I-CON 29: Saturday 27 March 2010
Chimera in Costume
I-CON is a Science Fiction, Science, Fantasy, Media, Gaming, and Comics convention - the largest in the northeastern USA. In previous years we concentrated on the gaming and hacking panels, but this year we went more for science and technology. For each panel, we note some of the key points discussed. We encourage readers to attend since you get a lot more from interacting with the panel than from reading our report.
Naturally, we dressed as Zoombies (not Zombies), a term coined by Kristal.
Kristal as a Zoombie
Panel: Science and the Obama Administration
Dr. John Marburger, science advisor to Bush
- All the information on science and the government is available at the GAO website. There are many free pdf's.
- Obama has leaner NASA - cancelled Mars missions.
- Under Bush, the question was whether to go to Mars directly or stop at the Moon first.
- Dr Marburger, one of the panelists, said the gravity well is very expensive. We should use materials in the moon - mine it for oxygen to refuel earth orbit satellites.
- There is a lot more weight on private sector for space exploration
- From administration to administration, science budget remains constant. This excludes military, which is what it is. Obama stimulus package had a lot of science in it.
Security profiles the Zoombies
Next we took a quick trip to the dealer room. We are not sure why the security guy took a picture of us. Maybe he is a fan. Maybe we are in a clandestine Zoombie database.
Right at the entrance, Kristal encountered Tony Todd, of Candyman fame, as well as X-Files, 24, and other fandom shows.
Cosplay is still very popular at I-CON. As always, anime tends to be the largest cosplay group, but we saw Star Wars and even some cool steampunk, which seems to be on the rise at the show.
Hidan from Naruto
Star Wars, of course
Live action Mario
Team Rocket from Pokemon
A steampunk typewriter/computer. Notice the uppercase and lowercase keys.