Flower City Comic Con 2017 Montage Video

This is a video I made of the fans at FC3 in Rochester, NY.

Flower City Comic Com: http://www.fc3roc.com

Music is Welcome to the Con by Ookla the Mok.
Written by Rand Bellavia and Adam English.
http://www.ooklathemok.com

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Geek Code is obsolete?

Back in the 90’s when the Internet was the playground for nerds in college they created the Geek Code to show off our geekiness.  It increadiblely out of date especially with DOOM!, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Usenet, Kibo, and Dilbert.  It really needs to be updated.  USENET can be replaced with Reddit and Dilbert can be changed with web comics.  That should be updated for the times.  Well below is my geek code.  Click here to decode.

—–BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK—–
Version: 3.1
GIT d- s:+> a+ C++(+++)$>++++ UL+>++ P L++ !E—- W++ N++ !o !K w+>$ !O— !M !V PS+(++) PE-(–) Y+ PGP(++) t+ 5++ X R(+) tv+ b+(++) DI+>+++++ D G++ e++ h– r>++ y+>+++
——END GEEK CODE BLOCK——

Thinking About Podcasting Again

Back in 2006-ish I was introduced to podcasting by a friend at the time.  Being a fan of sci-fi I got into Escape Pod and Galacticast.  Would download them and then transfer them to PDA.  Over time I found out about Podiobooks and others that are non-scifi.  It inspired me to make my own.  So I made started making my own.

I started with The Radical Geek Video Podcast.  I thought that video would show the visual aspects of the geek community.  (Videos are in past posts)  Then there was Literary Wasteland.  Did 5 episodes of it were I would review self published speculative fiction.  I stopped that one because I am terrible with monologues because there is no feedback.

If I am going to make another podcast I would like to have a partner because I like feedback.  I don’t know what it will be about, but that is part of the fun.  Maybe do a Hogan’s Heroes introcast.

Sad Puppies are Much Fun

SAD PUPPIES

parody of Dead Puppies by Ogden Edsl

Sad puppies, sad puppies
Sad puppies aren’t much fun

They want to say mean things
They want all the bling
Sad puppies aren’t much fun

Those puppy cried late twenty-fourteen
They keep making an awful scene
Sad puppies aren’t much fun, no, no, no

They says puppy’s days are through
They say they’re going to lose
Sad puppies aren’t much fun

Sad puppies, sad, sad, sad, sad puppies
Sad puppies aren’t much fun
Come on everybody out there, sing along, okay

Sad, sad, sad, sad puppies
Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad puppies
Sad puppies aren’t much fun

One more time for rolling resca
Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad puppies
Sad puppies aren’t much fun

Dog Catchers

Lately if you’re a sci-fi/fantasy fan you might of heard about the Sad or Rabid Puppies.  They are a campaign to get books from white male authors nominated for a Hugo and try to flood the slate of categories to once of there approval.  The system is easy to game for that of all it’s over 10000 members at WorldCon only a small portion of them submit ballots for nomination.  This has many of the same vain as Gamergate.  It seems like the right wing hate machine is getting it tentacles into everything that is changing to be more diverse.

So how we going to change this you ask?  Do the same that the occupy movement and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.  We need to get the rest of the WorldCon goes to nominate books that are not supported by the sad puppies.  To strengthen are resolve like the Occupy Wall St movement.  Pressure authors and artists to no accept the nomination if they are on the sad puppies list.  Same goes for publishers also.  TO BE DOG CATCHERS.

Return of the R.U.D.I. project.

A few years ago I was helping out with a scifi convention and wanted to make a robot as a mascot.  I tried to learn programming arduino boards to do it.  Tried as hard as I could but couldn’t get the board programmed to work.  I scraped the project and gave some of the parts away.  Years later I was looking on Instructables and found out about the EZ-Robot Developer Kit.  So I ordered the kit and am going back to creating R.U.D.I. again.  Bring him to EerieCon
in Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY area to entertain the guests.  Will keep you posted.

P.S. R.U.D.I. stands for Rudimentary Utility Droid Intelligence.

Floatball: Future Sport

When I was in Jr High(1985-87) I remember this Foot Locker commercial during the Superbowl.  (Superbowl Ad)  It showed this futuristic sport with players are flying and trying to get a ball into a goal that was the size of the ball.  Some players had an arm cannon to launch the ball why others had a scoop on one hand to catch and throw the ball.  This kinda stuck with me, and inspired me to create a future sport that was in zero-gee called Pargon.  The more I looked into weightlessness it has evolved over time to be Floatball.
The rules were taken from Team Handball/Water Polo and goes as follows.  The playing area is an enclosed space that is 20-30m wide by 15-20m deep by 2.5-3m high (Partly based on water polo pool), so there is no out of bounds.  There were poles placed throughout the “field” so players can change direction.  Goals where in the end walls 2.5 meters wide and meter high with bars along the opening for the goalie to hold on to.  There is 7 players to a side: 1 goalie and 6 field players (i.e. water polo and team handball).   Playing time was divided into 4 quarters of 8 minutes.  Goals are worth 1 point. 
Game would start with the ball in the center with one player for each team would do a jump ball/face off where one would push off the floor with another player off the ceiling.  Penalties would be spearing where a player would charge head or shoulder first into another player.  Holding onto another player and an push off where you would launch yourself off another player.

Episode 4-8: Radical Geek Farewell

Sorry everyone but this is the last episode of the Radical Geek.  I had fun interviewing all the interesting people and places.  I do have a show and in this episode I talk an eclectic mix of people.  Starting out I interview science fiction author Derwin Mak, then going to Sherri Fairchild and Frank Nicosea from DMon Productions in zombie makeup talking about there movie Fester, and finishing it off is Canada’s geekyist media personality Liana Kerzner.

Links:

Derwin Mak

Web: http://www.derwinmaksf.com

Twitter: @DerwinMaksf

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Derwin.Mak

DMon Productions

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DMonProductions

Twitter: @DMONPRODUCTION

Liana Kerzner

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Liana-K-106403859461026/timeline/

Twitter: @redlianak

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxeNJdOLFPqIHjuZRpEgfTQ

Agents of Cosplay at the Escapist Magazine: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/

Promo: Unofficial 75 Greatest Marvels Countdown

Episode 4-7: 4 Color Creators

Ever wonder what it is like to create comics and the process they go about making them.  I talk to a few comic creators and we discuss what they draw and on how they create characters.  We have an array of genres: Sci-fi, Horror, Fantasy, Humor, and True Life.

Guests

Jeremy Kahn (http://www.jkahn.org)

Sal Otero (http://www.facebook.com/innerthreat)

Liz Pritchard (http://www.paperbagcomic.com)

Nigel Carrington (http://www.starrskillscomics.com)

E. D. Mead (http://www.edmeadart.com)

Promo: Get Published, Flash Pulp

Episode 3-6: A Speculative Bunch

I am back after a short hiatus, but that is the norm for me. I have a new episode for all my fans where I talk to the member of the Rochester Speculative Literature Association (R-Spec for short). They have been support writes of the speculative genres (Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery and everything in between).

Promo: Good To Be A Gamer Podcast