Freshercon 2016 – EVEN MORE DETAILS

We’ll be watching The LEGO Movie!

That’s actually the only new detail but here are some old ones to make the post longer.

Freshercon will take place in the Teviot Dining Room, between 7pm and 11pm on Thursday 15th September. There are lots of exciting prizes to be won in the quiz, and plenty of snacks and soft drinks will be provided!

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Freshercon 2016

Freshercon is our annual Freshers’ Week (Welcome Week?) event!

This year, Freshercon will take place on Thursday 15th September, between 7pm and 11pm in the Teviot Dining Room.

We’ll be watching a sci-fi or fantasy film, then having a quiz with fabulous prizes! We’ll also provide various snack foods and soft drinks.

More details (e.g. what film we’re watching) will be provided closer to the start of the semester!

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Semester Finished!

Both film nights and series nights are officially finished for the semester.

Series nights will resume on Thursday 22nd September. Film nights will resume on Saturday 24th September. Locations and series will be announced closer to September.

Our annual Freshers’ Week/Welcome Week event will also happen in September. We’ll be watching a film and have a quiz. More details will be posted here and on our social media pages closer to September.

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End of Semester

Sciffy is nearly over for this semester!

The final series night will be next Thursday (31st March), in Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 2 from 7-9pm.

The final film night is this Saturday (26th March), at 105/7 Buccleuch Street from 8pm.

Film nights and series nights will resume in September.

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AGM 2016

As many of you are probably already aware, our AGM took place on Thursday 10th March.

After an incredible display of democracy in action, we’ve decided on next year’s committee!

President: Tay McDonald

Secretary: Arran Rashid

Treasurer: Esther Bates

Librarian: Sarah Beggs

Webmaster/mistress/slinger: Erin Corbett

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Series So Far

As I have neglected the show summaries for the past few weeks, I’ll provide an overview of anything that’s happened that is likely to be important in future episodes!

Warehouse 13: Someone was trying to hack into the warehouse computer system and Artie was not pleased. It turned out to be a young woman named Claudia Donovan, who showed up and kidnapped Artie. Her older brother Joshua had been “killed” 12 years ago while doing some mad science teleportation experiment and she held Artie responsible because he hadn’t stopped Joshua. Claudia now believed that Joshua was still alive and trapped in another dimension. With Artie’s help, they managed to rescue him and the pair came back to the warehouse for a while before Joshua left to go and explore the world a bit. Myka and Pete have solved numerous cases involving artifacts including a chair, a sculpture and a record.

Hitchhiker’s Guide: We have now finished all 6 episodes! So this week we’re moving onto Dirk Gently. In the last few episodes of Hitchhiker’s Guide, the team went to Magrathea and met Slartibartfast. They learnt that Earth was basically just a big computer running a program to determine what the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything was (the answer was 42). They then accidentally travelled very far into the future to end up at the restaurant at the end of the universe. They stole a ship belonging to a famous rock band, and then had to teleport away from it before it crashed into the sun. Ford and Arthur ended up on an ark ship that then crash-landed on prehistoric Earth.

Legend of Korra: The Fire Ferrets do well enough to make it into the pro-bending tournament. However, a large entry fee is required. Bolin does work for the triads to get money, but gets into trouble. Korra and Mako go to rescue him, where the encounter Amon and his Equalist followers. They learn that Amon has the power to take away anyone’s bending abilities permanently. Korra is very frightened of Amon but later agrees to join an anti-Equalist taskforce led by Councilman Tarrlok. Mako gets hit by a girl on a moped. Her name is Asami and she has a very rich father, who agrees to sponsor the Fire Ferrets so they can enter the tournament. Asami and Mako start dating, Korra confesses her feelings to Mako, Mako rejects Korra, Korra goes out for the evening with Bolin, Korra kisses Mako, Bolin sees and is sad. This affects their performance in the tournament, but they get over it and make it to the final. They’re up against the Wolfbats and everyone is on high alert because Amon threatened the stadium. The Wolfbats win by cheating and then Amon bursts into the stadium and takes away the Wolfbats’ bending. Korra and Lin Beifong attempt to stop Amon as he flies away in his blimp, but they fail.

Steven Universe: Steven has attempted to eat breakfast, fought a fry monster, and turned into a ball of cats.

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Annual General Meeting

This year’s AGM will take place immediately after series night on Thursday 10th March, at 9pm in Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 2. We’ll vote for new committee members and any changes to the constitution before sacrificing a pineapple as usual.

Details of the roles of committee members and the requirements for holding each position can be found here, and details of the constitution here. If you want to stand for a position, just show up on the night and say so. If you want to stand but can’t make it to the AGM, let us know and we’ll tell everyone that you’re running. You must be a member to stand for a position or vote, but you can join at any point up to the start of the AGM.

