My Dragon*Con 2011 Schedule

I’m a guest at Dragon*Con again this year, which means I’ll be on all kinds of panels. If you’re wanting to find me to say hi or to hang out, your best bet is to find me right after one of these panels. Or you could haunt the Hilton — that’s where all of my panels are save the Late Show.

The Dragon*Con Late Show. Every morning at 9 I and my co-hosts Brian and Ally will go through the latest news, schedule changes, and what’s hot for the day. This gets broadcast on the host hotel channels, so you don’t even have to leave bed!

D-Wave One: The First Commercial Quantum Computer. Friday, 11:30 AM, Hilton 201.
The first quantum computer is now available on the market. Who is buying them and why? Are they ready for prime time? Can encryption be broken?

Answer key: Lockheed Martin, to play with it and see what it can do, sort of, not yet. I expect this one is going to be all kinds of fun, and should be accessible to anyone who’s willing to learn a little bit of binary.

Planet Hunting: Watching Stars Wobble & Dim. Friday, 8:30 PM, Hilton 203.
The new ‘in’ field of astronomy is the search for exo-planets but we don’t have the technology to ‘see’ an exo-planet. So how are we finding so many?

The description is actually inaccurate: we now can see extrasolar planets! And I have to admit, it’s extremely cool that we can. I’ll run through the history of exoplanets including some of the embarrassing claims that turned out not to be planets.

Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow: 9th Annual Recrument Drive. Saturday, 1:00 PM, Hilton Crystal Ballroom.
Methods of taking over the world for fun and profit – demos and audience participation. Plus evil ice-cream and a working nuclear reactor!

We’re not kidding about either the ice cream or the nuclear reactor. My co-panelists and I will go through real mad science, the crazy stuff we’ve been doing, and how to survive as an evil minion.

What The Cast – Live! Sunday, 2:30 PM, Hilton 204.
Join Brian, Crispy, Patrick and Stephen (the team behind DragonConTV) for nerd punditry at its best.

Or at least funny nerd punditry. Last year we had a guy in a squid hat, the team behind Chad Vader, and our one Zune listener. Who knows what we’ll have this year? (Seriously: we don’t even know. That’s improv for you!)

Helicopter Drone Units. Sunday, 5:30 PM, Hilton 208/209.
Autonomous helicopter drone talk and tentative demonstration.

Sadly no demonstration, as the quadcopter demo isn’t ready for prime time yet, but I will go through the awesomeness that is robot helicopters and how they’re taking over the world.

RevolutionSF’s RevCast – Live! Monday, 1:00 PM, Hilton 204.
Join the crew from RevolutionSF for a live recording.

Well, the crew from RevolutionSF and me. I’ve guested on several RevCasts and had a blast, so I’m looking forward to doing it live with the crew.

So come say hi! Stop by one of my panels and ask pointed questions! It’ll be fun.

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6 Comments

  1. on August 29, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Yeah, both ath we can see them and *how* we see them is extraordinarily cool. Some days I really think I should have gone into astronomy.

  2. on August 31, 2011 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    I’m hoping to run into you (again) this year. Seems like, every year at D-Con, I bump into you for about five seconds (and if you have no idea who the hell I am, I don’t blame you.) I’m an obscure interactive fiction author who fondly remembers your Brass Lantern site from a decade or so ago and who still looks forward to the ifcomp every year. Unrelatedly, I forced my wife to watch GET LAMP. She still has no frickin’ clue why IF is so awesome, but I continue participating in our marriage (with cat) anyway. And in a random, final thought–why the heck doesn’t somebody at D*Con do an IF panel?

  3. on August 31, 2011 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Sure, please do stop by and say hi! I’ll probably make you re-introduce yourself — sorry about that. My brain tends to get very overloaded during the convention.

  4. on August 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    What room are ya’ll filming the Dragcon morning show in? I believe last year, you filmed in the same room that we used for a couple of the True Blood panels.

  5. on August 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, we should be back in Centennial again this year.

  6. Kate McKee
    on September 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    At D*Con. Trying to follow Settlers of Catan tournament. Can’t hear, because of noisy Werewolf Mafiosi game nearby. Darn you, Zarf!