Today at i09, geophysicist John Bellini will be answering your earthquake-related questions
, starting at 12:30 Pacific time. — Maggie
The Nobel Conference is an annual event at Minnesota's Gustavus Adolphus College that brings in scientists from around the world to talk to the general public about a given theme. This year, the conference is focusing on physics and cosmology
, from tiny particles to massive features of the Universe outside our own solar system. The conference runs all day tomorrow and Wednesday and you can watch the whole thing on a live stream
. Lawrence Krauss will be speaking Wednesday at 1:00 central. — Maggie
Willie sez, "Thirty years ago today, Richard Stallman sent out the GNU system announcement, sparking a conversation that has grown into the global free software movement. Join us in celebrating thirty years of software freedom at our celebration in Boston this weekend, or join one of the satellite events taking place all around the world. Happy hacking!"
Celebrate with us
Rainey from EFF sez, "On the weekend of October 26 -- the 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act -- thousands of people from across the political spectrum will unite in Washington, D.C. to take a stand against unconstitutional surveillance. Groups like EFF, ACLU and reddit are using the event to pressure Congress to stop mass spying -- and dropping off a petition with over 500,000 signatures to show they're serious. There will be speakers, privacy experts, and lots of music - including YACHT, the indie pop duo that's sweeping the nation with its new song, 'Party at the NSA.'"
This weekend you can get free admission to museums across North America, as part of Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day. Unfortunately, there are limitations and this isn't just a bunch of museums throwing open their doors, no holds barred. To participate, you have to go to the Museum Day website and get a free ticket
(one per household). The ticket will get you and a friend into the participating museum of your choice. — Maggie
As I've mentioned before, my novel Little Brother is the San Francisco Public Library's pick for its first One City/One Book citywide book-club. They're already in the middle of the three months' worth of events, from debates to robotics and crypto workshops to movie screenings (and much more), and I'm gearing up to head to San Francisco for several days' worth of school visits and other presentations.
If you'd like to catch me while I'm there, your best bet is my evening presentation with Nico Sell at the SFPL main branch (100 Larkin Street) at 6PM on Oct 2. I'm also doing a presentation at Borderlands Books (866 Valencia St) on Oct 3 from 12:30-1330h. I hope to see you there!
Andy (from Toronto's excellent Makerkids) sez, "Toronto's Mini Maker Faire is back on after a 2 year gap! MakerKids is very excited to be a part of it, and we're running Toy Hacking all weekend and a Robot Battle Arena on Sunday. Bring your own battle robot, or customize one of ours on site! There are all kinds of other maker activities and projects on display at the Faire, come check it out!"
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Tavie sez, "Legendary comedy troupe (and troupe of my heart), Kids in the Hall, have put together old and new material for a limited reunion engagement in Toronto this December. This may or may not lead to another North American tour, so smart people are hightailing it to Toronto to see them perform in Toronto Sketchfest December 4 - 7:"
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Hey, Londoners! A reminder: tonight is the launch for the UK edition of Homeland (the sequel to Little Brother) at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Shaftesbury Ave, from 6PM-7PM. This edition includes the novella Lawful Interception, which continues the adventures of Marcus, Ange and friends (for out of towners, don't forget that Forbidden Planet will mail you a signed copy if you order online).
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, a major event in the history of civil rights in the United States. Members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a box of dynamite at the church, which was a major organizing center for the black community and civil rights protests. The resulting explosion killed four girls — Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair.
That part of the story is pretty well-known. What isn't well known is the fact that one of those girls, Addie Mae Collins, may well have been a victim of racism after her death, thanks to a longstanding tradition where white medical schools raided black cemeteries for dissection cadavers. I happened to stumble across this story last week, while reading Harriet Washington's book, Medical Apartheid. The tale, and how it connects to racism both historical and modern, haunted me all day yesterday.
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Hey, Londoners! I'm launching the UK edition of Homeland this Wednesday at the Forbidden Planet Megastore from 18h-19h. This is the sequel to Little Brother, and it includes the novella Lawful Interception, which follows on from the action in Homeland.
If you're not a Londoner, don't despair! Forbidden Planet has a great mail-order service and will ship signed copies anywhere.
I had a great time as a judge at the Insert Coin tech product entrepreneur competition at Engadget Expand earlier this year in San Francisco. I'll be a judge once again at Engadget Expand technology expo in New York on November 9-10. It looks like a great line up of speakers this year!
Engadget Expand was designed from the ground up for technology fans. The bi-annual event gives tech enthusiasts the unique opportunity to hear from favorite consumer electronics luminaries on stage, talk directly with Engadget editors, and get their hands on some of the latest and greatest new devices at the show floor exhibition.
This week's SF in SF (science fiction in San Francisco) reading series features Nick Mamatas & Greg Bossert
. I reviewed Mamatas's excellent, acerbic novel Sensation
back in 2011. The event's set for Sat, Sept 14, and doors open at 6PM. As always, Terry "They're Made of Meat"
Bisson will emcee, and as always, admission is free, though they ask for a $10 donation to Variety Children's Charity.
A program called "Operation Orange Fingers" will see Seattle cops will welcoming attendees at this weekend's Hempfest with miniature bags of Doritos with links to the department's Marijwhatnow? guide to staying on the right side of the state's law that decriminalized simple possession of sub-one-ounce quantities of marijuana.
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Next up in San Francisco's excellent SF in SF science fiction reading series: Laura Anne Gilman & Chaz Brenchley
, tomorrow night, doors open at 6PM.