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.

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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 It is not complete, and may likely be out of date.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.

Finestkind!

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.

ANIMAL INFORMATION
Oregon Humane Society
503-285-7722 http://www.Oregonhumane.org

Washington County Animal Services
503-846—7041 http://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/animalservices

CRISIS HOTLINES
Beaverton Multi-Service Center
833455-9090 http://www.oregon.gov/dhs

Domestic Violence Resource Center – Crisis Line
503-469-8620 (24 hours) http://www.dvrc-or.org

Oregon SafeNet
800-723-3638 http:://www.oregonsafenet.org

Oregon Poison Center
800-222-1222 http://www.ohsu.edu/poison

Sexual Assault Resource Center
503-640-5311 (24 hours) http://www.sacoregon.org

State Office of Child Services
503—681—6917 http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/children

Washington County Mental Health Services
503-846-4528 http://www.co.wushington.or.us/HHS/MentalHealth

ECONOMIC RESOURCES
Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce
503-644-0123 http://www.beaverton.org

City of Beaverton Community and Economic Development Offices
503-526-2493 http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/departments/cdd

Westside Economic Alliance
503-968-3100 http://www.westside-alliunce.org

EMERGENCY AND COMMUNITY INFO
Police/Fire/Medical
911

Help Referral – Community Assistance
211 http://www.zoneinfo.org

Road & Travel Info – Oregon Department of Transportation
511 http://www.tripcheck.com

EMPLOYMENT
Worksource Oregon — Beaverton/Hillsboro
503-526-2700 http://www.worksourceoregon.org

Workforce Alliance PCC/ Washington County
971722-2713 http://www.workforceallianceonline.org

GENERAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Beaverton Community Center
503-526-2565 http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/facilities.aspx

Beaverton Library
503-644-2197 http://www.beavertonlibrary.org

Better Business Bureau
503-212-3022 http://www.alaskaoregonwesternwashington.bbb.org

City of Beaverton Neighborhood Assoc.
503-526-2243 http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/departments/neighborhoods

Department of Environmental Quality
800-452-4011 http://www.oregon.gov/DEQ

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

Disability, Aging, & Veteran Services
503-846-3060 http://www.co.washington.or.us/hhs/davs

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
503-221-1054 http://www.emoregon.org

Elsie Stuhr Senior Center
503-629-6342 http://www.thprd.org/fudlities/stuhr

METRO Recycling Hotline
503-234-3000 http://www.oregonmetro.gov/recycling

Social Security Administration
800-772-1213 http://www.ssa.gov

TriMet (Public Transportation)
503-238-RIDE (7433) http://www.trimet.org

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
503-645-6433 http://www.thprd.org

United States Postal Service
800-275-8777 http://www.usps.com

GOVERNMENT
City of Beaverton
4755 Southwest Griffith Drive
Beaverton, OR 97005
503-526-2222 http://www.beavertonoregon.gov

Denny Doyle, Mayor
503-526-2497 mayormail@beavertonoregon.gov

Beaverton City Councilors
Cate Arnold, Council
President – Position 4
503-526-2508

Ian King — Position 1
503-526-2345

Betty Bode — Position 2
503-526-2347

Mark Fagin Position 3
503-526-2343

Marc San Soucie Position 5
503-526-2370

WASHINGTON COUNTY
155 North First Avenue, Suite 300
Hillsboro, OR 97124-3072
General Information: 503-846-8611
Administrative Office: 503-846-8685
http://www.co.washington.or.us

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 http://www.co.washfngton.or.us/BOC

Metro Regional Government
600 NE Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97232—2736
Main: 503-797-1700 http://www.bluebook.state.or.us/

Metro Council
http://www.oregonmetro.gov/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

STATE GOVERNMENT
http://www.oregon.gov

Oregon State Governor
Governorjohn Kitzhaber 503—378-4532
http://www.oregon.gov/gov/pages/index.aspx

Oregon State Representatives
http://www.Ieg.state.or.us/hhouse

Representative Tobias Read (D)
Beaverton — District: 27 503-936-4427 http://www.leg.stater.or.us/read

Representative Jeff Barker (D)
Aloha District: 28 503-986-1428
http://www.leg.stater.or.us/barker

Representative Chris Harker (D)
Beaverton — District: 34 503-626-8140
http://www.leg.stater.or.us/harker

Oregon State Senators
http://www.leg.state.or.us/senate

Senator Mark Hass (D)
Beaverton — District: 14 503-936-4714
http://www.leg.stater.or.us/hass

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D)
NW Portland & Beaverton — District: 17 503-936-1717
http://www.leg.stater.or.us/steinerhayward

US GOVERNMENT
US House Representative
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D), OR lst District
503—326 —2901 http://www.bonumici.house.gov

US Senators
Senator Ron Wyden (D)
503-326-7525 http://www.wyden.senate.gov

Senator Jeff Merkley (D)
503-325-3386 http://www.merkley.senate.gov

PUBLIC SAFETY
Beaverton Police
Non—Emergency: 503-629-0111
Main: 503-526-2260 http://www.beavertonpolice.org

City of Beaverton Municipal Court
503-526-2290 http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/departments/court

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
503-549-3577 http://www.tvfr.com

Washington County Sheriff
Sherriff Pat Garrett
Non—Emergency: 503-629-0111
Main: 503-846-2700
http://www.co.washington.or.us/sheriff

UTILITIES
Beaverton Garbage and Recycling
503-526-2665 http://www.beavertonoregon.gov/recycling

City of Beaverton Utilities
503-526-2257 http://www.beavertonoregon.gov

Clean Water Services
503-681-3600 http://www.cleanwaterservices.org

Comcast
800/266-2278 http://www.Comcast.com

Frontier
800-921-8101 http://www.Frontier.com

Metro Garbage and Recycling
503-234-3000 http://www.oregonmetro.gov/garbage

NW Natural Residential
800—422—4012 http://www.nwnatural.com

Portland General Electric
800-542-8818 http://www.portlandgeneral.com

Tualatin/Valley Water District
503-642-1511 http://www.tvwd.org

VISITORS ASSOCIATlONS
Washington County Visitors Association
503-644-5555 http://www.oregonswashingtoncounty.org

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”