Chaz Boston Baden
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Chaz Boston Baden[1,2,3] is the proprietor of
Gallery, an online repository of 18,000-plus photos, most of them
lists about 3500 names. He is also the custodian
Fan Photo Gallery,
one of the continuing Worldcon exhibits.
He is known for his attempts to collect "complete sets" of photos, that
trying to shoot pictures of every single person attending an event (such
as a party, a wedding, or a convention).
Apart from digital photography, Chaz is also interested in daily
newsletters (his idols are Langford, Glyer, and Filthy Pierre) and
Bruce Pelz once called him "L.A.'s Electronic Octopus,"
and that was ten years ago.
In addition to science fiction and convention-related web pages,
he operates a web page to
generate Celtic knotwork, just for fun.
adult use for Lime Jell-O (using tequila, but no bathtub) circa 1992.
His website of
has been cited in print a number of times, most recently in the February
2004 Playboy Advisor column.
Chaz once organized an ice cream social with a "Hell Freezes Over"
theme, which by all reports was quite convincing. (It was co-sponsored by
Good Intentions Paving Company and Handbasket Tours & Travel.)
He invented "blue boards" to keep the hotel happy by giving fans an
alternative place to post signs for parties etc., and also originated the
Registration Apron. One of his current projects is the launch of a new
fannish animé convention in
He has been spotted baking fresh home-made cinnamon soft pretzels at
some recent conventions in the midwest. Chaz and his teddy bear ears were
seen at a number of cons in the last few years on behalf of the
L.A. in 2006 "Space Cadets" Worldcon
Armadillocon will be his first
He looks forward to it, and hopes to host a party of some sort during the
- My home page is on www.boston-baden.com.
Among the personal material you'll find there is the story of when
I once lost the use of an eye, my hands, and my back. (I got better.)
- These footnotes aren't on the version of the bio they
posted on the Armadillocon website.
"Boston" is a middle name, not part of my last name. And I've
only been in Boston Massachussetts once, in 2002. So now you
- I've actually achieved a "complete set" at one convention, the
Smofcon in 2003. I've also done it (or come awfully close) at three weddings.
(Parties are easy, not counting the people I have to skip because they don't
want their pictures online.)
At one wedding, my photos were the only ones they had from one of the
low-numbered tables at the reception. The official photographer had managed to
miss all the bride's out-of-town cousins, or something like that.
At conventions, sometimes I set up my laptop in the Con Suite at the end
of the weekend and run a slide show with all the photos I've taken.
- See also Dave Langford's article "You Do It With Mirrors,"
first published in Mimosa and then reprinted in Let's Hear It
For The Deaf Man and The Silence Of The Langford.
Among other things, he emphasized the importance of putting funny bits in
the newszine to entice people to read the whole thing.
Mike Glyer's style of journalism does an excellent job
of conveying what it was like to be at the event, whether it's at a
convention or a 4th of July parade in Sierra Madre.
And Filthy Pierre, way back in 1984, advocated the multiple distribution
point newsboard system, the great big watermark issue numbers, the
party list (or program change list) on the front page, and using a
checklist to make sure something important isn't accidentally omitted.
- There is no footnote 6.
- I wrote out a complete list of websites that I maintain, but
unfortunately the margins of this page are too small to include it.
- To create a set of Blue Boards, buy three or four 4'x8' sheets of
hardboard cut in half (i.e. pegboard without the holes),
primer, and some light
blue semi-gloss latext paint. Primer the 4-foot squares and then paint
them. You might want to give them two coats.
Position them at key intersections, junctions,
and traffic bottlenecks at your convention, for example
elevator lobbies, at
Information, and by the Con Suite.
If you can't get easels from
the hotel (and you don't have a bunch of your own), then just lean them
against the wall.
- The "Registration Apron" is an apron with pockets for blank
badges, a black marker, and cash received, for selling one-day memberships
(or night badges)
at the door of the big evening event.
I introduced this when I was chair of Loscon 28.
As an added bonus, the apron can be locked up in Con Ops late at night,
giving Con Ops the ability to issue badges as well.
- I made the teddy bear ears for myself in 1994. I realize they're not
very realistic, from the point of view of what actual California Brown Bears
look like, but that's because they were modeled on a teddy bear.