Category Archives: Appearances

Carl’s Arisia Schedule

For anyone who might be in Boston MLK Day weekend, I’ll be doing several panels at Arisia

Popular Logical Fallacies         Sat 1:00 PM
Rhetoric, logic, and (proper) argument appear to be rare commodities (as recent presidential campaigns have amply demonstrated). From “ad hominem” to “No True Scotsman”, find out what argument styles just plain don’t wash, and learn how to avoid making these mistakes yourself.

The Technology of Star Trek         Sun 11:30 AM
Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek by discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly about the depictions of technology on screen and paper: communicators, tricorders, hand-held computers, and dozens of things you remember that the panel forgot.

How We Learn                Sun 8:30 PM
How does the human mind absorb, retain, and recall information? What psychological and biological processes are involved? Does one learning method work for all, or do some learning styles suit certain types of people better?

Read All the Things!              Mon 10:00 AM
Sure, we have limited reading time, but there are some authors whose works clamor to be read in their entirety! Which authors? Come to this panel and find out! Each panelist will discuss the author whose complete works they deem absolutely essential. Come develop your reading list for the next year!

I Hate the Hero                 Mon 1:00 PM
Is there a story with a protagonist that you dislike or maybe is just not likeable. I don’t mean, ‘The heavy is cooler than the hero,’ which is common. I mean you loathe the hero, to the point of rooting for the antagonist just to see them fail. What makes a hero likeable and do they have to be likeable for fans to be interested in the story?

I hope to meet some of you there!

Science Year in Review, with John Rennie

Dinner! Discussion! Science!

Join John Rennie for an ICON benefit dinner round-up of 2015’s newest discoveries and most impressive technologies and how and when we may see them impact our lives and the future of scientific research.

$45 Per Person
$42 Per Person by December 25

The donation includes a delicious dinner at Domenico’s restaurant in Levittown. As LI-CON members know, John is a fascinating speaker and this is a chance to have a good time, maybe learn something, and help support ICON Science Fiction. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all money we receive will go to support our activities and expenses.

You’re immortal!

OK, only those of you who were at the recording of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe are immortal (especially Joe, who got up on stage). That episode has now been posted. (Actually it was posted on  August 22, but I’m way behind in my podcast listening.) Click the image below or the link above to hear it.

The Music of Paul Levinson: Hear it Live

Even if you can’t be at LI-CON on Saturday night, you can still listen to Paul’s concert. Just visit Paul’s YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

He will be streaming his concert live!

(It will definitely be more fun if you come listen in person, though.)

We’re on the radio!

Listen to the LI-CON team on Destinies-the Voice of Science Fiction. We’ll be interviewed by host Howard Margolin on WUSB Friday, Aug 7 at 11:30 pm. You can listen to the live stream at www.usb.fm.

Then the next day, we’ll be on WHPC as guests during Arash Zandieh’s Extreme Rock show, between 2:00 and 3:00 pm. That stream is here: www.ncc.edu/studentlife/whpcradiostation/default.shtml. (Click on the streaming link at the left.)

Give us a listen!

Avalon: Now available on Long Island

Yes, the mythical isle normally found off the coast of England, legendary resting place of King Arthur, will be present for weekend in Ronkonkoma! If you’ve ever wanted to be a knight, or a dragon, this is your chance–the Kingdom of Avalon will seize a small territory (table) at LI-CON.

Melanie Ehrlich

LI-CON is especially proud to announce Melanie‘s appearance because our “big brother” convention, I-CON, helped her get her start. She’s gone on to tremendous success in both anime (Chizuru in Media Blasters’ first ever in-house dub of Holy Knight) and video games like Lords of Xulima and Genius Defense Force.If you’d like to hear how our convention helped her get started, come to her panels and I’m sure she’ll be glad to explain.