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My Adventures at the Calgary Comic Expo

June 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Despite being a lifetime nerd, I have never been to a sci-fi or comic book convention!

I know, I know. The lack of nerd cred on my part is somewhat disheartening.

But don’t worry, because my Comic expo virginity has now been taken by the Calgary Comic Expo.

I had a really great time. I got to meet some great people, saw some live StarCraft action, and even got a chance to hear William Shatner speak and take some questions from the audience.

What blew me away most though were the costumes. The amount of work that must go into some of them was astounding. Here are a few samples:

Wolverine and...someone I recognize but can't remember the name.

The contact lenses show a nice level of dedication to the costume.

X-Men. And woman. X-People I suppose.

Bob from ReBoot. I was impressed at the number of ReBoot fans.

Classic

Dude behind him is checking out his ass, I think.

The hands look a little big to me.

Thundercats! Awesome!

Elektra, some dude, and Poison Ivy.

The one on the right is a different shade of green. Maybe she was sick?

Creepy. Creepy/Awesome.

William Shatner also gave a talk to a crowd of about 4000. He was made an honorary Calgarian by the Mayor of Calgary, and took some audience questions.

One such question went like this:

Girl: This question is from my Dad. What was it like being on ‘Star Trek’?

Shatner: Tell your dad that I was cleaning green paint off myself every night!

Crowd: *Applause*

He was actually a very funny guy and very entertaining.

I also found out that DC comics is rebooting all of its stories, so maybe I can start reading comic books and actually know whats going on!

All in all, a great time and lots of great people. I’ll be back again next year!

Play StarCraft with the Kinect?

April 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Funny April Fools jokes are funny.

Promoted! Well, in Starcraft…

February 22, 2011 1 comment

Not a job promotion, that would be sweeter (a little). But I did just get promoted to Gold league in Starcraft 2.

That’s pretty much all that’s new with me in the last few days. Although I did start taking skiing lessons, built some furniture, saw ‘The King’s Speech’, got over a fever, caught up on reading, cooked some new recipes, taught a 3 hour training session at work while also catching up on a ton of work that piled up over the long weekend.

So yeah, I missed posting this weekend. But I have been uncharacteristically busy. Though not too busy that I couldn’t practice my Zerg battles in SC2… (I’m a Terran player, in case you were wondering).

So back to regular schedule tomorrow. Hope you all had a great Family Day/President’s Day. We’ll talk science soon!

StarCraft II Match Narrated by a 4-year-old

January 9, 2011 1 comment

When I have kids, they are learning to count by watching StarCraft II matches.

“I see 3 PYLONS!”

Hummingbirds in Slo-Mo and HD! OMG!

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

I know, I’ve been slacking this weekend. Why?

Well it was Alison’s birthday on Friday. So I did the boyfriend thing and took her out for a nice sushi dinner etc. She has the full details of the evening on her blog, so feel free to read them here.

Also, I just bought StarCraft II.

I been waiting for this for all of the 15 years Blizzard has been keeping us all in suspense (its awesome too, btw). So that ate up most of my weekend.

So I’ll be back in full form this week. But to get you started, here’s a video I came across on the weekend.

Its some pretty remarkable footage of hummingbirds which I read about on Mental_Floss. The footage is from a Nature documentary which aired on PBS.

I’ve always found hummingbirds really interesting; being able to hover in mid-air and then dash away like a UFO is pretty sweet.

(Protip: You can watch the video in HD on YouTube.)

The parts I find really interesting are the “flower-view” of the hummingbird eating, as well as when it catches an insect in mid-air in a fraction of a second. Seeing a hummingbird as a predator is something I never could have imagined.

So I hope you enjoy this, my brief foray into blogging about Ornithology. Birds have never been my main interest, but c’mon,  hummingbirds in slow motion? Awesome!