What?: Mad Scientist Hall of Fame book talk
When?: Friday, Jan. 9th from 3 to 6 pm
Where?: Barnes and Noble Vancouver, located at 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. (phone 260-3854).
Designs on Portland: Designing Dreams, Engineering Desire
Wednesday, November 19, 6-8pm
What role do design and technology play in how we imagine the future? What role does design play in the manufacturing of desire, in solving complex global issues, or in animating a more open source relationship with everyday objects? In collaboration with Portland Center Stage, DWR brings together a diverse crowd interested in the convergence of shows, books, and exhibitions in Portland this fall. At the Studio, have your questions, comments and ideas ready for a conversation moderated by Portland architecture blogger Brian Libby (www.portlandarchitecture.com), Tim DuRoche of Portland Center Stage, Sohrab Vossoughi of ZIBA Design (www.ziba.com) and Daniel H. Wilson, robotics engineer and author of “Where’s My Jetpack? A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived.”
This evening is presented in conjunction with “R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe” at Portland Center Stage (www.pcs.org/bucky) through December 7; “Manuf®actured” at the Museum of Contemporary Craft (www.contemporarycrafts.org) through January 4; and Raymond Loewy: Designs for a Consumer Culture at Oregon Historical Society (www.ohs.org) through January 4. Wine and refreshments will be served, provided by Pour Wine Bar (www.pourwinebar.com). Doors open at 6:00pm, program begins at 6:30.
Thursday, August 28th @ 7:30PM Powell's City of Books on Burnside
1005 W Burnside (800) 878-7323
Geek meets chic in The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame (Citadel), Daniel H. Wilson's (How to Survive a Robot Uprising) and Anna C. Long's stylish, informative guide to the most outrageous, brilliant, and fascinating mad scientists — both real and fictional — and their diabolical inventions.
Funny and filled with good, crunchy facts, The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame is like "Behind the Music" for scientists. We learn a little about the scientists' brilliance, and then discover how it all went terribly, terribly wrong. Plus, about half the scientists that Wilson and Long discuss are fictional, which gives the profiles of real-life scientists a delightful, sensationalistic flair.
UPFRONT UPDATE: History
Last night, History brought out a slate of seven new series in production, all focused on a different historical angle:
Evolve -Historical perspective of key innovations over time from Optomen Productions. 13 episodes premiere second quarter 2008.
Extreme Trains -Over 8 episodes this series looks at the most amazing trains in the world with Matt Bown, train conductor as host. Produced by Tiger Aspect Productions the series will steam ahead to the schedule in fourth quarter 2008.
The Works -A "did you know" series that focuses on such diverse items as steel, motorcycles and power tools with Daniel Wilson as host from Powderhouse Productions. 10 episodes premiere in third quarter 2008.
"American Original" Sandhogs -This new version of the American Original franchise shows off New York City from the underground and its tunnels built by Sandhogs. 12 episodes from Eye Pop Productions and Pilgrim Films premieres third quarter 2008.
Surviving History -Take a history lesson with experts as they test artifacts and weapons. 9 episodes from Brainbox Productions set to open second quarter 2008.
What Went Down -Hi-def CGI recreates never-before-seen historical events using eye witness accounts. 6 episodes from Creative Differences opens in 2009.
Battles B.C. -This series profiles ancient heroes and military battles. Produced by Four In Hand Productions with 8 episodes slated for 2009.
Your laugh is sexy!
You have the most irritating little laugh. I almost called Art to tell him to tell you off the radio. You MUST drop the laugh.
I liked hearing you laugh during the interview. It was obvious you were enjoying yourself and the subject matter and knew how to not take yourself (or the topic) too seriously
You said "you know" too many "you know" times.
'How to Build a Robot Army' is pretty hard to put down.Now the long quote:
There's nobody doing anything quite like Dr. Daniel H. Wilson, and he continues his collaboration with illustrator Richard Horne in 'How to Build a Robot Army : Tips On Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas and Zombies' (Bloomsbury ; January 2008 ; $13.95). Combining straight-faced goofy humor, a bit of hard science speculation, out-and-out media-based science fiction and highly-stylized illustrations, these books pretend to be guides to one thing when they're really guides to something rather different.
"Wilson's tone is humorous, yet he does justice to the science underlying his topic..."-- Nisi Shawl,Seattle Times