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Date: 21-Apr-2006


Renaissance A 4:30 pm - 3 hours
Monroe April LUG Meeting: Cantenna Construction
Ron Blanchett


ConSuite 5:00 pm - 1 hour
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Rob Landley
Join co-founder Rob Landley as he creates custom forms of liquid nitrogen ice cream for your flavor enjoyment. Come for the show, stay for the ice cream.


St. Claire B 5:00 pm - 1 hour
FUD, Monoculture and Monopoly in Software and Medicine
Carl G. Medwedeff

FUD means Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Famed as a tool used by Microsoft in maintaining their desktop monopoly, its use tends to characterize commercial software. Is FUD also characteristic of our medical system/industry, and if so, how?


The Pit 5:00 pm - 1 hour
Got Filk?
Tom Smith, Rob Balder, Frank Hayes
WARNING: Not For the Humor Impaired. So what the hell is filk, and why should you care? These three humorists and musicians distill over 30 years of musical history into a one-hour discussion.


St. Claire A 6:00 pm - 1 hour
Getting Started in Writing
Steve Miller, Sharon Lee, Sarah Zettell, Diane Frkan
Experienced and new authors discuss their process -- starting with a blank page.


St. Claire B 6:00 pm - 1 hour
Rob Balder
PartiallyClips has no storyline. No characters. And author Rob Balder doesn't actually draw anything. It is also an astoundingly funny webcomic. Come hear Rob tell you how he does it.


The Pit 6:00 pm - 1 hour
Schlock Mercenary
Howard Tayler
Welcome to the 31st Century! Howard talks about his popular web comic Schlock Mercenary, which he describes as a "comic serial space opera". Let him tell you about his world, and what it's like to quit your day job and do what you love.


Renaissance C1 & C2 6:30 pm - 1 hour
Wedding: Moonbeam and Daniel Nance!
Daniel Nance and Moonbeam
All family, friends, and close acquaintances of Daniel Nance and Moonbeam are invited to come witness and celebrate their wedding.


St. Claire A 7:00 pm - 1 hour
Small is Beautiful. Embedded technology coming to the desktop.
Rob Landley, Karl Schroeder
Big bloated environments like Gnome and KDE take up valuable space on a live CD, and have trouble fitting on a handheld at all. Battery powered devices want to cram as much as they can into less memory and slower processors, and are turning to embedded technologies to do it. What small, focused applications are available to streamline your desktop?


St. Claire B 7:00 pm - 1 hour
Jay R. Wren


The Pit 7:00 pm - 1 hour
How to Throw Room Parties
Rachel Weisenfeld, Joe Saul, Bill Putt, Cathy Raymond, Mark Miller
Is there more to a convention room party than chips, dip, cheap beer, and people? Unquestionably yes. How do you throw the room party people will talk about all con? Ask our panel of experienced party hosts. Audience members will be given ballots to vote for Best Penguicon Room Party of the year.


Holidome Patio 8:00 pm - 3 hours
Black Sweater Party
Wear comfortable clothing, please. Be prepared to move around, learn, and have fun. Hands-on SWAT team-style building clearing and hostage rescue simulations with the Aegis Consulting Staff.


Renaissance A & B 8:00 pm - 1 hour
Opening Ceremonies
Guests of Honor Chris DiBona, Frank Hayes, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, with Andy, Kristen and Allison Looney
See all the Guests of Honor! Hear about convention highlights! Find out where we keep all the food! See if this year's Conchair proposes to anyone!


Renaissance C1 8:00 pm - 1 hour
Penguicon Writing Workshop Pt 1
Michael "Freon" Andaluz, Michael Williamson, Williams Aksell, Anne Zanoni
Local SF writer Michael "Freon" Andaluz introduces the "Writing Genome" - structure, sequence, and a homebrew method to construct and analyze your SF/F literary creation. Stick around, because critiques collected ahead of time for the Sanctuary Press Second Annual Penguicon Workshop are being given to workshop attendees now for their third draft makeover.


