Friday Panel Descriptions

Opening Ceremonies (Ballroom A at 1:30 PM)

Join our Chairman, our Honored Guests, and our Toastmaster as we celebrate the official start of BayCon 2014.

Fingerloop Braiding / Kumihimo Cords (Winchester at 2:00 PM)

Fingerloop Braiding: Learn the ancient craft of fingerloop braiding - make gorgeous multicolored cords from string! All materials provided - all you need is some string, your hands, and something to tie the braid to. Start with a spiral bracelet, made from crochet cotton (kit provided). Once you've mastered that, you can either make more spiral cords (different colors, lengths, and materials), or move on to a slightly more challenging square braid. Learn a skill you can do anywhere, and produce beautiful cords for many uses. Kumihimo Cords: Kumihimo is a traditional braiding craft that originated hundreds of years ago in Japan, and the word literally means the “coming together” (kumi) “of threads” (himo). Kumihimo cords we made in all sizes, and were used for things such as ties, belts and decorations for clothing and armor. Come and learn on a smaller size, and make a kumihimo tomodachi, or a coming together of threads for friendship (Friendship bracelet). Kits will be provided.

Open Filking (Lawrence at 2:00 PM)

Give Me That Old Time Religion (Alameda at 2:00 PM)

Pagans, Wiccans, and Pastafarians: There are religions besides the big three. Panelists discuss faiths they've explored or studied.

Fox -- Speculative Fiction's Best and Worst Friend (Bayshore at 2:00 PM)

From The Adventures of Briscoe County Junior, The X-Files, Kindred: The Embraced, and Firefly, to modern lineups such as Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human, the Fox Network has been both a champion and executioner of speculative fiction shows. Come join a discussion of their successes and failures and analyze whether this network is truly a friend to the science fiction, fantasy and horror community.

BoF: Big Bang Theory (Lobby at 2:00 PM)

Who's your favorite character? Sheldon? Penny?

James Bond vs Doctor Who: Cultural Reflections on the British Alpha Male (Stevens Creek at 2:00 PM)

The brute and the boffin; the spy who always has a gun and the alien who disdains them. Sartorial elegance (until the fight scene, at least) versus a celery stalk in the lapel. Both quintessentially British, both cultural touchstones. How do these two archetypes play off one another? How do they reflect the British identity, and what happens when you throw Sherlock Holmes in there, too?

Helms + Horns From Papier Mache (Winchester at 3:30 PM)

Lightweight and easy to make from common household materials, Papier Mache is the art of "chewed paper". In this class, you will get gloppy paper all over yourself while making something fantastic to wear on your head. All materials will be provided, free of charge.

Role Play vs Cosplay vs I Just Wanna Look Cool (Lafayette at 3:30 PM)

There are many different approaches to dressing up and playing with costumes -- everything from everyday goths to people who spend thousands of hours of their time on outfits they wear only at conventions. Our panelists will talk about the rewards of various approaches and levels of commitment to the craft.

Galileo at 450: A Celebration (San Tomas at 3:30 PM)

2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Galileo's birth. The panelists discuss the aspects of his career as a scientist, mathematician, inventor, and defender of the heliocentric theory that they find most fascinating.

Kids in LEGO Cons (Camino Real at 3:30 PM)

LEGO's not just a kid's toy, right? We've all seen some really fantastic fan-built things done by skilled adult builders, but sometimes, the kids have some awesome builds to show off themselves! Sometimes, it seems that some hobbyists seem to have forgotten that certain kids are just as serious about their building as their adult counterparts, and so I started Junior Builder to let kids show off their builds and be judged amongst their peers. Come see how that's shaping up, and what these kids are capable of at this talk!

Stealing from History (Napa III at 3:30 PM)

Filing the serial numbers off actual historical events for gaming or fiction.  What events are compelling without being overused?

David Weber Kaffeeklatsch (Saratoga at 3:30 PM)

Here's your chance to chat with David in an intimate setting, limited to 10 attendees. Sign-up begins at noon on Friday, at the Info Desk. Since this will be the first kaffeeklatsch of the con, if fewer than 10 people sign up beforehand, the remaining seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. (BYO Coffee/Tea)

Rare Earth? So what, Who needs habitable planets? (Bayshore at 3:30 PM)

When making space colonies is but a few weeks work for tireless robots, will we even bother to terraform planets? How would a future of space colonies around nearby red dwarfs differ from planet-based science fiction?

