The Adam Savage Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

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When I posted a video on YouTube about an announcement from SiliCon With Adam Savage, the sexual abuse lawsuit filed by Savage’s younger sister, Miranda Pacchiana, as reported by People Magazine on June 30, 2020, was the centerpiece.

If I had known about the lawsuit prior to making a video in early July that SiliCon With Adam Savage would no longer be a physical event due to the coronavirus pandemic, I would have mentioned it then.

The lawsuit flew underneath my radar because the news media covered Savage as the former TV host of MythBusters. ATV show that I’ve heard about but never watched an episode. It didn’t any ring any bells for me.

My familiarity with Savage comes from his involvement as a panel moderator for Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), hosted by Stan Lee and Steve Wozniak. After Lee died in November 2018, Wozniak hosted the last show in August 2019. Six months later, Savage announced that SVCC would become SiliCon With Adam Savage.

I came across the lawsuit through an indirect reference from an internet search that Savage had a sister. If Pacchiana was anything like her brother, I thought, she must be an extraordinary woman. But instead of being a maker of things, she’s a child sexual abuse survivor and advocate.

The lawsuit accused of Savage of sexually abusing Pacchiana from 1976 to 1979 in Sleepy Hollow, New York. He was 9 to 12 years old; she was 7 to 10 years old. I’m not going to repeat what allegedly happened between them. Read the People Magazine article for the lurid details.

Savage was quite vocal about denying the allegations and accusing his sister of pursuing “a financial bonanza” through the courts.

The latter point was especially true since the New York Child Victims Act waives the statute of limitations for any child abuse victims to file a lawsuit for monetary damages under a special one-year extension (recently extended to January 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic).

I’ve gotten some interesting push back for mentioning the lawsuit in my video.

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Westfield Valley Fair Mall Reopens Indoor Stores

On Monday, August 31, 2020, the State of California updated its coronavirus guidelines to reopen indoor retail stores at 25% capacity. I did a walk-around at Westfield Valley Fair Mall in Silicon Valley last night. The mall wasn’t restricting the number of people coming inside. Each store was responsible for restricting the number of people coming into their place of business. Popular stores like the Apple Store had long lines to get in. Most stores remain closed. Some stores like the Microsoft Store were permanently closed. Due to restrictions imposed by Santa Clara County, indoor theaters and restaurants are still closed.

Updated 9/7/2020: Check out the list of reopened stores here.

What The Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Mean For Silicon With Adam Savage

Silicon With Adam Savage announced tickets for an exclusive one-on-one video chat with Adam Savage in early September. Available in two-minute sessions for $100 USD each, up to a maximum of five sessions (ten minutes) for $500 USD. After the first three tickets sold out in 48 hours, the organizers added another 20 tickets to meet the demand. But I came across something even more disturbing than questionable ticket prices while researching today’s topic.

According to People Magazine on June 30, 2020, Savage’s younger sister, Miranda Pacchiana, filed a civil lawsuit that he sexually abused her when they were young children. Savage denied the allegations and accused his sister of pursuing “a financial bonanza”.A lawsuit like this in the era of hashtag me too is usually the kiss of death for the male personality and anything he’s associated with.

What does this sexual abuse lawsuit mean for Silicon Valley With Adam Savage?

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California Burning Down—Lightning Sieges, Wildfires & Air Quality

Last week I woke up to a brilliant light show over Silicon Valley. A heatwave in California and moisture from a tropical storm off the coast of Mexico triggered the most intense dry lightning activity ever seen. Over 53,000 lightning strikes and 350 wildfires in three-and-a-half days. What experts are calling a “lightning siege.” The wildfire smoke made California’s air quality worse than any other place in the world. This time convicted corporate felon Pacific Gas & Electric wasn’t responsible for burning down the state. Just another crazy week in California.

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Electric Magic Creative Personality ATX Bench Case Review

Last year I looked for an open air ATX bench case to build a modest test system. Popular Tech YouTubers like JayzTwoCents and Paul’s Hardware prefer the Praxis Wetbench open-air bench case. I have two problems with that bench case: too big and too expensive. The Praxis bench case is 18” x 19” x 17” and cost $200 USD. I needed a bench case that was compact and cost a lot less. The Electric Magic Creative Personality open air ATX bench case is 11” x 7” x 16” (standing up) and cost $56 USD. If you think assembling IKEA furniture was bad, try assembling this bench case.

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Final Release Dates for Tenet, Mulan, Bill & Ted Face The Music

Over the last three months, I made five videos about drive-ins and movie theaters. A constant theme that ties them all together was the rescheduling of “Tenet,” “Mulan,” and, recently, “Bill & Ted Face The Music.” Just when you think the studios finished rearranging the schedules, they reschedule everything again. Will the studios stick to newest release dates or reschedule everything all over again?

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Using An Outdoor Swimming Pool During Coronavirus Pandemic

When I started working from home nine month ago, I wanted to go aqua jogging after work every day. But the water in the unheated outdoor swimming pool was too cold. I had to wait until spring for temperatures to warm up. And then everything—including swimming pools—shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

That was four-and-a-half months ago.

Santa Clara County, otherwise known as Silicon Valley, re-opened outdoor swimming pools with social distancing rules. I’ve been aqua jogging every week for the last month. Learn how my “gated community” re-opened the outdoor swimming pool.

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AMC Theaters VS Universal Studios Video On Demand Deal

Universal Studios simultaneously released “Trolls World Tour” in theaters and for premium video-on-demand (VOD) last April. AMC Theaters retaliated by banning Universal movies from their 11,000+ screens. The banning of a studio by a theater chain had no immediate impact with most theaters closed for the coronavirus pandemic.

That was three months ago.

Orion Pictures announced a simultaneous release of “Bill and Ted Face The Music”  to theaters and for premium video-on-demand last week. None of the theater chains cried foul and threaten retaliation like they did for “Trolls World Tour.” AMC and Universal Studios announced earlier this week a deal that could change the way movies are release to theaters and for premium video-on-demand.

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How Walmart Is Opening 160 Drive-in Movie Theaters

With the coronavirus pandemic getting worse throughout the United States, movie studios are once more rescheduling “Tenet” and “Mulan”. Indoor movie chains like AMC are postponing reopening from July to August.

Drive-in movie theaters, however, are still open in most areas. The car being the ultimate form of social distancing when seeing a movie in public. Bring your own food and drinks, stay inside the car, and lock the doors to keep Zombie Karen out.

When businesses like drive-ins suddenly revive from the dead, it’s an opportunity for new players to enter the market. Walmart announced that they will open drive-in movie theaters at 160 supercenters across the United States from early August to October.

How is it that Walmart is opening drive-in movies during a pandemic?

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