San Diego Comic Con Goes RFID

San Diego Comic Con logo

Word is out now that the San Diego Comic Con will be using RFID chips in their badges this year.

The RFID chip is an interesting thing. They put those in the badges at OSCon last year, which lead to some amount of informal protesting amongst convention goers and speakers. Some even ripped theirs out. That was a tech conference, though, so people were more in tune with what RFID tags are and how they might be used. Personally, I didn’t have any problem with it.

The thing OSCon had with every room you walked into was an RFID scanner across every door. The convention could use it to track how many people were coming and going into each room. For a convention like SDCC with the logisitics it faces, this could prove to be very valuable information in handling crowds and seeing where the most and least popular panels are being held.

That’s all assuming they have the scanners posted at the doors of every panel room. That’s an awful lot of scanners to bring in, but a convention the size of SDCC could (and probably should) pull it off. It would be very valuable information to have.

I bet the fire marshall would love to see a live feed of that data, too…

Podcast Annoyances

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Might I suggest that we ban the word “totally” from every podcast host’s vocabulary? Or do we need to wait until we eradicate “So…” and “Anyway…” first?

Hurray for Hollywood

Hollywood is an amazing place for creating new ideas. Modern, fresh visions are the bedrock on which the movie and television industry are built.

That being said, are you more looking forward to "MacGyver: The Movie" or "MacGyver: The TV Series"?

Either way, "MacGyver" is a STEM series, so I’m placing my bets on a woman playing the title role in whichever version makes it to an audience. Bonus points she’s not white or Asian.

Remember Wired?

Wired logo

They’re a magazine that charges something like $12 for a year’s subscription.

They’re also a website you may have visited in the past.

Looks like I won’t be visiting them anymore:

Starting in the next few weeks, the magazine will give those readers a choice: stop blocking ads, pay to look at a version of the site that is unsullied by advertisements, or go away.  

I just visited the site.  The banner ads weren’t too bothersome.  I clicked on an article.  not too bad. Scrolled down two paragraphs and a pop up video started playing.

It’s cheaper to buy the print magazine than to read the website, by a factor of 4x – 5x.

OK.  Buh-bye, Wired.

VR.5: The Timing Is Perfect…

…for VR.5’s return.

Virtual Reality is all the craze again. And, as this Entertainment Weekly article points out, the show was made to complement “The X-Files.”

Since “The X-Files” is now back, the timing is perfect!

the cast of FOX's VR.5

(Yes, Buffy fans.  That’s Anthony Stewart Head.  His turn on VR.5 is part of what made me watch the Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot when it aired a couple years later…)

That article I linked to above is from 1995, which explains this paragraph:

VR.5 may have one other thing going for it: Cybermania has been sweeping the nation in the last few years, with trendy coffee shops serving up Internet connections and e-mail addresses popping up everywhere from the White House to your local pizzeria. “I think people are becoming so isolated that they’re turning to their computers for intimacy,” theorizes Singer. “People go on-line and meet other people and play all sorts of games. I heard about a couple who met on-line and got married. It sounds strange, but people are using computers to build a new type of community.”  

We never expected on-line dating services, did we? Or ordering pizzas by emoji over Twitter?  Or Hillary Clinton having her own email server?

Type 1 Diabetes Cured! (Again)

The fun never ends.

We have a new cure for Diabetes.

A cure for Type 1 diabetes is a step closer after scientists managed to halt the condition for at least six months thanks to insulin-producing cells. Experts from US hospitals and institutions including Harvard University managed to transplant cells into mice, which immediately began producing insulin.

This sets a new record, I have to believe.  It only took 25 days into the year before we got one of these stories.

I think I should tag these posts as YACFD – Yet Another Cure For Diabetes.

Keep your fingers crossed, but do NOT hold your breath.

Diabetes Cured Again!

No, we mean it this time:

The disease attacks insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas. Healthy people have billions of ‘peacekeeping’ cells called ‘T-regs’ which protect insulin-making cells from the immune system but people suffering Type 1 diabetes do not have enough.  
 Now researchers at the University of California and Yale have shown that the ‘T-regs’ can be removed from the body, increased by 1,500x in the laboratory and infused back into the bloodstream to restore normal function.
 

Bascially, you’d go into the hospital once a year, they’d take two cups of blood out of you, treat it, and put it back in. Then, you don’t need to take any shots or additional insulin for the rest of the year.  I assume you’d just keep an eye on your sugar levels and eat healthy and all would be good.

 

I’d take that.

 

I’ll believe it when I see it, though…

 

 

Watching Random Movies

Sometimes, I feel like watching forgotten movies.

 

Right now, I’m half in the mood to pull out “Treasure Planet” and “Dinosaurs” and watch those this week.

 

Maybe follow that up with “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”?

 

I watched all of those movies once when I bought their DVDs 10-15 years ago. Don’t remember much about any of them, to be honest.  I remember only thinking that “Treasure Planet” felt like three episodes of a TV show strung together.

 

They couldn’t have been all bad, right?  At the very least, there’s likely gold in those hills if you dig deep enough, right?

 

Might be worth a try…