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Notes from the TED conference, Kentuckynadoes and Las Vegas - Treasure Island Signup Deadline is Tomorrow 
Posted by Drew at 2012-03-05 3:36:39 PM (35 comments) | Permalink
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Sup all,

To those of you who emailed me when the tornadoes were ripping through Kentucky, I wanted to say thanks. We got lucky where I lived, the worst of it missed us.

I wasn't actually there because I was out at TED again this year, enjoying the talks and giving one of my own on what bastards patent trolls are. I also got to hear several great talks, including Bryan Stevenson on confronting injustice and Vijay Kumar's cooperative hoverdrone fleet. It's not called Skynet yet but I think we're just about there. DARPA had a freaky talk on a troop delivery system that moves at Mach 20 (not a typo) and robot hummingbirds but it's not been posted online yet.

Last week we bumped the thread for the Las Vegas Fark Party 2012 to the main page as a reminder, since tomorrow is the last day to get a room at Treasure Island on Fark's event room block. Some people have saved a couple bucks by staying elsewhere, but when you add in mandatory resort fees that aren't typically mentioned in the pricing and the cost of taxis to get to/from Treasure Island, it might end up being a wash. If the only thing holding you back is the cost of TI versus off-strip hotels, though, by all means stay where you can and come hang out with us.

The main event is still Friday night, and will include a bunch of great guests: Tucker Max on Why Duke Sucks, Burnie Burns of Red vs. Blue, Mustard Man himself, Mike Phirman of Hard & Phirm, my good friend Alexis Ohanian who founded Reddit, and Paul and Storm. The cost of the event includes a pretty damn nice meal, as well (see the link above). We're also doing a pub crawl the night before and several events on Saturday, including (at a minimum) a Fark Poker Tournament in the TI poker room, side trips to the Pinball Museum and the Gun Store, a pub trivia challenge in the evening, as well as similar small side events.

Alrighty, that's it for now. I have to go shovel 5 inches of snow off my driveway, apparently tornadoes weren't enough severe weather for one week. I'm expecting frogs next. Take care everyone!
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2012-03-05 03:39:58 PM  
Was gonna say, "I know who submitted this one."
 
2012-03-05 03:40:09 PM  
Boobies
 
2012-03-05 03:42:12 PM  
I want a robotic hummingbird.
 
2012-03-05 03:42:58 PM  
Oh, and I am glad you and yours are okay.
 
2012-03-05 03:44:54 PM  
Did somebody say TED? Link (new window)
 
2012-03-05 03:45:35 PM  
is this what made the website hang?
 
2012-03-05 04:04:48 PM  
Good to hear everyone's okay. Not so good to hear Skynet is ready for deployment.
 
2012-03-05 04:07:42 PM  
West Liberty - wiped.
 
2012-03-05 04:10:52 PM  
my good friend Alexis Ohanian who founded Reddit

When are you going to get the founder of 4chan up on stage? I have spare tomatoes.
 
2012-03-05 04:16:05 PM  

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: my good friend Alexis Ohanian who founded Reddit

When are you going to get the founder of 4chan up on stage? I have spare tomatoes.


Did the Reddit dude talk about how even 4chan does a better job at getting rid of pictures of minors and child porn than Reddit does?
 
2012-03-05 04:21:34 PM  
Yeah, glad everyone is ok, Drew
 
2012-03-05 04:26:45 PM  
I submitted this with a better headline.
 
2012-03-05 04:28:32 PM  
Glad everybody is ... waitaminnit. A troop delivery system that moves at MACH 20?!? Are we gonna put our soldiers in rockets now or what? Cool ;)
 
2012-03-05 04:29:17 PM  

Ender's: Yeah, glad everyone is ok, Drew


Yeah so am I. When East Bernstadt was getting flattened I wasn't sitting here thinking "Holy shiat I hope my friends and inlaws there aren't dead. I really hope there isn't a tornado in town because we'd die." I was thinking "I hope that drunk guy that started Fark.com is okay"
 
2012-03-05 04:32:21 PM  

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: my good friend Alexis Ohanian who founded Reddit

When are you going to get the founder of 4chan up on stage? I have spare tomatoes.



The main event is still Friday night, and will include a bunch of great guests: Tucker Max...


They won't go to waste.
 
2012-03-05 04:35:37 PM  
Tucker Max will be there? Pass.
 
2012-03-05 04:39:27 PM  
Drew: Got a link to your TED talk, or was it not videotaped?
 
2012-03-05 04:46:06 PM  
Wow, TED must have really lowered their standards.

/I keed
//next up at TED: a drunken hobo!
///slashie-kid!
 
