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Monday, March 19th, 2012
1:07 pm
Friday, March 16th, 2012
9:59 pm
Another plug for the Merchants of Deva party at Norwescon
If you are going to be at Norwescon this year, please help with your tax-deductible contribution to help us put on our party. We are up to $750, and our goal is to reach $3,000.

Monday, March 5th, 2012
5:49 pm
Merchants of Deva party at Norweson
From the creative minds that brought you End of Line Club:

The Merchants of Deva are proud to present Milk+Bar at Norwescon 35. This year we are bringing you our steamworks take on Stanley Kubrick's classic "A Clockwork Orange".

Enter into the Deva Milk+Bar and enjoy our classic drinks as well as the new Moloko Deva. Fall further into the Ludovico Dance Chamber for some sensory overload courtesy of dj.spacemonkey--aversion to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is optional.

In order to create this one-of-a-kind experience, we will need your help. Your tax-deductible contribution will enable us to rent the suite, pay for food and beverages, and set up the space to impress all of our guests as we've never done before.

If you love the Merchants parties at Norwescon, or even if you've never heard of us before, but are just interested in having a good time, then help make this happen. The biggest thrill for us in doing these parties all these years has been getting to watch all of you have a great time, and knowing that we made that happen for you. We want to share that feeling with you, watching a few hundred of your fellow geeks having a night they'll never forget because of you feels amazing, and we can't wait to show you what that's like.

So put on your bowler hat, gather up your droogs, and together we'll make it a night you'll never forget.

Friday, February 10th, 2012
3:30 pm
Drink with Deva
Come socialize with the Merchants of Deva!

Curious about our exciting plans for Norwescon, Westercon and PAX?

Perhaps you'd like to volunteer for one of our upcoming events?

Or maybe you just want to stop by, hang out, and enjoy the beverage of your choice with the best party hosts you know.

Absolutely everyone is welcome (as long as you're over 21), so feel free to invite anyone to stop by and share a drink with us!

The venue is being held at the Beveridge Place Pub in Seattle, WA (6413 California Ave SW), and is being held on Saturday February 25th. It starts at 5:00pm and will be going until 2:00am.

Here is a link to the event page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/384427784906783/
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
3:13 pm
Sunday, May 1st, 2011
7:51 pm
All the major news stations are reporting that Osama bin Laden is dead.
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
1:42 pm
Another plug for the Merchants of Deva at Norwescon

For fourteen years, the MERCHANTS OF DEVA brought their own unique brand of music and mayhem to science-fiction conventions in the Pacific Northwest. A few years ago, we decided to see if we could make a go of it out there in the so-called "real world" -- we rolled up our sleeves, got ourselves set up as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and started promoting parties and dance nights to raise money for various charities. It's going well so far, but -- we miss you guys. We miss doing the conventions. And from what we hear, you miss us too -- people keep asking us when we're going to be at another con.

We want to come back and do another big room party at Norwescon this year, on April 23rd. We've come up with theme for it that we're pretty excited about. In honor of TRON: LEGACY, we've reserved the suite on the top floor of the party wing to turn it into one of the movie's signature locations -- THE END OF LINE CLUB. We've got a Daft Punk-influenced music set lined up for you, we know how we want to pull off the decorations -- all we need is you.

We're going to need your help to pull this off. We get about 500 people through our doors at these parties, and in order to rent the suite, and come up with enough food and alcohol for everyone, we need to raise $2,500. (Because, man, you people can drink. I mean, seriously, we're impressed.) We thought long and hard about seeing what we could scale back -- a smaller room, fewer snacks, fewer drinks -- but in the end, we decided that this was only worth doing if we were going to do it right, and we're sure you agree. That $2,500 is actually a pretty conservative estimate -- we've spent more than that on one of these shindigs before.

Oh, and remember how I said we'd been raising money for charity? Any money we raise for this party above and beyond our costs will be going to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a cause near and dear to our geeky little hearts, and one that seemed entirely appropriate for our theme.

If you've missed having the MERCHANTS parties at Norwescon -- or, hell, if you've never heard of us before, but are just interested in having a good time -- then help make this happen. The biggest thrill for us in doing these parties all these years has been getting to watch all of you have a great time, and knowing that we made that happen for you. We want to share that feeling with you -- watching a few hundred of your fellow geeks having a night they'll never forget because of you feels amazing, and we can't wait to show you what that's like.

