DUFF 2011 Nominations

Nominations for DUFF 2011
Since 1972 the Down Under Fan Fund, a fan-supported fellowship, has encouraged closer ties between science- fiction fans in Australasia and North America through an alternating exchange of representatives. DUFF delegates attend the Worldcon or a national convention in the host country and visit fans they might otherwise never meet in person. Delegates are responsible for raising funds and administering DUFF until a new delegate from their continent is elected, and are expected to publish trip reports which can be sold to aid the fund.

This time the race is for an Australian fan to travel to Renovation, 17 August 2011 to 21 August 2011 (See: http://www.renovationsf.org/).

Nominations for the Australasia to US trip must be received by the administrators by midnight Thursday 31 March 2011. This year voting will close 20th May 2011. DUFF is entirely fan/volunteer run by the winning candidates from the previous election.
Nominations can be sent to:

American DUFF Administrator Australian DUFF Administrator
John F Hertz Emma Hawkes
236 S Coronado St #409 9/36 Cape Street
Los Angeles CA 90057 Osborne Park WA 6017
Phone: (213)384-6622 Phone: 08 9443 4581
Email: john_hertz2010@hotmail.com Email: ehawkes@iinet.net.au

Anyone may nominate who is active in fandom. “Active in fandom” means involved in fannish pursuits such as fanfic writing or reading, convention running or attending, amateur film/video production, or club participation, or online participation in fannish life,, or fanzine editing, etc.

For the Australasian-US trip, each candidate must be nominated by three Australasian fans and two North American fans. Each candidate will have a written platform and promises (barring Acts of God) to travel to the 2011 WorldCon, and to serve as administrator of the fund until the next American delegate is elected.
Nominations for DUFF are to be accompanied by a 150 word platform and a donation of of $25 for DUFF. Payment can be made by paypal to ehawkes@iinet.net.au or by cheque to the Australian Science Fiction Foundation P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill Victoria 3131 or to John Hertz , 246 S Coronado St #409, Los Angeles CA 90057.

You can find more information from Emma (ehawkes@iinet.net.au) or John Hertz (john_hertz2010@hotmail.com).

DUFF Trip Report!

Last year fandom was good enough to send me to Anticipation, the WorldCon in Montreal, as the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) delegate.

For those who want to know about my trip, about American fandom, and about a great con, my trip report is ready to buy. (As you know, all the money made from the sales goes into the DUFF fund for the next winner.)

How to Get the Trip Report

You can get the report in one of two ways.

Paypal me $5AU and email me, and I can send you a PDF - but be aware that it is 7.1 mb in size. I can also send you a scanned copy of my visual journal - which is 3.7 mb in size.

Alternately, you can get a hard copy posted to you. The price is slightly higher to include postage -$5AU plus postage:

Within Australia - $1.20

New Zealand - $3.00

Rest of World - $4.30

How to Pay for the Trip Report

You can Paypal me at ehawkes@iinet.net.au

Or you can send me a cheque at this address - 9/36 Cape Street, Osborne Park, 6017, Australia.

Or you can email me to sort something else out - ehawkes@iinet.net.au


Remember, your money goes to a good fannish cause!

DUFF Nominations - So Soon!

Nominations are now open for the 2010 Down Under Fan Fund a.k.a. DUFF. Prospective candidates will have until January 31st 2010 to file the documents required to have one’s name placed in nomination and added to the ballot. The ballots will be published and distributed in early February, 2010. The voting period will run from February 10th thru March 31st, 2010.

Candidates should file the following documents:

A brief letter stating one’s intent to run for DUFF 2010.

Five letters of nomination, three from North America and two from Australia or New Zealand. E-mailed letters are acceptable.

A 100 word or less platform statement specifying the candidate’s reasons for running and qualifications for becoming the 2010 DUFF delegate.

An entry fee of $25.00USD (which will be added to the current DUFF account).

The duties of the winning candidate will be as follows:

Travel to Australia and attend Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention on September 2-6, 2010 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Visit and get to know as many Australian Science Fiction fans as time will permit.

Become the DUFF administrator for the term running from Aussiecon 4 thru the 51st Australian National Convention (NatCon) to be held in 2012.

Raise funds and maintain an account to be used by the next southbound delegate(s) in 2012.

Publish a trip report covering the time of one’s travels in Australia and attendance at the convention.

Please send all documents and fees to the current DUFF administrators:

Steve and Sue Francis
PO Box 58009
Louisville KY 40268-0009

Two Forms of Technology that Completely Whipped Me and One Which I Mastered

Travel Alarm Clock

On the first day in LA I could not get the alarm clock to set. I could get it to tell the time and then it would not move forward.

I thought that I was just stupid and overwhelmed by jetlag so I handed it over to my friend Tracy. Who could not get the time sensor to move forward but who did get the alarm to go off periodically.

So we handed it over to *thefourthvine * who said she was seldom beaten by technology. And then it still didn't tell the time properly but it did go into a frenzy of playing *You are my sunshine* over and over without stopping until the batteries were removed.

