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Balticon, again? I need a drink…

Posted in Conventions by Cmaaarrr on the May 27th, 2010
BaltiCon 2009 The Culprit, cc by-nc-nd image by sheiladeeisme on Flickr

BaltiCon 2009 The Culprit, cc by-nc-nd image by sheiladeeisme on Flickr

As is my wont, I will be attending Balticon this coming weekend. I have been pulled bodily into the following events:

  • Lessons From the Influenza Pandemic of 2009 (Saturday, 6pm, Salon A) – While it seems that the recent influenza pandemic is long past us, the truth is that we’re in the midst of post-outbreak data analysis, and new insights are hitting the news almost daily as a result of research being done on the 2009 pandemic. I’ll be changing this presentation up a bit from what I’ve given over the last few months, so even if you’ve heard me talk about this recently, be sure to stop by. (Note that this was just moved from it’s original timeslot of Sunday at 6pm.)
  • Baltimore Fan Culture (Saturday, 9pm, Derby) – I… really have no idea. Whatever we talk about, I’m sure it will be entertaining. And, perhaps, involve “refined libations.”
  • The TRUTH About the Universe (Sunday, 2pm, Chesapeake) – In which myself and Jared Axelrod will speak the truth, and nothing but the truth, for an hour, with the audio-visual assistance of Laura Burns and J. R. Blackwell. No lie. Except for the stuff we make up… which, uh, we won’t.
  • Story Improv (Sunday, 5pm, Chesapeake) – There will be authors, and me with a mic, and stories will be created on the fly. ’nuff said.

Laura has her own plate full as well…

  • Explorers: NASA’s Small and Medium Class Missions (Saturday, 2pm, Salon A) – Lo, there will be a discussion of space SCIENCE.
  • Podcasting Science (Saturday, 4pm, Derby) – Lo, there will be a discussion of SCIENCE and how to podcast it.
  • Baltimore Fan Culture (Saturday, 9pm, Derby) – The more I think about this, the more I’m sure “refined libations” may be required.
  • The TRUTH About the Universe (Sunday, 2pm, Chesapeake) – All truth. No lies. We swear.
  • Astronomy Cast Live! (Sunday, 3pm, Chesapeake) – Lo, there will be a discussion of space SCIENCE and it will be podcasted.
  • The Heinlein Panel (Sunday, 4pm, Belmont) – Lo, there will be a discussion of, uh, HEINLEIN.

When not participating in the above, I’ll be wandering about and checking out some of the other excellent events going down. A sampling of the awesome on tap – the live recording of the final episode of Variant Frequencies (Sunday, 9pm, Chesapeake), the live I Should Be Writing with guests wondrous and plentiful (Sunday, 8pm, Chesapeake), the launch of Jared Axelrod’s Fables of the Flying City (Saturday, 2pm, Chesapeake), and a talk by Julia Lunetta of the Ig Nobel Prizes (Friday, 7pm, Salon B). As always, I’ll be offering random thoughts on the proceedings, and I look forward to seeing you there!

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