Thursday, March 25, 2010

 

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

 

Great LOST interview

I really like this interview from the Hollywood Reporter with Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof.

I also like how they're realistic about the future of LOST -- and really, any reasonably successful franchise comes back and is revisited at some point.

I can't wait for the last LOST season to start, as one of my favorite shows of the past decade.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

 

Taking the Geek out of Science?

I'm a bit frustrated by this story about Geeks driving out Women from Computer Science.

I'm all in favor of women in Computer Science, and Science and Technology jobs in general. I'm a big believer that these are good jobs and careers.

But I'm not at all comfortable with the idea that "typically geeky" stuff like video games and science-fiction stuff can not appeal to women. CONvergence, as a large Science Fiction convention, is evenly split between men and women. I know lots of women geeks -- some in technology careers, and some that aren't.

But I've tended to encounter more women through my science fiction geek travels than I do through most of my IT travels.

I certainly can't really evaluate this research based on this news story -- I mean, besides clearly getting the impression that Women Don't Like (and aren't) Sci-Fi Geeks. And that may be more a comment on the reporting than the underlying research. Because I don't believe that is at all always true.

 

Why Lifehacker is awsome, or Google Contacts Can Kill Duplicates in Bulk

One of the things that had been very frustrating for me over time is that I was seeing a lot of duplicate contacts in my address book. This was being made worse by me trying to synchronize my contacts with my Mac address book, my iPhone, my prior smartphone, and Google Contacts.

So seeing the article on Lifehacker about mass merges of duplicates was just about my favorite post all week.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

 

The Death of Captain America

One of the things that I think is important when reading any long-running series is to enjoy the run for what it is. We know that when the Captain America movie comes out, Steve Rogers will be Captain America, and that the Avengers movie will put Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man in the same film. For any character that is on-going, there is a "default" status so you know that changes aren't really permanent.

And if you're a fan of a long running series, you should accept that -- and enjoy each run on the series for the quality of how the make that series appropriate for that time. While continuity is valuable -- it's what the creators do with the series to make it fresh and appropriate for today that counts.

And that's exactly what I enjoy about Ed Brubaker's work on Captain America - I've picked up Captain America Omnibus, Vol. 1 and The Death of Captain America Omnibus collecting the first 42 issues of this series and it's by far one of the best runs on Captain America that I've had the pleasure to read. One of the things that I love about it is that it's part spy story, part super hero fantastic action, and part political parable. It is a Captain America appropriate for our time.

I don't want to go into plot details -- and really, it's that wonderful mix of heightened reality that you might get in a James Bond film or Alias [the tv series]. But the book also isn't afraid of being relevant for our time -- but without being preachy, which can so often happen when a comic is trying to be "relevant".

And I love the art on this run -- Steve Epting and the rest of the art team does a fantastic job and it gives the book a cinematic look that I think is just fantastic. I can just look at the pages again and again.

One of the things that is good about the recent batch of Marvel films (when they are good) is that they're happy to use the most recent examples of the characters to make successful films. And I can see challenges to bringing Captain America to the film is making a movie that is accessible, especially to a global audience. But if they make a Captain America film that uses Ed Brubaker's work as an inspiration, they will be well prepared and I will be very excited by the film.

Definitely recommended!

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

 

Running Again

I am running again to be the CONvergence Events Director.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get a hold of me.

Also, the CONvergence programming brainstorming session is this Sunday at the Sheraton Bloomington at 2:00 PM. (It's a full weekend of convention planning for me.)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

 

CONvergence 2009 Closing Cermonies Video

From this year's closing ceremonies at CONvergence. I'm not in it. [I haven't seen any of the things I was in yet either...]

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Monday, August 31, 2009

 

We Know This - Motivation, SF Conventions, and the Real World

The content of this video is actually NOT surprising to those of us that work on SF Conventions. After all, in events like CONvergence almost everyone PAID to be there. We couldn't do the convention without everyone *wanting* to do it and volunteering.

Obviously the challenge with something like this is that we do that project in our "free time" -- I use vacation days on the convention, and spend my nights and weekends on the project. And to some extent, the same thing is true with the Free Software movement and things described in books like Free: The Future of a Radical Price. The challenge is how to work out a way that you can make a good, solid, 21st Century living with it -- and not just at places like Google, which come close to this -- but in more environments around the world.



Oh -- and if you're looking for something to do for CONvergence 2010, we're looking for people to help us with our Harmonic CONvergence music/performance stage, and more people to be sub-heads (with a possibility as a future head) of CONvergence Programming for managing our panels and discussion sessions.

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