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Since I haven't done one for a while and feel like there's stuff I have forgotten to record.
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Yes, I took a while to get around to writing this up, the important thing is I've done it now >.>

I was the only non committee member to show up, and they were very interested in a wider variety of suggestions. So contact them with ideas! Especially, I assume, relating to the newly announced international guest Wesley Chu.

Games/audience participation etc type stuff:

  • Johann Sebastian Joust
  • Virtual Reality demo like the one this year by Stirfire Studios
  • Workshops: quilting, locks, miniature painting
  • Competitive team based problem solving thing?
  • Play Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy game by audience vote


Other kinds of panels:

  • Anime history, recs
  • Dr Who
  • Non Western/English language Scifi beyond Anime: Miraculous Ladybug etc
  • Video games discussion
  • Late night Devina (fan guest)
  • Classics we never saw
  • Grant's history of Disney continued? If he wants?
  • Fantasy panels that suit Traci Harding's themes
  • Can a scifi movie stay true to an interesting scifi premise all the way through but also be exciting with lots of explosions?
  • Time travel
  • Endangered Animals
  • Space Ship Yamoto
  • Point and Click computer games
  • Women sent back in time: the genre.
  • Old franchises changing to suit new times eg getting more diverse
  • British Scifi Humour
  • Metaphors politically used for explosions (what does this mean, past self??)


More information about the convention
alias_sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Feeling motivated but sore, so, a post about various minor things.

First: SOON got (positively) reviewed by PC Power Play Australia!! It got ONE WHOLE EXTRA SALE (which was [personal profile] loic, seeing my post about it on Facebook but shh)

Second: yesterday I went to the Maylands festival and it was super fun, I had fancy meat from the gourmet butcher and fancy toasted marshmallows, and a baby goat at the petting zoo fell asleep in my lap omg it was SO CUTE. At first it was all "wtf who are you" but then it decided I was a friend and then it slowly calmed down and went to sleep. It was all brown with a cute little black nose and floppy ears. Having animals at petting zoos sit happily in my lap is an unexpected upside of the wheelchair. I smsed Cam (who was asleep when I left) that there were some nice looking fancy hotdogs (his weakness :D) so he came down and we had fun walking around together. The accessibility was unnecessarily poor, though, they blocked curb cuts and footpaths in a few places meaning I had to take complex detours a few times to get to things an able bodied person could just step to.

Third...uh...I had a weird pain in my side again? But then it went away? FUN TIMES.

Oh wait! Yeah! I went to the Swancon programming meeting, it was pretty good but I was the only non committee member there so am very glad I came to add a different POV. They want more diverse POVs so contact them with ideas for panels! Especially book/writing/academic/social justicey/cutting edge fandom stuff, since their strengths seem to be more older anime/tv/movie fandoms and fun interactive stuff. I took some notes I'll try and write up when less sleepy.
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Things I was recced:

The Swancon community is apparently 37% male, 50% female and 13% non binary. The registration table this year offered neat little pronoun stickers to put at the bottom of your badge and there were unisex toilets.

Stirfire Studios ran a demonstration of a game they're writing for the HTC Vive Virtual Reality headset/controller, I was one of a long line of people who got to play it for a few minutes. It was SUPER FUN, very immersive. They got me to stay in my wheelchair to see how well that could work, the answer being "not very well" (I couldn't reach anything high up) but that was fine just for playing around. Also I was longer at the front than the system expected so I banged my footplate into a wall before the "stop walking!" warning grid came on. I've had a few interesting conversations with them about accessibility, am curious to see where that goes.

I only stayed for the very beginning of the masquerade and had no costume but everyone else looked great.

I did a clay animal making activity in the family room which was HEAPS of fun, I was a sought after artisan of little eyes since the children had trouble making them neatly.

Non Violent Video Games
So You Want To Make A Video Game

Various Jane Espenson notes, Science Doesn't Work That Way, Trailer Park, Queer characters: Tokenism, realism and support )
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So that was fun! And I am predictably tired, it has taken a few days of napping and playing Stardew Valley before I felt up to poking at the notes I took. I managed to achieve all my goals: my panels went well, talked to friends, met new people, attended other people's fun panels, saw some cool costumes, spoke to some of the guests.

