5 February 2013 14:13
The Media and Cinema Studies program and the Cinema and Interactive Media school at DePaul University are hosting a one-day celebratory colloquium for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who on Saturday, May 04, from 9-6. This event will feature roundtable discussions of scholars and fans to speak about the impact of the show in various arenas as well as screenings that span the half-century history of Doctor Who. The emphasis of the colloquium will be the cultural importance of Doctor Who.
The audience for this event is both graduate and undergraduate students, both fans and scholars, and the focus should be on informed and enlightening discussion rather than formal academic papers. “The Celebration of Doctor Who” will take place on DePaul’s Loop campus.
If you’re interested in speaking on a round table, please send a 250 word abstract of your topic and a CV or resume to Paul Booth (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Mar 15. Also please email Dr. Booth with any questions. We hope that you will be able to join in the discussion and celebration!
If I wasn’t running a 5k that day in Austin I’d definitely be sending something in! Hopefully some of you find this interested and look into participating!
3 February 2013 09:00
The Ravelers of Rassilon, 2010
Okay folks, let the planning commence!
This year at Gallifrey One I am offering free, very quick/basic introductions to knitting and crochet. I hope to offer it 2-3 times over the course of the weekend, allowing folks an opportunity to attend depending on their schedules. This is a bit of an experiment, so I’m not sure how many people will show up (hopefully not too many all at once!) or who will be helping me teach (though I have gotten offers through Twitter…folks, comment here or message me with the contact form so I can get in touch!).
The first session is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14th, at 6pm PST in the lobby of the LAX Marriott where the Gallifrey One convention is being held. Materials are NOT provided. You must supply your own yarn and needles/hook to learn. Sorry, but I think TSA would hold me captive if I tried to fly with a billion knitting needles and skeins of yarn. Think about it this way: the instruction is free! And any new skill does take a small investment…
Knit 101 (Image Credit: VOGUE)
Required materials to KNIT:
- a set of US10/6mm straight knitting needles, like these
- 90-100 yards of smooth/round or smooth/flat worsted weight (#4) cotton IN A SOLID COLOR, LIGHT COLOR. Recommendations: Classic Elite Katydid, Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, Berroco Comfort Worsted (not cotton, acrylic), Tahki Good Earth Cotton
- a copy of TNNA’s How to Knit pamphlet or Lion Brand’s Learn to Knit PDF, printed out or on a Tablet (Kindle/iPad/etc.)
Crochet 101 (Image Credit: VOGUE)
Required materials to CROCHET:
- one USJ/6mm crochet hook, like this
- 80-100 yards of chunky weight (#5) wool or wool blend IN A SOLID, LIGHT COLOR. Recommendations: Lamb’s Pride Bulky (my personal favorite learning yarn for crochet), Lion Brand Wool-Easy Chunky (a wool/acrylic blend), Berroco Vintage Chunky (a wool/acrylic/nylon blend). If you have a wool allergy, any of the above cottons under “Required Materials to Knit” will work okay.
- a copy of TNNA’s How to Crochet pamphlet or Lion Brand’s Learn to Crochet PDF, printed out or on a tablet (Kindle/iPad/etc.)
- Find a local yarn shop in your area to help you pick out materials. I am a big advocate for shopping locally. If you do not have a yarn shop in your area, a Michaels or Joann Fabrics should suffice.
- Pick solid color, light colored yarn. Variegated and dark yarns can be very pretty, but can make looking for your stitches when you’re learning very hard. Especially in the lobby that does not always have the brightest lighting.
- Come prepared and try your best to be patient. Drink some tea and take a few deep breaths before we begin. Learning new skills can be frustrating sometimes, especially as we all get older.
Stay tuned for more times to learn, and be ready to dedicate approximately two hours to learning the basics of these crafts.
If you’re planning on attending, please comment below so I have an idea of how many people to expect!
30 January 2013 14:52
Iko and I threw together a Google Calendar with the panels and programming of the Gallifrey One convention this year! You can subscribe to the calendar and set up SMS and email alerts for panels. Clicking through to Google Calendar will show the different Program tracks in different colors. This is subject to change, seeing as schedules tend to be tweaked right up until the program starts.
Times are Pacific Time Zone, as the con is hosted in Los Angeles. Any other questions? Leave a comment below.
29 January 2013 09:53
Sometimes I just feel jealous that people are out there coming up with adorable, awesome stuff like this! I wish I was that clever. This would be a great wall decoration in a baby/kid room! And if you put some pipecleaners in there they’d be really great V-Day prezzies for friends!
24 January 2013 11:50
Turned into this:
Except now I don’t know what to do next… frame it? Cut it out and paste it on something? I clearly need some guidance.
But! I did it! And I already have another project in the works… Cross one 2013 Goal off the list!