PowerPoint Karaoke Returns!

It has been many long months since PowerPoint Karaoke’s powerhouse performance at CONvergence. We have been recuperating… gathering our powers… waiting for the right time

That time will be Thursday, September 27th, at 10:00pm! Doors will open at 9:30pm, so arrive early and have a beer!

This month’s presenters are: Jill Bernard, Joseph Scrimshaw, Eric Heiberg, and Sharon Stiteler!

I won’t be there, as I will be in Texas, but MY SLIDES WILL BE!

Tickets are $7 ($5 with a MN Fringe button), and can be purchased at the Bryant Lake Bowl website!

If you like doing the Facebook thing, you can do that here:

Please attend! Laugh! Drink beer!

Dragon*Con 2012

During most years, Dragon*Con is something of a relaxing endeavor. I do not work at the convention; I’m rarely placed on panels; I generally don’t keep a regular schedule; I don’t even lug my camera everywhere. My usual plan is to a) hang out with the Skeptic track folks, b) eat, c) drink. This year, I added d) smoke, because my friend Ted showed me where the cigar bar was.

I don’t have many concrete tales of the weekend, as most of it just blurs together. Various highlights:

  • Playing Cards Against Humanity with various Twitterati… and James Urbaniak. I kept hearing Venture Brothers episodes in my head.
  • Maple vodka
  • Hanging out at epic Scott Sigler parties
  • Hanging out a bar that also contained both half the cast of Firefly and half the cast of Battlestar Galactica. (I desperately hoped for a Sharks vs. Jets musical number.)
  • Drinking beer with Jeff Wagg, and randomly meeting a lady who helped isolate the new Heartland virus
  • Drinking martinis with Donna Mugavero
  • Hanging around with the Mad Art Lab peeps
  • Being Boba Fett for a gender-swapped Star Wars group costume endeavor. (Naturally, I was completely overshadowed by Brian Thompson as Princess Leia.)
  • Smoking cigars and drinking scotch and recording podcasts with Ted Meissner and Matt Lowry


James Randi and Alice Cooper

Watching James Randi and Alice Cooper talk about the Billion Dollar Babies tour WAS TOTALLY FREAKING AWESOME.

Ryan with Steggy

Everyone loves a stegosaurus.

Steampunk Totoro? Why not!

Steampunk Totoro? Why not!

Matt's Shoes Are FABULOUS

Matt’s shoes were the most FABULOUS thing I saw at Dragon*Con.

The full gallery of images is below. Enjoy!

New Geek Life: In Which I Have Pickles

That’s right. In this week’s episode of The Geek Life, I have pickles. Also, I have dazed stories of Dragon*Con and Space Camp and driving around the country. Whee!

I Am Worth 10 Points: The Death Race 2000 Car

On August 30th, I was in the process of driving from Minneapolis, MN to Atlanta, GA, a trek I now take once per year. At a point just over halfway between the two cities is a town named Effingham, IL, and it was about here that I wanted to take a break.

When I stopped, I found out from Roadside America (which has a great iPhone app) that I was near My Garage Museum. I’m a little bit of a gearhead, and I love classic car museums, so I figured this would be a great opportunity to strech my legs and take a couple photos. Bonus: free admission!

What I didn’t expect to find was this:

The Death Race 2000 Alligator Car

That’s right, kids. I’d stumbled across the FRICKIN’ ALLIGATOR CAR FROM DEATH RACE 2000.

HOLY CRAP! David Carridine sat in that thing!

Self-Portrait with Death Race 2000 Car

…and I’m worth 10 points!

Comparing between the movie and the actual car, there are differences, particularly in the teeth. However, it does look like the car in Effingham is the real deal, so the car must have gone through a polish sometime since 1975.

According to the museum’s web site, the car “…designed by James Powers and constructed by Dean Jefferies, features the unusual combination of a Volkswagen chassis, Corvair air-cooled power plant, and Corvette style body.” It sure is pretty.

The Death Race 2000 Alligator Car


The museum also contains a lovely Corvette swag shop, a couple dozen classic Corvettes, and no less than THREE movie-used Herbie the Love Bugs. But the Death Race 2000 car takes the cake.

In Lieu of Actual Content…

I have returned safely from Dragon*Con. My adventures were epic, including things like the Death Race 2000 alligator car and a trip to Space Camp.

But I don’t have the photos processed yet. You’ll have to wait.

So, in lieu of actual content, here’s a photo of me driving a tank:

I'm drivng a tank!

Photo courtesy of Drive a Tank (http://www.driveatank.com). The man grinning in the turret is Fes Works.