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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?
I’ll be over here with a PancakeBot if you need me. – http://www.pancakebot.com/

It’s May and that means the summer convention season is about to begin!  We are honored to once again return to TimeGate(May 23rd-25th 2014).

This year is going to be a lot of fun.  Doctor Geek’s Laboratory will be participating on a full range of panels, Dr. Scott Viguie (Doctor Geek) and Debbie Viguie (Claire) will be joined by fellow Doctor Geek’s Laboratory cast members JC De La Torre (Rick) and Rita De La Torre (Sam).  Make sure to stop by and say hello, and don’t miss the panel devoted to Brazen Wench Productions LLC’s newest show Continuum Force

Scott

Fri. 8 pm Diggin into Atlantis (Abydos)

Fri. 9 pm The Good and Bad Science in TV and Film (Main)

Sat 1 pm Continuum Force (Abydos)

Sat 6 pm Science of Stargate (Abydos)

Sat 7 pm From Ghosties and Ghoulies (OtherWorlds)

Sun 10 am Myths and Legends in Doctor Who (Gallifrey)

Sun 11 am Pandorica Ever After (Gallifrey)

Sun noon Dr. Geek Live (Main)

Sun 1 pm Archaeology is Fun (Worlds of Wonder)

Sun 2 pm Stargate There and Back Again (Abydos)

 

Debbie

Sat 10 am Project Northern Lights (OtherWorlds)

Sat 1 pm Writing and the Media (Library)

Sat 4 pm Arrow (OtherWorlds)

Sat 7 pm From Ghosties and Ghoulies (OtherWorlds)

Sun 10 am Myths & Legends in Doctor Who (Gallifrey)

Sun 11 am Pandorica Ever After (Gallifrey)

Sun noon Dr. Geek Live (Main)

Sun 3 pm How to Write a Great Story (Worlds of Wonder)