Archive for the ‘Mission Reports’ Category

RightOnline 2011

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

I was pretty beat when I got home from RightOnline 2011 last night, but the event was well worth going to. I had two goals major goals in attending the conference: learn to be a better writer (and blogger) and hear some good speeches by some of our nation's leaders ...

AER MarsCon2011

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

MarsCon 2011 has come and gone. To start off with, a good time was had by all (and if you didn't have fun, that's your own fault, not mine!). Alexis Cruz, the Media Guest of Honor, was a cordial guest who was very personable and hung out in the party ...

MarsCon 2010 After Event Reprot

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Elements of the IKV Rakehell descended on the Holiday Inn, Bloomington, a day early for MarsCon 2010 in order to set up the ship's party room. Much decorating was done by the crew, with dinner afterwards. On Friday, the first day of the convention, many of the crew members were there ...

MarCon 44 AER

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Elements of the IKV Rakehell rendezvoused with the JaPa, the Cold Death Quadrant commander, and additional elements of the CDQ (Black Thunder, Ice Dagger, Phantom Cat, Warhammer) at MarCon 44/KAG Attacks! in Columbus, Ohio. Sue'La, Bindi, and myself, arriving later than planned due to an unscheduled trip to the ER (Little ...

MarsCon 2009 Report

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Well, it's over. MarsCon 2009 has happened and we're now back at home. We had a good time. I've posted a full report on the Quadrant Website, including photos. Hopefully I'll be able to get the video edited over the next few days, but am not counting on it. Now all ...

OryCon, Pt. 2

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Saturday is done and over. It was a wild evening, as well as a fun filled day. Steampunk is big here. Let me rephrase: it's BIG! There is a very active steampunk community in the area and they fielded quite a few costumed steampunkers and had a party in the convention ...

OryCon 30, Part 1

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

We made it! Sue, Anna and I made it to OryCon. We're now into the second day, and this is proving to be one heckuva good con. Registration said they were expecting about 1500 people. With the size of the hotel, it is not very crowded, which is nice when ...

Support the Troops Rally

Monday, September 1st, 2008

I went to the Support the Troops rally, which was slated as a counter to the pro-terrorist parade taking place in St. Paul today. Much fun was had. Many of the participants were Gold Star Parents, so emotions were rather high, but in a positive fashion. These are people who ...

Convergence 2008 Report

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Convergence 2008 was a wild, fun, and, at times exasperating time. Most of the time it was a very up convention, but they did run into some problems, some of which can be attributed to growing pains. Not surprising as the Con grew by about 400 attendees over last year. ...

Back From Convergence

Monday, July 7th, 2008

We're finally back from Convergence. It was a wild, and at many times, frustrating event this year. Here is the first video clip from the con that I have been able to process for the heckuvit. It's me, Sqotty MacKlingon, with the two guys dressed up as Captain Kirk (Earl ...

ConSarnit 1

Monday, June 9th, 2008

ConSarnit 1 proved to a successful event this past Saturday, with about twenty fans of the Western Film in attendance. The convention was patterned using the same model that has been used for fan-run Science Fiction conventions for decades. The Con-Com was not expecting a large turnout for their first ...

MarsCon 2008 Videos Online Now

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Finally, after getting past the audio syncing problem with one of the clips, I have completed the videos and uploaded them to YouTube. Faces of British troops have been digitized. MarsCon 2008 Part 1 [flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STb536Lot5Y] MarsCon 2008 Part 2 [flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gva82d5ntww] Enjoy

MarsCon 2008 and the British Invasion

Friday, March 7th, 2008

MarsCon 2008 took place over the Leap Year Weekend of February 29th through March 2nd at the Holiday Inn Select in Bloomington, MN. MarsCon is mid-sized event with an attendance of about 850, which is up a bit from last year, and does not include the spontaneous British Invasion ...

Silicon Report, Part 2

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

See original post as well. Silicon 2007 was a big success with attendance easily topping last year. According to a staffer I spoke to, there were over 1,000 attendees, including staff, volunteers (can't run a con with out 'em) guests and kids in tow. Silicon 2007 also hit an important milestone ...

Silicon 2007 Part 1

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

We are two-thirds of the way through Silicon 2007 and this is the first opportunity I have had to post. It's been that crazy of a week (and most of it without Internet access). Silicon has a plethora of guests, predominantly from the direct to video horror film industry. This also ...

McLane ’77 Reunion

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Saturday night was my high school reunion. The turnout, for me, was a bit of a disappointment. This was the reunion for the Class of '77 McLane Highlanders. All told, there were about a hundred people in attendance, including spouses. A lot of people that I was looking ...

Minnesota State Fair, 2007

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Yesterday my wife, daughter and I went to the Minnesota State Fair. We did our usual thing of driving to the shuttle lot by the Mall of America and headed up on the shuttle bus. This year we bought tickets in advance, and darn glad we did as the lines ...

Convergence 2007 Report

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Convergence 2007 was, once again, a convention that should not be missed. The Klingons of KAG were in full force with elements of the Cold Death Quadrant in attendance included the crews of the IKV Rakehell, IKV Black Thunder, and the IKV Warhammer. The Rakehell arrived the day before the ...

Tax Cut Rally 2007

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Today was the Tax Cut Coalition Rally at the Minnesota State Capitol, and I am very glad I headed up early as there was a competing event on the Capital Mall sponsored by the Sierra Club. When I arrived, there were already about a hundred people at the State ...

Day of Honor Celebration

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

The IKV Rakehell hosted a “Day of Honor” celebration, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the original broadcast of the Star Trek episode “Errand of Mercy.” This is the first episode to feature the Klingon empire, with John Colicos as the first major Klingon, Kor, and Victor Lundin as Kor’s ...