February 15th, 2013
|07:26 pm - Penguicon 2013|
No real information yet, list a shipping manifest or anything, but it looks like I get to go to Penguicon once again. I wonder what all I'll be delivering this time, and who will get whatever it all might be.
Current Mood: happy
November 17th, 2009
|08:04 am - No Miracle|
Nope, no MFF for this ox this year. What reservations there were have been cancelled. Oddly, I will have the extended weekend (Friday-Monday) off but it doesn't help enough as I just can't go on my own. I suppose it's meant as a consolation and I don't mind the time off, but it feels a bit like rubbing it in.
At least I have heard things might be picking up and not just for the holiday rush. It looks like I might make Penguicon again next year, though RCFM might be a bit dubious.
Current Mood: disappointed
May 18th, 2009
|05:29 am - RCFM stuff piles up, Of Penguicon photos, and strange vehicles|
It's not a big, huge pile, but it is there and almost complete. All but three or four items for RCFM are ready to go. There are not as many items as for Penguicon (whew!) and not many big ones, either. A few items are quite small, too.
I have yet to see any photos of the deliveries at the wedding at Penguicon or of the delivery at Opening Ceremonies. There likely weren't that many folks carrying cameras at the wedding and I understand a wedding photographer skipping a delivery even as odd as it might be (or just not having a decent view for a photo), but nothing from opening ceremonies? That's a surprise. I don't expect to see much of myself, but, well, were folks too busy picking their jaws up off of the floor to take pictures of that tigress?
It's always weird using a strange vehicle. I have a different delivery vehicle for a couple days and I'll probably be used to it about time to be rid of it. The big problem is that it's a shared vehicle so no personal anything gets left in it. And the radio will always be too loud and poorly set when I start out. I just shut the thing off rather than fiddle with it.
Current Mood: awake
April 25th, 2009
|09:15 pm - A week from right now...|
I hope to have most, if not all, deliveries done at Penguicon. Then I can relax and enjoy myself without worrying about things much.
This week will seem both fast and slow, I expect. Fast as in "Is everything ready? Sure about that?" and slow as in "Is it time to go yet?"
I have a few discretionary deliveries this time (I get to pick the recipient[s]... a bit of ACME advertising/promotion, really) and a few informal items. I know where most of those will go, just not sure of when.
Current Mood: excited
April 24th, 2009
|07:49 am - Wow, the elves have been busy.|
I know it's not elves, or at least not just elves. But it seems like a fair stack of stuff appeared pretty much overnight. All items for Penguicon. I know some items aren't ready yet, as I checked everything against the list that goes with it all.
While it might not all take up as much room as last year's Penguicon run did, I am pretty sure there more are individual parcels. Looks like I'll be rather busy. I hope I'll have some time for myself.
Current Mood: impressed
March 25th, 2009
|07:42 pm - It's officially official.|
Just because I told about some ribbons ordered for Penguicon doesn't mean that I would be there. Well, I will be there. I've been given a preliminary delivery list. It's still rather sketchy and "subject to change" which means, more than a month out, that it will change. But that's not a problem. It's just nice to know I'll be going back to Penguicon again.
Current Mood: cheerful
March 6th, 2009
|09:33 pm - Penguicon Ribbons|
I'm not asking about them this time around, as it's all been decided already. Hopefully this time the plain ACME ribbons will be printed correctly. I won't be trying as hard to give them away as fewer were ordered. Yep, one place ACME is cutting back is those ribbons.
I'll have four ribbons to give away:
ACME - These go to pretty much anyone who wants one, while they last.
ACME CUSTOMER - These go to folks who get (or have ever gotten) an ACME delivery. (These are the same as last year as it's still same stock.)
ACME SUPPLIER - These will go to folks who have sent or supplied delivery items to me directly. There are very few of these as this is a surprisingly small group.
And there is one other ribbon that will be almost as rare as the "supplier" ribbons that I have some of my own discretion about. I'm keeping that one something of a mystery for now. I'd like to say it was just for the suspense, but I'm also a bit nervous about these. I wasn't given a choice in the text on these, or the others, really. But the others are about ACME. These are a bit more personal and I wonder why ACME is supplying me with them.
