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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 
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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 06:23:16 PM  

Unfreakable: The pub crawl worked much better as a way to mix and meet, although the drinks were noticeably more expensive.


It helped that Drew bought beers for people a couple times, though. Even if it was beer-flavoured water (AKA Bud Light). But hell, I'm not going to complain about free booze, especially if Drew's buying.
 
2011-04-05 06:23:46 PM  

Unfreakable: 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.


I thought Farkers were obvious LOL

j/k I know what you mean.
 
2011-04-05 06:25:04 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!!!


Word. That was a great hug!

I would like to go to KC. Never been there!
 
2011-04-05 06:26:05 PM  

nopokerface: 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!!!

Word. That was a great hug!

I would like to go to KC. Never been there!


Get your ass out here!
 
2011-04-05 06:26:37 PM  

Third In Line: 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.


I dont know if I should apologize for him and feel slightly thankful. Im going to go with apologize mostly.
 
2011-04-05 06:27:47 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.


I'm pretty sure he was turning the volume up as the night went on too, but that might also have to do with how drunk we all were.

I know that simply charging more isn't the only answer, since the negotation stuff really dicked fark over on the costs, so with that in mind if you guys can get it all figured out without greater costs on the participants then I'll buy you all a couple of rounds next time!

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


next year can only get better

Unfreakable: 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.


this was, literally, my first time to vegas. I got lucky that I had witchydiva's contact information so we could catch up to people on the thursday. Next time around it'll be easier (such as, designating the breeze bar as the meetup point for whatever we do from the get-go) for those that went this year.

Also having coordinators for events worked EXTREMELY well this year. If the same folks aren't able to do so again next year, I hope we're able to find some people to do just as good of a job at it. Big props to everyone that kept updating facebook and doing back and forth texts/e-mails to bring people into the party rather than leave them wandering.
 
2011-04-05 06:27:50 PM  

Rottweiler8: Third In Line: 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.

I dont know if I should apologize for him and feel slightly thankful. Im going to go with apologize mostly.


No, don't! He was hilarious. :D
 
2011-04-05 06:28:52 PM  

jessie: Me, too. There was much hugging.


I was giving lessons on hugging.
 
2011-04-05 06:28:54 PM  
Unfreakable: 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

Someone made a reference to Nasser's big Chicago party and how the DJ at Kahunaville was like his last laugh. Somehow that made it okay :)
 
2011-04-05 06:31:26 PM  
My voice got worn out every night. I'm still sounding a bit like Anne Bancroft today.
 
2011-04-05 06:32:05 PM  

Rottweiler8: I dont know if I should apologize for him and feel slightly thankful. Im going to go with apologize mostly.


Might not want to bring your gropey buddy next time. Just sayin'...
 
2011-04-05 06:33:38 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...


Liquid courage doesn't make me an extrovert, though it does help me relax that driving need I have to be accepted by those I interact with. Chances are I'll show up have some drinks and sit around playing my PSP because I don't know how to strike up a conversation. Then you guys will think I'm a total retard and accuse me of being some sort of liberal teabagger bush supporting Clinton lover with a penchant for Ke$ha music and buggery who believes the world is flat and actually knows what a Bieber is.

That sounds fun actually...
 
2011-04-05 06:34:39 PM  

Rottweiler8: Third In Line: 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.

I dont know if I should apologize for him and feel slightly thankful. Im going to go with apologize mostly.


I laughed a LOT because of you guys. It was all mostly harmless :)

What fun would fark be, in general, without some jackass behavior now and then?
 
2011-04-05 06:36:10 PM  

Rottweiler8: jessie: Me, too. There was much hugging.

I was giving lessons on hugging.


Next time I'll take you up on your first offer, rather than going, "Woah woah woah, you're THAT guy!"
 
2011-04-05 06:37:11 PM  

Cthulhu Theory: 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...

