Saloncon, unashamed gamers, and a beacon in your pocket.

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Word has come down from the state of New Jersey that Saloncon, the first known neo-victorian convention in the United States, is no more. Following the tribulations of 2009, including the economy floating upside down in its fishbowl, the organizers are not able to set the wheels in motion for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, the organizers have branched out in new directions in their personal lives and do not have the time or energy right now to put on a convention as a result. saloncon will certainly be missed; I know I shall miss the yearly trek to …

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The year is not getting off to a stellar beginning.

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The board of directors of Saloncon announced a couple of days ago that there will not be a Saloncon in 2009. The board is not in a position to spend the money necessary to get it off the ground this year, unfortunately. Also, given the rising rate of unemployment this year (7.2% and climbing, as of December of 2008) and the generally sad state of the economy there is a high probability that many fewer people would be able to attend this year. They are working on throwing a charity event at Teaberrys instead but it isn't known if …

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Saloncon 2008: Adventure! Excitement! Romance! Sleep deprivation!

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I didn't get a whole lot of sleep last Thursday night due to getting ready for Saloncon 2008 and general problems getting a decent amount of rest these days. I think that part of it's the unusually high pollen count in the DC area right now and part of it's the air conditioning filter in the apartment (which Lyssa is having fixed today due to the fact that we can't get into the locked room in which the air conditioner is installed). Also, wedding stress is starting to mount with the end more than an month away. At any rate …

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This brightens my day somewhat.

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Information Society's going on tour in 2008. Kurt, Paul, and James got back together after the release of Synthesizer and they're hitting the road. Word on the street has it that they'll be playing songs from all of their albums, and I do mean all of them. If rumour's to be believed, they might even play a song or two from their very early albums from the mid-1980's, like Creatures of Influence.

Geekgasm. Pure geekgasm.

Lyssa and I have already bought tickets to the Philadelphia show on 5 January 2008. Interestingly, the schedule at Dancing Ferret (great job signing InSoc …

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The playlist for Saloncon 2007, as of two hours before showtime.

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  1. The Cruxshadows - Sophia (Here I Am Club Mix)

  2. Razed in Black - Blush

  3. Covenant - We Stand Alone

  4. VNV Nation - Dark Angel

  5. E Nomine - Mitternacht (Extended Version)

  6. Colony 5 - Suicidal

  7. Projekt Pitchfork - Timekiller

  8. The Sisters of Mercy - Lucretia, My Reflection

  9. Depeche Mode - Strangelove

  10. David Bowie - As The World Falls Down (from Labyrinth)

  11. Tangerine Dream - The Dance (from Legend)

  12. Moulin Rouge - El Tango de Roxanne

  13. Marc Shaiman - The Addams Family Tango

  14. Loreena McKinnett - The Mummer's Dance (Single version)

  15. The Changelings - Earthquake At Versalles

  16. Birthday Massacre - The Dream

  17. The Dreamside featuring Rogue - Open Your Eyes

  18. The Cure - Charlotte Sometimes

  19. Iris - Hell's Coming With Me …
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