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 It is not complete, and may likely be out of date.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
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?”
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
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) http://www.dvrc-or.org
Oregon Poison Center
Sexual Assault Resource Center
503-640-5311 (24 hours) http://www.sacoregon.org
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
EMERGENCY AND COMMUNITY INFO
Help Referral – Community Assistance
Road & Travel Info – Oregon Department of Transportation
Worksource Oregon — Beaverton/Hillsboro
Workforce Alliance PCC/ Washington County
GENERAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Beaverton Community Center
Better Business Bureau
City of Beaverton Neighborhood Assoc.
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Motor Vehicles
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) http://www.trimet.org
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 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/
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 http://www.leg.stater.or.us/read
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 http://www.bonumici.house.gov
Senator Ron Wyden (D)
Senator Jeff Merkley (D)
Main: 503-526-2260 http://www.beavertonpolice.org
City of Beaverton Municipal Court
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
Washington County Sheriff
Sherriff Pat Garrett
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
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”