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  • nottenst
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    Originally posted by Looney View Post
    So Jan, did any of our little communities come up, JMS NEWS, B5TV, or even ISN NEWS? Did #FREEBABYLON5 get mentioned? . .
    Jan had #FREEBABYLON5 ribbons to give away which got a great response [later in the convention someone did ask me why Babylon 5 needed to be freed] and so it was mentioned that the campaign worked to the extent that it is on Amazon Prime and soon to be on Comet TV.

    I mentioned Sandy's original Zocalo newsletter, but did not specifically mention ISN News. Someone (possible Marc) mentioned that Sandy helped Michael O'Hare.

    We asked how many people had been part of the moderated newsgroup, the fan club, the B5 Books and possibly other groups.

    Marc Scott Zicree told of his relationship with JMS before the show as well as well as being the only writer who also worked on DS9. He also mentioned the budgetary success.

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  • Looney
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    Well I am glad to hear that things went well, for the most part. That really sucks Kraig. Wish I could have been there. I don't know what I would have shouted out. LOL It would have been nice to be around so many like minded folks.

    So Jan, did any of our little communities come up, JMS NEWS, B5TV, or even ISN NEWS? Did #FREEBABYLON5 get mentioned? . . . . . Okay what I really want to know is how many people asked about me and wanted to know what I am really like? LMAO

    But in all seriousness I am glad to hear that, for the most part, it was a big success.

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  • Ubik
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    Good to hear B5 can still pack out a small room! Nice work Jan.

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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by Kraig View Post
    I was turned away at the door by convention center staff because the room was "at capacity."
    Oh, crud! So sorry to hear that! I'd have enjoyed meeting you. I didn't realize anybody had been turned away. I know that the schedule signs had notes that standing wouldn't be allowed but that seems to have been spottily enforced. As an example, the Harlan Ellison memorial was so packed I had to leave after half an hour due to (mild) claustrophobia. Seriously, the room had every seat and every bit of floor space with people sitting on the floor or standing against the wall. That room was smaller than our room for the B5 panel.

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  • Kraig
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    Originally posted by Jan View Post
    Hi, gang! I'm home - I've had some sleep. So...how was the panel?

    I was *very* pleased! First and foremost, we had a full house of over 225 people. All seats filled and some standees! Woo-Hoo! I'd been warned not to expect too much since there was supposed to be some stiff competition.

    Marc Scott Zicree writer of 'Survivors') joined the panel and had some informative things to sayabout the early days of the show. I gave a brief history and was happy to be able to announce the news about the show coming to Comet TV. Neil went ahead and answered the question about Blu-Rays before it was asked. Cheryl and Lee and Wendy had cool things to relate about the early fan participation days on GEnie and Compuserve and Usenet and AOL. There were some questions and we played a few rounds of 'Drazi Wars' (think Family Feud with B5 questions). I was a little disappointed when I had to choose a different question when neither player could name a single Crusade character.

    IMO, we could easily have gone another hour and not run out of things to say. It was a lot of fun and I met/re-met quite a few fans I'd mostly known online.
    I was turned away at the door by convention center staff because the room was "at capacity." I left my house with plenty of time to get there, but only if the highway I took wasn't blocked by a semi-tractor hauling a set of double trailers loaded with hay blocking both lanes, and no way to go around. I back tracked 20 miles of winding road back to the freeway on the San Joaquin side of the coastal range. My GPS then sent me to a surface street short cut from FWY 580 to FWY 680 by taking State HWY 84 around Livermore. It was under construction and down to one lane. It took an extra hour just to travel 7 miles on that road. Sorry I missed it. At least I would have shouted out "in Galen's name" when you asked about naming a Crusade character.
    Last edited by Kraig; 08-22-2018, 12:15 AM.

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  • Jan
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    Hi, gang! I'm home - I've had some sleep. So...how was the panel?

    I was *very* pleased! First and foremost, we had a full house of over 225 people. All seats filled and some standees! Woo-Hoo! I'd been warned not to expect too much since there was supposed to be some stiff competition.

    Marc Scott Zicree writer of 'Survivors') joined the panel and had some informative things to sayabout the early days of the show. I gave a brief history and was happy to be able to announce the news about the show coming to Comet TV. Neil went ahead and answered the question about Blu-Rays before it was asked. Cheryl and Lee and Wendy had cool things to relate about the early fan participation days on GEnie and Compuserve and Usenet and AOL. There were some questions and we played a few rounds of 'Drazi Wars' (think Family Feud with B5 questions). I was a little disappointed when I had to choose a different question when neither player could name a single Crusade character.

