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Elections / Re: Nominations for 2019 Member-Elected Board Positions
« Last post by Bresslol on November 14, 2018, 06:47:17 pm »
I'll second Phillip Koop for Relations.
Elections / Re: Nominations for 2019 Member-Elected Board Positions
« Last post by JeffT on November 14, 2018, 12:58:40 pm »
There has been an emailed nomination for Phillip Koop for Director of Relations.
General Kumoricon / Re: Rant and Rave 2018
« Last post by BloodyBuTtTerFly on November 14, 2018, 10:21:51 am »
1. The smoking outside the main door everyone used. As I know I couldn't walk down to the other door (I had two broken toes at con ow), plus the other door was on the other side of the convention center. I doubt staff could have done much. Other then having someone stand outside all day long making people move, but I have a feeling that wouldn't have worked with the off and of showers. As someone who is very sensitive to smoke (I get sick), and likes to go outside to take a break from the crowds inside con it made this year harder then it already was. I know the quite room was an option, but sadly I never made it. As normally by the time I was even near it. I was just done and needed a full people break back at my hotel room. I just want to say shame on anyone who was smoking outside that door.
2. The heat inside the convention center. Again another problem I don't think staff had any control over. I don't know if the AC or any fans were just off due to the construction not wanting dust moving around or broke/unplugged/ect again because of the construction. But I know it wasn't just me or my group. I ran into a number of people who agreed it was just so hot inside. And again thanks to the smokers going outside to cool off was not on option.
3. Can we please move the autographs somewhere other then the merch hall? Its normally full of people and can at times be hard to move around as some people just aren't aware of others around them. And my biggest issue this year was moving around those going to get things signed.

4. The new con dates. I have heard all the reasons why it has moved. I understand and get it. Just SUPER SAD about the new dates as everyone I know but 2 work in retail and its black out holiday time in Nov. We all bought our tickets early at con, hoping maybe as it was before the holiday it would be ok. But so far its not looking good. So we all may miss next year, still trying but less hopeful then before. Really hoping in the following years it can move back to Oct and out of the holiday season. Plus having a Halloween con SO COOL!

Rave-1. I LOVE the kitty pins. I love that little ghost kitty so much. Finally got myself the plush this year. Very happy with it. I hope the cute pins keep coming =)
2. Though I never made it to the quite room I really did/do like the idea. I know if I didn't have two broken toes at con I would have for sure been able to use it. I think its important to have at conventions for a number of reasons and I hope it something that stays.
3. I was really worried how people would move around with all the construction. But once I got there I found it very easy to figure out where everything was and had no problem getting anywhere. 
Thank you Kumoricon staff for another fun year. Due to the date changed not sure if my group will make it but hoping things may go back to Oct for 2020 =)
Elections / Re: Candidate Q&A - Chair/President 2019
« Last post by opalhawk on November 13, 2018, 09:15:11 pm »
First, sorry for the delay in reply.  Second, great question!  Yes.

(Wouldn't that be funny if it were my whole answer?)

Communication, especially cross-departmental communication, is definitely something that can be improved.  It's been getting better, but there's definitely steps we can take to still make it better.   Part of the way to introduce communication is cultural, by encouraging it between groups.  More than once this year, I've ended up playing middleman and, lo and behold, once I actually get them talking to each other, the problem is resolved!

I feel like there are some groups that took some major strides to communicate more this year, and I'm hoping that I can continue to encourage that behavior.  The more we communicate, the more we all know, and the better we're going to work together!
Elections / Re: Nominations for 2019 Member-Elected Board Positions
« Last post by Wrath-Chan19 on November 10, 2018, 12:29:03 pm »
There has been an emailed nomination for Phillip Koop for Director of Infrastructure.

I second Phillip Koop
14 December 2018, 7:30pm:
Grab your house slippers for HD Video night in Jeff's shoe-free home theater (wall-sized projection plus 5.1 surround-sound). Please bring food and (if you imbibe) a drink to share. Veggies and protein are always more popular than sugar and hollow carbs.
With the dialogue being buttressed by English subtitles, this is a social event where we share our insights (symbolism, performers, Easter-eggs etc), a self-made commentary track. If you need to experience this film "pure" before analyzing it, then you want to do so beforehand so you won't mind the chat. FWIW, I have guest WiFi running for "What movie was s/he in?" type questions.

