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Hake's 3/20/14: Anyone else win anything?

20 March 2014 - 08:28 PM

Hake's just wrapped up another fun auction. I picked up two things -- neither is super high end, but both are pieces I've wanted for a long time.


The first is an original program from the very first World Science Fiction Convention (New York, 1939). A classic piece of science fiction memorabilia! 1939 was an awesome year for science fiction and genre publishing (and therefore all the things I collect). Not only the World Con, but also the NY World's Fair. It was also the year the first paperback -- Lost Horizon (Pocket Books No. 1) -- was published (it's a story about lost cities, Shangri-La, etc.) I've only seen two of these programs for sale -- one of them sold for three times what I paid. So yeah... I'm pretty happy about this one! :)


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I also won a mint-on-card Ideal Space Solar Watch. It's an odd little toy and I'm not really sure why I like it so much -- but I do! It's very mid-century spacey, just the kind of piece that inspires dreams of interstellar adventure! (Not sure how accurate that sun dial would be on a planet with a different rotational speed, distance from its sun, and orbital velocity... but why be a killjoy? Ha ha.) It'll go nicely with my Ideal Space Goggles and Ideal Futurama Gun. (I've got an old ad sheet with all three on it, too.) I've never seen a carded example before. (I'm sure there are others out there, I've just never run across one.)


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There were some other GREAT items up for grabs -- especially the amazing boxed (with instruction sheet!) Flash Gordon Signal Pistol. By far the best complete example I've ever seen! Wow! Also original comic book art (including preliminary pencils for Alan Moore's "Batman: Killing Joke," one of the finest Batman stories of all time...); amazing Disneyana; an original on-set painting from Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" (drooool...); some rare Buck Rogers artifacts (a glass slide from the serials, transcription records, etc.); and a nice selection of robots. I just wish I had more money! :)


Did anyone else pick anything up? Share your victories here! 


(BTW, if anyone picked up the Buck Rogers slide or transcription records, and if you're going to Botstock, I'd love to take a look at them up close if you feel like bringing them along. Fascinating stuff, I've never seen anything like them before.)

BOTSTOCK XI: Friday Dinner Pre-Order Menu

11 March 2014 - 08:30 PM

Hi, all. As per last year, the Black Horse restaurant is offering a more focused menu for our group's Friday night dinner. In order to make sure they have enough of each dish to accommodate all of us, they asked if we could take a look at the menu and "pre-order" our food.


If you could all look at the following and pick one first course (by number) and one main course (by letter), I'd appreciate it. Just post it in a reply. I don't have prices in front of me, but I don't remember anything being too surprising (assume the filet mignon is pricier than the hamburger). Obviously, if you don't want a first course or something, don't order one. 


Finally, if there's nothing on the menu you can eat -- due to allergies, etc. -- let me know and I'm sure you can order off the regular menu. This is really just a way for the restaurant to gauge how much food they should purchase. If everyone wants a hamburger, that's 20 hamburgers and they really should know ahead of time! :)





FIRST COURSE (Order by number)


1. Crab Tater Tots, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Grilled Pineapple Salsa



2. Horseradish Marinated Tenderloin Tip Flatbread, Shaved Red Onion, Goat Cheese Spread, Mushrooms, Balsamic Reduction

3. Pork & Chips: Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork, Fried Tortilla Chips, Cheddar, Salsa

4. Small Fresh Field Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Toasted Almonds Dried Cranberries

5. Small Classic Caesar: Crisp Romaine, Garlic Croutons, Parmesan


MAIN COURSE (Order by letter)


A. Slow Cooked Pulled Pork, Carolina BBQ, Kaiser Roll, Grilled Pineapple Salsa, French Fries

B. 8 oz Burger, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Kaiser Roll, French Fries

C. Roasted Filet Mignon, Grilled Asparagus, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Bordelaise

D. Pan Seared Crab Cakes, Citrus Aioli, Julienne Vegetable Slaw, Asparagus Tempura

E. Veal-Beef-Pork Meatloaf, Chipotle Glaze, Texas Toast, Cheddar Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus

F. Herb & Olive Oil Marinated Vegetables & Linguini, Roast Peppers, Zucchini, Red Onion, Tomato, Baby Spinach, Balsamic Reduction


Official Botstock SUB-FORUM

08 March 2014 - 12:14 AM

Brian has cleverly set up a sub-forum for all Botstock-related threads. You can find it here:




Or by checking the main Alphadrome menu.


Please don't respond to this thread -- it's just a heads up because I know many people sometimes jump straight to the Robot Talk pages without checking out the forum menu. I'm sure in a week or two we won't need this post anymore.


Thanks, Brian, for setting up the sub-forum! Very clever... I'm not sure why we never thought to do that in the past! :)

Botstock XI: Attendance Thread!

07 March 2014 - 05:00 PM

Hi all. In order to make dinner reservations I need to know who plans on attending this summer's Botstock. Please add your name to the list and include the following info:
Name/Alphadrome Name; days attending; number of guests

If the cut-and-past function doesn't work, just write your entry and I'll update with a complete list periodically.

1. Brian/Dr.Atomic; Friday-Sunday; 0

Botstock XI: Official Information Thread

07 March 2014 - 08:02 AM

Hello, hello! Get read, because it's time for Botstock XI! This year's gathering will take place Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June 1 at the Toy Robot Museum in Adamstown, PA. Once again, our gracious host is the museum's curator, Joe Knedlhans. (Can we get a round of applause for Joe?)


There's a lot more to the weekend, and this thread is where you'll find all the important details.


PLEASE try to not post anything in this thread -- I don't want information to become buried under an avalanche of comments. However, if it's something pertaining to the logistics of the get-together, then by all means post it here.


In the next few days I'll be outlining some special plans, as well as details about the three scheduled dinners -- including Saturday's annual Raffle Dinner! This thread is also where you'll find information on special block rates at the Official Botstock Inn, the Black Horse.


Eleven years... Hard to believe!