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Friday, March 25
Discussion: Share What You Found
What did you read/watch that caught your fancy this year? Beth Mitcham will be hosting (and taking notes!) in her bid to find new and wonderful things to read and view.
Podcasting: Politics, Fiction, Fandom, and More
Podcasts we’re working on and listening to these days.
6:15-7:15 pm Dinner Break
Hop offline and grab a bite to eat, or stick around. We’ll keep a video room live so you can keep impromptu conversations going.
PowerPoint Karaoke & Gartic Phone
We formally open the convention, then play some games to cut loose.
Bring Your Own Music
It’s the return of the panel that sparked a year-long monthly event! We’re putting together a playlist of new music discoveries we’ve made since the last Foolscap, and we invite you to share the music you’ve found in the last twelve-plus months. This will be a mics-off, text-based conversation, to let us focus on the music. If you’ve got music to share, bring a Bandcamp or YouTube link and our MC will put it in the playlist.
Saturday, March 26
Moka pots? Chemexes? AeroPresses? What mad science are these things? Never fear! Steven Stadnicki provides a beyond-the-basics rundown of the many ways of preparing Seattle’s signature beverage: coffee.
Making Museums: Curation & Design
What goes into organizing and designing a museum exhibit? How does exhibit design differ from other forms of design? How do you balance between public appeal and academic interest? Come join designers David Gürçay-Morris and Heather Barnes for a discussion about getting people interested in Public Displays of Science.
12:15-1:15 pm Lunch Break
Kitchen Fermenting: Encouraging Microbiology Toward Delicious
Food has been perishable for far longer than refrigeration has existed. Pickling, fermenting and other techniques to preserve and enhance food have been developed for centuries and are still valuable today. Come learn how you can benefit from ancient culinary science in your very own kitchen.
Play Tribes: Learn the Rules and Play the Game
Studio Tours: Jeff Olhoeft, Wing Mui, and Carrie Emmerich
A variety of local artists take you on tours of their workplaces and showcase their tools, methods, and inspirations.
Discussion: Unexpected Joy in Dark Times
We just came through two years of a pandemic; what good things did we learn, find, or discover while everything seemed to be taking a turn for the worst.
6-7 pm Dinner Break
Writing in the Foundation Universe
Talking with The Killer Bs—Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, and David Brin—about their experience writing in Asimov’s universe, how they created the story arc for their new trilogy, and their reactions to the screen version of Asimov’s vision.
Talking Tribes: Steve Jackson and David Brin discuss the game with Kevin Mitcham
In 1998, David Brin and Steve Jackson created the board game Tribes; in 2020, Kevin Mitcham came along and programmed it for the computer. All three will join us to tell us how they did it.
Sunday, March 27
Sunday Brunch: Let’s Make an Omelet!
Steven Stadnicki invites you into his kitchen to show you how to make a brunch staple: omelets. If you want to cook along at home, you’ll need a nonstick skillet, a mixing bowl, whisk or fork, whatever mix-ins you want, and, of course, eggs! We’ll give you the recipe, some techniques, and a few general kitchen tips along the way.
Discussion: Elephant(s) in the Room
The obvious current events that we all are itching to chat about in a safe place. Need I say more?
12:15-1:15 pm Lunch Break
Parable of the Sower: Foolscap Reading Group Discussion
We will be talking about Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Damian Duffy and John Jennings. The winner of the Hugo for Graphic Novel, this adaptation is rich, dense, and intense.
The Rise of “They”: Nonbinary Identities and Language
Our understanding of gender has moved beyond the binary. The singular pronoun "they" is coming into more common parlance. Let's look at the past, both distant and recent, as well as the current usage to see how language adapts to fit the people using it.
Game: Modern Memes