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Good: Escape Velocity 2019, Good: BSR on Thursday, Bad: Another fine example of racism in America

EV 2019 Security Chief Charles Wheeler in the center seat,  with Illya manning the helm It was a good weekend. I spent the weekend staffing at the Escape Velocity convention in Maryland which was run by the Museum of Science Fiction . Lots of cool exhibits, panels, and gaming. It was also nice to get back to staffing conventions after a year and a half hiatus. Besides staffing, I managed to come in first (three-way tie out of eight) in the annual OGRE tourney. As a parting shot, I nuked the hex where my office is located in downtown DC. Batman '66 Batmobile I also participated in the National Security Decision Making game for the first time. I was way over my head trying to play a Chinese Industrialist, but I learned the game system and I look forward to trying the game again in the future. I just wish my cunning plan to drop the Monkey Island space station on the new Space Elevator terminal had succeeded. And obviously I took a lot of pictures, and got to see

Sorry, no BSR this evening... in related news, we got a Spotify... in unrelated news, "The world is going to end in 12 years"

Bomb Shelter Radio Studio/Transmitter Site, circa 1989(*) (RANT) OK, let us get that "end of the world" thing out of the way first. The full quote was: “Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like, The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?” the freshman congresswoman said. “This is the war—this is our World War II.” --  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quoted at   I bring it up because there seems to be a kerfluffle about the "12 years" part in the news media (again). Seems to me we shouldn't worry about the world ending on a particular date in 2033, we should be worrying about making sure it doesn't happen at all. FOCUS ON THE BIG PICTURE FOLKS! Meanwhile, even a sea sponge should know that peopl

There will NOT be a show on May 23rd

I have a conflict on Thursday May 23rd. As a result there will not be a BSR broadcast. Sorry about that, I thought I was going to be able to fit it in with another project. BSR will return on June 6th (D-Day Anniversary). The next show after that will be on June 13th. Correction: Next Shows are 5/30/2019 and 6/6/2019. If you were having trouble using the slack invite on please give it another shot. It has been updated as of today. I hope you will be able to join us on June 6th. May 30th. Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend! Cheers, Illya

Bomb Shelter Radio - The Naked Time

I hope you are having a fine afternoon. BSR SEASON 13 EPISODE 4! Just a quick note to remind everyone that we are doing a show this evening, 8PM Eastern Time here in the US or 00:00 UTC. If you need a link, head over to . Tomorrow is Mrs. Illya's birthday. If you happen to follow her on Facesplat, give her a shout out tomorrow. I hope you can join us tonight. Cheers, Illya PS: "The Naked Time" was the 4th Episode of Star Trek (original series) PPS: Blast from the past, an early header graphic for the BSR website...

Trade Shows and Security Stuff

Did you know we are broadcasting tomorrow at 8PM? It would be great if you could join us. I spent yesterday at a IT vendor-run summit. Now, I used to be in the business of working and running these things, and I was fascinated by the current state of vendor giveaways. (Old man noises) Back in the day when rocks were soft, you might get a stress ball, pens, notebooks, or bags adorned with a vendor's logo. Occasionally you would get a T-Shirt or something a bit fancier. Once in a blue moon you might get something really spiffy. I remember Digital Equipment Corporation's Ultrix giving out Lucite paperweights with VAX chips in them, and I used to work for a company (TGV) that would give out Tie Dye T-Shirts. Often these were not the most useful things, but nice enough and functional. Contrast this to yesterday... More than one vendor was giving out branded sliding door Webcam covers (potentially cooler than a Post-It note). This particular one came with a du

"Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?" --- "I think so, Brain, but if they called them 'Sad Meals', kids wouldn't buy them!"

I'm amused by Burger King's double-edged promotion running this month. Pissed, YAAAS, DGAF, Salty, and Blue "real" meals instead of the competitor's product which advocates that there is only one state of mind. Put together in conjunction with a mental health advocacy  group, the campaign reminds us that people feel a lot of different things, and hopefully by poking just a bit of fun at the competition along the way, that mental health is something to be discussed and not hidden or ignored. Like any edgy marketing campaign, some people like it... some people hate it. Of course, any press is good press for Burger King in this case. One can hope it will also take a small chunk out of the stigma around mental health awareness. For someone who has struggled with these issues, I think the campaign is a cute idea. It may not make a huge impact, but we are still at a phase of infancy where any impact is better than none.  Having said that, I have found one flaw in the

Thanks Metro!

A number of Buses have failed to arrive, and the situation underground isn't any better. I've been waiting over an hour to start my commute home. The start time for the show (8pm) is at risk. We will have a show tonight, it probably will be delayed.

... small, located underneath the town's castle church in a converted potato and beer cellar. Today, the remains of the underground facility are open to the public having been converted into ...

I'm looking at the headline for this post and thinking that I am a bad person for writing a clickbait line :-) A quick reminder to all that Bomb Shelter Radio will be on the air tonight starting at 8PM Eastern Time (00:00 UTC/Zulu). You can grab the link to listen at You should also consider joining our slack chatroom so you can chat with the DJ, the station staff, and the rest of our amazing listeners! You can grab an invite from and the instance is known as bombshelterradio . Last week's winner of Cthulhu Dice was Grayhawk, who won two "Never Give Up! Never Surrender!" wristbands. Congratulations on being the only sane player at the end of the game! Finally, here is a fascinating article about missing cubes of uranium, beer, nuclear fission, Nazis, potatoes, chandeliers, and the University of Maryland... Daily Mail - Hunt for Hilter's missing uranium: Physicist reconstructs Nazi attempts t

Bomb Shelter Radio - The Night Of The Deadly Bed

Author's note - I've taken to naming some of these articles with the titles of TV show episodes. This one is from the second episode of The Wild Wild West in 1965. It has been a crunchy week, a lot of mental sand in the gears, and a lot of nerve-fraying news out there. Hopefully during the show tomorrow we will be able to relax a little bit and laugh at life's foibles. The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Big Bang Theory have reached major milestones, and I think we will skip conversation concerning that. Anyway, I ranted on BBT last week, so that would be a repeat...  You did hear that rant last week? If not, show archives will be up soon enough. I hope you will join us this week. You can find the listen and slack links on our website at . See you Thursday! And now, your moment of WA? "7-Eleven's Beer And Cider Delivery Service Is Launching In 18 Cities" Con Amalgamated Beer from "Outla