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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Radio Active #68: Geeking out at Balticon

by Ken Newquist / May 28, 2008

 Nuketown Radio ActiveIt's all Balticon, all the time as I recap my trip to the science fiction convention, talk about the panels I attended, catch up with some old friends (and find some new ones) and talk about the new audio and video podcasts -- such as Mur Lafferty and Jason Adams' new podcast ZombInc and the supernatural fiction video podcast Stranger Horizons -- that I discovered at the convention.

Getting the Show

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Show Notes

  • Nuketown News
    • Balticon!
      • The big news is the only news: BALTICON!
      • I spent the weekend -- Saturday & Sunday -- at Balticon, and it was fantastic. As with GenCon, it was amazing to finally meet people whom I've been talking with online for years. Doug Rapsom, Mur Lafferty, Jason Adams, J.C. Hutchins, MA in PA, the Breakalls -- in short, everyone I've been listening to, chatting with on Twitter for the last few years.
      • As for the SF angles ... well, it covers every aspect of the genre; anime, books, movies (hell, movies are shown throughout the weekend, as are anime).
      • Complete coverage on Nuketown:
    • Mucking About With the Feed
      • Balticon has turbocharged my creative brain. Thinking about podcasting some short fiction of mine this summer. Also thinking of starting up a second game review podcast to test out some new technology I'm playing with (video, enhanced podcast). The question is ... would you want such supplemental material to show up in the main Radio Active feed? Want the option of a individual feeds for side projects as well as a global, non-Radio Active, all-inclusive podcast feed? Inquiring podcasters want to know.
    • Getting Back into Hoax Debunking
    • Feedback
      • Jonathan writes: "I just started listening to your podcast and I wanted to say your doing a great job. I wanted to comment about I think it was in episodes 64 & 65 about if star wars is too graphic for 5 year olds. I would say just depends because I started to watch star wars when I was 4 going on 5 and it didnt bother me.Because like you said there are certain scenes in the movie that might be bad for someone that age but it depends on the parent if they should let their 5 year old watch it"
  • Promo: ZombInc
  • Netheads
    • ZombInc
      • Mur Lafferty and Jason Adams began "The Takeover" as a video project at LuLu, but then they lost their jobs and the project went into limbo. Now it's back as an audio drama, and the first two episodes debuted at Balticon42.
      • The live show began with a rousing singing of Re: Your Brains led by J.R. Blackwell, then launched into the meat of the first episode, in which ZombInc -- a company in which upper level management are all zombies -- is taking over a web development company. It'll be a full-blown, 10-episode audio drama available in June.
    • KultureKast
      • Two geeks, fueled by obsession and snark. Funny, but not family/work safe.
      • Hosted by Susan Z and Biscuit
    • Stranger Horizons
      • The video podcast is about "ordinary people stumbling into the secret worlds of aliens, hsamans and angels. The stories expose the bizarre and extraoirdinary things happening all around us, every day".
    • Balticon Podcast
    • Containment @ GreenTentacles
    • 7th Son: Obsidian
    • The rest of my Balticon links are at
  • Promo: MacMod
  • Outro
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Hey Ken,

Sounds like you had a blast, and I agree with you on taking a day away from a bastion of geekness to 'come down' - Monday would have been a stretch.

And the ear pain? I hear you. We're halfway through the waiting period (only 3 months to go, woohoo Canadian health care!) for our boy Nathaniel to get tubes in his ears (we're struggling to find some alternatives) and we've just accepted he'll wake up screaming once or twice a night.

Tip: Drinking water helps, the swallowing action can internally massage the ears.

Consider this my (bump) for your comment race!


Yeah, it was a lot of fun -- I can't wait to do it again next year.

The ear ache turned out to be an inner ear infection, and as an added bonus we got a diagnosis of pink eye! So he's on antibiotics now, which seem to be helping (he just slept through the night two days running -- hoody freaking hoo!)

His ear infections have been infrequent, so I don't think we'll have to worry about tubes, though his twin cousin (the one who's two weeks older than him) had to get them, so I know what a challenge those can be (esp. with bathes and making sure their ears don't get wet).

Good luck with TubeQuest 2008!

I just wanted to say sorry I didn't pull you over at some point and say hi, Ken. I was with the wife and didn't make time for many of the parties, so I didn't get to visit with several people I listen to on those tubes. I'm glad you had a great time, and other than the food poisoning I got at carrabbas on Thursday night, I had a great time as well.

hey, no problem. I'm sure we'll meet up at some point (though that might be next year's balticon). Like I said in the podcast, I definitely want to go Friday-Sunday next year -- if nothing else it'll give me more opportunities to chat with folks. :)