Balticon invited me to come back. Sue Wheeler e-mailed me, "You coming? Are you going to respond to our invites?" and I thought, "what invites?" I am guessing they got eaten by the spam filters. I do plan to attend, and I do plan to do programming again. I also plan on shifting gears and being an obnoxious guest this year. I will insist on only speaking directly to the con chair, whom I will call "Squeaky" and never tell anyone why, with all my impossible needs:
"What do you mean I can't have a live camel, Squeaky? I thought it would come with the audio/video request package!! I bet you'd do it for Hal Clement if he was still alive...! Yeah... I see how it is for ol' Punkie..."
I found, while looking up Phil Lamar's credits, that there will be at least 3 more Futurama movies. "Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (2009)," "Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008)," and "Futurama: Bender's Game (2008)." I liked, "Bender's Big Score," so I am looking forward to a good year of Slurm and Hypnotoad.
I have been a part of the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) distributed computing program since 1999, and today I crossed over one million credits, ranking me in the 4700s for the whole world, the top 0.5% percentile, and one of the FEW single individuals with that many credits (most are companies like Sun or HP). And at an average of 1600 credits per day, I am still searching for aliens. Woo!
Lego Killing Machines
When I was a kid, my friends and I used to lament that Lego didn't have any real army men or tanks or any Lego sets where we could wage an interlocking brick horror upon the helpless mini-figs we delighted in torturing. Of course, we made our own (usually in the form of marauding spaceships), but they never seemed as cool as a real set. Lego's stance on this was they wanted to promote peace and love and creativity and... they just didn't know boys very well.
Where was this guy when Andy Oman and I were looking for mechanized juggernauts to bring a mini-fig holocaust? Holy tentacled plastic death carriage, man! The video is ever so worthwhile to see mini-figs chopped and flung aside like the helpless, frozen-smiled victim sheep they are. Mua ha ha!