St. Claire B 8:00 pm - 1 hour
Asterisk and Cisco
Rick Lull


Pool 9:00 pm - 2 hours
Noodle Wars
Come and bring your Noodles of Mass Destruction to the pool party. No pasta allowed.


Renaissance A & B 9:00 pm - 1.5 hours
Unholy Trinity Concert
Frank Hayes, Tom Smith, Luke Ski
Three brilliant filkers. Three different styles. One big concert. One of the don't-miss events of the convention.


Renaissance C1 9:00 pm - 1 hour
Intro to Penguicon: Geek, Fan, or Both?
Tracy Worcester, Seth Breidbart, Matt Arnold, Rob Landley, Chuck Firment
Are you new to conventions? A guide for newbies for surviving and thriving in a convention atmosphere. This is the panel that answers the questions: where to go? What to see? and what to do? AND, anything you want to know.


Renaissance C2 9:00 pm - 1 hour
Imagining the Future: When Weed is Legal
Andy Looney, Eric Raymond
Drug-Peace activists believe that legalization is inevitable, and that the Drug War, like Prohibition, will end eventually. But what then? What would legalization look like? Andy discusses 7 ways pot-smoking could be tolerated by future societies, under different models of decriminalization.


St. Claire A 9:00 pm - 1 hour
How Linux is Doing
Chris DiBona, Cathy Raymond
Is the fabled Linux desktop right around the corner? Is Linux maintaining is competition on servers? What happens if the concept of "the operating system" itself becomes obsolete? Linux is inside more devices than ever before. Find out the public awareness of Linux, and how it stands today and for the future.


St. Claire B 9:00 pm - 1 hour
DVD Authoring with Linux
Kyle Rankin
In this talk I discuss how to create your own custom video DVD using Open Source tools--no XML editing required!


The Pit 9:00 pm - 1 hour
Good, Bad or Indifferent: The New Dr. Who
Michael Marcus, Marshal Newrock, Sarah Zettell, The Ferrett
Is the new Dr. Who living up to the series reputation or down to it?


ConSuite 10:00 pm - 1 hour
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Rob Landley
Convention co-founder goes for round two of ice cream creation? What classic and/or bizarre flavors will he make this time?


St. Claire A 10:00 pm - 1 hour
Eww! Gross! Real life stories from the ER
Manya Newton
Real life stories from an ER Doctor. Pictures to be shown are definitely not for the squeamish. Attendance by children is discouraged.


St. Claire B 10:00 pm - 1 hour
Ubuntu: Linux for Human Beings
Jorge Castro
Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. It is developed by a large community and we invite you to participate too! In this talk I will cover the basics of Ubuntu, its philosophy, its community, and I will preview the upcoming features of the upcoming Ubuntu 6.06 (The Dapper Drake Release). Free CDs will be handed out, and members of the local Ubuntu Detroit team will be available for tech support and answering questions. Users of all skill levels are invited to visit, especially if you're new to Linux.


The Pit 10:00 pm - 2 hours
Matt Arnold
This year Penguicon is hosting an intermittently-held gathering of speakers of Lojban, an artificial language with a grammar based on formal logic systems, speakable by humans and potentially by computers, designed from an engineering standpoint for functional elegance. A project by a volunteer organization of linguists and logicians that has stretched over five decades and survived an intellectual property dispute. The celebration will go on all weekend, but at this presentation come and take a look under the hood of the most sophisticated toolkit for expression that a geek could desire.


Holidome Patio 11:00 pm - 3 hours
Pirate Free For All
Hosted By Aegis Consulting
Captain your ships through cannon-fire and free ports for profit and adventure! Join us for Pirates! the collectable card game by Whizkids Games! Cards will be provided.


Renaissance A 11:00 pm - 1 hour
Buffy the Musical
Not familiar with Buffy: The Vampire Slayer? Have you been living under a rock? Come see the famed musical episode both on-screen and with our very own Live Cast.


