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Final words on Nas-Con 2011 in Vegas, and a few of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 3/27 - 4/2 
Posted by Drew at 2011-04-05 3:02:20 PM (334 comments) | Permalink

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We had our first big World Fark Party last weekend. My expectations were definitely above average, but what actually ended up happening blew away the best possible outcome for the weekend. A ton of people, lots of friends connecting, laughter, and enough alcohol to fill Lake Mead.

For those of you who weren't able to make it: first, I hope you can make it next year because we had a kickass time. Second, Naskar's parents and his brother Cam were thrilled and honored to be a part of the festivities, and they let everybody know that they're working with us to set up a community foundation in his name. More details on that later when we have them.

Some thanks need to go out to those who agreed to come hang out with us, most notably our special guests: Bill Corbett of MST3K and Rifftrax, and Paul and Storm, who tore the roof off the sucker. I think I heard the same thing from at least a couple dozen people: "Man, I'd heard their stuff before but I had no idea how good it was in person." Also to Alex with Neatorama, who hosts our Fark Shop provided a lot of free schwag for us and was kind enough to help us get the shirts printed. The Nas-Con shirts will be available in a few days for those of you who wanted them but weren't able to get them on Saturday or Sunday. The staff at Treasure Island in Las Vegas was excellent and treated us right. Especially the five guys at the craps table friday and saturday night after midnight. I woke up both nights hung over with a full wallet AND my butt wasn't bleeding - a Vegas win if there ever was one.


A lot of members of Fark took the lead in helping us get this off the ground and arranging some events. Thanks to Witchydiva for organizing the Vegas Strip Pub Crawl, to smells_like_meat for setting up and managing the Poker Tournament, to aquigley for being our emcee at the Saturday event. Thanks also go out to Yzziefrog for helping with the shirt designs, to E-Brake for offering to help with shirts and setting up the Sunday brunch, and to cyberchp for volunteering to man the sales table. Also thanks to punkrockgirl and Unfreakable for setting up and managing the event.

To everybody who took time out of their schedule and spent their hard-earned money to get here, I hope you had a blast. Everyone I talked to sure as hell did. You all made this party what it was, because you all make this community what it is. I can't say that in any other way without sounding like I'm just spouting sentimental BS, but every word of it is true.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2011-03-27 to Sat 2011-04-02:

www.fark.com  Indian Navy continues its impressive Cinderella run with another impressive victory over the pirates, including a double-double by its leading scorer with 16 pirates captured and 16 hostages freed    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  VW adds a classic Beetle feature to the Jetta. If you use your horn, the engine shuts off    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Statistics show Scottish wife battering increases dramatically during soccer matches. Those savages will eat anything    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Pro Gay Wrestling Federation not happy that WWE announcer tweeted gay slur and was not punished. In other news, Pro Gay Wrestling Federation and WWE not the same organization    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  April Fools' Day is good for your heart, according to doctors who never woke up to the sight of a giant fake spider    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Ivory Coast rebels now control 99 44/100% of the country    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Residents angry after town's broken clock left unfixed. Wild-haired scientist and teenager who only responds to the name 'chicken' sought for questioning    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Airline flight is diverted after passengers and some of the crew began feeling sick. Why do people keep ordering the fish?    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  95 year-old World War II Veteran will get his U.S. Citizenship, Boston Celtics contract    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Bicyclists dream of bike path to ocean. Drivers dream of even longer bike path    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Treki defects from Libyan government, Ceti Alpha V    img.fark.net


Sports:

www.fark.com  Milwaukee Brewers get new high definition video scoreboard. Zeroes and K's now much easier to see    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Chad Pennington tears his ACL. Man, I hope that doesn't affect his ability to throw the football deep    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Cinderella is murdered. The Butler did it    img.fark.net


Geek:

www.fark.com  FD&C Yellow #6 linked with child hyperactivity. Good thing sugary snacks are never brightly colored    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  NASA releases first image ever taken from orbit of Mercury. Scores about 0.86 on the Lohan Scale of Rugged-Looking    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  IPod and other small devices to be powered by human heart instead of batteries. Subby's ex will still need to use a battery    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

www.fark.com  Roger Abbot dead. Jessica inconsolable    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Adam Sandler's latest film is his 12th to gross over $100 million at the box office. It's looking more and more like the Mayans were right    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Lady Gaga to be fashion consultant for V magazine. For all five of you who wear suits made of Muppet fur, this will be a glorious day    img.fark.net


