July 26, 2014
Trident and I had an interesting day at the Great Gathering of Geeks and Nerds. We stepped off the shuttle bus and entered into an area that was an extension of the main gathering at the center of convention. There were many interesting event of which to take note. There was a huge military tank like vehicle. Hundreds of people stood in line to climb up on this vehicle and shoot at 2 dimensional cardboard characters – someone referred to the character as “Shredder”…? Once the person climbed on to the vehicle, they were able to rotate the top of the vehicle to take better aim. We watched for a bit to see what they were using as ammunition – it turned out they were shooting giant pizzas at the characters, trying to knock them over…Giant Pizzas.
Another event was a place where you could stand in line to get a ticket to be able to return in the evening and participate in other larger events in the area. It was amazing. All of this peaceful standing in line to be allowed to stand in another line later…
So we decided to experience more of this waiting in line. A giant vendor of the 21st Century, Amazon.com, had a tent set up with a large structure containing a touch screen and a set of doors. We were given cards with codes to be entered into the touchscreen. When we reached the locker, Trident entered her number into the screen, a door popped open and she received a DVD of Dr. WHO. I entered my code, a door popped open and I received a pair of shaded eye protectors. So cool!
We also had an encounter with “The Headless Horseman”…He didn’t say much.
We left this area and headed over to NerdHQ where we watched some small panels with 21st Century Celebrities. We also entered our names in a data bank and were given an identity bracelet. We will explore the purpose of the bracelet more on today’s mission.
The rest of the day was spent exploring the area around the center of convention and examining exhibits in the huge exhibition hall. We met up with many natives we had encountered previously for a dinner stop and a quick trip to a tiny establishment to buy and experience Gelato…a delicious substance that was quite refreshing.
Today Trident will be actually speaking on a panel with other nerd and geek women. I am so proud of her for undertaking this part of the assignment. I will be documenting every moment!! I will continue this report tomorrow.
Trident and I really began to pick up the mood of this great gathering of Nerd and Geek citizens of the Earth. We climbed aboard the shuttle bus and were transported to the center of the convention. So many amazing and spectacular events happening. And so many citizens wearing clothing that was, we eventually found out, based on fictional characters from comic books, books, movies and television. I was attacked by a “Cyberman” while we were strolling through the exhibition hall! I did nothing to provoke him – he just came at me. I took a defensive stance and prepared to defend myself – AND TRIDENT CAPTURES AN IMAGE OF US WITH HER COMMUNICATOR!! I am under attack and she takes a picture. But it had the strangest effect. The Cyberman immediately backed off, shook my hand, and walked away into the crowd! It was astounding!
We also saw an exhibit of human zombies – people were lined up to be able to have their image captured with a zombie. Then they continued through a door that lead somewhere into the inner Zombie sanctum…Trident and I will have to explore that realm today.
We also attended some “panels.” Panels are an events where everyone must arrive at least an hour before the starting time of their panel and stand in orderly lines to wait for the door to open and allow them to enter. Everyone was so patient! I did not see a single approach to settling an argument through combat all day. And the lines were all very long. Everyone just waited their turn to enter the door and that was it. I know the 21st century United States was a very peaceful time – but the politeness and courtesy we witnessed everywhere was fascinating. Inside the panel, everyone sat in orderly rows and listened while 6-10 people sat on a stage at tables and asked each other questions. The panels we attended were very popular and very well received by the citizens from what we observed.
Today there is much more to document so I will sign off now and continue this later.
July 24, 2014
Trident and I finally hopped down in 2014. It took forever, the time streams were packed and we could only move about 250 years per hour!! And the temperature gauge in the hopper had an attitude so it was HOT! But we finally touched down and got settled. Our first task was to retrieve the holy “badges” from the center of convention itself. This required that we wait on a very busy street corner for a large people transporter the locals referred to as a “shuttle bus”. This shuttle bus took us to the center of convention where we searched for “Downstairs Lobby D”. We found it by spotting a huge red circle with a D on it. Very clever. We pulled out all of our identification papers, happily the historical replica computer got the ancient bar codes correct, and we were swept into a huge space where we were scanned, authorized, handed the holy badges and told to have a ‘great time!” The precision and organization of the entire process was a bit exhilarating, plus they gave us a huge bag, a souvenir book, and a book that contained guides to each proposed program of the event. So much to do, so much to see and observe!
Shortly after that we were greeted by some people who recognized Trident! HA! I come to find out Trident has been to this annual human gathering before – against regulations!! But it turned out that her friends knew of a great eating establishment – and we were starving.
After that we explored the vicinity for awhile then boarded the Red Line Shuttle Bus, the color of the line of your shuttle bus is very significant, and got back to our temporary headquarters.
Looking forward to today’s potential adventures!
July 23, 3535
Today Trident and I set out in pursuit of knowledge. We will be visiting the state of California in the year 2014. We have heard of a giant annual gathering of citizens there that sounds truly amazing. It is a 4 day event filled with many opportunities for groups labeled “Nerds” and “Geeks” to mingle, collaborate on projects and share ideas. I have formulated a theory that these gatherings were the think tank for some of the great strides humanity was making philosophically in the 21st century – before the Great Quake of 2085 that destroyed most of the North American continent – but that’s old news.
So we will be hopping down in the mid afternoon and get something called our “badges” that will get us through Comic Con security posts and into the heart of this international phenomenon where we can observe how some of the greatest beings in history “networked”, sewing the seeds of peace and stability for the future of all humanity.
I am overwhelmed with the honor given to Trident and myself in receiving this assignment. Trident just wants to purchase T-shirts and get the autograph of that historical Nerdist Guru – Chris Hardwick. Her priorities continue to astound me.
The Hopper is ready (I still have not received an answer regarding the use of a newer model Hopper, so keep your fingers crossed that we arrive in 2014 at all!!) and Trident is, of course, running around trying to finish her pre-hop check list.
I will make my next entry after we have settled into 2014 and have received our “badges”. Well, maybe after we have explored a bit of 21st century socializing called “Having drinks” with some of the attendees.
Curator – The Museum of Now and Then