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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: DO NOT WANT
« on: May 29, 2009, 01:16:42 AM »
In addition to sandwiches, cereal, and fruit in your room, my suggestion would be to make your own trail mix with unsalted nuts and dried fruit (without added sugar or sulfur).  Trail mix doesn't need refrigeration, it contains lots of nutrition for the amount of space, it can tolerate getting swashed, and a little goes a long way.  That way, you can carry a ziplock bag of the trail mix with you and have a quick snack any time you need it without having to go all the way back to the room.  I also recommend bags of baby carrots.  They're still edible without refrigeration.

Registration / Re: 2010 Pre-registration
« on: May 28, 2009, 11:51:26 PM »
I don't need a badge if I just wanted to attend gatherings and/or watch anime. *ponders*
I saw a rover with a row of chairs that basically blocked the entry between the Hilton and SJCC in the wee hours of Sunday night (or was it Saturday?  the days run together).  I don't know if he would've stopped me if I didn't have my badge, but he did stare at my badge as I went past.

Besides, the money is for a membership, not just entry.  Fanime is "by fans, for fans", and that fee we pay is our share of renting out the convention center, making sure there are enough EMTs and police to keep people safe, wireless Internet, and so on.  If everybody who went for only anime and cosplay gatherings stopped being members, Fanime probably wouldn't be able to afford a gathering space at all.  That fee means we're part of the community and that we support the convention and want it to happen.  Please remember that it's far more than just an entry fee.

Registration / Re: Badge HOLDER-THINGY
« on: May 27, 2009, 12:45:25 AM »
More lanyard love here.  I also liked the badge sleeves from last year too.  I kept my ID, credit card, and some cash in my badge sleeve so I didn't have to carry a purse.

Big Event Showcase / Re: Music Fest
« on: April 17, 2009, 08:45:20 PM »
I figured Momoi Halko is enough of a MusicFest all by herself.  ^_^

General Convention Discussion / Re: unicycle?
« on: April 14, 2009, 10:55:44 PM »
what about a person wearing rollerblades without the wheels?
The policy doesn't say anything about wheels.  Even without wheels, rollerblades can still qualify as "personal transportation devices" if Fanime decides to call it that.  The phrase seems rather vague and open to interpretation.

General Convention Discussion / Re: All underage girls...
« on: April 12, 2009, 11:39:10 PM »
I would recommend carrying written contact information for your parents somewhere on you that people can easily find.  That way, in case something went drastically wrong and you somehow become unable to tell people how to contact your parents, emergency workers can still contact your parents for you.

General Convention Discussion / Re: unicycle?
« on: April 12, 2009, 01:53:55 PM »
I remember reading about this in the 2008 program guide.  Here we go.  It says, "only people with disabilities or prior approval may use personal transportation devices within the convention center and hotels. No skateboards, bicycles, or rollerblades."  I'm sure unicycles would fall under that too.  I'm not official, though, so if they're changing it this year, I wouldn't know, but I doubt something like this would change.

Panels and Workshops / Re: More Panels? When/How?
« on: April 01, 2009, 10:31:13 PM »
I love panels, and I already spend most of the con going from panel to panel.  Extending the hours means that I'll get to make it to more panels!  On the other hand, while adding another panel room would probably be great for the convention, more parallel rooms would make it even more likely that I would have to skip a panel I really want to attend because of a conflict with another panel that sounds just as interesting.

General Convention Discussion / Re: Fanime Con 2009 schedule?
« on: March 21, 2009, 05:37:54 PM »
Pre-registration usually ends before the schedule comes out.

General Convention Discussion / Re: Thursday?
« on: March 16, 2009, 02:11:19 PM »
In earlier years, they had other stuff on Thursday night, like a video room, a dance, and a concert (not necessarily all the same year).  I don't know if they're announced somewhere I don't visit, but some years, events seem to just appear as a pleasant surprise when I show up to pick up my badge.

Registration / Re: Pre Registration Extension?
« on: March 03, 2009, 08:36:18 AM »
In previous years, I believe something called "early registration" kicked in when "pre-registration" closed, with the difference being something like $5 (and maybe early registration people didn't get laminated badges).  If $5 is "a big help financially", maybe consider volunteering.  http://www.fanime.com/bfff.html#vols

Live Programming and Events / Re: What's the deal with the swap meet?
« on: February 15, 2009, 01:08:58 AM »
So can you sell anything at the swap meet?