St. Claire A 11:00 pm - 1 hour
Java Virtual Machine Fusion
John Catherino
Come learn about the cajo project, free software enabling machines ranging from mainframes to mobile phones to spontaneously discover each other, and form a seamless computing collective. Build applications using multiple machines, every bit as easily as one. Transparently remote sophisticated Graphical User Interfaces, and dynamically script cooperation between machines. See what "the network is the computer" really means, it sure ain't Web 2.0.


St. Claire B 11:00 pm - 1 hour
Ryan Anderson
The Git distributed revision control system has come a long way in the last year of development. This covers a brief history, a tutorial of the basic commands used daily, and some of the advanced tools built on top.


Renaissance C1 11:30:00pm - 1 hour
Chocolate Ritual
Lady Sarah, Frank Hayes
Ever thought chocolate should be a religion? Come join us as we invoke chocolate in all its forms, directions, elements, and any other variation we can think of. Not for those inclined to take their religions too seriously, unless that religion is the Holy Cocoa.


Renaissance A 12:00 midnight - 1 hour
Worm Quartet Concert
Worm Quartet is a Rochester, NY-based band that forcibly staples punk and electronica together and throws them into a blender with hysterically twisted lyrics. They have been featured repeatedly on the Dr. Demento show, and had the most requested song of 2004 with the ex-girlfriend rant "Great Idea For A Song" and the 2nd most requested song of 2002 with the anti-drummer anthem "Frank's Not In The Band Anymore." The sole member of Worm Quartet is a 6'4" 300-lb. bemulleted maniac named Shoebox who is under court order to stay away from chickens.

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Date: 22-Apr-2006


Renaissance B 10:00 am - 3 hours
Junk Pile Wars
Tom Skelton
A small mountain of random computer components. And a challenge. Will you and your team rise to it, and overcome?


Renaissance C1 10:00 am - 1 hour
Greet the Day: Coffee Ritual
Matt Arnold, Andrea Dale
For those of you inclined to worship the Holy Liquid, come join us for celebration and partaking of the holy substance. Debate denominational variants such as honey versus sugar, the unorthodoxy of flavored creamer, or state your devotion to the pristine blackness.


Renaissance C2 10:00 am - 1 hour
Bird Flu: Threat, Hype, or Both?
Daniel Peisach, Manya Newton
Get the rundown on the epidemiology and science of H5N1, the infamous Bird Flu, and an intelligent discussion of whether any of us need to be concerned.


The Pit 10:00 am - 1 hour
Intro to Penguicon: Geek, Fan, or Both?
Tracy Worcester, Shay VanZwoll, Jeff Beeler, Seth Breidbart, Rob Landley
Are you new to conventions? A guide for newbies for surviving and thriving in a convention atmosphere. This is the panel that answers the questions: where to go? What to see? and what to do? AND, anything you want to know.


Renaissance A 10:30:00am - 1.5 hours
From Closed Windows to Open Source
Greg Barker
What's different? What's the same? This session will focus on key areas that will help the new user's transition from Windows to Linux less frustrating.


Renaissance C1 11:00 am - 1 hour
Welcome to Liad!
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Susan Harris, Tracy Worcester
"If a Liaden hands you a contact don't sign it. If he won't sign yours, walk away." An introduction to the complex and exciting Liaden universe created by our author Guests of Honor, Steve Miller and Sharon Lee.


Renaissance C2 11:00 am - 1 hour
Writing and the Art of Characterization
David Klecha, Sarah Zettell, Nancy Zettell, Tobias Buckell
Ever read a book which had an interesting world and a good plot, and you didn't give a damn about anyone in it? Our panelists discuss how to make characters real, and make your readers care if they live or die.


St. Claire A 11:00 am - 1 hour
What's new with the Linux Kernel?
Rob Landley
The Linux kernel has seen as much new development since 2.6.0 shipped as occurred in the last "development" series. How does the new development model work, and what are the results?


St. Claire B 11:00 am - 1 hour
Introduction to Knoppix
Kyle Rankin
This would preferably go before any other Knoppix talks I might give. It gives a general overview of what Knoppix is suitable for beginners.