The notes all blur together, so I'm going to start from the beginning and see what structure emerges.

Speak for 3 minutes about local fannish events, Authors Like Lois McMaster Bujold )
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Did I mention I'm going to the Perth Gaming Festival? I'm even exhibiting (from 3-5) and being on a panel (at 1).

My rough panel notes for Diversity in Gaming, feedback welcome!
alias_sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Went out today to The Perth Geek Girl Meetup and then the Queer Comic Book Club, which was conveniently half an hour later and a few blocks away(*). Both were pretty great!

The geek girl group was more casual, and a bit more conventional. Ages went from mid twenties to 50s. San Churos doesn't sell much I can eat (unsurprising since their speciality is deep fried pastry with chocolate) but was very accessible. Everyone was very friendly and nice and I felt a little sad to leave.

The queer comic group was more unconventional (in a conventionally "queer" way) and cerebral. People were friendly and generally very positive, I was the only one who had anything bad to say about the art but they were ok with my differing POV, another person spent some time talking about the racist subtext and people were cool with it (as you'd hope but you NEVER KNOW). Ages were younger, I'd say late teens to mid 30s, though I didn't feel notably old. The Moon is much less accessible, my chair made a sad sound as I went over the ramp-so-steep-it's-basically-a-step at the door, and I couldn't even get to the back section where the group meets. Also it was un-airconditioned and the fans made it harder to hear what people said. Next up is Batwoman which I own and enjoyed, yay! Will happily lend it to anyone who would like to go but is feeling poor.

There's a Ladies Comic Book Club, also at the Moon but in the middle of the month. I haven't been to that yet, am still deciding if I can be bothered buying "Nimona" since I didn't like what I've read very much. Can anyone tell me if it gets less silly/surreal/meta? It kept throwing me out of the story and made it hard to engage with the characters or world.

AND THEN just as the comic group was winding down my dad rang saying he and my middle brother were "in the area" (eg near my house) wondering if I wanted a visit. When I said I was at the Moon in the city they met me there instead, which was convenient: I just hung at the comic group until they showed up, then we went to a booth. Oh! And right at the start I got lunch at Is Donburi and they put CHILI in my teriyaki, meaning I had reflux for the rest of the day >:( It was greasy, too, and they'd blocked their otherwise accessible entrance with chairs so I had to sit outside. DO NOT REC.

So all in all a fun but VERY TIRING day. I am going to be a very sore puddle tomorrow.

(*) though typing "San Churos Northbridge to the Moon" confuses Google Maps, haha.
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Crossposted/edited from Facebook. I KNOW but that's where the majority of my local friends hang out.

Food adventure mark 1: Thanks to Tiki for suggesting I go to the Swansea markets. They were easy to get to by train, accessible (if poky) and had lots of delicious and interesting food I can eat! I've been there before, back before I got my chair, but didn't realise they were so close to a train station (Oat Street). Venison, chocolate free panforte, vegan caramel syrup, grass jelly, and some nice fruit and veg.

Food adventure mark 2: Golden Choice fruit and veg on Roberts Rd Subiaco a few doors down from the train station: great range, good quality, decent prices (mostly better than Swansea St).

Also went to Farmer Jack's supermarket up on Rockeby Rd, they have a wide range of fancy/unusual food including some fancy cashew "cheeses" I can eat. There were some almond milk icecreams but at $17 for 500mL I think I'll stick to small amounts of low fat icecream and mild indigestion.

The cheese: The "classic cheese" tastes more like french onion dip than cheese, but has a nice creamy texture. I may try replicating it with french onion mix and cashews. Delicious but less vegan in a smoked salmon and lettuce sandwich. $13 for a medium sized jar but it's quite strongly flavoured so you don't need much.
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Sunshine and fresh air!
Unexpected science festival in the city! I GOT TO HUG A CHICKEN.
Tasty food I could eat at a wheelchair accessible place I'd never been before, and another place discovered to try later!(*)
The local IGA having frozen cubed pumpkin!

