List of Steampunk Conventions

Steampunk, the marriage of steam technology and the Victorian era. Not only a popular fiction genre, but also a lifestyle for many people. One of the tangible celebrations of this lifestyle is that of the ever popular convention.



Below is a list of Steampunk conventions and events around the world that I know of. It is not complete, and may likely be out of date. If you know of any upcoming conventions coming up, or any date changes, please comment below.

Anime Midwest (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention, but has a sizable Steampunk track) – Rosemont, Illinois (outside Chicago) – July 3-5, 2015

Anachro Con (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Atlanta, Georgia – February 27–March 1, 2015

AnomalyCon – Denver, Colorado – March 27-29, 2015

Arisia – Boston, Massachusetts – January 16-19, 2015

ConTemporal – Raleigh, North Carolina – 2015 dates not announced yet

Clockwork Alchemy – San Jose, California – May 23-26, 2014 (Memorial Day weekend)

CoastCon – Biloxi, Mississippi – March 20–22, 2015

Costume Con – (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Charleston, SC, May 15-18, 2015 and Madison, WI, May 6-9, 2016

The Brass Screw Confederacy – Port Townsend, Washington, May 29-31

DragonCon (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Atlanta, Georgia – September 4-7, 2015

Emerald City Steampunk Expo – Wichita, Kansas – November 21-23, 2014

Gaslight Gathering – San Diego, California – September 18-20, 2015

Gearcon – Portland, Oregon – July 3-5, 2015

HRM Steampunk Symposium – Long Beach, California – January 16-19, 2015

HRM Steampunk Symposium – Sacramento California – October 3-5, 2014

Hypericon – Nashville, Tennesse – July 19-21, 2015

International Steampunk City – Historic Speedwell (Morristown,) New Jersey – October 11-12, 2014

Meta Con (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Minneapolis, Minneapolis – October 31-November 2, 2014, September 4-6, 2015 and September 2-4, 2016

RuffleCon (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – New Haven, Connecticut – October 4-5, 2014

Ryu-Kon (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Buffalo, New York – July 10-12, 2015

Salt City Steamfest – Salt Lake City, Utah – 2015 dates not announced yet

Star City Anime (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Roanaoke, Virginia – February 6-8, 2015

Steamposium – Seattle, Washington – September 26-28, 2014

Steampunk Symposium – Cincinnati, Ohio – Aptil 24-26, 2015

Steampunk Worlds Fair – Piscataway, New Jersey – May 15-17, 2015

Tanoshiicon (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – West Chester, PA – April 25, 2015

Temple Con (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Warwick, Rhode Island – February 5-8, 2015

TeslaCon – Middleton, Wisconsin – November 7-8, 2015

Victoria Steam Exposition – Victoria B.C., Canada – 2015 Date unknown

Watch City Festival – Waltham, Massachusetts – May 9-10, 2015

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention – Old Tucson, Arizona – March 6-8. 2015

MASH books in Chronological Order

MASH books in Chronological Order

By all accounts MASH was one of the most popular TV shows ever. It’s reported that 125 million people watched the 1983 finale of the eleven season series, even though there were only 82.5 million TVs in the US at the time. But before the TV series, there was an award winning Movie, and a less popular series of books. The first book did well enough to spark the entire MASH franchise, but after that the popularity dwindled despite twelve sequels. Worse, the books were not printed in chronological story order, instead they tended to jump around which makes for a confusing story.

But we do meet a host of great characters, and find out more about the lives of our two (technically four,) favorite Doctors. There are a host of great jokes, some of which need a bit of setup. Other jokes run over several books, which can be confusing if you haven’t read all the books. There is also the occasional tear jerker scene in almost every book, most of which involve actual surgery instead of the regular hi-jinks.

Likely the books didn’t do quite as well because they tended to be slightly sexist. Even in the 1970s that was starting to become a little forbidden. Then there is the racist jokes, most of which are “OK” 1970’s racist jokes that try to be somewhat apologetic while managing to still be offensive.

Of course there is the fact that the “After MASH” sequels just didn’t do as good as the TV show anyways. By the end of the series it’s obvious that the author was trying to milk the cash cow for us much as he could. Considering most of these books are now on Amazon for under a buck, that was obviously a futile gesture. But, the books remain a bit of a guilty pleasure just like Dean Kootnz, Charlaine Harris, or Laurell K. Hamilton.

So here is the MASH Book series in chronological story order. Enjoy!

Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O’Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth.
The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, “a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees.”

“M*A*S*H Goes to Maine” is Richard Hooker’s hilarious sequel to his classic book “MASH” and, for once, the sequel is better! Living a quiet life in Maine after the Korean War, doctors “Hawkeye” Pierce, “Duke” Forrest and “Trapper John” McIntyre are at it again, trying to establish a medical hospital while fighting the snobbiest doctors in America. Funny and very relaxing, you’ll love “M*A*S*H Goes to Maine”.

The whole M*A*S*H gang-Hawkeye, Trapper John, Hot Lips and the rest-hit New Orleans to attend the American Tonsil, Adenoid and Vas Deferens Society convention. But that’s just the beginning….. It may take years for Crescent City to recover from the gang’s outrageous brand of medical madness-and their boozing, cruising and cutting up all the way from Basin Street to the Louisiana bayous.

At this point in the series William E Butterworth took over writing. And things go downhill. The racist jokes increase and include pretty much everyone the characters come across. The characters all arrive in rather contrived ways at their destination. And there is ample descriptions of drinking, golfing, and even some about surgery. At this point you’re wondering why the original author was letting these books through. It had to be “I get a check? And I don’t have to do anything? Where do I sign?”