Renaissance A 12:00 pm - 1 hour
Techniques in 3-D Illustration
Tom Peters
Tom plans to demonstrate digital illustration workflow using both 3-D and 2-D techniques, primarily 3-D. Tom has done cover art for Guests of Honor Sharon Lee and Steve Miller


Renaissance C1 12:00 pm - 1 hour
Building a Better Mouse: Transgenic Research
Saumya Vanderwyst
An overview on mouse genetics and what we need 'em for.


Renaissance C2 12:00 pm - 1 hour
Heinlein 101
Susan Harris, Barbara Trumpinski-Roberts, Greg Barker
Not familiar with the "old guys" of science fiction? Who's Heinlein, you say? Oh, you lucky person - hours of entertainment await you.


St. Claire A 12:00 pm - 1 hour
Terse Languages
Seth Breidbart, Eric Raymond


St. Claire B 12:00 pm - 1 hour
System Rescue with Knoppix
Kyle Rankin
A more advanced talk dealing with different methods of rescuing Linux and Windows systems using Knoppix.


The Pit 12:00 pm - 1 hour
Why don't those @#$%! reporters get Linux and open source?
Frank Hayes, Diane Frkin
Why is open source to hard for reporters to understand? Is it deliberate, or a horrible mistake? A look at how to present open source news in ways more likely to get an accurate recounting.


ConSuite 1:00 pm - 1 hour
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Rob Landley
Watch the co-founder of Penguicon create more weird and tasty goodness in classic mad scientist fashion.


Renaissance A 1:00 pm - 1.5 hours
Tom Smith Concert
Tom Smith
It's Tom Smith, for ghod's sake! He's funny! He's fast! He's witty! He's poignant! Go, listen, and have fun.


Renaissance B 1:00 pm - 1.5 hours
Chris DiBona Keynote
Chris DiBona
Technical Guest Keynote by Google's own Chris DiBona!


Renaissance C1 1:00 pm - 1 hour
Technical Writing
Clif Flynt, Andrea Dale, Tobias Buckle
If you want users to Read the F^&*(  Manual, you have to write it in a way they can understand. Our panelists discuss how to take a topic you know well, and explain it to someone who, well, doesn't.


Renaissance C2 1:00 pm - 1 hour
Webcomics: Haves and Have Nots
Howard Tayler, Rob Balder, The Ferrett, Eric Milliken
As webcomics begins its second decade as a medium, the vast majority of web traffic still is directed toward a tiny fraction of all titles. What do the disparities in traffic numbers indicate about art, society, entertainment, and free choice?


St. Claire A 1:00 pm - 2 hours
Penguicon Writing Workshop Part 2
Michael "Freon" Andaluz, William Aksel Kuehl, Michael Z Williamson, Sarah Zettell
The Writers Workshop gets down to business with a round-table discussion of proposed rewrites. We'll also discuss the well-known workshops like Clarion and Odyssey, and meet a few industry luminaries in the SF/F biz. We use the rest of the evening to hammer out third draft rewrites for Part 3 on Sunday. Semi-closed session - come if you are serious about your fiction and we will all be rewarded.


St. Claire B 1:00 pm - 1.5 hours
Marcus Watts, Steve Andre'
This year our moderators are going to do a bit more of a hands on thing. They will be bringing in an older dell, installing OpenBSD on it, configuring it as a firewall, and demonstrating it as such with a windows machine on the "inside" and some interesting exploits on the "outside".

The Pit 1:00 pm - 1 hour
Steve Miller, Karl Schroeder, Nancy Atwell, John Scalzi
Some worlds you believe in, and some interfere with the story. How to build and portray your fictional world.

Holidome Patio 2:00 pm - 1 hour
Rappelling Demo
Victims dont look up -- dont let us land on you! Hosted by Aegis Consulting.


