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Upcoming Worldcons

(Already posted on the O*W*C message boards – I forgot about our new toy here )

Denver to host 2008 WorldCon

Denvention III will be the 66th World Science Fiction Convention. It will be held August 6 – 10, 2008. The Guests of Honor will be Lois McMaster Bujold, Tom Whitmore, and Wil McCarthy.

In at three way race, Denver won by one of the closest margins in any years. Columbus was eliminated after finishing 3rd in the balloting. After the Columbus votes were redistributed, Denver had 672 cotes to Chicago’s 660.

667 votes were needed to win.

The facilities will be the Colorado Convention Center and 1,225 room Adam’s Mark Hotel. Several other hotels are within walking distance.

Attending memberships will be available at $130 through the balance of 2006, with discounts for individuals who supported the bid or voted in site selection.

Also …
Upcoming bids:

Kansas City and Montreal in 2009 (to be decided next year in Yokohama — I hope that the mail-in vote will be high)

Uncontested Australia in 2010 bid (which means someone needs to bid for a NASFic)

A bid from Seattle in 2011 was announced at the WSFS business meeting on Sunday. The bid from Washington DC seems to have dropped from sight – at least their website did.

Mentioned only in mutters – a possible TEXAS bid! No year mentioned. (Oh, Techyooooo?)
“That which does not kill me makes me stronger. And when I get strong enough … I will hunt down that which did not kill me and make it Very Very Sorry Indeed.”

Posted in Conventions & Fandom August 31st, 2006 by Gandalara
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This is what Chip wants for her birthday:

Athens Computer MonitorA very, very big computer monitor: 110″ to 200″ screen sizes, resolutions up to 19,200 x 2,400 pixels, ultra-widescreen format, bluetooth connectivity, optional touch-screen capability, and more!

Link (via Neatorama)

Posted in Computers & Internet August 31st, 2006 by Chip
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A Short History of Hacking

Neatorama has an interesting look at the history of hacking:

Fiddling with modern technology used to mean prank calling the Pope. (Hey, Steve Jobs did it, and now he’s the CEO of Apple!) But these days, it can mean hacking your way into some serious prison time, jeopardizing national security, or worse. So when exactly did this underground art form take a turn for the nefarious? And what’s a cereal-box toy got to do with it all? mental_floss takes a brief look at the godfathers of hacking, including the geniuses who think your antivirus software’s a joke.


Posted in Computers & Internet August 30th, 2006 by Chip
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To Boldly Go…Oh, Not Again

Episode GraphicMore than forty years after the original Star Trek series was cancelled, a group of fans is resurrecting it…by acting as Kirk, Spock, and McCoy and financing the cost of production themselves.

From their FAQ:

Q. What is the premise of the new show?
A. The new show will be the continuing voyages of Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701 as seen in the 1966-69 television series, Star Trek. The series was cancelled after its third season. We are restarting the series as if it were in its fourth year.

Link (via Neatorama)

Posted in Movies & TV August 30th, 2006 by Chip
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Supernova Caught Exploding

Swift SatelliteTeams of international scientists have used observations from NASA’s Swift satellite and other telescopes to witness the evolution of a cosmic blast into a stellar explosion or supernova. It is the second-closest gamma-ray burst ever detected and the first view of a supernova in the act of exploding, according to the astronomers.


Posted in News, Science August 30th, 2006 by Chip
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…And We’re Back

WorldCon was splendid, and there’ll be a Hugo wrap-up discussion next Wednesday (Sept. 6) in the O*W*C chat room.

Posted in Conventions & Fandom August 29th, 2006 by Chip
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HOWTO: Run an SF Convention Room Party

Teresa Nielsen Hayden, who has run many successful room parties at cons, has just posted detailed instructions on how to run a large room party.

How to bribe a bartender: First, make sure no one else is within earshot. Then, say “How much would I have to bribe you to turn down the music?” Be cheerful and ingenuous. Have the money ready. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to use a credit card.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Posted in Conventions & Fandom August 21st, 2006 by Chip
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Blob is the Largest Object in the Universe

Big BlobThe largest object in the universe (at least, so far) is an enormous blob 200 million light-year wide, made up of galaxies and large bubbles of gas, called the Lyman Alpha Blob.

Link (via Neatorama)

Posted in Science August 18th, 2006 by Chip
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DRM-Free Science Fiction eBooks

One intrepid blogger has started a list of sites which offer truly free (as opposed to DRM-crippled) science fiction ebooks. Got more good SF ebook sites? Add them to the comment section of the post.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Posted in Books & Authors, Computers & Internet August 18th, 2006 by Chip
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Adding/Subtracting Planets

So instead of demoting Pluto to non-planetary status, there’s now a movement afoot to upgrade Charon, Ceres (which used to be considered a planet in the 1800s, then was downgraded), and the object known as 2003 UB313 (informally dubbed Xena). Lore Sj√∂berg over at Slumbering Lungfish has an amusing take on this:

There’s a lot of emotional attachment to Pluto as a planet, but I don’t think people are taking into account a group of citizens unable to speak for themselves, coherently at least: stoned students in dorm rooms. If we expand the definition of planet, stoned students in dorm rooms will no longer be able to speculate that maybe the solar system is actually a big flourine atom. Sure, they can switch to speculating that the solar system is just a big magnesium atom, but what of the future? As we find more objects in the Plutonian class, stoned college students in dorm rooms will have to alter their drug-induced imaginings, perhaps even in the middle of a bong hit. And, as our powers of astronomical observation become more advanced, we may find that, thanks to Pluto, the solar system is actually a big plutonium atom.

These are the minds of the future, people. Can we afford to blow them?

Posted in Humor, Science August 18th, 2006 by Chip
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