Baycon is a large, regional science fiction convention that's been serving the Bay Area for 38 years; I attended several times when I lived in San Francisco and this year I was tickled to be invited to attend as Author Guest of Honor. The event is May 22-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) at the San Mateo Airport San Francisco Marriott (at Hwy 92 & 101 in San Mateo, CA). The convention is one of the best regional cons I've ever attended, with an outstanding mix of fannish activities (boffer swords! flint-knapping! multiple warring Klingon clades!), literary panels, and panels on tech, politics and other subjects salient to the Bay Area. I'm so pleased to be invited and I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
Teenage Engineering's wildly powerful yet tiny (yet beautiful (yet weird)) synthesizer, the OP-1, is ten years old. it all started with two prototypes.a clock radio and a synth. well, we decided to go with the synth and i guess we were right. it was only david, me and jens back then, but we were soon joined… READ THE REST
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The color palette of Digital Equipment Corporation's PDP-11/70 16-bit minicomputers surely brought joy to every refrigerated raised-floor room it was housed in. If you can't live without one, you can build a functional scale model with Raspberry Pi guts: [Image: Goblin Refuge, CC-BY-CCO (public domain)] READ THE REST
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There are area rugs that tie together a space. There are area rugs that offer a unique aesthetic to give a room a different look or feel. Then there are area rugs that do both of those things while also filling in the Venn diagram of supremely messing with your mind. And you better be ready.… READ THE REST