Notes from the Underground

February 2008

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Meeting Announcements

The February meeting will be held at Amy Denton ’s house (Map of 3510 La Costa Dr, Missouri City, 77459 ). The Video Party will be held at Carolyn O'Neal's house (Map of 114 Beverly Lane, Bellaire, TX)

February/March Birthdays

Club News

Prez Mez February 2008 - Dee Beetem

Folks, Revelcon is coming up fast, so we need to get our planning done ASAP. Remember, everything that really works well we can encore at Apollocon.

The Story (and Planning) So Far:

Fannish Summer Party

So we don't forget... We’re beginning to plan for a party in July to balance Jennifer Hebert’s Christmas party. Some suggestions that have been made:

We need a site! An apartment/condo clubhouse would be ideal (electrical outlets needed!) A kitchen and a pool would be nice but not essential, also grass where we could throw frisbees.

Finally, please inform Margaret or me if you’re willing to volunteer your home for a meeting or video party. Don’t make us hunt you down…

Don’t forget the Yahoo Group for Several Unlimited!

If you find something interesting to do or talk about, you don’t have to wait for the newsletter or a meeting. Post it on the Several Unlimited Yahoo Group at

If you’re not a member of the group, it’s free to join, and you get to select how you want the messages delivered to you!

Upcoming Events

COSMIC EXPLORATIONS: A Speaker Series, Feb 7

The Lunar & Planetary Institute introduces the following lecture series:

Each presentation will begin at 7:30 pm and will be followed by a light reception with the opportunity to meet the speaker. The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series is free; all adults are welcome.

Location: The Lunar and Planetary Institute, USRA, 3600 Bay Area Blvd, Houston (Entrance via driveway on South side of Middlebrook Dr, just East of Bay Area Blvd. - See Map at http://www.lpi.usra.lpi.areamap.pdf/)

For more information, please call 281-486-2135 or visit:

ConDFW, February 22-24, 2008
A Literary Science Fiction & Fantasy Event

Radisson Hotel Dallas North, 1981 North Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080

The Expected Activities:
Art Show, Autographs, Dealer's Room, Con Suite, Panel Discussions, Gaming, Readings

And the Unexpected:
Cliche Challenge (NEW), 3rd Annual Sci-Fi Spelling Bee, Pro Artist Drawing Competition, Charity Book Swap, Hard Science Panels

For more information, write:
750 South Main-#14
Keller, TX 76248
Or send email to

REVELcon 19, March 14-16, 2008
The Little Con with the Texas-Size Heart in Houston

Revelcon is THE only fan-run relax-a-con/zinefest in the Southwest US. It's a fab weekend of vids, panels, art, zines, merchandise, food and fun! [Note - Revelcon is an adults-only/18-and-over con.]

For further information write:
Revelcon 19
c/o E.D. Pearlman
P.O. Box 130602
Houston, TX 77219-0602
Or send email to

Denvention 3, August 6-10, 2008
66th World Science Fiction Convention, Denver CO

Five days of programming on hundreds of topics from books to media, from art to costuming, from movies to television to anime, from science fiction to science fact, as well as an art show, masquerades, the Hugo Awards ceremony, dealer's rooms, and much more!

News and Reviews

Scanning Tips

If you’ve ever been frustrated by scanners, or you just want better results, check out this website. It describes image resolution basics for printing and video, and explains why dpi means one thing in video and another in printed images.

The concepts might be confusing at first. It’s easier to understand once you experiment with some scanned pictures. I adjusted pixel and width settings on some old jpeg and tiff files to see what they looked like. The on screen size differences were amazing.

Bookmark this site. There’s so much good information in it you’ll visit it more than once.


Websites of the Month

Webcomics Nation

Webcomics Nation is a place for comics creators to show off and share their work. Many different comic strips, all online and unavailable anywhere else.

You’ll find at least one comic strip that you like. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have a search function, so you’d better bookmark your favorite strips.

Comics include:

Malefic Malfoy

Young Draco has found himself a little skirt-lifting charm. It’s Harry Potter drawn by Matt Bayne.

We've Got Issues V2 By Michael Parkinson

Set in a comic store with two comic freaks and a couple of illegal aliens. The outer-space kind.

Intergalactic Law Lisa Fary (writing), John Dallaire (art)

Inter-species divorce? Extra-dimensional accident? We can help! Ginsburg, Quieghel and Stein Intergalactic Law.

Edward Gorey's "The Trouble with Tribbles"

We included this one a few months ago, but you have to admit, it deserves another look and mention.

Supernatural Law

Attorneys Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd have a unique law practice: they defend vampires, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night, with the aid of their intrepid secretary, Mavis!


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