November 9-11, 2012
In just two weeks, WindyCon 39 opens at the Lombard IL Westin. And this year, barring any new disasters, I should be able to go. It's not as big as a WorldCon, but it's a decent con. And the theme this year is Zombies, so bring your cricket bats.
Anyway, got my preliminary schedule the other day for panels. There was a lot of crossover between the people running Chicon 7 and WindyCon, so they got a late start. (grin) Still have to schedule readings.
So I have five panels -- and moderating two:
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Choosing the Right Technology for You
Every few months, the newest, best, and shiniest new gadget is introduced to the market, but how do you determine which is right for you? Is it better to have the latest bells and whistles or a simpler device that does just what you need it to do? How do you separate the hype from the chaff?
P. Kaldon (M), F. Salvatini, R. Martinek
Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Living in the Post Scientific Era
Polls show that increasing numbers of Americans are scientifically illiterate. What does this mean for the future? For science fiction?
J. Helfers, P. Kaldon, J. Plaxco, D. Burkhard, K. Strait
Saturday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: What Everybody Knows Is Wrong
We all have preconceived ideas about science, but often what we know is wrong. Not just on the big things, but on the little things too. Sometimes this is caused by oversimplifications presented to the laity, and other times it is because knowledge has changed since we learned it.
P. Kaldon, J. Nikitow (M), R. Martinek, R. Garfinkle
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Is the Internet Making Us Dumber?
As more knowledge and information are available online, are we thinking less? Some studies indicate that the Internet may be shrinking our attention span, and our ability to create and follow complicated logical thoughts. Is this true? Or is it developing different parts of our brain that we didn't use 100 years ago?
K. Hughes, N. Rest (M), P. Kaldon, R. Martinek
Sunday, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Why Is Your Protagonist a Straight White Male?
Writers, fans, and readers have so often bought into a common default that they don't even realize there is a question to ask.
P. Kaldon (M), M. Ryan, D. Burkhard, R. Martinek, E. Hull
So back in 2009, I arranged Steakpunk at the Westin's Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse (DW), following my Saturday reading. I hope to arrange a similar dinner assuming I get a 5 or 6pm Saturday reading for my Zombie murder police procedural I've been working on for a while.
I have to say, the steaks I've had at Harry Caray's have been some of the best I've had anywhere -- and the kitchen can accommodate a wide range of dietary issues if you ask.
This time, though, I'll make a reservation -- so let me know if you want to have dinner 6:30-7:30-ish on Saturday 10 November 2012. That's the Marine Corps birthday, by the way, so a toast to the Corps is always in order. (I've an uncle who's a retired Marine colonel.)