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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

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 - 2:00pm
Pierce/Arrow

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 - 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 - 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 - 2:00pm
Roaming

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

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

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

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_

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

8:00pm

BOF: Warm Fuzzies

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

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

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_

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 of The X Window System Community at Large.

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
avatar for Shetan Noir

Shetan Noir

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. | | Shetan has written Two Pagan spell books...
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Friday April 27, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Desoto

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

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_

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 contain almost every hand tool in the Sears catalog...
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Friday April 27, 2012 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Rolls/Royce

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

11:00pm

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

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

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_

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 Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold

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

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

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_

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 Jon Wallace

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

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

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
avatar for Derek Newland

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 contain almost every hand tool in the Sears catalog...
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Saturday April 28, 2012 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Stutz

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
avatar for Derek Newland

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

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 contain almost every hand tool in the Sears catalog...
Read More →

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

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
avatar for Derek Newland

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

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

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
avatar for Shetan Noir

Shetan Noir

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. | | Shetan has written Two Pagan spell books...
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Saturday April 28, 2012 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Model T

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
avatar for Jeffrey Quesnelle

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

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
avatar for Adam Smithee (aka Jim Hanson)

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

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
avatar for Derek Newland

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

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

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.
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.
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 contain almost every hand tool in the Sears catalog...
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
avatar for Shetan Noir

Shetan Noir

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. | | Shetan has written Two Pagan spell books...
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Saturday April 28, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Steamer

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

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
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 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Royale

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

Jer's Bored

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

Speakers
avatar for Jer_

Jer_

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
 
Sunday, April 29
 

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
avatar for Shetan Noir

Shetan Noir

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. | | Shetan has written Two Pagan spell books...
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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

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

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

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_

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 Matt Arnold

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 of The X Window System Community at Large.
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
 
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