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Science and Technology Panels / Re: Telling Science from Nons(ci)ense
« Last post by ebishop on June 03, 2014, 11:52:09 AM »
Hi Carl,

Was this intended as a solo presentation or could I join this panel?  Let me know.


Ed Bishop
Gaming and LARPing Panels and Events / Game Demos
« Last post by JKonopka on May 14, 2014, 08:34:35 PM »
Is there a game demonstration that you would like to take part in? Is there an RPG you would like to GM?
Give a shout out here.

Already planning on a Fiasco game, Cards against Humanity, and a Fate rpg set in the Shadowrun universe.
Alt-Lifestyle Panels / Re: "I only run if my life is in danger..."
« Last post by Vyrdolak on May 13, 2014, 10:14:08 PM »
Okay! Do you have a maximum quorum for such a class?
Suggest new track category or other idea / Re: Speed paneling
« Last post by Vyrdolak on May 13, 2014, 10:12:56 PM »
I don't really see this working, at least not in a convention this size. Just imagining how long it takes for 4 ordinary panelists to get to the room, get seated and settled, get the audience's attention and start the panel...I have a hard time imagining panels rotating out in five minute cycles. Some cons have done five-minute speed talks, but those are individual people.

I think panels are better when they're more relaxed, anyway. There's usually so much to cover as it is!
Media Panels / Re: The Undead and Those that Love Them
« Last post by Jennifer Pelland on May 13, 2014, 10:00:16 PM »
With any luck, we'll be able to talk about "Chicks Dig the Undead" by then.
Alt-Lifestyle Panels / Re: "I only run if my life is in danger..."
« Last post by Jennifer Pelland on May 13, 2014, 09:57:55 PM »
I can do a bellydance class!
Science and Technology Panels / Re: The Year (and a half) in Science
« Last post by ebishop on May 12, 2014, 01:27:56 PM »
I'd be interested too.  I could cover topics in physics, mathematics and computer science, there have been a lot of major developments in these in the past year and a half that could affect all our lives the near and even far future.


Ed Bishop
Questions include:

What is dark matter?

What is dark energy?

Where do ultra-high energy cosmic rays come from (these are the "oh-my-god" or OMG particles, which every year strike earth with the kinetic energy of a 75 MPH baseball)?

Is a new theory of matter/energy required to explain what happens at ultra-high energies?

How did the universe begin?

How will it end?

This is a slide presentation I did at LI-Con last March, which was well-attended and well-received.  I think there are lots of physics geeks out there.


Ed Bishop
Suggest new track category or other idea / Speed paneling
« Last post by CFink on May 10, 2014, 10:13:51 PM »
By analogy to speed dating. For a 50-minute slot, pick 9 topics. Each gets 5 minutes. (Five minutes to explain the concept, etc.) Each panel is 4 people. Each gets 30 seconds to talk about the topic. After this first 2 minutes, the panel talks about it for 2:30. The moderator (not on the panel) limits everyone to no more than 15 seconds per comment. At 4:30, panel is over and 4 new people swap in. The first panel is Program Participants only--after that, people from the audience can line up to tag in, but only in the order they line up in--they can't pick a topic. If 36 people don't want to participate, people from previous panels can line up at the end.

Topics should be a mix, say, "Science Fiction is a type of Fantasy," and "The SCA has nothing to do with real history." That is, controversial topics that fans have opinions about.

If this seems too frenetic, have 6 topics in 48 minutes or 5 topics in 45 minutes or whatever and adjust.

What do you think?
Science and Technology Panels / Telling Science from Nons(ci)ense
« Last post by CFink on May 10, 2014, 10:07:22 PM »
You hear on the interwebs that a new vaccine can prevent cancer. You also hear that vaccines cause cancer. If you aren't an expert in medicine, how can you tell which one is the real science?
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