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Friday, April 27
 

2:00pm

Geeks with Guns The Firing Line

Off-site field trip


Friday April 27, 2012 2:00pm - 3:50pm
http://www.firinglineguns.com/

3:59pm

Zombie Tag Make-up Transformations

Have you been enjoying "Zombie Tag?"  If you've been bitten, stop by for a chance to be made up by zombie effects expert Kat McConnell.  She'll be stationed here intermitently throughout the weekend to provide proper zombification (check the room for availability).


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Pierce/Arrow

3:59pm

Lego City

Everyone loves building with plastic bricks of all shapes and sizes, so why not join the rest of Penguicon in creating a miniaturized version of the convention?  Bring your creativity and structural engineering skills in a celebration of a childhood favorite at open building sessions throughout the weekend.


Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Pierce/Arrow

3:59pm

Trading Post

Ever get home from a convention and realize you not only have a new wardrobe of software-promoting t-shirts, but also 3 new Intel pens, numerous sheets of Ubuntu stickers, and a notepad of non-descript origin?  Got spare buttons, keychains, CDs, stickers, posters, books, memorabilia, or clothing items that you've received in the past from related conventions, events, fairs, trade shows, expos, or concerts?   Are you still wondering when you will ever get around to using that shoe horn from [insert obsolete software program here]?  What about the innumerable key fobs that are stacking up on your Swiss laptop-carrying ultra ergonomic with dual padding back pack? Drop off your new/gently used former swag and pick up a shiny new bauble from the swap.  Let's not be greedy, OK?  Please share and be courteous to other swappers.  You do not have to bring swag to swap, but must be respectful when taking part in this activity.  Open from all weekend!


Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Pierce/Arrow

3:59pm

The Wandering Traveler

An elusive gentleman in a striped shirt has been seen wandering around in years past, and is rumored to be returning this year. Keep your eyes peeled, but beware of imposters!



Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Roaming

3:59pm

W.O.W. Live Game

Hello all my fellow on-line gamers! I understand your fear of withdrawal and hope to keep you busy with your own live action quest to keep the symptoms away. Come and join in this years live action world of warcraft themed game. Keep your eyes open for the gold ! to start your quest.


Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Roaming

3:59pm

Chaos Machine

This customizable marble roller coaster will be open all weekend for Penguicon attendees to tinker with. It serves as a metaphor for the open source development process. We used to have a giant room-sized version of the contraption, at great expense, but in 2008 Penguicon got one of its very own. Each year, we plan to purchase additional Chaos Toy kits until one day we will match the size of the one which, in the past, was shipped in boxes to Penguicon from across the country. This popular attraction will live right here in Michigan and be available for your use every year!


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

3:59pm

Morton's Reality Machine

This is a capsule toy vending machine that dispenses destiny. Your random adventure, designed by the creators of Morton’s List, will send you off into the convention to have strange experiences you wouldn’t have otherwise, with people and things you may have overlooked.


Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

3:59pm

Video Conferencing

Video conferencing will again be available for Penguicon. A video  conferencing solution has been set up for use of all Penguicon attendees.  Please feel free to video-cast your event.  Don't miss that event. Arrange with another attendee to broadcast the event so you can watch it while you attend another event.  Broadcast your room party. Show everyone your music event.  Display your vendor ware. Watch the computer lounge activity. Get your community on-line.


Speakers
G

Gib

Local computer clubs


Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Roaming

3:59pm

Button Man

Have you met the button man? The button man?  The button man?  The one at Penguicon?  Bring the man a button (the type you collect, not the type used to keep your pants on) and he'll give you a specialized ribbon.


Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Roaming

3:59pm

Nerd Rage

“Hold on a second, someone is wrong on the internet.” Ok, there are just some things that rile up the geek community more than others.  When that boiling point is reached in a discussion of Kirk vs. Picard, Ubuntu vs. Fedora, or whether Han shot first, the result is nerd rage.  Only at Penguicon, can this be tweaked into enjoying the tiny, tasty sugar morsels of similar nomenclature.  Look for a MayHem official awarding Nerds candy to the feistiest con goers.


Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Roaming

3:59pm

Ribbon Fairy

You have any convention ribbons to spare?  There happens to be a young lady looking to distribute her ribbons.  Find the mysterious “Ribbon Fairy” and trade any other ribbon for one of her unique design!


Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Roaming

3:59pm

Twitter Ninjas

Practice the art of invisibility.  Sneakily put yourself in the background of others' snapshots, and invite the unknowing victim to post your devious work on twitter. Yes, we're asking you to photobomb your friends, your enemies, your grandmas, or anyone else at the con. The trick is not your masterful appearance in the background of another's mementos, but getting them to upload the pic on twitter and mentioning it to the Official Penguicon Mayhem Twitter Feed (@pconMAYHEM) for a prize.


Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Roaming

3:59pm

Zombie Tag

Tag, you're it.  Enjoy eating braaaaaains!  Look out for zombified con-goers trying to “bite” you (with a ribbon, not teeth).  If you are so unlucky, you'll have the opportunity to get your own zombie make-up by special effect artists, and then start infecting others!


Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Roaming

3:59pm

Penguicon Minecraft Server

Want to play Minecraft while you are at your home away from home? Bring your computer to the lounge and hook up into our Minecraft server where you can let your creativity out and your blocky adventuring begin. Feel free to pop in anytime, it'll be running all con.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 3:59pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm
Marquis - MPCON

4:00pm

Open Soda Demo

Mix, make, drink, enjoy the open soft drink treat



Friday April 27, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Food - 402

4:00pm

Paint and Take

Enjoy a fun and relaxing session of painting miniature figures, even if you don't think of yourself as an artist.  We are happy to demonstrate several painting techniques, including drybrushing, washes, and face elements, including the always tricky eyes.



Friday April 27, 2012 4:00pm - 6:50pm
Royale

5:00pm

B.Nektar Sampling

Guided mead tasting with award winning Michigan meadery B. Nektar



Friday April 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Food - 402

5:00pm

BOF: One-shot RPG

So here I go it's my shot.  Feet fail me not, this may be the only RPG that I got. You better lose yourself in the story, the moment. You own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo.


Friday April 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Stanley

5:00pm

BOF: Arduino

Arduino! Arduino! It's fun, it's a wonderful toy! It's fun for a girl or a boy!


Friday April 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Knight

5:00pm

BOF: Web Apps

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  Come talk about what works for you... or doesn't.


Friday April 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Bugatti

5:00pm

How to Make a Steampunk/Tribal Belly Dance Hair Accessory

Come watch Shetan Noir make easy beautiful hair accessories. This lovely hair decoration will feature silk flower blossoms, feathers, fabric, gems, and hair clips.


Speakers
SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teaches all over the Untied States. She is a founding member of The Great Lakes Witches Council. She is a member of the Ravenwood Coven and several Belly dance troupes... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Thomas

5:00pm

The Stigma of Fandom

The wider culture has some negative idea about various fandoms.  People can be viewed as obsessive and their fandom creations (art, fanfic, fanvid, etc.) as creepy.  This panel will examine these assumptions and discuss the ways in which fandom allows people to focus and express their creativity.  Other topics in this roundtable discussion may include how fandoms build communities, the manner in which "living legends" come into existence, and the creation of new material from original sources.



Friday April 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Stearns

5:00pm

Putting the 'Epic' in 'Epic Fantasy'

We all know epic fantasies are Big Honkin' Stories. Yet how do you write the Epic Fantasy without losing track of the relatable, human characters that make up the core of any good story... or getting so bogged down in your Sweeping Plot that you can't ever finish your series? Who does Epic Fantasy right, and wrong?



Friday April 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Model T

5:00pm

IPv6 Enterprise

IPv6 For the Enterprise. Network security, organization and management. Includes: hardware and software compatibility, Internet access. Followed by Q&A to help with your enterprise deployments!"


Speakers
avatar for Michael Mol

Michael Mol

Programming, networking, electronic and technical fields in general. Photography. My fiancee. Argument.


Friday April 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Rolls/Royce

5:00pm

Juju Charm School

Charm School is in session at Penguicon and you can participate!  With Juju, services can be deployed, connected, upgraded and re-used by defining them as Juju charms.  Come learn about Juju, charms, and how you can use it for the services you would like to see deployed to your private infrastructure or cloud providers like Amazon AWS or Openstack.  Attendees can follow along by visiting
https://juju.ubuntu.com/CharmSchool to setup the Juju environment prior to the presentation.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Steamer

5:00pm

Resin Jewelry Making Workshop

While epoxy resin has been used in industrial applications for decades, recent advancements have made the mixing of resin easy and safe enough to use at home. One application for resin is the creation of beautiful jewelry, encasing small objects or photos for use in pendants, earrings, belt buckles and much more. In this panel, Dawn will teach you how to mix resin for use in jewelry, the different tools required and demonstrate the creation of pieces using bezels. The first 10 participants to sign up at ops will be able to participate in the hands on demonstration, although everyone is welcome to come and view
the panel.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 5:00pm - 6:50pm
Franklin

6:00pm

Hackerspaces 101

What is a hackerspace? Learn about what they can do for you, what you can do for them, and the opportunities they offer! Members from the local spaces will be on a panel to answer your questions!



Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

6:00pm

Easy Cold Composting

Everything Rots.  It doesn't take a PhD to make it happen, even if the science behind it is really deep.  This class will break the absolute basics of home composting down, with a focus on the laziest methods available.



Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Desoto

6:00pm

Body Hacks

Interested in simple, desired results from your body quickly?  Come discuss straight forward ways to help change your mood or perk up your energy.  Some featured characteristics will include body posture, clothing, and environmental factors.



Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Stearns

6:00pm

Geek Prom Prep Workshop

Rag dolls, robots, and penguins, OH MY!  Craft Cram with Captain Sparrow getting ready for Geek Prom.  Corsages, boutenirs and decorations on the dockett. 



Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Thomas

6:00pm

Fantasy vs. Dark Fantasy vs. Horror: What Happened to the Boundaries?

A look at these styles of writing, the overlap and blurring between them.


Speakers
avatar for Gary W. Olson

Gary W. Olson

Gary W. Olson is the author of the dark urban fantasy novel Brutal Light, recently published by Damnation Books. In addition to fantasy, Gary writes science fiction and horror, and reads all over the genre map. Outside of fiction, Gary's an avid fan of science, futurism, and gonzo conspiracy theories, and has a special place in his heart for Hollow Earth crackpottery. |


Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Model T

6:00pm

Introduction to MaYhEm

Mayhem involves “the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person.”  We don't endorse that sort of thing, so we'll instead rely on the more vernacular definition – utter chaos.  This year, Penguicon will incorporate several “non-traditional” events, including scavenger hunts, twitter activity and random acts of randomness.  Stop by this informal session to learn about the events going on throughout the weekend, or talk mayhem with others looking to cause some mischievous fun.  A full list of mayhem achievements will be accessible here and throughout the con.


Volunteers

Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Pierce/Arrow

6:00pm

Using Tech to Take Music Further!

Open Sourcing your Album, Internet Promotion and Marketing, Recording and Editing, getting your music online in places people will find it.


Speakers
PP

Piko Piko Detroit

Piko Piko Detroit is a community for all lovers of retro bleep sounds in their music, and is open to a wide range of music genres. We hack our vintage consoles and dance to tiny pixels. We perform at cafes, live-houses, clubs, and even at a birthday parties. If you like video games, computers, pixels, or any other retro treasures, then you will love us. | | "Piko Piko(ピコピコ)" is Japanese for "Bleep Bleep" by the way.


Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

6:00pm

jQuery who? Why everyone here needs some YUI.

Everyone starts out using jQuery for their web applications, but if you're building real online applications you should be looking into using the YUI Javascript framework. It provides a comprehensive suite of tools that are really well thought out to help you build modern web apps. We'll try to do a highlight of the great things that YUI provides you, the developer.


Speakers
avatar for Richard Harding

Richard Harding

Software Developer for Launchpad team at Canonical | | Python hacker, developer of Bookie, open source bookmarks. A vim, mutt, command line nutcase. | | @mitechie


Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Rolls/Royce

6:00pm

Linux Directory Structure Explained

Ever wonder if there was a method behind the madness of the Linux directory structure? What's /bin, /opt, /usr? Learn about the origins of these directories, what they were intended for, and what they're used for in modern Linux distributions.


Speakers
KO

Kevin O'Brien

Science, Tech, Free Software, Music, Politics


Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Steamer

6:00pm

Penguicon TV: How the Soup is Made

Learn the ins and outs of Penguicon TV.


Speakers
avatar for Nuri Gocay

Nuri Gocay

Nuri has been involved in the IT industry since 1996, when he, at the tender age of 14, was able to pester the local IT firm into his first intern job. In 2000, Nuri took his first call center job, and after pestering the IT guys into giving him a job, he launched a career in contact center IT with a focus on telecom. Nuri lives in New York City with his wife Janet, who he probably pestered until she agreed to marry him. Nuri likes... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Knight

6:00pm

Best and Worst of 2011/12
Sit in on some gamers listing off their best and worst games of 2011 and 2012 thus far. We give our favorites and the games we threw out! Warning: We don't always agree so bring the popcorn!


Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Bugatti

6:00pm

The Unintended Hiatus

What to do when the world comes crashing in. How to avoid, or recover from, the evil webcomic "hiatus". Time management for artists.


Speakers
AF

Ahmed Fahim

Ahmed draws comics as a hobby. A really, really, ridiculously obsessive hobby.
avatar for Megan Rose Gedris

Megan Rose Gedris

Megan Rose Gedris has been making webcomics for ten years, including YU+ME: dream, I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space!!!, and Meaty Yogurt. She sometimes does standup and sometimes does burlesque and always makes bad puns. She won an Emmy last year and is now determined to EGOT.


Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Stanley

6:00pm

Drag Show 101

Need help prepping for the Drag Show?  Want some extra tips on how to make the transformation run more smoothly?  Planning on participating in the Drag Show tonight?  This is the place to be! 


Volunteers

Friday April 27, 2012 6:00pm - 9:50pm
Stutz

7:00pm

Costuming In A Hurry

Have you ever been invited to a halloween party and not had anything to go as? Ever wanted to dress up for a Con and not had a costume? Come find out about some quick ways to put together a costume in a hurry that you could use to make a great look. Between us we have over 30 years of costuming experience. Come with ideas of a costume you would want to do and we can discuss how you might do them. We will tell you all out tips and tricks for making something really quick that will look really amazing.


Speakers
AD

Alex Drummer

Costuming


Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Bugatti

7:00pm

Zombie Outbreak

The zombie apocalypse will soon be upon us. Learn techniques to create the undead or be among the first to join the zombie hoard. Participants will be given the opportunity to be zombify others or undergo the transformation yourself. Prizes will be awarded for best creator and creature.


Speakers
KM

Kat McConnell

Costuming


Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Royale

7:00pm

Five Stars! A Professional and an Amateur Take at Food Reviewing

Don't bite the hand that feeds you... well, maybe just a nibble.  Learn about the fine art of critiquing food for better eating.


Speakers
avatar for Nuri Gocay

Nuri Gocay

Nuri has been involved in the IT industry since 1996, when he, at the tender age of 14, was able to pester the local IT firm into his first intern job. In 2000, Nuri took his first call center job, and after pestering the IT guys into giving him a job, he launched a career in contact center IT with a focus on telecom. Nuri lives in New York City with his wife Janet, who he probably pestered until she agreed to marry him. Nuri likes... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Stearns

7:00pm

Care and Feeding of Your Magical Creature

Enjoy a lighthearted discussion about magical and mythical creature care. Consider topics such as feeding, grooming, breeding, urban inconveniences, as well as the benefits provided by creatures such as fairies, winged-horses, dragons, three-headed-dogs and more.  The talk will include an open question and discussion session with those in attendance.


Speakers
HG

Heather Gutterman

As the Head of School of Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study, Heather Gutterman teaches skills in self defense, navigating conflict, knowing one’s path, and the use of many weapons, including the sword. She nurtures the brilliance within each of her students through the challenges they face, and celebrates the strength and joy in all.


Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Franklin

7:00pm

Newbie Intro and Tour

Come for the basics of surviving your first Penguicon!  Learn the ins and outs, convention memes, and the secret handshake.  You'll hear from con veterans on getting the most out of your experience and having an awesome time.  Followed with a tour of the hotel, a trip up to the consuite for LN2 Ice Cream, and finally land at Opening Ceremonies!


Speakers
avatar for Jer_

Jer_

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. Your Facilities Coordinator/Hotel Liaison for this shindig. Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. @jer_ on Twitter, jer.underscore on Facebook, foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!  

Volunteers

Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Knight

7:00pm

Dragon's Den

"The Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association are giving away micro-grants to enable more fun at Penguicon... come present your ideas to the AASFA Board!"



Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Rolls/Royce

7:00pm

Facilitators

A reading by Johanna Gedraitis


Speakers
JG

Johanna Gedraitis

A relative newcomer to the literary world, Johanna Gedraitis published her first novel only this past November. Her training, strangely enough, has been mostly in the visual arts, having received her BFA in painting from Fort Hays State University. She has shown her works in Hays, Wichita, and Topeka, where she can truthfully say she has sold more than Van Gough did in his lifetime. Beyond that, the most you can say for her artistic... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Model T

7:00pm

7:00pm

Nerdy Music Genres

Enjoy a discussion of various music styles, sharing a certain penchant for the geekery.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Desoto

7:00pm

Evolution and Behavior

A light hearted look at the evolution of organisms and their behavior (including those pesky humans), featuring videos and voluntary audience participation.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Steamer

7:00pm

Ubuntu Release Party

Its that time again! Time for another release of Ubuntu to hit the streets. This time our new friend, the Precise Pangolin will be making its debut the last week of April. (Find the bar in the DeSoto Foyer just across the hall.)

 


Speakers
CM

Craig Maloney

Just another random Linux hacker


Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Thomas

7:00pm

My Biggest Mistake

We all make mistakes in the world of Webcomics. Come here about our biggest mistakes and how we dealt with them.


Speakers
AF

Ahmed Fahim

Ahmed draws comics as a hobby. A really, really, ridiculously obsessive hobby.
AS

Adam Smithee (aka Jim Hanson)

I am author and artist of Webcomic Hell and Apple Valley amongst others, host of the podcast The Tropecast (part of the Webcast Beacon Network), founder and current host of Cinematic For The People, a live-action riffing experience.


Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Stanley

7:00pm

LN2 Greatest Hits

We're serving up popular liquid nitrogen ice cream flavors from previous years like very vanilla, chocolate-chocolate, thai iced tea, etc. Watch us make it (and maybe learn how, or help out), and try some! Each LN2 theme block will also have some dairy-free flavor. Let us know if you want us to make a sugar-free flavor.


Speakers
SE

Sarah Elkins

Geekery, games, dance


Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Food - 402

7:00pm

Chez Geek

Beer. Nookie. Roommates. It's another Friday night at Chez Geek.  Set up house with your friends – for as long as you can stand them. Get a job – they're all bad. Spend money and your precious spare time to accumulate Slack points. Drink cheap booze, hang out at the cafe, and play with the cats. Do unto your roomies before they do unto you. What other game gives you points for sleeping? Just remember, when your roommate and his S.O. keep you up all night: You can't throw them out. They live here.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

7:00pm

Gears of War 3 Horde Mode Competition

Want to play some Gears with your friends, form a team and maybe get an epic prize? Come join us in the computer lounge with the MP Con crew and kill some grubs in a horde mode wave completion competition! Teams of 2 - 4, most waves on Normal win! Sign up at Ops to play.



Friday April 27, 2012 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Marquis - MPCON

8:00pm

Gamer Meetup
Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

8:00pm

BOF: Warm Fuzzies

They're warm... and they're fuzzy.


Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Knight

8:00pm

Open Source Medicine

Other local cons are talking about it, why don't we?  Let's explore together to open source technology available inside the medical field through this birds of feather round table.


Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Model T

8:00pm

BOF: Barcode Scanner to Database

Come discuss the use, development, and future of using barcode scanning communication with database projects.


Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Steamer

8:00pm

Cars are Not Computers

You can reboot your computer, why not your car?


Speakers
EJ

Emmy Jackson

Emmy Jackson is the author of the post-apocalyptic urban fantasy novel Empty Cradle: The Untimely Death of Corey Sanderson. He lived as a nomad in an RV for three years, wandering the continental United States at will. He was born and raised in and around Detroit and always returns no matter how many times he moves away. He is an ex-school bus driver, an ex-marketing manager, and a self-published, self-syndicated freelance writer. Emmy speaks... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Stearns

8:00pm

Fighting/Combat in the Movies
What is real, what is not, could this really happen? (Borne movies, "stunt fighting" - Jackie Chan/Jason Stathem, etc...)


Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Rolls/Royce

8:00pm

Geek-o-system

Con is a great place to meet new people and reconnect with old friends, but sometimes, people can get a little overenthusiastic. Have you ever been the focus of unwanted attention at Con? Have you ever witnessed someone else in an uncomfortable situation? Have you heard some of the stories later about a situation that got out of hand? Want some practical tips on how to ensure everyone at Con has a good time and boundaries are respected? Then this is the panel for you!



Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Franklin

8:00pm

Opening Ceremonies

Come one, come all, let the festivities begin!  The official start of Penguicon 2012 kicks off with words from our Guests of Honor and a full welcome to all our attendees.


Speakers
avatar for Jer_

Jer_

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. Your Facilities Coordinator/Hotel Liaison for this shindig. Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. @jer_ on Twitter, jer.underscore on Facebook, foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!  
JG

Jim Gettys, Bell Labs

Jim Gettys is a MTS at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, working on bufferbloat. He was the V.P. of Software at the One Laptop per Child project. He is one of the original developers of the X Window System at MIT. He worked at W3C and was the editor of the HTTP/1.1 specification in the IETF. Gettys helped establish handhelds.org, freedesktop.org and X.org. | | Gettys is one of the keepers of the Flame (USENIX's 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award) on behalf... Read More →

Volunteers

Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

8:00pm

Round Table Discussion - The Warrior Spirit

Inside each of us resides the strength and resolve to make it through conflict and danger. How do you call on this spirit when needed? What form does it take in you? What helps, or harms, your contact with it? This panel invites participants to discuss these questions and more about the nature of the warrior spirit.


Speakers
HG

Heather Gutterman

As the Head of School of Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study, Heather Gutterman teaches skills in self defense, navigating conflict, knowing one’s path, and the use of many weapons, including the sword. She nurtures the brilliance within each of her students through the challenges they face, and celebrates the strength and joy in all.


Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Stanley

8:00pm

Gothic Belly Dance

The darker side of belly dance adds drama and excitement to your dance style. Discussed subjects will include music, make-up, costumes, slowing down and adding pop to your movements.


Speakers
SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teaches all over the Untied States. She is a founding member of The Great Lakes Witches Council. She is a member of the Ravenwood Coven and several Belly dance troupes... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Desoto

8:00pm

Rediscover the CLI

Linux distributions have become quite good at keeping us in beautiful graphical interfaces, but that doesn't mean the CLI is dead.  In fact, a number of excellent tools are now available that go above and beyond
what you might have come to expect from your shell.  Stop by and learn about some of the slicker things that have been happening to your shell like tmux, byobu, htop, and more!


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Bugatti

8:00pm

Wing Building Workshop

The first 15 participants to sign up at ops will be able to build their own folding wings, although everyone is welcome to come and view the panel.  Instructions will be provided for those who want to try this project at home.


Speakers
RR

Robert Richey

Despite being a first timer to Penguicon, I will be running two panels this year. | | Summon Creatures from Cardboard - A discussion on how to build large, and usually pretty impressive, creature costumes out of Cardboard, PVC, and other inexpensive materials. | | Wing Building - An opportunity to build your own set of pulley operated mechanical wings. So far attempts to fly using them have been unsuccessful.


Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 9:50pm
Thomas

8:00pm

Give me the Brain

You're an employee at a fast food restaurant and you have jobs to do, like make a cheeseburger or change a light bulb. Only one problem: you're a zombie. And there's only one brain to go around. Compete for the brain to empty your hand of tasks to win.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 9:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

9:00pm

Sangria and Whiskey Cakes

Come learn how to make delicious sangria from regular market fresh produce and little help from our friends from the vinyard!  We will also be serving up Whiskey Cakes, recipes can be found at http://opcookbook.blogspot.com/


Speakers
Volunteers

Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Food - 402

9:00pm

BOF: World Building

The Zeblorb have struggled to maintain peace on the Shifting Islands for years.  Since Retinar Collusk  was elected Gratermoff of Fultuga, poverty and ruin have escalated tension to the brink of revolution.  The only hope for a resolution is for you to create a world in which it is possible.  Come share tips for world building with fellow writers and hopeful authors.


Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Stanley

9:00pm

Mirror, Mirror
Learn to make Shisha mirrors for belly dance costumes and spell work. I demonstrate hand stitching techniques and how to add spells to it.

Speakers
SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teaches all over the Untied States. She is a founding member of The Great Lakes Witches Council. She is a member of the Ravenwood Coven and several Belly dance troupes... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Royale

9:00pm

How the Badge Was Made (aka Prototyping Electronics)

Learn how we made the ribbon-sized blinky LED badge! We'll walk through how we thought of the ideas in our heads, captured the schematic in EAGLE, laid out the PCB, and ordered all the parts. A complete walkthrough from beginning to end!


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

9:00pm

Tarot 101

What is the truth behind the stories and depictions of tarot? How does it work? Why do some readers do things one way, like not letting anyone touch the cards, while others do the opposite? What is the difference between different decks? Questions are encouraged!


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Franklin

9:00pm

Becoming a Pilot

What's involved in getting your private pilot's license and the use of technology in flying.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Knight

9:00pm

Previous Year's ConChair Roast

Share in the laughs at the expense of the bike-riding, beer connoisseur, the cross-dressing yoga master, the straight razor shaving, costume king and 2011 ConChair known as Limey.


Speakers
avatar for Jer_

Jer_

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. Your Facilities Coordinator/Hotel Liaison for this shindig. Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. @jer_ on Twitter, jer.underscore on Facebook, foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!  
GW

Greg Williams

I'm all about improving quality of life, both my own and others. Along with my improv partner Dawn, I create humor that pierces to the core and "crosses the line" into sensitive subjects that people will talk about privately, but seldom discuss in polite company. | | | | Like so many people I have a number of passions that all compete for my time - fine whisky, cars, motorcycles, and a variety of crafting projects. My workshops... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Rolls/Royce

9:00pm

Crystal Mayflies

A reading by Johanna Gedraitis


Speakers
JG

Johanna Gedraitis

A relative newcomer to the literary world, Johanna Gedraitis published her first novel only this past November. Her training, strangely enough, has been mostly in the visual arts, having received her BFA in painting from Fort Hays State University. She has shown her works in Hays, Wichita, and Topeka, where she can truthfully say she has sold more than Van Gough did in his lifetime. Beyond that, the most you can say for her artistic... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Model T

9:00pm

Open Filk Jam Session

Open Filk Circle!


Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Stearns

9:00pm

Continuous Integration: Where Are We Going?

Continuous Integration (CI) has grown from simply building and testing software frequently, to a broadened reach into build, test, and deploy automation; deploys to VMs/""The Cloud""; and even predictive modeling.  This presentation will cover history & elements of CI, implementation approaches, the rise and fall of some popular CI tools, and future direction.  This topic is relevant to current trajectories in software engineering including Agile, DevOps, and large scale computing.


Speakers
SE

Sarah Elkins

Geekery, games, dance


Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Steamer

9:00pm

Drupal CCK: Easily Manage Complex Data Without Any Programming

CCK and Views, now a core component in the Drupal CMS, makes it easy for anyone to create and maintain complex online directories of interrelated data.  We'll cover the basics and create a real world example from fresh installation to finished product.  No programming or Drupal experience necessary!


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Bugatti

9:00pm

Chez Cthulhu
Prepare for an encounter with the most sanity-blasting entities in all the dimensions . . . Your roommates.

Chez Cthulhu combines the classic Chez Geek system with everyone's favorite Elder God . . . and adds a new Madness mechanic.

Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 10:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

9:00pm

Geek Rock Comedy Show

Nationally touring comedian Mikey Mason, the mind behind "She Don't Like Firefly" and "Best Game Ever" brings his high-energy nerd rock comedy to Penguicon for one show only! His act can only be described as contagious enthusiasm, ranging from the occasional twisted parody to his hilarious original comedy and songs about gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, comic books, and geek life in general. Truly a "Don't Miss" show.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 10:50pm
Desoto

9:00pm

The Drag Show

Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to be a “King” for a day? Or maybe a “Queen” for a night? Well your opportunity has arrived.


Speakers
Volunteers

Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 11:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

9:00pm

Breath Moss 1

Don your breath moss mask, grab your illumination gem, and head down into the murky water of an ancient Harlass Orn well.  Breath Moss is an adventure for up to five 4th level Pathfinder Roleplaying Game characters. Each player will choose one member of a rescue team searching for the missing swamp diver Anselm "Harp” Harpending. The gamemaster will supply the player characters. The adventure also takes place in real time. One way or another, the mission will be completed before the game session ends.



Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00am
Grand Foyer - Gaming

10:00pm

Flirting for Geeks

Come learn how to (and how not to) flirt from some of our local fandom's biggest flirts.  Not only is it laugh  out loud funny, it's an irreverent and honest reflection of love, sex, and fandom.  Find ways to woo, methods for making friends, and how to avoid being that creepy guy that we all talk about between conventions.


Speakers
avatar for Jer_

Jer_

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. Your Facilities Coordinator/Hotel Liaison for this shindig. Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. @jer_ on Twitter, jer.underscore on Facebook, foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!  
avatar for Nuri Gocay

Nuri Gocay

Nuri has been involved in the IT industry since 1996, when he, at the tender age of 14, was able to pester the local IT firm into his first intern job. In 2000, Nuri took his first call center job, and after pestering the IT guys into giving him a job, he launched a career in contact center IT with a focus on telecom. Nuri lives in New York City with his wife Janet, who he probably pestered until she agreed to marry him. Nuri likes... Read More →
GW

Greg Williams

I'm all about improving quality of life, both my own and others. Along with my improv partner Dawn, I create humor that pierces to the core and "crosses the line" into sensitive subjects that people will talk about privately, but seldom discuss in polite company. | | | | Like so many people I have a number of passions that all compete for my time - fine whisky, cars, motorcycles, and a variety of crafting projects. My workshops... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Rolls/Royce

10:00pm

Oxling's Alcoholic Chocolates

If candy is dandy and liquor is quicker. What do you call a combination of both?....Fun. Come see what Oxling has cooked up and learn to make your own fun filled treats. Tequila rose truffles, coconut rum cream and Bacardi 151 cherry cordials are a few of the examples . Samples and recipes will be available at the end. Make sure to bring your ID's with you to verify you are over 21, thanks.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Food - 402

10:00pm

BOF: Cat Girls

Meow!


Friday April 27, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Thomas

10:00pm

Open Source Baking

Share recipes and swap tips on substitutions, finding ingredients and perfecting your baking skills in this culinary meetup. 


Friday April 27, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Royale

10:00pm

Sleep Hacks

Hack your sleep! Learn all about sleep and how to make it work for you.  Topics include: the stages of sleep, sleep hygiene, alternative sleep cycles, monitoring your sleep, sleep disorders, and tips and tricks for hacking your sleep.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Franklin

10:00pm

The Care and Feeding of Heroes

A panel discussion on techniques for campaign and adventure planning. What's worked, what hasn't, and how you help your players turn a page of dry statistics into the hero of your story.



Friday April 27, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Stearns

10:00pm

Trading Options

How to reduce risk, improve your rate of return and outperform "investment advisers" while sleeping soundly at night.


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Knight

10:00pm

Drum Triangle

"The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side."  Sorry, Scarecrow, you fail math.  But the drumming is super sweet.


Friday April 27, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Model T

10:00pm

Blogging With Wordpress.com

Have you always wanted to try WordPress? Get a crash course in using the free WordPress blogging software. Learn how to set up a free blog on WordPress.com in minutes, how to customize the look, how to post, installing widgets, managing comments, and more.