Politics:

www.fark.com  Obama says Libya won't be another Iraq. By which we assume he means it won't be another Afghanistan. Meaning it won't be another Vietnam. Or another Korea. Or    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Is Growing Internet Use Polarizing Political Views? The answer is yes, you smug, sneering, empty-suit commie fascist    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  A collection of pictures details Canadian PM Stephen Harper's ongoing efforts to convince the world that he really is a human being    img.fark.net


Music:

www.fark.com  Miley Cyrus slams Rebecca Black for exposing her proprietary hit-making formula: money, entitlement, auto-tune    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Yanni fires back at his critics. His critics fall asleep midway through reading it    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Minimalist composer Philip Glass + hiphop mashup is better than you'd expect, better than you'd expect, better than you'd expect    img.fark.net


Business:

www.fark.com  Interesting fact: Apple is worth more than the entire GDP of Portugal. Which tomorrow might be $3.89    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Pepsi to meet diet cola drinkers halfway with new 60-calorie beverage called Pepsi Stop Your Damn Whining    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Russian car maker introduces the Yo-auto hybrid. Company expects big sales from its debut model The Adrian    img.fark.net
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2011-04-05 03:14:33 PM  
Party rocked. Doing facebook overload right now, but on the upside, I just found out what my epitaph is going to bee after this weekend:

GaidinBDJ: Stand-up guy, falldown drunk.
 
2011-04-05 03:14:34 PM  
GET TESTED
 
2011-04-05 03:14:35 PM  
If only Drew would mention me. My life would be 99.99999% complete.
 
2011-04-05 03:15:52 PM  
My liver is on strike after this weekend, but it was fun! (And I won some $$)
 
2011-04-05 03:16:28 PM  
I did absolutely nothing but I think I should be thanked as well.
 
2011-04-05 03:17:50 PM  
Nay... I DEMAND to be thanked!
 
2011-04-05 03:18:06 PM  
It was a blast. I think I have crabs, but they're friendly crabs.
 
2011-04-05 03:18:43 PM  
I LOVE YOU MAN!
 
2011-04-05 03:19:00 PM  

randomizetimer: If only Drew would mention me. My life would be 99.99999% complete.


You'll get over it.
 
2011-04-05 03:19:20 PM  
My liver is 150 proof.
 
2011-04-05 03:19:58 PM  

Teriaki: I LOVE YOU MAN!


You still can't have my Bud Light big-ass tourist drink.
 
2011-04-05 03:22:38 PM  
For those of you who weren't able to make it: first, I hope you can make it next year because we had a kickass time.

Wait this is seriously going to be a yearly thing?
 
2011-04-05 03:22:56 PM  
Someone I was talking to said "ya know, I really hate the overuse of the word 'Epic', but for this, it fits". And it does. :)

/team fake extrovert
 
2011-04-05 03:23:08 PM  
Thanks to whoever gave me the t-shirt on Saturday night.

I'd tilt a drink to you, but I'm not drinking for a while.
 
2011-04-05 03:23:39 PM  
It was fun. I had a fun time.
 
2011-04-05 03:24:22 PM  

RminusQ: Wait this is seriously going to be a yearly thing?


That was the chatter all weekend. It just went way too well to pass up doing it here again.
 
2011-04-05 03:25:22 PM  
I'm so so happy that I went. I had a blast and I hope to make it next year. TFarkers rock.
 
2011-04-05 03:25:32 PM  
YAY REAL AND ACCESSIBLE BOOBS
 
2011-04-05 03:25:46 PM  
Done in two.
 
2011-04-05 03:25:55 PM  

GaidinBDJ: Party rocked. Doing facebook overload right now, but on the upside, I just found out what my epitaph is going to bee after this weekend:

GaidinBDJ: Stand-up guy, falldown drunk.


Let me add: Bad speller from BFE.

/great to meet ya
 
2011-04-05 03:25:59 PM  
Had a blast! I still need to catch up on sleep, though. Can't wait for next year!
 
