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March 05, 2004

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Just be surfing around in net. I definitely fpund a very informal place with a lot of good stuff for everybody. I will
certainly visit your site again sometime. Really good work.

Posted by: Anna Luise | January 20, 2005 03:54 AM

I heard of your site and just wanted to see what´s up here. Really nice place. See you again sometime.

Posted by: Mira Shawn | November 24, 2004 04:52 AM


The Wyndham Tremont Hotel (275 Tremont St. ) [which is NOT one of the convention hotels] was sold last week. Reservations made via Wyndham are still being honored.

This probably does not effect tmany people, but wanted to pass it along!

Posted by: Tom Kunsman | August 24, 2004 02:20 PM

Re: checking cell phones at the Art Show

Hmm, are you sure you maybe at least want to ask members to turn off cell phones inside the art show? Some phones now have 1 megapixel cameras! I am sure people will be nice, and not take pictures, but when I was at Dragon con two years ago, I saw someone walking around taking photos before someone stopped him.

Also, it might be a good idea to post signs near the program rooms asking people to turn there phones to vibrate, as to not disrubt the panel.

Posted by: Tom Kunsman | August 10, 2004 11:58 AM

Re: checking cell phones at the Art Show

We ask that members of the convention not take photographs of materials in the art show. (The convention will be taking photographs of the art show for administrative purposes only.) We will not be asking people to "bag-check" their phones.

Posted by: Sheila Perry | August 5, 2004 10:59 AM

Will any cell phone need to be checked in before entering the Art Show, even if it's incapable of taking photos?

Posted by: Brian Knapp | August 2, 2004 06:38 PM

>When (as it what time) does world-con start?
>I can not find any place that gives the times
>for registration on the web page or even when
>the opening ceremony will be.

The official start for WSFS purposes is Thursday at noon; Opening Ceremonies start 1 PM; Dealers Room opens around noon; Art Show at about 4 PM; Program, etc. starts Thursday afternoon; First Night activities start Thursday evening.

Registration hours (from PR6) are:

For pre-registered members only:
Tuesday: 12 Noon -6 PM

For everyone:
Wednesday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Thursday: 9 AM – 9 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 9 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 8 PM
Sunday: 9 AM – 8 PM
Monday: 9 AM – 1 PM

Posted by: Sheila Perry | July 21, 2004 02:24 PM

>My intention is to produce a video show for
>my local cable access channel (and any others
>cities that I can convince to air it).
>What should I be aware of as far a shooting
>video? (what can I not do, what can I do if
>I get special permission? and so on)

Emailing would be the best thing to do in this case. I'll also ask our press relations people about this.

Posted by: Sheila Perry | July 21, 2004 12:37 PM

Video cameras?

I plan on bringing my digital camcorder to the con.

My intention is to produce a video show for my local cable access channel (and any others cities that I can convince to air it).

What should I be aware of as far a shooting video? (what can I not do, what can I do if I get special permission? and so on)

Richard Amirault

Posted by: Richard Amirault | July 20, 2004 01:31 PM

Re: Parking in Boston

We now have information about Boston parking options available at

Posted by: Sheila Perry | July 19, 2004 04:16 PM

Re: helium balloons

Their tendency to get caught in the 20'+ high ceiling where they are unsightly (and expensive to remove) has apparenltly made them unwelcome in many convention centers including the Hynes.

Posted by: Sheila Perry | July 14, 2004 09:21 AM

Helium balloons...

Just a guess ... if they "get away" they will rise to the ceiling and stay there (and if you have enough of them, some of them will certainly "get away") for days ... until they loose enough gas to come down ... but then they might land on a light fixture on the way down (unsightly)

Speaking of light fixtures ... if a stray balloon hits a neon fixture it can burst, breaking neon tube as well!

Posted by: Richard Amirault | July 12, 2004 11:04 AM

Re: Helium balloons.

I don't know. I'll see if I can find out.

Posted by: Sheila Perry | June 25, 2004 12:42 AM

Re: Daily parking

We're nearly done putting together information on this. In the meantime, the cheapest parking will most likely be at one of the T-stations (Riverside, Alewife, etc.), since there are T-stops very close to the convention facilities.

Posted by: Sheila Perry | June 25, 2004 12:41 AM

OK, I give up. How come helium ballons are NOT allowed in the Hynes convention center??????

Posted by: Tom Kunsman | June 23, 2004 12:10 PM

I live in the Boston suburbs and don't plan on getting a hotel room ... anyone know what the best place is to park near the con on a daily basis? Metered spaces on the street are out of the question of course, so that leaves parking garages I guess.

Posted by: Richard Amirault | June 3, 2004 10:24 AM

THREE months left to the Worldcon! I for one can not wait!! My first worldcon in almost eight years! (Father passing away and taking care of estate)

Posted by: Tom Kunsman | June 2, 2004 12:06 PM

Tremont Laundromat
668 Tremont St,
Boston, MA
0.47 Miles away

Five Star Laundry
567 Columbus Ave # C5,
Boston, MA
0.51 Miles away

Posted by: David J Van Deusen | April 16, 2004 12:46 PM

There is a Shaw's supermarket on the lower level on the Prudential Center. They should have fresh fruit.

Posted by: David J Van Deusen | April 16, 2004 12:21 PM

For those of us who would like to pack fewer changes of clothing than days of con, where's the closest place to the con to drop off laundry and have it washed? (I know the Marriott has coin-op washers and dryers but I'm NOT spending valuable con time doing laundry.)

