There are plenty of geek conventions every year, but this is the biggest. Over 130,000-attendees, big. What began as a small comic book convention in 1970 has evolved into the largest pop culture event in the world.
Bob Calhoun's got a new book out called Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay, and Conflict on the Expo Floor, and we thought we would pick his brain about the crazy world of fan boys and girls, expos, trade show and conventions.
We all can acknowledge that "Geeks" are becoming rock stars in the technology industry, and it seems as though our plugged-in, information-driven culture is starting to turn the tide. Yes ladies and gentlemen, Geek is becoming chic!
I won't be dismissive and say that people like Tina Fey and Ellen Degeneres are not incredible role models, but celebrities provide a much different type of support than women in STEM or climbing the corporate ladder are able to otherwise provide.
Americans eat tens of millions of turkeys each year on Thanksgiving... but what the heck is a turkey really? It's a heckuva of strange bird, isn't it? Here in Davis, CA we have a huge population of wild turkeys too in addition to the store kind.
When I first moved to Silicon Valley, I found myself overdressed most of the time, and my style of dressing just didn't float well with the very youthful techies who showed up to parties in torn jeans, t-shirts and sneakers.
A recent study by the infectious disease division of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's microbiology department has indicated that STD rates among the nation's Dungeons and Dragons, or D&D, players is holding steady at 0 percent.