Of Fusion Technology, Nirvana and Commander Adama
The VAR Guy admits it: He’s a half-out-of-the-closet sci-fi geek. Don’t let the stylish fedora fool you – there are times when our resident blogger would rather be watching reruns of Star Trek than figuring out the nuances of a channel program.
That’s why when the opportunity arose to visit the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle during the AMD Fusion Developer Summit, The VAR Guy jumped at the chance. Never mind the jetlag and the blog posts yet to be written, the Science Fiction Museum has lasers. And, much to our resident blogger’s happy surprise, the museum is also home to the Experience Music Project, The VAR Guy’s other love.
Let’s set the scene: The VAR Guy (and about 300 of his closest friends) entered the museum and shortly were ushered into a presentation area where AMD and some of its partners presented technologies enhanced by the AMD Fusion APUs. Microsoft, for example, showed a nifty gesture-recognition program of the universe, wherein users could visit planets and fly through galaxies simply by moving their arms and hands around. Even Hollywood heavyweight Robert Rodriguez, director of such films as Desperado (the Hollywood version of El Mariachi), the Spy Kids franchise, Sin City and From Dusk Till Dawn, showed up to discuss how AMD is helping advance his QuickDraw Films production company’s production abilities. An interesting roundup of people and technologies, The VAR Guy thought.
Following the presentation, attendees were unleashed to roam the halls of the EMP|SFM, where The VAR Guy got to see up close and personal Jimi Hendrix’s wrecked guitar, among other things, and an exhibit paying homage to the Hometown Boys Done Good Nirvana. For those interested in the musical origins of the Seattle-based sound, EMP weaves in that information well among the demo tapes, Polaroids and other personal paraphernalia comprising the Nirvana story. EMP even had the sweater Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain wore in the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
But the real treat was one floor up, where The VAR Guy stood face to face with a plethora of goodies from the die-hard sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, including Commander Adama’s uniform, Starbuck’s flight suit and, yes, even No. 6’s slinky red dress. The exhibit also had scale models of the Colonial Viper and a few other ships, as well as a life-size Cylon (The VAR Guy was pretty much awe-struck at this point). The exhibit also held its share of collectibles from the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica, but honestly, Edward James Olmos cut a much more imposing figure as Commander Adama than Lorne Greene ever did.
So now it’s out: The VAR Guy loves his sci-fi. And he doesn’t give a frak who knows.