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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 05:06:54 PM  

Third In Line: Unfreakable: Short answer on the "will this be an annual event" thing:

We would love to make this a regular event, and we're going to try and do it again next year. However, we need to make this financially viable so that we can at least break even, money-wise.

Kansas. Cheap. And where I am :D


While I'm sure Kansas is lovely, especially the miles and miles of corn (and having done some naughty things in corn fields as a young'un, I can say I have a great appreciation for corn), I do believe than only some place like Vegas can handle a group of this 'stature'. Then again, maybe Drew could have it at his house.
 
2011-04-05 05:09:20 PM  

20 percent gay: Third In Line: Unfreakable: Short answer on the "will this be an annual event" thing:

We would love to make this a regular event, and we're going to try and do it again next year. However, we need to make this financially viable so that we can at least break even, money-wise.

Kansas. Cheap. And where I am :D

While I'm sure Kansas is lovely, especially the miles and miles of corn (and having done some naughty things in corn fields as a young'un, I can say I have a great appreciation for corn), I do believe than only some place like Vegas can handle a group of this 'stature'. Then again, maybe Drew could have it at his house.


Do you know how dumb you sound? KANSAS CITY.
 
2011-04-05 05:11:02 PM  
Anyone know if Cameron ever got a Fark account?
 
2011-04-05 05:11:30 PM  

Third In Line: 20 percent gay: Third In Line: Unfreakable: Short answer on the "will this be an annual event" thing:

We would love to make this a regular event, and we're going to try and do it again next year. However, we need to make this financially viable so that we can at least break even, money-wise.

Kansas. Cheap. And where I am :D

While I'm sure Kansas is lovely, especially the miles and miles of corn (and having done some naughty things in corn fields as a young'un, I can say I have a great appreciation for corn), I do believe than only some place like Vegas can handle a group of this 'stature'. Then again, maybe Drew could have it at his house.

Do you know how dumb you sound? KANSAS CITY.


Ouch. Guess you told me.
 
2011-04-05 05:12:16 PM  
Let's see:
1. Major airline hub.
2. Convention facilities galore.
3. Entertainment, good food (think steak)...
4. In the middle, for everyone.
 
2011-04-05 05:13:33 PM  

20 percent gay: Ouch. Guess you told me.


I did. Didn't mean to be so harsh :D

I get tired of people thinking it's all farms and we go square dancing on Saturday nights.
 
2011-04-05 05:13:34 PM  
Third In Line: KANSAS CITY.

Kansas has a city now?
 
2011-04-05 05:15:02 PM  
Next time in Dubai.
 
2011-04-05 05:17:33 PM  
20 percent gay:Third In Line: 20 percent gay: Third In Line: Unfreakable: Short answer on the "will this be an annual event" thing:

We would love to make this a regular event, and we're going to try and do it again next year. However, we need to make this financially viable so that we can at least break even, money-wise.

Kansas. Cheap. And where I am :D

While I'm sure Kansas is lovely, especially the miles and miles of corn (and having done some naughty things in corn fields as a young'un, I can say I have a great appreciation for corn), I do believe than only some place like Vegas can handle a group of this 'stature'. Then again, maybe Drew could have it at his house.

Do you know how dumb you sound? KANSAS CITY.

Ouch. Guess you told me.


Ouch indeed.
 
2011-04-05 05:21:39 PM  
Third In Line: 20 percent gay: Ouch. Guess you told me.

I did. Didn't mean to be so harsh :D

I get tired of people thinking it's all farms and we go square dancing on Saturday nights.


Not Kansas.
www.shawneecc.edu
 
2011-04-05 05:23:24 PM  

phlegmmo: Third In Line: 20 percent gay: Ouch. Guess you told me.

I did. Didn't mean to be so harsh :D

I get tired of people thinking it's all farms and we go square dancing on Saturday nights.

Not Kansas.


Oh, and I was going to make a joke about waking up this morning in my own bed, and saying "But it WAS real! And you were there... and you... and YOU!"
 
2011-04-05 05:23:26 PM  

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

yes, well, mine are both


Now you tell us ...
 
2011-04-05 05:25:11 PM  
Had a great time Saturday, sorry to have missed Fridays festivities. Met a of cool Farkers hope to meet more at the next event. We need to have a Michigan party soon.
 
2011-04-05 05:26:41 PM  

Third In Line: 20 percent gay: Ouch. Guess you told me.

I did. Didn't mean to be so harsh :D

I get tired of people thinking it's all farms and we go square dancing on Saturday nights.


