You can put it off no longer: today is the last day to vote on the 2013 Hugo Awards. You have until 23:59 (11:59 PM) Central Daylight Time tonight. If you're procrastinating, make sure you don't miss the deadline because you didn't realize it's stated in a time zone other than the one in which you live, and remember that Daylight Savings Time is in effect in Texas right now, which affects the deadline.
If you haven't voted, avoid the Deadline Doom and vote earlier in the day. That way you'll not be caught out if you have a local computer or internet failure at the last minute.
I am excited to be going to Hexenfest (http://www.hexenfest.net/) tomorrow night (4/27) - I had an excellent time last year. However, my sweetie needs to pass due to giant mounds of homework. So I have one ticket available at the current pre-event $20 price. Anyone want the ticket?
(cross-posted) Dunno if my friends know this or not :-D, but I'm working on an awesome event called Westercon 66 (yes there's a page on FB, as well as our main site at www.westercon66.org). I'm the lead marcom and pubs guy.
Westercon is a general sf con. It used to be a big deal, kind've an alternative to Worldcon for those years one couldn't go (which was most years IME), at least for west coasters. It's popularity has slid a bit, but we are bringing it all BACK!
General science fiction/fantasy cons are where it all started... gaming, science fiction costuming, even furries. That is, sf cons are where all we nerds first gathered together. Later groups grew enough to split off to their own events, but it's still awesome to be in the bubbling energy of everyone together.
We go to panels by authors we love, play silly games like Match Game, eat ice cream, dance and sing, sit and smoke, party in rooms, in elevators, in lobbies and hallways as well as in the bar, discuss philosophy, sleep on the floor or in a king-sized bed, sleep with new friends, get to chat with those authors, work on our art and stories, put out fanzines, eat at odd hours with new soul mates, do what we love... all with like-minded folk.
I've been going to cons since I was 14. If you've ever thought about checking one out, I invite you to come along!
And, for my Santa Barbara gang, don't forget the Santa Barbara Science Fiction Alliance will be having a reunion there!