Hey - all you burglars out there who'd get a treasure trove of BOOKS, a few avocados, a nice kitty litter box and some dog food while I'm gone - there'll be people in my house. While I'm at Baycon over Memorial Day weekend! One good Dario deserves another. His resurrection is amazing considering Broos pierced his neck from left to right. Bled out in his arms.
1. Internet Speed and the Future of Long Term Relationships on Saturday at 11:30 AM in Lafayette
(with Kyle Aisteach, S.L. Gray, Carol Queen, PhD (M))
The use of Internet dating services has become widespread, expanding from early-adapter computer geeks to the general population. How is online dating affecting marriages and relationships? How will it change the amount of effort people put into making a relationship work? Will the knowledge that potential dates are easier to find, compared to the pre-Internet era, make marriages shorter? Our panelists aim their forecasting vision on a fundamental area of human experience.
2. Countering Online Hate Speech on Saturday at 3:30 PM in Alameda
(with Colin Fisk, Deborah J. Ross (M), S.L. Gray, Robert Lawrence)
Online hate speech can devastate the lives of the person under attack and everyone around him or her. Panelists discuss effective online responses, ways to support the person, building tolerant communities, and what to do if you yourself are a target.
Yes, I will cover Mr. Moron.
3. KickStarter and How to use it successfully on Saturday at 5:00 PM in Camino Real
(with Tom Merritt, AE Marling (M), Liz Martin)
Running a Kickstarter is a lot of work to make it successful. Panelists have run a successful and not not so successful Kickstarter campaigns and can offer tips, tricks and ideas to help you!
I will talk about GoldieBlox' campaign and other successful campaigns I've been involved in.
4. "Bow ties are cool;" or, "Talk nerdy to me" on Sunday at 10:00 AM in San Tomas
[You are moderating.]
(with Colin Fisk, Bob Brown, Julie Barman, Douglas Shepard)
Geek is chic! Activities that used to get people teased for being 'nerds' are now called 'cool'. How did that happen, and how can we keep it going?
Yes, the only non-nerd at the entire convention - and I'm moderating the panel.
5. Strange Love - Using Romance Tropes in Science Fiction and Fantasy on Sunday at 3:30 PM in Bayshore
(with Carrie Sessarego (M), D. M. Atkins, Deirdre Saoirse Moen, Beth Barany, S.L. Gray)
What are science fiction and fantasy's most powerful love stories, and why do we love them so much? What's the difference between a romance novel and a novel with romance? Find out how romance novels have changed in the last two decades, and how the digital market has opened up a whole new crossover world.
I'm going to have to read up on this ... as "not a romance writer." I signed up for this because of Broos & Asta baby.
6. SF That Changed the World on Monday at 11:30 AM in Lafayette
(with Brad Lyau (M), Kay Tracy, Jay Reynolds Freeman)
Some bits and pieces of science fiction literature have become science fact: cell phones, automated doors that move sideways as you walk towards them, GPS locators, and large, flat-panel television displays, just to name a few. Our panelists discuss these and other ways that SF has changed our world.
Oh this is my favorite!
7. Social Media and Science Fiction on Monday at 2:00 PM in San Tomas
(with Chris O'Halloran, Christopher J Garcia (M))
What does Social Media bring to Science Fiction? Does it add to the experience, or does twittering, linking, statusing, and all the other "ings" detract by spoiling or trolling?
I'll give some tidbits from well-known sci fi writers ... there's a groundswell of distaste out there. And it's YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS who've had enough!
We may have Chameleon fashions, and we will have the Tang!