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Below are the 12 most recent journal entries recorded in Dave Gallaher's LiveJournal:

Sunday, June 13th, 2010
9:59 pm
the bring peter watts to aussiecon campaign

catsparx is coordinating the Bring Peter Watts to Aussiecon campaign.  I'm reposting this from her journal:



Many of you will be familiar with this story already but for anyone who isn’t:

Last year Canadian marine biologist and science fiction writer Dr Peter Watts underwent a terrifying ordeal at the hands of over zealous border crossing guards in Port Huron, USA. While leaving the United States on December 8, 2009, he was subject to an exit search, then beaten, maced and arrested when he tried to find out what was going on.

A full account of the incident and what was to follow is up on Tor.com

Or hear him interviewed about his experience, podcast at Starship Sofa

Even though all he did was fail to promptly comply with border guards’ instructions, he narrowly escaped a prison sentence and is now officially a convicted felon and therefore no longer able to attend US conventions.

Peter’s short story ‘The Island’ from The New Space Opera 2, edited by Gardner Dozois and our own Jonathan Strahan has been nominated for a Hugo award. What with Worldcon being on Aussie soil in September this year, I thought it would be a good thing if he could fly out here for both the Hugos and Aussiecon itself.

To that end, with Peter’s permission, I’m conducting a raffle to raise money for his airfare and accommodation. First prize is tuckerisation in his next novel State of Grace. Peter says:

“make sure that all entrants realize that their namesakes will most likely come to a really painful and unpleasant end.  And they may not be especially cuddly as characters before then…”

The Aussiecon committee has very kindly donated Peter’s membership. The rest is up to us. If you think the guy deserves a break, how about taking part in the raffle or making a donation?

I’ve never met Peter face-to-face but we’ve been email buddies since I sent him a gushing fan letter after reading his first novel Starfish some years back.

He is well known as an excellent value panelist and would be a fantastic asset to the ‘hard science fiction’ end of the con’s literary stream. He has also consented to participating in Dudcon where he will hand out the Ditmars and generally partake of other silliness as required.

To participate in the State of Grace tuckerisation raffle send AUS $10 via Paypal to watts2aussiecon@gmail.com

Email me privately if you’d prefer to buy a ticket via some other medium: cat at catsparks.net

If you’re not into tuckerisation but would like to sling a few bucks into the pot, that’s awesome too.

Any funds raised surplus to requirements will be donated to a reputable charity of Peter’s choice.

Feel free to re-post this message on your own blog if you consider this to be a worthy project

Thank you!
Saturday, March 13th, 2010
9:31 pm
Hugo Reminder
I just submitted my Hugo Nominating Ballot. If you were a member of Anticipation, or are a member of Aussiecon 4 as of January 31, you have two and a half hours to submit your ballot. If you need your Hugo PIN, contact hugopin@aussiecon4.org.au (operators are standing by). The ballot is at http://www.aussiecon4.org.au/hugoawards/.
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
11:49 am
Torchwood Season 4
According to a couple of sources (Filmshaft and the San Francisco Examiner), Torchwood season 4 has now been confirmed.  No other details at this time.
Monday, January 19th, 2009
8:59 am
Bob May, 1939 - 2009

Bob May, who played Environmental Control Robot on the "Lost in Space" TV series, passed away yesterday; he was 69.

Articles from Comicmix and the BBC.


Dave

Saturday, October 13th, 2007
9:34 pm
Saturday ReeKon Photos Posted
I've posted photos of ReeKon's Friday evening activities and Saturday's winery visits, as well as our visit to Gilroy (formerly Bonfante) Gardens to my flickr site.

Dave
Friday, October 12th, 2007
6:03 pm
ReeKon Photos

I've posted photos from Friday's winery visits to  my flickr page.  More to follow.

Dave

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
10:11 pm
RoboGames this Weekend
Hi Everyone!

(I know, it's been a long time since I last posted here.  Seemed appropriate.)
 
A once in a lifetime opportunity makes its annual return to San Francisco this weekend!
 
The RoboGames (formerly RobOlympics) will be held this weekend at Fort Mason in San Francisco.  The events will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 10:00 PM.  Directions and the schedule of events are available on their web site.
 
Dave
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
10:29 pm
Last Thursday was our wedding anniversary and we decided to celebrate with a little weekend get-away.  We had dinner Saturday evening at Stacey's Cafe in Pleasanton. Coincidentally, Saturday was a big night for Stacey's owner.
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
11:07 pm
Don't mean to shock people with a posting, but I just discovered something fantastic. "Pinky and the Brain" is being released on DVD on July 25. Follow this link  for the Amazon dot com listing.

Current Mood: giddy
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
8:51 pm
William Powell
You scored 19% Tough, 33% Roguish, 4% Friendly, and 42% Charming!
You are the classic rogue, a stylish rake with the devil of a wit and a flair for mischief, and you shake your martinis to waltz time. You are charming and debonair, but slightly untrustworthy, and women should be on their guard. If married, you are simply a bit of a flirt, even if it's just with your own wife...but if you're single, watch out. You usually rein yourself in to concentrate on one lovely beauty at a time, but with you, we never know. You're an inviting partner, but there's a playful devil behind your eyes, and those trying to get close to you should know they're playing with fire. You're stylish and fun, but you follow your own course, which may or may not include a steady gal. Co-stars include Myrna Loy and Carole Lombard, classy ladies with an adventurous streak.

Find out what kind of classic dame you'd make by taking the Classic Dames Test.





My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:


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You scored higher than 20% on Tough

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You scored higher than 84% on Roguish

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You scored higher than 2% on Friendly

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You scored higher than 84% on Charming
Link: The Classic Leading Man Test written by gidgetgoes on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005
10:21 pm
Not quite my style of hat:

G"day, you"re Bruce! You like to hang out with your friends Bruce, Bruce, Bruce, & Bruce drinking good Australian beer and philosophizing...
G'day, you're Bruce! You think like a philosopher,
especially after you've had a few cold
ones...Australia RULES!


What Monty Python Sketch Character are you?
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Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
11:12 pm
You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 10 out of 10 correct!
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