2011-04-05 03:26:33 PM  
Next year. Maybe.

I might stop being bitter about not being able to go this year by about then.
 
2011-04-05 03:26:37 PM  

frickinsweet: YAY REAL AND ACCESSIBLE BOOBS


Mine ARE real. Just not accessible. :P
 
2011-04-05 03:27:03 PM  

azbubba: Mine ARE real. Just not accessible. :P


yes, well, mine are both
 
2011-04-05 03:27:06 PM  

frickinsweet: YAY REAL AND ACCESSIBLE BOOBS


I apologize for not groping you!

And anyone else who was equally offended by a lack of groping.
 
2011-04-05 03:27:06 PM  
You people are the bees' knees.

Everyone either exceeded or wildly-exceeded my expectations.
 
2011-04-05 03:27:23 PM  

Teriaki: I LOVE YOU MAN!


*eye contact*
 
2011-04-05 03:28:09 PM  
I will also add: for those that didn't go because you haven't been on TF for a while...you missed out. This was, as Mike said, truly epic.
 
2011-04-05 03:28:50 PM  

frickinsweet: yes, well, mine are both


WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THAT WHILE WE WERE IN VEGAS!!!! *SOB*
 
2011-04-05 03:29:06 PM  
FEMINISM
 
2011-04-05 03:29:51 PM  
i had fun, and thankfully i only got molested a little bit.
 
2011-04-05 03:30:26 PM  

brap: You people are the bees' knees.

Everyone either exceeded or wildly-exceeded my expectations.


I really was at your knees though. You're a tall guy.
 
2011-04-05 03:30:29 PM  

azbubba: frickinsweet: yes, well, mine are both

WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THAT WHILE WE WERE IN VEGAS!!!! *SOB*


Yep.

Thinking the same thing.

Hehe.
 
2011-04-05 03:31:04 PM  

TheReverendLei: I apologize for not groping you!


It's ok. I came home with zero regrets, just as I'd intended.

azbubba: WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THAT WHILE WE WERE IN VEGAS!!!! *SOB*


because that whole wife thing you have going on really cramps my style
 
2011-04-05 03:31:06 PM  

frickinsweet: azbubba: Mine ARE real. Just not accessible. :P

yes, well, mine are both


*SQUEEZE*

I am SO glad I met you, m'dear! You are just the sweetest woman.
 
2011-04-05 03:31:12 PM  
On April 1, The first annual Farkcon poker tournament was held at the poker room of the TI resort in Las Vegas,

Nevada. The buy in was $65 and there were 51 players.

About half the players took the poker lesson offered by TI.

Here's a link to a picture of the final table.

Link (new window)

I don't know everyone there, but here goes: koalaface, witchydiva, Zandi, Syrynxx, Carol, unknown, Sgt. Cyanide,

Paul from Paul and Storm, unknown, dealer and Aquigley.

The winner was Syrynxx in a hotly contested head's up match with Aquigley. They both took home $950 for their

efforts with Syrynxx claiming the coveted trophy. In third place was Paul, who received $450.

The staff at TI's poker room was great as were Nopokerface, Vegaswench, Cyberchp and Semper Gumby who helped make

it all work.

It was a blast. See you all next year.
 
2011-04-05 03:31:41 PM  

frickinsweet: zero regrets


Ouch?
 
2011-04-05 03:32:14 PM  
oh please eyehate I only mashed them on you like 63 times
 
2011-04-05 03:32:22 PM  
I realized I was a feminist the first time I gave myself permission to be angry with men. My first boyfriend in high school spent a lot of time undermining me in ways that felt like love. He'd tell me I was pretty but not sexy, and then have sex with me. He'd tell me I was smart, but then laugh with his brothers at how I was "ditzy." He'd look deep into my eyes and tell me the world was ours, and how much he loved me, then tell me I was being crazy when I'd call him more than he liked, or when I'd ask for anything at all. He gave me what he wanted to give me when he wanted to give it to me, and I got to tell myself over and over again that it was what being in love was like.

That guy broke my heart when he broke up with me, and I felt like I lost my whole world. He made me feel like my world wasn't any bigger than him and that any attempts to make it so were a result of me being "crazy." After that I gravitated towards any guy who made me feel validated for a few minutes. I wanted to be friends with guys only-I told myself that women were catty and shallow, and that I just got along better with guys. Looking back on that time, I was desperately unhappy and also desperate to be someone who mattered. And the only people I knew who mattered were men.

