Doxacon Seattle weekly digest (June 9-15)

Another week, another round of geek trivia! But before diving in, a bit of an update on Doxacon Seattle 2025. While we are still preparing formal announcements, we’re hoping to begin our call for presenters soon. There are a number of ways interested folks might be part of the convention: talks, panels, workshops, and one-shot gaming – in addition to what you might want to propose! Our theme this year is Extasis: Escaping Reality in Pursuit of Truth – if you’re interested in being a part of exploring that, keep your ear to the ground! We look forward to planning more actively with you in the not-too-distant future.

Speaking of future events, Washington State Summercon 2024 is coming up in a week (June 21-23). They’ve got an impressive lineup of guests from a broad spectrum of fandoms (Smallville, anime, Star Trek: Picard, Star Wars, Justice League Unlimited, Netflix’s AVLA, and wrestling stars – to name a few!). If you’re near the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, this might be worth checking out!

June 10 – You’ve perhaps heard the (fictional) story of the Mississippi Squirrel Revival and how it changed the course of a church service…. but have you heard about President Andrew Jackson’s parrot at church? The story goes that (apparently) over his lifetime the president had taught it to swear (whether deliberately or by example, no one is certain). Unfortunately, it demonstrated this ability at his funeral (taking place on this day in 1845), so profusely demonstrating its ability that it had to be removed! Though it can’t be definitively approved, the story has attained legendary status. Read MSN’s fisking of the historicity of the story.

An image of fans cosplaying Indiana Jones and his Ark at DragonCon 2006
Fans cosplaying Indana Jones and his Ark at DragonCon 2006
Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

June 12 – Today is the 43rd anniversary of the release of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). First introducing Harrison Ford as the iconic Indiana Jones, the movie not only established a genre but inspired new generations of archaeologists (though spurring not a few myths that archaeologist wish didn’t live on!). Though Ford would continue to don his fedora for four more movies (and even showed up for an episode of the short-lived television series), the original movie is the most fondly remembered of them all. Read Roger Ebert’s review of the movie at his (legacy) website.

A photo of an icon of the Ascension by Andrej Rublëv and Daniil

June 13 – Orthodox celebration of the Feast of the Ascension, according to the new calendar. On this day is commemorated Jesus’ return to heaven – not only is the Lord exalted at the right hand of God (Acts 2:33), but human nature is glorified in the reunion of man with God! Read more at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.

A photo of the Magna Carta Fountain in Egham, Surrey

June 15 – On this day in 1215, the Magna Carta was signed King John, placing him and his successors within a rule of law.. Though it was modified and re-issued several times, it served as the foundation of common law first in England and later in the colonies that would form their own charter of governance to become the United States of America. Read more about it and its place in American history at the National Archives.

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