New Mexico Space and Science, Part I: Spaceport America

The WhiteKnightTwo in its hangar at Spaceport America. Image courtesy Virgin Galactic

Walter White and Bugs Bunny may be the unofficial mascots of New Mexico, but it’s visionaries like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and the folks at Spaceport America that are taking a left turn at Albuquerque and turning the empty deserts they find there into the Cape Canaveral of the Southwest. Continue reading

ConCarolinas: A Small Con With a Big Heart

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ConCarolinas came to Concord, NC, May 29–31, 2015 in a new, more spacious location at the Embassy Suites. The con describes itself as a “general multi-genre multi-media convention.” In practice, this means that ConCarolinas has a little bit of something for everyone. Continue reading

Happy 60th Anniversary to Disneyland and Why You Should Go

Photo: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

It would appear that diamonds are a mouse’s best friend as Disneyland Park (and the entire Disneyland Resort) has officially kicked off its 60th Anniversary Celebration, aka Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and with it some very amazing new shows that offer just the right blend of tech and magic. Also, lots and lots of diamonds. Tons of them. Continue reading

Whovians Rejoice! Arthur Darvill Joins the 2015 DCC

Arthur Darvill, courtesy BBC One.

Best known for his role as Rory Williams (aka “The Last Centurion,” aka “Mr. Pond”) in the fifth series of BBC’s ‘Doctor Who,’ Arthur Darvill has joined the growing cast of all-star guests at the 2015 Denver Comic Con. Continue reading

Quebec City Part 2: Aquarium du Quebec and Tubing at Valcartier

Valcartier Village in Quebec

My family traveled to Quebec City during March Break. In my first post about the trip, I covered the Chateau Frontenac hotel and Old Quebec. This second part features the Aquarium du Quebec and a day of snow tubing, including a 50 mph tube run. Continue reading

Geek’s Guide to National Parks

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The U.S. National Park Service is turning 100 – its the perfect time to geek out at your park with this comprehensive guide of citizen science, astronomy, adventure, and even LARP programs and events in parks. Continue reading

Toy Fair 2015 Funko Booth

Funko Booth Toy Fair 2015

As usual, Funko had one of the most interesting booths at Toy Fair this year. I didn’t take an official tour, but I did take a ton of photos. I managed to quickly snap photos of most of the figures. I had to delete a few that were blurry, and missed a couple small sections because a tour of buyers was in the way, but I still got over 240 photos of figures. Continue reading

‘The World’s Great Wonders’ Explains the Planet’s Masterpieces

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If you’re looking for some fantastic background information on the world’s incredible sites and sights, Lonely Planet has another quality book that will teach you the wheres, whens, whys, and hows of 50 of them. Continue reading

A Beginner’s Guide to CES

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This year marked my first ever International Consumer Electronics Show, and what a week it was. Still, I emerged from the experience with some hard-fought knowledge I really wish I’d’ve had going in. If you’re thinking of attending next year – or if you’d just like a peek behind the curtain – read on for a handful of helpful tips. Continue reading

Are Your Kids Ready to Run a 5K?

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When I first told people that I had signed up my 5-year-old daughter for a 5K, they thought I was crazy. Those with kids around that age were especially incredulous. No one could believe that a 5-year-old would be able to run 3.1 miles. Continue reading

Strange Magic at Skywalker Ranch

The Technical Building, home of Skywalker Sound, reflected in Lake Ewok.
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After Star Wars became a box office giant, George Lucas decided he wanted to make movies outside the studio system. He found a perfect spot on the coincidentally-named Lucas Valley Road, 40 minutes north of San Francisco, and set about creating Skywalker Ranch. Continue reading