No problem. There's nothing square about you, sugar!
 
2011-04-05 05:26:43 PM  

Third In Line: Let's see:
1. Major airline hub.
2. Convention facilities galore.
3. Entertainment, good food (think steak)...
4. In the middle, for everyone.


vegas makes the most sense. They're used to crazy like us, they easily have the capacity to handle crazy like us, and even someone from a remote place like Edmonton (like we're from) are able to get good flight and hotel deals/packages.

I know this year was operating at a loss for the people organizing, but if any city is going to make it financially viable, Vegas seems like it's right at the top of the list.

Hopefully the next time around the contracts and crap can get worked out without any b.s.

also, just a suggestion, you all could have probably charged a little more even for the con portion. If I'm already dropping like 1500 bucks to go on this sort of trip, an extra 15 bucks per person isn't a massive dealbreaker. Not everyone is in the same boat on this I'm sure, but that's just my opinion.


Anyways, I'm already working out a new financial plan to make sure I'll have the funds for next time.
 
2011-04-05 05:30:39 PM  

CanadianCommie: vegas makes the most sense. They're used to crazy like us, they easily have the capacity to handle crazy like us, and even someone from a remote place like Edmonton (like we're from) are able to get good flight and hotel deals/packages.


I can agree with this. And would've stayed at TI if I had it to do over. Cabs are no fun from the other end of the strip.
 
2011-04-05 05:31:21 PM  

20 percent gay: Third In Line: 20 percent gay: Ouch. Guess you told me.

I did. Didn't mean to be so harsh :D

I get tired of people thinking it's all farms and we go square dancing on Saturday nights.

No problem. There's nothing square about you, sugar!


Well, how YOU doin?
 
2011-04-05 05:33:19 PM  

CanadianCommie: an extra 15 bucks per person isn't a massive dealbreaker.


I agree...I would have paid more for any or all of it.
 
2011-04-05 05:34:58 PM  

Third In Line: I can agree with this. And would've stayed at TI if I had it to do over. Cabs are no fun from the other end of the strip.


Agreed. Cabs to and from the Sahara, though I saved like 150$ over everyone else, sucked.
 
2011-04-05 05:36:59 PM  

cattheotherwhitemeat: Mike: aquigley: Second Vegas confession: One time the Breeze Bar waitress forgot to charge me for a drink

Mine: the reason I made sure to shove you back on stage for Paul & Storm's write-a-song-on-the-spot thing is because I'd heard 'em do that gag before and I knew exactly how it'd end, and didn't want someone else to pick, for example, Nasser's mom :)

Oh, also, I have a scab on my penis. On the hot dog part.


Oh my god. HAHAHAHA

Seriously giggling and can't stop.
 
2011-04-05 05:40:34 PM  
is Phil a giant douche in vegas too?
 
2011-04-05 05:40:36 PM  

jessie: cattheotherwhitemeat: Mike: aquigley: Second Vegas confession: One time the Breeze Bar waitress forgot to charge me for a drink

Mine: the reason I made sure to shove you back on stage for Paul & Storm's write-a-song-on-the-spot thing is because I'd heard 'em do that gag before and I knew exactly how it'd end, and didn't want someone else to pick, for example, Nasser's mom :)

Oh, also, I have a scab on my penis. On the hot dog part.

Oh my god. HAHAHAHA

Seriously giggling and can't stop.


I will never forget that guy.
 
2011-04-05 05:40:46 PM  
Some of you people are not as classless in person as you are here.
 
2011-04-05 05:41:00 PM  

Adjective Bird Whiskey: Weird. My towels smelled too.

WHO WAS DOING WHAT TO OUR TOWELS


I had a jet powered toilet. You could have flushed a handgun down that thing without any trouble.

E-Brake, we're going to need that video.
 
2011-04-05 05:43:26 PM  

Roman Fyseek: I had a jet powered toilet. You could have flushed a handgun down that thing without any trouble.


While the one in our room sounded asthmatic.
 
2011-04-05 05:44:28 PM  

Pontius Pilates Class: Some of you people are not as classless in person as you are here.


I never even met you! How did that happen?

Oh and - I am classy too. Just so you know.
 
2011-04-05 05:46:22 PM  
My towels smelled like syrup.

I had a great time, even though I'm realizing there were a LOT of people that I didn't even get a chance to speak to. There were a lot that I said hi to and not much else. It was a little crazy.

I'm so glad we got to do this. Fantastic weekend.
 