Also, it would be nice to find a place where I could buy fresh fruit to keep in the room for my diabetic husband.

Posted by: Eva Whitley | April 15, 2004 03:58 PM

About breakfast places:

Probably the best place to post this is our restaurant guide blog

Posted by: Sheila Perry | March 31, 2004 08:43 AM

OK, not sure where else to put this . . . so:

How about a list of cool places to eat for breakfast around the convention center? I'm not talking about McD's or other fast food places, I'm kind of looking for (cheap) family run places that might have a good breakfast deal.

I know the con usually has a guide of places to eat, which is good for lunch dinner, but I always seem to have trouble with breakfast.

Muffins, juice, cereal, lite breakfast stuff is good also.

Posted by: Tom Kunsman | March 30, 2004 12:03 PM

Filking with be in the Sheraton.

The Fanzine lounge will probably be part of the Mended Drum in the Concourse of the Sheraton.

We'll have schedule information when we get a little closer to the convention.

Posted by: Sheila Perry | March 26, 2004 09:24 AM

Where will filking be?

Is there a fan(zine) lounge? Where/when?

Trying to decide between hotels, & these could be factors. Thanks.


Posted by: Kate | March 25, 2004 12:07 PM

Thanks for adding a BBS. Clearly mark part of it for the place for people like Barak looking for housing and those looking for travel partners.

Note: You now have two places to post film and anime ideas.

The broadcast in a diferent room at the convention center is okay. Another worldcon had an overflow area with TV monitors. I liked that area better. You could walk around and comment about the costumes, boo or cheer the Hugos and such.

Posted by: David J Van Deusen | March 23, 2004 02:03 AM

Hi Guys

I tried sending an e-mail but it might be that since I’m from Israel my e-mails don’t get trough to you so I’ll try and catch up in this mode before giving up and sending a snail mail. My name’s Barak and I’m from Israel and I can’t wait for summer and the Con to become the present instead of the future. I’ll be at the States ahead of time working in a summer camp in Pennsylvania. I had a thought: since camp’s over about a week before the con I’ll be happy to come over to Boston and help you guys with the Con. Since I’m an Art & Education student and unemployed I have little funds and I’m trying to save what I have for the con so if you happen to know of a fan in Boston who wouldn’t mind a house guest for a week I’ll be thrilled. I’ve already reserved a room at the Sheraton Boston Hotel for the Con’s duration and would like if possible to save living costs as much as possible before the Con. If you have any questions to me (like age, sex, bio info of any kind) let me know and I’ll be happy to provide it. Staying in Boston and helping out for lodging will benefit all of us so hopefully we’ll make it happen. Thanks in advance,

Live Long & Prosper - Barak

Posted by: Barak Brudo | March 21, 2004 06:13 AM

Re: Hugo and Masquerade broadcasts

While we do plan on having these events televised in at least two other locations in the Hynes Convention Center, weird contractual issues (having to do with their in-house cable provider) prevent us from using the Sheraton's hotel channel, and the Marriott is prohibitive in terms of cost.

Our tech and hotel people are still working things out. We'll post more information as the plans are finalized.

Posted by: Sheila Perry | March 18, 2004 09:06 AM

Re: Pets at N4

The Marriott policy is "no pets except for service animals."

The Sheraton policy (which is online at -- not an official Sheraton site, but passed on to us as the official policy by our Sheraton CSM) is "Only dogs are allowed (under 80 lbs). Reservations should indicate that a dog is accompanying the guest. A waiver must be signed at check-in before a dog will be allowed in any guestroom; excessive damage done by dog will be charged to credit card on file. Dogs are not at pool."

Noreascon Four will permit service animals only to accompany members into the convention center or public function areas of the hotels. No other animals are permitted in public convention space.

Posted by: Sheila Perry | March 17, 2004 12:49 PM

David: I tried to email you to let you know that I'm working on getting answers to your questions, but I couldn't find an email address or link on your Torus Homes web page and the BBS link returned a file not found error when I tried to follow it.

I'll post the answers to your questions here as soon as I have them.

Posted by: Sheila Perry | March 17, 2004 12:22 PM

1) Will the Hugo Awards and Masquerade be broadcast live on one of the hotel channels?

2) I hope you have a BBS up and running by the time people start arranging ride and roommates because these stupid blogs are worthless for that type communication.
Proof: Was a Dr. Suess panel suggested? If so, did it have any responses? With blogs, you can't tell.
Proof(2): I will never know the answer to question #1 unless you post an immediate answer or email me.

Posted by: David J Van Deusen | March 16, 2004 11:06 PM

to the hard working people who need sleep,

I want to bring my dog. I did this last year in Toronto- the hotel had no problem with it - AFTER we asked. i understand that the con had to work it out ahead of time, though.

What about this year?

Can we bring our 10 pound terri-poo (terrier-poodle) - meaning, will the hotel allow it ? Or is there 1 hotel that will allow it, and the others won't allow it?

he is well behaved, loves everyone, is house trained. Oh yes, the few con activites we took him to- the SF people loved him, and he loved the crowd. Most people thought we should give him a costume. (Vampire ? Tiny monster from the ID ?
a baby - oh, rats - whatever Spock's pet was growing up. You know, sort of a teddy bear with 6 inch fangs. this may be mispelled but I think his name was Aichya --- pronounced I-chi-ya)

my dog is not, technically, a service animal, but he keeps me happy.


Posted by: Beverly | March 11, 2004 06:18 PM

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