September 17th, 2004

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Update Storm: Dragon*Con

I'm gonna be posting a bunch of entries pretty much all at once. Apologies in advance.

Dragon*Con: What can I say? It was Heaven on Earth (as always)! The costumes were magnificent, the panels were fascinating, and a great time was had by all. I think we had more close friends there with us this year than in previous years, which made a wonderful experience even better. tacit posted a nice update here (not entirely work friendly), and most of what I did included him, so I'm gonna cheap out and say "ditto" to his post, with just a couple of comments: 1) He only scratched the surface of a blur of a weekend 2) Is my nose really that big?

Last year at D*Con there were two different cryonics panels, both of which I attended with rapt interest. I spoke with the panelists at great length afterwards, found out that most of them are also Extropians, and mentioned that I'd had Alcor paperwork half filled out for the better part of the year. They issued me the challenge to have my bracelet by the time I returned to Con this year. Well, they remembered me this year, and as I walked into the first (again, of two) cryonics panel this year one of them immediately came up to me and asked if I'd completed the process. This pleased me very much. I showed him the bracelet and was asked to sit on the panel, to which I happily agreed. This pleased me even more. Then I realized as the panel started that one of the other people on the panel was Dr. Ralph Merkle, who's very well known and respected in both nanotech and cryonics circles (as well as being coinventor of public key cryptography). I was pretty much awestruck. The guy is as approachable and friendly as he is brilliant.

Michael Laine, CEO of the Liftport Group, held 4 panel discussions on space elevators. Again, absolutely fascinating, edge-of-your-seat stuff, and we only actually made it to one of the panels. The Smoosh missed the others because we were, uh, "smooshing". No regrets there. :-)

Leaving `Con would be a depressing experience, were it not for the fact that I still have Necronomicon to look forward to in just another month! Yay!
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Update Storm: Body Mod Technology!

Game night rocked last night. Lots of cool people, including a couple of new faces. We played "Are You A Werewolf?", which was great with the 16 or so people we had. When Blue-haired Mike (not zensidhe) showed up my jaw dropped. Lemme 'splain.

I've fantasized for years about the idea of having tattoos using fluorescent ink, and thereby glow under black light but are invisible under normal light. When alias_node got his circuit patterns he suggested that I do the same. I told him that I'd probably do it if I could get 'em done as black light tats. Well, Mike showed up looking like this. (Chris & Mike, let me know if either of you would rather I remove the link.) Damn. Just damn. The photos don't do it justice at all- the lines are perfectly straight, and glow a magnificent blue. The ink is encapsulated in something else (buckyballs, perhaps?), which should result in little to no fading or bleeding over time, and probably make it safer than normal ink, too. Of course he just got 'em, so they'll be visible until they heal, which should take 3-4 weeks. After that there should be no trace in day-to-day life. Wow. The mind boggles at the possibilities. Short of bioluminescence, how can you get more cyberpunk than that?
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Update Storm: Battling Malware

Visited my sister and her demon-spawn PC again last night, this time with a boot disk and a grudge against the spyware infesting it. I'm happy to report success in finally cleaning it. I also disabled a couple of vulnerable (and useless) services and installed ZoneAlarm. From a security standpoint it's the best I could hope for. Now I need to do something about their open wireless access point...

Speaking of computer security, I'll be in training all next week. Work is going really well, and I can honestly say that I genuinely enjoy my job again (it's been too long!), but I'm looking forward to my class, Ethical Hacking. I expect to learn a lot, though I should probably brush up on my networking basics over the weekend.

OK, I'm done flooding your Friends list now. Gonna watch some GitS:SAC and go to bed!
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