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Dragon*Con 2010 Pictures
Labor Day Weekend, 2010

Although this was a fun Dragon*Con for me, it had a very different feel from past D*Cs. My first D*C was the first year of the Skeptrack. Well, actually, I'm not entirely sure of that since I intentionally skipped all panels on my first year to concentrate on costuming. The point is that all of my experience with D*C revolves around skeptics: skeptic panels, skeptic celebrities, science, skeptical friends; it's basically like I've gone back to a weird, alter-dimensional universe where school was cool and everyone wanted to attend. I learn new things, I meet interesting people, and I usually have some pretty kinky sex.

This year was cool too, but not quite in the same way. A lot of the skeptical celebrities I enjoy meeting and listening to didn't attend, a lot of personal friends and Squigglemates didn't attend, I missed several panels that I really wanted to attend, and no kinky sex. But, on the plus side, I got to meet and hang out with some new people that I hadn't had the chance to before, and I did attend a couple of events I never had before. I originally wasn't planning on wearing any costumes, since I have my new Atheist Tees store to advertise, and the Skeptrack at Dragon*Con is a great place to do that, but I ended up with 3 costumes anyway. Only one of which was new, but other than the addition of a hat, you really couldn't tell it was a "costume", since it was poking fun at myself.

This year I wore Laurie Jupiter for a few hours, I wore my None costume, and I created, just for the occasion, a DIA costume. That stands for DisInformation Agent. Brian Dunning of skeptoid was once accused of being a Disinformation Agent. OK, he was accused of that more than once. It's a common accusation by conspiracy theorists towards people who attempt to dispel the myths and fantasies of popular culture. These are the same people who also usually accuse others of being shills for Big Whatever they don't like, such as Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Corn, etc. So anyway, he got called a Disinformation Agent & tweeted about needing a badge or something. One of his fans whipped up a very realistic ID badge for him, which he posted on Twitter. It was so popular, that someone else created an online wizard that allowed us to upload our own picture and choose from a handful of titles and departments to make our own printable badge.

Well, I went one further. I made an entire line of clothing for the DIA, along the lines of the FBI as seen on TV shows - t-shirts, tank tops, cadet caps, polo shirts, track jackets, etc. The guy who made the original Brian Dunning badge offered his original Photoshop files to make our own, so I used that, and the guidelines from the online wizard to make up badges & clothing with symbols for all the other departments, and created an alter-ego of Joreth, a DIA for Big Pharma, Toxin Distribution Division (because of my work with anti-vaxxers, vaccine and STD education). I am rather proud of the whole ensemble, but it really doesn't look much different from my normal clothing - you'll see later on!

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PANELS
These are pictures of the various panels that I or my Squigglemates attended.
First was The Line. Every year, the Pre-Registration line gets longer and longer as attendees try to save a few bucks by registering early. It's a significant amount, but so is the time in line! We arrived on Thursday evening before the con, but by the time we checked in and got our room settled, it was after 8 PM and the latest reports said the line was 5 hours long at that point. I went down anyway, because I had Friday morning panels I wanted to attend, but the line had closed before I got there. So I got up at 5:00 in the morning, took my workout mat and a book, and got in line before sunrise, which turned out to be a good thing, since the line was outdoors. I slept for most of it, but at 8 AM, the line opened. I wasn't first, but I was near the front, so the race through the queue line was something else! I have pictures and video of what it's like to be at the front of the line. Oh, and the buy-on-site line? 15 minute wait all weekend.
 
The switchbacks inside

People filling in the queue

 
 

Heard in line: "What's the longest distance between 2 points? 1,000 straight lines!
 

The first panel of the Skeptrack: Introduction To Skeptrack

James Randi - The Amazing Randi, magician & creator of the Million Dollar Challenge to find evidence of paranormal activity

Jamy Ian Swiss - talented magician & skeptic

Ben Radford - professional paranormal investigator

Joe Nickell - professional paranormal investigator

Daniel Loxton - writer, illustrator, editor of Junior Skeptic

Derek Colanduno - cohost of Skepticality Podcast, the skeptic podcast that started it all

Brian Dunning - skeptic & host of Skeptoid & In Fact podcasts

Brian Dunning doing a Skeptoid Short

Joe Nickell signing a book

Joe Nickell signing a book

Joe Nickell talks about investigating "cold cases"

The case of the alien hybrid fetus


Richard Saunders of The Skeptic Zone podcast

Richard Saunders demonstrates the Power Balance scam

The "amazing" demonstration is nothing more than misdirection

It's a bracelet that claims its "holograms" make you stronger, faster, better

But it doesn't, the demonstrators just knock you off balance

Scott Bakula in the Walk Of Fame

Sean Faircloth, lobbyist for the Secular Coalition For America

Brian Dunning talks about the Missing Cosmonauts


Edward Furlong from Terminator 2

Edward Furlong from Terminator 2
 

Aubrey de Grey is head of the SENS Foundation, where he studies, & searches for a cure, for aging. Here he is introduced to Dragon*Con for the first time at his SENS 1 panel.
 

Aubrey de Grey

Aubrey de Grey

? & Aubrey de Grey at the ? panel

Randall puts the beer on nitrogen at the ? panel
 

Randall puts the beer in the cooler, & then fills the cooler with liquid nitrogen because that's how geeks ice down the brew, with Johnny X (organizer of the science track) introducing himself.
 
