Sunday, August 21, 2011

Wayward has shiny good news at last!

Posted on behalf of Wayward Coffehouse:

To our beloved and much missed Wayward community,

After months of effort and exhaustive searching we have finally
secured a new location for Wayward Coffeehouse!

The new site where we can once again gather over delicious coffee is in the
Ravenna area at 65th and Roosevelt. We tried valiantly to find a suitable location in Greenwood, but although there are a few vacancies there, none met our needs for space and other criteria.

We are thrilled to finally have a new home and grateful that it is close by and we hope that many of you will still be able to come by as frequently as before. We are also excited to be able to spread the wonders of Wayward to a new neighborhood and expand the fabulous community of friends we built during our five years in Greenwood.

We hope to
reopen by late October. There is a great deal of work to be done at our new space before we can once again greet all of you with a Muad’Dib Latte and Melbourne Sandwich. But we’re gathering the crew and work is underway to transform our new space into our much missed coffee haven.

We have been so
grateful to all those who contributed to the Wayward Phoenix Fund in the weeks and months after the fire and those donations helped the staff survive as they sought interim employment and helped with our ongoing legal costs.

... but we still need your help.

If you can, please
help us get reopened by donating to the Wayward Phoenix Fund. All new donations will be used to help with the costs of rebuilding at our new home. For more information on how to donate, please go to: Wayward Phoenix Fund Donations ( and look for the Wayward logo to donate online or for information on donating by check. We again wish to thank Seattle Browncoats Charities for their support and assistance.

We have missed you all so much and are eager to open our doors again to the wonderful community of Wayward friends.
Keep watching your inbox for updates on our rebuilding progress!

We aim to keep flyin’ ...

Wayward Coffeehouse, it's better than a plan

Reopening in October at 65th & Roosevelt
Twitter: WaywardCoffee
Facebook: Wayward Coffee House

Sunday, August 14, 2011

NWSFS: September Sci - Fi Cocktails Social

Posted on behalf of Jeanine Swanson - NWSFS Vice Chair:

Please join NWSFS for our September Social in the Club Room at home of Paula & Barry Currey on Saturday, September 17th. The social will begin around 7:30 PM and continue until around Midnight, or whenever we get tired.

146 South 330th Street
Federal Way, WA

This is a Sci-Fi themed Cocktail social – We will provide cocktails inspired by our favorite Science Fiction media.

Food will be potluck style, so bring your favorite Sci-Fi inspired dish, snack, munchie, or dessert.

We will have NWSFS signs posted once you enter the complex to point you in the right direction.
Parking will be available in uncovered spots around the complex.
Wheelchair Accessible.
No pets

The local route is available from the Federal Way Transit Center. #903
If you bus I would recommend setting up a ride from the Transit Center because the 903 route is limited.

From North:
  • I-5 South to
  • exit 143 for S 320th St toward Federal Way
  • Turn right onto S 320th St
  • Turn left onto WA-99 S
  • Turn right onto S 336th St
  • Turn right onto 1st Way S Take the 1st right onto S 333rd St
  • Follow NWSFS

From South:
  • I-5 North to
  • exit 142B to merge onto WA-18 W toward S 348th St
  • Turn right onto WA-99 N
  • Turn left onto S 336th St
  • Turn right onto 1st Way S
  • Take the 1st right onto S 333rd St
  • Follow NWSFS signs

REMINDER: NWSFS August Social, Retro-Video Gaming Social

Posted on behalf of Jeanine Swanson - The NWSFS Vice Chair:

Whee! Next weekend!
Please join us Saturday, August 20th at Chris McDonell’s home in Lynnwood for a NWSFS Retro-Video Gaming Social!

The WHAT:  Offline muti-player and single player console videogame party. We’ll start at 4:00PM and continue until around 10:00PM. This is a videogames potluck so please bring your contribution of overly caffeinated beverage & munchies. 

The CONCEPT: An event intended more for the casual or neophyte gamer rather than the extreme hardcore. Chris is tired of trying to compete with a 13 year old's reflexes only to have my sad carcass tea-bagged all over Blood Gulch.  Gamers who like to play on Normal, rather than Heroic.
The SETUP: 3 big Screen rooms and a bunch of Video monitors.
Chris has a bunch of x-boxs linked together for mutiplayer Halo 2 and Crimson Skies as well as Playstations 1, 2, & 3. wii, and a Gamecube. Extra monitors will be there for people who want to bring their own consoles. Pachinko, pinball, and an old Asteroids arcade game may be dusted off for the most diehard retro fans. (Note: This is an OFF-LINE event. No Internet access available!)
The WHERE:  3408 158th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98087
From south of Lynnwood, take I5 or 405 north to I5 exit #183 `164th Street exit, 
  • Turn left onto 164th Street, go over I5, go down the hill and up, to turn right onto 35th Ave W.
  • Turn right onto 158th St SW. 3408 is the third house on the right.