Renaissance C1 2:00 pm - 1 hour
Getting to and Living on Mars
Anton VanderWyst, Saumya VanderWyst
An aerospace professional and a professional biologist address the questions: What would it take to get humans to Mars? Once there, what biological hurdles would we have to overcome to live there?


Renaissance C2 2:00 pm - 2 hours
Anatomy for the Fan Artist
William Aksel Kuehl
Tried to draw something involving the human body, but just couldn't get it quite right? Artist William Aksel shares tips and tricks for getting it right. Bring pencil and paper, as a model will be provided.


The Pit 2:00 pm - 1 hour
History of Hot Peppers
Eric Raymond, John Guest, Howard Tayler
Can't tell a jalapeno from a habanero, but always wondered? These three capsaicin fans can take you on a journey through the wide world of hot peppers.


Renaissance A 02:30:00pm - 1 hour
Collaboration; writing a deux
Steve Miller, Sharon Lee
The trials, tribulations, and unique victories of creating a shared universe. Creating a coherent world and consistent characters with shared brainpower.


Renaissance B 02:30:00pm - 1 hour
Dancing for Geeks
Anne Murphy, Greg Barker, Karen Wasielewski
You know you want to learn, but you don't know where to start. A low stress and low pressure chance to learn some dance basics.


St. Claire B 02:30:00pm - 1.5 hours Jorge
Deploying and Administering Linux Desktops with GNOME and Sun Ray Thin Clients
Castro Thin Client technology is a cost effective means of deploying large numbers of desktops to users while providing ease of administration for your IT staff. In this talk I will cover the prototype deployment of Sun Ray thin clients at Oakland University, using GNOME technologies to provide a common desktop to users. Related topics to be discussed will be centralized user management, desktop administration using gconf, Sun Ray Server Software deployment on Linux, support for proprietary applications, remote desktop services using FreeNX, and resource management.


ConSuite 3:00 pm - 1 hour
Hot Sauce Tasting
Eric Raymond, Howard Tayler, John Guest, Michael Marcus
Missed the History of Hot Peppers panel? Consider this the lab section. Learn how much heat you can take, and which kinds you enjoy.


Holidome Patio 3:00 pm - 2 hours
A Map, a Chase: A Clue, a Compass, a Race!
Find your way through the clues before everyone else! Learn basic map and compass use in an intricate race through the hotel! Taught by Aegis Consulting.


Renaissance C1 3:00 pm - 1 hour
Einstein's Relativity for Dummies
Anton VanderWyst, Andrew Porwitzky
Everything you always felt you should understand about relativity, but were too embarrassed to ask.


St. Claire A 3:00 pm - 1 hour
How Computers Think
Marshal Newrock, Andy Vinton, Marcus Watts, Charles Ulrich
Is it alive or dead? Has it thoughts within its head? Join us as we attempt to open up the iron and unravel how your clicks and keypresses become things that the computer does, and how it runs a program.


The Pit 3:00 pm - 1 hour
Gail Does Something
Gail Christopherson, James Klass, Neil Epstein
Remember the Brick Panel from 2.0? Gail can guarantee something absurd, and will attempt something impossible. It's a secret until the event.


Renaissance A 3:30 pm - 1.5 hours
Frank Hayes Concert
Frank Hayes
You've read his column. Now come hear his music!


Renaissance B 3:30 pm - 1.5 hours
Clif Flynt


ConSuite 4:00 pm - 1 hour
Stuffed Animal Tea Party
Allison Looney, Sharon Lee
Come Join Allison Looney and Sharon Lee for tea with their favorite stuffed friends.


Renaissance C1 4:00 pm - 1 hour
BioGeeks: Tissue Regeneration
Saumya Vanderwyst
General concepts and approaches for tissue engineering.


Renaissance C2 4:00 pm - 1 hour
Eye of Aragon Dramatic Reading
Cathy Raymond
The Eye Of Aragon - quite possible the worst science fiction ever written, but the most hilarious piece of fiction when read aloud. Come join us as we experience a west coast phenomenon.


