• bovil

Proposed motion for the 2011 WSFS Business Meeting

After a great deal of discussion on several fan forums and fan blogs, with the help of kevin_standlee, I have drafted the following motion to put before the 2011 WSFS Business meeting:

Short Title: Best Fancast

The purpose of this motion is to remove audio-visual periodicals (such as pocasts) from the "Best Fanzine" Hugo category, and recognize them with their own Hugo award category. Full text and commentary are included in the linked Google Doc.

Feel free to comment here or send email to the address in the Google Doc

  • bovil

I've been remiss... posting the voting results.

Hollister in 2008 got 79 votes in the first count. While we didn't lose in first place (like we had hoped), according to Tom Veal, this is a record for an ineligible write-in candidate.

We're still the biggest losers ever!

The 2008 Worldcon was awarded to Denver. This was such a big surprise that everybody thought the "Denver Wins!" headline in the hoax-zine was a hoax. This was such a big surprise that Denver didn't even have a suite to host their victory party in. They really thought they were going to go down in flames.

In the final count, they won by 12 votes. Hollister in 2008 beat the spread!
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If You Think I Looked Angry at Opening Ceremonies...

A conversation I had last night with someone who ought to know better (I make significant allowances for people who have no Worldcon experience) who had just come from the Hollister in 2008 party infuriated me. This person somehow had interpreted what he'd been hearing at the (wonderfully decorated and run, BTW) Casa de Worldcon party as meaning that the committee had somehow nefariously subverted the ballot ("fixed" it) and arranged (how, I never determined -- maybe through me as head of the Business Meeting?) to have Hollister declared the winner. I asked this person, "How? Tell me how Hollister wins the election."

He said, "Well, if they get a majority of the votes, then they'd win."

I said, "No, they wouldn't. They haven't filed. They aren't actually eligible. It's all in the WSFS Constitution." Unfortunately, I didn't have a Souvenir Book with me, so I couldn't look up the appropriate rule (section 4.5.4, and no, I didn't remember the precise citation last night) and show it to him. He claimed to defer to my knowledge of the WSFS rules -- and frankly, in this case he should, as I was involved in drafting that section -- but remained unconvinced. He also expressed severe concern about how this was going to confuse those first-time Worldcon attendees who would not know how to vote.

I looked at him askance. "Do you really think a significant number of people who walked in off the street are going to want to stump up $40 to vote for a hoax bid? For that matter, do you really think that Hollister will poll enough votes to keep any bid from polling a first-ballot majority?" I guess he did, so to that extent the Hollister in 2008 Committee should be proud that we've managed to convince at lest one person that we are a certified Menace to Fandom. (Make sure to ask Cheryl Morgan for your ribbon saying so!)
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Our thanks to those who've made this all possible...

As bovil and I prepare to meander southward tommorow, by way, of course, of our much beloved Casa de Fruta, where we shall purchase serious quantities of amazing potables and comestibles for the party next week, I'd like to thank some of the people who've made said run on the farmer's market possible --

Our "I'm a Nut" (Friend of the Bid) and Pre-Opposing Members, those who've gone paid that extra mile few farthings to help ensure only the finest San Benito County agricultural products will appear at the party on Wednesday.

Here, then, is a sneak preview of the promised "Wall of Fame" and "Wall of Shame" for the Hollister in 2008 bid:

Be warned: This is a 1.6M file... you won't want to open it via dial-up.

The full-size posters will be displayed in all their polychromatic glory at the Hollister in 2008 bid party Wednesday, August 23, at LA Con IV, the 64th Annual World Science Fiction Convention.
  • bovil

New posters...

All these are PDFs. However, if you're a good Hollisterista and have been reading Pacheco Progress you should be used to that by now.

The updated informational poster

And all the "Make Hollister in 2008 your #1 choice!" campaign posters: