The theme for February was RED, and several did in fact remember to wear red. Josée won the points for best use of red as she had made her own Valentine tee-shirt. We found several red tablecloths stashed in the closet and quickly appropriated them for the day.
Early Birds were treated to (or was it tortured with ??) episodes of The Wizard of Aus. It proved a dark influence, at least on one of our members who started using language she barely knew existed. A wizard fed up with the constant warfare of his world moves to the sanest place he knows: a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. It does not remain sane for long…. And by the way, this is NOT the Michael Shanks we know from StarGate.
Josée Bellemare kicked off the meeting with a debate on “Protecting the Magic” Citing shows such as The Librarians and Warehouse 13, Josée got us thinking about magic, its uses and the dangers it could present in the wrong hands. Of course, being MonSFFen, our debate quickly spawned a slew of discussions on tangential topics, such as people believing in a flat earth, magic stones, various gods, and so on. What is it about the idea of magic that draws us to it? Why do perfectly sane and well-educated people carry good luck charms? If you believe in a magic relic, or sacred religious item, does it become real, at least for the believer? Can there be a God if there is no magic?
Next up were Cathy Palmer-Lister, François Ménard, and Fern Novo, to lead a discussion on “What Drives you Crazy?” Fern had prepared a series of slides with some of his personal irritants, which really got people talking. Space monkeys, plot holes bigger than Montreal potholes, bad use of science, inconsistencies, budget slashing which leads to us seeing the same 3 ships flying across the screen in every episode, and so on. Like the talk on magic, we probably could have gone on for another hour! Indeed, during supper, we talked about possibly having a panel on conspiracy theories, pseudo science and just plain bad science, and the strange things people want to believe. Apparently, lots of things drive us CRAZY!!!
After the break and the raffle, we planned our March 13th outing to the Old Port to see the dinosaurs.
An immersive experience steeped in realism bringing to life 14 roaring full-sized and strikingly real animatronic dinosaurs. Go back in time more than 65 million years to what life was like on Earth and imagine their breath on the back of your neck. Explore spectacular prehistoric scenes telling the story of two major excavation sites, two skeletons, and twenty fossils. Discover newly revealed secrets about these giants by probing into the most recent and remarkable discoveries about their appearance and behaviours. Take command of an animatronic dinosaur and explore our four interactive stations.
We will meet at noon, in the main lobby and buy tickets for the show closest to 1:00 PM (if shows are scheduled), and proceed to a search for snacks. (It does not seem that there are scheduled shows, but we are aiming for 1:00 PM. ) I called the science museum, we are permitted cameras, and we can get real food at a kiosk next to the ticket booths. We are also permitted to bring our own lunch boxes.
After that, we got into our stop motion project, which is starting to get more exciting as we move from colouring rocks and trees to the construction and testing of the “stage” for our puppets. A broken pane of glass caused us some worry, but a solution was found. Our “art portfolio” now boasts cratered asteroids, exotic foliage, various rocks, and of course, our “puppet” dinosaurs. If you have not yet seen our storyboards, you can download the package here.
Supper was at the 3 Brasseurs on Ste-Catherine. The food was good, the waitress seemed new at the job, but we all agreed the beer was excellent! Upstairs, we could view the brewing facilities. It was only when I was leaving that I realized we could buy their products. That amber was delightful! I’ll be back…