And something people may find interesting: I finally got around to attending a Perth Science Fiction Fans meetup. It was fun! 10-12 people, roughly equal mix of genders, with an average age of about 30 but going up to maybe 60. The conversation tended to be about current mainstream tv shows/The MCU etc but there were some digressions into Asimov and anime etc. Despite the username no Dr Who, Supernatural, or Sherlock was mentioned. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. I only lasted an hour before getting sleepy, I don't know how things progressed after that.

If you subscribe to the group you get all the meeting updates and can just go when it suits you. I've been subscribed for like...a year, but now I know they're fun will probably go again much sooner. Most are at the Dome in Perth, I didn't bother looking at the menu but it's fairly wheelchair accessible.

(*)Today: the Malaysian restaurant PappaRich, next time the Asian dessert place Sweetfix, both on James st in Northbridge near Gelare.

Plenty!

Jun. 24th, 2015 09:36 pm
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Went to The Little Shop of Plenty in Maylands today with [personal profile] lilysea and had quite a lovely time.

It's as expensive and pretentious as it looks but they HAD FOOD I COULD EAT and the staff were all very friendly and helpful, so I'd still rec it to anyone with dairy/soy/gluten/meat issues who's ok with most of the dishes containing raw vegetables or coconut (sigh) and drinking out of a jar.

I drank a blackberry smoothie made with their in house almond milk, which was SUPER creamy and quite nice once I added extra sugar (which Lily had thoughtfully brought with her, the provided sugar is all made from the nectar of coconut flowers) And at least the jar didn't have a handle. (WHAT'S WRONG WITH CUPS)

The only mains I could (mostly) eat was lupin tempeh with grilled mushrooms, quinoa, and cashew based creme fraiche. Would probably have been nicer with the mixed greens I had removed but was still pretty tasty once I added (pink) salt, and satisfyingly different from the usual things I eat out.

Lupin tempeh was less "a thing I can eat" and more "a thing I did not even realise was a food so let's give it a shot" and it tasted ok and didn't make me horribly ill but I think next time I'll ask them to replace it with an egg. I got the same "This tastes weird and will also probably make you sick" feeling I get from eating soy bean stuff, so congratulations on mimicking actual tempeh I guess? The creme fraiche, while satisfyingly creamy, was too sour for me to eat quite so much of.

I also had a free sample of the date and nut based peppermint fudge which was ok, but much like other date-and-nut based bars I've had. I think my main enjoyment was the peppermint, since I haven't been able to eat that in larger than free-sample level quantities for a few years. Looking at the site it has coconut oil in it because OF COURSE IT DOES.

All that cost $32. Right now I feel a little odd, but it was worth it to have a genuinely interesting and original meal. I don't get those very often. Lily can eat more of the menu and speaks well of all the mains she's tried.
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Bare Crush 100% fruit icy poles, had the mango today and it was quite nice.

Nutty Bruce almond milk, from Maylands IGA: The only almond milk I've found in Perth that doesn't contain vegetable gums. A little bitter but thick and great in cooking, I made the tastiest chicken curry with it as a replacement for coconut milk (which it is not as thick and tasty as, but it's still better than rice milk)

Dripping: Being 100% animal fat it is not exactly the kind of vegan health food one usually associates with "dairy free", but it doesn't set off my food issues and makes for a tasty butter/oil substitute on vegemite toast and roasted potatoes. Available from all supermarkets super cheap!

Microwave rice pudding (would also probably work with dairy), adapted from this stovetop recipe
Ingredients:

1 cup cold white cooked rice
enough "milk" to make it soupy, maybe a cup?
large pinch salt
1 egg
optional:
dash vanilla essence
1/2 cup tinned fruit or a mashed banana
pinch cinnamon
sweetener eg 1 tsp to 1/4 cup sugar


Method:

Mix everything but the egg in a wide-rimmed microwave safe ceramic bowl. Microwave for 4-5 minutes on high, checking to make sure it isn't boiling over especially if your bowl doesn't have a wide rim (it helps for some reason) THE MOMENT it's done crack in the egg and stir briskly so it forms a custard with some of the rice, then mix evenly into the rest. Leave to sit for a minute or two. Eat!