From north of Lynnwood, take I5 south to exit #183 `164th Street exit, 
  • Turn right onto 164th Street, go down the hill and up, to turn right onto 35th Ave W. 
  • Turn right onto 158th St SW. 3408 is the third house on the right.

The DETAILS: Lots of curbside parking. No smoking inside, have dog and cat for those with allergies.

The THE: Man I miss that band.

NWSFS: October Mad Scientist Social

Posted on behalf of Jeanine Swanson - NWSFS Vice Chair:

(Getting this information out so that everyone has time to plan for the challenge.)

Saturday - 10/22/2010 – NWSFS Mad Scientist Social
Please join Michael Ormes, Victoria Whitlock and their minions for the October NWSFS Social, beginning at 5 P.M. and ending at 10 P.M (or when they eject the last remaining guest or loan them sleeping space). 14437 NE 11th Place, Bellevue.

This is the Mad Scientist Social, so present your favorite experiments, inventions, gadgets, creations, discoveries and curiosities.
 (NOTE: Please limit yields and power requirements to something appropriate for a residential area.)

Bring your favorite videotapes or DVDs, as there is a separate room for viewing. There will also be a variety of board and card games available, or you can bring your own favorite.

As usual, this is a potluck, so bring your contribution of a main dish (occasionally have enough), side dish (rarely have enough), beverage, munchies (usually have enough), or dessert (often have enough, but then really, who could object to too much dessert).

Based on continued demand (despite limited participation), A Challenge for the build-ahead-of-time crowd has again been included. So, for those who prefer time-to-think, and your-own-choice-of-materials:

Using Legos as your primary building materials create a siege weapon

The winner is the device which is able to place your diabolical device inside the walls of a fortification from the greatest distance.

The fine print:
While structural integrity must be provided by the Legos, some non-Lego components are permitted where properties are required which cannot be provided by commonly available Lego parts. For example, a limited number of rubber bands would be permitted since Lego parts do not provide the elasticity needed for some designs.

Anyone who objects to a non-Lego component may be required to demonstrate how the same requirements could be met by actual readily-available Lego components. (Being busy Judging and Hosting, the sponsors of this event are not required to provide such a demonstration.)

Diabolical Devices are to be represented by Nerf balls, Ping-Pong balls, Nerf darts or some similar item (we understand that you won’t want to give away any secrets by using an actual Diabolical Device in a public demonstration).

The device is to be scaled appropriately for use by standard-issue commonly-available Lego minions. While we understand that augmenting ones minions (or even building them to spec) is a time honored Mad Scientist tradition, this about you siege weapon skills – not about your minion construction abilities.

The weapon must begin its operation with no component closer than a specified distance. Mad Scientists and non-Lego minions are to be no closer than the specified distance while the device is in operation. After activating the device, assuming an appropriate dramatic pose (in order to properly observe their creation, to provide motivation to their Lego Minions, and to terrorize the opponents minions) is optional.

Each contestant is allowed three attempts to place a diabolical device into the castle from the specified distance. Unsuccessful contestants will be eliminated and the distance increased until we have a winner. Should no entry succeed from a specified distance, the distance will be reduced and the last set of contestants will be allowed another three attempts – after the spectators have stopped laughing.

After an attempt, the Mad Scientist is permitted (in some cases "are required") to go where necessary to collect all the pieces to reset the device for another attempt or to clear the debris for the next contestant.

The exact details of the fortification will be available at the social (Mad Scientist alliances are in notoriously unstable; so, ones arsenal must be adaptable); however, the objective will be at Lego-minion scale.

Destruction of anything (or anyone) except the siege weapon or Diabolical Device (as it is allowed to be a single use creation) (i.e. damage to the test-site) will disqualify your entry – and perhaps negatively impact your Mad Scientist Insurance – assuming that any respectable Mad Scientist’s insurance wasn’t canceled early in their career).

Despite the above requirement, innocent bystanders are encouraged to choose their cover early and to use it to best effect.

As usual, the sponsors of this event assume no liability for damaged egos.

We apologize for those Mad Scientists who have been constructing a direct-impact siege weapon designed to meet the goal of the preliminary versions of this challenge. Creating a fortification that could be quickly reset to the same configuration and that provided an adequate range of possible results is behind schedule and is not expected to be completed by this year's event. If there is sufficient interest then the project will not be canceled.