 

Aubrey de Grey explains why future aging therapies should be available to the general public and not hoarded by the rich
 

A live lizard napping on the projector in the Science track

Mark, Randall, Datan0de, & Aubrey de Grey - the Transhumanism panel

Aubrey de Grey

Datan0de on the Transhumanism panel

The panelists

Datan0de

Datan0de

Mark & Randall

Datan0de & Aubrey de Grey

The Transhumanism panel

Datan0de & Aubrey de Grey

Datan0de & Aubrey de Grey


Aubrey de Grey

Aubrey de Grey

Datan0de & Aubrey de Grey

Datan0de & Aubrey de Grey

Datan0de & Aubrey de Grey

Mark, Randall, Datan0de & Aubrey de Grey

Datan0de

COSTUMES
I didn't take very many costume pictures this year, so these are mostly from Datan0de, since he's more likely to take costume pictures than I am anyway. Costume pictures and general con pictures.

A xenomorph Alien

I have no clue


Some of our favorite skeptics: Daphne, Scooby Doo, & Velma



Mars Attacks! alien

complete with walk & spooky music

Chewbacca

All glory to the hypnotoad!
 

All glory to the Hypnotoad!
 

The Hypnotoad with a smartphone app of the Hypnotoad playing on its head

All are captivated by the Hypnotoad

Datan0de is hypnotized by the Hypnotoad

All glory to the Hypnotoad!

All glory to the Hypnotoad!

All glory to the Hypnotoad!

Na'vi from Avatar



Zensidhe gets another con beat-down!

Oh the woo! Dowsing rods in the dealer's room



Ariel from Little Mermaid

from Invader Zim



Supergirl

Jareth, the Goblin King, from Labrynth








Me in Silk Spectre II

Also known as Laurie Jupiter

A closeup


Morrigan Aensland from Darkstalkers arcade game


Codex from The Guild


Cammy from Street Fighter II

Slave Leia from Star Wars


A storm trooper, me as Laurie Jupiter, & Datan0de

The cast from Jurassic Park

... and a dinosaur





Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake








From the new Tron movie coming out soon


Steampunk Photoshoot

Trying to be in the Guinness Book of World Records for largest steampunk group


Lots o' steampunk


Steampunk Professor X from X-Men







Steampunk dog





Poison Ivy from Batman


Datan0de in Steampunk Aviator

Datan0de in Steampunk Aviator



A lightsaber duel breaks out on the 10th floor







Pimp Vader



Zombie Slave Leia


Storm Trooper impaled by a lightsaber




Another Laurie Jupiter with Night Owl








Darla & Zensidhe

Darla

Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill

Gogo Yubari beats down Zensidhe


Naughty Nuns and Pedo-Priest












Leeloo from Fifth Element











My new DIA costume with cap, shirt, ID badge, & shield

the DIA ID badge

Datan0de in Cyberpunk

Datan0de in Cyberpunk

Datan0de in Cyberpunk

Probably the most important costume at Dragon*Con this year

Terminator 2, both models




Datan0de gets his free Tdap vaccination

I, as a Disinformation Agent for Big Pharma, get vaccinated too

It's all part of our evil plot to save the world





Me as DIA & Datan0de as Cyberpunk



Steampunk machines



Steam powered computer





Hit Girl & Kick Ass

Jessie & Kim with Aubrey de Grey

Jessie kissing Datan0de



Aubrey de Grey shaking hands with Datan0de


A xenomorph from Aliens



GEORGIA AQUARIUM
One of the things I did differently this year was to attend the Dragon*Con At The Georgia Aquarium. I'm glad I got to go, but attending an aquarium at night poses some challenges. Many of the exhibits had very low lighting to simulate a natural solar cycle, so an awful lot of my pictures turned out like crap because you can't use a flash through a plexiglass window and the lighting inside was too dim not to use a flash. But I did my best. I even got some video! Any suggestions on the types of animals whose names I missed is appreciated.

Rays in the touch-pools


Cownose ray

Rays and sharks that guests can pet




Shrimp in another petting pool



Red Lionfish


Pufferfish





Loggerhead Sea Turtle

















Emerald tree boa constrictor






Poison dart frog

Blurry poison dart frog

These were so little, it was hard to get good pics of them

Poison dart frogs




White American Aligator















Red Piranha


Sturgeon

Asian Small-Clawed Otter

Sleeping

Not sleeping



Trying to sleep



Otter pile!


Really, does it get any more adorable?






Oh wait, it does








"'scuze me, coming through"

That can't be comfortable!

Neither can that!







Finally! Some sleep!

Fish-Eating Anenome






Giant Japanese Spider Crabs









Weedy Sea Dragon



Wolf Eel



Beluga Whale




Harbor Seal

Harbor Seal heading right for me, turning at the last minute

Beluga Whale





Harbor Seal heading right for me again






Souther Sea Otter



This otter was so busy cleaning itself...

and had a headshake when holding still...

that it was nearly impossible to get a sharp picture

but it was adorable!




































 

Video of the Sea Otter cleaning itself
 

Another Sea Otter arrives


This one held still more often






Pressing the nose against the glass


















































Sleepytime!
















Penguins sleeping

The lights were out, so pics were difficult








Giant Hammerhead Shark


Sand Tiger Shark










Me with a Sandbar Shark right behind me









Manta Ray






Largetooth Sawfish





Leopard Whipray



Whale Shark





Manta Ray




Whale Shark feeding




Sand Tiger Shark


Atlantic Sea Nettle



Pacific Sea Nettle













Moon Jelly







Yellow Tang






Barletts' Anthias



Anglefish





Red & Black Anenome Fish








Blurry Sea Anenome

Sleeping Sea Horse

Sleeping Sea Horse

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