Freedom of Speech on the Internet

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Can you criticize a large corporation on a personal website? Lawyer and Electronic Frontiers Forum (EFF) panelist J. Scott McClain thinks so, and spearheaded the EFF track Thursday afternoon with the current “sexy” web topic entitled “Freedom of Speech on the Internet”. What would no doubt prove to be Dragon*Con’s highest concentration of computer programmers and enthusiasts (outside of the gaming track) met in one of the hotel’s underground chambers, and shared sage wisdom on this topic. A bevy of
 
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The Art Show Experience

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Thursday, opening day of Dragon Con, expectations and the hopes of fun and frolic run high. As everyone paced the streets to hunt for registration, the art halls were hidden in the merchandise mart, bypassed and ignored, and the artist’s room eagerly waited for the fantasy audience. During the day, no one but the artists’ and stalwart fans wandered the exhibition hall and admired each of the works politely and sincerely. At 5 PM the reception began with the traditional
 
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Jar Jar’s Mom Speaks

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Lucasfilm creature designer Terryl Whitlach spoke Thursday on characters created for the new Star Wars film, The Phantom Menace. Ms. Whitlach has worked extensively in the film industry, video games, and has illustrated several book jackets. Whitlach is responsible for the birth of virtually all the new characters you see in Episode One, including Jar Jar Binks and the Gungan, Watto, Sebulba and all the other podracers, and the undersea creatures. During pre-production for the film, Ms. Whitlach met with
 
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Film Legend Visits Dragon*Con

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The audience in The Hyatt’s Fairlie room listened on in awestruck silence as film legends Ray Harryhausen, Julius Schwartz and David A. Kyle talked about their love for film and their careers. Photos of the panelists, along with those of fellow legends like Ray Bradbury, adorned the walls. Harryhausen’s voice boomed across the small room as he answered Kyle’s questions. Julius Schwartz, with a voice like a gangster from a classic noir film, provided insight as well as comic relief.
 
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Ambassador Molari Speaks Out

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What do wild hair, run away eyebrows, and Switzerland have in common? Answer: Londo Mollari. Londo, the ambassador for the Centauri Republic on Babylon 5, played by Peter Jurasik has had some interesting moments, both on and off the set. From “hair raising” stories of make up sessions to fond memories of his co-stars on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Peter enlightened the rapt crowd with amusing stories, and of course Lando’s unique view point on many things. Questions ranged
 
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