sleet. There was snow Sunday night on the Donner Pass and down to 4000' of elevation! 36 degrees when going thru it at 11am - and only 2 hours after they stopped making chains mandatory. Traffic was still nice. On the downhill side of the mountains, it was in the 70's and lovely - all the way home. Then .. was dead for the rest of Monday.

Tuesday was unpacking, then grocery shopping. Got laundry ready for the next day [today] - and have heard it's supposed to go on beyond the 90's, heat-ways this weekend. Ugh.

So today is likely to be the last 'sane**' day weather-wise. On the 'teeth' front, I get the permanent crowns Monday. The temporaries are sensitive to heat and cold and can't be used like incisors, so the molars are getting a workout.


[**'sane' = YMMV; I like temperatures below the mid-80's, love rain and fog and cool weather]

Ouch

Jun. 5th, 2017 12:37 pm
melchar: kitty sitting in a toilet (toidy kitty)
My face hurts today. Mainly it's my mouth. Last night at 11pm I asked for the TV remote to be tossed to me and I caught it with my mouth. 2 front teeth were shattered [they both had crowns on them] - and luckily the dentist got me in this morning. The roots of both teeth were undamaged, so I can have 2 replacement crowns, instead of needing root canals. 2 hours of dentist work and I have the temporaries in now. So my face hurts.

LJ tricks

Apr. 4th, 2017 06:17 pm
melchar: medieval raccoon girl (Default)
Live Journal's latest trick is to demand that a new user agreement be agreed to, before one can access the site. Since I am staring at a pop-up alert that states the agreement being demanded is not legally-binding, I'm not going to click 'sure, mess me up'.

Thus it looks like I'm not posting there for the immediate future
melchar: medieval raccoon girl (Default)
Saw 'Kong - Skull Island' today and enjoyed the hell out of it. Great cast, great monsters, excellent popcorn movie. Lots and lots of fun monsters. There is one clever point at which the 'local' tells some of the [at that point] survivors that one thing to worry about are the ants, giant ants - points to off-screen & says, 'There's one now' - and the movie has been so good up until this point that they didn't NEED to show giant ants. It was very smooth, seamless and just one little bit done well in a movie that IMO is just very, very good.

The hell?

Mar. 20th, 2017 09:37 am
melchar: kitty sticking its tongue out (disgusted kitty)
My allegedly 'heavy-duty gaming mouse' just disintegrated under my hand as I was using it. Top fell off. I managed to push the contacts inside enough to get out of a game I was playing. The the bottom fell off as I moved it aside to get a replacement. [Thankfully, I have several replacement mice due to having a problem with one - the mouse before the now-broke'd one.]
melchar: medieval raccoon girl (Default)
Another storm is forecast to blow in late tonight [in the 2am thru early morning time-frame]. Sounds like some wind will come along with it. There should be rain, on and off, for a week. Nice!

Nostalgia

Feb. 12th, 2017 04:49 pm
melchar: (zombies)
It's sunny today and I don't mind that. The last few months are how winter -should- be IMO: rain, a bit more rain, sprinkles and then a few days of sunshine. This is very akin to my memories of California winter weather until about age 10.
melchar: medieval raccoon girl (Default)
.... and now for some commercials with a little bit of football wrapped around them.
melchar: xellos saying it's a secret (xellos secret)
Another protest goes up in flames. The thousand protesters make their hypocritical complaints against letting someone express an opinion different then their own, but are stupid [but reasonable] about it. Then several dozen uniformly dark-clad, dark masked 'anarchists' show up, destroy property, burn stuff, throw flares & fireworks at the police - agitate the crowd into copying them - and fade away. Again.

In general, the 'left' is barely able to carry a sign and if they are chanting the same protests, it is by accident. Terrible organizational skills. IMO there is some very rich fascist genius sitting back, paying for & sending in the 'anarchist' squads to discredit progressive protests and turn the tide of sheep-like PR against progressive causes by the tactic of violence. It seems as though only the fascist right wing seems capable of THIS degree of effectiveness.
melchar: sleeping ferret (nap time)
Excellent article here, about 'Rogue One's' characters =
https://thenerdsofcolor.org/2017/01/23/rogue-one-subverts-asian-male-stereotypes-and-thats-important/

Plus good advice to follow [because I have felt like giving some of those responses]
http://www.cracked.com/blog/how-not-to-respond-to-regretful-trump-voters-guide/
melchar: kitty sticking its tongue out (disgusted kitty)
Of for the love of ...

I'm not happy Trump is in office, but unless we can get RID of Pence and Ryan FIRST, trying to impeach Trump is a fate WORSE than Trump.

To be honest, I want Trump healthy and in place - and fear that the Republican machine will try to get rid of him by any means possible - to GET Pence &/or Ryan into the presidency.
melchar: kitty sticking its tongue out (disgusted kitty)
Today is dry. The last week has been mildly rainy [although to see TV news reporters aiming their cameras at shallow puddles, you'd think we were in a monsoon]. The week to -come- is forecast as slightly more rainy and news-folk are predicting disasters. Since California is more-or-less a desert, IMO there should be cheers and acclamation, not complaints.

2017

Jan. 2nd, 2017 07:53 pm
melchar: medieval raccoon girl (medieval melchar)
No disasters ... yet
melchar: sleeping ferret (nap time)
Death to the old year, may the new year to come be wonderful and filled with sparkly shiny things!
melchar: kitty peeking out of ceiling (ceiling kitty)
J Riley Mccool = https://www.patreon.com/Jrileymc/posts

This is a furry artist whom I think needs to be seen by more people. I just added them to my [meager/can't afford much] Patreon list ... which now numbers 4. I heard about them because Vargr found = 'How to Be Homeless' = http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/how_to_be_homeless/5530315/
.. and told Boojum about it. Boojum gave me the url. I just finished reading the archives, then found the Patreon information ... where there is more art. They really do seem like a very nice person.

The hell?

Dec. 27th, 2016 01:52 pm
melchar: kitty sitting in a toilet (toidy kitty)
WTF 2016? Now Carrie's dead. This year has gone -beyond- sucking ass!


[an hour later = ... and this is just funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYFQQB9vqPw]

Back

Dec. 26th, 2016 09:18 pm
melchar: sleeping ferret (nap time)
Finally back home. 11 hours on the road [for what is usually a 7 hour trip] = terrible traffic with utterly no cause to be seen: no accidents, no -reports- of accidents, just people driving terribly and stopping in both directions [like DEAD stops] for no discernible cause. Complete WTF driving.
melchar: kitty from Going Medieval (kitty pouncing)
It's the first year visiting family 400 miles from now-home, where the 'traditional huge family home' was not available, so we are at a hotel for the week. It's a nice place with a HUGE pipe, so I have spent the whole time downloading games from Steam that I've had purchased for *years* - but not wanted to devote the days [instead of hours] it would take to dl them all. **

So that's been nice. Other than that, I'd predicted that without the homestead, the family would not gather on the one side. [I am SO right.] And on the other side, nothing really changes, altho I'm sad that my aunt died this last year. She was always the best.


** = dl'd some of them before, onto my desktop or prior laptops, but 'Sam' here is new and has a terabyte HD, so has room for lots of games.
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