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Further Confusion 2011 November newsletter

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In this issue of the Further Confusion newsletter:

  1. Hotel Cancellations
  2. Last Chance Convention Book Submissions
  3. The Open Mic
  4. EVE's Karaoke Club
  5. Furry Market Place already at 75% capacity!
  6. Dealer Room Waiting List
  7. Chin-wag Events
  8. Overflow Hotel - The Sainte Claire
  9. Parking at the Fairmont
  10. Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access at the Fairmont
  11. Fursuit Badge submissions ?
  12. Pre-Registration Deadline, December 30th, 2010
  13. AAE now accepting bids to chair FC2012
  14. Next Public Meeting

1. Hotel Cancellations

Due to some cancellations, our convention hotel - the San Jose Fairmont - has a few single-king rooms available. ; Please act fast as these few rooms can be taken at any moment. ; Please see <http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2011/hotel> for a link to the online registration form and phone number.

2. Last Chance Convention Book Submissions

You still have a chance to get your submissions for the Further Confusion 2011 conbook. We will be considering all submissions received before December 1st. Requirements and specifications can be found on the convention Web site at <http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2011/policies/conbook>. Any questions not addressed by the Web page can be directed to conbook@furtherconfusion.org.

3. The Open Mic

Want to get up in front of ; the mic and tell some jokes, read some poetry or sing a song to your favorite furs? ; Then join Further Confusion's open mic night on Friday evening of the convention! ; Dust of your material and come have some fun! ; Sign-ups for 5-7 minute sets will be taken at the door, first come first up.

4. EVE's Karaoke Club

Looking for a little more variety in your Saturday night convention experience? Swing past EVE's Karaoke Club and belt out a few tunes with your friends at Eve Miyasaki's Karaoke event on Saturday night starting at 9pm. Eve brings a diverse selection of songs in Spanish, Japanese and English, along with many others.

5. Furry Market Place already at 75% capacity!

Spaces in the Furry Market Place are going fast! If you have a desire to sell your wares at Further Confusion 2011 and that material is acceptable to all audiences, then the Furry Market Place may work for you. Head on over to the Furry Market Place page of the Further Confusion website at <http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2011/dealers/marketplace> for all the rules and limitations... as well as the Furry Market Place sign-up form.? ; If the Furry Market Place will work for you, fill out the sign-up form and send it in with your US$75.00 payment (personal check or money orders only, please) to the address given on the form. Sales of Furry Market Place spaces will close when all 20 have sold, or December 15th, whichever comes first.? ; We will NOT be selling spaces at the con this year. Once sales have closed in December any unsold spaces will be offered as extra space for our charities.?

6. Dealer Room Waiting List

The Dealer Room Waiting list is the place you want to apply to if you find the Furry Market Place will not fit your needs.? When someone that currently has a table in the Further Confusion 2011 Dealer Room finds that they will not be able to make it to the convention, they contact us and get their full refund. Then the space they gave up gets offered in a 'Random Lottery' to a person on the waiting list.

Cancellations can happen at any time. We've already had one and gave that space to a luck person from the waiting list. The most common time to have cancellations is in the last 6 weeks before the convention. In some of our past years every person on the waiting list got into the main dealer room. But there have also been times when that has not been the case.?

Our recommendation, even if you DO choose to apply to the waiting list, is to look at the list of dealers shown on the website, and if you see one of your friends there, ask them if they are going to need help manning their table. Maybe the will split the cost of the table with you?? And remember, whatever you do, if you are going to sell product at the convention, to seek a sellers permit from the California Board of Equalization BEFORE you get to the convention.?

If you choose to get on the waiting list, go to the Dealers page on the Further Confusion website and download the Waiting List Application. Fill it out and send it in to the address on the form. We will close the Waiting List to new applicants on December 15th, 2010.? And a final note: Make sure 'dealers@furtherconfusion.org' is on your allowed list for email, as that is the address that table offers from the waiting list will come from. We have already had at least one person miss their offers because the offer went into their spam bucket.?

7. Chin-wag Events

The Social track is looking for regional furs for chin-wag events (social gatherings chit-chats) A basic outline will be given, please include what area you're from so we can get you on the list. ; These are short panels that provides ways for furs to quickly get acquainted ; with folks in the area and resources available to find folks. ; ?While we are looking for regional furs, if you think you also have other ideas send messages to us at programming@furtherconfusion.org and we'll try to our best to set-aside space.

8. Overflow Hotel - The Sainte Claire

Our overflow hotel this year is the historic Sainte Claire Hotel, located across the street from the Fairmont. The room rate is $119 per night. Reservations can be by calling the hotel directly at (408) 295-2000 or toll free (866) 870-0726 ; and asking for the Fur Con rate. The hotel is just a few hundred feet from the con and each room offers refrigerators, DVD players, and complimentary wireless internet (some rooms also have a wired port).?

9. Parking at the Fairmont

Parking for FC2011 can be really cheap, or even free! This all depends on?your arrival and departure times and careful examination of the fee and?time schedules for the public parking lots. ??Check out our Parking Information page at? <http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2011/hotel/parking> for more details.

10. Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access at the Fairmont

A reminder for those who have booked rooms at the Fairmont: Be sure to ?join Fairmont's President's Club. There are many benefits including? express check-in, free local calls, and perhaps most importantly,? complimentary in-room Internet. Enrollment is free. Visit <https://www.fairmont.com/fpc/FPCEnroll> to sign up.?

11. Fursuit Badge submissions

If you have a fursuit, are pre-registered, and need a fursuit badge, here's what to do. ; Before January 1, 2011, send a picture of your fursuit to fursuit-badges@furtherconfusion.org and include the following information in the email:??

- Your real name
?- The fursuit name
?- Your membership badge number??

The file can be any standard picture format (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, etc.) at 300 DPI with a usable area of 450 by 600 pixels. Your first fursuit badge is free (though a donation to the convention would be appreciated), any subsequent badges are $5 each.? Photographs for fursuit badges will also be taken at the convention. Please see the times that will be posted at the Registration Desk for the hours this will be offered. If you are not sure that you have registered, please contact Registration at registration@furtherconfusion.org.?

12. Pre-Registration Deadline, December 30th, 2010

What are you waiting for? Don't let the deadline slip you by. You would be surprised to know how many people forget to do this. Don't let it happen to you! Pre-register now for only $45!?? <http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2011/registration>?

13. AAE now accepting bids to chair FC2012

Every year, AAE, Inc, the parent corporation opens up bids for running the new years convention. It's that time of year again. AAE, Inc, is announcing that the bid process for FC2012 is now open. For detailed information on how to submit a bid to run Further Confusion 2012, please visit <http://www.anthroarts.org/fcbids.html>. The Deadline for Bid submissions is December 1st, 2010.??

14. Next Public Meeting

Our next staff meeting will be on November 13th, starting at 1pm in the San Jose Fairmont hotel.?

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