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Wild Wild West Con 2015

First, I want to thank all the awesome people out there that put this together…

Co-owner and Director of Operations – Jason DrotmanJDrotman@wildwestcon.com

Co-owner and Director of Entertainment – Diana Given – DGiven@wildwestcon.com


 

Operations Department

Marketing Manager – Sarah CumberbatchMarketing@wildwestcon,com

Guest Services Manager – Nicole CantwellGuestServices@wildwestcon.com

Photography Manager – Wendy TrakesPhotography@wildwestcon.com

Security Manager – Ray Vaughn Rai – security@wildwestcon.com

Vendor Manager – Shamella Tribble – Vendors@wildwestcon.com

Volunteer Manager – Deena Johnson – Volunteers@wildwestcon.com

Here was what happened the last several days, ending at 6 pm today…

We’ve packed the first weekend in March with an amazing selection of Steampunk Fun!

• Concerts Featuring Abney Park, Steam Powered Giraffe, Frenchy and the Punk and The Cog is Dead

• See our list of over 35 FEATURED GUESTS!

• 62 Vendors • Contests • 80+ Panels & Workshops
• Entertainment and Rides • Fashion Show • Artists • Authors • Tea Dueling • Kids Zone • Performers • And more!

Lastly, thanks to the awesome mother/daughter Tucson Steampunkers (Susan McKinstry and Alexis McKinstry) that kept me company at the event!

Here are some sample pictures for you to enjoy!

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‘Cthulhu’ monsters discovered

Tiny ‘Cthulhu’ monsters discovered in termite guts

By Megan Gannon

Published April 05, 2013

LiveScience

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    Lovecraft described the ocean-dwelling creature as vaguely anthropomorphic, but with an octopus-like head, a face full of feelers, and a scaly, rubbery, bloated body with claws and narrow wings. (www.SelfMadeHero.com)

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    While Cthulhu macrofasciculumque isn’t as frightening as Lovecraft’s Cthulhu, it does look like it has a big tuft of tentacles. (University of British Columbia)

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    While Cthulhu macrofasciculumque isn’t as frightening as Lovecraft’s Cthulhu, it does look like it has a big tuft of tentacles. (University of British Columbia)

Scientists have discovered two new species of strange-looking microbes that live in the bellies of termites, and they’ve named the creatures Cthulhu and Cthylla, an ode to H.P. Lovecraft’s pantheon of horrible monsters.
Even though Lovecraft said the mere existence of Cthulhu was beyond human comprehension, the 20th-century American sci-fi author described the ocean-dwelling creature as vaguely anthropomorphic, but with an octopus-like head, a face full of feelers, and a scaly, rubbery, bloated body with claws and narrow wings.

‘When we first saw them under the microscope … it looked almost like an octopus swimming.’

– Researcher Erick James, of the University of British Columbia 

The microbe Cthulhu macrofasciculumque doesn’t appear quite as frightful under a microscope, but it does have a bundle of more than 20 flagella that resembles a tuft of tentacles beating in sync.

“When we first saw them under the microscope they had this unique motion, it looked almost like an octopus swimming,” researcher Erick James, of the University of British Columbia, said in a statement. [See Images of the Squiggly Lovecraft Monsters]

Cthylla microfasciculumque, meanwhile, is smaller sporting just five flagella, and is named for the Cthylla, the secret daughter of Cthulhu, generally portrayed as a winged cephalopod. Cthylla was not a creation of Lovecraft, but rather British writer Brian Lumley, who added to the “Cthulhu Mythos” in the 1970s.

The little protists, smaller than a tenth of a millimeter, are part the rich community of gut microbes that help termites turn wood into digestible sugar (which is why the pests can eat up the walls of a home fairly quickly).

“The huge diversity of microbial organisms is a completely untapped resource,” said James. “Studying protists can tell us about the evolution of organisms. Some protists cause diseases, but others live in symbiotic relationships, like these flagellates in the intestines of termites.”

James and colleagues published their findings online March 18 in the journal PLOS ONE.

If you’re curious about how to say the names of the newfound creatures out loud, the researchers note that Lovecraft gave different pronunciations for Cthulhu because the name was supposed to come from an alien language, impossible for the human vocal capacity to mimic. “Ke-thoo-loo” is thought to be the safe approximation for Cthulhu, whereas Cthylla is often pronounced “ke-thil-a.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/04/05/tiny-cthulhu-monsters-discovered/?intcmp=features#ixzz2PfDPQ53g

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