It's really important that the mixture be SUPER hot, if you get delayed after the microwave goes off microwave it again until it's bubbling. You still can't guarantee the egg is 100% cooked but microwaving it once it's mixed in ends badly and personally I am ok with slightly raw egg.
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Went to the Baigup wetlands today, it was lovely! After the wetlands there’s a dog park full of happy dogs prancing through the river and happy children scootering after them (when did scooters become in again?) and then there’s a pretty little bird sanctuary.
Here is a photo of a little wooden boardwalk passing under some paperbark trees and ending in a patch of glorious Perth sunlight. The main path is pavement but the wooden bits are prettier :) There’s also AMAZING views of the Swan River but I didn’t think to photograph it.
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By sheer chance I met a guy who adapts cars and motorbikes to use lithium batteries as a side business. I asked if he did wheelchairs and he offered to take a look, in the end I decided not to go for it but thought people might find it interesting.

He spent a while poking through parts lists to find a combination which would fit the space and give me the amperage the chair needs, this could all be different with different chairs or a scooter. Also I may be confusing amps and volts etc, for some reason I find electronics really confusing. It's possible other mechanics (electricians?) could do a different setup with different specs, especially since wheelchairs aren't his speciality.

The overall cost was about $1500. About $900 for the batteries alone, I think. Ordering the parts would take a while, but the installation would take a few hours at the house.

He wasn't sure it would give me significantly more than the 10-15km I currently get with a brand new acid battery, and unless I paid an extra for a fancy new charger it wouldn't charge all that much faster. Also he'd have to do a few cludges to get everything to work, including gluing a simple "amps drawn" guage to the side of the controller which I would have to reset at the start of every trip. I'd have to watch the guage and remember the number that meant "about to run out of juice" because my only other warning would be the chair coming to a complete and utter stop.

The advantage is that the batteries wouldn't degrade. Currently my batteries last maybe a year if I'm lucky, and cost about $600 to change. Which sucks, but given all the downsides lithium doesn't seem like it's worth the change right now.

I haven't mentioned his name since the only contact I have is his Facebook, but if anyone wants his details I'm happy to pass them on. He's friendly and enthusiastic and his electric motorbike didn't explode or anything :)
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Back! Had a great time! VERY TIRED! So for now here's some stuff from random fliers I want to record before I lose the bits of paper.

From the Diversity Lounge:

Victorian Bi Alliance Played a cool game of cards with these guys, and let another biromantic ace type know she wasn't entirely alone :) They have general online stuff I mean to look into.

Gaymers.com.au Has a Perth branch??

From the Indie Pavillion:

Influent Vaguely interesting looking language learning game

Appointment with Fear Visual novel/kinetic superhero comic thing, looked interesting!

Boy Goes To Space Atmospheric looking minimalist story

Bonza WORD PUZZLE GAME. The only game in the pavillion I actually got excited about :)

Deep Games

Sep. 24th, 2014 07:02 pm
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These are the notes I took at Christy Dena's lecture and workshop on Deep Games. Overall it was a really great experience! I've added links for things I mean to check out later myself.
Describes games about abuse, homophobia, death. Plus some happy things ;) )
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1) What sort of food processor type thing is best for saving spoons on chopping veggies?

2) A local carpenter/kitchen renovator who would be able to change our cupboards to allow for a dishwasher

3) A local psychologist with wheelchair accessible premises I can get to without too much trouble.

Trying to get my life all organised :)
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My mother has recently been heading towards converting to Judaism, and for her upcoming birthday asked for candlesticks and a "nice tea towel" to act as Challah cover for the Sabbath.

But I am not Jewish and know VERY LITTLE about Judaism, plus there isn't exactly a Jewish Supplies Superstore I can easily browse. Closest I could find was the Perth Hebrew Congregation Bookstore, which I may contact and try to check out (assuming they are wheelchair accessible), Tempe David (the one she goes to) also have a shop. But I assume both are overpriced and low on variety.

So! Do any of my local and/or Jewish followers have suggestions? For local places with nice candle sticks, advice on what makes a good challah cover, whatever. I'm paranoid I am going to get something TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE through ignorance, and am rather distracted by the upcoming move and holiday.
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Have been feeling under the weather, these things have made me feel better about it.

Flight rising: A dragon breeding/raising sim. Not super exciting since most things can only be done once a day (resetting at 3pm local time) but it's cute and I get the feeling will be increasingly more fun as I build resources.