St. Claire A 4:00 pm - 1 hour
Unix User Group Leadership - Q&A
Ron Blanchett
A panel consisting of the area LUG leadership is put in the hot seat and forced to give frank answers to tough questions on what it takes to keep a successful user group going. Audience involvement is highly encouraged.


St. Claire B 4:00 pm - 1 hour
PHP Application Security
Flavio daCosta
This talk discusses many aspects of web application security with a focus on the PHP language. We will be covering a wide range of attacks, what they look like and techniques to use to help avoid them. Some of the attacks covered will be input validation attacks (subsystem attacks such as SQL injection), output validation (XSS - cross site scripting), session hijacking, Cross-Site Request Forgeries and a few in between.


The Pit 4:00 pm - 1 hour
Warfare in SF
Jeff Beeler, John Scalzi, Barbara Trumpinski-Roberts
Which authors, past and present, do the best job of looking at warfare in a science fiction context? What's most important: that it is convincing, that it is plausible, or something else entirely?


Holidome Patio 5:00 pm - 1 hour
Viking Sword Tournament
Aegis' Favorite Game: Ten foot circle, two swords – don’t cross the line.


Renaissance A 5:00 pm - 1 hour
Spam Spam Spam
Seth Breidbart, Marshal Newrock
Checking your inbox can be like wading through a room full of singing Vikings, trying to hear someone on the other side. How do you shut those bloody Vikings up? Filtering with your mail client still lets them in the door, where they leave muddy footprints all over the place and steal important stuff. Learn about server-side techniques for stopping spam before it even gets to your inbox.


Renaissance B 5:00 pm - 1 hour
Open Cola
Bill Putt, Chuck Child
What is it? Why is it cool? And what was it like to make it?


Renaissance C1 5:00 pm - 1 hour
Racing Light: Real Physics
Anton VanderWyst
Real techniques for beating photons to the finish line.


Renaissance C2 5:00 pm - 1 hour
The Filking Style of Rob Balder
Self-described renaissance geek Rob Balder regales us with songs from his album Rich Fantasy Lives.


St. Claire A 5:00 pm - 1.5 hours
Rob Malda and Jeff "Hemos" Bates


St. Claire B 5:00 pm - 1 hour
Michael Andaluz Reading
Michael "Freon" Andaluz
ASCENT STAGE short story author reads from the up and coming and long-awaited second collection. Let him autograph your forehead because he knows he's already signed your copy of AS-1. He grew a beard for you; the least you can do is come and listen.


The Pit 5:00 pm - 1 hour
Diane Frkin, Ed Gardines, Jamie Sonderman
InZer0 is a new science fiction television show being shot in Detroit. Be a part of this new creative movement involving filmmaking, local talent and our love of science fiction. Come and listen to the Director, Executive Producer, Assistant Art Director and writer of InZer0 from Thought Collide Productions, as they present the latest filmmaking concept and why this movement is gaining fast recognition on MySpace.


ConSuite 6:00 pm - 1 hour
Jay Maynard, Howard Tayler
What the hell is Chupaqueso? A cross between a chupacabras and Mexican cheese dip, you say? You may never know unless you come and find out.


Holidome Patio 6:00 pm - 1 hour
The Duel
The grace of light saber battles, the precision of classic fencing, the (rum) violent glee of pirate duels: Aegis most advanced fighters demonstrate expert performance with sword.


Renaissance A & B 6:00 pm - 1 hour
Masquerade Setup

Renaissance C1 6:00 pm - 1 hour

Filk Andrea Dale Style
Andrea Dale
Come enjoy filk by the talented Andrea Dale!


Renaissance C2 6:00 pm - 1 hour
Preventing Spyware
Rich Clark, Dan DeSloover
Spyware sucks! But how do you stop it? Our panelists tell you how.


St. Claire B 6:00 pm - 1 hour
VMware Virtualization
John Guest, Marcus Watts


The Pit 6:00 pm - 1 hour
Flirting and Romance for Geeks
Bill Kolasa, Chuck Firment, Shay vanZwoll, Jessica Zerwas
One panelist with all the questions you've wanted to ask. Other panelists with the best answers they have. Gain insight on the vagaries of flirting and romance.


