An interface designer, Christine (per her Twitter bio) builds things. The things she builds vary, but her focus throughout it all is on interfaces hooking into human behavior and expectation. She believes the level of complexity in tactility, geometry, and human factors in connected interface design requires understanding and experience with people and interfaces from non-digital fields. Her multidisciplinary experience with the digital, physical, and human allows her to create effective and successful experiences for users.
Is it already 2018? Shaken off your Last Jedi-spiced, nog-induced Saturnalia stupor yet? You’d better—because it’s time for another 2018 Guest of Honor announcement!
Our third Guest of Honor is Dr. Kristine Larsen! Kristine is Professor of Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. Her teaching and research focuses on the intersections of science and society, including the history of women in science, and science and popular culture.
As everyone is last-minute shopping and cooking (or dealing with those of us who are), we have a new (somewhat seasonally-themed) guest of honor to announce – Johnny Xmas!
Johnny is a Security Researcher at Uptake, a company dedicated to ensuring safety, reliability, and security of industrial environments. Recently, he was one of the masterminds behind the reproduction and leaking of the TSA Master Keys from 2016-present (with a final 006 in the works). The purpose of this was to help educate the public on the dangers of roatationless key escrow, such as that which the government is requesting for all of our digital communications (you can read more about it on TechCrunch).
Johnny’s been speaking internationally (both in and very far outside of the infosec community) on the topics of information security, career advancement, and social engineering for nearly 20 years. His infamous mixture of humor, raw sincerity, and honest love of people often leads to a lighthearted, but (at its core) serious, discussion around our innate desires to get in our own way.
He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015 with Foz Meadows. He is currently the fiction editor for Efniks, an online magazine for queer and trans people of color (if you’re interested in submitting a story, see http://efniks.com/submissions/) and also the President of the Con or Bust Board of Directors.
His first novel, Anger is a Gift (Amazon, Goodreads), is a YA contemporary about queer friendship, love, and fighting police brutality. It will be released by Tor Teen on May 22, 2018.
I don’t know about you, but my Turkey Day is rarely complete without gravy, pie, MST3K, and a nice rousing push for more Penguicon sponsors.
And – hey! – just in time for that brand new holiday tradition, here’s the Sponsoring Penguicon page! Work for or know of an organization you think would be a good fit? Let them know!
We are also looking for a head for our Retro Gaming Track. This is a new enough need that it’s not even on the Join our Staff page yet (smells like it’s right out of the oven!). If you’re interested, email email@example.com for more details.
If you’re the type who enjoys reading PenguiNotes instead of watching the Lions play sportsball, here are the most recent ones, just for you (yep – you!).
So, if you’re into eating the carcass of a large flightless bird on the fourth Thursday of November, have a great one! If not, have a great Thursday! (And if you’re in retail, we wish you a frustration-free Friday.)
Oh, and I can’t help you with the gravy or the pie, but MST3K will run its annual marathon on Pluto.tv.
Is it already getting to be time for turkey and pie? I haven’t finished the kids’ my Halloween candy yet… regardless, like a Mark Cohen-powered Starfleet spore drive, here we are popping back into your lives for a few brief minutes!
As you all know, the November ConCom meeting will be this weekend. It will be “virtual” (it’s not truly virtual in a 1990s way till someone sets up an island in Second Life… then it will be virtual… and somewhat anachronistic, but to each their own) and amazing (I can’t guarantee that, it’s solely an assumption). The invitation is on Facebook.
Also, we can always use more victims staff. If you enjoy helping staff or plan events, please head on over to Join Our Staff page and… well, join our staff.
Time willing, there will be a post in about a week with some more info. Till then, grab your favorite person and head on out on a date to see a Kasseelian opera production of LaBohème.
The creepy green skull is more than just a seasonal reference – it has an actual reason to be here. Read on for more…
We’re still a week away from convincing our neighbors we’re really tall children (possibly descendants of Brienne and Tormund) and thus deserve free candy (note: I make no guarantee that rouse will work), so that means it’s a great moment to kill some time and give you some updates! YEEEEEAAAAAA (I imagine Kermit flailing and screaming while introducing this. I know some of you don’t get that reference and I am showing my age. I don’t care.)
Next, the November ConCom meeting will be virtual (well, in terms of meeting space… I mean, it’ll still be a meeting and presumably something will get done… we just won’t all be in a room staring at Miranda as she admirably restrains herself from smashing the speakerphone just before it suddenly begins to work). The invitation is on Facebook if you want more details.
Lastly, Cassy and Dan Dugan are leading an expedition to the Great Dutch West (Grand Rapids) for GrrCON. GrrCON is “an information security and hacking conference that provides the Midwest InfoSec community with a fun atmosphere to come together and engage with like minded people” (sounds interesting… those InfoSec folks can be crazy). Cassy and Dan will be staffing a Penguicon booth and running a timed Linux Quiz (1 minute to answer as many questions as possible with prizes for first, second, and third places!). If you find yourself at GrrCON, keep an eye open for them!
Hello, all! This is Geoffrey and I’m assisting Miranda with communications for Penguicon 2018. You may not know me, or you may… either way – Hello!
Seems we have some housekeeping to do before everyone starts dressing up and begging for candy, so let me run it down:
There’s a ConCom meeting this Sunday (October 15, 2017, so if you’re reading this after that date then there may very well not be a meeting this coming Sunday… you’ve been warned). If you would you like to help make the 2018 event the best yet check out the invitation on Facebook.
Speaking of ConCom meetings, if you’d like to read the PenguiNotes from the last two then you’re in luck! Here are August’s and September’s in all their (not quite) parliamentary procedural glory.
Do you have an idea for programming for 2018? A panel, presentation, workshop, etc. – let’s hear it! Perhaps you have an awesome choir that can really belt out “Dragonborn,” or maybe you’re dying to share your love of Angular 2 with someone (anyone!) – if you can make a case for it for being at Penguicon, tell us on the Present an Event page!
We all have our favorite causes, so why not suggest one as a charity for Penguicon to give to? Head on over to the Suggest a Charity page and let us know (there is a rule they be legit charities, so no suggestions for “Fund Bender’s Kegger,” please).
Lastly, we can always use more help. If you enjoy helping staff or plan events (or even if you’ve never done any such thing before and have a gnawing feeling inside that’s not a parasitical organism but is a need to give back or contribute) head on over to the aptly named Join Our Staff page.
That about does it! If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line!