Can William Shatner Save SiliCon With Adam Savage?

SiliCon with Adam Savage announced their initial guest list several weeks ago. Dirk Benedict, Starbuck from the 1970s “Battlestar Galactica,” was the most notable guest. Most of the other guests were the usual suspects who showed up for Silicon Valley Comic Con. A new guest got added the next day.

William Shatner, Captain Kirk of “Star Trek: The Original Series,” will appear on Sunday only. He hosted the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” panel at SVCC 2017. That was the best run show the organizers for SVCC and SiliCon has ever put on.

Can William Shatner save SiliCon with Adam Savage?

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In-Person Comic Con Updates

We got three comic con announcements for today’s show. Star Trek: Mission Chicago 2022 and Fan Expo San Francisco 2022 are brand new events for next year. The dates for Silicon Con with Adam Savage 2021 have been officially confirmed. These are all in-person events. Assuming, of course, the coronavirus is behind us and everything returns to normal.

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Will In-Person Comic Cons Return In 2021?

Many in-person comic cons last year postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Star Trek Las Vegas Con cancelled for last month and announced August 11-15, 2021, at the Rio Suites Hotel. SiliCon With Adam Savage announced August 27-29, 2021, at the San Jose Convention Center. BayCon postponed to 2021 but sent out an email last month that they are postponing until 2022. Will in-person comic cons return in 2021?

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SiliCon With Adam Savage Website Redesign Review

SiliCon With Adam Savage has finally updated their website for the New Year. Out with the old content for Silicon Valley Comic Con 2019. In with the new content for SiliCon With Adam Savage 2020. Not that the in-person event took place this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But there were virtual events to make up for it. I’m going to review the website redesign on the front page and explain the changes.

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Unboxing Interactive Maker Workshop Bundle – SiliCon With Adam Savage

I recently received my Interactive Maker Workshop bundle from SiliCon With Adam Savage. The bundle is for the 90-minute live workshop on October 17, 2020, at 1:00PM Pacific Time. I explained the workshop and the bundle in my previous video. Let’s unbox the box and check out what we got.

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Inner Workings of Space Suit Design Highlights – SiliCon W/Adam Savage

SiliCon With Adam Savage had their first virtual panel this week, “The Inner Workings of Space Suit Design.” Astronaut Cady Coleman, author Mary Robinette Kowal, and moderator Adam Savage talked for an hour about what goes into making a $20 million USD space suit.

A lot of interesting tidbits about space suits of all sizes for men and women.

  • The Apollo-era space suits were made by a bra company that knew how to apply fabrics to soft bodies.
  • NASA’s “one size fits all” mentality have limited the number of women astronauts who can do spacewalks.
  • The first all-women spacewalk didn’t happen until a woman astronaut brought another small-sized space suit to the International Space Station.

But the panel didn’t get off to a smooth start since some viewers—including myself—had trouble finding the livestream link. I have updates on the Interactive Maker Workshop, the location of the livestream link, and two clips from the panel that I thought were interesting.

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Interactive Maker Workshop Bundle – SiliCon With Adam Savage

SiliCon With Adam Savage announced the Interactive Maker Workshop for Saturday, 10/17/2020, at 1:00PM Pacific Time. The 90-minute live workshop will have Savage building a fantasy cardboard helmet in his workshop. Registration limited to 200 people, and cost $60 to $65 USD plus service fees, shipping and handling, and tax. Includes a Maker Workshop Bundle valued at $200 USD. Sponsored by Amazon and Monster Energy Drinks. What exactly do you get in the Maker Workshop Bundle?

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The Adam Savage Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Picture by Adam Savage on Facebook

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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