Celestial Attic Podcast – May 31, 2018

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512celestialatticColossalcon starts today and we’ll have what’s happening in the geeky greater Cleveland area. Also, we continue our conversation with Anthony LaMarca with the Ohio Pathfinder Society. You will have seen their events on the calendar, now learn about them in detail.

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Colossalcon

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Celestial Pick – Colossalcon

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Our Celestial Pick for the geekiest thing going this weekend is Colossalcon at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky Ohio. Tickets run $70 for the weekend and less for day rates. Hours are Thursday 4pm to 3am, Friday 10am to 3am, Saturday 10am to 3am, and Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Panels, dealers, costume contests and more will be happening through the weekend. You will find a loaded guest list linked here, and a loaded smartphone app at this link.

They say:

Colossalcon is a Japanese animation convention held in Northern Ohio during the beginning of June each year, and prides itself with being the region’s kick-off to the start of summer vacation. Our location, the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio, is a unique location, which offers a large convention center, plenty of accommodations and dining options, and the largest indoor waterpark in the country. Only minutes away from Cedar Point, Mills Creek Golf Course and historic downtown Sandusky, as well as an easy drive to Put-in-Bay and downtown Cleveland, Colossalcon is a premier beginning of summer destination.

Each year, we bring out notable voice actors and industry guests to be a part of our convention, with programming which features them throughout the weekend, as well as autograph sessions which are free to our attendees. In past years we have brought out such guests as Wendee Lee, Michael Coleman, Amy Tipton, Jamie McGonnigal, Christine Auten, Stephanie Sheh, Aaron Dismuke, Caitlin Glass, Vic Mignogna, Michelle Ruff, Melissa Fahn, Travis Willingham, Laura Bailey, Chuck Huber, Brad Swaile, Wendy Powell, Chris Cason, Todd Haberkorn, Leah Clark, Christina Vee and J. Michael Taum.

While Colossalcon is a Japanese anime convention, we offer a wide variety of programming options throughout the course of the weekend which include costume contests, three dances, events and discussions featuring anime industry guests, game shows, and a wealth of panels about not only anime, but manga, video games and aspects of Japanese culture as well. We also have a large and spacious Dealer’s Room for all of your anime shopping, an Artist Alley for hand-crafted goods and art, and our own version of a flea market, for people to swap and sell their unused anime merchandise.

 

Celestial Attic Podcast – May 30, 2018

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512celestialatticWe’ll talk about our Celestial Pick, Colossalcon, and cover all the geeky things going on this day in geeky greater Cleveland area. Also, we continue our conversation with Anthony LaMarca with the Ohio Pathfinder Society. You will have seen their events on the calendar, now learn about them in detail.

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Previous technological civilizations on Earth?

 

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“Space is big, really big,” says The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Well, TIME is bigger. Humans exist for only an eyeblink in the cosmic tapestry, and in that time, all of our culture and civilization have arisen. It would disappear totally in a surprising short amount of time, measured in tens of thousands of years. Given 4 billion years of time, life’s history leaves room for multiple advanced civilizations to arise and die. Gavin Schmidt, climate modeler and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies recently contacted University of Rochester astrophysicist Adam Frank and they explored two questions which yielded a very interesting paper:

“How do you know we’re the only time there’s been a civilization on our own planet?”

“Could we even tell if there had been an industrial civilization [long before this one]?”

Their exploration nods to Dr. Who with its title of “The Silurian Hypothesis: Would it be possible to detect an industrial civilization in the geological record?” You can read a much more approachable article by Steven Ashley at Scientific American.

Ashley writes:

“I find it amazing that no one had worked all this out before, and I’m really glad that somebody has taken a closer look at it,” says Pennsylvania State University astronomer Jason Wright, who last year published “a fluffy little paper” exploring the counterintuitive notion that the best place to find evidence of any of Earth’s putative prehuman civilizations may well be off-world. If, for instance, dinosaurs built interplanetary rockets, presumably some remnants of that activity might remain preserved in stable orbits or on the surfaces of more geologically inert celestial bodies such as the moon.

“Look, 200 years ago the question of whether there might be a civilization on Mars was a legitimate one,” Wright says. “But once the pictures came out from interplanetary probes, that was settled for good. And that view became ingrained, so now it’s not a valid topic for scientific inquiry; it’s considered ridiculous. But no one’s ever put the actual scientific limits on it—on what may have happened a long time ago.”

So what would the be? Not extraterrestrials certainly. Paleoterrestrials maybe? What do you think? Check it out.

Celestial Attic Podcast – May 29, 2018

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512celestialatticThere are a few geeky things going on in Cleveland, and we have your calendar of course. Also, we continue our conversation with Anthony LaMarca with the Ohio Pathfinder Society. You will have seen their events on the calendar, now learn about them in detail. Today we talk about Pathfinder itself. What kind of a game is it?

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