Liquid courage doesn't make me an extrovert, though it does help me relax that driving need I have to be accepted by those I interact with. Chances are I'll show up have some drinks and sit around playing my PSP because I don't know how to strike up a conversation. Then you guys will think I'm a total retard and accuse me of being some sort of liberal teabagger bush supporting Clinton lover with a penchant for Ke$ha music and buggery who believes the world is flat and actually knows what a Bieber is.

That sounds fun actually...


You don't have to strike up conversation. I don't think anyone there knew how to STFU. I mean that in a good way.
 
2011-04-05 06:38:55 PM  

jessie: You don't have to strike up conversation. I don't think anyone there knew how to STFU. I mean that in a good way.



Word. ;)
 
2011-04-05 06:40:22 PM  
Unfreakable: 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.

WHAT?!
 
2011-04-05 06:41:42 PM  
I like how I came back from Vegas and suddenly had a brazillion people to add on Facebook.
 
2011-04-05 06:42:16 PM  

daRog: WHAT?!


YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN
 
2011-04-05 06:43:19 PM  

CraicBaby: I like how I came back from Vegas and suddenly had a brazillion people to add on Facebook.


i51.tinypic.com
 
2011-04-05 06:43:36 PM  

jessie: Next time I'll take you up on your first offer, rather than going, "Woah woah woah, you're THAT guy!"


i.imgur.com
 
2011-04-05 06:45:39 PM  
Third In Line: My voice got worn out every night. I'm still sounding a bit like Anne Bancroft today.

That's better than Patty Duke.
 
2011-04-05 06:45:52 PM  
Third In Line: jessie: You don't have to strike up conversation. I don't think anyone there knew how to STFU. I mean that in a good way.

Word. ;)


And yes, she was referring to you specifically TIL ;)
 
2011-04-05 06:46:01 PM  

Rottweiler8: jessie: Next time I'll take you up on your first offer, rather than going, "Woah woah woah, you're THAT guy!"


But you are THAT guy.
 
2011-04-05 06:47:27 PM  

Rottweiler8: jessie: Next time I'll take you up on your first offer, rather than going, "Woah woah woah, you're THAT guy!"


haha! I'm sure I've been farkied/favorited with worse things.
 
2011-04-05 06:47:40 PM  

olavf: Third In Line: jessie: You don't have to strike up conversation. I don't think anyone there knew how to STFU. I mean that in a good way.

Word. ;)

And yes, she was referring to you specifically TIL ;)


i52.tinypic.com
 
2011-04-05 06:48:11 PM  
I will say this, it was a lot less awkward than I expected, a lot of conversations just started very spontaneously (rarely even with a hello exchanged) with the help of alcohol, and, really, the commonality of being from the internet.
 
2011-04-05 06:48:46 PM  
Third In Line: i52.tinypic.com

hehe exactly!
 
2011-04-05 06:49:08 PM  
I got to drink vodak with olavf. I can die happy now.
 
2011-04-05 06:49:34 PM  

olavf: Third In Line: i52.tinypic.com

hehe exactly!


I was on overload :)
 
2011-04-05 06:49:35 PM  

CanadianCommie: I will say this, it was a lot less awkward than I expected, a lot of conversations just started very spontaneously (rarely even with a hello exchanged) with the help of alcohol, and, really, the commonality of being from the internet.


Its like they were all "one of us".
 
2011-04-05 06:51:15 PM  

smells_like_meat: CanadianCommie: I will say this, it was a lot less awkward than I expected, a lot of conversations just started very spontaneously (rarely even with a hello exchanged) with the help of alcohol, and, really, the commonality of being from the internet.

Its like they were all "one of us".


THIS.

That t-shirt I wore out at the pool - coming from my hotel people just looked away. Once I got to the Farkers it was actually funny.

I lurv my Fark family :)
 
2011-04-05 06:52:40 PM  

nopokerface: 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!!!

Word. That was a great hug!

I would like to go to KC. Never been there!


Oklahoma Joe.... yummy.
 
2011-04-05 06:53:24 PM  

Third In Line: THIS


It seriously was. No social awkwardness. No loners with laptops. All the chicks were hot. All the men manly.
 
