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August 10th, 2005
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Way down among Brazilians coffee beans grow by the billions...
Friday evening, mostly, part 1 of 2

People I forgot to mention from Thursday night's party-hopping and photography: Dave Sorgen. Other things I forgot to mention from Thursday night: Amy Sisson is a SLOF. (Later library_lynn got her SLOF ribbon from Kim Kofmel.)

More people from taking pictures on Friday, but left out of my previous list: Julie Bertagna, David Campbell, Giulia de Cesare, Jane Dennis, Scott Dennis, Meggy Fernandes, Steve Francis, Adrian Hope, Rasmus Durban Jahr, Edward James, Elizabeth Klein-Lebbink, Mark Linneman, Michal Lisowski, Andrew McMurry, Farah Mendelsohn, Patryk Strzelwicz, Harry Turtledove, and Lucy Zinkiewicz (l_zinkiewicz).

I mentioned the fancy dice on Friday. Patryk Strzelwicz and Michal Lisowski have a website for them, at q-workshop.com.

Some of Will Dunston's hand-made journals can be seen at phoenixac.4t.com. The paper in the journal can be replaced when you fill it up.

Jane Dennis asked for extra pawprint stickers -- she wanted to put four paws on her badge, and so did Scott. One of their parody t-shirts was "Harry Potto and the Prisoner of Algebra." (I have a few friends and relations who would appreciate that!)

Friday afternoon after I'd stopped at Vodafone I tried shopping at Fraser's for umbrellas. They only had a small selection of folding 8-spoke models.

Melchior was wearing his Kristi Smart coat when I saw him on Friday. I didn't see Anderbear though, and forgot to ask Melchior if both of them were here or not.

Friday night, "Reductio Ad Absurdum" presented their play, "Lucas Back In Anger." Reductio Ad Absurdum is essentially Ian Sorensen and Phil Raines, plus a variety of usual suspects; in much the same way that Trans Iowa Canal Company (West Lock) in Des Moines is Les & Jeanette Roth and company, and Lux Radio Theater in Los Angeles is Colleen Crosby, Shawn Crosby, and Michael Reed, with the cast filled out by their friends and relations.

You've heard of the "Reduced Shakespeare Company"? R.A.A. reduces their source material to the point of absurdity, hence the name. They've put on "Dune, or the Sand of Music" and "A fistfull of Hobbits" and "The Matrix: Remaindered" at Eastercons, and they're known for their cardboard props & costumes and similarily cheesy special effects. At the production Friday night, they distributed kazoos to the audience before the show, and explained that every time a certain symbol came on the screen, the audience should play Vader's "Imperial March" theme. We were all very enthusiastic about it, and it was difficult for them to get us to stop.

They breezed through the classic Star Wars trilogy in about 75 minutes, and covered almost all the high points in a sometimes-naughty parody, occasionally with songs to carry the story along. They had some "last minute substitutions" in the supposed all-star cast Ian thought Phil had planned... a Dalek played the part of R2-D2 and a Cyberman played the part of C-3PO. They had two Oompa-Loompas playing the Jawas. Londo Mollari came out instead of Lando Calrissian when they got to The Empire Strikes Back. For the speeder-bike scene in Return of the Jedi, Luke and Leia slowly walked across the stage with their prop bikes, as stage ninjas dressed as cardboard trees ran past behind them.

After they'd made it through all three, Ian reminded Phil that they'd promised the audience all 6 movies, not just the original three, so for their "encore" they did a musical version. To the tune of various ABBA songs. In fact, they called it "Jabba! The Musical." Mostly they had layered paper costumes, and for each costume change they just tore off the top costume.

All told, a very clever and silly production, and a good time was had by all.

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