Sonic screwdrivers @ Chicago Tardis 2012

Dalek with girl and sonic screwdriiver
Stay where you are, this sonic screwdriver is set to Dalek

Got back from Chicago Tardis a couple of days ago. I had a great time. I took Mini-Me and he trundled up and down the hallway again like last year.

man Dalek and sonic screwdriver
Want to buy a sonic screwdriver?
girl and Dalek
Please do not touch. I exterminate people who touch

Most people were happy to see him and took the opportunity to get their sonic screwdrivers out. (Ha like that really has an effect on Daleks).


Mutant operator resting
Wow I am bushed, time to take a rest
Dalek and boy Doctor
Give me your lunch money and next time I want you to do my home work

Last year it was obvious that he moved rather slowly and while he was cute and everything, he was also very s-l-o-w.
This year I chose to “update” his motor control by changing the gear ratio on the VEX chassis that I made for last year. I changed it from being high torque to more speed. I learned an important lesson. High torque works better on carpet especially when you want to turn.
If I were to make an upgrade to the VEX chassis for next year, I would add floating wheels for the front. I did not realize that having four fixed wheels does not mix well with low torque. I did not realize that it was more of a fluke that he could turn on a dime last year and due to the higher torque.

There were many amazing costumes and though I did not have a camera with me at all times, I managed to get a few pictures.

clockwork monster costume
Just like clockwork
alien costume from Doctor Who
Madame vastra
Special Dalek
Special Dalek

Mini-Me trip to Chicago Tardis 2011

So we went on the road trip. I was not allowed to drive because I cannot see above the steering wheel and press the gas pedal at the same time. Also I have been accused of aggressive driving. We arrived in Chicago just after noon on Friday. I hovered  down and got my badge, suddenly I was surrounded by the local talent all taking photos and wanting to be around me.

I got quite a fan girl gathering, the girl Daleks started fighting each other for my affection. To be honest it was hard to shake these youngsters off but they made me pose for this photo.

Mini-me with fan girls
“Oh, Mini-Me, you’re so dreamy”

I went in search of some more macho Daleks to hang out with and I found my cousin from the other side of the family (the side we don’t talk about much). He wanted to take me out for a night out on the town.

Blue envy
One day when your as big as me your base will glow blue too


Dalek Sec vs Time lord
You shall not pass

But we bumped into this Time Lord that would not let us pass.
I left Sec and went off on my own.

Later in line for autographs this annoying dog kept pestering me about his master.

Dalek vs K9
Are you my master? No I am a superior being. Now, stop bothering me.

It’s 550 miles to Chicago, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses

We just got back from a road trip to Chicago.
The trip  felt short, but really geeky, because we were driving to a science fiction convention listing to podcasts about Linux! (Linux Outlaws – the donation will be in the mail soon.)

guests at Chicago Tardis
Look over there

We went to the Chicago Tardis convention. One of the big guests of honor was Paul McGann aka the 8th Doctor. He seemed very laid back and thoughtful.

Dalek sec
First look at Dalek Sec

As always, there were long queues for photographs with props people had built.

In the main room there was a TARDIS on display and Daves Dalek Sec. The Dalek was kitted up with practically everything. It actually opened at the front and the shoulders spun 360 degrees. The Dave who built it gave a short talk about it in one of the panels (which was so popular that there were people waiting in the room even before the start of the panel). He had fitted the eye stalk with a camera so it was easier to navigate around. Used in-line skate wheels and the shoulders looked to move quite smoothly. The whole thing was maneuverable by a wheel chair cart. He did a great job.