Monday, November 30, 2009

2009 Colas For The Cosmos Binocular Giveaway

I hope nobody minds this short notice, but I just posted an announcement for the 2009 Colas For The Cosmos Giveaway over at my Coudymidnights astronomy blog.

If you know of a child between 8 and 14 who has an interest in astronomy, but cannot afford their own astronomical equipment, then check out the post for details.

Cheers ~ Jim Cox

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Boxcar Astronaut for 11/29/09

Boxcar Astronaut

Boxcar Astronaut #142: Where Does the Sun Go?
Greetings, Fellow Astronauts! This week, the boys attempt to solve one of the great mysteries of the cosmos: Where does the sun go when it goes down at night? Children around the world have been wondering that since time immemorial, and Ben has an elaborate theory as to the truth! What is that theory? Is it even plausible? Will Devin have to resort to actual scientific research to get to the real solution to this quandary? Find out all the answers in an All New Boxcar Astronaut!

Also, page 2 of Marc Lapierre's SuperFogeys Origins story goes up on Tuesday at And be sure to check out, and Clockworks: A Steampunk Adventure too.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Next NWSFS MRF: Dec 02, 2009 - Shanghai Chinese Restaurant & Mongolian Grill

Please join NWSFS on December 2, 2009, at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Becky and Michael Citrak’s new favorite Chinese Restaurant: Shanghai Chinese Restaurant & Mongolian Grill, near Olympia WA., at 4418 6th Avenue SE, Lacey, WA 98503, (360) 456-4278. Their Egg Flower soup and Hot & Sour soups are great. As their name says, they are both a regular Chinese restaurant and a Mongolian Grill.

NWSFS members are encouraged to attend, and non-members in the SF&F Fannish community are welcome, as always. Please RSVP to (club-info AT or the hotline at (425) 68-NWSFS. We'd prefer to get your RSVP by early evening of December 1, 2009, but any attempt to RSVP will help us plan for you.

From the North
Take exit #109 / MARTIN WAY / COLLEGE ST
Turn Right on MARTIN WAY E
Get into Left turn lane quickly (second from the left, not the left left)

From the South
Take exit #109 / MARTIN WAY / COLLEGE ST
Turn Left on MARTIN WAY E
Go under overpass to second light

Get into Left turn lane (second from the left, not the left left)

Turn Left on COLLEGE ST SE
Travel for a couple of blocks and two traffic lights
Turn Right on 6TH AVE SE
Travel one block to next light
Arrive at 4418 6TH AVE SE, LACEY
Driveway and intersection do not line up, watch this right turn.

Building looks like a western store front (since it use to be years ago) and is now LIME green. Most people need sunglasses to look at the building during daylight. Which is why were attending now.

Michael Citrak
Northwest Science Fiction Society - Chair

PSC: Avatar Tickets Now On Sale

Posted on behalf of the Pacific Science Center:

It is easily THE most talked about film to come along in many years. James Cameron, the man behind
The Terminator, Titanic, Aliens and many other notable movies is about to unleash his latest, one that has taken years to make. He had to create technology and new production paradigms that revolutionized the filmmaking process. Will this be the start of a new era in movies? Be sure to watch the newest trailer for this groundbreaking story and then get set to see it on the biggest screen in town. Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience opens December 18 but tickets are on sale now.

Also, were you aware that Pacific Science Center is home to the largest, most powerful and sophisticated laser theater in the world? Our world-class laser artists have added their magic light to the likes of Pink Floyd, Queen, Daft Punk and others for years. And now we've added matinee laser shows this holiday season! Each laser show is performed live and set to tunes from your favorite artists including Michael Jackson (spanning his career), The Beatles, and our seasonal favorite, Laser Holiday Magic (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Bing Crosby, The Beach Boys, Dean Martin and many more). Laser Holiday Magic brings new meaning to the term "holiday lights." Learn more here!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Boxcar Astronaut for 11/22/09

Boxcar Astronaut

Boxcar Astronaut #141: Dashing Reflection
Greetings, Fellow Astronauts! It's another sunny day in the backyard as Supreme Commander Ben oversees the construction of a mighty new battle cruiser. Unfortunately for Devin, it seems he's the one stuck doing all the work while Ben gazes at his reflection.Will the starship meet our hero's lofty expectations? Can Devin bring Ben's ego back down to Earth? Find out in another All New Boxcar Astronaut!

FYI: Boxcar artist Marc Lapierre will be doing a guest stint on SuperFogeys starting this Tuesday (11/24/09), so check it out. And as always be sure to check out, and Clockworks: A Steampunk Adventure too.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Boxcar Astronaut for 11/15/09

Boxcar Astronaut

Boxcar Astronaut #140: Caveman vs. Squirrel
Greetings, Fellow Astronauts! For quite some time now there's been a furry little agent of chaos randomly stirring up trouble for our friends in the backyard. Now it seems, Caveman has taken it upon himself to turn the tables on this pesky squirrel. What will happen when good ol' Cavie gets his powerful hands on Sketchy Squirrel? Will Sketchy become just another quick meal for Caveman, or does a more heinous fate awate him? Find out in this week's All New Boxcar Astronaut!

Big News: Boxcar Nominated for WCRCA ‘09!

And be sure to check out, and Clockworks: A Steampunk Adventure too.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

PSC: Science With A Twist And A 'Carol'

Posted on behalf of Pacific Science Center:

Join us for our next 21+ event next
Thursday, November 12 as we celebrate the release of Disney's A Christmas Carol: An IMAX 3D Experience. From 7-9 p.m. get in the spirit by sipping on classic holiday cocktails and exploring Pacific Science Center's exhibit galleries. Was Scrooge really visited by ghosts? Decide at an Illusions demonstration or learn about the changing of the seasons in the Willard Smith Planetarium. Then experience this classic tale of redemption as you've never seen it before, in stunning IMAX 3D! Get your tickets now for: Science With A Twist!

Boxcar Astronaut for 11/08/09

Boxcar Astronaut

Boxcar Astronaut #139: Red Rover!
Greetings, Fellow Astronauts! It's another sunny day in the backyard as the gang takes sides in the age old game of Red Rover. As with most of Ben's ideas, playing Red Rover against the team of Robot and Caveman isn't very well thought out. It seems those poor boys are about about to learn the hard way that a huge metal robot from space is NOT what you want to see running top speed at you. Check out this week's All New Boxcar Astronaut for the amazing Red Rover Action!

And be sure to check out, and Clockworks: A Steampunk Adventure too.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Just for laughs: 'Drunk' Ewoks disrupt NBC's 'Today' show (video)

This is what happens when you let Ewoks get in to the liquor cabinet:

Check out the original post here.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Boxcar Astronaut for 11/01/09

Boxcar Astronaut

Boxcar Astronaut #138: Back to normal?
Greetings, Fellow Astronauts! After a long bout with amnesia, Ben finally got the memory jog he needed in the form of a super ball between the eyes. Now,with Ben back in his proper space helmet, everything is back to normal... or is it? Check out the drama in this week's All New Boxcar Astronaut!

And be sure to check out, and Clockworks: A Steampunk Adventure too.