This is too much fun not to share. We’ve seen cutups before, where people have been recorded saying so many things that you can edit them together to make them say anything. Even “singing” a Christmas carol.
Even Captain Picard singing a Christmas carol.
Thirteen years ago Ed Kramer was arrested on child molestation charges. At long last, he was due for his due in court, all stalling tactics finally petering out. Instead of facing a jury, he pled guilty today to three counts of child molestation in a plea bargain for the state of Georgia not prosecuting him on three more charges. The way things are looking, he won’t spend another day in jail.
Based on the sequel book by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and his Halfblood Camp pals return to do battle against the legendary Titan Chronos!
Sometimes something great just walks up to us and slaps us in the back of the head to get our attention. This time it’s the Yogscast’s Minecraft Christmas. What better way to get into the holiday spirit (while not turning off the Minecraft) than this?
This evening at 9PM Pacific / 12 AM Eastern, join us for The Event Horizon with special guest G.D. Falksen, steampunk novelist and the unofficial voice of the Steampunk movement.
‘Transmissions from Atlantis’, joins the Krypton Radio family of geek programming. Saturdays at 10:30 AM Pacific.
Sexual harassment has become an increasingly disturbing trend at large fandom conventions. Up to now, there hasn’t been a way for fans to protect themselves against sexual predation at the conventions – it’s important to be able to feel safe at these large gatherings, whether you’re female or male. The Backup Ribbon Project is a project to allow fans to back up each other at science fiction conventions and other geek gatherings.
Backup Ribbon Projectco-founder Tina Beychok joins us on tonight’s show, with guest panelists Dr. Rebecca Housel, the Pop Culture Professor, a vocal activist for women’s rights and safety at sci-fi conventions, and Corsair’s Closet producer Kristine Cherry.
If you miss our episode of The Event Horizon, itwill air again on Sunday, September 7, 2013 at 4PM PDT / 7PM EDT.
President Obama pretends to be caught in Spider-Man’s web as he greets Nicholas Tamarin, 3, just outside the Oval Office. Nicholas was trick-or-treating with his father, White House aide Nate Tamarin in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Press Release – Washington, DC – This week, as thousands of sci-fi and superhero enthusiasts gather in San Diego for Comic-Con, here at the White House we’ll be gathering some of the Nation’s top innovators who are designing materials to enable real-life superpowers—including invisibility and super-strength.
Join us this Friday, July 19th at 12:00 pm EDT for a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout on “The Stuff Superheroes Are Made Of” – where we’ll be talking about some of the most exciting new developments in materials science and how they can change our world for the better.
Hear from the scientists and engineers who are working to turn science fiction into science fact by watching the latest “We the Geeks” Hangout live on WhiteHouse.gov and on the White House Google+ page on Friday, July 19, at 12:00 pm EDT.
Got comments or questions? Ask them using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks on Twitter and on Google+ and we’ll answer some of them during the live Hangout.
Tom Kalil is Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at OSTP and Meredith Drosback is a TMS Fellow working on the Materials Genome Initiative at OSTP.
Dragon*Con founders officially announced a split from co-founder Ed Kramer yesterday morning. The Board of Directors and Shareholders of Dragon Con / ACE, Inc., producer of Dragon*Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, have agreed to merge the company into Dragon Con, Inc. (Dragon Con) in a cash-out merger. Led by Pat Henry, David Cody and Robert Dennis, ownership of Dragon Con includes five of the six founding owners of Dragon Con / ACE (the old Dragon Con). The effective date of the merger is July 8, 2013.
What this means is that since they couldn’t get him to just accept a buyout offer (they tried, and he refused) they did an end run around him. They dissolved the company and reformed it without him.
Ed Kramer is currently in jail in Georgia on charges related to child molestation. After avoiding a trial in 2000 due to physical health limitations, he purportedly violated his and has been avoiding going to trial for roughly a decade by using various legal delaying and stalling tactics. Detractors complain that the money Kramer had been making from his association with Dragon*Con was being used in his legal defense. He has not had any role in managing or organizing the convention since 2000, was offered cash for his shares in the old company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“This decision only affects the ownership of the old Dragon Con,” said Pat Henry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Con. “Our members and others who attend Dragon*Con 2013 will experience the same fantastic convention they have come to expect from us.”