2011-04-05 05:48:30 PM  

Third In Line: I can agree with this. And would've stayed at TI if I had it to do over. Cabs are no fun from the other end of the strip.


yeah I didn't really appreciate the size of the strip until I was there and realized how god damned lucky I was that I was at TI. TI is great btw, I wouldn't mind having it there next time too!

frickinsweet: I agree...I would have paid more for any or all of it.


absolutely, If we're getting into triple-digits per person that might become an issue, but even upwards of 70-80 bucks to help cover costs is not THAT BAD. I've paid a lot more to go to far less entertaining events that I go to yearly as it is.

I also would not have minded shouldering more of the drink cost/a "private event cover charge" at kahunaville for instance, although I will admit half-price drinks made things real easy for everyone.

I'm sure it'll be figured out though. A lot of what happened wasn't really planned, and if there were more planned events maybe more cost-sharing could be built in. I also thought the poker tournament was a fantastic value, so there might be some wiggle room there too.

i don't want to price ANYONE out of going to this, but I just think there's some wiggle room on per-person cost to help make it at least a break-even event.
 
2011-04-05 05:49:44 PM  

CanadianCommie: i don't want to price ANYONE out of going to this, but I just think there's some wiggle room on per-person cost to help make it at least a break-even event.


I will do lap-dances to help cover my cost of travel.
 
2011-04-05 05:50:08 PM  

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


Ditto. I hate you all.
 
2011-04-05 05:50:55 PM  

jessie: My towels smelled like syrup.

I had a great time, even though I'm realizing there were a LOT of people that I didn't even get a chance to speak to. There were a lot that I said hi to and not much else. It was a little crazy.

I'm so glad we got to do this. Fantastic weekend.


I feel the same way (I know you and I talked almost not at all compared to some other people).

Here's an idea...maybe there should be more of an organized meet and greet type of event. I loved the crawl and the kahunaville party, but more laidback event actually attempting to get everyone to meet everyone else would be a nice extra thing to have.
 
2011-04-05 05:52:00 PM  

TheReverendLei: I will do lap-dances to help cover my cost of travel.


I'm trying to ENCOURAGE participation, not drive it away like a wet fart in a hot tub.

...but you get an A for effort, it's the thought that counts.
 
2011-04-05 05:57:18 PM  

CanadianCommie: jessie: My towels smelled like syrup.

I had a great time, even though I'm realizing there were a LOT of people that I didn't even get a chance to speak to. There were a lot that I said hi to and not much else. It was a little crazy.

I'm so glad we got to do this. Fantastic weekend.

I feel the same way (I know you and I talked almost not at all compared to some other people).

Here's an idea...maybe there should be more of an organized meet and greet type of event. I loved the crawl and the kahunaville party, but more laidback event actually attempting to get everyone to meet everyone else would be a nice extra thing to have.


I really loved all the time hanging at the Breeze just talking with people.
 
2011-04-05 06:02:49 PM  
I'd love to show up next time but I think I'll need someone to hold my hand. I'm not good at the "random-social-interaction-with-large-groups-of-strangers" thing.
 
2011-04-05 06:02:51 PM  

jessie: I really loved all the time hanging at the Breeze just talking with people.


Yeah, me too. That's what most Fark parties are like for me anyway...
 
2011-04-05 06:03:24 PM  

TheReverendLei: CanadianCommie: i don't want to price ANYONE out of going to this, but I just think there's some wiggle room on per-person cost to help make it at least a break-even event.

I will do lap-dances to help cover my cost of travel.


You humped my leg - for free! I WIN.
 
2011-04-05 06:04:07 PM  

CanadianCommie: jessie: My towels smelled like syrup.

I had a great time, even though I'm realizing there were a LOT of people that I didn't even get a chance to speak to. There were a lot that I said hi to and not much else. It was a little crazy.

I'm so glad we got to do this. Fantastic weekend.

I feel the same way (I know you and I talked almost not at all compared to some other people).

Here's an idea...maybe there should be more of an organized meet and greet type of event. I loved the crawl and the kahunaville party, but more laidback event actually attempting to get everyone to meet everyone else would be a nice extra thing to have.


YES.
 
2011-04-05 06:06:14 PM  

Cthulhu Theory: I'm not good at the "random-social-interaction-with-large-groups-of-strangers" thing.


If I can pretend to be an extrovert for 4 days, anyone can. Liquid courage helps...
 
2011-04-05 06:07:41 PM  
You know what was nice? The pure joy on some people's faces when they first met me. I'm not bragging, I just mean we are all such good friends online! OMG, it's TIL!!!
 
