Defcam 2.0 Preparation and more from Defcon 27!

DC27 Defcam2 - link UP

So I did not “complete” my hat until very late Friday when i finally got it to announce its link status on its new set of 14 segment displays.  It performed admirably all weekend.  Thanks to Paul for safely transporting it to and from Vegas. I must also thank Stephen for his late night help on Wednesday. (tacos are not enough)  Without his amazing soldering, i’d still be trying to figure out what i had done wrong.  Here are some pictures from that night and the con to follow. . .

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DC27 Villages - Rogues Village - Shuffle TheoryDC27 Talks - Detecting Mac MalwareDC27 Villages - Hacking a BoatDC27 - Badge Rick
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Comic Con 2019 wraps up!

Matt Groening signing at 2019 Comic Con

It was an incredible surprise visit to Comic Con!  Exhausting and exhilarating!  I finally made it to a Simpsons panel thanks to a very special fan of my own who provided me with a most coveted invite. I saw some incredible costumes, amazing artwork, and talented performers.  I bought too many t-shirts and not enough comics and artwork. I went to an awesome panel on building communities in Sci-Fi and it turned into just an insightful talk on all manner of writing topics by some incredible writers (only some of which i have already read).  Let’s just say that i have a pile of new books to read now.  Until next year!


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Good Omens screening last night left me champing at the bit!

Neil Gaiman introducing good omens at screening

The first episode was a great start to what i know will be an entertaining and darkly hilarious madcap adventure.  Waiting for the remaining episodes will be the difficult part.  Neil Gaiman delivered a brief and amusing introduction. Tasty nibbles were provided. Though this work is originally from nearly 30 years ago, i only read it a few months ago.  Perfect timing (i did not know the show was coming).

Good Omens Poster Projection

Chinese New Year celebrated in Los Angeles!

Chinese New Year LA

We missed the parade, and even worried that the celebration might be winding down.  Luckily it turned out that the celebration was not even slowing.  Confetti cannons continued to fire, gathering so much on the ground that children were playing in it like snow.  Confetti angles, confetti ball fights, there were even some industrious youths that managed to relaunch a massive pile back into the air and onto the heads of celebrants.  Amazing food, performers, music and art.  Not to mention the typical chinatown fair. I watched performances by dragon dancers, contortionists, martial artists, traditional chinese music as well as contemporary chinese pop music.  It was a great way to bring in the year of the Boar!

Chinese New Year LA Chinese New Year LA - Confetti

More photos from Stan Lee tribute

Incredibly, we were provided with a seemingly endless supply of White Castle Burgers.  These delicious tiny devils were a delight. I ate too many. #noregrets
Stan Lee Tribute -White Castle Appetizers Abound

Amazing art was on display prominently featuring Stan. The honors kept coming.  The army provided a color guard with taps. Celebrity panels and pre-recorded messages from people across the spectrum of entertainment media.  Even the mayor of Los Angeles presented POW Entertainment with a specially produced key to the city.  The documentary and other videos offered incredible insight into the history of Stan and his many many creative endeavors. I probably watched 45 minutes of Stan Lee cameos.  In fact, I am grateful that I had watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse before coming to this event.  I teared up during Stan’s particularly moving cameo. I doubt it would have had the same impact seen out of context.  I met many incredible people. From fans to speakers and even the event staff were all comic (or comic based movie) lovers. This was an experience I will never forget.

Stan Lee Tribute - Stanverine art
Stan Lee Tribute - Celebrity Panel
Stan Lee Tribute - Seth Green and be3n