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Boskone 52, February 13-15, 2015 [Dec. 21st, 2014|01:51 pm]
Sharon Sbarsky
Join Now: http://www.nesfa.org/boskone/

  • Guest of Honor: Steven Brust

  • Official Artists: Charles Lang and Wendy Snow-Lang

  • Featured Filkers: Maya and Jeff Bohnhoff

  • Special Guest: Robert K. Wiener

  • NESFA Guest: Vincent Di Fate

  • Hal Clement Science Speaker: Dave Clements

Boskone is a regional Science Fiction convention focusing on literature, art, music, and gaming (with just a dash of whimsy). Join us as we explore the worlds of the human imagination.

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If you have a membership & move, write to coa@boskone.org. If you have a Website issue, write to webmaster@boskone.org
Follow us on Twitter at @boskonenews or on the Boskone blog: http://boskoneblog.com/
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Yesterday was a good day! [Oct. 31st, 2013|11:33 am]
Sharon Sbarsky
[Current Mood |rejuvenatedrejuvenated]

Visit to the Nutritionist and I lost 17.2 lbs since August. I'm now scheduled to get my new CPAP machine on Monday. And the Boston Red Sox won the World Series!

I have more postings about my health issues this year under a private filter. Let me know if you want to be added....
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what happened to my userpic? [Feb. 12th, 2009|12:36 pm]
Sharon Sbarsky
[Current Mood |surprisedsurprised]

I just noticed that my userpic changed from my rosebud nebula image to the pretty pink rose.

It's pretty, but wasn't anything I uploaded.

Does anyone know why it should suddenly change?
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Balticon roomshare [May. 14th, 2008|10:52 pm]
Sharon Sbarsky
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]

This is last minute, but is anyone looking to share a room at Balticon? I have a reservation for Friday-Monday...
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For Rube Goldberg fans [Feb. 27th, 2008|04:06 pm]
Sharon Sbarsky
[Current Mood |gigglygiggly]

gacked from the Orycon mailing list:


(work safe, but use headphones or turn down the sound if that is a problem...)
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Cool Nerd Queen [Feb. 25th, 2008|07:27 pm]
Sharon Sbarsky
[Current Mood |nerdynerdy]

Thanks to smofbabe

NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool Nerd Queen.  What are you?  Click here!

update: I took the previous test again:

I am nerdier than 93% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

This is a nerdier score than when I took it the first time!
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new phone, no memory [Feb. 25th, 2008|05:26 pm]
Sharon Sbarsky
[Current Mood |annoyedannoyed]

So I decided that since I was happy enough with my AT&T plan, I would stick with them and see what they could do for me. The first attempt was trying a new battery, but that didn't work. Then they tried a new sim card, but that also failed. So I got a new phone. A basic Nokia, but the basic now has a built-in camera!

But they were also unable to transfer the stored phone numbers from my old phone to my new one.

So if you think I should have your cell/home/work number in my cell phone, please email me or post here (I've screened all comments.)

If you don't have my cell and you think you should, please mention that also and I'll either send you a note or give you a call.

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New phone plan? [Feb. 19th, 2008|03:54 pm]
Sharon Sbarsky
[Current Mood |confusedconfused]

As many people may have heard, my cell phone died during

boskoneparadoox loaned me a temp cell phone in case someone needed to call me (or for me to make occasional calls.) I got into my old cell's setup menu and created an extended "away" message with the new number...

But now I have several decisions to make...

1) Stick with ATT and see what sort of phone they will offer me for getting another 2-year contract?
2) Switch to another carrier, get a contract (or not?) and a new phone?
3) Find a cheap phone online, and see about getting my sim card transferred to that?

Some researched I've already done discovered that both ATT & Verizon have basic voice plans for $40. My only extra expense has been for the occasional text messages sent/received. I've never had enough to warrant paying $5 or $10 for unlimited text.

T-Mobile has a plan for $30, plus IIRC, T-Mobile is AAA's current partner so that should mean a 5-10% discount, though looking at the AAA website it seems all they are offering is a waiver on the activation fee. I don't know if I "renew" my contract at an ATT store, if that will continue the "Cingular/AAA" discount I currently have.

So my question is advise as to whether I should switch plans (and to what), and what phone people recommend that I get (or stay away from.)

My only real requirement is that I don't pay for roaming charges.

(please don't send me "replacement" cell numbers yet. I'll create another posting with screened comments if I need to do that.)


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My mother's war story [Feb. 13th, 2008|03:53 pm]
Sharon Sbarsky
[Current Mood |sadsad]

Bruce Schneier posts about female suicide bomber warnings. This reminded me of a story my mother told me about the first time she was living in Israel.

She and my father were Zionists and they intended to emigrate to Israel to live on a Kibbutz. The year was 1946, and it wasn't exactly easy to get there at the time. My mother took a ship to Athens and got off when it reached Haifa. She gave up her passport to help someone else get in.

My father worked as crew on a ship that went via France to pickup refugees, but then got stopped by the British and was in a camp on Cyprus for several months (as in the movie Exodus.)

They released him and he finally got to Palestine. Skip ahead a year or so, it was early 1948, my mother was pregnant, but my father was having blackouts, so they decided to come back the the US. My mother needed to get a replacement passport. She took a bus to Jerusalem, which was expected to be uneventful. However, the bus was stopped by British military to be searched. She had noticed a woman at the back of the bus with a lapful of knitting; the woman went up to my mother and revealed that under her knitting were gun/bomb parts. She asked my mother to place them above her pregnant belly. The British soldiers were gentlemen, and as the woman predicted, did not search my mother.

Neither my mother, nor the woman were suicide bombers or terrorists, but they cared deeply for what they believed in: The State of Israel.

60 years later a lot has changed. I really hate what the world has become, but I also wonder whether there would be an Israel at all if the security measures in the world today were in effect 60 years ago,

Please no rants in the comments. My mother died five years ago, and this posting is a partial memorial for her. She would have been 87 on February 24.
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Double Feature [Dec. 26th, 2007|05:11 pm]
Sharon Sbarsky
[Current Mood |chipperchipper]

I was getting my typical Christmas Bah Humbugs... It really didn't help that there was no power at work on Monday, since that meant it was harder to do what I needed to get done at home. (better connection, software, etc. at work.) It was mostly done, all but an e-letter to configure and send and I told the project manager that I thought I could get it out on Tuesday. We had the day off, but I was already behind, so I didn't mind doing a bit extra. I finished my part and sent the preview out, was just waiting on any correction. So I decided to check the movie times at the Framingham multiplex.

I was in the mood to see one more movie, so I went back to the box office to decide what to see next...

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