Jaime is our new magic Tom?
Absolutely. She has the power of clairvoyance!
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And out of curiosity -
Is there an analog to Jaime at the Omni? Or are the rules at the Omni completely different? Or does Jaime speak for the management at the Omni, as well?
While I have no intentions of posting a sign on my door, wrecking the room, or doing anything else to rock the boat or make an unwelcome guest of myself at the Omni, I know that our numbers there will be high; the order-keeping presence of the Dorsai would be nice to see there. My past experience with overflow hotels is that just as many louts and senseless jerks get rooms there as at the main host hotel.
No and no.
Pretty much the only thing the Omni provides for us is hotel rooms. We have no dealings with them beyond that.
And honestly, the "louts and senseless jerks" may wish that they had the Dorsai there, because hotel security is a whole lot less sympathetic and a whole lot more willing to throw idiots out on the sidewalk should problems arise.
Tom Brady/Duncan da Husky
Artists Alley and Con Store Manager
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What we need is the hotel Nazi.
"NO ROOM FOR YOU!"
-There is no truth
-The two saddest words in the English language are "Good bye"
A psychiatric evaluation with that ?
and should they check the criminal record of every person there? and DNA ? and family history?
I love you all ..
except for the people I don't like..
Xenia Onatopp , she's all woman
What about string, or suction cups to hold like a wipe board up?
Please note what the chairman said above:
"Door handle or nothing."
Tom Brady/Duncan da Husky
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On the bright side,
Captain Q is available to make door hangers, to be mailed to you before you leave for the convention.
The details are here:
MOST AC ATTENDEES DO NOT WEAR A FURSUIT OR ANY FORM OF COSTUME.
I read this thread about 5 hours ago, and I've been unable to stop thinking of ways of bending the "door handle or nothing" rule...
It should be possible to construct a door card in such a way that it can be used to support much larger things, such as a poster (without deviating from the 'door card only' and 'please be sane' policy).
If you made a door card out of very thick construction card (cardboard?), you could make the bottom of it rest tightly against the door, allowing you to make the door card potentially as wide as the door itself! This could be a 2" tall horizontal bar of cardboard, for argument's sake.
Then, you could stick a poster or whatever you like to this carboard bar (or hell, a 4ft by 2ft piece of cardboard with a massive poster on it), and it would still technically be a door card.
Chairman and/or mods, please feel free to yell at me as this is a crazy idea which I probably shouldn't have spent so long pondering, and I no doubt am going to cause already crazy furries to do even crazier things involving door cards.
Sorry, Varka - nothing personal...
...But this is exactly what led to my asking about options, contacts, and convention administration at the Omni. Here is a situation where a friendly hotel staffer has practically bent over backwards to arrange an accomodation for those of us who wish to display signage - and the compromise is not met with the spirit in which it is offered, somebody - quite probably, many sombodies - are looking for ways to push it and bend it and for no reason other than they do not wish to live within the limits of the largesse already granted.
Yes, we are clever people. Sharp people - but not sharp enough to know when we have been given a good hand, and play the game with the cards which we were dealt.
There is an old aviator's maxim which states:
"The superior pilot uses his superior judgement to keep himself and his craft clear of situations where he is forced to rely on his superior flying skills."
Let us fly low and slow, and stick to the leeway that we have been granted - simple door hangers, not poster-sized, floor-dragging billboards.
Point taken, Vulpes.
Perhaps we (I?) should apply ourselves to more useful problems, rather than pushing our luck with the hotel staff.
Well . . . what if we brought our own doors?
ahhhh a fellow smart @$$
NO ROOM FOR YOU!!!
That is an rather clever idea, but as someone else mentioned, the hotel has already made some concessions to us in this area, so let's not push our luck any more on that particular issue.
There's no reason why we cannot revisit your idea in your future years, though. Please give us a shout before Anthrocon 2008.
i'm sure if one tried one could find a whiteboard door hanger! surely one must exist!!1
I'm sure one could.
That said, with the deepest of respect, let's do try to get through one year following the rules as intended, shall we?
The hotel staff are already bending a rule for us, since they really didn't want anything on the outside of doors at all. That in and of itself is a really good thing. If the hotel staff see that we're willing to work with them, they may (or may not) be able to push the rules even further. If they can't, then we need to get used to the rules as they are now. If they can, they'll be more willing to do so if they can just put the limit where the limit is, not where they think it needs to be in order to allow for people stretching it as far as they can.
So if the white board is the exact same size as a standard door hanger, maybe, but...well, i wouldn't.
what i was referring to is a "regulation size" door hanger made of dry erase type material, the more i think about it, the more I'm sure i saw one
Step 1) Take white paper, cut to door hanger shap.
Step 2) Laminate door hanger.
Step 3) Provide dry erase marker, tied to string, attatched to hanger via hole punched in hanger.
Step 4) PRAY like crazy that no idiot decides to use that marker for nefarious purposes. That, or that someone acidentally writes off the edge of your 'whiteboard'.
I, personally, would not recommend this, but it's possible.
Okay, Here's What We're Going To Do.
Your Security team has acquired 2000 white card stock blank door hangers, suitable for art work.
We will have these lovelies in OPS next to a donation jar. If you would like one, stop by OPS, drop something in the jar for the charity and ID your room for all to see.
David M Stein, DI
"Not Unlike the Toaster, I Control the Darkness"
-- Abby Normal, "You Suck"
That's really generous of you.