BoF: Sherlock Holmes (Lobby at 3:30 PM)

Writing in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: The Rewards and Challenges of Writing Media Tie-in Novels (Stevens Creek at 3:30 PM)

Writers of media tie-in novels share their experiences working in someone else's universe.

Jewish Services (Saratoga at 5:00 PM)

Please join us for Friday night Shabbat services.

Make Your Own Boffer Weapon (Ballroom A at 5:00 PM)

If you’ve ever been to Boffers, you know what a Boffer weapon is… But do you know how to make one? Do you want your own personal Boffer weapon? Join our Boffer Staff in learning to make your own Boffer Weapon on Friday at 5pm. Suggested Supply List: Duct Tape (Any color/s) PVC Pipe ½ inch x 5’ schedule 40 (length is variable as it determaines the length and type fo weapon. No weapon created will be over 5’ in length) – http://goo.gl/BlrxE Tubular Foam Pipe insulation – ½ ID, no less than .33” think. Preferable to be .5” thick, however harder to find – http://goo.gl/HBZss If you want to use crazy cool duct tape, you will need to bring it yourself. We can not promise we will have any.

Ray Guns (Winchester at 5:00 PM)

Be it a steampunk creation or simply an ode to Marvin the Martian – We are bringing the cool back to Ray Guns. Come learn how to take a simple children’s toy and deck it out to be a great addition to your adventures. This workshop has a supply fee of $5 for each gun.

Steampunk's Parents: Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne (Lafayette at 5:00 PM)

Let's visit the source of steampunk! Mad scientists, bold adventurers, and time travel machines are nothing new. Come discuss the classics!

The Lies of "Show, Don't Tell" (San Tomas at 5:00 PM)

Show, don’t tell. Sounds like great advice… but what does it mean? Often writers are told what not to do. Don’t tell the readers how to feel. Don’t tell the readers what to think. But even when they are told what to do, such as be more descriptive and concrete in imagery, the rewrite often falls flat. That’s because the advice to show, don’t tell has an inherent contradiction built into it. Showing can be sterile but readers want a rich experience. This how-to talk will reveal how the core contradiction of show, don’t tell interferes with creating emotionally engaging scenes. It will provide specific techniques for how to write successful, rich scenes to captivate your readers. With a little practice, you may never hear those three little words again.

What Is This Filk Stuff, Anyway? (Lawrence at 5:00 PM)

What is Filk all about? Come learn the origins and how YOU, too, can join in with the Filkers.

Doctor Who: Why it is still going strong 50 years later? (Camino Real at 5:00 PM)

Discussion about the series and how it has grown and changed in the last 50 years.

CSI: Science Fiction vs Reality (Alameda at 5:00 PM)

Sure, you have to take some shortcuts trying solve a couple of murders in 45 minutes of screen time, but it sure helps to have devices as futuristic as the matter duplicators of Star Trek.  Which tools used on CSI are the dreams of a semi-scientific screenwriter annd what are the real tools that forensic scientists use today?

Science Fiction & Fantasy Costuming (Napa III at 5:00 PM)

Tips on building costumes and showing you ideas to create your own!

Carabande (Magnolia at 5:00 PM)

Carabande is a game of dexterity and physics. Up to 8 players race their caroms around the track by flicking, tapping, or bumping them around corners, through bottle necks, over jumps, and past their fellow racers. Several heats will be run so that any who wish to try their hand at this fast paced and simple to learn game can get in on the fun.

Building Your Writing Community (Bayshore at 5:00 PM)

So you're thinking about writing but don't know how to start. Or you have a manuscript but you're not ready to show anyone. This panel will discuss how to identify where you are in the process of finishing your book, different types of writing groups and how to utilize them, when to recognize when your work is ready for beta readers, and how to give and receive critique with grace and encouragement.

Putting the Graphic into Graphic Novels (Stevens Creek at 5:00 PM)

The lovechild of the novel and the comic book, the graphic novel has aspects of both, but it can be tough to compare it to either.  What does an author need to do differently when writing a graphic novel?  What aspects of comics does it need?  What aspects does it need to stay away from?

Seam Sampler (Winchester at 7:00 PM)

Based on antique samplers from the instructor's family, start your own heirloom reference work by joining strips of fabric with sturdy and decorative seams. All materials will be provided, free of charge.

Who Would Win (Magnolia at 7:00 PM)

Are you a master linguist? Seriously Persuasive? Just that good at having your way? Prove it. Match Mighty Mouse vs. Hawking in a contest of Duck Hunting. Take a stance that Michael Jordan can beat Anakin Skywalker in a pie-eating contest.

