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The summer convention season is about to end, but that doesn’t mean the fun is going to stop.  Doctor Geek’s Laboratory will once again return to Dragon Con. (Aug 29 –Sept 1, 2014)

This year you will be able to meet Dr. Scott Viguie, Debbie Viguie, Rita De La Torre and JC De La Torre.

As you can see from the schedule below, we will be at various panels and events.  Make sure not to miss our two signature panels Spelunking Atlantis and Sci-fi for your Wi-Fi.

Dragon Con 2014 Schedule for Doctor Geek’s Lab Actors

 

Dr. SCOTT Viguié (aka Doctor Geek)

 

Thursday

 

8:30-9:30 pm       80 Years of Flash Gordon  Marriott M303-304

10:00-11:00 pm   Ghostbusters: 30th Anniversary  Marriott M303-304

 

Friday

 

11:30 am – 12:30 pm   Doctor Who: Ask the Experts   Hilton Crystal Ballroom

5:30 – 6:30 pm   Red Dwarf   Sheraton Macon

 

Saturday

 

8:30-9:30 am    Scooby Doo: 45 Years of Meddling Kids   Marriott M303-304

1:00-2:00 pm   They Blinded Me With…Naquadah  Westin Chastain HIJ

4:00-5:00 pm    Practical Time Travel  Westin Augusta 1-2

5:30-6:30 pm    The Myth & Realties of Steam Power  Westin Augusta 1-2

7:00-8:00 pm    Understanding Science Fiction & Fantasy Podcasting  Hilton 203

 

Sunday

 

10:00-11:00 am  Doctor Who: Capaldi First Impressions   Hilton Grand Ballroom West

1:00-2:00 pm    Spelunking Atlantis  Westin Chastain HIJ

2:30-3:30 pm    Autograph Session  Marriott International Hall South

8:30-11:00 pm  Sci Fi for Your Wi-fi   Westin Chastain HIJ

 

Monday

 

8:30-9:30 pm  Six Million Dollar Man: 40 Years  Marriott M303-304

1:00-2:00 pm  Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Review  Hilton Grand Ballroom East

 

 

Debbie Viguié (aka Claire)

 

Thursday

 

8:30-9:30 pm   80 Years of Flash Gordon  Marriott M303-304

10:00-11:00 pm   Ghostbusters: 30th Anniversary  Marriott M303-304

 

Friday

 

11:30 am -12:30 pm  Protagonist Professions in Urban Fantasy  Westin Chastin ED

1:00-2:00 pm   Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith   Marriott A601-602

 

Saturday

 

8:30-9:30 am    Scooby Doo: 45 Years of Meddling Kids   Marriott M303-304

4:00-5:00 pm   Real Ghostbusters: The Best and the Beautiful   Marriott M303-304

8:30-9:30 pm  Truly Outrageous: Female Heroes Classic SF  Marriott M303-304

10:00-11:00 pm   Shipping Wars in Harry Potter   Marriott A707

 

Sunday

 

10:00-11:00 am  Doctor Who: Capaldi First Impressions   Hilton Grand Ballroom West

11:30 am-12:30 pm   Beyond Genre: Realistic YA Fiction   Marriott A707

2:30-3:30 pm   Autograph Session  Marriott International Hall South

8:30-9:30 pm   Titan Presents  Hyatt  Embassy A-B

 

 

JC De La Torre (aka Rick)

 

Thursday

 

8:30-9:30 pm   80 Years of Flash Gordon  Marriott M303-304

10:00-11:00 pm   Ghostbusters: 30th Anniversary  Marriott M303-304

 

Friday

 

1:00-2:00 pm  Broadchurch  Sheraton Macon

 

Saturday

 

2:30-3:30 pm  Nothing is More Airwolf than Airwolf   Marriott M303-304

4:00-5:00 pm   Real Ghostbusters: The Best and the Beautiful   Marriott M303-304

7:00-8:00 pm    Understanding Science Fiction & Fantasy Podcasting  Hilton 203

 

Sunday

 

1:00-2:00 pm    Spelunking Atlantis  Westin Chastain HIJ

2:30-3:30 pm    Sherlock  Hilton Grand Ballroom West

8:30-11:00 pm  Sci Fi for Your Wi-fi   Westin Chastain HIJ

 

Monday

 

1:00-2:00 pm   Brit TV You Should be Watching   Sheraton Macon

 

 

Rita De La tore (aka Sam)

 

Thursday

 

8:30-9:30 pm   80 Years of Flash Gordon  Marriott M303-304

10:00-11:00 pm   Ghostbusters: 30th Anniversary  Marriott M303-304

 

Friday

 

1:00-2:00 pm  Broadchurch  Sheraton Macon

 

Saturday

 

4:00-5:00 pm   Real Ghostbusters: The Best and the Beautiful   Marriott M303-304

7:00-8:00 pm    Understanding Science Fiction & Fantasy Podcasting  Hilton 203

 

Sunday

 

1:00-2:00 pm    Spelunking Atlantis  Westin Chastain HIJ

2:30-3:30 pm    Sherlock  Hilton Grand Ballroom West

8:30-11:00 pm  Sci Fi for Your Wi-fi   Westin Chastain HIJ

 

Monday

 

1:00-2:00 pm   Brit TV You Should be Watching   Sheraton Macon

I am proud to announce the release of Tears of Poseidon, the first in a trilogy written by myself and my wife, The New York Times Best Selling Author Debbie Viguie.  While Debbie and I have collaborated before, she provides the voice of Claire on Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, this is the first time we have written a book together.