I'll be sure to squeeze a taster-size bottle of something nice in that there donation jar when I stop by.
Or better yet, bring them a closed box (to their headquarters, if they're not working from con ops, or to one of their stations, maybe), tell them it has something evil in it, and that all of them will probably have to inspect it very carefully later, when they're off duty.
They're quite good at that kind of inspection.
Course it could equally end up being dunked in a bucket of water first...
If the closed box contained.. oh I don't know.. A sealed bottle maybe... then the water bucket treatment might not be so bad.. that is as long as that water bucket had ice in it as well.
is there a general size that these door hangers should be?
i know not like ridiculously big but like smaller than a sheet of paper or something?
I believe we're all discussing door-hangers that match the ones that normally go on doorknobs that say "Do Not Disturb" and so on. If your sign was close to that ("We'll have to measure to know for sure if it's the same size"), and tasteful (no yiff, etc), I'd be surprised if it drew objections.
Quoting Skippy DI:
Your Security team has acquired 2000 white card stock
blank door hangers, suitable for art work.
We will have these lovelies in OPS next to a donation
jar. If you would like one, stop by OPS, drop
something in the jar for the charity and ID
your room for all to see.
Why not stop by Con Ops and get one? That way, you're sure that it meets the limits.
No, no size constraints have been mentioned.
Just keep in mind where the door handle is. Make sure what ever you're hanging on it isn't going to catch in the door when you close it, nor, probably, do you want it to drag on the ground.
what about totally clean and neat wax sticky hangers that schools use all of the time I mean really they're uber clean and uber easy to use and if the wax sticks just use a hair drier or warm cloth to remove the excess wax from the door and what about molding clay??
...quit looking, whether I have both parts or not is my problem. Keep it up and you'll be slapped.
I hate it when ATI's graphics cards don't come with the crossfire bridge. ARGH!
Unless policies change, and you hear this officially from someone in a position of authority, it is door hangers only.
I made a door hanger for our group right before I left for AC'07.
I used a Letter size sheet of paper, put a line down the middle and put 2 different images on each side, leaving just enough room for the hole in the top.
Folded it in half, cut out a 4 1/8"x10 7/8" piece of posterboard, and placed it inside the fold of the paper.
I then laminated the whole thing. I used a compass to draw a circle in the top, and cut it out with an Exacto knife.
It only took about 20 minutes, and looked really good.
BTW: I printed mine out from graphics I put together on the computer. You could use this same method to draw one though.
I'll post an OpenOffice.org Writer template later if I can find my original.
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but that would make life to easy... (sarcasm) what else would you do? I mean really use common sense people it's not that hard I was gonna (if I go) make one like that and put my name with a Siberian tiger on it it's easy and unmistakable for any other fur ^^ unless some other significant copies me >.< personally that would agitate me a lil... and Y would that be? cause... thats my job heh... *smirks*
don't ever let me fall asleep in/on ur shoulder or lap...
ur friend may nibble and nip, but I bite... rawr ^^
Ooo... signs are gonna be cool and give me something look at. I love seeing people's art or clever ideas with signs. Will have to get one for my room.
Instead of trying to break or bend the rules. Lets have a little retrospect here.
We wouldn't need the rules if a bunch of thoughtless jacka**es hadn't messed up their doors in the first place, so while now we are presented with a HUGE LIST of GREAT ideas that can't mess up their doors- once we get 'ok permission' to put stuff on the doors again(Assuming it happens) we should use these ideas so that we don't have theoretical privliges removed once again.
My suggestion: Take a long piece of plain ol' thread, or dental floss or something thin that can't possibly harm a door in any way shape or form. (No razorwire plz)
Take a piece of cardboard or poster board(This is your backing)
Take some glue or tape or whatever.
Something soft and big- like a tennis ball or a washrag
Now, tape or glue down the ends of the thread to either end of your backing
Now tape your roomsign TO this backing.
In the middle of that piece of string, tie your washrag or tape your ball or whatever(This will prevent the doorsign from slipping while the door is closed).
Hang onto the washrag from the back of the door, while positioning your sign.
Close the door.
No marks, no damages, etc.
And you have a roomsign.
"We sleep soundly in our beds at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence apoun those which would do us harm." "Molon Labe!"
I suppose with some mental wandering I can see the hotel's point as to being restrictive. Lay down the lines so that the few folks that would damage a door,
who think duct tape is good on paint are deterred. Perhaps NFPA 101.7.3 regarding
flammable decorations is taken into account. Hard to say but the hotel's request
seems damned clear and should easily pass the sniff test. Perhaps if everyone
behaves, we can get other concessions in time.
Again, as last year, the DI will have a certain amount blank Door Handle Hangers available in Con Ops. Feel free to stop in a have ONE or TWO that you can draw on, write on or have someone else do for you. If you feel so inspired, you can donate a buck to the con charity for them.
Do you happen to know the dimensions for these? I'm curious how feasible it would be to print out artwork, and then adhere it to the blank sign, rather than drawing on it (because I cannot draw )
Steve Hopps aka "Simba Lion"
Anthrocon 2008 A/V Director
SimbaLion, nobody in particular.
I second this request, since I need to make some this weekend!
Skippy will probably have a better description, but as I recall they were about 3.5 inches wide and 9 to 10 inches long.
Thought this could help!
Happy Creating!!!! :3
I really like the idea of helping the charity with these... will there be an anthrocon logo on them this year? Kind of a collectable thing?
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