2011-04-05 06:07:44 PM  
It was a pleasure meeting so many farkers. I fly home from Vegas tonight. I'm Starting to feel a little like Henry Hill in the last scene of Goodfellas as it's back to the daily grind.

/Didn't partake in Saturday event as damn dirty liters never pay for content.
// Was black cloud hungover as well
/// Pub crawl nearly ended me.
 
2011-04-05 06:07:59 PM  

jessie: I really loved all the time hanging at the Breeze just talking with people.


That part was the best. I think I was there for 4 hrs on Sat. night, just drinking and talking to people.
 
2011-04-05 06:09:31 PM  

Third In Line: You know what was nice? The pure joy on some people's faces when they first met me. I'm not bragging, I just mean we are all such good friends online! OMG, it's TIL!!!


Me, too. There was much hugging.

I was super excited to see you.
 
2011-04-05 06:10:06 PM  

Mike: Cthulhu Theory: I'm not good at the "random-social-interaction-with-large-groups-of-strangers" thing.

If I can pretend to be an extrovert for 4 days, anyone can. Liquid courage helps...


It helps to have someone with you that you're comfortable with, I think. I was really glad to have pumpkineye to be my Vegas-buddy.
 
2011-04-05 06:11:13 PM  

jessie: Third In Line: You know what was nice? The pure joy on some people's faces when they first met me. I'm not bragging, I just mean we are all such good friends online! OMG, it's TIL!!!

Me, too. There was much hugging.

I was super excited to see you.


THRILLED to meet you! Thrilled to meet everyone :)
 
2011-04-05 06:13:30 PM  

Mike: Cthulhu Theory: I'm not good at the "random-social-interaction-with-large-groups-of-strangers" thing.

If I can pretend to be an extrovert for 4 days, anyone can. Liquid courage helps...


If I can pretend I don't hate everything for 4 days, anyone can.
 
2011-04-05 06:15:07 PM  
Well, a couple of things that we already identified that drove the costs up for us:

1) The event didn't really get rolling soon enough, and we didn't push hard enough for commitments from people who came to entertain, and we scheduled them later, when flights were more expensive.

2) We lost our negotiating position by starting late in the year and then getting dicked around by the Wynn on the contract. That'll be the first thing we hit for next year's event. It also meant that we were struggling to get enough rooms sold, since so many people who planned to go had to make arrangements not knowing if/when ours would be worked out.

3) Not having everything squared away early means that some people who were interested simply didn't have enough time to save for the event and/or make arrangements at home and at work.

These are the main things right off the top of my head, not even close to a complete list. I liked Kahunaville for its convenient location in the hotel, but otherwise it was too loud for many of us who were just meeting people for the first time. The pub crawl worked much better as a way to mix and meet, although the drinks were noticeably more expensive.
 
2011-04-05 06:17:40 PM  

Unfreakable: Well, a couple of things that we already identified that drove the costs up for us:

1) The event didn't really get rolling soon enough, and we didn't push hard enough for commitments from people who came to entertain, and we scheduled them later, when flights were more expensive.

2) We lost our negotiating position by starting late in the year and then getting dicked around by the Wynn on the contract. That'll be the first thing we hit for next year's event. It also meant that we were struggling to get enough rooms sold, since so many people who planned to go had to make arrangements not knowing if/when ours would be worked out.

3) Not having everything squared away early means that some people who were interested simply didn't have enough time to save for the event and/or make arrangements at home and at work.

These are the main things right off the top of my head, not even close to a complete list. I liked Kahunaville for its convenient location in the hotel, but otherwise it was too loud for many of us who were just meeting people for the first time. The pub crawl worked much better as a way to mix and meet, although the drinks were noticeably more expensive.


Yeah, all of that. But see what we learned this year? And it was totally enjoyable despite the drawbacks.
 
2011-04-05 06:21:32 PM  
What an awesome time! Now to upload some pics.
 
2011-04-05 06:22:23 PM  

Third In Line: Yeah, all of that. But see what we learned this year? And it was totally enjoyable despite the drawbacks.


Absolutely. And if we do it again at TI next year, a lot of people who were there this year already know the layout and can find each other a lot more easily. This year was tough because a lot of people didn't know who to look for.
 
2011-04-05 06:22:44 PM  
I didn't stay at TI, so when everyone was at Cabana 6 at the pool I couldn't get in. Until I accosted Drew at Kahunaville sucking up oxygen and borrowed his room key :)
 
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