Dragon Con will continue the agreements with each of the host and overflow hotels associated with the convention as well as all of the guests and performers scheduled to appear at this year’s event, either “as is” or with amendments recognizing Dragon Con as owner.
Significant creators of popular media have been boycotting Dragon*Con/ACE due to its failure to remove Kramer from its board of directors, including Kaja and Phil Foglio, creators of the popular steampunk adventure series Girl Genius. From their blog:
For over ten years the corporation that ran Dragon Con claimed that there was no way that they could detangle themselves from pedophile/co–founder Ed Kramer. Then noted author Nancy Collins started a boycott of the convention. Kaja and I signed on, as did a growing number of high profile media guests. Less than six months later– hey presto! Dragon Con has sundered its relationship with Ed Kramer. Yay! A noted segment of my particular sub–culture has done a good thing. For anybody who actually cares about my opinion, I think that this is the best outcome that we could expect from something like this, and we personally will be looking into attending DragonCon in the future.
WHO IS EDWARD KRAMER?
According to Deadline.com, Kramer was arrested in 2000 in Georgia and charged with three counts of child molestation involving two teenage brothers. However, Kramer has never been tried in criminal court. He was believed to be physically incapable to stand trial due to spinal and respiratory problems and was released on bond, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Kramer was under house arrest for several years, but was later allowed to travel between Georgia and New Jersey or New York to receive medical treatments or visit his ailing mother. But he was not to have unsupervised contact with children under 16, according to the bond conditions.
In 2011, he was in violation of his bond agreement when he was charged with “risk of injury to a minor” in Connecticut when he was found in a hotel room with a 14-year-old boy, according to the AJC. He was extradited to Georgia in January.
Dragon*Con is the largest pop culture convention featuring comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming. Held each Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Dragon*Con attracted more than 52,000 attendees in 2012. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org. (For the record, that makes it significantly bigger than San Diego Comic-Con, which garners only about 35,000 attendees each year and cannot exceed that due to the size of the San Diego Convention Center where it’s held.)
The first female scholar in the United States to focus on comics, Dr. Rebecca Housel, is appearing on The Event Horizonthis evening at 9pm PST, 12AM EST! Join hosts Gene Turnbow and Susan Fox as they engage Dr. Housel in a fascinating discussion of popular culture, our influence on it and its influence on us. We talk about everything from sparkly vampires to zombies, societal need for superheroes to gender bias in fiction, and we can tell you now that of all the guests we’ve had on the show, she is one of the most entertaining, informative and knowledgeable speakers on the topic of popular culture and how it shapes our lives.
Housel, who celebrates her 18th year in the classroom in 2012, is a freelance writer and editor. Her recent titles in Wiley’s Pop Culture and Philosophy series includes work on X-Men (2009), Twilight (2009, 2010), and HBO’s Emmy-winning series, True Blood (2010, 2011). Housel’s work in medical narratives has earned her inclusion in the Directory of American Poets and Writers as well as a sponsored membership by New York Times Bestselling author, Rebecca Skloot, in the National Association of Science Writers (NASW).
Housel is on the Editorial Advisory Boards for the Journal of Popular Culture and Journal of American Culture; her most recent book review for the Duke University Press volume, Sex and Disability (2012), can be found in the Journal of American Culture. Dr. Housel was one of 100 American writers invited to participate in Yale’s Inaugural Writer’s Conference for her work in medical narratives in June 2012; she was also a TED speaker in June, presenting, “Why Story is the Best Medicine,” on how using the patient’s narrative can save not only thousands of patient’s lives each year, but has the potential to save millions in health care dollars, too.
She also teaches writing classes called The Hero in Popular Culture.
Tune in at 9pm PST / 12am EST today to hear Dr. Rebecca Housel, the Pop Culture Professor!