October 10th, 2005

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Project SG-69: our Stargate at Silicon

We built the new frame, I bolted it all together, we tipped it up onto the base with the help of half a dozen Klingons from Mara's bar. (No photos... we forgot the bloody camera)

Then a gust of wind hit. The Stargate held together, the base didn't tip over, but the metal braces attaching it to the base gave up and folded and it ended up face down anyway.

Much swearing ensued.

Then I did some field re-engineering and put it up as a seven-chevron partial gate so it would fit flush against the wall under the overhanging 3rd floor balcony.(This is as much of the gates as you usually see in most episodes of the series anyway, as there is a ramp/pedestal obscuring the lower two chevrons). We had to do front projection of the event horizon effect, but it was still very effective.

It was also wildly popular.

Once it was dark, I went out and took some pictures with my phone.

didjiman got some much better ones, I'm sure.

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Ready-Steady-Sew at Silicon

One of my program items at Silicon was a preview screening of the raw DVD footage of Ready, Steady, Sew!, the half-time entertainment I produced (with lots of help, especially from John Maizels) at Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention held last August in Glasgow.

About 3 dozen people attended to see the video and hear my commentary. I'm very pleased to report that even in this very rough form, they found it an entertaining hour. Only one person didn't stay for the entire show (he had to catch his ride home), and they laughed, groaned, and cheered in all the right places. I even caught a few lines this time that I missed when we were doing it live at the Clyde Auditorium!