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Week 2 – 21/1/16

Warehouse 13 “S01E01 – Part 2”: Pete and Myka travel to Iowa to meet the alleged domestic abuser. He seems perfectly normal until he starts speaking Italian and destroys the room. The pair also meet his lawyer and family friend. They go to see a professor of Italian at the university, who later goes to a petrol station and sets himself on fire. They also visit the accused’s girlfriend, who is going to be in a play. In the professor’s office they find a book with a hole in it, and determine that the artifact that they’re looking for is probably what fits in the hole. Artie finally manages to retrieve a portrait from the back of Warehouse 13 and is about to inform the duo that they are looking for a hair comb. Before he can do this, Pete notices that the lawyer is wearing a hair comb the same shape as the hole in the book, and she flips over the car they’re driving and escapes. Pete and Myka arrive at an outdoor teenage party celebrating the play and discover that the hair comb is channeling the spirit of Lucrezia Borgia. The teenagers are all being subjected to her mind control. They manage to neutralise the comb and save the day.

Hitchhiker’s Guide “S1E02”: Ford and Arthur are subjected to Vogon poetry before being thrown out of the ship via an airlock. Luckily they are picked up by a ship containing an infinite improbability drive. The ship happens to be piloted by Ford’s semi-cousin Zaphod Beeblebrox and Tricia McMillan (“Trillian”). Marvin the Paranoid Android takes Ford and Arthur to meet Trillian and Zaphod.

Legend of Korra “S1E02 – A Leaf in the Wind”: Korra struggles to learn airbending and accidentally destroys a piece of antique training equipment. She listens to pro-bending on the radio, but Tenzin bans it. She defies him and goes to the mainland where she meets Fire Ferrets Mako and Bolin. They fall out with their third teammate and Korra offers to take his place. She struggles at first, but eventually uses airbending techniques to help the team win. Tenzin has come to watch and he is impressed. He grants her permission to stay in the team as training.

Steven Universe “S1E02 – Laser Light Cannon”: A large eye appears in the sky and the only thing that can stop it is a light cannon that previously belonged to Rose Quartz, Steven’s mother. He gets his father to help him search through an old storage unit to find it. They get the cannon to work and destroy the eye.

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Week 1 – 14/1/16

Warehouse 13 “Pilot” (Part 1) – Agent Myka Bering is highly organised and likes to follow a plan, whereas Pete Lattimer is more free-spirited and likes to trust his feelings. When a (clearly not particularly professional) museum curator cuts himself on an Aztec Bloodstone and becomes a murderous zombie, they both play a role in protecting the President. The next day, they travel to a remote warehouse in South Dakota after they are ordered to by a mysterious Mrs Frederick. They meet a man named Artie who runs Warehouse 13, home of many magical and dangerous artifacts. The pair are told that they now work here, which they are not happy about. They retire to a nearby B&B until the next day they they are sent to investigate some domestic abuse that may not be what it seems.

THGTTG “Episode 1” – Arthur Dent’s house is going to be demolished to make way for a bypass, so he lies down in front of the bulldozer. His best friend Ford Prefect visits and tells Arthur that they should go to the pub right now. Arthur eventually agrees to go with Ford, and Ford informs him that the world is about to be destroyed. A Vogon construction fleet appears in the sky and blows up Earth, but Ford is able to transport himself and Arthur onto a Vogon ship. Ford reveals that he is not from Earth, and was actually only visiting to find out more information about the planet for the next edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide of the Galaxy. Ford and Arthur creep around the Vogon ship, but their presence is discovered and Ford expresses concern that they may have to listen to Vogon poetry.

Legend of Korra “S1E01: Welcome to Republic City” – Korra has learnt to control 3 of the 4 elements and Aang’s son Tenzin is meant to teach her to air-bend. Unfortunately, he feels that he can’t leave Republic City in the state it’s in so Korra decides to travel there in order to learn. She discovers that the city is home to an anti-bender movement lead by Amon. When a group of benders try to extort money from a shopkeeper, she fights them and ends up being arrested by Toph’s daughter – head of the metalbending police force. Tenzin tells Korra that she has to go back to the South Pole, but then relents and says that she can stay to learn air-bending.

Steven Universe “S01E01 – Gem Glow” – Steven is sad because Cookie Cat ice cream sandwiches are no longer being made. Luckily the Gems have managed to stockpile some for him. As he happily eats one, his gem starts to glow and he is able to produce a shield. A giant centipede attacks, and Steven believes that the Cookie Cats hold the key to him being able to activate his powers.

 

 

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Semester 2 Series Night

The first series night of this semester will be on Thursday 14th January, in Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 2 from 7-9pm.

During this semester we’ll be watching:

Warehouse 13: Secret Service agents travel about retrieving missing supernatural artifacts and investigating new ones, so that the artifacts can be stored in a special warehouse in South Dakota.

Steven Universe: Steven goes on wacky adventures with three aliens (the Crystal Gems) and helps them protect the world.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: BBC adaptation of the classic Douglas Adams tale of Arthur Dent’s space-based adventures following the destruction of Earth.

The Legend of Korra: Korra is the new Avatar, the only person with the ability to control all four elements. She travels to Republic City to learn air-bending from Aang’s son.

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