Well, the schedule for DragonCon panelists for Science Fiction TV is out and I am on quite a few panels. I’ll be one of the lot sitting in the front of the room talking about various TV topics.

I specialize in the behind-the-scenes business related parts of Hollywood.  But with some of the shows, I’m just a big ol’ fan who knows a bunch of nerdy “get a life” details.

Here are the panels I’ll be participating in and/or moderating – they all will be in the Courtland Room of the Atlanta Hyatt Regency hotel:

Friday, August 31, 2007

  • 1 p.m. Flash Gordon – The Season So Far
    A look at Sci-Fi’s re-imagining of a science fiction icon. Is this another Galactica or do you miss that 80’s movie already?
    Panelists: Dayna Baldwin, Joe Crowe, Jennifer Neault, David Speakman.
  • 4 p.m. The 4400: Year Four
    Jordan Collier is the Messiah, Isobel is out of jail and Tom Baldwin is a sleeper agent for the future. Looks like no one is safe in the world of the 4400.
    Panelists: Dayna Baldwin, Aaron Dunne, Leah Robin, Jennifer Neualt, David Speakman

Saturday, September 1, 2007

  • 2:30 p.m. – Battlestar Galactica Siterep
    After a strong start with the escape from New Caprica, season three seemed to wander from one plot to another. Were Baltar’s trial, D’Anna’s obsessive rebooting and the Apollo/Starbuck affair brilliant story arcs or did Battlestar lose its way?
    Panelists: Shayna Adelman, Sondra Bateman, John Hill, David Speakman.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Just Detected
    Bionic Woman, Moonlight, The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Just some of the shows we’ll be covering in our annual look at the new season’s genre offerings.
    Panelists: Dayna Baldwin, Jow Crowe, John C. Snider, David Speakman
  • 8:30 p.m. Smallville Season Six
    Originally a Dawson’s Creek with superpowers this season saw the show become a kick-ass space opera, without space ships. Join us for a discussion of Smallville’s transformative season.
    Panelists: Dayna Baldwin, Kelly Harkins, Eric Hendrix, Tom Holste, David Speakman

Sunday, September 2, 2007

  • 1 p.m. – Finding the Evil Within
    Lex’s journey into darkness continued with his marriage to Lana, but General Zod and Braniac showed Clark that not all his problems were domestic.
    Panelists: Kelly Harkins, Eric Hendrix, Hackson Turnbull Raster, Davis Speakman
  • 7 p.m. – The A to Z of Kyle XY
    Now in its second season, we take a look at ABC’s family-centric series Kyle XY.
    Panelists: Dayna Baldwin, Sydney Bennett, David Speakman
  • 8:30 p.m. – BSG: The Final 5?
    A disussion of the season three cliffhanger and its implications, Are these really the final five? Do we even care? And where the Frak is Starbuck?
    Panelists: Shayna Adelman, Bill McIntire, Jackson Turnbull Rastor, Stephanie Souders, David Speakman

Monday, September 3, 2007

  • 10 a.m. – Smallville’s Other Straight Shooter
    This season saw Clark sharing screen time with another DC legend, billionaire bad-boy-made-good Oliver Queen arrives to found the Justice League.
    Panelists: Dayna Baldwin, Kelly Harkins, Eric Hendrix, Tome Holste, David Speakman

Firefly/QuizFarm have created a personality test of sorts that asks users 40 personality questions.The end result – users are graded by their response and matched up with the Serenity character who most resembles their answera. Listed below are the results from my test, where I came out most like the whore, the villain and the doctor:

You scored as Simon Tam. The Doctor. You have a gift for healing that goes beyond education. You took an oath to do no harm, even when your patients have tried to kill you. You are out of place where you are, being used to refined society. However, if you take that stick out of your arse you should be fine.

Simon Tam
The Operative
Inara Serra
Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne
Zoe Alleyne Washburne
Capt. Mal Reynolds
Kaylee Frye
River Tam
Jayne Cobb
Shepherd Derrial Book

The U.S. Department of Defense has a bunch of Dungeons & Dragons-playing computer geeks to thank for its collaborative computing system.

According to PlaceWare Inc.’s Web site, the company was started in 1990 by a group of engineers from Xerox PARC who developed technology to play a primitive form of interactive D&D over the Internet called multi-user dungeon.

The underlying game technology, called LambdaMOO, was used by the U.S. armed forces to create interactive computing and by PlaceWare to develop its current Web conferencing products.

As a nod to its heritage, PlaceWare continued to host LambdaMOO for current Web users at its Mountain View headquarters. But now that Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. owns PlaceWare, LamdbaMOO is packing up and will be run out of a volunteer’s home.

“LambdaMOO is moving into private hands for the first time,” says Pavel Curtis, a founder of Mountain View-based PlaceWare Inc. and keeper of the LamdaMOO source code.

Curtis says LambdaMOO has been running off antiquated spare parts for more than a decade and actually will be on better equipment running off its new home-networked DSL server.