2011-04-05 06:55:19 PM  

smells_like_meat: Third In Line: THIS

It seriously was. No social awkwardness. No loners with laptops. All the chicks were hot. All the men manly.


Also - I felt safe with Farkers nearby. Nobody was going to mess with me.
 
2011-04-05 06:56:26 PM  

smells_like_meat: No loners with laptops


I don't think I saw a single laptop the entire time, save for the one used during the convention. THAT did surprise me, in a positive way.
 
2011-04-05 06:57:49 PM  

aquigley: smells_like_meat: No loners with laptops

I don't think I saw a single laptop the entire time, save for the one used during the convention. THAT did surprise me, in a positive way.


People DID use their phones a lot. I didn't have a smart phone so everyone else kept me up-to-date.
 
2011-04-05 06:58:19 PM  

Third In Line: Also - I felt safe with Farkers nearby. Nobody was going to mess with me.


Sweetheart, we all had your back.
 
2011-04-05 06:58:37 PM  
CraicBaby: I got to drink vodak with olavf. I can die happy now.

I concur :)

Third In Line: I was on overload :)

Heh. I think we all were to some degree or another.
 
2011-04-05 07:00:01 PM  

smells_like_meat: Third In Line: Also - I felt safe with Farkers nearby. Nobody was going to mess with me.

Sweetheart, we all had your back.


So YOU were the one behind me so often...
 
2011-04-05 07:00:47 PM  

olavf: Heh. I think we all were to some degree or another.


The Rev Lei was in overdrive :D
 
2011-04-05 07:06:58 PM  

Third In Line: aquigley: smells_like_meat: No loners with laptops

I don't think I saw a single laptop the entire time, save for the one used during the convention. THAT did surprise me, in a positive way.

People DID use their phones a lot. I didn't have a smart phone so everyone else kept me up-to-date.


yes, but I didn't see any live tinychat stuff. I guess it doesn't matter if people did that or not. I'm glad everyone there seemed to enjoy the camaraderie more than their interwebs for a couple of days.
 
2011-04-05 07:08:37 PM  

aquigley: smells_like_meat: No loners with laptops

I don't think I saw a single laptop the entire time, save for the one used during the convention. THAT did surprise me, in a positive way.


Yep, the only two laptops I saw outside of hotel rooms were the ones Joe and I used for presentations... and Drew and Mel had iPads out at various points...

Smartphones, on the other hand, were pretty much surgically attached to everyone's hands (mine included), as it was the easiest way to keep track of where everyone was... at least when the cell networks were behaving.
 
2011-04-05 07:09:21 PM  
Another thing I need to remember: make sure the meeting room at the very least has cell reception (preferably also wifi), that registration line was a clusterfark. Sorry about that, everyone.
 
2011-04-05 07:13:23 PM  
Third In Line: The Rev Lei was in overdrive :D

heh. Yeah.

aquigley: yes, but I didn't see any live tinychat stuff. I guess it doesn't matter if people did that or not. I'm glad everyone there seemed to enjoy the camaraderie more than their interwebs for a couple of days.

Yeah, it seemed to be limited to the occasional peek now and then - I didn't see anyone with their face buried in the phone. That was pretty cool.
 
2011-04-05 07:23:35 PM  
Kahunaville sucks.
 
2011-04-05 07:23:52 PM  

frickinsweet: btrflykate: What the hell was up with that?!

I guess hotel laundry dryers have to be like 900o to kill the herp

Fondle My Sweaters: caramel corn

burnt caramel corn?


jessie: My towels smelled like syrup.


www.dankspot.com
 
2011-04-05 07:28:00 PM  

daRog: Unfreakable: 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.

WHAT?!


I'm still deaf and have no voice.
 
2011-04-05 07:28:00 PM  

rodeofrog: Kahunaville sucks.


Except for the Hawaiian Sliders. OMNOMNOM
 
2011-04-05 07:28:36 PM  

Third In Line: rodeofrog: Kahunaville sucks.

Except for the Hawaiian Sliders. OMNOMNOM


The food was pretty much great. But yeah it was a bit too fratty. We were saying Nasser would've loved it. :)
 
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