MASH Goes to London

MASH Goes to Morocco

MASH Goes to Las Vegas

MASH Goes to Vienna

MASH Goes to San Francisco

MASH Goes to Miami

MASH Goes to Hollywood

MASH Goes to Texas

MASH Goes to Moscow

MASH Goes to Montreal

MASH Mania

Finally, Hooker takes back over as the author. This last book is sort of a “sorry for the last ten books, here are the guys back again. But this time they’re middle aged Republicans. But it’s still funny! I swear!” And it is actually.


Beaverton Oregon Important Phone Numbers

Beaverton Oregon Important Phone Numbers
Here is a list of frequently called phone numbers for the City of Beaverton, Oregon. It also includes Washington County, State of Oregon, and US Government Contacts.

Oregon Humane Society

Washington County Animal Services

Beaverton Multi-Service Center

Domestic Violence Resource Center – Crisis Line
503-469-8620 (24 hours)

Oregon SafeNet
800-723-3638 http:://

Oregon Poison Center

Sexual Assault Resource Center
503-640-5311 (24 hours)

State Office of Child Services

Washington County Mental Health Services

Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce

City of Beaverton Community and Economic Development Offices

Westside Economic Alliance


Help Referral – Community Assistance

Road & Travel Info – Oregon Department of Transportation

Worksource Oregon — Beaverton/Hillsboro

Workforce Alliance PCC/ Washington County

Beaverton Community Center

Beaverton Library

Better Business Bureau

City of Beaverton Neighborhood Assoc.

Department of Environmental Quality

Department of Motor Vehicles
503-299-9999 http://www.oregongov/odot/dmv

Disability, Aging, & Veteran Services

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Elsie Stuhr Senior Center

METRO Recycling Hotline

Social Security Administration

TriMet (Public Transportation)
503-238-RIDE (7433)

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

United States Postal Service

City of Beaverton
4755 Southwest Griffith Drive
Beaverton, OR 97005

Denny Doyle, Mayor

Beaverton City Councilors
Cate Arnold, Council
President – Position 4

Ian King — Position 1

Betty Bode — Position 2

Mark Fagin Position 3

Marc San Soucie Position 5

155 North First Avenue, Suite 300
Hillsboro, OR 97124-3072
General Information: 503-846-8611
Administrative Office: 503-846-8685

Washington County Board of Commissioners
Andy Duyck, Chair – At-Large
Dick Schouten — District 1
Greg Malinowski, Vice
Chair – District 2
Roy Rogers – District;
Bob Terry — District 4
Commission Main: 503-846-8681

Metro Regional Government
600 NE Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97232—2736
Main: 503-797-1700

Metro Council
Tom Hughes — Metro Council President — 503-797-4889
Shirley Craddick — District 1 – 503-797-4547
Carlotta Collette — District 2 – 503-797-1337
Craig Dirksen District 3 – 503-797-1549
Kathryn Harrington – District 4 – 503-797-1553
Sam Chase District 5 – 503-797-4552
Bob Stacey — District 6 – 503-797-1546


Oregon State Governor
Governorjohn Kitzhaber 503—378-4532

Oregon State Representatives

Representative Tobias Read (D)
Beaverton — District: 27 503-936-4427

Representative Jeff Barker (D)
Aloha District: 28 503-986-1428

Representative Chris Harker (D)
Beaverton — District: 34 503-626-8140

Oregon State Senators

Senator Mark Hass (D)
Beaverton — District: 14 503-936-4714

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D)
NW Portland & Beaverton — District: 17 503-936-1717

US House Representative
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D), OR lst District
503—326 —2901

US Senators
Senator Ron Wyden (D)

Senator Jeff Merkley (D)

Beaverton Police
Non—Emergency: 503-629-0111
Main: 503-526-2260

City of Beaverton Municipal Court

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue

Washington County Sheriff
Sherriff Pat Garrett
Non—Emergency: 503-629-0111
Main: 503-846-2700

Beaverton Garbage and Recycling

City of Beaverton Utilities

Clean Water Services



Metro Garbage and Recycling

NW Natural Residential

Portland General Electric

Tualatin/Valley Water District

Washington County Visitors Association

Foiled Terrorist Plots since 2009

Foiled Terrorist Plots since 2009

2009 May 20: 2009 New York City bomb plot Three U.S. citizens and one Haitian from Newburgh, New York were arrested in a plot to bomb a Riverdale Temple and a Riverdale Jewish Center in The Bronx, New York City in an alleged homegrown terrorist plot. It was also alleged that they planned to shoot down military planes operating out of Stewart Air National Guard Base also in Newburgh.

2009 September Najibullah Zazi of Denver was indicted on charges of trying to build and detonate a weapon of mass destruction. He and two others allegedly planned to detonate the homemade explosives on the New York City subway system.

2009 August – September: On September 24 William Boyd and Hysen Sherifi charged with conducting reconnaissance of the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia and obtaining armor-piercing ammunition with the intent to attack Americans.

2009 September 24: Michael Finton/Talib Islam a 29 year old man from Illinois charged with trying to kill federal employees by detonating a car bomb at the federal building in Springfield, Illinois.

2009 September 24: Hosam Maher Husein Smadi a 19 year old illegal immigrant from Jordan charged with trying the bomb the 60 story Fountain Place office tower in Dallas, Texas.

2010 January 7 Adis Medunjanin an alleged 2009 NYC Subway plotter attempts a suicide attack by intentionally crashing his car on the Whitestone Bridge in New York City. Medunjanin has since been charged for his role in an Al Qaeda plot to conduct coordinated suicide bombings on New York’s subway system.

2010 September 20: Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, a Lebanese citizen living in Chicago, was charged with one count each of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted Continue reading “Foiled Terrorist Plots since 2009”