I sat through marathon sports sessions and pretended to care. I cooked and I cleaned and I fetched beer and I sat by while guys made comments about other girls ... girls who weren't me, because I certainly wasn't that girl. I wasn't stupid and slutty and weak, I wasn't obsessed with Sex and the City and bad alcohol, and I certainly didn't get easily offended like all those other girls did, by stuff like porn and strippers and sexual comments.

I could keep that face on until I couldn't. And that's when the shortfalls of these guys became painfully apparent. When I missed my first boyfriend so much, I cried during sex with a one night stand and the guy asked if I was OK-and when I said yes, he kept going while I kept crying. When a guy cheated on his girlfriend with me and-nevermind that I was drunk and he was four years older and it was my first week of college-she stayed in a relationship with him but made sure everyone we knew heard about what an evil, dirty, boyfriend-stealing slut I was. When I was too drunk to drive home and asked a male acquaintance to drive me, and we had sex that I don't fully remember-but he told everyone. And this stuff happened again and again, until it culminated in a night when at a fraternity party, someone grabbed a microphone and asked if anyone wanted their turn at "super sloppy seventeenths" with me.

I dropped out of school then. I felt so worthless I wanted to die. Everyone had figured it out: I was weak, worthless, stupid, and worst of all, a total whore. And after I hit rock-bottom I started to wonder why. Why was it that sex meant that something had been taken away from me and given to some guy? Why was it that guys could shamelessly talk about their sex lives, but I was supposed to be ashamed of mine? Where exactly did this slut label that was breaking my heart come from?

And then the first guy came back. After another painfully draining relationship with him, I got the opportunity to tell him to go fark himself, to get his things out of the house and leave me to my life. I finally started living for myself. And I realized that straight white men are given power, but the rest of us have to find ours. That made me so angry and so determined at the same time, and something inside me fundamentally changed: I stopped accepting things for what they are and started asking questions about why they are that way. This changed my career trajectory in an insanely positive way. It changed how I relate to men, which led to a fantastic, egalitarian relationship with a man I plan to marry (I'm the one who proposed). And perhaps most importantly, it led to some deeply rewarding friendships with other women. whom I stopped viewing as the enemy in my quest for male validation and started to see as fellow survivors of the patriarchy.

I found feminism like some people find religion. It changed my life and it made me whole.
 
2011-04-05 03:33:05 PM  
I really wish I could have made it.
 
2011-04-05 03:33:10 PM  
Three words: Dollar bathroom Doritos.
 
2011-04-05 03:33:21 PM  
I was in Reno (just left yesterday), and thought about showing up. Now that I hear Paul and Storm were there I am glad I didn't bother. It would have been nice to meet some of you, but not nice enough to put up with that crap.
 
2011-04-05 03:33:32 PM  

btrflykate: I am SO glad I met you, m'dear! You are just the sweetest woman.


back atcha, sweetness

TheReverendLei: Ouch?


awww, I didn't mean it like that.
 
2011-04-05 03:33:35 PM  

frickinsweet: because that whole wife thing you have going on really cramps my style


Yeah, I know. But I was still thrilled to meet you and wish we had more time to hang out.
 
2011-04-05 03:34:01 PM  

frickinsweet: oh please eyehate I only mashed them on you like 63 times


I was a tad smashed.

I think brap also felt me up at some point.
 
2011-04-05 03:34:40 PM  
Wow. Suffice to say there are some parties I don't want to miss twice. When is next year's? Yahoo at my handle.
 
2011-04-05 03:34:42 PM  

smells_like_meat: Sgt. Cyanide


Does she emit some kind of aura that makes it impossible for any camera pointed at her to be in focus?
 
2011-04-05 03:34:50 PM  

Mr. Murder: I really wish I could have made it.


black people weren't invited.
 
2011-04-05 03:35:03 PM  

Mr. Murder: I really wish I could have made it.


we do too
 
2011-04-05 03:35:32 PM  
I dryhumped somebody in the ass at the bar but I don't remember who it was.
 
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