Speakers
avatar for Daniel J. Hogan

Daniel J. Hogan

Writer, humorist, Geek half of Ginger and the Geek. AKA Tiger Sixon on Lost Highway's B-movie Reviews and Cult Films. Host of the Magic of Eyri Podcast.


Friday April 27, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Bugatti

10:00pm

Social Media and the Webcartoonist

Diversification or Dilution of audience. What role should social Media play in the webcartoonist's world.


Speakers
AF

Ahmed Fahim

Ahmed draws comics as a hobby. A really, really, ridiculously obsessive hobby.
AS

Adam Smithee (aka Jim Hanson)

I am author and artist of Webcomic Hell and Apple Valley amongst others, host of the podcast The Tropecast (part of the Webcast Beacon Network), founder and current host of Cinematic For The People, a live-action riffing experience.


Friday April 27, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Steamer

11:00pm

BDSM 101

Discussion about the BDSM lifestyle


Speakers

Friday April 27, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Royale

11:00pm

Polyamory Primer

Polyamory is the concept and practice of being in multiple romantic relationships at the same time, with the knowledge and consent of all parties involved. This diverse panel of poly educators and enthusiasts will share their experiences, and more importantly, answer your questions about polyamory!


Speakers
MA

Matt Arnold

Web Designer. Past chair of Penguicon. Lojban speaker. Outreach/event organizer for geek communities.


Friday April 27, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Bugatti

11:00pm

BOF: The Mayans Were Right

We know all that hooplah about the end of the world coinciding with the end of the Mayan calendar is ridiculous.  There's no way the world is ending on December 21st, 2012, right?  Right?


Friday April 27, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Thomas

11:00pm

Mead Tasting

We describe how to make mead at home with relatively few supplies. There will be samples of homemade mead for people to taste.


Speakers
HG

Heather Gutterman

As the Head of School of Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study, Heather Gutterman teaches skills in self defense, navigating conflict, knowing one’s path, and the use of many weapons, including the sword. She nurtures the brilliance within each of her students through the challenges they face, and celebrates the strength and joy in all.


Friday April 27, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Food - 402

11:00pm

11:00pm

The Psychology of Tolkien

What was Tolkien thinking?  Help me pick apart his brain in this Birds of a Feather, Tolkien fan Meetup. 


Friday April 27, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Knight

11:00pm

Musicians Meetup

Chill. Jam. Make Music. Be Beautiful. Rock Out!


Friday April 27, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Steamer

11:00pm

BOF: Apps

In this BOF we'll discuss what's out there and show off some of our favorite apps and what you've done with them.  For you noise-makers, we'll try to have an external speaker available.


Friday April 27, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Stanley

11:00pm

BOF: Linux Distros

From Arch Linux to Debian to Slackware to Fedora to Ubuntu and back again.  Come talk about your favorite, or least favorite distro.


Friday April 27, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Stearns

11:00pm

Open mst3k for open movies: BOF

Bring your favorite Open Source movie and share with like-minded birds of a feather.


Friday April 27, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Rolls/Royce

11:00pm

Drum Circle and Belly Dancing

I would like to do a bellydance/drum jam session panel. Musicians of all types are welcome, but primarily drummers and people who play folk instruments such as woodwinds/flutes/recorders other types of percussion instuments etc...things of a more tribal nature if you will. Anyone is welcome and it would be a fun time especially for dancers and drummers! This isn't a "how to" workshop, it's just a get together to play music and jam, but is not a "filking" event, it's a "jam session."


Speakers
M

Mika

I'm interested in many things, but primary among them are drawing and bellydance. I am a pro artist and bellydance as a hobby and a way to stay in shape. | | This year I will be holding a Jam session with the help of my friend Kat, fellow dancer and artist. Last year the usual Jam session failed to run...so this year we are determined to have one! Bring your drums, instruments, whatever you like to play and join us please, we would love to... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Desoto

12:00am

Look Ma! No Hands!

The first things you should learn how to use in a scene, before buying or using toys, are parts of your body, like your arms, feet, legs and hands. This not only saves money, but it insures that you'll always be prepared to play, as you'll always have these body parts with you. We'll discuss the different things you can do, and illustrate techniques with a "hands-on" demonstration. Class participation is encouraged.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Steamer

12:00am

BOF: Comedic Improv

What did the penguin say to the tractor?  That you need to work on your comedy.  Maybe you're better suited to a live audience and ever-changing conditions.  Make funny on the fly with others who want to improve their improv.


Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Rolls/Royce

12:00am

BOF: Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock

Best two out of three?


Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Bugatti

12:00am

BOF: Bring Your Rhino!

Don't you hate it when corpses line the sewer after a failed attack on your undead monarch?  Get your friends together and keep that from happening.


Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Knight

12:00am

Midnight Yoga

Still awake?  Big day tomorrow?  Let Limey help you rest your brain.  This class is offered late night in order to promote better rest and peaceful sleep.  Learn how Yoga can help you de-stress and fall asleep easier.  It does not guarantee results, but will help most people relax.  All Levels Welcome - Just Bring Yourself!


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Stanley

12:00am

Room In the Tardis - Sharing The Doctor With Friends

Introduce your friends to Doctor Who and other science fiction characters!



Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Royale

12:00am

Drum Line

The linear version of a drum circle


Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Model T

12:00am

LN2 After Hours

Enjoy some after-hours liquid nitrogen ice cream flavors requiring adult IDs. Watch us make LN2 ice cream (and maybe learn how, or help out), and try some! Each LN2 theme block will also have some dairy-free flavor. Let us know if you want us to make a sugar-free flavor.


Speakers
SE

Sarah Elkins

Geekery, games, dance


Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00am - 1:50am
Food - 402

1:00am

How Not To Get Arrested For Your Alternative Lifestyle

Have you heard of April Divilbliss? How about Bob Bashara? Ever wondered if you'd be fined for violating zoning laws for opening a dungeon in your basement? Worried that you might lose your job if anyone at work found out who you were dating? Tried to figure out how far out of the closet you can safely get without risking your kids or your income? Then this is the panel for you.



Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00am - 1:50am
Steamer

1:00am

BOF: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Not for Eating

Get your mind out of the gutter.  That means there are no free samples.


Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00am - 1:50am
Franklin
 
Saturday, April 28
 

8:00am

Brick Challenge

Brick Challenge is, to my knowledge, the first live Lego-based game show. The model is similar to Double Dare. Two two-man teams will compete to be the winning team of each show. One team red and one team blue will be challenged with a series of mini-games as well as quiz questions. Winners will be determined by whichever team receives the most points. We will have a mass qualification right at 11am, followed by taping 6 shows with the top 24 people from the qualification. This event is open to everyone so bring your building skills.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00am - 4:50pm
Marquis - MPCON

9:00am

BOF: Creativity on Mobile Devices

Thanks to smartphones and tablets, you can feed your creative muses anywhere.  Make music, draw pictures, 3D modeling, it's all possible just by DL'ing some apps.  A lot of them for free!


Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00am - 9:50am
Model T

9:00am

BOF: RepRap

Come discuss the replicating rapid prototyper and implications for its use as a open design.


Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00am - 9:50am
Stearns

9:00am

Open Source Sewing Meetup

A meetup for sewing crafters of all levels. 


Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00am - 9:50am
Royale

9:00am

Open Source Robotics

A meetup for any Open Source Robotics fanatics.


Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00am - 9:50am
Franklin

9:00am

Camp Luminous

The inspiration of George Lucas has captured the imaginations of generations, the most recent being our kids and grandkids. The brilliant spiritual allegory of The Star Wars Universe is perfect for our aim, thus, our brand new four-day kids' camp, Camp Luminous! Camp Luminous is completely unique, it is a rustic camp with outdoor kitchen and shower. Camping is in tents. Our counselors will be bunking near tents housing younglings and padawans. Our children are the future. What better way to help guide them toward a personal code of honor and self-empowerment, than through the greatest adventure of their summer! Jedi Masters Camron Rogers, David Kennedy and Mason Hunt will be sharing stories and discussing next years camp as well as answering questions about the camp. The participants will be making either force masks or bopper lightsaber.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00am - 9:50am
Steamer

9:00am

3D Printing Basics

Rerap and other amazing tools for replicating parts with plastic. 


Speakers
avatar for Ethan Dicks

Ethan Dicks

3D Printing and Electronics instructor, Columbus Idea Foundry
Ethan Dicks is a 3D Printing and Electronics instructor at the Columbus Idea Foundry. He teaches workshops in operating 3D Printers, and basic through advanced projects for Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Outside of the classroom, Ethan lectures at conventions and symposia on science and technology topics, exhibits at Maker Faires in Columbus, Pittsburgh and New York, and organizes 3D Printing and Raspberry Pi meetups.


Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00am - 9:50am
Bugatti

9:00am

HTML5/JavaScript Development for the Desktop

With Windows 8, Microsoft has opened up the platform a bit, and you can now write Windows apps using HTML5/JavaScript.  I'll demonstrate how to do this and dive into some code. We'll also discuss the Metro design style.  Finally, we'll talk about the new Windows Store, which allows developers to make their apps available to the enormous numbers of people who use Windows; this gives developers the potential to easily make crazy money. This will not be a sales pitch for Windows 8; it's a tech talk for developers.  But anyone who has a little HTML experience should be able to get something out of this talk.




Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00am - 9:50am
Rolls/Royce

10:00am

BOF: Entropy -- Entropy and its Impact on Your Servers

Information is physical.  Discuss.


Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Thomas

10:00am

Build your own TARDIS
Are you a Doctor Who fan? Have you ever wanted to own your very own TARDIS? So have we, and it is very expensive to build one in todays economy. Come see how we figured out to build a full scale TARDIS prop for under $100. We will assemble it right in the panel so that you can see how it is done, we will even supply material lists so you can go home and do it yourself. Who knows, maybe you will find a way to build one for less once you see how we have done it.

Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Bugatti

10:00am

Solder your (Generic) Stuff

Ad-hoc soldering workshops conducted as needed. Assemble your Makerspace badge, Arduino, or just learn how to solder in general!



Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Cord - Maker Space

10:00am

Metals, Minerals, and Stories

Ron Demerino has been a metallurgical consultant, engineer, and professor for more years than he cares to remember.  All that time, he's been collecting stories and anecdotes which are as rare and as precious as the metals he works with.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Desoto

10:00am

Fanfiction and 'Real' Writing

There's more crossover every day between the fandom writings and the published works. Does fanfic help you build your writer-muscles? How do you cross over... if in fact, you want to do so? What are the strengths and weaknesses of fanfic in general, and how does it intersect with the legalities of the publishing industry?



Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Model T

10:00am

Open Source Diabetes

Cancer and heart disease are so hot right now, but you're way more likely to suffer from diabetes in your lifetime. Learn more about this stealth epidemic, what our health care "system" is throwing at it, and how a hack that was demo'd at DefCon last August totally hosed the medical device industry. Trypanophobics may want to avoid this session.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Dearborn - BIG TOP

10:00am

5 Things you can do to be a bit more Agile

We all want to be more agile. We want a process that helps us deliver awesome code, but need to drag the rest of IT and the business along with us. How do you stop the nightmare of yesteryear, and sneak agile into your shop, right under the noses of the waterfall guardian trolls? We have five ways to be more agile without officially changing your process, or getting fired.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Stearns

10:00am

A Talk with Charles Newman

ReCellular - Saving 50e6 Pounds of Cell Phones from the Dump.  Charles Newman, Founder and Director of ReCellular Inc, the world's largest recycler of and reseller of used cell phones and accessories will talk about the methods used to collect over 50 *million* pounds of used cell phones, plus the technical challenges associated with re-using these phones. Charles will also talk about the important environmental implications of e-waste, and how electronics recycling is critical for the continued health of our planet.


Speakers
CN

Charles Newman

Publisher at The Deli Magazine Music Producer, Composer, Ownerat Mother West


Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Stanley

10:00am

Cloud Disaster Recovery: Leveraging Cloud Computing for Cheap Hot Sites

When evaluating possible scenarios to leverage cloud computing, many companies immediately think about situations whichwould provide the most 'bang for the buck' in terms of operational costs for a specific goal or task. Creating disaster recovery sites generally involve doubling your technology costs in order to be prepared for the worst. With cloud computing though, resources can be staged and ready to go with paying only minimal costs until a disaster occurs. This presentation will go over a real-life scenario where a cloud disaster recovery plan was created and we'll discuss the strategy and math behind what makes the plan beneficial. Also covered will be concerns with going this route and why cloud computing in not a panacea despite what marketing companies may want you to believe.


Speakers
MS

Mark Stanislav

Only a life lived for others is worth living.


Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Steamer

10:00am

How to Build a Kanban Board - A Lean, Visual, Just-in-Time Software Scheduling System

Kanban is a Japanese word that loosely translated means “signboard”, or “billboard”. Kanban uses signal cards at various points in the production process to indicate the amount of work completed. In this way the amount of work in progress (WIP) can be limited and the keep the system very “lean” and “agile”. Kanban is a means through which just-in-time (JIT) is achieved.  Kanban is not an inventory control system. Rather, it is a scheduling system that tells you what to produce, when to produce it, and how much to produce.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Rolls/Royce

10:00am

Junk Pile Wars

Last minute costume cram!


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00am - 12:50pm
Royale

11:00am

BOF: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

Talk amongst yourselves.


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Thomas

11:00am

Geocaching 101

What does GPS Technology, Nature, and PIRATES have in common? well come on down and learn all about the awesome world of Geocaching! A modern day treasure hunt using GPS technology. We will disscuss what it is and how to get started. as well as give helpful hints and tips!


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Steamer

11:00am

Green for Everybody: WARM Training Center and the practical work of a green revolution

Green principles are often considered a nicety and luxury for those who have already met the basic needs of their lives. But the green movement is actually equally or more important for people struggling to make ends meet. At the intersection of social justice and environmental development, WARM Training Center has been providing green solutions to Metro Detroit since 1981. We are changing the way sustainability is done in this region. Come find out why a green strategy that works in less obvious places may be the strategy that can save the world.



Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Franklin

11:00am

Open Source Martial Arts

If you are a martial artist join in sharing and learning skills with other
martial artists! Please bring any source material and equipment you
have with you. If you're not a martial artist, come, watch, and ask
questions.


Speakers
HG

Heather Gutterman

As the Head of School of Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study, Heather Gutterman teaches skills in self defense, navigating conflict, knowing one’s path, and the use of many weapons, including the sword. She nurtures the brilliance within each of her students through the challenges they face, and celebrates the strength and joy in all.


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Desoto

11:00am

Penguicon Board Meeting

The Penguicon Board is not the same thing as the Convention Committee. The Board meets four times a year to elect a Conchair, approve a total budget figure for next year's con, and take care of multi-year ongoing expenses. The public is always welcome to Board meetings!


Speakers
avatar for Jer_

Jer_

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. Your Facilities Coordinator/Hotel Liaison for this shindig. Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. @jer_ on Twitter, jer.underscore on Facebook, foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!  
MA

Matt Arnold

Web Designer. Past chair of Penguicon. Lojban speaker. Outreach/event organizer for geek communities.
AT

Aaron Thul

You should know that I am a high energy person. If you have ever seen the movie "Over the Hedge", well I am that squirrel. Aaron is a geek, gamer, PostgreSQL enthusiast, computer hack, and a cook.


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Model T

11:00am

Staying True to Source

How much liberty should an author or film maker take when riffing off an iconic work of fiction? Did Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes cross a line? How closely does John Carter, the new release based on Edgar Rice Burroughs "Barzoom" series, stick to canon? What about The Walking Dead?



Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Stearns

11:00am

Bruce Schneier Talks About Security and Trust

Human societies run on trust.  Every day, we all trust millions of people, organizations, and systems -- and we do it so easily that we barely notice.  But in any system of trust, there is an alternative, parasitic, strategy that involves abusing that trust. Making sure those defectors don't destroy the very cooperative systems they're abusing is an age-old problem, and we've developed a variety of societal pressures to induce cooperation: moral systems, reputational systems, institutional systems, and security systems. Understanding how these different societal pressures work -- and fail -- is essential to understanding the problems we face in today's increasingly technological and interconnected world.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Dearborn - BIG TOP

11:00am

Line Work - The Anchor of the Image

Discussion of the importance of line work in graphic storytelling.


