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Hangin' With Captain Kent

19 Oct 2009, 17:12 UTC
Hangin' With Captain Kent
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I'm at the Quantum 2 Cosmos festival in Waterloo, Canada (near Toronto), in celebration of the Perimeter Institute's 10th anniversary. It's quite the celebration, with two weeks of public lectures, special events, and exhibits open to the public. The public, in turn, has turned out in full force: every event thus far has been sold out, with Waterloo residents packing Perimeter's main auditorium night after night to hear world-class scientists talk about the universe, space exploration, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, technological innovation, and the intersection of science and art.

It's impossible to see everything, and I'm only in town for a few days, but I did take a moment to explore the exhibit tent in downtown Waterloo, chock-full of family friendly demonstrations. I also had the chance to meet the star of a local children's show on TVOKids, "Captain Kent" (played by Mark Sykes), whose show is called Space Trek. (I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Captain Kent's delivery has many of the signature inflections immortalized by William Shatner. And I was relieved to see Captain Kent sporting a yellow shirt, not the more ominous Red Shirt.) Plus, there's a nifty online video game associated with the series.

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