2012-03-05 05:08:13 PM  
A group of us are going to go do karaoke at Imperial Palace after the main Fark event. You don't have to sing if you don't want to. You can just come watch and have drinks :)
 
2012-03-05 05:11:27 PM  
The most frustrating part about this Vegas thing is deciding what events/activities to take part in and what to not do...
 
2012-03-05 05:24:39 PM  
For you farkers that don't gamble and like a "nice night out dining", go to the Mandarin Oriental's 23rd floor restaurant and bar. Really posh and calm. No loud music and machine noise pounding away.
 
2012-03-05 05:25:28 PM  

downstairs: Drew: Got a link to your TED talk, or was it not videotaped?


Second.
 
2012-03-05 06:08:55 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: downstairs: Drew: Got a link to your TED talk, or was it not videotaped?

Second.


thirded,
 
2012-03-05 06:19:14 PM  
A TED Talk? Let me guess, it featured a gray-faced academic trying to convince us why we should transform our entire world view to match his hyper-focused area of discipline?
 
2012-03-05 07:08:38 PM  

vegaswench: I want a robotic hummingbird.


That's patent nonsense and "fringe" science.
 
2012-03-05 07:19:33 PM  
swing by Seal Beach, we'll have some beers...
 
2012-03-05 07:44:45 PM  

Jonathan Hohensee: A TED Talk? Let me guess, it featured a gray-faced academic trying to convince us why we should transform our entire world view to match his hyper-focused area of discipline?


Does Drew look like a "gray-faced academic trying to convince us why we should transform our entire world view to match his hyper-focused area of discipline."?
 
2012-03-05 08:35:08 PM  

Jonathan Hohensee: A TED Talk? Let me guess, it featured a gray-faced academic trying to convince us why we should transform our entire world view to match his hyper-focused area of discipline?


I hear that web portals, social media, and "the cloud" are the waves of the future.
 
2012-03-05 08:36:15 PM  

lokisbong: Jonathan Hohensee: A TED Talk? Let me guess, it featured a gray-faced academic trying to convince us why we should transform our entire world view to match his hyper-focused area of discipline?

Does Drew look like a "gray-faced academic trying to convince us why we should transform our entire world view to match his hyper-focused area of discipline."?


Ok, "puffy-faced affable drunk slurring through a rant of sobs and screams"
 
2012-03-05 08:46:24 PM  

lohphat: Jonathan Hohensee: A TED Talk? Let me guess, it featured a gray-faced academic trying to convince us why we should transform our entire world view to match his hyper-focused area of discipline?

I hear that web portals, social media, and "the cloud" are the waves of the future.


"What Can the Mating Patterns of Giraffes Teach Us About Marriage?"
 
2012-03-05 09:48:25 PM  
I'm looking forward to look for "How about jack shiat and go fark yourself?" On ted.com, tomorrow.
 
2012-03-05 10:39:42 PM  
Sorry you got sucked in the liebutturd BS from Brian Stevenson. What a crock of shiat that cocksucking asshole's selling. We need to disenfranchise more people, not fewer. Who do you think votes for the Detroit city government, unindicted felons who haven't been disenfranchised yet. Governor Moonbeam got elected by criminal alien Mexicans and in gratitude he swore that he wouldn't cooperated with the los federales the ijo del perro.

The last time the farktards in California tried to repeal 3 strikes their poster boy was going away for 25 years for stealing 80 cents. There was kind of a backlash when it came out he got it in an armed robbery of a grade school student and nobody's taken any repeal seriously since.

Stevenson said that people aren't the worst thing that they do but I don't want murderers and armed robbers roaming the streets of my country. Maybe he can go to young black men and try to decrease their murderous attitudes, nature or psychology somehow but once they've murdered somebody of any race they've lost their earth pass. I have no problem with the courts executing blacks or Jews because I wasn't around for the history and neither were they and if your people got whacked in some other century and place, whether it was swinging on a rope or getting gassed in a shower, it doesn't excuse anything you have done or will do .

I was really disappointed to read that he raised a million dollars for his project and got the longest ovation at a TED talk. I thought it was more technology and this left wing political crap sucks even if it takes place in LA County. I hope that conservatives everywgere can rally and help us get rid of the liberturd burden and
return the favor.
 
2012-03-06 12:36:17 AM  

OscarTamerz: Sorry you got sucked in the liebutturd...

[derp]


Thank you for reminding me why I left Orange County.

One dimensional, shallow, delusional, 3rd-grade name-calling intellect.
 
2012-03-06 08:39:05 AM  
/cannot afford to attend TED
//has to watch it for free on HULU
///wants a gift basket too
////grats to Drew on speaking at TED. Thats some serious swing.
 
2012-03-06 01:51:50 PM  
I won't be able to make Vegas this year, as Drew already knows, but I will be at the TEDx the same weekend here in Louisville. Woo.
 
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