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And [livejournal.com profile] bovil and I will be there, representing the San Jose in 2018 Worldcon bid!

We're on the lookout for non-North American residents who might be interested in representing the bid in European locales, because this is a great opportunity to hand off some promotional material rather than schlep it both ways internationally. If that sounds like something you might like to help do, comment here or drop me a line at kevin.roche@sjin2018.org
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Saturday I preesented "The Accidental Roboticist" at the Livermore Public Library as the final talk in the Livermore Reads Together program for 2016.

Between 80 and 100 people attended, at least 1/3 of them children. My talk was short, 15 slides in about 35 minutes (or so, I took questions as we went along) and then time for people to come up and play with ThinBot, Arthur-9 and some of my neoPixel projects. (ThinBot was filled with water only, before you ask).

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bovil who shepherded people through the ThinBot navigation while I bounced between the youngsters driving Arthur-9 with my phone and people who had questions about Arduino, wearable electronics, and various and sundry other topics. Thanks, too, to Diane O. who helped encourage the shyer kids (or parents) to have a go with A-9.

We arrived at about 12:20, the talk started at 2pm, and we were done and loaded to head home at 5pm. Andy's Photos are up on our robotics team page, Drinks Advanced Research Project Agency.
It was a long but rewarding afternoon, and I urge folks to support Friends of the Livermore Libary, who sponsor the Livermore Reads Together program.

Also, if you live in Livermore or have friends who do, they have assorted robots you can check out for a month at a time to learn to program!
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This morning San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (SFSFC) announced that should the San Jose in 2018 bid for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention succeed, I will be the convention chair.

You can read the complete press release on the SFSFC website.

I'm thrilled, honored, and (appropriately) mildly terrified to have been appointed.

There have been lots of congratulatory notes and (more importantly!) offers of help flying in already, which is quite gratifying.

To avoid the curse of social media scrolling your offer away, if you want to reach me at my "official" address, it's kevin.roche@sjin2018.org.
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I'm featured on the IBM Research blog today.

http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.com/2015/04/profile-of-ibm-scientist-kevin-roche.html?m=1

And, because someone asked, the no-stripes hair in one photo is from just before Costume College 2007 so I'd bleached it preparatory to doing Vanamonde from Girl Genius.
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Tomorrow I'm honored to be a panelist on Talking to the Future, an all-day event at the Computer History Museum.

We'll be talking to 100 high school students about what got us started in technology and science, putting on our own little maker fair for the kids (and yes, ThinBot will be represented, somehow*) and then each of us doing breakout sessions with 20 of the students.

Apparently my mohawk gave their art department some difficulties when posterizing my headshot.

So it (the mohawk) will obviously have to be up in one form or another tomorrow.

Spoilers... )
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It is Hugo nomination season again, and while my fanzine YIPE was still on hiatus last year and hence is not eligible, I did write for another zine which is eminently eligible.

The Virtual Costumer, the quarterly online zine of the Silicon Web Costumers' Guild, has been in publication since 2003.
As the current SiWeb CG President, I have a regular column in the VC. I'm also a not-infrequent contributor of more substantive articles.

The Virtual Costumer is ably edited by Phil and Kathe Gust, and their hard work and eminently good taste are evident throughout.

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Just got word that my Power Suit won the award in Full Ensemble for Most Innovative Design in the PIQF Wearable Art Competition.

(PIQF a is the Pacific International Quilt Festival. This was a juried and judged competition -- juried to have a piece accepted, then judged on site)
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I did finish the 10k, and in 58:39, which met my goal of completing in under an hour.!



And yes, the medal has a beer bottle opener built in.
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Remember that silly project for Punk Rock Bowling? I liked the basic effect, but not the implementation.
The chasing LED strips were too fragile to last long, and the lighting effects were limited.

I set out to build a replacement set of light panels that were fully programmable.


See more (with background music!) )
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This is a project I created with a LilyPad Arduino USB board (e-textile sewable circuitry) as a demo for the Intro to Costume Electronics and Illumination panel at Loncon 3. It's also appropriate for the current PenWAG art-to-wear challenge: "All Tied Up"

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I've been invited to exhibit Tiki Dalek at the London Worldcon in August.

If I can get him there.

Andy and I can cover our own expenses, but it may cost as much as one of our tickets to ship him there and back.

So I started a crowdfunding campaign for him via gofundme.com

http://www.gofundme.com/SendTikiDalek2Loncon3
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Ah, the best laid schemes...
We dined betwixt earth and sky
enfolded by clouds.
No overlord's view informs
the next sandbox city plan.





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Less rain this morning,
so I pore over our maps
plotting our sortie
into the blustery day
with grand engineering plans.



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Rain pelts my city
and the towering spires melt
into island mounds.
Tomorrow I shall simply
launch my fleet of motorboats!





by way of illustration... )

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No hard hat needed
To begin new construction
When our brand new trucks
Emerge from their packages
To trundle across the sand.



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Beautiful Oz girls
say "dump truck, steam shovel, and
bulldozer" this round.
With all three we can rebuild
Emerald City tonight!



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It's after midnight
and I haven't gone to sleep,
which means I can still
attempt to compose today's
sandbox and toy truck verses.



Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. :-)

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I dressed my dolls up
("action figures" if you must)
in wild crazy things.
How, I ask you, can one make
spandex look good on dump trucks?



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Strapped in a tin can
Flying to a northern land
I gain sympathy
for plastic paratroopers
tangled in neighborhood trees.





paratroopers? )

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