    IMO, we could easily have gone another hour and not run out of things to say. It was a lot of fun and I met/re-met quite a few fans I'd mostly known online.

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  • sftv
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    I keep getting confused about which day is which. The worldcon runs from Thurday through Monday, even though Monday is not a holiday. I get in on Wednesday and leave Monday evening.

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  • Looney
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    Originally posted by Kraig View Post
    My calendar shows August 17th to be a Friday. Perhaps you mean Saturday August 18th.

    I might just drive over the hill and take a look.
    Saturday the 18th is what the actual schedule says. Kraig is correct.

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  • Kraig
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    My calendar shows August 17th to be a Friday. Perhaps you mean Saturday August 18th.

    I might just drive over the hill and take a look.

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  • Looney
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    So wish I was going to be there with you Jan. Good time on a great day.

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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by sftv View Post
    The 25 years of Babylon 5 panel at WorldCon in San Jose is scheduled for Saturday, Aug 17, at noon. The full schedule is now up at https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/wor...en/worldcon-76

    The tiger team made some significant changes to part of the program, getting more panels featuring less panelled hugo nominees as well as worked on the diversity issues.
    Thanks Lee! Happy they were able to re-do things and that this one made the cut (AND as a bonus, it doesn't look like it conflicts with Spider's schedule! Woo-Hoo!!!)

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  • sftv
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    Worldcon panel Update

    The 25 years of Babylon 5 panel at WorldCon in San Jose is scheduled for Saturday, Aug 17, at noon. The full schedule is now up at https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/wor...en/worldcon-76

    The tiger team made some significant changes to part of the program, getting more panels featuring less panelled hugo nominees as well as worked on the diversity issues.

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  • B5-Stefan
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    Straczynski -> German -> San Diego

    So I do something against "quiety".

    What we did learn about JMS learning German and WRMiller realized the consequences to San Diego.


    JMS tweet:

    "1/ I actually took German 101 and Advanced simultaneously; so I can speak it a bit but have a hard time understanding sometimes because there are just too many words I don't know. But: funny story. I was in Berlin doing some work on a pre-Sense8 project and was in a meeting...
    2/ ...with several Germans showing options on a particular aspect, and assuming -- not incorrectly -- that most Americans never bothered to learn another language, kept making little asides to each other about the "stupid Americans."
    So at one point, after showing me a video...
    3/ ..they'd made showcasing their work, I said "Noch einmal, bitte," meaning one more time, please. They reached for the video controls then froze, realizing I had understood most of what they'd said. Never saw two people looking more horrified than that day.
    "

    Mark Gilman re-tweet:

    "Whats the story behind how you took German 101 and Advanced German at the same time? Why did you do it? How did you pull it off?"

    JMS re-tweet:

    "It was an experiment one year at San Diego State University to see how students would perform learning rudimentary and advanced German simultaneously. So we'd get basics at noon, then at two the instructor *only* spoke in German. Was nuts but it got my language requirements done."

    WRMiller re-tweet:

    "And then you vented your frustrations by blowing up San Diego in BABYLON 5. :P"

    Funny

    B5-Stefan

    Oh soory, should've been adressed to the facebook/twitter thread...

    --
    First of all Pooh said to himself:
    "That buzzing-noise means something. You don't get a buzzing-noise like that, just buzzing and buzzing, without its meaning something."
    [Winnie-the-Pooh, Chapter 1]
    Last edited by B5-Stefan; 07-26-2018, 10:44 AM.

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  • Looney
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    Things have been so quiet around here this week. I wonder if everyone has a post-SDCC hangover. LMAO

    Glad to hear Ellison continues to be recognized.

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  • Jan
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    That's a shame. While I tend to think that some of the upset folks may be directing anger that's built up due to slights by others than WorldCon, I'm probably not qualified to have any opinion at all since any marginalization I've experienced is pretty minor (or mor likely, I just never noticed. I'm dense that way.).

    Happy to hear that there's likely a Harlan Ellison panel there, too! Hoping it's while I'm there (and doesn't conflict with any Spider/B5 programming).

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