My message to aliens

I submitted this video to the National Geographic’s Wow reply project.

In 1977, SETI (the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) picked up a strange signal from space — a 72-second burst that became known as The Wow Signal. It’s remained unexplained for 35 years.

As part of the anniversary (and to coincide with NatGeo’s new documentary series “Chasing UFOs”), They’re crowdsourcing a public reply using Twitter – anyone that tweets with a hashtag on the night of June 29th will have their message beamed to space from Arecibo Observatory, the world’s largest ground-based radio telescope.

They were nice enough to ask me for a 72-second video message (the same length as the original Wow signal)that will be beamed back along with the tweets. These featured video voices have been selected to represent a cross section of the best in human art, culture and conversation – celebrities, writers, artists, filmmakers, musicians, scientists. etc. And for some reason, me.

I’ll be honest, I’m not so certain that I believe it was an alien signal, it’s more likely Interstellar scintillation of a weaker continuous signal. But we don’t have enough data to know for sure. AND how I could turn down the opportunity to have a video beamed from Arecibo?! I tell you, I couldn’t so enjoy my ramblings at aliens.

comedy4cast #236: Takeover Talk

I had fun guest-appearing (word?) with Scott Johnson on on the Comedy4cast!

While trying to convince guest star Tom Merritt (“FourCast!”, “AutoPilot!”) to get on board with a project, Clinton hears some shocking news. Scott Johnson (“The Morning Stream”, FrogPants Studios) and Paul Barrie (“A Window to the Magic”, “WTTM24″) also guest star.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 118): An Interview With Sword and Laser Hosts Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt

We were very honored to be invited to sit and chat with Patrick Hester from the SFSignal podcast about the Sword and Laser show. I was worried we’d have to stand but Patrick was very nice in letting us sit. He also was very nice in listening to us go on and on about our dragon and how we love scifi/fantasy books. But then SFSignal is all about SciFi and fantasy so I guess he might have been interested. Plus they got nominated for a Hugo! So we made it up to him by congratulating them.

Anyway if listening to Veronica Belmont’s voice si at all interesting to you, or you like to hear people talk about awesome things, you might want to check it out.

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Reporters’ Roundtable episode 100: 11 predictions for 11/11/11

I was super excited to be back on CNET’s Internet Waves with my old co-host Rafe Needleman. His excellent show Reporter’s Roundtable turned 100 episodes old and on geek new year’s 11/11/11 It’s 11/11/11. We go through 11 categories of tech predictions for the next 11 years. Or 11 months. Or 11 centruries. Actually no centuries. Just watch the show.

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TechSword & LaserStuff at Dragon*Con

Back at Dragon*Con a few weeks ago, myself and Veronica Belmont took bribes of coffee to Drag(onCon) ourselves out of bed at 9 AM (that’s 6 AM Pacific) to be on Chris and Jonathan’s Tech Stuff Podcast.

It was totally worth it.

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