Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Very Brief History of ToorCon

A Very Brief History of ToorCon

I’ve been around since before Toorcon 1 and am one of a handful who have attended all 14 San Diego Toorcons. I have a few anecdotes, impressions, and pics (if I can find them).


Have packed pineapples, sewed bikinis (over a thousand; a proud accomplishment!), and been a civil engineer in Honolulu. Taught math in Melbourne, AU, and sold sheet music and biochemical apparatus in Cambridge, UK. Was a research psychologist for a Navy R&D center and a computer teacher at a Montessori school in San Diego. Currently, living my ideal life in my favorite city, Seattle, working at my favorite bookstore, Ada’s Technical Books, and sipping my favorite drink, chai.

Ask Me Anything: A Geek in Beijing – TProphet

Ask Me Anything: A Geek in Beijing

TProphet has lived and worked in Beijing for nearly three years. He will talk about his many and varied experiences in China, and leave plenty of time for Q&A. Interested to learn more about one of the fastest-developing cities on the planet? Ask him anything!


TProphet is an author, futurist and technologist. When he is not working in one of the world’s top computer science research labs, he writes the popular “Telecom Informer” column in 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.