Speakers
avatar for Joe Foo

Joe Foo

Creator of Desmond's comic. Like apple pie.
avatar for Megan Rose Gedris

Megan Rose Gedris

Megan Rose Gedris has been making webcomics for ten years, including YU+ME: dream, I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space!!!, and Meaty Yogurt. She sometimes does standup and sometimes does burlesque and always makes bad puns. She won an Emmy last year and is now determined to EGOT.


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Rolls/Royce

11:00am

Open Source Characters: Octobrianna and Jenny Everywhere

Exploration of open source comic characters


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Bugatti

11:00am

LN2 Saturday Matinee

"LN2 Saturday Matinee"
Featuring liquid nitrogen ice cream flavors like soda sorbets, chocolate mint, candy mix-ins, and Buttered Popcorn (we've made this, it's better than it sounds!). Watch us make LN2 ice cream (and maybe learn how, or help out), and try some! Each LN2 theme block will also have some dairy-free flavor. Let us know if you want us to make a sugar-free flavor.


Speakers
SE

Sarah Elkins

Geekery, games, dance


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 12:50pm
Food - 402

11:00am

Legends of Kalidasia: The Moons of Verlanda Four

After battling to a stalemate in the Minex system, Surakari forces have expanded their war on the Heragul Empire by attacking a dozen more star systems. The planet Verlanda Four has three moons with each one being home to multiple mining facilities. Cutting off this flow of minerals to Verlanda Four would be almost as devastating as destroying the orbital ship yards which consume the raw minerals. Small Surakari attack fleets have begun launching hit and run strikes on the moons' defenders in hopes of breaking through to the mining facilities on the surface.  Legends of Kalidasia is an abstract space combat miniatures game. The rules are fairly simple and players should be able to pick up the core rules within two or three turns. More information about the game can be found at http://www.kalidasia.com


Speakers
avatar for Jason Rutherford

Jason Rutherford

I am the creator of Legends of Kalidasia, a tabletop space combat miniatures game. | | I have quite a bit of experience developing websites and Internet media with tools such as PHP, MySQL, Blender, and video editing software. For a number of years I ran the website The Army Showcase and hosted the podcast, The Tabletop Battlefield. |


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00am - 8:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

12:00pm

Power Tools Q&A

Want to learn about power tools? What's a drill press, or a CNC mill? How do you use a table-saw without losing appendages? Figure out how to safely and effectively operate power tools to get your projects done!


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

12:00pm

SF materials for home building

Presenting a number of unusual materials that are being developed or are starting to be used in buildings to improve performance, especially energy performance.  Possible items to discuss include: controllable glass, home energy generation appliances & home energy storage, insulation materials, processes for preserving wood for exterior use, alternatives and variants of concrete, wood-based plastics.  Not necessarily a checklist of things you can buy and install today, but an introduction to some of the possibilities and the technology being used to create interesting materials that have application for homeowners as well as hardware hackers.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Steamer

12:00pm

Open Soda: A History Lesson

History of Open Soda



Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Stearns

12:00pm

CONCOM 2013 Meeting

Open Concom Meeting for the brainstorming and organization of 2013.  Not sure how to get involved in the convention?  Let us show you how it's done!  This is just the first step for opening up for next year.  Come meet the Conchair for 2013 and tell her all of your brilliant ideas.  All are welcome!


Speakers
avatar for Jer_

Jer_

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. Your Facilities Coordinator/Hotel Liaison for this shindig. Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. @jer_ on Twitter, jer.underscore on Facebook, foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!  
JW

Jon Wallace

Video game design hobbyist who spends his time on rapid prototype design events both for the thrill of the challenge and in order to develop a portfolio and one day start his own video game company

Volunteers

Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Model T

12:00pm

Humor in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Everyone loves to laugh. How do you lighten up, as an author? What authors do humor in fantasy really well? How do you tell a good joke in prose?



Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Franklin

12:00pm

Book Signing with Bruce Schneier
Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

12:00pm

GOH Interview: Jim Gettys
Speakers
JG

Jim Gettys, Bell Labs

Jim Gettys is a MTS at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, working on bufferbloat. He was the V.P. of Software at the One Laptop per Child project. He is one of the original developers of the X Window System at MIT. He worked at W3C and was the editor of the HTTP/1.1 specification in the IETF. Gettys helped establish handhelds.org, freedesktop.org and X.org. | | Gettys is one of the keepers of the Flame (USENIX's 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award) on behalf... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Desoto

12:00pm

Girls in Gaming

Girls and guys come to this panel to hear some girl gamers talk about what its like in the gamer world for them, the fun and the not so fun.



Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Bugatti

12:00pm

Crash Course to Webcomics v1.0: Getting Your Feet Wet

A reworked "course" for webcomics beginners. Simplified structure, more time for Q&A


Speakers
AF

Ahmed Fahim

Ahmed draws comics as a hobby. A really, really, ridiculously obsessive hobby.
avatar for Megan Rose Gedris

Megan Rose Gedris

Megan Rose Gedris has been making webcomics for ten years, including YU+ME: dream, I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space!!!, and Meaty Yogurt. She sometimes does standup and sometimes does burlesque and always makes bad puns. She won an Emmy last year and is now determined to EGOT.


Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Stanley

12:00pm

Paint and Take

Enjoy a fun and relaxing session of painting miniature figures, even if you don't think of yourself as an artist.  We are happy to demonstrate several painting techniques, including drybrushing, washes, and face elements, including the always tricky eyes.



Saturday April 28, 2012 12:00pm - 2:50pm
Thomas

1:00pm

Summoning Creatures from Cardboard

How to use cardboard for creating creatures, yay!


Speakers
RR

Robert Richey

Despite being a first timer to Penguicon, I will be running two panels this year. | | Summon Creatures from Cardboard - A discussion on how to build large, and usually pretty impressive, creature costumes out of Cardboard, PVC, and other inexpensive materials. | | Wing Building - An opportunity to build your own set of pulley operated mechanical wings. So far attempts to fly using them have been unsuccessful.


Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Bugatti

1:00pm

BeagleBoard Presentation

Learn about the low-powered open source hardware single-board computer produced by Texas Instruments


Speakers
avatar for Jason Kridner

Jason Kridner

I'm a co-founder of BeagleBoard.org where I advocate for open hardware solutions on low-power, affordable hardware capable of running full operating systems like Ubuntu, Android, other Linux variations and much more. The BeagleBoard.org platforms are popular for connecting sensors and controls to the web in devices like image-recognizing automated flying drones. | | | | I am passionate about expanding the multi-way capabilities of the... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

1:00pm

Sustainability in Detroit, and how we might save the world.

Detroit is a difficult town in many regards -- and any attempt to simplify it as either a hell-hole or a pollyanna frontier are woefully inaccurate. Nonetheless, some exciting developments are happening in Detroit and they may hold some of the keys to showing the world the way to build the dream city of the 21st century. And they may not. Understanding the key issues at stake is part of what will determine whether Detroit can accomplish this goal. Jacob Corvidae has been working at the heart of Detroit's sustainability movement for over a decade. 



Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Franklin

1:00pm

Open Soda Demo

Mix, make, drink, enjoy the open soft drink treat



Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Food - 402

1:00pm

The Match Game

Matching Game


Speakers
avatar for Jer_

Jer_

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. Your Facilities Coordinator/Hotel Liaison for this shindig. Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. @jer_ on Twitter, jer.underscore on Facebook, foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!  


Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

1:00pm

An Engineers Guide to Self Defense

Derek Newland, a 3rd degree brown belt in Judo, explains how to turn simple principles of leverage and movement into powerful self defense techniques.


Speakers
DN

Derek Newland

I love playing around with technological and mechanical things, cars, phones, computers, etc. I also enjoy building things, and I weld as a hobby and side business. I enjoy helping people learn how to do things for themselves, it's a great feeling when you witness another person's joy when they discover they've acquired a new skill. And, of course, I enjoy drinking with friends on a weekend night.


Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Stanley

1:00pm

Film Roast Prep
Speakers
GW

Greg Williams

I'm all about improving quality of life, both my own and others. Along with my improv partner Dawn, I create humor that pierces to the core and "crosses the line" into sensitive subjects that people will talk about privately, but seldom discuss in polite company. | | | | Like so many people I have a number of passions that all compete for my time - fine whisky, cars, motorcycles, and a variety of crafting projects. My workshops... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Stutz

1:00pm

John Scalzi & Saladin Ahmed Readings

Bestselling author John Scalzi reads from his new book, "Redshirts"!  Nebula award-nominated author Saladin Ahmed reads from his new book, Throne of the Crescent Moon!



Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Royale

1:00pm

Saladin Ahmed Reading

This reading has been combined with John Scalzi's reading at the same time in the Royale room.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Model T

1:00pm

A Practical Introduction to Git

Git is a popular open-source distributed revision control system created by Linus Torvalds to manage the Linux kernel. You can use Git to manage or back-up personal projects, class work and resources, local or system-wide configuration files, websites, and more. Git users of all levels of experience should find something of value in this talk, which will cover a brief history of Git, simple usage, core concepts, how to share and work with others using Github, tools for popular operating systems, and practical developer, non-developer and ops usage examples.


Speakers
JV

Jonathan Voigt

I like Clojure.


Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Steamer

1:00pm

OpenBSD

Want to learn more about OpenBSD?One of the "BSD" variants of UNIX, it is arguable one of the most secure operating systems around, and makes a great desktop OS-it's not just for firewalls! An overview will be given on some of its main features.  An install-fest will occur later if there are folks interested.



Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Knight

1:00pm

Podcasting for fun (and possibly profit)

Ever thought you might want to put together a podcast, but weren't sure where to begin? Craig Maloney, host of Open Metalcast (http://openmetalcast.com), and co-host of Lococast.net (http://lococast.net) will cover the basics of podcasting, including how to firm up your podcasting idea, how to find Creative Commons music, and what tools Craig has found work best to get your podcast out to hundreds, if not thousands of listeners. Craig will also put together the next episode of Open Metalcast (live, on-stage), and show how a handful of music clips can become a music episode.


Speakers
CM

Craig Maloney

Just another random Linux hacker


Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

1:00pm

Zombies v Humans - The making of an Android app

Passive multiplayer for the masses.  This yet to be released turn-based geolocation game for Android will pit the ubiquitous Zombie against humankind in an epic tug-o-war style struggle.  Approach your enemies with caution - whether you're a Zombie out for brains or a human with a penchant for large axes.  Attempting to off your opponent will leave you exposed, and depending on how many turns you have left you may want to save some turns for running.  Dominate a local establishment by visiting it frequently and stay alive longer by teaming up with friends.  Which side will win this epic struggle? Join Matt and Ann Marie, the organizers for Killer Android, as they share their development experiences and demo the game.


Speakers
AM

Ann Marie K. Mossman

I spend most of my free time organizing an Android Mobile Development Group called Killer Android, playing board games, running around crafting and fighting mobs in FFXI, attempting to learn and failing miserably at the Korean language, watching anime / movies, going to cons, traveling, taking face offs in ice hockey, working on home improvement projects, petting and feeding the husband (wait...I meant to say dog), riding one of my three... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Rolls/Royce

1:00pm

Quelf

3 to 8 players, 1 hour to play, 1.5 hours total.  Do you want to play a game where everyone acts like a loon for the amusement of the rest of the table? Have I got the game for you! You may end up
wearing tinfoil, singing, or pointing off into the distance while staring at the ceiling. Bring your sense of humor and prepare for the random.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

1:00pm

Learn to Swing Dance!

Come learn to swing dance, or help us demonstrate, if you already know how! We'll show the basics, give some lead/follow tips, and play big band classics and more recent swingable hits. No partners necessary (come alone or bring your friends).


Speakers
SE

Sarah Elkins

Geekery, games, dance


Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Desoto

1:00pm

Breath Moss 2

Don your breath moss mask, grab your illumination gem, and head down into the murky water of an ancient Harlass Orn well.  Breath Moss is an adventure for up to five 4th level Pathfinder Roleplaying Game characters. Each player will choose one member of a rescue team searching for the missing swamp diver Anselm "Harp” Harpending. The gamemaster will supply the player characters. The adventure also takes place in real time. One way or another, the mission will be completed before the game session ends.



Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 4:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

2:00pm

BOF: Computer Club Leaders - What works, what doesn't!

Gathering of local computer club leaders to discuss what works and what doesn't.  If you are a leader for a local computer club please plan to attend.


Speakers
G

Gib

Local computer clubs


Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Model T

2:00pm

Is That a Floppy or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Make cool stuff from old computer media!  In this workshop, we will give new life to some obsolete but charming relics: participants can walk away with a notepad or pencil/storage cube made from salvaged 3.5" floppy disks, or a 5.25" sleeve for your next mix CD that will earn you major 80s retro cred.  It's not hard (they're floppies!), but supplies may be limited, so signing up is recommended.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

2:00pm

Car hacking/tweaking for the Inexperienced

Want more performance out of your car?  Looking for that little extra oomph without spending a ton?  Or maybe you're looking to save money on fuel by increasing your vehicle's efficiency level.  Find out how and why all these things are closely related, inexpensive to do, and easy enough that you can manage it with a $40 tool kit and an afternoon.


Speakers
DN

Derek Newland

I love playing around with technological and mechanical things, cars, phones, computers, etc. I also enjoy building things, and I weld as a hobby and side business. I enjoy helping people learn how to do things for themselves, it's a great feeling when you witness another person's joy when they discover they've acquired a new skill. And, of course, I enjoy drinking with friends on a weekend night.


Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Knight

2:00pm

Writers and Blogs and Twitter and Facebook And....

It seems that every writer has to have a blog. But how does a writer open up their personal lives without revealing too much... Or take stances on the political issues of the day without alienating fans? Or just becoming another annoying marketroid for their latest novel?



Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Stanley

2:00pm

Libraries and Librarians in the Information Age

Jeff Beeler, a Sarnia, ON Librarian, and Janea Schimmel, a clerk at the Lansing Capital District Libarary, discuss the role of libraries in the information age, including physical and digital collections, programming, the changing role of librarians, and the changing needs of the public they serve.



Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Franklin

2:00pm

"Daddy, the internet is slow today"

This is a refrain parents all hear, and in return, we often yell to our kids: "Stop what you're doing so I can make a VOIP call!" Bufferbloat is (usually) the cause, and it doesn't have to be this way. You can avoid a suffering home, and there is a lot you can do to help us drain this world-wide Internet swamp. A little information goes a long way.

Come learn how you, too, can be Hercules, and help clean the Augean Stables.


Speakers
JG

Jim Gettys, Bell Labs

Jim Gettys is a MTS at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, working on bufferbloat. He was the V.P. of Software at the One Laptop per Child project. He is one of the original developers of the X Window System at MIT. He worked at W3C and was the editor of the HTTP/1.1 specification in the IETF. Gettys helped establish handhelds.org, freedesktop.org and X.org. | | Gettys is one of the keepers of the Flame (USENIX's 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award) on behalf... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Bugatti

2:00pm

Bookie Sprint

Come hack on Bookie! It's an open source bookmark management application you might use as an alternative to Delicious or Pinboard. The author will help with testing, getting installed, or hacking on new features. Bookie uses lots of Python, JavaScript, and needs help with everything from client all the way to main website features.


Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Royale

2:00pm

DotA Talk
A large discussion on DotA type games aka MOBA's (i.e. Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends, DOTA2) talking about strategy, hero picking, and what is desired in the years to come.


Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Steamer

2:00pm

Crash Course to Webcomics v2.0: Webcomic Website Design

A non-technical presentation that can be easily done as a workshop. Designed to point out flaws and strong points of webcomic websites.



Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Rolls/Royce

2:00pm

Food Science

"Molecular Gastronomy." "Modernist Cooking." No one's
quite sure what to call it, but restaurants and home cooks are
bringing science into the kitchen to transform the tastes and textures
of food. Tammy Coxen of Tammy's Tastings will demonstrate
spherification, foaming, and other fun science tricks for the kitchen.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Food - 402

2:00pm

Film Roast

What's more fun than mocking a bad film? Sitting back, relaxing, and letting Dawn and Greg do all the hard work! Come watch as they mock, retch and stare disbelievingly at the screen at this year's movie, too horrible to even mention in print.


