Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for August 26 2016 – Crashing the Parties of Life

In this episode, I play a song from Soul Asylum; I discuss my podcast setup; I talk about putting a costume together for Dragon*Con and my evolution as a congoer; I discuss having a good time in bad venues; I love to crash parties; small talk is not that hard; all your worst case scenarios […]

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for February 1 2016 – The Polite Conventions

In this episode I play a song from Valley Lodge; I discuss the problems in producing anything regularly; I catalog my failure to meet my writing goals; I talk about my queues of podcasts, comics, books and TV shows; I discuss the true seriousness of OCD and how no one is “a little bit OCD”; […]

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for August 30, 2013 – “My Life In Fandom #27”

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, August 30, 2013. This episode covers my time in the Portland OR area and my very pleasant interactions with PDX fandom. You can subscribe to this podcast feed via RSS. To sponsor the show, contact BackBeat Media. Don’t forget, you can fly your […]

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for February 6, 2012 – “Write Me, Flattr Me”

Here is the direct MP3 download for the Evil Genius Chronicles podcast, circa February 6, 2012. This episode was recorded standing on a chilly and windy beach. I have two main topics – suggesting that podcasters and specifically podcasters of my circle should bum rush the Flattr system and talking about The Month of Letters […]

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LetterMo 2012

I was lucky enough to have made the acquaintance of Mary Robinette Kowal at Orycon 2006, when we were on several panels together. I’ve followed her ever since and noted with interest the project she began talking about a few weeks ago, The Month of Letters Challenge. It’s not unlike NaNoWriMo but the idea is […]

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Convention Season

I’m thinking a lot about conventions lately. This is the first year where not only am I not going to Podcast Expo but I never for a second even considered going. I was scheduled to speak last year but when it came down not only was my day job so crushing at the time but […]

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Recordings and SF Conventions

Tom Spurgeon points out that the panels he moderated at Heroes Con were recorded for posterity by the Dollar Bin guys. I’ve been listening to these and really appreciate them since I wanted to go to the convention this year and couldn’t. This brings up a point I’ve been meaning to blog about for years […]

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Orycon Interview Table of Contents

Just as a convenience for the Portland SF fans, I thought I’d prepare this summary article for the Orycon Interview shows. As I publish new shows, I’ll keep this post updated with fresh pointers. All the skiffy interview goodness you could want in one place! Orycon Interviews Part One Orycon Interviews Part Two Orycon Interviews […]

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EGC Clambake for May 20, 2007 – “Orycon Interviews Part Three”

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for May 20, 2007. This is the third of the Orycon episodes. I play music from Tom Smith and have interviews with Debbie Cross, Jerry and Kathy Oltion, and representatives from Rose City Costumers, Camarilla, and Ansalon MUD. You can subscribe to […]

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Panel Rundown: The Myth of the Intelligent Machine

Place: Orycon 2006 Saturday, 6 PM Panelists: Rick Lindsley, Michael A. Martin, Me Moderator: David W. Goldman This was one of those panels that has a stacked premise in the title, “The Myth of the Intelligent Machine.” That panel more or less as one rejected that stackedness. David G, with whom I had shared the […]


Orycon Panel Writeups

I have thus far gotten zero feedback on any of my Orycon stuff – not the podcast interviews nor the panel writeups. Nonetheless, I’m going to push through and try to finish up the remaining three panel recaps today. I should have closed those out weeks ago before the fine details faded from my memory […]


EGC Clambake for November 30, 2006

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for November 30, 2006. This is the first of the Orycon episodes. I tell a little about my background with the convention; I play some Xmas Solstice music from the HP Lovecraft Historical Society; I play interviews with James Fiscus about the […]

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Panel Rundown: Computing Science Fiction

Place: Orycon 2006 Friday, 3 PM Panelists: L. Pierce Ludke, Frank Hayes, David W. Goldman (Michael Ehart scheduled, couldn’t make it) Moderator: Me [Enough time has elapsed that my memory is starting to get shaky. Correct me if you catch a technical inaccuracy. I might correct some if this from listening to the recording of […]


Panel Rundown: Computer Viruses Then and Now

Place: Orycon 2006 Saturday, 5 PM Panelists: Ben Yalow, Frank Hayes, Michael Ehart, Me Moderator: Michael Pearce So I’ll be honest about this panel. There was nothing wrong with it, it was a fine panel but it was a subject that I just ain’t that worked up about. I ended up hanging out with Michael […]


What’s in Your Duffel Bag?

Since Dom asked, I’ll pull a Thomas Pynchon and write out some big honking lists of stuff to serve as characterization. I had two bags at Orycon that were almost always with me. This might seem like a ridiculous amount of stuff for a weekend trip (and this doesn’t include the suitcase with clothes) but […]


Back to Normal Life

I’ve been back home for almost 48 hours and I’m still a little tired and my voice still sounds like Tom Waits. Three days of solid talking, much of it in loud rooms, will do that to a person. I’m delighted I went to Orycon. I hadn’t really been planning on it until they invited […]


Panel Rundown: The Great Writers Blog

Place: Orycon 2006 Sunday, 12 PM Panelists: Cory Doctorow, Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal Moderator: Me Jay and Mary were both people that I met as we sat down at the table and people that I liked quite a bit. I had a chance to talk to both in hallways later on and carry on […]

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Orycon Day 3

More panels, one I moderated and one on which I was along for the ride. Both were good, a little bit of profundity was talked at each. I said some smart things on both and also some dumb on both. In short, it was a lot like life. I’m in the wind down stage and […]


Orycon Day and Night 2

Things are going pretty swimmingly. I got to see a lot of my friends from the PDX last night, and even bridged the gap from conventioneers to mundanes by taking my friends around to room parties last night. I got to see my former vice-president of publishing for whom I worked hanging out at the […]


Orycon Night 1

Dinner and drinks at Rock Bottom Brewery with Jon Groff, followed by a short stint of party hopping and then in bed pretty early for a convention. I slept from about midnight to 8 AM PST, which is pretty long for me. I went to the Pirates of the Columbia party, in which they had […]

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