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ConDFW went pretty well, all things considered. We had the usual problems that one always has with a hotel, with the added bonus of not being informed that the hotel had booked a REVIVAL with LIVE MUSIC in the ballroom next to our panel rooms on Sunday, so that the panelists pretty much had to scream to be heard. (And after it was over, a group of revival attendees gathered in the lobby, blocking panel rooms, to chant and whatnot, so our director called Security on them.)

This elevator panel in the parking garage really kind of encapsulates it:



On a more personal level, I managed to whack my head really hard on the door frame of the car when we left to go watch Deadpool Friday night. My head is fine, but it screwed up my shoulder and part of my upper back. I took one of my muscle relaxants* last night, which has cleared my shoulder up, but revealed the pulled muscle that's causing all the problems, which is a small spot right next to my spine. Arg. There is no postural position except for laying down flat on my back in which the pain goes away.

(Deadpool verdict: enjoyed it quite a lot.)


* Part of the migraine prevention toolkit--as tension headaches often trigger migraine, if I've got a tension headache I'm supposed to take one of these right before bed.
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Program books are here. Guess it's a con!

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ConDFW site hit by malware so instead of doing all the OTHER things I need to do, I am now fixing that. Harrumph.

I leave you with this gif, which I trust needs no explanation because you aren't getting any.

Need help!

Mar. 28th, 2015 05:30 pm
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I gotta come up with a theme/motto/whatever for ConDFW 2016 to use for the PR.

Details inside... )
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[personal profile] rachelmanija and [livejournal.com profile] sartorias, who just so happen to be the Author Guests of Honor for ConDFW this coming February, are doing a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) over on /r/YAwriters today. Drop in every so often and check it out!
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...the Artist Guest of Honor for ConDFW 2015 is award-winning artist Galen Dara!

ConDFW

Sep. 3rd, 2014 10:12 am
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I'm announcing that the next ConDFW will be featuring as author guests of honor, Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown! (Our very own [livejournal.com profile] sartorias and [personal profile] rachelmanija!)

Website: http://www.condfw.org/ February 13-15, 2015 in Dallas, TX. Pass it on!

ARGH

Aug. 31st, 2014 08:32 pm
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Latest Wordpress update broke the way the theme I made displays category posts (i.e., the list of categories gets a 404) so guess what I get to spend Labor Day doing? Yes, that's right, recoding a *&^*^& theme! Because now the ConDFW website doesn't display a nice list of guests when you ask it to, instead it displays a 404 page.

It's definitely fault of the child theme I coded--I've checked all the plugins and its not them, and it works when I deactivate the child theme and stops working when I re-activate it. Man, I don't even know where the hell to start looking to find the problem. :P
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I'm using the Magazine Basic theme for this year's iteration of the ConDFW website, and there's one thing I'd like to do: have the sticky post and the first post beneath that on the home page supply the full content of that post, and the rest of them supply just excerpts. I figure I ought to be able to do this with an if...then statement, but (a) I don't know what I'm counting and (b) I don't know which file to put it in. (I think the answer to the latter is content.php, but given that you can change all the posts to excerpts or full-content from the admin area, I don't see where that plugs into content.php...)

Any ideas?

edit: I've answered (a), I think, by putting my own counter right before The Loop, and incrementing it right before The Loop loops, but (b) still eludes me, as editing content.php did absolutely nothing. Bah.
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ConDFW is looking for someone to talk to about ahem, dragoon into heading a filk track! None of the current staff are filkers, and the filkers we've reached out to haven't responded yet.

So! If you attend ConDFW or know someone in the area who would, and filk, and want to perhaps becaome a shiny, happy, ConDFW staffer, please let me know

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