Archive for August, 2010

Google us


Remember those Google Search Story commercials which ran on TV early this year, where essentially a story was told using various Google searches? Assuming of course you watch TV and don’t fast forward through the commercials. They seemed like a pretty effective way to give an someone a nutshell picture of a person or event. So, early this year Google made a Search Story Creator tool available to the public, so anyone can make their own versions of these commercials. I figured, Capricon has a story to tell so why not see how the tool works and what it can do for Capricon 31. The video below is that result.

We’d love to see what you all would put together to tell the world what Capricon means to you, or what’s important about us to share with the world. Post links to your Search Story in the comments. Now while this isn’t officially a contest, we might find some way to vote on which ones we like best and maybe figure out some form of recognition for the entrants/winners. But then again no promises. You all are a creative bunch, lets see what you can do.

To Serve Fan


Bored and looking for something to do? Want that something to be fannish related? Then check out To Serve Fan. Rich Roszko has started a new website/database trying to collect all of the known conventions, so if you ever get that hankering to drop anything and run off to attend a con, you could check in here, see what’s going on, and head off for some fun.

I did notice he doesn’t currently have Capricon listed, but he’s been emailed with the necessary details.

Spelling Test


Let’s see if I’ve learned how to spell the name of the convention…

Capricon 31 – Pre-Registration Update


Where does the time go? It’s just about six months or so until Cap 31 – ESCAPE!. February 10th through the 13th if you want to be precise. In case you’ve forgotten our guests of honor this year include John Scalzi, John Picacio, Janice Gelb and Stephen Boucher. And of course the usual fare of programming, special events, filk, art show, parties, etc.

If you haven’t registered yet, now’s the time! Early Pre-Registration ends August 31st. Right now you can register for $45 per person. On the 31st the price goes up to $50. You’re going to register anyway so why not save $5 in the process. All the information you need can be found on the registration page, including links to the online registration form as well as a printable and mailable registration form.

So here’s the registration pricing for your information in case you intend to slack…
Now through August 31st. — $45
September 1st through November 15th — $50
November 16th through the end of Pre-Reg (I’ll get back to you with this date) — $55
At the door — $70

We’re still at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL this year, so if you’ve been to Cap in the last two years you know where you’re going. Rooms are the same price as they were last year $103/night (plus applicable fees and taxes). You can make your reservation now by visiting the Westin’s Capricon Registration page. And of course more information can also be found on Capricon’s own Hotel Information page. Our room block closes on January 18th 2011, so reserve a room before then or pay full price.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Cap this year, we’ve got a lot planned and are looking forward to sharing it all with you.

System Test


Seems like Facebook and Twitter are never happy to leave well enough alone, and when they changed their authorization schemes, it broke our direct connection from the blog. Hopefully I’ve fixed this now… we’ll see.

Phandemonium Book Club update


Just a reminder of our upcoming Phandemonium Book Club selections and dates.

The next book club will be on Sunday, September 26 discussing “To Say Nothing of the Dog” by Connie Willis. We will meet at the Border’s in Evanston (1700 Maple Ave) at 6:30.

The book club after that will be held at WindyCon, exact time TBD. The book discussed will be the winner of this year’s Hugo award for Best Novel.

September F.E.A.S.T.

Hello Everyone.

Phandemoniums Next F.E.A.S.T. (fans eating all sorts of things) will be Sunday September 19 at 6:30pm and our theme will be Romanian at the

Little Bucharest Bistro
3661 N. Elston Avenue
(Elston & Spauling)
Chicago, IL

Street Parking is available and is accessible by the Blue Line Addison Stop.

Please let me know if you will be attending by September 13. Thank you and hope to see many of you there.

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