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2nd Future Is Here Festival

Going to be in Washington, D.C. in May? Then you might want to attend the second annual The Future Is Here Festival at the Smithsonian on May 16th, 17th and 18th. Some of the speakers will include Patrick Stewart, Brian Greene, Adam Steltzner, George Takei, Stewart Brand, Sara Seager, Kim Stanley Robinson, David Brin, and [...]

Museum of Science Fiction needs you!

Not the Experience in Seattle, home of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, but a real live Museum of Science Fiction is being built in Washington, DC, and it is yet another project being built by crowdfunding. It will cover the history of the genre in all the various media, and examine its relationship to [...]

Jellyfish R Us

I actually took some time off the other week, and besides attending NADWCon I spent a bit of time at the National Aquarium while hanging out in Baltimore. One of the more interesting exhibits was the Jellyfish section, which had quite a selection of types. As I remembered from swimming in the ocean, Jellyfish are [...]

Smithsonian Star Trek

If you didn’t make it to the Smithsonian’s Air And Space Museum a few weeks ago for the presentation of the Star Trek’s Continuing Relevance symposium, it is now posted to Ustream, and I have embedded it here for your edification. Video streaming by Ustream

X-Ray Analysis of the Starship Enterprise

The original model used in filming the Star Trek series was donated to the Smithsonian, and now they have produced and published an X-Ray Analysis of the Starship Enterprise for everyone to enjoy. You can also see pictures there of where it now hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. If you are in [...]

Attend #SIBeamUp event!

If you want to attend the Smithsonian’s Star Trek #SIBeamUp! on May 16th you probably want to get your applications in now, as attendance will be very limited. They will give the ten social media users who gain entry a closer look at the Star Trek goodies in the Air and Space Museum collection (including [...]

Game Museum Gathering Saturday

The Art of Video Games is a new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with a collection of 80 games, interviews with the creators, quite a bit of history and background, and a whole lot more. So I am sure not many will be surprised to learn that the folks from Think Geek are [...]

Matt Smith proposes in front of Tardis

According to the official Doctor Who Experience web site, Matt Smith proposed to his girlfriend in front of the Tardis, and she accepted. Of course, it was a totally different Matt Smith, not the actor playing the Doctor at all. But how many folks would have read the whole article if I said that bit [...]

Shuttle picture

The Space Shuttle Discovery made a flight around town the other day before landing at Dulles Airport on its way to its new home at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. A friend of mine grabbed this picture as it circled the airport for the second time.

Player Live Gaming Festival

Starting today and running until October 2nd, the Science Museum in London is running the Player Live Gaming Festival. This event is broken into a couple of pieces, with the first part on September 28th being an adults-only presentation. It includes a smartphone driven scavenger hunt, a “silent disco” in the computing and math area [...]