So I handed the alarm clock over to *thefourthvine* who took it away, muttering that she would not be defeated by the machine.


All those following my anguished cries from America will know that my Australian phone did not work. And the various ones I bought in America and Canada were stupid things that I could barely get to text within the cities and certainly could not use to phone home.

I failed to achieve my goal of being accessible so that my mother could phone me if something went wrong. Instead I was only able to contact my Mum on the landline from the hotels. (And even that was incredibly difficult - the landline phone in the hotel in LA did not work, got no dial tone, had to be replaced.)

Which is, frankly, ridiculous. It was actually harder to phone home this time than in the 90s because at least then there were operators you could call.

This was such a source of frustration and difficulty to me - it actually reduced me to tears several times. I know - I checked several times - that I was dialling the right numbers and yet the phones I had simply would not connect with Australia. As far as I am concerned, telecommunications seems to have gone backwards in the past decade.

Breast Pump

I had thought this would be the most difficult form of technology to use while I was away. On one hand, there was the danger of mastitis if the pump was not efficient enough; on the other, the danger of losing my milk altogether.

I planned to use my own pump with batteries on the plane and then buy an American one that would plug in and use the right voltage in North America. But the battery-operated pump turned out to be so successful that I just stayed with that and followed a pump'n'dump regime.

I could get one to two goes from each set of batteries so I went through a heck of a lot of batteries (um, about 16-20 a day I guess). But this was still easier than buying one that plugged into the wall. (And I did leave them behind me with little notes attached saying that they still had juice, just not enough for my purposes).

The worst experience pumping was undoubtedly the JFK airport toilet (aka hell hole of misery). I would place that as more disgusting than even the occasion on which I accidentally dropped the horn into a rubbish bin in a public park in New York. Yes, reaching into the bin to get it back out was less gross than using the airport toilets.**

** And WASH it at the next available opportunity. I had been pumping in a park so no toilets there.

New York Art

On my Duff trip Moshe Feder very kindly took me on an amazing tour of New York.

I just want to make a few posts about some of the art I saw there.

First, Arturo di Modica made this as an example of 'guerilla art'. During the 1987 depression he left it on Wall Street. The City of New York has kept it on 'temporary' display.

It has gained a cult following, which I find very amusing. Because when you think about it a bull on Wall St is really just as dangerous as a bear.

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I may be misremembering what Moshe said about this, but I think this sculpture is all that remains of the Twin Towers. It was in the plaza out the front?

I could not find anything on the internet about, but I expect that it was originally intended to play with space as a form of public sculpture. The meaning of this art has been completely altered.

After the 11th of September it was almost all that was left. It came through with some holes bashed in the top. It is now sitting as a form of memorial, in the absence of any official one yet developed.

I feel like I don't have words to discuss something so profound - I just want to focus on this one time aspect. That the artist's original intentions with this work are now virtually irrelevant. What it now stands for is a memorial.

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And here is a gorgeous 19th century sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I have no profound thoughts about the role of the viewer in interpreting/making this art. I just liked it.

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Oh Jonathan

PowerPoint on Art Journalling

While I was at Anticipation I gave a PowerPoint presentation on art journalling. I mentioned that I would put it up on my lj.

It turns out to be too big to upload here, but just let me know if you would like to see it and I will email it to you.

This was my favourite panel I was on. As I suspected, I could not hook my Mac up to the projector, but as I anticipated, there was only a small audience so I just passed the laptop around.

I like small group discussions. Two other people had brought their wonderful journals along and we had a really interesting discussion about why you might want to keep a visual record of your day - scientific sketches, keeping track of botany that you see, record of a holiday or special occasion, emotional catharsis.

Best and worst of WorldCon (again)

he best - I really loved the art show. It was great! I understand that it was a small show by North American standards, but at least four times bigger than I had seen before. And such a great range of really beautiful stuff. I bought four things, could have been much, much more.

The staff were incredibly nice in showing me how to run things. I didn't spend as much time there as I had planned, as I was so fiendishly busy running (hobbling) from event to event. But I could see how beautifully organised they were.

The worst - I had anticipated that the dealers' room would be a magnificent array of fannish temptations. But it was actually fairly small. Bigger than I am used to, of course, but not terribly exciting.

And all the same. Stall after stall offering Neil Gaiman books and not much else. I had planned to spend a lot more money there than I did, and pretty much everything I bought while I was there was from the NESFA stall and a few independent publishers. (I was corrected when I called them small publishers).

I know it was because of difficulties in crossing the border, but it was nonetheless a disappointment.

And Pearl - She has learned to do so much while I was away! Yesterday pulled herself up to her feet. (Though I notice that she doesn't really bare any weight on her left foot, it turns under in a floppy way, which I will point out to the physio tomorrow).

She also is very excited by her new found ability to shuffle across the room to get to things and people. She enjoys coming when called.