November 7th, 2007

NASA_bighead

Why Steampunk?

Poll #1084567 Why Steampunk?

On a scale from 0 (none) to 5 (fanatic) My interest in Steampunk is:

0
1(10.0%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
2(20.0%)
3
4(40.0%)
4
2(20.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
10
1(10.0%)

(Skip if you answered 0 above) I like Steampunk for

The anachronisms
1(11.1%)
Oooh! Shiney!
1(11.1%)
I always wanted brass balls
0(0.0%)
It's a challenge to make steampunk stuff
0(0.0%)
It's real easy to make steampunk stuff
0(0.0%)
Hardware on leather
1(11.1%)
In space, nobody can hear you steam
0(0.0%)
Something else, which I'll put in my comments
0(0.0%)

I would like to go to a steampunk-themed con

Yes
6(66.7%)
No
1(11.1%)
In your shorts
1(11.1%)
In my shorts
0(0.0%)
In caprine's bra
1(11.1%)

(If you answered "yes" above) I would go to a steampunk-themed con if:

It was nearby
1(12.5%)
I had my costume(s) ready
0(0.0%)
I had steampunk art ready to show and/or sell
0(0.0%)
My steampunk film/video was ready to show
0(0.0%)
The price was right
0(0.0%)
There were famous steampunk GOHs
0(0.0%)
It was held in a hardware store
0(0.0%)
It was held in a train museum
0(0.0%)
It was held in my shorts
1(12.5%)
Other, which I'll tell you all about in my comments
0(0.0%)

The best part of steampubk is:

A. The steam
3(33.3%)
B. The punk
1(11.1%)
C. Hot sex
3(33.3%)
D. None of the above
0(0.0%)
E. All of the above
0(0.0%)
F. I don't know, I don't know, I don't know
2(22.2%)
NASA_bighead

Mountain out of an ant hill

Tonight's Computer History museum panel made a minor event in Internet history into a major event. I won't bore you with the details, because the full house was justified because the non-event brought together many legends of Internet pioneering, as well as many of the worker bees who helped start the phenomenon. I took some photos, but since my RAID drive is where I keep my pix, and it's rebuilding as I write this, that will have to wait.

The panel of seven did not need a moderator, but they had one anyway, a tall, DDG-and-knows-it  tech news writer named Gina Smith, who ghost wrote iWoz, Steve Wozniak's autobiography. I felt sorry for her, because she would have made an excellent moderator for almost any other CHM event, but the gang of seven were there because they had all worked together on this project, and it was a 30-year reunion to which she was an outsider. They ran right over her.

The Good:
A amazing buffet, four times the size of the usual members reception. My mini-spanikopita habit is now sated.
A panel of legends, all but one of whom is highly articulate with major senses of humor. The one man out is from Norway, so I guess we can't blame him for being a bit English and humor challenged.
Much eye candy in the audience

The Bad:
Parking at CHM is a nightmare. They really need to re-do the traffic patterns there.
The buffet was hard to get to because most people decided that the best place to form into groups of three or four was standing right next to the food tables. The areas 10 feet away were mostly empty. I sat down on the Cray to eat.
I did not find true love

The Ugly:
CHM's A/V people have still not learned elementary audio board operations. We had lots of feedback, whining mikes, mikes not on when people were talking into them, mike stands for the audience questions set way too low, and one ignorant A/V guy who doesn't know not to tap on the mic to see if it is working.
Leaving the parking lot can take days. Traffic patterns again. And no clear signs pointing to the back of the building as the best exit. I hang around in the museum pretending to be a photographer until most of the lemmings have left.
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