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goodbye to September

Happy birthday to vaklam. May you have a wonderful day and a fantastic year to come!

One more announcement for those in and around Nashville in October: PhreakNIC X will be held from October 20-22, 2006. Originally started as a "hacker convention," this con has grown to include all things of interest to technology-minded individuals, including science fiction and fantasy, gaming, anime, and other areas of popular culture. This year's theme is "Rights Under Attack," and the con schedule is packed with related speakers and events.

On Friday night I will give the following presentation:

On the eve of the series' twentieth anniversary, Amy H. Sturgis considers the first science fiction television series by J. Michael Straczynski (of later Babylon 5 fame). His dystopian vision of the year 2147 included cutting-edge depictions of virtual reality and articifial intelligence, and the series marked a first in the development of interactive television-viewer technology. It is ironic that a series about the fictional oppression of humanity would fall victim to a very real attack on rights, as Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future drew active opposition from both the political right and political left. Two decades later, the series remains impressive, not only for its considerable storytelling merits, but also for the warnings inherent in its ultimate cancellation.

Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Drips shimmering
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Who remembers.
- Carl Sandburg, "Under the Harvest Moon"


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Sep. 30th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
ooh, i love the carl sandburg poem. :O i want to make it into some sort of signpost for my door/porch, so other people can see it - it's very halloween. :)
Oct. 1st, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that would be a perfect signpost verse! Very Halloween indeed. :)
Sep. 30th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the birthday wishes!!

I am really looking forward to the Captain Power presentation.

Also, Sandburg is one of my favorites. I grew up listening to a recording of Sandburg himself reading selections from Rootabaga Stories. I can't find it anywhere and the original record is long gone but I have bought the books to read to Brendan.

See you at the con!
Oct. 1st, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you had a good birthday! Many happy returns. :)

And thanks for the kind words re: the PhreakNIC talk! I was a huge Captain Power fan, so this will be wonderfully nostalgic for me.

I bet it was fantastic listening to Sandburg himself read his poems! I do love his work.

See you soon!
Sep. 30th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
You reminded me about Sandburg! Good. I don't always comment, but you always post great verse.
Oct. 1st, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm so glad you like it.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
Ahhh, so this is the result of your Captain Power post a while back. I hope you'll share the text of your talk with us who can't make it, after the con. Or at least record it. Preferbly in such a way that I can shoot at you with the Cap. Power toys. ;)
Oct. 2nd, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
LOL! So you want me to have a red glowing target strapped to my shirt, I see. Only if I get to pack a laser gun in self defense! ;)

Thanks so much for your interest. I think PhreakNIC will be taping the talk and putting it online. I'll be sure to check. One way or another, I'll try to make my talk available. Thanks again!
Oct. 4th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC)
LOL! So you want me to have a red glowing target strapped to my shirt, I see. Only if I get to pack a laser gun in self defense! ;)

Well, of course, it's only fair! And the standard 10 pace distance. ;)

Thanks so much for your interest.

Hey, it's you. Of course, I'm interested. :)

One way or another, I'll try to make my talk available. Thanks again!

You are most welcome! :)
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