Can u sell food like pocky and snacks and stuff???
My understanding of the swap meet is that its intent is for people to buy/sell/trade second-hand previously used goods, and second-hand previously used Pocky doesn't sound very good at all.  ^_^;

Edit: I just visited http://www.fanime.com/events/swapmeet-rules.html and it says no, you can't sell just "anything".  You can't sell commissions or things you make yourself (probably includes bake sale stuff).  You can't sell retail goods (and Pocky probably qualifies).  You can't sell bootlegs.

Registration / Re: Is it possible to register for a single day?
« on: February 10, 2009, 12:23:00 AM »
To be more explicit, yes, you can register for a single day, but the only way to get it is to stand in the registration line on the day you want to be at the convention.  The badge is $55 now for a full weekend, so based on past experience, I would venture to guess that a Saturday badge (or a Sunday one) might cost something like $30-$40-ish this year (but it's only a guess -- I wouldn't know).

It's already somewhat late now, so it might be worth it to get a single day.

For future years, if you like your one day and you suspect you might want to go to Fanime for even one day in 2010, it's definitely worth it to pre-register for the whole weekend as early as possible.  For example, if you pre-registered for Fanime 2009 on May 26, 2008, the whole weekend was only $35.  If you register for just May 23, 2009, on that day, that one day by itself is likely to cost somewhere right around that amount.  Besides, pre-registering for the whole weekend means that you get a pre-printed laminated badge with your name on it (which looks really nice in a collection), and you can pick your badge up on Thursday night instead of having to spend part of your one day standing in line.

Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hilton Hotel Questions and Answers
« on: February 01, 2009, 11:17:03 AM »
Cab/Taxi is the best option & the average cost is about $18-20 each way.
If people are cheap, aren't in a hurry, and don't have much luggage, then there's a (free) shuttle from the San Jose Airport to the light rail, and the light rail ($1.75 one way) drops off right in front of the San Jose Convention Center.  The free shuttle is Santa Clara VTA bus route 10, and the light rail is 901.

Registration / Re: single day badges
« on: January 06, 2009, 05:52:18 PM »
I'm not official either, but http://www.animecons.com/events/info.shtml/1394 claims it cost $25 Fri; $30 Sat; $30 Sun; $20 Mon in 2008.  It's probably going to be a bit more expensive this year.

Dealers Room / Re: How much $ should I take?
« on: January 04, 2009, 11:39:11 PM »
These are just my general ballpark figures for reasonably standard goods.  I'm sure people would disagree with what counts as each of the categories and what doesn't.  If you're after something rare or special, they'll cost more.  But here's an attempt.

-a few plushies from Bleach and Death Note
$10 - $30 each, depending on size. (Maybe try winning some at the arcade?)

-a wall scroll
$15 - $25.

-some kind of bag
Like a messenger bag?  $15 - $40.

-few little trinkets.
$2 - $8 each?  Depends on what kind of trinkets.

I don't shop for cosplay goods, so I don't know about that one.

General Convention Discussion / Re: A Question Regarding Scheduling
« on: December 28, 2008, 05:26:42 PM »
You're welcome, OGIGA!  :)

I definitely enjoyed spending Friday at Fanime in previous years.  In case you might be curious, here's a link to a earlier post I made about Friday:

I should probably also add that past experience is no guarantee of future events.  ;)

General Convention Discussion / Re: A Question Regarding Scheduling
« on: December 27, 2008, 08:58:56 PM »
According to my program guide, 2008 registration hours were 5pm - 8pm Thursday and 8am - 8pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  There were a few years when they didn't open right when the schedule said they would, but I think they've been getting better at it recently.

You're welcome.  :)

Last year, I believe the cheapest two-bed rooms was $99/night.  They have probably raised prices a little since then, but the Hilton, Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Saint Claire, and Fairmont all had two-bed rooms for less than $120/night.

i think it is best to reserve it now.
You can reserve a hotel now, but it's more expensive and not very convenient.  In previous years, Fanime had housing web pages that list all the hotels supporting Fanime, what kinds of rooms are available, how far they are from the convention, what parking and Internet will cost, etc.  The room prices on the housing pages are discounted, and you can reserve online.  That's what most of us are waiting for.

Once those web pages are up, though, I agree that it's best to reserve a room as quickly as possible because the hotels run out of rooms.  The cheaper, closer rooms tend to run out first, so if you wait, you might be stuck with a large $119/night room in a farther hotel because they run out of small $79/night rooms in the closer hotels.

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