’06 Features

Updates from Saturn and Titan with Dr. Kevin R. Grazier

Dr. Kevin R. Grazier pumped the audience with an overload of yummy-geek-goodness at the “Updates from Saturn and Titan” panel on Friday night. The twenty-one foot tall, six ton Cassini spacecraft’s four-year-plan is to make seventy-four orbits with fifty-two flybys of seven of Saturn’s moons: Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Titan, Hyperion, Iapetus, Phoebe (MET DR. THIP). The craft is… Read more →

“Spim, Spam, Splog”: Behind the Scenes on the Battle Against Internet Scum

Several legal and technical experts from a major ISP led a discussion on the more annoying aspects of Internet use. Clearing out the come-ons for cheap prescription drugs and “investments” gets old quickly, and it seems like little is being done to combat the abuse of our time and technology resources. Pete Wellborn led the discussion, with backup from several… Read more →

Mythbusting for Fun and Profit

Due to unfortunate circumstances, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara had their flight delayed. Tory Belleci bravely took the stage by himself to thunderous applause from the audience. In true Mythbuster fashion, his first act as solo presenter was to bust the myth of his IMDB entry. Written by an acquaintance, Tory quickly denied the rumor that he was adopted and… Read more →

Podcasts are Go!

A new track dedicated to podcasting—the grass-roots “do-it-yourself radio”—made its Dragon*Con debut today for podcasters and their fans. Podcasting is the art, science, and general mayhem of creating, distributing, and consuming (listening to) audio shows on iPods and similar devices. Podcasting is taking the planet by storm, making itself heard in publishing, fandoms, gaming, marketing, education, and medicine among many… Read more →

A Few Minutes with Emerald Rose

I had a chance to chat with members of Emerald Rose as they prepared for their Sunday afternoon concert. Brian Sullivan, guitarist and singer, told me this would be the band’s 5th year performing at Dragon*Con, and they have built up a substantial fan base among con-goers. During that time, many have come to consider the “Celtic-American Folk-Rock” artists the… Read more →

Wanna Fly a Rocket Plane?

Dragon*Con is pleased to be able to offer convention-goers a chance to experience piloting a rocket powered aircraft, sponsored by the Orbital Commerce Project (OCP). A 27-foot air-conditioned trailer containing two high fidelity, non-motion, rocket powered aircraft simulators will be located on the Hyatt side of Peachtree Center Ave (the street between the Marriott and Hyatt) during the convention. The… Read more →


If you’ve visited any of the main programming events, you may have seen short television spots including one with Samuel L. Jackson, tired of Tribbles on a Ship, and the Logan’s Run living community catering to people under thirty. These and many others have entertained Dragon*Con attendees for several years and are the creations of DCTV, run by Brian Richardson…. Read more →

A Virgin Look at Dragon*Con

PART I: As I watched the endless streams of brightly- (and darkly-) colored costumes swirl through the lobby of the Hyatt, I was reminded of a very different, but strangely similar, spectacle many years ago: hordes of lanky, sweaty, dusty festival-goers as they trudged from camping places to blankets in front of the stage. These modern festival-goers put their forebears… Read more →