Meet the Guests (Ballroom E-F at 8:00 PM)

Meet our space station commander, BayCon 2014 Chairman Tom Saidak, and mingle with our other members and Guests as our Toastmaster introduces our Guests of Honor.

Craft Along (Winchester at 8:00 PM)

Come join us and get your craft on. We have many simple projects that are available to be worked on, as well as some more challenging ones too. Bring a project you’ve already been working on, or come explore our project binders and start something new. There will be limited supplies available for new craft projects. But don’t worry – I’m certain we can set you up on a project you’ll enjoy. Think of this like the game room, with space to work on something, and people willing to help teach as we can. There will likely be music, laughter and conversations galore as we craft along.

Charity Karaoke (Ballroom E-F at 9:30 PM)

Can you withstand the evil machinations of... The KJ?!? Running all night, or until the voices are finally silent - Join Bruce Rogers of KoR Karaoke and test your vocal chops against his killer book of over 10,000 tunes!

Boffers (Ballroom A at 9:30 PM)

Craft Along (Winchester at 8:00 PM)

Come join us and get your craft on. We have many simple projects that are available to be worked on, as well as some more challenging ones too. Bring a project you’ve already been working on, or come explore our project binders and start something new. There will be limited supplies available for new craft projects. But don’t worry – I’m certain we can set you up on a project you’ll enjoy. Think of this like the game room, with space to work on something, and people willing to help teach as we can. There will likely be music, laughter and conversations galore as we craft along.

Meet The Music - a Braided concert (Lawrence at 9:30 PM)

Concert: Meet The Music - a Braided concert Music guests interlacing their concert choices, with a variety of musical style and voice among members of Groups whose music you may have heard on CD, iTunes, or even the radio. Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff Kristoph Klover and Margaret Davis Taunya Gren, Beckett Gladney, & Paul Kwinn

Horror Steampunk, Clockpunk, Cyberpunk - How Do You Like Your Horror Punked? (Alameda at 9:30 PM)

As if horror wasn't twisted enough, we have to twist it even more. Do you like your horror with gears or wires? Panelists discuss the best punks of horror.

Kill Doctor Lucky LARP (Napa III at 9:30 PM)

Trying to kill Doctor Lucky is pretty easy, as long as no one’s looking. But they don’t call him “Doctor Lucky” for nothing. He’s got an uncanny knack for slipping out of harm’s way. Don’t despair; after enough tries and with enough players in this live action event, you’re guaranteed to wear him down. You just need a cunning plan and a little more luck than everyone else. So join Dante, the manservant of Lucky Mansion, and gather in Napa III drawing room. Stay sharp! Somebody’s going to kill Doctor Lucky tonight, and it might as well be you.

Beyond the Five Senses: The Neurology of Sensation (Bayshore at 9:30 PM)

Optimize everything from your writing to your erotic play by learning more about how complex and awesome your senses really are. Find new combinations of touch and stimulation to make play hotter -- or just learn some of the body-based reasons you like the things you do. Join us for a thoroughly eye-opening tour of the body, with way more area covered than just that enticing spot between your legs. Learn how nearly any sense can be a source of erotic inspiration! This is especially relevant for kinky (or speculative-fiction) sorts who already think of the entire body as a canvas. How many senses can you describe and play with individually? Robert Lawrence and Carol Queen can demonstrate at least 20, so stop relying only on sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing -- those will just get you started on your amazing journey on this or alternate worlds.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (midnight) (Ballroom E-F at 11:00 PM)

BayCon 2014 Presents: A Science Fiction Double Feature (not so) Straight from Transylvania, join Dr. Frankfurter, Magenta, Columbia and Riffraff as they warp you into a devious dimension of dance debauchery and drag. It’s simply astounding, time is fleeting, madness will take its toll. The blackness will hit you, the void is calling… let’s do the time warp again.

Boffers, cont'd. (Ballroom A at 11:00 PM)

Craft Along (Winchester at 8:00 PM)

Come join us and get your craft on. We have many simple projects that are available to be worked on, as well as some more challenging ones too. Bring a project you’ve already been working on, or come explore our project binders and start something new. There will be limited supplies available for new craft projects. But don’t worry – I’m certain we can set you up on a project you’ll enjoy. Think of this like the game room, with space to work on something, and people willing to help teach as we can. There will likely be music, laughter and conversations galore as we craft along.