This month's feature will be the anime "Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms" aka "Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarô" (MA-15+). An immortal girl and a normal boy meet and become friends, sharing a bond that lasts throughout the years; presented in original Japanese audio with English subtitles. I'll warm-up with anime music videos while we chat and snack. The main attraction won't start until about 8:30, so Portlanders can out-wait most of the evening commute traffic if need be.
I'm near the Padden exit from I-205. PM me for exact address and directions. Call / Text 702-292-1154 if lost.
Anime, Manga, and Japanese Media and Culture / Re: Need to catch up on anime...
« Last post by jeffry_fisher on November 08, 2018, 06:32:35 pm »
Add to your list:
  • Your Name (movie)
  • Kaze Tachinu (movie)
  • Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms (movie)
  • Overlord (season 1)
  • Shokugeki no Soma (all)
  • Golden Kamuy (all)
  • Subete ga F ni Naru
There are more in the last year+ that would be a matter of personal taste. I am sad that this thread hasn't had more traffic. Kumoricon fandom seems to have abandoned actually watching amine -- witness the empty viewing rooms at each year's con (if they even still exist).
BTW, I host a monthly video night for Mensa, and I make a point of showing anime once or twice each year. PM me if you'd like to attend.

Elections / Re: Candidate Q&A - Director of Programming 2019
« Last post by numair42 on November 08, 2018, 10:22:54 am »
Thanks for being such a dependable panelist, it really helps!

As for scheduling, controlling when an event is schedule isn't always easy. A lot of our event times are dependent on the preferences and availability of those running said event. I like to think that anything is possible when the right conditions exist to allow it to happen. We won't really know until we get our coordinators lined up and we can start planning the events. As a new director, I plan to examine our scheduling traditions to make sure that they still serve our convention and our attendees. My goal is to make sure that our decisions are founded in good reasoning, and not do something because "that's how we've always done it."

I'm looking forward to having the chance to take on this challenge.

Devin Hunter
Nominee for Director of Programming
Posting Games and Chat / Re: say ALMOST anything we want about politics
« Last post by JaegerDarkness on November 07, 2018, 08:35:56 am »
Good News: Kate Brown won her bid to remain Oregon’s Governor (please appease the Republicans and don’t screw us over). Ballot measures 103-106 have been defeated. And, Democrats now control the House of Representatives.
Bad/Ugly News: Republicans STILL control the Senate and we STILL have an unhinged lunatic for a president.
Posting Games and Chat / Re: say ALMOST anything we want about politics
« Last post by Animeman73 on November 07, 2018, 08:18:03 am »
Good morning, all, and by the grace of God Portland is still here and thus far no signs of Antifa causing any problems, again by the grace of God almighty. Okay I am disappointed that Knute Buehler lost to Kate Brown, but in all honesty, no offense, Knute was rather um...lacking and Sam Carpenter proved to be a disappointment. Looks like for Oregon it's four more years of Oregon Democrat establishment corruption.  However I will continue to speak out and try to do my part to turn the Portland area from blue to red, or at least a nice shade of purple.  Now with hat being said here are the facts that need to be known about the election results.
 1. Tenuous at best: While it is true the Democrats now control the house of representatives, their control is tenuous at best. In order to be able to go though with their Far-Left agenda to constantly investigate and impeach Trump they needed to gain 20 seats, they only gained 3. In other words they go too far off into Leftist looney land and there will be a price to pay.
 2. The Senate is redder then ever: Last night the Republicans actually gained seats in the Senate. Which means even if the House Democrats were to decide to try an impeach or investigation attempt, it would be stopped dead in in it's tracks by the Senate.
 3. There's dissension in the ranks: It's not a very well known fact, but a number of Democrats have actually agreed with some of the stuff/ideas Trump has. If they want to keep their seats they;'ll have to go along with Trump otherwise they could find themselves in a world of trouble with their constituents. Again no going into Leftist Looney land or else.
 4. All the Dollars but no sense: Nancy Pelosi is great at raising money for the Democrats but her leadership abilities are severely lacking. I have a funny fng she's not going to be elected House Speaker. If the Democrats are so foolish enough to do so they will making a critical tactical error which will result in their tenuous control being put in jeopardy. Nancy Pelosi is really not at all that well liked by people, she only thinks she's all that and a bag of chips, when she's clearly not.
 5.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:  Let's face facts this young Democratic Socialist is a walking, talking meme. It seems every time she opens her mouth something newer and more incredibly foolish comes out. Which is why i say let her speak her mind. With all the stupid stuff she says it can be taken dissected and used to show just how loony Left the Democrats have become. The fact that 75% of her district voted for her just goes to show how out of touch that part of New York is and how they'll soon be regretting what they'vedone I suspect. And Cortez ha already shown her foolishness by saying, "Let's see Trump face down a girl from the Bronx!"
 To that I say "Umm, yeah, young lady, you have no idea who you're going up against. Trump has dealt with people bigger and nastier then you. In other words you go up against him...he will, proverbially speaking, eat you alive!"
 These next two to four years are going to be interesting we'll see what happens. it'll be interesting that much is a certainty. If there's anything you think I should've added to my list please feel free to make a note of it in your reply.
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