Bounce Energy balls Ridiculously overpriced vegan fudgey nut things that are nowhere near as healthy as they claim but taste quite nice for something that doesn't set off my intolerances. The vegan ones are Cashew Pecan, Fudgie Walnut and Spirulina. Haven't tried the Spirulina yet.

Wysp Bills itself as an artist-centered (eg concrit and improvement rather than exhibition) gallery site, not sure I'll actually use it for that but the sketch practice is nicely set up. Assuming you want to sketch hands, dragons, or male anatomy.

(This Let's Play of) Hatoful Boyfriend It starts as a pigeon dating sim and gets weirder from there.

The Wa Gokoro Japanese restaurant in Morley. Wheelchair accessible, near the shopping centre/bus station, relatively cheap and quite nice.

And finally: making dreamwidth posts to procrastinate about answering my email... >.>
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Went out to Point Walter with [personal profile] lilysea today which was almost entirely lovely. Unfortunately, my wheelchair started running out of juice just as we arrived, and by the time we left it was getting the lowest I'd ever seen it...until I turned it off and on again at which point it would always say it was TOTALLY FULL OF POWER...for a few minutes, at which point it would admit to being at even lower power than it was before. Which gives some hint as to how I failed to notice how low the power had gotten until it was too late to turn back.

I tried to force the damn thing up the hill to the nearest bus stop, watching the gauge steadily drop, and got down to one single sad little red bar before giving up and getting [personal profile] lilysea to ring for a wheelchair taxi (I'd never used one before) Turning it on and off again to get to some shade the confused machine said it was at nearly full power while simultaneously making a pathetic beeping noise and refusing to move faster than a crawl.

We made it to Lily's (since she had enough money to pay the taxi in her house) where we were happy to discover that I could use her chair's recharger. An hour or so of resting on her comfy couch later I decided to risk going home...and the chair claimed to be at full power the whole way. I DON'T BELIEVE YOU, CHAIR.

Anyway. The river was lovely as was the company (I was very glad to have such a pleasant and competent friend at hand when things started to go wrong), and I have now had a VERY STRONG REMINDER to set things up so it's easier to remember to bring my recharger with me on long trips. So overall I consider it a win :)
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Was stuck home bored today, and I have: painted my nails with what was intended to look like red/orange lava but ended up looking more like pink leopard print, watched about half of Victor Victoria (it's a lot gayer than I was expecting!) and installed and played Dragon Age:Origins on the new computer.

Cam hasn't transfered my saves yet so I started a new character, a female Dalish elf since I rather rushed through my original play of the Dalish origin and never took him past Ostagar. I'm really enjoying it! The fact that this is Merril's clan and that mirror adds a bunch of extra meaning I didn't have last time, and I'm just enjoying playing the game again. I may try for being Alastair's mistress, never done that before, and I can see Tesni liking him.

I'm currently at Ostagar and not playing any more tonight since soon Cam will come home and we can watch the ELEMENTARY SEASON FINALE OMG. (And then I can go back onto tumblr haha)

When I feel creative I intend on poking at the prompts for [community profile] quadrantfest, which is about using Homestuck shipping on other fandoms. Which is to say, lots of hateshipping and friendship gen :D :D (also conflict resolution gen, but I'm not so much into that) When I am more awake I'm going to prompt Dragon Age 2 if noone else has, since the rivalry romances were made for being written as kismesis (hateship/sexualised rivalry)

I had an explore around the Crown Casino the other day, it was an interesting experience but having tried the one promising looking restaurant (the Carvery, which made Sizzler look good) and noodled around the river I don't think I'll do it again. Also Cam and I went to the Nobu Japanese restaurant there a while ago and it was nice enough but SUPER EXPENSIVE (what the online menu doesn't make clear is the dishes are super small, they charge for sashimi by the slice) and the sort of fusion which involves lots of dairy, chili, and citrus. No thank you.

EDIT: ELEMENTARYYYYYYYYY <3 <3 <3 Season one is finished and it was satisfying and grand. Not perfect, for sure, especially if you want your mysteries to be actually mysterious, but it made me fairly consistently happy as few shows do.

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