Current Mood: a bit puzzled
June 11th, 2008
|11:00 am - For catwoman69y2k|
Since she loves Tux here is the one photo of Tux I have from Penguicon 2008.
( Tux inside )
Current Mood: relaxed
May 8th, 2008
|09:08 pm - In a 'cast -and- What, me giant?|
The Penguicon folks have released their first podcast, or as they call it the SMOScast. A bit over halfway through they get around to warning about the language that is apt to be used. Due to a relevant delivery to one of the hosts, ACME is mentioned and so am I. A little over 34 minutes in, there when it takes place if you care to listen. If not...
( Here is a short transcript. )
And from LJ:hmcstudios:
I accepted some kind of strawberry-cream candy rope from a giant furry ox.
Finally, as we begin to resolve the problem, that [redacted] giant ox appears out of [redacted] nowhere to give Randall a package, containg[sic] a stuffed bobcat.
Giant and somewhat stealthy? Me? I do not think of myself as either.
Current Mood: amused
May 3rd, 2008
|03:50 pm - Ribbons again|
Recently I realized that the whole ribbon problem might not be over. Sure, I managed to give away all the misprinted "ACME" ribbons. And I figured next year I'd only need to have those and it wouldn't be apt to get screwed up. Except... there can now be a third ribbon. To "ACME" and "ACME Customer" could be added "ACME Supplier" which brings up a couple questions. Obviously, one is how to keep the same screw-up that happened this year from happening again. The other is the matter of what color scheme to use for the new ribbon. Fortunately there's several months before those become very pressing.
April 29th, 2008
|05:54 pm - ACME Site updated today after all|
I thought it would take longer, but once I had the pictures ready things went pretty quick. I've got the schedule pages, product pages, gallery updated, and even the new May picture for the calendar. I'd have been able to finish the rest sooner if hadn't been for that picture. Only a few photos could be taken at a time and then it was wait for the plane to come around again.
Oh, links? Very well:
Penguicon 6.0 Gallery
I'll have more to say later, but right now I'm getting away from all this for a while.
Current Mood: accomplished
April 22nd, 2008
|06:45 pm - Penguicon: Tiring and Fun.|
I had fifteen or sixteen deliveries to make at Penguicon, though some items would be supplied once there. One recipient wasn't there and the item was therefore not supplied. A couple other items fell through, but there were a couple late additions as well.
I'll post in more detail once I have the photos up in a new gallery on the ACME site. The short version is: the business cards were a good idea. The big yellow sack was an excellent idea even if it only saw limited use, and the ribbons were a hit though they're hard to handle with hooves. And the plain ACME ribbons were misprinted to also read ACME Customer, so I wound up blacking out the word Customer on them. Annoying, but I found I wasn't the only one that had ribbons that weren't quite as ordered.
I didn't hear anything truly negative. I think the lady who I saw in a hallway last year who wanted to get her and her baby closer to me was there again this year. This time the kid didn't mind getting closer.
About the only bad thing I can recall is that one of the pirate crew out Saturday night should have been pushed overboard for a while, with several pounds of soap. Pheeeeew!
On the other hand, I got to meet Beastie, the BSD daemon or demon! I saw Tux, too.
Current Mood: tired
April 16th, 2008
|08:37 pm - I've been carded. And I've been left holding the bag.|
Ooh, that probably sounds worse than it is. Today I was given a stack of business cards, and not someone else's. These all have my name on them. So I now I have those to... well, give away. I wonder how I'll manage at Penguicon with the deliveries, the ribbons, and now the cards too.
I've wound up using a borrowed laundry bag to carry some parcels at times and that just didn't seem right. That shouldn't happen again. I now a have a big, and I do mean big, yellow ACME sack for that. I said bag in the title but the usual term in delivery usage is sack. It was the same way at the Post Office. Unless the thing could be locked, then it was a pouch.