Renaissance A & B 7:00 pm - 2 hours
From jaw-dropping to head-scratching, the masquerade will be filled with the costumes people will be talking about until next year.


Renaissance C1 7:00 pm - 1 hour
SF Economics
Karl Schroeder, Richard Herrell
It's not rare for the science in science fiction to be sketchy at best, but that's nothing compared to the viability of the economics of most SF societies. Our panelists discuss who does it well, and what doing it well means.


Renaissance C2 7:00 pm - 1.5 hours

St. Claire A 7:00 pm - 1 hour
Transparent Distributed Computing


St. Claire B 7:00 pm - 1 hour
Developing for MacOSX, Linux, & Windows with Mono
Jay R. Wren


The Pit 7:00 pm - 1 hour
It's just a flesh wound: When you should stay home and avoid that $900 ED bill
Manya Newton
Find out when you should absolutely not stay at home.


ConSuite 8:00 pm - 1 hour
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Rob Landley
Penguicon co-founder Rob Landley creates another round of esoteric and happy-making ice cream flavors. Bring your own ingredients, and see if he'll make a custom flavor for you!


Holidome Patio 8:00 pm - 2 hours
Black Sweater Party
Wear comfortable clothing, please. Be prepared to move around, learn, and have fun. Hands-on SWAT team-style building clearing and hostage rescue simulations with the Aegis Consulting Staff.


Renaissance C1 8:00 pm - 1 hour
Why Didn't Science Fiction Predict That?
Frank Hayes, Karl Schroeder, John Scalzi
SF predicted moon colonies by 2001 and computers so big they'd mostly exist in hyperspace. That wrongheadedness has something to say about predictions we're making today. And why DIDN'T SF predict Frogurt instead of yeast cigarettes, anyhow?


St. Claire A 8:00 pm - 1 hour
Remember the Magic - Why you still want to use Perl and what is is good for
Brian Decker, Brian Johnson


St. Claire B 8:00 pm - 1.5 hours
Security Fundamentals
Tatsuya Murase
60+ minutes on security starting with the basics.


Renaissance C2 08:30:00pm - 1 hour
Making String Figures
Alison Looney
Come spend a fun filled hour with Alison Looney learning how to make figures out of string. Sure to be a new skills to show off at parties.


Renaissance A 9:00 pm - 3 hours


Renaissance C1 9:00 pm - 3 hours
YAAARC and Robots
Neal Probert


St. Claire B 09:30:00pm - 1 hour
SSL Explained
Bill Childers
The basics of SSL and PKI, geared for the layman. 1 hour presentation by Bill Childers.


Holidome Patio 10:00 pm - 3 hours
Midnight Revel
The Aegis Group Gather, converse, frolic, dream, drum, spar.


St. Claire B 10:30:00pm - 1 hour
Bill Childers
Just got backuppc running @ home and it's a pretty damn cool backup method for a small LAN. Would be ideal for a SOHO to medium sized business.


St. Claire A 11:00 pm - 1 hour
Open Filk
Enjoy the music of the wide variety of musicians at the convention, or bring instrument and voice and join on in.

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Date: 23-Apr-2006


Renaissance C1 10:00 am - 1 hour
Greet the Day: Coffee Ritual
Matt Arnold, Andrea Dale
For those of you inclined to worship the Holy Liquid, come join us for celebration and partaking of the holy substance. Debate denominational variants such as honey versus sugar, the unorthodoxy of flavored creamer, or state your devotion to the pristine blackness.


St. Claire A 10:00 am - 1 hour
Writing Computer Games with Tcl/Tk
Clif Flynt
Write games in an interpreted language? Well, yes. professional gaming companies do, and so can you. Clif Flynt will show you some of the techniques and tricks for writing games in Tcl/Tk.