Let's make some memories. Spread the word. Fight for the users. We'll see you at the con.
Monday, February 28th, 2011
11:40 pm
Friday, September 11th, 2009
1:28 pm
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
3:22 pm
Thursday, June 4th, 2009
3:19 pm
Update from my last post about June Faire
I will have some Canadian Coke with me. :)
12:24 pm
Look out June Faire...
Because I'm coming to the event. I'll be either arriving on site tonight or tomorrow. And since it's last minute that I'm going, I won't be bringing any Canadian Coke with me.
Thursday, May 7th, 2009
11:47 am
For my friends in Seattle
Got nothing to do on May 23rd? You should go to the Merchants of Deva party at Sodo Pop. :)

Friday, April 3rd, 2009
12:07 am
I already did this one with my con name, so I'm now doing it with my name in the SCA. LOL

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  9. It takes 8 minutes for light to travel from the Sun's surface to His Lordship Jon Bjarnason McGurn al Khabeelah.
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Friday, February 6th, 2009
9:55 pm
Seattle pulls out of the 2011 WorldCon bid.
It is with grave regret and a deep disappointment that I must announce that the Seattle bid has to pull out of the race to host the Worldcon in 2011. This is due to an unforeseen event and our inability to reach a formal first option agreement with our preferred facilities. We had initial options on facilities, but when it came time to reduce them to formal writing, we found that our preferred facilities had groups willing to make the financial commitment ahead of us. Seattle is such a popular destination for conventions that all of the reasonable dates (early August through early September) already have groups that have firmer commitments than we do.

After examining the options and alternatives, consulting with our respected advisors and exploring any number of other possibilities we have determined that there are just no viable alternatives, which make sense for the fannish community available to us. We do not want to host the Worldcon in a venue and situation that would prove to be less than World class. In this economy, it is refreshing to know that Seattle remains a popular destination for conventions and tourists even if it is one of the saddest things I can think of at the moment.

I want to personally thank all of the fannish community, our supporters, my advisors, friends and family for giving so completely of yourselves over the last several years. I can personally not think of anyone I would not have wanted to produce this event with other than you – You all gave so much and went so far to make this happen.

Thank you for everything!
We will be reviewing future opportunities with our potential facilities with an eye toward bidding for a subsequent year.

Bobbie DuFault
Seattle 2011 Bid Chairman
Thursday, December 18th, 2008
9:43 pm
Rest in Peace Majel Barrett Roddenberry
LOS ANGELES – Majel Barrett Roddenberry, "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry's widow who nurtured the legacy of the seminal science fiction TV series after his death, has died. She was 76. Roddenberry died of leukemia Thursday morning at her home in Bel-Air, said Sean Rossall, a family spokesman.

At Roddenberry's side were family friends and her son, Eugene Roddenberry Jr.

Roddenberry was involved in the "Star Trek" universe for more than four decades. She played the dark-haired Number One in the original pilot but metamorphosed into the blond, miniskirted Nurse Christine Chapel in the original 1966-69 show. She had smaller roles in all five of its television successors and many of the "Star Trek" movie incarnations, although she had little involvement in the productions.

She frequently was the voice of the ship's computer, and about two weeks ago she completed the same role for the upcoming J.J. Abrams movie "Star Trek," Rossall said.

Roddenberry also helped keep the franchise alive by inspiring fans and attended a major "Star Trek" convention each year, Rossall said.

"I think 'Star Trek' will always be her legacy," Rossall said.

"Star Trek" and its successors often focused on political and philosophical issues of the day. Roddenberry and her husband, who died in 1991, believed in creating "thoughtful entertainment" and were proud of the show and the passionate devotion of its fans, Rossall said.

"My mother truly acknowledged and appreciated the fact that 'Star Trek' fans played a vital role in keeping the Roddenberry dream alive for the past 42 years. It was her love for the fans, and their love in return, that kept her going for so long after my father passed away," her son said in a statement on the official Roddenberry Web site.

Born Majel Lee Hudec on Feb. 23, 1932, in Cleveland, she began taking acting classes as a child. She had some stage roles, then in the late 1950s and 1960s had bit parts in a few movies and small roles in TV series, including "Leave It to Beaver" and "Bonanza."

She met her husband in 1964 during a guest role for a Marine Corps drama he produced called "The Lieutenant." That same year, she was cast in the pilot for the "Star Trek" series as the no-nonsense second-in-command. The pilot did not appeal to NBC executives and a second pilot was made, although parts of the original later showed up in a two-part episode called "The Menagerie."

The couple married in Japan in 1969 after "Star Trek" was canceled. After her husband's death, Roddenberry continued her involvement with the "Star Trek" franchise.

She also was the executive producer for two other TV science fiction series, "Andromeda" and "Earth: Final Conflict."
Friday, December 12th, 2008
1:56 am
Sunday, November 30th, 2008
1:31 am
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Saturday I helped arachnewolfe see the light (8 points). Last Tuesday I donated bone marrow to unclehaakon in a life-saving procedure (300 points). In September kiarapanther and I donated clothes to the needy (11 points). In August I had a shoot-out with rival gang lords on the 5 near LA (-76 points). In April I gave pvcvirus a Dutch Oven (-10 points).

Overall, I've been nice (233 points). For Christmas I deserve a Pony Slaystation 3!


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Thursday, November 20th, 2008
8:40 am

Your result for Which Star Trek Ship Should You Command? Test...

Defiant Class!

0% Flight_Control, 50% Tactical, 30% Science and 40% Command!

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
10:51 am
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