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Curiosity: Take your PC to a Party OR Burning Man for Computer Folks

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Between discovery and serendipity I ran across this customer review of a computer case at an on-line retailer

PowerUp G54-8019 Executive ATX Mid-Tower Case

Product was not very well made. If you are a gamer and like taking your computer to computer parties, don’t buy this case. I expected better quality. I gave this case to my brothers wife and used and older more sturdy case.

All of this was noise to me until I got to “… taking your computer to computer parties…”  Do people take their computers to computer parties?

“Gee Jack”, the host would say when opening the door, “that’s a nice case on that honey you brought tonight”.

Ok, so let’s get serious.  I searched “Computer Party” on the Internet to see what came back.  Surprisingly, I got this

It’s a computer party cruise ship… with 5,000 participants (see link below)

As some of you may know, I’m attending as crew at a large computer party in Norway this easter called The Gathering. I just arrived after a two hour train trip, which was spent on IRC and sending off a few e-mails using my cell phone over GPRS. The party has almost 5000 people attending, and a good 200 people responsible for making the party happen. In just under 24 hours, the Vikingship will start to fill up with enthusiastic computer nerds of all ages, to attend the party for five full days. It will be a party filled with all types of different elements, that make up the computer scene as we know it.

So what do you do on this floating computer party

You will have professional gaming tournaments, music competitions and the genre I love the most; demo making. For those of you that don’t know what demo coding is, I can sum it up with this definition. Think of a music video, think of computers games and 3D environments, add those two together and you have yourself a demo. A demo is a program that displays lovely graphics, stretched to the extremes of what is possible with todays technology added with catch, groovy music tracks. It’s all meant to entertain, and to amaze you of what can be done with today’s 3D accelerator cards.

Of course, an event of this size does attract quite a few people with vast computer knowledge, so the whole hall sizzles with people with good know how. For those that are interested, it’s a great chance to get to learn new stuff and to expand your social network. And this is the greatest aspect of the event itself, the chance to meet up with likely spirited people that love the same stuff that you do. And of course, with the way the internet works, you actually get to meet those people you chat with online that live too far away from you to meet on a regular basis. An event like this erases the borders that you have on a day to day basis. It’s just great to be with people that love the same stuff as you do, namely computers! It’s gonna be a great five days and I can’t wait to keep you up to date. And here’s a sneak peek of how the hall looks, just to get a feel of how it is.

So this is a pretty cool deal for “eye-ball” social networking for computer folks

I did a little more digging.  This is a regular event.  Here are the folks that put this all together

http://www.gathering.org/tg11/en/

and there is a discussion forum – http://forums.gathering.org/

Here is the original link to the blog where I found this information – http://tolecnal.net/2005/03/arrived-in-the-ship/

When I read about this I was thinking… maybe, they have as much fun as these folks at Burning Man

More links to Burning  Man – https://frrl.wordpress.com/2009/11/14/burning-man/

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Written by frrl

November 11, 2010 at 1:41 am

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