St. Claire B 10:00 am - 1 hour
Michael Z Williamson Reading
A professional bladesmith, Mike's written a little bit of everything, including SF and fantasy. Come enjoy his reading.


Renaissance A 11:00 am - 1 hour
Reading: Nancy Atwell
Nancy Atwell


Renaissance B 11:00 am - 1 hour
Copyrights and Trademarks
Cathy Raymond, Karl Schroeder, Carl Gregory
A detailed look at the legal ins and outs of various methods of protecting intellectual property. Looks at how to, why to, and whether to.


Renaissance C1 11:00 am - 1 hour
First Contact: Message From Another Sun
SETI@Penguicon has received a message. We need you to help interpret it. You may pickup copies of the raw message at Ops or Registration earlier in the weekend. Bring your efforts to this panel and present them to your fellows. Panelists: You and your friends. Referee: Ron Wilson


Renaissance C2 11:00 am - 1 hour
Blogging for Life
The Ferrett, John Scalzi, David Klecha
News pages. Online journals. Web logs. A lot of people are using them. What are the tools available, and what are the best ways to use them?


St. Claire A 11:00 am - 1 hour
Virtual Linux. (User Mode Linux and qemu.)
Rob Landley


St. Claire B 11:00 am - 1 hour
Promoting PGP
Eric Raymond


The Pit 11:00 am - 1 hour
Not Just for Kids: Young Adult Fiction
Tracy Worcester, Jeff Beeler, Bill Kolasa, Barbara Trumpinski-Roberts
Some of the best science fiction and fantasy around has protagonists less than 18 years old. Just because Borders puts it in the kids section doesn't mean these aren't books you will want to read.


Renaissance A 12:00 pm - 1 hour
Reading: Miller/Lee
Author Guests Steve Miller and Sharon Lee read aloud from their work.


Renaissance B 12:00 pm - 1 hour
Virtual Tour of Google
Chris DiBona
Chris describes how Google got started, what it's like working there now, and where it's headed. Sure to be informational.


Renaissance C1 12:00 pm - 1 hour
Best SF Books of 2005
Jeff Beeler, John Scalzi, Tobias Buckell, Karl Schroeder
What were the outstanding works of 2005? What are the titles to look for, and who are the authors to watch?


Renaissance C2 12:00 pm - 1.5 hours
Luke Ski Concert
Dr. Demento favorite Luke Ski presents a musical performance you won't want to miss!


St. Claire B 12:00 pm - 2 hours
Penguicon Writers Workshop 3: Read & Draw
Michael "Freon" Andaluz, Nancy Atwell, Michael Z. Williamson
We Read the Stuff. Watch as Workshop participants have us read their new drafts while noted artists from Niftydom and fandom alike lend a frenzied hand interpreting the prose into illustration. Sort of a "picturing a thousand words" kinda thing. We round out the workshop by sharing contact info and finding out about local writing groups who need people like you.


Renaissance A 1:00 pm - 1 hour
First Contact: Interstellar Anthropology
Barbara Trumpinski-Roberts
What role would an anthropologist play in a first contact setting? How can models for studying various human cultures be applied to cultures from other worlds, and where would those models fail?


Renaissance B 1:00 pm - 1 hour
Speech Writing Contest
Chris DiBona
Participants will write a short speech (and give it) on their favorite book, game or movie. Chris will judge the best entry for writing and delivery. Prizes to be awarded.


Renaissance C1 1:00 pm - 1 hour
Everything You Know About Filk Is Wrong
Frank Hayes, Rob Balder
Think you know what filk is? You're probably wrong. Sure you're right? Come to the panel and argue your case with our panelists.


Renaissance A 02:30:00pm - 1 hour
Closing Ceremonies
Bid a fond farewell to our fabulous Guests of Honor, and hear the exciting things planned for Penguicon 5.0!


Renaissance A 03:30:00pm - 1 hour
Gripe (and Praise) Session
Saw something you weren't happy about, and want us to know? Saw something you liked, and want us to do that again, and more like it? Give us the information we need to make next year even better than this year!

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