Ah, the exciting life of a delivery ox, where such mundane things as business cards and a sack are noteworthy. Sometimes I worry that I might be becoming a little like that janitor fellow in UHF who is overly attached to his mop.
Current Mood: happy
April 12th, 2008
|03:44 pm - Penguicon is almost here.|
I've got a bunch of stuff to deliver at Penguicon. It looks like I might be as busy as I was at Midwest FurFest last November. I might be busy, but Penguicon is a lot of fun (except for that "Brazilian Beef" thing). I hope I can avoid delivering into that this year.
The badge ribbons have arrived, I've been told. I don't have them yet. Arrangements were made and I'll pick them up at the convention.
I feel like I ought to start packing already, even though it is a few days early for that.
Current Mood: excited
Current Music: Jamaica Rum - Ruth Wallis
March 4th, 2008
|08:03 pm - Penguicon: It's official... and other ACME news|
As can be seen on the ACME Delivery web site, on the upcoming events page and my own schedule page, I will be at Penguicon. Penguicon is no longer "prospective" and is now "confirmed." So I'll be there. Unless something really bad happens, but that isn't too likely.
The new March calendar image is in place as well. Is it intentional, or an out-take? I'm not saying.
And I finally have something for the Press page. It's not much, but it's something. How obscure a paper can you get?
The web site is almost done. Or as done as company web sites ever get. There'll be new gallery photos with each event, new press articles on occasion, and of course new products. Oh, and there's supposed to be a picture for the 404 page coming. I really hope it's a normal picture and not me trying, and failing, to find my clothes or something.
Current Mood: cheerful
February 20th, 2008
|05:25 pm - Ribbon resolution. I hope.|
The badge ribbons for Penguicon have been decided upon and production will soon be underway. Now I shouldn't have to deal with them until Penguicon. There are two designs. One is a simple ACME ribbon anyone can get. It's yellow with black text that simply reads ACME.
The other ribbon is black with gold text that reads ACME CUSTOMER and is only available to those who get (or have gotten) an ACME delivery. That is, even if someone doesn't get a delivery this Penguicon, but did in the past, they are entitled to this ribbon. No delivery, no ribbon. I just hope the.. more avid.. ribbon collectors understand this. I don't get to wear this ribbon either, even if I do use ACME products.
Current Mood: relieved
January 9th, 2008
|09:24 pm - ACME Ribbons reminder.|
In late November I asked about possible ribbon color schemes and text for those who receive or have received an ACME deliveries. The original ribbon entry included a poll. It won't be long before production starts and then things won't easily change. So if you have any ideas, better make your voice heard soon.
Current Mood: curious
November 30th, 2007
|09:25 pm - ACME ribbon|
It looks like there's a pretty good chance that ACME will have me delivering at Penguicon again in 2008. I hope so. I quite enjoyed Penguicon last year.
One thing I've seen at Penguicon is a proliferation of ribbons on the official convention badges. It's not limited to Guests of Honor, Panelists, Security, Gophers and such. The ribbon can be from anyone for just about anything. Naturally this has been seen as a way for ACME to advertise. I would expect anyone who interacted with an ACME representative (hey, it might not be me that ACME sends... I have to be realistic) would probably get a simple ribbon that just read "ACME" on it and I would guess it would be black text on yellow. But it could be different.
There is also the possibility of a special ribbon, only given to those who receive (or have received) ACME items. The problem is what such a ribbon ought to look like. Such things would need different text and probably a different color scheme, and yet somehow still be obviously ACME.
This is tricky as the text has to be rather short. Twenty characters of text might be pushing things and it should be all on one line. Simple is good.
I have no idea what the ACME marketing folks will come up with, but I'm curious about what others can come up with. Who knows, maybe ACME will use one of the.. uh.. I guess I should call them suggestions rather than guesses.
You can leave suggestions as a reply to this post. Or if you don't want the world seeing your great idea, you can leave it in this poll.
Poll #648 ACME badge ribbons for Penguicon
Open to: All, results viewable to: None
What should an ACME customer ribbon read?
What should an ACME customer ribbon have for a color scheme?
Current Mood: curious