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W00tstock Part 1

Wow… that’s really all I can write about last night… Just simply Wow.

Yesterday was Richard’s birthday. To celebrate, Amber and I took Richard and Elizabeth to dinner and W00tstock. Dinner was at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. It was probably the first “wow” of the night. The steak was phenomenal. It was served on these 500 degree plates that were designed to keep your steak (and anything else you put on the plate for the matter) warm for the length of the meal… And it worked. Every bite of my steak was nice and warm up until the very end. Elizabeth and I even used it to “overcook” some of our mash potatoes. All around, it was a fabulous meal. Sadly, it took a little longer than we would have liked, so we kind of dashed out of there to get to our next destitation, W00stock.

W00tstock is hard to explain. It’s nerdy (or geeky). It’s funny. It’s filled with music, laughter, and a whole lot of things a nerd would understand. It’s also very interactive… With the audience getting involved, both on a positive level as well as at times making fun of whoever was on stage. I intended to try to live stream the entire event, but failed for multiple reasons. Reason #1 – We arrived about 1 minute late, and although I could see the glow of a 100 cell phones and video cameras, I didn’t want to be the one who brought out the glow of the laptop at the start of the show. (Oh, and in case you didn’t realize this, W00tstock is Creative Commons by-nc-sa 3.0 which basically means, you can record it and show it to the world. Kind of cool for a show like this.). Reason #2 – Apparently the video camera I had couldn’t go 3 hours on battery. Reason #3 – Either could the laptop (with wifi on.)

Even if I had gotten everything working to the 3 hour mark, it wouldn’t have mattered.. The show went about 5 hours (instead of 3), into Tuesday. Some of the largest highlights of the night:

  • Every Speaker
  • Appearance by Neil Gaiman
  • A marriage proposal done up right… First in W00tstock history.

It’s funny how many people are still tweeting about #W00tstock this morning. It was an amazing how.

I did manage to get my stream up for part of the second half of the show, the camera quality sucks because I was using the laptops camera after mine went dead. Richard and I also took tons of photos, and I’ll try to upload the video from the first half as soon as I can.

Thanks to Wil, Adam, and Paul and Storm (and the rest of the amazing cast and crew) for what ranks as one of the best shows I think I’ve ever seen (certainly one of the longest ;-)).

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