A Challenge, in a form similar to previous years, will also be presented for those who desire the satisfaction of solving a problem using limited time and constrained resources. (i.e. you get the details when you arrive – assuming I can devise a suitable contest before the event).

Logistics: There is plenty of parking on the street. The driveway is a bit steep. The only pets are aquatic, and they are expected to remain in their appropriate habitat. NOTE: If you need test subjects, please make other arrangements. Smoking is acceptable outside only, please. There is a covered breezeway available, with seating, for smokers.

From I-405 (both directions – or take the SR520 route: 
  • Take the NE 8th St exit Eastbound (not the SE 8th St exit). Travel East on NE 8th St. towards Crossroads Mall. 
  • Take a Left (North) on 140th St NE (there is a Walgreen's on the corner). 
  • Take the first Right on NE 14th St, before the Fairweather Building.  
  • After some large speed bumps, this road will make a 90-degree right turn and become 144th St NE  
  • Take a Left on NE 11th Place.  
  • This road again takes a 90-degree Right turn. 
  • As you turn, the house is on the inside corner, around the corner. The house is brown, and the drive goes up a small hill, pointed back the way you arrived.

From SR520:
  • Take the 148th St exit
  • Travel South on 148th St NE
  • Turn Right (West) on NE 10th to 145th St NE. It looks like a driveway until you are right there.
  • Take a Right (North) on 145th St NE
  • Continue to 11th. The house will be on the left, with the drive pointed up the hill, in the direction you were going.
From I-90
  • DON'T try to go partway and then follow the directions from SR520 because there is a left turn that you can't make.
  • Take the 148th St exit
  • Travel North on 148th St NE
  • Go West on NE 8th to 140th St NE
  • Take a Right (North) on 140th St NE (there is a Walgreen's on the corner)
  • Take the first Right on NE 14th St, before the Fairweather Building
  • After some large speed bumps, this road will make a 90-degree right turn and become
  • 144th St NE
  • Take a Left on NE 11th Place
  • This road again takes a 90-degree Right turn As you turn, the house is on the inside
  • corner, around the corner.
  • The house is brown, and the drive goes up a small hill, pointed back the way you arrived

14437 NE 11th PL

Monday, August 8, 2011

EMP Presents Galactica 1980

EMP Presents Screening of Galactica 1980 Featuring Twisted Flicks

SEATTLE - EMP Museum presents a special screening of the cosmically cringe-worthy Galactica 1980, a show consistently classified by critics as the worst sci-fi series of all time. This evening of Cylons, spaceships, and super-human children will feature side-splitting redubs by Jet City Improv, creators of the popular show, Twisted Flicks. With all new dialogue, sound effects and a live musical soundtrack, you can expect the unexpected.

A Battlestar Galactica series spin-off, Galactica 1980 finds the fugitive star fleet 30 years later. Having finally reached their legendary destination, Commander Adama discovers that planet Earth lacks the technology needed to help them battle the cunning Cylons. Indeed, by coming to Earth, the Galactica has inadvertently exposed the planet to an attack by androids hell bent on exterminating all humanity.
EMP will screen the following episodes: The Night the Cylons Landed part 1 and The Night the Cylons Landed part 2.
  • Date:  Thursday, August 18, 2011
  • Time:  7:00 PM
  • Tickets:  $7 EMP Members, $10 General Admission, on sale at

JBL Theater
325 5th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition is open now at EMP through March 4, 2012

EMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in music, science fiction and popular culture. EMP combines interpretative, interactive exhibitions with state-of-the-art technologies, and educational programming to offer visitors of all ages a first-hand, multi-dimensional experience of the creative and artistic process.
EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

Summer hours now until September 5, 2011, 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
206-770-2700, main line
206-770-2702, box office
1-877-EMP-SFM1, toll-free


Steampunk University and Store

Posted on behalf of Diana Vick:

Steampunk University
August 28th 11:00 - 6:00

Steampunk University consists of classes to help beginners understand
the genre of steampunk, and teach them how to work up costuming and
props for the upcoming steampunk convention, Steamcon in October.
Space is limited. Only 200 students will be accepted.

Tickets are available here:
or at the door.

Classes will be from 12:00 - 6:00
More details as they are set.

The Steampunk University Store will be open to the public from 11:00 -
Admission to the store is FREE!

University Heights Center
5031 University Way NE
Seattle, Washington

Questions?  Please email  Thanks!

August Steamcon organizational meeting

Posted on behalf of Diana Vick:

Steamcon III is nearly here!  Lots of work to do. We can use your help!

August 14th

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Renton Library

100 Mill Avenue South
Renton, Washington