Fans of my earlier book, Archaeology in Fiction, will recognize the name Tex Ravencroft.  Tex’s diary entries from that novel were the basis of this new adventure, the quest for Atlantis!

Get your copy today, available in KindleNook and paperbackeditions

Recently, I was approached by the good people at SingleHop to participate in their Geekness Day celebration by providing a little information about how I embrace my Geekness.  So why am I posting this article today and not on the official Geekness Day of July 13th?  Simple, every day is Geekness Day at Doctor Geek’s Laboratory. So what makes Doctor Geek a geek? Well like everyone I have several geekdoms, several fandoms I am very passionate about.  I am such a Highlander fan I even have Highlander the Source in my collection.

What can I say? I am an archivist.  In fact, my video collection is so vast I single handedly could restore the Sci-Fi channel (note I did not say Syfy) and the ME TV channel.  Maybe I should see if the people at SingleHop can set me up with some dedicated servers and a cloud solution for my video server?

Anyway, while I am very proud of my video collection, I am most proud of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, the audio show that combines science and fiction to explore the future that has not yet come to pass.  I created the show as STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach, and I am proud to say homeschooling parents are using the show to supplement their children’s science curriculum.  The success of our show is proof that nothing is impossible, just highly improbable.

So what is next for Doctor Geek’s Laboratory?  Are we resting on our success? Never! As Captain Kirk said, “risk is our business”.  In addition to beginning pre-production on season 3 of the audio show, we will explore the strange new world of live entertainment.  On September 27th 2014 The South Florida Museum is proud to present Doctor Geek’s Science Fair!  This full day expo combines the excitement of a science fiction convention with the fun of a science fair.  In addition to the panels, vendors and exhibitors, students will be participating in our inaugural Applied Geekdom Competition.

I hope everyone has a great Geekness Day! And remember to apply your Geekdom!

Last year at MakerFaire, 3D printing was seemingly the eighth wonder of the world. There were bunches of these miraculous devices scattered about, and folks clustered around them with heads tilted sideways to watch a bust of Yoda or an iPhone case appear seemingly out of nothing.

 

This year the printers were still much in evidence, but they had evolved and brought some friends along.

 

No, really.

 

Last year’s printers that came to the Faire pretty much had the option to choose between two kinds of plastic, ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) or PLA (Polylactic Acid), to print with, and even then it was really uncommon to run across something in more than one color.

 

This year brought with it the rainbow.   And PolyWood. And shoes.

 

Yep. Shoes.

 

The folks at Feetz (http://www.feetz.co/), like many of us, were tired of not being able to find shoes that fit, so they developed a way to print some that did. They seem to be using one of the new, more rubbery feeling materials for this.   The result looks a bit like a cross between Crocs and sandals. But hey! 3D printed shoes!

 

One of the hallmarks of the 3D printed items I’d seen up to this point was a sort of faint striation or ridging all along the outside of the object. It has to do with the way the printer works.   This time around there were places offering ways to make the outside of objects smoother after printing, and also printers that just plain printed smoother outsides. So, now that you can print with more than one color on some printers, those colorful items can look that much more polished.

 

3D Printers weren’t the only show on the scene this year. I heard rumors of 3D Routers, but I did see ShopBot’s CNC Router, which does 3D carving. There were a couple of 3D Scanners about, and AIO Robotics was showing their 3D Printer/Scanner/Copier/Faxer.

 

Faxer. That’s right, you can scan an item at one end, and print out a copy at the other. Pretty Star Trek-y if you ask me. (video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddvng2s-cy0)

 

So, basically, this year at Maker Faire, 3D Printing technology had taken an evolutionary step forward. There are new printing materials (did I mention PolyWood?) You can now scan something instead of creating an item in a program and then printing it. There are new horizons of color and finer end product capabilities. And heck, you can just fax an item to someone if you need to.

 

Mind you, that’s just stuff that I saw while I was at Maker Faire. In the wide world out there, there are people working on printing makeup in whatever color you want. I’ve heard about someplace working on printing with chocolate. And don’t even get me started on bio-printing. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing%233D_bio-printing)   I mean, they 3D printed a piece of a skull for a transplant just a few months ago. As if we needed more proof that we actually live in the future.

 

In the end, I guess that the only question is: what will you print?
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