March 3rd, 2014
|rintrahroars||05:43 pm - Volunteering for Arisia 2015|
Are you interested in helping to run New England's largest, most diverse Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention? Arisia 2015, scheduled to take place at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel Jan. 16-19, 2015, is looking for volunteers in a number of different divisions.We will be asking for volunteers throughout the year, as we build our convention committee. It's an ongoing process. As positions open up, We will be contacting you.Please take a moment to fill out our Volunteer Form. We hope you'll join us to make Arisia 2015 the best convention yet!
February 9th, 2014
|arisialj||07:41 pm - Message from Arisia President |
There's been a lot of conversation online lately about a few incidents at Arisia 2014, and our response to them as an institution and a culture. Absent specific details, we'd like to say that investigations are definitely in progress, and while we're always saddened any time things go poorly for our members, we also feel honored at the level of faith recently expressed in us as an organization.
Without commenting on any particular incident, I'd like to reiterate some principles we have that I think are important:
* Arisia takes harassment, and reports thereof, seriously. For the last couple of years we've been hosting trainings on how to deal with reports, both official and unofficial, of sexual harassment and sexual assault, and we've made those trainings available to the whole community. We want Arisia to be a welcoming, safe, and awesome space for everyone who wants to be here, and we recognize that that requires culture, and the work to maintain it.
* Each of us is a member of this community; each of us is responsible for our own actions. Intoxication doesn't make unacceptable behavior somehow acceptable, whether it's from alcohol or convention-related sleep deprivation.
* It's hard to balance the desire for swift action and the desire to make sure we do The Right Thing. We're big fans of due diligence, but we know that justice too long delayed is justice denied. Please be patient while we go through our process, which we're still feeling out and developing. We want to make sure we do right by all our members, now and in the future.
On a more personal level:
For years now, I've thought of Arisia and the people who go to it as (for lack of a better word) my tribe. It's always been satisfying to me to say, "Hey, look at that, I'm a part of that" about both the event and the community. But in the last couple of weeks, I have felt surpassing pride to be a involved with a community and an organization that inspires such an incredible level of confidence. Thanks to all of you for being part of it.
President, Arisia, Inc.
January 27th, 2014
January 25th, 2014
|archangelbeth||11:40 pm - Arisia's Guest of Honor revisits the "Sheroes: Writing Heroines" panel...|
http://andpuff.livejournal.com/227494.html -- "What I Should Have Said Was"
In case there was anyone on that panel who was interested in some of the "edits" that she makes -- or anyone not on the panel who wishes they'd been there!
January 22nd, 2014
|n1jdu||12:22 pm - Masquerade winners?|
Is there a list of masquerade winners published anyplace (other than in the Clear Ether) ... I had to leave at intermission so I don't have any idea who won what.
January 21st, 2014
|cos||09:29 am - Give Arisia feedback|
People who have significant gripes or kudos are more motivated to find out how to give feedback, and make the effort to do it, but I think Arisia benefits from getting more "mundane" feedback about the less exceptional stuff. Which panels did you enjoy and want to see happen again? Were moderators effective or ineffective (sometimes a good panelist turns out to be a less than great moderator, and it'd probably help Arisia to know - the staff can't personally attend every panel) ? What did you think of the changed layout of the dealers and art show? Or the mix of dealers? Did you see a performance you found very entertaining? Is there somewhere in the event space where an additional sign might have been helpful or saved you time? Stuff like that.
See Arisia's contact page for how to submit feedback by email or web form.
|pisicutsa||04:15 am - Long shot query...|
A gallon-sized ziplock bag full of Treacle, Marmite, and possibly Bovril was apparently left for me in Staff Den (in the closet in the room with couches) but it had disappeared by the time I went to pick it up. If anyone grabbed it by mistake (or knows who did) I would love to have it back - it was intended for my spouse who misses food from "home". Thanks!
|killpurakat||01:02 am - Query for the masquerade peeps|
Dunno if this is a good place to post this, but I figured it couldn't hurt.
I was in the masquerade this year, but had to leave this morning (to catch my flight) without collecting my certificates (won two awards) or my little flash drive (blue flip thing with only 2 Gbs). Is there any way for me to get those items by mail?
I was the Darkwing Duck, BTW. ;)
January 20th, 2014
|arianhwyvar||11:43 pm - Earrings left behind at my booth (Silver Owl Creations)|
Someone purchased a set of earrings from me (Saturday, I think?) and left the box containing them behind at my booth! If you think they might be yours, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description, and we can figure out how to get them back to you.
Please pass the word along. I'm hoping I can find their owner.
|bobquasit||11:29 pm - Thanks to all!|
I just wanted to thank everyone involved. It was a great con, and has been all these twenty-five years. It was great to see so many old friends, and to make new ones.
I just wish I didn't have to wait a year until the next one! Am I the only one who'd move to Arisia like a shot, if it were a country instead of a convention?