Speakers
GW

Greg Williams

I'm all about improving quality of life, both my own and others. Along with my improv partner Dawn, I create humor that pierces to the core and "crosses the line" into sensitive subjects that people will talk about privately, but seldom discuss in polite company. | | | | Like so many people I have a number of passions that all compete for my time - fine whisky, cars, motorcycles, and a variety of crafting projects. My workshops... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

3:00pm

3D Printing Workshop(s) (print your 3D Stuff)

Learn about 3D printing, and print something! Bring your own device (krunal note: If we start advertising this now, perhaps people will bring designs with them!), find something on Thingiverse to print, or design something using the skills you learned in an earlier class on Blender/Sketchup!


Speakers
avatar for Ethan Dicks

Ethan Dicks

3D Printing and Electronics instructor, Columbus Idea Foundry
Ethan Dicks is a 3D Printing and Electronics instructor at the Columbus Idea Foundry. He teaches workshops in operating 3D Printers, and basic through advanced projects for Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Outside of the classroom, Ethan lectures at conventions and symposia on science and technology topics, exhibits at Maker Faires in Columbus, Pittsburgh and New York, and organizes 3D Printing and Raspberry Pi meetups.


Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

3:00pm

Screen Printing

Sign up at Ops.


Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Food - 402

3:00pm

Worms Eat My Garbage: Apartment-friendly Composting

You've heard of composting, but what's the point, really?  How does it work?  Maybe you wish you could compost but you don't have a yard or anywhere suitable to keep a traditional compost bin/pit/barrel.  Come learn about vermicomposting!  See how easy it is to set up a small compost bin that you can stash under your sink or in a broomcloset that won't smell bad and will provide all the houseplants you know with super-nutritious fertilizer while reducing your contribution to the landfills.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Franklin

3:00pm

Divination With Dominion Cards

Just for fun, we will pretend to perform cartomancy with Dominion cards. I have devised an intricate system for interpreting 10 randomly-selected cards to tell you the winning strategy for the next few days of your life.


Speakers
MA

Matt Arnold

Web Designer. Past chair of Penguicon. Lojban speaker. Outreach/event organizer for geek communities.


Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

3:00pm

Romantic Comedies
Everything they told you is wrong. Examining the "truth" of romantic comedies. A funny discussion on what Hollywood feels "true love" is.

Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Steamer

3:00pm

What's Your Zombie Plan

Ready to jump into a live action Resident Evil and kick serious zombie butt?  Or are you going to run away to Alaska and let the zombies freeze as they try to follow?  Maybe you just believe in being prepared for every eventuality.  Discuss and receive feedback on zombie plans, both literal and as a metaphor.


Speakers
DN

Derek Newland

I love playing around with technological and mechanical things, cars, phones, computers, etc. I also enjoy building things, and I weld as a hobby and side business. I enjoy helping people learn how to do things for themselves, it's a great feeling when you witness another person's joy when they discover they've acquired a new skill. And, of course, I enjoy drinking with friends on a weekend night.


Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Stanley

3:00pm

Self-Publishing: Pros and Cons

The good, the bad, and the ugly.  Learn a bit about self-publishing.


Speakers
avatar for Daniel J. Hogan

Daniel J. Hogan

Writer, humorist, Geek half of Ginger and the Geek. AKA Tiger Sixon on Lost Highway's B-movie Reviews and Cult Films. Host of the Magic of Eyri Podcast.


Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Royale

3:00pm

The Now and Future Lovecraft

Why is Lovecraft still popular after all these years, despite his tangled prose and very debatable racial undertones? What draws people to write (and read!) about Cthlulhu and its minions over and over again?



Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Model T

3:00pm

Performance: Wax Chaotic
Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Desoto

3:00pm

Pickup and Play Room

Although the title may suggest otherwise, this is not a speed dating, matchmaking, or in any way related to hooking up room. Rather, this room is devoted solely to the creation of music. In this room you'll find instruments, sheet music, and maybe even a lesson or two. So stop by, pickup or bring your own instrument, and play.


Speakers
AM

Ann Marie K. Mossman

I spend most of my free time organizing an Android Mobile Development Group called Killer Android, playing board games, running around crafting and fighting mobs in FFXI, attempting to learn and failing miserably at the Korean language, watching anime / movies, going to cons, traveling, taking face offs in ice hockey, working on home improvement projects, petting and feeding the husband (wait...I meant to say dog), riding one of my three... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Thomas

3:00pm

Heinlein Panel
Speakers
JG

Jim Gettys, Bell Labs

Jim Gettys is a MTS at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, working on bufferbloat. He was the V.P. of Software at the One Laptop per Child project. He is one of the original developers of the X Window System at MIT. He worked at W3C and was the editor of the HTTP/1.1 specification in the IETF. Gettys helped establish handhelds.org, freedesktop.org and X.org. | | Gettys is one of the keepers of the Flame (USENIX's 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award) on behalf... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Rolls/Royce

3:00pm

Soft Skillz - Just not for Humans Anymore

Brian looks back at 15 years of being a developer, consultant, and business leader. He will talk about the skills and wisdom that you need to be happy and successful in your career.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Knight

3:00pm

The Fall of the FPS Genre

Been noticing a decline in FPS (First Person Shooter) game quality lately? So have we! We discuss why the FPS Genre has become a cloning machine and what developers are still bringing the innovation to this slowing genre.



Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Bugatti

3:00pm

Red Dragon Inn

You and your heroic friends are at the tavern after a long day of killing monsters, raiding dungeons and saving the day. What a better way to celebrate than by drinking and gambling. Keep your money and stay sober to find your way to victory in this game.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 3:00pm - 5:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

4:00pm

The Masquerade Parade

Costumes, costumes, everywhere, and not a chance to blink.  Observe the Masquerade participants as they show off their work throughout the convention!  Cheer them on or even join in the march to the Masquerade event, judging and award ceremony.


Speakers
JG

Jim Gettys, Bell Labs

Jim Gettys is a MTS at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, working on bufferbloat. He was the V.P. of Software at the One Laptop per Child project. He is one of the original developers of the X Window System at MIT. He worked at W3C and was the editor of the HTTP/1.1 specification in the IETF. Gettys helped establish handhelds.org, freedesktop.org and X.org. | | Gettys is one of the keepers of the Flame (USENIX's 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award) on behalf... Read More →
KM

Kat McConnell

Costuming

Volunteers

Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Roaming

4:00pm

The Masquerade Setup and Parade Line-Up

All Masquerade participants are to meet in this location at 4PM to confirm their entry and begin the parade route.


Speakers
JG

Jim Gettys, Bell Labs

Jim Gettys is a MTS at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, working on bufferbloat. He was the V.P. of Software at the One Laptop per Child project. He is one of the original developers of the X Window System at MIT. He worked at W3C and was the editor of the HTTP/1.1 specification in the IETF. Gettys helped establish handhelds.org, freedesktop.org and X.org. | | Gettys is one of the keepers of the Flame (USENIX's 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award) on behalf... Read More →
KM

Kat McConnell

Costuming

Volunteers

Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

4:00pm

BeagleBoard Workshop 1

Learn to build your own BeableBoard - the low powered, open source hardware, single board computer


Speakers
avatar for Jason Kridner

Jason Kridner

I'm a co-founder of BeagleBoard.org where I advocate for open hardware solutions on low-power, affordable hardware capable of running full operating systems like Ubuntu, Android, other Linux variations and much more. The BeagleBoard.org platforms are popular for connecting sensors and controls to the web in devices like image-recognizing automated flying drones. | | | | I am passionate about expanding the multi-way capabilities of the... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

4:00pm

Orange Pail Composting Demo

Hands-on learners, come and get your hands dirty. We're going to make compost using a cold-compost recipe, in a container that is safe for apartment dwellers and school classrooms.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Franklin

4:00pm

Afternoon Tea Time

Join us at tea time (4pm) for a selection of teas and finger foods.  This panel will include information and samples of a variety of teas and things that taste good with them.


Speakers
HG

Heather Gutterman

As the Head of School of Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study, Heather Gutterman teaches skills in self defense, navigating conflict, knowing one’s path, and the use of many weapons, including the sword. She nurtures the brilliance within each of her students through the challenges they face, and celebrates the strength and joy in all.


Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Food - 402

4:00pm

Christine Purcell and Stewart Sternberg reading

Christine Purcell and Stewart Sternberg read from their new novel!



Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Royale

4:00pm

Jim Hines reading
Jim Hines reads from his new book "Libriomancer"!

Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Stanley

4:00pm

Performance: Piko Piko Detroit
Speakers
PP

Piko Piko Detroit

Piko Piko Detroit is a community for all lovers of retro bleep sounds in their music, and is open to a wide range of music genres. We hack our vintage consoles and dance to tiny pixels. We perform at cafes, live-houses, clubs, and even at a birthday parties. If you like video games, computers, pixels, or any other retro treasures, then you will love us. | | "Piko Piko(ピコピコ)" is Japanese for "Bleep Bleep" by the way.


Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Desoto

4:00pm

Citizen Science What it is and How to Get Involved

Citizen Scientists are all around you, participating in projects that help further our understanding of the world. In this presentation, we'll learn what citizen scientists are, how to become a citizen scientist,and how you can take part in one of the many growing citizen scientist projects out there. Science is everywhere, and you can help!


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Rolls/Royce

4:00pm

Introduction to OpenDNS

An introduction to OpenDNS and the benefits of using OpenDNS at home.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Bugatti

4:00pm

The open source world

This discussion focuses on the direction of open source development and its applications towards government and human societal development.  The talk starts with current open source ideas and applications, then works towards the future discussing the benefits, directions and hazards facing the evolution of human society towards this goal.


Speakers
avatar for Ruairidh Strange

Ruairidh Strange

Ass & Titties


Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Stearns

4:00pm

League of Legends

A look at the popular RTS game


Speakers
JS

Jeffrey Sica

VideoGaming


Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Steamer

4:00pm

Publishing Your Comic

Self-published? Direct to Print? Kickstarter funding for large order? Discuss.


Speakers
avatar for Joe Foo

Joe Foo

Creator of Desmond's comic. Like apple pie.


Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Thomas

4:00pm

7 Wonders
3 to 7 players, play time 1 hour, totals time needed 1.5 hours. Take control of one of the Wonders of the ancient world in this quick civilization game!

Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

5:00pm

B.Nektar Sampling

Guided mead tasting with award winning Michigan meadery B. Nektar



Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Food - 402

5:00pm

Arduino Workshop

Learn about the popular micro controller platform that has become a favorite of hackers and artists alike!


Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

5:00pm

The Care and Feeding of Post-Apocalyptic Vehicles

Transportation for your survival after the world goes away.


Speakers
EJ

Emmy Jackson

Emmy Jackson is the author of the post-apocalyptic urban fantasy novel Empty Cradle: The Untimely Death of Corey Sanderson. He lived as a nomad in an RV for three years, wandering the continental United States at will. He was born and raised in and around Detroit and always returns no matter how many times he moves away. He is an ex-school bus driver, an ex-marketing manager, and a self-published, self-syndicated freelance writer. Emmy speaks... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Stearns

5:00pm

Adulthood Doesn't Mean You're Normal

When "gifted" children become adults there are no longer special programs designed to support their needs. But that doesn't mean those needs have disappeared. Come hear what effects these traits have on experiences and behavior in adulthood from a professional in the field of gifted education.


Speakers
HG

Heather Gutterman

As the Head of School of Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study, Heather Gutterman teaches skills in self defense, navigating conflict, knowing one’s path, and the use of many weapons, including the sword. She nurtures the brilliance within each of her students through the challenges they face, and celebrates the strength and joy in all.


Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Thomas

5:00pm

W.O.W. Addict Support Group

Find yourself spending more time in Azeroth than in the real world?  Want to connect to your friends without the mask of your main?  This group is here for you!  Don't worry, you know you'll be right back in the heart of Orgrimmar with Garrosh soon.  Better yet, what about those Pandaren Monks??!!??


Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Franklin

5:00pm

Worldbuilding: You've Got the Whole World In Your Hands

So you've got an idea for how your new fictional world should work. How do you tease that crazy spark into a whole civilization? What can you do to make your worlds seem more realistic? And how do you cultivate the mad ideas that cause these worldbreakers to begin with?



Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Royale

5:00pm

Performance: The Great Luke Ski
Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Desoto

5:00pm

Eric Raymond Ask Me Anything

ESR,Eric S. Raymond, author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar and The Art of Unix Programming, The New Hackers Dictionary, gpsd (Global Positioning System Software for Linux), enemy of the state of Iran, martial arts practitioner, and secret legal guru answers your questions about anything.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Model T

5:00pm

Core Linux Security: 0-Day Isn't Everything

When discussion on hardening Linux systems occurs, usually someone will swear by a single feature or application to 'save the day'. In reality, a mesh of complimentary technologies, most of which are built-in or easily installable on a Linux box, is the bestway to go. Defense in depth is more than marketing lingo, it's a way of life for actual information security. Come see some of thetechnologies you may have ignored, never knew existed, or just weren't fully leveraging in some helpful ways to add layered security to your next Linux deployment.


Speakers
MS

Mark Stanislav

Only a life lived for others is worth living.


Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Bugatti

5:00pm

What's new with Ubuntu 12.04

Panel discussion with the Ubuntu Michigan Loco about what's new with Ubuntu 12.04 (aka Precise Pangolin). This is a long-term release from Canonical and the Ubuntu Community, and promises to be the most thoroughly reviewed release of Ubuntu yet!  "Ubuntu's 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) release shipped this weekend, and the Ubuntu US Michigan Loco would love to tell you about it. Join us for this informal panel discussion about the latest and greatest features of Ubuntu 12.04, including the Head's Up Display (HUD), and why 12.04 is the most thoroughly tested Ubuntu distribution yet."


Speakers
CM

Craig Maloney

Just another random Linux hacker


Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Steamer

5:00pm

Rapid Video Game Prototyping - Preparing for the Grind

A panel on how to prepare yourself for entering rapid game prototype competitions. It will go over a variety of subjects including what to do weeks, days, and even hours before starting; including getting involved with the community, learning what types of tools are available, familiarizing yourself with rules, acquiring food type supplies, getting appropriate amounts of sleep, and making a rough schedule for the upcoming event. (Website: wally2069@blogspot.com. Twitter: @wally2069)


Speakers
JW

Jon Wallace

Video game design hobbyist who spends his time on rapid prototype design events both for the thrill of the challenge and in order to develop a portfolio and one day start his own video game company


Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Knight

5:00pm

DC Comics' New 52 Discussion Panel

With DC Comics' latest comic universe reboot, what good and bad have come out of it?


Speakers
AS

Adam Smithee (aka Jim Hanson)

I am author and artist of Webcomic Hell and Apple Valley amongst others, host of the podcast The Tropecast (part of the Webcast Beacon Network), founder and current host of Cinematic For The People, a live-action riffing experience.


Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Rolls/Royce

5:00pm

The Masquerade

A premiere event at Penguicon, the Masquerade showcases the dedicated and talented costumers in attendance and includes a full parade and judged contest.  All costumes are welcome from the simplest newbie offerings to the most elaborate presentations.  Honored judges will award prizes, but the real reward comes in the form of unending praise, unending glory, and unending lines of con goers wanting your picture!


Speakers
JG

Jim Gettys, Bell Labs

Jim Gettys is a MTS at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, working on bufferbloat. He was the V.P. of Software at the One Laptop per Child project. He is one of the original developers of the X Window System at MIT. He worked at W3C and was the editor of the HTTP/1.1 specification in the IETF. Gettys helped establish handhelds.org, freedesktop.org and X.org. | | Gettys is one of the keepers of the Flame (USENIX's 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award) on behalf... Read More →
KM

Kat McConnell

Costuming

Volunteers

Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 6:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

5:00pm

Scrub Club Records presents: The Evolution of Artists and Listeners

The head of Scrub Club, MadHatter, speaks about the changes in the music industry and how independent artists and their supporters need to evolve to survive. In his opinion, the tired, greedy model of the industry has collapsed and thugs like the RIAA and larger labels are resorting to desperate measure to make independent artistry fail. Scrub Club Records considers themselves at the forefront of change, and the way they release albums and interact with their listeners truly makes them unique in the world. The presentation is followed by a question and answer panel where the crowd is encouraged to ask anything about music, Nerdcore in general, and even personal questions to the artists present:
MadHatter, Soup or Villainz, and King Pheenix.



Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 6:50pm
Stanley

5:00pm

Zombie Walk and Prep

Wanna be a zombie? We can make that happen. Come join the fun as our makeup artists start the Penguicon apocalypse! Have a special way you want to die? Ask our artists and they will work with you to create your unique zombification. If you would like to help with applying makeup, stop by and let us know.  After hours of zombification we are ready to invade Penguicon looking for brrrraaaiiinnnsss!!! Join us in our zombie apocalypse! Our first stop is the Penguiconcert, where we will enjoy some awesome music by our own music track head and his band Sample The Martian, and our musical Guest of Honor Scrub Club Records! There will be all sorts of fun just for us there. We will have a small makeup station at the concert (for very quick zombification) just in case you couldn't make it to our zombie prep. After the concert we will walk to the room parties, where there might just be even more surprises for us!



Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 7:50pm
Stutz

5:00pm

Gears of War 3 Horde Mode Competition

Want to play some Gears with your friends, form a team and maybe get an epic prize? Come join us in the computer lounge with the MP Con crew and kill some grubs in a horde mode wave completion competition! Teams of 2 - 4, most waves on Normal win! Sign up at Ops to play.



Saturday April 28, 2012 5:00pm - 8:50pm
Marquis - MPCON

6:00pm

Hair Bow 101

Want a cool hair bow decoration?  Learn a great method and several suggestions to embellish your creation.  Bring your questions and creativity to this hair bow making lesson.


Speakers
SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teaches all over the Untied States. She is a founding member of The Great Lakes Witches Council. She is a member of the Ravenwood Coven and several Belly dance troupes... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Model T

6:00pm

Screen Printing

Sign up at Ops.


Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Food - 402

6:00pm

Lawn Care like a Geek

Did you know that the MSU Extension Office does research to find the best ways to keep your lawn green? Did you know that healthy lawns provide protection from flooding? Did you know that Michigan soil is high in Phosphorous because of old glaciers? Come hang out and pick up some tips on easy ways to take care of your lawn, and why it's important to do so.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Franklin

6:00pm

'Alternative' Alternative Energy Generation

Alternative energy systems such as wind power and solar panels have become so familiar they really have become mainstream.  But these aren't the only alternative energy systems available.  There are 'alternative' alternatives that offer other ways of harnessing energy from other sources and in other ways than the 'mainstream' alternative energy methods.  Find out about river current power generation, wave power, kite wind power, etc.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Bugatti

6:00pm

How I Lost 130 Pounds Without Being Miserable

Jeff used to be big. Now he's not. He'll talk about how he lost 100 pounds in a year and did it without wanting to blow his brains out. By mixing math and science with his personal story, he'll provide motivation and starting points for those that also want to slim up a bit.


Speakers
JQ

Jeffrey Quesnelle

In the normal world he's a software engineer at an automotive supplier.


Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Steamer

6:00pm

Cartoon Zombie Wrangling: One self published author/illustrator's story.

Hear his story on writing, drawing, and publishing, with a healthy dose of zombies run amok.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Royale

6:00pm

Ferrett Steinmetz reading
Nebula-nominated author Ferrett Steinmetz reads... something! It'll be awesome. Trust the Ferrett.


Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Thomas

6:00pm

Strike A Pose!

Men look powerful and potent on fantasy covers. Women look... distorted. A panel devoted to analyzing the sexism inherent in book covers, as well as how to fix it, along with panellists (and perhaps volunteers) actually trying to pose like the models on the cover!



Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Stearns

6:00pm

Tom Smith, Hometown Filkmeister

Come hear the musical manifestations of one of Penguicon's most beloved filk artists.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Desoto

6:00pm

How I Create Characters

Joe Foo discusses the creation of Desmond plus gives you a sneak preview of a new character he has created for a secret project. Foo will break down the concept design of these characters and explain how these characters evolved.


Speakers
avatar for Joe Foo

Joe Foo

Creator of Desmond's comic. Like apple pie.


Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Knight

6:00pm

Microcontroller Q&A (2hr panel)

Come ask questions about micro controllers! Maybe you have basic questions like what they're good for or what separates a PIC from an AVR. Or maybe you have more advanced questions, like how to use interrupts, ADCs, or programming C vs. Assembly. A panel of experienced micro controller developers/users will field your questions.



Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

6:00pm

Annual Dominion Tournament

In this million-selling “non-collectable card game”, players start with the same simple deck, and use their cards to buy cards into their collection from the middle of the table. They go through their deck repeatedly to use their new cards to buy even more lucrative cards. Whoever buys the expensive victory cards first, wins. Winner will be in the Champion Invitational this weekend, and win the deluxe set of base cards with fancy new graphics. You can sign up at Ops to make it easier on me, but if not, please just walk in!


Speakers
MA

Matt Arnold

Web Designer. Past chair of Penguicon. Lojban speaker. Outreach/event organizer for geek communities.


Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

6:00pm

The Smithee Awards

Smithee XXI, The Smithee Awards is an awards ceremony for bad cinema. We show clips of movies pitted against each other in classic B-movie categories (Worst Science, Stupidest Looking Monster, etc.) and the audience votes on which is the worst of the lot.


Speakers
AS

Adam Smithee (aka Jim Hanson)

I am author and artist of Webcomic Hell and Apple Valley amongst others, host of the podcast The Tropecast (part of the Webcast Beacon Network), founder and current host of Cinematic For The People, a live-action riffing experience.


Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 10:50pm
Rolls/Royce

7:00pm

Artists Meetup

A meetup for all crafters, makers, and D.I.Y.ers alike!


Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Model T

7:00pm

DIY Crafters Secret Meeting To Share Sources For Crafting Supplies

Shhhhhhhhh! It's a secret! Looking for new places to seek out for crafting and costuming needs? Come learn about my favorite craft supply stores.


Speakers
SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teaches all over the Untied States. She is a founding member of The Great Lakes Witches Council. She is a member of the Ravenwood Coven and several Belly dance troupes... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Royale

7:00pm

Don't Guess, Soil Test

Whether you're growing strawberries, turf grass, or an apple orchard, the soil is going to define the quality of your plants. There are several ways to find out what your dirt is good for, and what you might want to add to it for a specific result. Don't Guess, Soil Test. This presentation will include instructions and a demonstration on how to send a sample of your soil to the MSU Extension Office for testing.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Franklin

7:00pm

Ecovillages and Intentional Communities

As Kim Stanley Robinson says of science fiction, "Anyone can do a dystopia these days ... but utopias are hard, and important, because we need to imagine what it might be like if we did things well enough to say to our kids, we did our best...". The world is actually full of people trying to create this better vision now -- and sure enough: it's no utopia! But these experiments offer important lessons and models as we try to figure out how humanity can craft a better future. Jacob Corvidae has been involved with the ecovillage movement since 1997 and is a former resident of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and founder of EcoVillage Detroit. He'll share stories and provide ample time for Q&A.



Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Thomas

7:00pm

Open Source Mozzarella

Welcome to Lactomancy 101! Watch as cheese aficionado and amateur lactomancer Holly Richardson makes fresh, delicious mozzarella cheese in about 30 minutes right before your eyes - and you get to taste the results! Discover how you can make cheeses such as mozzarella, paneer, ricotta, and queso blanco right in your own kitchen using simple, inexpensive, and easy to source ingredients.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Food - 402

7:00pm

Improv Comedy for the Average Geek

Derek Newland gives examples and a general demonstration on how to pull off improv style stand-up comedy, and then lets audience members give it a try, May contain some mild language, parents please assume PG-13 content.


Speakers
DN

Derek Newland

I love playing around with technological and mechanical things, cars, phones, computers, etc. I also enjoy building things, and I weld as a hobby and side business. I enjoy helping people learn how to do things for themselves, it's a great feeling when you witness another person's joy when they discover they've acquired a new skill. And, of course, I enjoy drinking with friends on a weekend night.


Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Stanley

7:00pm

Collaborations: What To Do And What Not To Do

Writers are solitary creatures, so it seems like a slam-dunk to combine your talent with someone else's. But what can go wrong? How do you leverage the strength of two people to make something greater than the both of you?



Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Stearns

7:00pm

Economic Advantages of Open Security Models: a Case for Data Centric Security

Short term success and commoditization efforts drive closed approaches and proprietary data silos.  We will attempt to prove that open approaches, such as Data Centric Security (DCS) are not only better for the consumer, but provide better security and better long-term economic viability. This paper introduces the Confidentiality/Integrity (CI) framework for DCS.  The CI framework provides provably strong assurance of confidentiality and/or integrity.  This framework allows automated/negotiation and control approaches because it encodes and packages data security requirements along with the data itself, instead of at network boundaries or on individual servers.  Multiple levels of security are possible and necessary within the framework, depending on data confidentiality, integrity, and control requirements, and implementation technical requirements.  More advanced levels of security within the framework including strong cryptography and executable smart packages which act as a virtual security device will become prevalent as data processing capabilities grow, and the need for decentralized security increases. We will briefly discuss previous investigations into DCS for Personal Information and Cloud Computing, existing open source projects including ccREL and vSmartCard, and discuss open approaches.Target audience:  systems architects, information security professionals, cloud marketing or business managers, developers, and anyone interested in technical aspects of electronic privacy.




Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Bugatti

7:00pm

IPv6 Server

Quick bullet-point run-through of IPv6 basics, and running a server on an IPv6 network. Includes: system security, diagnostic tools, and software and service compatibility (Email, Web, DNS, SIP. Internet access.)


Speakers
avatar for Michael Mol

Michael Mol

Programming, networking, electronic and technical fields in general. Photography. My fiancee. Argument.


Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Steamer

7:00pm

Podcasting: What is it?

What podcasting is, and the different types, plus how to make your own podcast.


Speakers
avatar for Daniel J. Hogan

Daniel J. Hogan

Writer, humorist, Geek half of Ginger and the Geek. AKA Tiger Sixon on Lost Highway's B-movie Reviews and Cult Films. Host of the Magic of Eyri Podcast.


Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Knight

7:00pm

Kingsburg

2 to 5 players, play time 2 hours, time needed 2.5 hours. Build up your economy to become the king's most favored Governor - but don't neglect to defend yourself from the monster attacks! Warning - dice.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 9:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

7:00pm

Dragon Storm

2.0 rules, low CP (0-50) game. New players welcome!! Dragon Storm is a card-based RPG. Your character, their skills, abilities, spells, and equipment are all represented by cards. Did you use a spell? Just filp the card over! Characters in Dragon Storm are the mortal descendents of the Ancient Dragons. The dragon blood within the characters grants them the rare ability to shape-shift! However, life is not easy for shape-shifters with evil Necromancers trying to capture them to power their dark spells! Starter packs will be available in the dealer room.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 7:00pm - 10:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

8:00pm

Pudding Shots- Beyond vanilla and chocolate (21+)

In this panel we will demonstrate the process of making pudding shots, give tips from our own experiences, answer questions, and have a recipe booklet for different flavors people can make. There will be samples for attendees! "


Speakers
HG

Heather Gutterman

As the Head of School of Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study, Heather Gutterman teaches skills in self defense, navigating conflict, knowing one’s path, and the use of many weapons, including the sword. She nurtures the brilliance within each of her students through the challenges they face, and celebrates the strength and joy in all.


Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Food - 402

8:00pm

BOF: Other Cons

Not that anything compares to the one you're currently attending... but if you really wanna talk about the competition.


Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Model T

8:00pm

Cosplay Meet n Greet

Let's talk about our favorite cosplay activities in this meetup. 


Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Royale

8:00pm

BeagleBoard Workshop 2

Learn to build your own BeableBoard - the low powered, open source hardware, single board computer


Speakers
avatar for Jason Kridner

Jason Kridner

I'm a co-founder of BeagleBoard.org where I advocate for open hardware solutions on low-power, affordable hardware capable of running full operating systems like Ubuntu, Android, other Linux variations and much more. The BeagleBoard.org platforms are popular for connecting sensors and controls to the web in devices like image-recognizing automated flying drones. | | | | I am passionate about expanding the multi-way capabilities of the... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

8:00pm

Tarot 201

If you own a deck (or two) and have done some readings and want to go beyond what you already know, this is the talk for you. I'll assume the audience is at least familiar with the basics of tarot decks and readings, and will go into topics such as creating your own layouts, uses for tarot other than readings, and making your own deck. Audience participation is encouraged!


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Franklin

8:00pm

Dominion Champion Invitational

Come watch the past Dominion tournament winners, including this weekend's winner, compete in one epic game!


Speakers
MA

Matt Arnold

Web Designer. Past chair of Penguicon. Lojban speaker. Outreach/event organizer for geek communities.


Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

8:00pm

Meet the Nifty Guests

Let's meet our Nifty Guests in a laid back setting.  (Some Nifty Guests may not be available during this time)


Speakers
PP

Piko Piko Detroit

Piko Piko Detroit is a community for all lovers of retro bleep sounds in their music, and is open to a wide range of music genres. We hack our vintage consoles and dance to tiny pixels. We perform at cafes, live-houses, clubs, and even at a birthday parties. If you like video games, computers, pixels, or any other retro treasures, then you will love us. | | "Piko Piko(ピコピコ)" is Japanese for "Bleep Bleep" by the way.
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Joe Foo

Creator of Desmond's comic. Like apple pie.
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Megan Rose Gedris

Megan Rose Gedris has been making webcomics for ten years, including YU+ME: dream, I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space!!!, and Meaty Yogurt. She sometimes does standup and sometimes does burlesque and always makes bad puns. She won an Emmy last year and is now determined to EGOT.
FG

Fred Geisler

Afterdark
GW

Greg Williams

I'm all about improving quality of life, both my own and others. Along with my improv partner Dawn, I create humor that pierces to the core and "crosses the line" into sensitive subjects that people will talk about privately, but seldom discuss in polite company. | | | | Like so many people I have a number of passions that all compete for my time - fine whisky, cars, motorcycles, and a variety of crafting projects. My workshops... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Stearns

8:00pm

Belly Dance 101

Learn the basics of belly dance!  This lesson will include the stomach roll broken down into easy-to-learn steps.


Speakers
SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teaches all over the Untied States. She is a founding member of The Great Lakes Witches Council. She is a member of the Ravenwood Coven and several Belly dance troupes... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Steamer

8:00pm

Drum Octagon

Admit it, you want to know how we'll pull off an octogon.  Come for the geometry, stay for the drumming.


Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Thomas

8:00pm

8:00pm

Virtual Appliances

As an experience open-source software developer (Committer Apache Software Foundation), I have long experienced the pain of setting up and configuring my software development environment on new computers.  To solve this, I created Atraxia Technologies, an open-source company whose goal is to create completely free (ASL 2.0 licensed) Virtual Appliances for software developers. I would like to tell the story of how the virtual appliances came to be, how they work, demonstrate the ease with which they can be used, and then provide DVD's with the Atraxia Blue Java software Development environment.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Knight

8:00pm

The Role of Video Games in our New Era

The longer times go on, life is going to become more like a game than we realize. With apps and games like Foursquare, Fitocracy, and MMORPGS invading our pop culture, we can already see the rise of "Gamification" in the way we do simple things. Here you will learn how to adjust and adapt to the idea before falling behind with the times. Don't be scared of gamers, because you probably already are.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Bugatti

8:00pm

Geek Prom

Q: What is a PROM at Penguicon?
A march of guests into a ballroom constituting the opening of a formal ball.  A high point.  A formal dance.  A memory chip whose contents can be programmed by a user or manufacturer for a specific purpose.  ALL OF THE ABOVE!  This will be the first year that Penguicon has hosted an official Geek Prom. We encourage formal attire, which includes ball gowns, suits, costumes, and formal costumes. It’s ok though, come as you are if you choose. Kelii Parsons will be hosting Free Prom Pictures that will be available online. Thank you to Luova Keliin Studios. We plan to have music, dancing, and who knows what else, you’ll just have to  wait and see!


Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 10:50pm
Desoto

9:00pm

Juggle Meetup

Are you a juggler at any level? Come an hang out for an hour, talk with other jugglers, make connections, learn new tricks, and just generally have fun throwing things around.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Model T

9:00pm

Brainstorming for Writers

Bring your ideas and tricks for beating writer's block.  How much creativity can one room hold?  This might be the meetup to find out.


Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Royale

9:00pm

Penguiconcert: King PheeniX
Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

9:00pm

Science Lab

Science geeks meetup... no lab required!


Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Thomas

9:00pm

The Future of Automotive Technology

Looking forward in the transportation world of technology.



Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Franklin

9:00pm

Birds of a Feather: Computer Clubs

We welcome all who are interested in hearing about and participating in local computer clubs and especially those from local computer clubs to come to talk about their group.


Speakers
G

Gib

Local computer clubs


Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Stearns

9:00pm

Creative Computing: How Art Can Benefit from Programming

I'm an artist but I'm bad at math so I can't program. I'm a programmer but I'm not creative so I can't make art. I've heard this said on both sides and its not true. Both worlds can easily meld with each other, with a numberof applications and programs that exist on the market. This will be a small workshop showing off three such examples: Processing, Scriptographer for Illustrator, and Rhinoscripting for Rhino. If you're a veteran programmer this may give you inspiration for creative work and if you're new it can show you how programming can be approachable, fun and creative. Bring: Yourself, your laptop, and check out and download Processing, Scriptographer, and Rhino if you can. Processing is free, Scriptographer requires Illustrator which has a trial option, and Rhinoscripting requires Rhino which is free on macs and has a trial version on windows.


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Bugatti

9:00pm

Introduction to Cloud Computing

In this talk, I'll talk about what cloud computing is, discuss the pros and cons, and give some scenarios where cloud computing really shines.  Then I can talk briefly about some of the specifics of Windows Azure (which is Microsoft's cloud computing solution and works not only with .NET but also Java, PHP, and Ruby).    




Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Knight

9:00pm

IPv6 Software

IPv6 Software pitfalls including connecting and listening, and hostname resolution, plus a look at the currently existing IPv6 software stacks available.


Speakers
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Michael Mol

Programming, networking, electronic and technical fields in general. Photography. My fiancee. Argument.


Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Steamer

9:00pm

Why the Scottish Can't Take Over the World - A Scotch Tasting with Dawn and Greg

Join improv comedians and Scotch enthusiasts Dawn and Greg as they pop the bubble of snobbery surrounding Scotch whiskey and share some great tips on how to find your favorite expression of the "water of life".  We'll discuss influences of ingredients, region, and aging process as well as how to identify and use a flavor profile. A limited number of "tasters" will be available - sign up at Ops for tasting. Others can join us for the interesting facts and entertainment.


Speakers
GW

Greg Williams

I'm all about improving quality of life, both my own and others. Along with my improv partner Dawn, I create humor that pierces to the core and "crosses the line" into sensitive subjects that people will talk about privately, but seldom discuss in polite company. | | | | Like so many people I have a number of passions that all compete for my time - fine whisky, cars, motorcycles, and a variety of crafting projects. My workshops... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Food - 402

9:00pm

Electrical Engineering Q&A (basic R, L C etc, 2hrs)

Don't be afraid of circuits. We'll go over the basic circuit components, and basic math to help shed some of the mystery that governs the electronic world. Time and audience participation willing, we'll either stay basic and do some example circuits, or we can start getting more advanced and look at transistors and friends!



Saturday April 28, 2012 9:00pm - 10:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

10:00pm

Eco Geeks Unite

Meetup with other Eco Geeks and talk about Captain Planet!  GO PLANET!


Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Thomas

10:00pm

Foodies Meetup

Like food?  Come chat about delictable cuisine in all forms and functions.


Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Stanley

10:00pm

BOF: Open Source Music

Learn about Filk and Fump and good corners of the Internet to find more of it!


Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Model T

10:00pm

Techies Wanted

Meetup for tech-geeks from everywhere!


Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Stearns

10:00pm

Guillotine

2 to 5 players, 30 minutes to play, probably better schedule an hour (if it takes a whole half hour to explain this I'm in real trouble). The revolutionary card game where when win my getting a head! Or the most impressive set of heads, to be exact. Can you bribe the guards and collet the head of Marie Antoinette? Or will the public shun you after you excite the Hero of the People? Come find out!


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

10:00pm

So Bad It's Good: Why We Love B-movies and Cult Films

Why do we love b-movies? What makes a fun b-movie?


Speakers
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Daniel J. Hogan

Writer, humorist, Geek half of Ginger and the Geek. AKA Tiger Sixon on Lost Highway's B-movie Reviews and Cult Films. Host of the Magic of Eyri Podcast.


Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Royale

10:00pm

Drum Circle with Crystal Wolf

Drumming with Crystal Wolf


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Franklin

10:00pm

Penguiconcert: Soup or Villainz
Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

10:00pm

Science in the Movies

What is real, what is not, could this really happen?


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Steamer

10:00pm

Arduino Libraries Make Adding Hardware Easy

Arduino is a small, powerful "physical computing" platform with many options for adding sensors, actuators, storage, and more.  Come learn how libraries can help you make immediate use of your new hardware, and how you can write your own libraries for your own creations.


Speakers
avatar for Ethan Dicks

Ethan Dicks

3D Printing and Electronics instructor, Columbus Idea Foundry
Ethan Dicks is a 3D Printing and Electronics instructor at the Columbus Idea Foundry. He teaches workshops in operating 3D Printers, and basic through advanced projects for Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Outside of the classroom, Ethan lectures at conventions and symposia on science and technology topics, exhibits at Maker Faires in Columbus, Pittsburgh and New York, and organizes 3D Printing and Raspberry Pi meetups.


Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Knight

10:00pm

Rapid Video Game Prototyping - Eye of the Competition

A panel on how to proceed once in the middle of the rapid game prototype competitions. It will include brainstorming before coding, knowing how to multitask, having some downtime to avoid burnout, resisting the urge to overextend, and letting go of ideas in order to complete the project. (Website: wally2069@blogspot.com. Twitter: @wally2069)


Speakers
JW

Jon Wallace

Video game design hobbyist who spends his time on rapid prototype design events both for the thrill of the challenge and in order to develop a portfolio and one day start his own video game company


Saturday April 28, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Bugatti

11:00pm

Polyamory

Discussion about the polyamory lifestyle


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Stanley

11:00pm

What is BSDM and how do i know if i like it?

Come for an introductory conversation on the topic to introduce you to the idea, and hear from those with experience who can answer your questions


Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Royale

11:00pm

B.Nektar Sampling
Guided mead tasting with award winning Michigan meadery B. Nektar


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Food - 402

11:00pm

Open Source Eco Geeks

A birds of a feather where Eco Geeks can get together and talk about making Open Source Green!


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Franklin

11:00pm

BOF: Cats Wearing Toast

Oh long johnson!  Stop all your Faith Hilling and Taylor Swifting already.  It's time that we prepare for the pending apocalyptic battle with cats, as foretold by the Ambassador of Humans.


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Stearns

11:00pm

BOF: I Have a Potato

It's hot.  What should I do with it?


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Knight

11:00pm

BOF: Android Apps

Come and join other like and unalike minds to dicuss the best and worst of Android Apps available today.


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Steamer

11:00pm

Jer's Bored

Let's talk about Jer and how boring... er, uh, bored he can get!


Speakers
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Jer_

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. Your Facilities Coordinator/Hotel Liaison for this shindig. Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. @jer_ on Twitter, jer.underscore on Facebook, foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!  


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Thomas

11:00pm

Penguiconcert: MadHatter
Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

11:00pm

Munchkin Zombies
Kill the Living! Eat their Brains! Braaiiinns!

You are zombies, kicking down doors and eating brains. The
"monsters" you're attacking are people, some helpless and some
hazardous, with a few rogue zombies thrown in. The armor is whatever
you've blundered across during your lurching search for brains. So
bravely you'll go forth, with mousetraps on your feet and a bowling
trophy protecting your poor rotting head.

Speakers

Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 12:50am
Grand Foyer - Gaming

11:00pm

Cinematic for the People

Cinematic For The People, a live-action "open source" version of MST3K, presents a dastardly double feature!  The team will be tackling Atomic Rulers from Outer Space and the world premiere of Invasion of the Bee Women, with games, prizes, and candy for all in attendance.


Speakers
AS

Adam Smithee (aka Jim Hanson)

I am author and artist of Webcomic Hell and Apple Valley amongst others, host of the podcast The Tropecast (part of the Webcast Beacon Network), founder and current host of Cinematic For The People, a live-action riffing experience.


Saturday April 28, 2012 11:00pm - Sunday April 29, 2012 1:50am
Rolls/Royce

12:00am

BDSM 201

Discussion about the BDSM lifestyle for the next level.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Royale

12:00am

Green Porno

The Green Porno videos are a graphical representation of the sex lives of creatures big and small, done with a mix of puppetry and costuming by the incomparable Isabella Rossellini. We're going talk about why these films are important, and, if the internet allows, watch a few!


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Steamer

12:00am

Poly Relationship Transitions

In polyamorous relationships, a break-up can mean more than parting ways. We discuss what happens when a relationship changes - from primary to secondary, secondary to just friends, and more. What can we do to help smooth this transition? What can it look like? When could it happen?


Speakers
MA

Matt Arnold

Web Designer. Past chair of Penguicon. Lojban speaker. Outreach/event organizer for geek communities.


Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Bugatti

12:00am

BOF: The present and future state of Hacking, Cybercrime, and Information Warfare

This one is about the present and future state of hacking, cybercrime, and information warfare.


Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Stearns

12:00am

Open Soda Demo

Mix, make, drink, enjoy the open soft drink treat



Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Food - 402

12:00am

Ubuntu / Kubuntu bug jam
Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00am - 12:50am
Stanley

12:00am

Rock Band Rock Off

Enter the 3rd year of this epic competition of Rock Band rockers to compete for this years Rock Off trophy! Your band (A minimum of two rockers needed) will rock off in a 2 song display in front of a panel of judges who will be looking at costumes, skill, accuracy, and most of all just how awesome of a show you can put on. Sign up at Ops with your band name and number of members.



Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00am - 1:50am
Dearborn - BIG TOP

1:00am

Poly People Populating Penguicon - A Poly Meetup

Are you poly? Poly-friendly? Poly-curious? Want to see who else left a
white "P" on their badge ribbon? Stop by our meetup, and say hello!


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00am - 1:50am
Bugatti

1:00am

Drum Square

The beat goes on... from all four sides.


Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00am - 1:50am
Steamer

2:00am

Kinky Toy Bag Basics

\Whether it’s your first toy bag, or additions to your current, come get some fun and economical tips and tricks and possibly some new pervertables for your entertainment. Along with the standard floggers, rope, paddles and canes, there is a world of toys just waiting to be discovered. Home Depot and Dollar Tree is considered by many to be the Kinkster's holy ground of pervertable toys. Lets see just how many you have thought of and in what different ways they can be used.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00am - 2:50am
Steamer
 
Sunday, April 29
 

6:00am

Sunday Morning Linux Review

Mat Enders, Tony Bemus, and Mary Tomich are the hosts of the Sunday Morning Linux Review http://www.smlr.us. At 6am they will talk about what got them into podcasting and what it took to start their podcast. They will also record a show in front of a live audiance at 7am. After recording the show Tony will talk about how they edit and post the show.



Sunday April 29, 2012 6:00am - 8:50am
Dearborn - BIG TOP

9:00am

Comics and the Human Body

Rob Liefeld is notorious for his treatment of the human body. Come hear our panelists discuss what has gone right and wrong (very, very wrong) in the world of comics and how to deal with the reality of the human body.


Speakers
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Joe Foo

Creator of Desmond's comic. Like apple pie.
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Megan Rose Gedris

Megan Rose Gedris has been making webcomics for ten years, including YU+ME: dream, I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space!!!, and Meaty Yogurt. She sometimes does standup and sometimes does burlesque and always makes bad puns. She won an Emmy last year and is now determined to EGOT.
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Alex Heberling

Alex Heberling hails from Columbus, Ohio, and has been making comics for the web since 2005. She currently produces Alex’s Guide to a Life Well-Lived, a slice-of-life journal-ish comic that updates twice a week. Her previous work, a fantasy epic titled Garanos, was recently completed after 3.5 years and 487 pages. When not chained to her desk making art, she also enjoys The Office, caricaturing, and is the convention artist for Glass City... Read More →


Sunday April 29, 2012 9:00am - 9:50am
Rolls/Royce

9:00am

LN2 Sunday Brunch

"LN2 Sunday Brunch"
Enjoy some frozen brunch with liquid nitrogen ice cream flavors like Coffee, Tea, Orange Juice, and Toasted Bagel (surprisingly tasty!). Watch us make LN2 ice cream (and maybe learn how, or help out), and try some! Each LN2 theme block will also have some dairy-free flavor. Let us know if you want us to make a sugar-free flavor.


Speakers
SE

Sarah Elkins

Geekery, games, dance


Sunday April 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:50am
Food - 402

9:00am

ReBoot Fan Panel

ReBoot was the first CGI television series, and had a cult following that helped bring it back to broadcasting, twice.


Speakers
AS

Adam Smithee (aka Jim Hanson)

I am author and artist of Webcomic Hell and Apple Valley amongst others, host of the podcast The Tropecast (part of the Webcast Beacon Network), founder and current host of Cinematic For The People, a live-action riffing experience.


Sunday April 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:50am
Dearborn - BIG TOP

10:00am

Machine Sewing 101

Put aside your stereotypes of sewing, and come learn about the cool things you can make with machine sewing! You may just find yourself a new medium to work with after this talk is done.



Sunday April 29, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Cord - Maker Space

10:00am

Sustainable Engineering in Developing Economies

The presenter will highlight some of the work that EOS International (http://eosinternational.org/) is doing in Nicaragua.  Started by young engineering grads, they are a great example of what keeping engineering local and appropriate means.  


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Knight

10:00am

Awesome Song Mash-Ups

We'll be taking a look at some early examples of song mash-ups along with examinging some of the more modern mash-ups that have cropped up on Youtube.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Desoto

10:00am

Open Source Telephony in the Enterprise

If you've ever talked to a commercial vendor about installing a PBX or a call center ACD system, your first question has probably been, "Um... how much?" Whether it is a $100,000 office phone system or a three million dollar call center platform, vendor solutions are expensive! Come talk to a leading industry expert who used to sell million dollar call center systems but is now bucking this trend by integrating open source solutions next to and in lieu of expensive legacy commercial systems. He will talk about the current state of open source telephony in the enterprise, integrating closed source next to open source, "Hyper SIP", and where you can have instant savings in your company.


Speakers
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Nuri Gocay

Nuri has been involved in the IT industry since 1996, when he, at the tender age of 14, was able to pester the local IT firm into his first intern job. In 2000, Nuri took his first call center job, and after pestering the IT guys into giving him a job, he launched a career in contact center IT with a focus on telecom. Nuri lives in New York City with his wife Janet, who he probably pestered until she agreed to marry him. Nuri likes... Read More →


Sunday April 29, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Steamer

10:00am

User Experience of CI Systems

Software architecture and engineering culture converge at the Continuous Integration (CI) system.  It is absolutely essential that a CI system be easy to understand.  Every failed test is a context switch. Each test failure must be actionable, with a clear path to resolution.  Unreliable or obscure tests will sow
confusion and degrade confidence. Building a comprehensible, usable CI is a problem space that is new
and largely unexplored by the User Experience community.  I do not claim to have solved the problem.  But I look forward to sharing screenshots, anecdotes, things that have gone wrong, and the story of how the color yellow turned out not to be as scary as I thought.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 10:00am - 10:50am
Bugatti

10:00am

Fluxx

Draw one, play one. Easy enough right? Only until the rules change! Will you finally win with milk and cookies? How about trying to win the lottery? Or maybe all you need is love. Keep up with this card game of ever changing rules and objectives.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 10:00am - 11:50am
Grand Foyer - Gaming

11:00am

BOF: RPG Worldbuilding

Move past the dice rolls and character development of an RPG, or consider the in-depth story-telling needed to plan RPG video games.  Both rely on imaginative and creative processes to create new worlds, settings, and cultures.  Come chat with others about the adventure.


Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Thomas

11:00am

BOF: Android Apps... Again

Yeah, we talked about this yesterday.  What's your point?  Actually, I think I can invent an app for that...


Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Stearns

11:00am

Nerdy Knitting, Unraveled

Needle craft meet up hosted by Dara Allen.  Meet other knitters and crocheters who enjoy the craft as much as you do.  All experience levels welcome. If you're interested in learning the craft you can contact Dara at Shiny.Papillon@gmail.com to get info on what you should bring with you.


Speakers
DA

Dara Allen

I'm truly a nerd at heart, but always have room to grow in my nerdy-ness. I love Dr. Who, Firefly, knitting, crocheting and other crafty things. I'm poly, kinky and live both 24/7. | I'm really open about talking about my life and my opinions. I can't wait to meet everyone! | If you're wanting to learn to knit during the knitting meet up at 11am on Sunday during prenguicon please bring the following items: | | | ~Size 8 knitting... Read More →


Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Model T

11:00am

Weather Station Formation

Talk about how to get a weather station set up and hooked up to the Weather Underground. Be part of a worldwide network of weather reporters!  Also, learn how to access and utilize one of the best open source weather resources available.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Franklin

11:00am

Cheese Tasting
This panel will introduce the attendees to information and flavors of a variety of cheeses. We will pair different cheeses with fruits, crackers, and other flavor adventures!

Speakers
HG

Heather Gutterman

As the Head of School of Polaris Fellowship of Weapons Study, Heather Gutterman teaches skills in self defense, navigating conflict, knowing one’s path, and the use of many weapons, including the sword. She nurtures the brilliance within each of her students through the challenges they face, and celebrates the strength and joy in all.


Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Food - 402

11:00am

Elevenzies

Stop by the consuite for a sampling of Mr. Frodo's scones (while supplies last)!


Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Consuite

11:00am

Q & A with John Scalzi and Saladin Ahmed

You have questions, they have answers.



Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Dearborn - BIG TOP

11:00am

MayHeM FEedbAcK

Did you enjoy the roving chaos and fun known as the 2012 MaYHem TRacK?  Come and speak with others about what worked, what didn't, and what could be added to make next year's version even better.  If you were a Master of Mayhem – one who participated in all the necessary events posted at the con – you can pick up your prize during this session.


Volunteers

Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Pierce/Arrow

11:00am

Don't Just Hit The Space Bar: Better Presentations with Mobile Devices.

"A presentation about presentations?  Please."  No, seriously!  If you like to get up and talk, mobile devices can make those talks much more fun.  I'll show you tools you can use to get away from the podium and maybe even interact with your audience a little.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Bugatti

11:00am

IT at the South Pole

Computers aren't the first thing that people think of when they think of Antarctica, but scientific research wouldn't be possible without them. Living and working at the South Pole has changed over the 50 years of the U.S. Antarctic Program, and over that time, so has the reliance on computers to make it all possible.


Speakers
avatar for Ethan Dicks

Ethan Dicks

3D Printing and Electronics instructor, Columbus Idea Foundry
Ethan Dicks is a 3D Printing and Electronics instructor at the Columbus Idea Foundry. He teaches workshops in operating 3D Printers, and basic through advanced projects for Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Outside of the classroom, Ethan lectures at conventions and symposia on science and technology topics, exhibits at Maker Faires in Columbus, Pittsburgh and New York, and organizes 3D Printing and Raspberry Pi meetups.


Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Steamer

11:00am

Key Signing Party
Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Marquis - MPCON

11:00am

PXE: Booting from the Network for Profit and Pleasure.

What is required to boot a computer from the Network? What is going on under the hood when it does? Come find out how easy PXE network boot really is! This talk will cover the infrastructure that will allow you boot an operating system, run an OS install or hardware diagnostic utilities without ever having to reach for removable media. After the foundations are in place, advanced uses will be covered including gPXE, booting from iSCSI, ATAoE or even the Internet, and considerations for large scale deployments.


Speakers
SS

Scott Sullivan

Scott "revident" Sullivan is a Toronto based computer systems enthusiast. Is actively involved with running GTALUG, is a member of hacklab.to and works for a ISP/Hosting company.


Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Knight

11:00am

The Past Through Digital Audio

Listen to recordings of Fred Pohl, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke.  Learn about how we have captured the history of Science Fiction in the past, what we would like to do in the future, and how you can be a part of it... with a Special Guest appearance by teleconference. Presented by the Science Fiction Oral History Association, www.sfoha.org


Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Desoto

11:00am

Coloring in Photoshop

Remember your first coloring experience and trying to stay "inside the lines?"  Come for a demo featuring something a bit more advanced - coloring in Photoshop.


Speakers
avatar for Alex Heberling

Alex Heberling

Alex Heberling hails from Columbus, Ohio, and has been making comics for the web since 2005. She currently produces Alex’s Guide to a Life Well-Lived, a slice-of-life journal-ish comic that updates twice a week. Her previous work, a fantasy epic titled Garanos, was recently completed after 3.5 years and 487 pages. When not chained to her desk making art, she also enjoys The Office, caricaturing, and is the convention artist for Glass City... Read More →


Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Rolls/Royce

11:00am

Crash Course to Podcasting

An introductory course to the world of podcasting.



Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00am - 11:50am
Royale

12:00pm

BOF: Raspberry Pi

Don't worry, we're still on the waiting list too.  Come gather and discuss your interest in Rasberry Pi.  If you were lucky enough to get one already, bring it along for some show and tell. :)


Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Stanley

12:00pm

Silkscreening/Shirt Stuff

A demo on homemade screen printing.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

12:00pm

Green Hygiene sponsored by Lush Cosmetics

Ever wonder why products you use on a regular basis needs to have more chemicals than you can pronounce?  Featuring Lush and Comfy Island, learn how to perform simple spa treatments that you can replicate at home. Start your morning off right with these natural, safe and amazing products.  Participants will learn how to apply a professional facial treatment from start to finish. Getting your body eco-friendly and happy all at once!


Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Knight

12:00pm

TED Open panel

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Come hang out and watch the Eco Staff's favorites, and talk about the issues raised. We're going to be here specifically for this time slot, but we will probably be watching more around the clock in the Eco Room. Check the door for an expanded schedule, and write in your favorite talk for us to watch.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Bugatti

12:00pm

Vegetarian food that doesn't suck: A tasting!

Who said vegetarian food has to be bland? Come talk to some of the most progressive vegetarian chefs in Fandom as they prepare their signature dishes that will make you forget that you're not eating meat! You'll get to sample each of their three meals, get to ask questions, and take home recipes!


Speakers
avatar for Nuri Gocay

Nuri Gocay

Nuri has been involved in the IT industry since 1996, when he, at the tender age of 14, was able to pester the local IT firm into his first intern job. In 2000, Nuri took his first call center job, and after pestering the IT guys into giving him a job, he launched a career in contact center IT with a focus on telecom. Nuri lives in New York City with his wife Janet, who he probably pestered until she agreed to marry him. Nuri likes... Read More →


Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Food - 402

12:00pm

Act of Shameless Self-Promotion

Whether you're promoting books or belly dance performances, there are tactics that work for everyone. Discuss methods of self-promotion and learn about effective ways of promoting your work, with particular emphasis on grabbing people's attention.


Speakers
SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teaches all over the Untied States. She is a founding member of The Great Lakes Witches Council. She is a member of the Ravenwood Coven and several Belly dance troupes... Read More →


Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Stearns

12:00pm

Getting Involved in your Local Conventions: Immortal ConFusion

Have you been coming to the local sci-fi conventions and wondered how you might be able to get involved? Come sit in on a ConFusion ConCom meeting and hear about the positions we have open and where we need help!  Or feel free to just come listen, offer ideas and think about our pending immortality...



Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Thomas

12:00pm

Task-Based Living - Canceled

A system of accomplishing small, daily tasks that lead up to huge achievement. The motto of this system is a J.R.R. Tolkien quote "Little by little, one travels far..."


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Steamer

12:00pm

Performance: Frank Hayes
Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Desoto

12:00pm

Working in Sketchbook Pro

Demo of the gesture-based drawing software


Speakers
AS

Adam Smithee (aka Jim Hanson)

I am author and artist of Webcomic Hell and Apple Valley amongst others, host of the podcast The Tropecast (part of the Webcast Beacon Network), founder and current host of Cinematic For The People, a live-action riffing experience.


Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Rolls/Royce

12:00pm

Paint and Take

Enjoy a fun and relaxing session of painting miniature figures, even if you don't think of yourself as an artist.  We are happy to demonstrate several painting techniques, including drybrushing, washes, and face elements, including the always tricky eyes.



Sunday April 29, 2012 12:00pm - 2:50pm
Royale

1:00pm

BOF: Rosetta Code -- A Rosetta Stone for Hundreds of Programming Languages

In ancient Egypt, you'd be carving for days.  Let's find a way to communicate in under an hour.


Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Stanley

1:00pm

Open Soda Demo

Mix, make, drink, enjoy the open soft drink treat



Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Food - 402

1:00pm

Brick Challenge Finale

Come watch the Finale of this awesome tournament!!!  Brick Challenge is, to my knowledge, the first live Lego-based game show. The model is similar to Double Dare. Two two-man teams will compete to be the winning team of each show. One team red and one team blue will be challenged with a series of mini-games as well as quiz questions. Winners will be determined by whichever team receives the most points. Find out who rocks the bricks the hardest in this tournament championship match!


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Rolls/Royce

1:00pm

Performance: Crystal Wolf
Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Desoto

1:00pm

Making Crazy Money with Games and the Cloud

Everyone seems to be working on a game these days. And why not? You can make some great money, have fun building something, and become famous. Many new games, especially casual games, are using the cloud. Not just to reduce their startup costs, but to innovate. Come see how you can build a modern game that uses the cloud to startup and scale. Real world gaming scenarios included.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Knight

1:00pm

The 50 most Important Computer Science Books

An evaluative discussion of the most important pieces of computer science literature.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Stearns

1:00pm

The Pop Culture Guide to Open Source

This talk explains open source and its principles through pop culture references (mostly of the sci-fi and geek sort). For example, what better example to explain rapid prototyping than Iron Man? When forced to build weaponry, he instead solved his own problem (or in open source parlance, "scratched his own itch") by building the first Iron Man suit. Later he was able to build upon that and make subsequent iterations. In addition, the suit was copied by others--even enemies.


Speakers
avatar for Ruth Suehle

Ruth Suehle

Community Leadership Manager, Red Hat
Ruth Suehle is the community leadership manager in Red Hat’s Open Source and Standards group, which supports upstream open source software communities and their projects. She participates in the Fedora Project and is co-author of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O’Reilly, December 2013). Previously an editor for Red Hat Magazine, she now helps lead discussions about open source principles at opensource.com. Ruth is also a senior editor at... Read More →


Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Bugatti

1:00pm

The MMO Conversation

Come and sit in on an open discussion with the community of MMO players that attend Penguicon. We talk about game mechanics, recent releases, what games and companies to look out for, and how to better your MMO life.



Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Steamer

1:00pm

Infinite City
2 to 6 players, play time 1 hour, total time needed 1.5 hours. (may be shorter with less players) Take control of the booming metropolis and outmaneuver the other players to control the Infinite City!

Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Grand Foyer - Gaming

1:00pm

Webcomic Beacon Live

Live Beacon Podcast


Speakers
AF

Ahmed Fahim

Ahmed draws comics as a hobby. A really, really, ridiculously obsessive hobby.
AS

Adam Smithee (aka Jim Hanson)

I am author and artist of Webcomic Hell and Apple Valley amongst others, host of the podcast The Tropecast (part of the Webcast Beacon Network), founder and current host of Cinematic For The People, a live-action riffing experience.
avatar for Alex Heberling

Alex Heberling

Alex Heberling hails from Columbus, Ohio, and has been making comics for the web since 2005. She currently produces Alex’s Guide to a Life Well-Lived, a slice-of-life journal-ish comic that updates twice a week. Her previous work, a fantasy epic titled Garanos, was recently completed after 3.5 years and 487 pages. When not chained to her desk making art, she also enjoys The Office, caricaturing, and is the convention artist for Glass City... Read More →


Sunday April 29, 2012 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

2:00pm

What Is This Serger You Speak Of?

Ever heard of a serger? Neither has this editor. Come learn about what an advanced stitch, the overlock stitch can do for you, and what type of machine you need to make them happen!


Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Cord - Maker Space

2:00pm

Learn to Juggle for your Brain's Sake

Juggling has been shown to increase health and intelligence. In one hour, anyone who has the ability to toss a ball from one hand to the other will be able to perform a basic three-ball cascade, the "classic" juggling move! Hands-on instruction will be combined with a discussion of the neuroscience behind learning to juggle balls and the rest of life.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Stanley

2:00pm

Penguicon Wants You!

So you want to present at Penguicon 2013, eh? Interested in the leadership roles in the Penguicon staff? You've been enjoying your time at the con so much that you want to be part of planning all the fun.  You have one or two or a million awesome ideas for panels, talks, demos, or events for next year.  THIS is the place to share and talk about joining the beind-the-scenes fun as a staff member or panelist in the future.  The convention is winding down, and everyone is packing up.  I know you all had fun, and I hope to see you all again, REAL SOON!  Come learn about our open positions on staff, how you can help with the convention, and how to get in touch with the Conchair for 2013 throughout the year.


Speakers
Volunteers

Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Knight

2:00pm

Swing Dance Lesson
Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Desoto

2:00pm

IPv6 Enterprise

Are you a bit crazy? Want to try and run IPv6 in the home? Mike will take a look at hardware support, Internet connectivity plus firewalls and system compatibility.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Mol

Michael Mol

Programming, networking, electronic and technical fields in general. Photography. My fiancee. Argument.


Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Steamer

2:00pm

This IS the Droid you're looking for!

Learn to use AppInventor to write your own Android applications, either on your phone or in the emulator - so easy even Jar Jar Binks could do it!  Hear about MIT Media Labs new Center for Mobile Learning.  Walk through an app, and you will be able to say you understand object oriented design.  How to install the Android SDK, cable up your phone, install your app, and use the ADB shell interface.



Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Rolls/Royce

2:00pm

Why Can't Ashley Sing?

Ever wonder why your favourite (or least-favourite) singers sound the way they do? Steve will go over recording studio tech and reveal the method behind the madness that is studio mixing. He might even be able to explain the "Loudness Wars" that have claimed so many innocent ears.


Speakers

Sunday April 29, 2012 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Bugatti

3:00pm

Closing Ceremonies

After another successful Penguicon, join in the final ceremonies to close this year's event.  Hear from those who put on the convention, our special guests, and those taking over for next year.  Come say "so long, and thanks for all the fish."


Speakers
avatar for Jer_

Jer_

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. Your Facilities Coordinator/Hotel Liaison for this shindig. Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. @jer_ on Twitter, jer.underscore on Facebook, foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!  
MA

Matt Arnold

Web Designer. Past chair of Penguicon. Lojban speaker. Outreach/event organizer for geek communities.
JG

Jim Gettys, Bell Labs

Jim Gettys is a MTS at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, working on bufferbloat. He was the V.P. of Software at the One Laptop per Child project. He is one of the original developers of the X Window System at MIT. He worked at W3C and was the editor of the HTTP/1.1 specification in the IETF. Gettys helped establish handhelds.org, freedesktop.org and X.org. | | Gettys is one of the keepers of the Flame (USENIX's 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award) on behalf... Read More →
KM

Kat McConnell

Costuming

Volunteers

Sunday April 29, 2012 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP

4:00pm

Feedback Session

More signage?  More elevators?  Less heat?  More cow bell?  We would love to hear constructive feedback on how you would like to make the convention a better place.


Sunday April 29, 2012 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Dearborn - BIG TOP