I was waiting for the audio files from my talks to be available before I made this post, but they’re going to be a while coming, and I am impatient. So let’s pimp the things I did at Dragon*Con!
I gave two talks, one on Bose Einstein Condensates and fermi superfluids, the other on the history of Hubble and what the current plans for servicing it are. I’ve got PDFs of my slides for the BEC talk and the Hubble plus lolcats talk, though be warned: for talks like this, I use slides more for blackboard-like illustrations than to spell out every point I’m making. When the audio files from my talks are available, I’ll add them here.
We did the usual set of videos for Dragon*Con TV. Our James Bond/Professor X spoof The Mutant Who Loved Me did fairly well, as did our Wii safety video, REMOTE OF DEATH.
The most popular by far was our video for Jonathan Coulton’s song Re Your Brains.
In fact, it was so popular that this year I was stopped by random people who recognized me from the video. This culminated in it being shown during the Masquerade costume contest while the judges were tallying their scores. People began singing along and waving their open cell phones in the dark ballroom. The end result was me up on stage, leading everyone in the final chorus.
The Masquerade hosts, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara from Mythbusters, watched in disbelief while the paparazzi recorded my every move.
(Thanks to Tom Kerns for those photos.)
And that is what can happen to you when a friend one day innocently says, “You should volunteer at this science fiction convention with us.”
[tags]dragoncon, zombies, bec, hubble, mythbusters, unexpectedly being on stage[/tags]