If you get the daily digest email or read via an RSS reader or LiveJournal, you may have noticed the occasional spam link included in the post. It’s been driving me nuts because the spam links are sneaky little things — they aren’t in the code of the post itself, but instead are getting inserted only in the RSS feed. Therefore you don’t see the spam when you look at the main website, but it does show up in the email digest and on the LiveJournal feeds.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I am aware of the problem but it’s going to take some digging around to figure out what’s going on. The spammers have MUCH more experience at hacking code than I do at un-hacking it! Worst case scenario, at least this isn’t the kind of blog where preserving the archive of old posts is important; if I had to nuke the whole thing and start over I would only need to preserve information on upcoming events.
FYI, for you email subscribers, I am looking into alternatives to Feedburner. Google owns it but hasn’t really been maintaining or updating it, and I fear it will go the way of Google Reader. If I find an emailing service that I like better, I will try to import the existing email subscriber list so that you don’t have to do anything. So if one of these days the digest starts looking different, now you know why.
If you can see a spam link below, I didn’t put it there!
Three events that were originally due to happen today, February 9th, have been rescheduled due to the snowstorm.
Also, Martians & Martinis: A Sci Fi Film Series
is cancelled and will be rescheduled.
Oh look! I managed to get the monthly update out before the month started! Amazing!
But before I start, a question for my audience. I’ve got a few events happening in 2013 that I know about already. Should I go ahead and add them to the calendar now? I keep thinking that if I list them now, people will forget by the time the events happen, but maybe I’m wrong and you’d like as much advance notice as possible. It’s best to leave comments on the original post, as I may not see comments on Facebook or Livejournal.
On to August!
August 17-19: Pi-Con 2012
August 18: ComiCONN 2012
August 1: Author Appearance: Charles Yu
August 2: Author Appearance: Dave Zeltserman
August 21: Author Appearance: Terry Brooks
August 23: Author Appearance: Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer
August 11: Spooktacular VII
August 18-19, 25-26: Waterville Valley Renaissance Faire 2012
Oops, March got started without me. Still there’s lots left to do!
Remember that March 14th, 3.14, will be Pi Day! Be sure to have some tasty pi! Any kind of pi is fine — pizza pi, apple pi, whatever pi you like. Mmmm, π.
March 16-18: ConnCon 2012
March 31: MythBusters Live Tour
March 2-4: Intercon
March 4: Lord of the Rings Marathon
March 4: “Heroes in Our Midst” Comics Artists
March 5: Actor Appearance: Viggo Mortensen
March 15: Author Appearance: Caitlin R. Kiernan
March 16-18: Vericon 2012
March 16: Opening date of “Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps”
March 17: Author Appearance: Jennifer Pelland
March 18: Artist Appearance: Paul Ryan
March 22: Author Appearance: Amanda Downum
March 30: Author Appearance: Tobias Buckell and Myke Cole
March 30-April 1: ConBust 2012
March 24: Vermont Small Press & Comic Fair
March 30-April 1: I-CON 31
What bizarro alternate universe have we entered in which one can walk around comfortably in a light jacket in New England in fracking JANUARY? Where is the snow? The universe has gone wrong somehow.
In better news, geeky things are on the way! Here’s what’s on the schedule so far for February.
Feb 4: Artist Apperance: Andy Kubert
Feb 4: Unity Games 18
Feb 4: Author Appearance: Joe Mulvey
Feb 10-20: Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon
Feb 11-12: JiffyCon Live-Action Game Weekend
Feb 17-19: Boskone 2012
Feb 23-26: TotalCon 2012
Feb 23: Author Appearance: Kim Harrison
Feb 26: Author Appearance: James Kakalios
Feb 18: Queen City Kamikaze 2012
Feb 3-5: TempleCon
As usual, there’s not a heck of a lot going on in December geek-wise, but I do have a few events on the calendar.
Dec. 2-4: AnonyCon 2011
Dec. 8: Author Appearance: Jane Yolen
Dec. 2: Artist Appearance: Rebecca Guay
Dec. 3: Artist Appearance: Ming Doyle
Dec. 11: Music from Thundercats
Dec. 12: Science on Screen: 12 Monkeys
The Boston Events Insider website has compiled a huge list of Halloween events, haunted houses, parades, childrens’ events, and more. I’ll just send you over to http://bostoneventsinsider.com/boston_events/ to check it out.
Oh dear, oh dear. It seems that the supermassive space/time anomaly known as Dragon*Con has thrown off my chrono-navigation unit, causing me to return home a few days into the month of September. So sorry to be late with the monthly roundup (but of course you can always check the calendar on the main website to see what’s going on).
September also marks the beginning of Year 4 for New England Science Fiction and Fantasy Events! Let’s see what’s still left to do and see this month.
Sept. 19: Arr, this be International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Sept. 24-25: Connecticut Renaissance Faire
Sept. 10: Fort Knox Medieval Tournament 2011
Sept. 9, 13: Author Appearance: Terry Brooks
Sept. 9: Author Appearance: Joe Haldeman
Sept. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25: King Richard’s Faire
Sept. 11: Author Appearance: R.A. Salvatore
Sept. 16-18: The Great New England Steampunk Exhibition
Sept. 17: JiffyCon Greenfield
Sept. 19-25: Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy
Sept. 24: Creature Double Feature Round Up 2
Sept. 24: Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo 2011
Sept. 24-25: Salem Village Renaissance Days
Sept. 25: Opening day of LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel
Sept. 27: Author Appearance: Neal Stephenson
Sept. 28: Author Appearance: Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
Sept. 30: Author Appearance: John Lithgow
Sept. 10: Author Appearance: Terry Brooks
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Stratford Renaissance Faire
Sept. 28, 29: Archie Comics Literacy Tour
Sept. 11: Author Appearance: Terry Brooks
Sept. 29-Oct. 1: International Comic Arts Forum 2011