Drew's article in GigaOM, some upcoming Fark parties in DC, Chicago and Las Vegas, and Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 9/12 - 9/18
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Spent my last week road-warrioring all over the place. Mon-Tues in LA, Sat-Mon in Ocean City MD. Somehow I managed to schedule a week and a half of downtime that starts today, I'm not sure how that happened.
Over the weekend, Gigaom ran a piece I wrote about running a web-based company outside of a tech-centric city like SF, LA, or NY. The article is here if you've got some time to kill. If you live in SF, LA, or NY it'll probably confuse you; however, I've been hearing from a lot of folks in smaller cities who said it pretty much mirrors their situation too.
Special thanks to Leighton Moore, owner of Ocean 98 and Seacrets nightclub in Ocean City for having me out to judge a bikini contest with Mr. Skin. Skin and I run into each other every so often at conferences, he's a stand up guy and really fun to hang out with. I don't think there was a point this weekend where Leighton didn't make sure I had a beer in my hand. The only problem with the bikini contest was it was the finals, and pretty much all the gals were 5s on a 5-point scale. I found myself having to eliminate people based on random details, and finally just threw my hands up and voted for a first place tie. Turns out it was also bike week in Ocean City, and as a result I have a very confusing T-Shirt to wear at my next soccer game.
Randomly though, here are a few upcoming Fark Party notes:
- First off, there is definitely a World Fark Party happening in Vegas Apr 1-3, that is not in question. What we don't yet know is what we'll be doing. Worst case we'll just have random meetups around town and take over bars. Best case, full blown convention. It'll probably fall somewhere in the middle though. More info when I know it, mark your calendars though.
- There is also a huge party on deck Oct 2nd in Chicago, check the Park Parties page for details there. It's looking to be quite large, and I'm told Nasser's folks are likely to make an appearance, possibly with other members of his family. We still haven't designated who's going to take Nasser's job of ordering a round of shots after we've all had 10 beers but I'm sure someone will pick up the slack.
- Finally, it appears that there's suddenly going to be a Fark party in DC on Oct 30th after the Colbert/Stewart rally. Coincidentally I was going to be in town to give a talk at a conference on the 28th so I'm likely going to stay over a couple days and go to both.
That's all for now folks, I should have a much better handle on things by next week
Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2010-09-12 to Sat 2010-09-18:
The imam behind the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" says that he's a fan of the New York Giants. Weird, you'd think he'd be a fan of the Jets
Woman claims EMF levels in her home are making her sick. Unbelievable
Eiffel Tower evacuated due to bomb threat. Reporting live from the scene is Fark's correspondent mime. What's happening there, Marcel? ". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ." Thanks for the update, Marcel
Thousands of tickets for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain remain unsold. Which is strange, because the Catholic Church never usually has a problem with filling seats
Husband kills his wife when she cuts the wires to his speakers. Another day, another stereotypical murder
Newsman and grammar stickler Edwin Newman has deceased
Stimulus program hand jobs to those in $800,000 African genital washing program
Researchers at Johns Hopkins find that shootings and hostage situations are directly linked to lockdowns and evacuations
China plans to lead world in eco-friendly cars. Haven't they lead enough?
Investigators looking into deaths of three bears, theft of porridge
You were caught cheating on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" Do you: A) live a quiet and dignified life, B) perform acts of charity, C) hack off three toes in a freak gardening accident, or D) elephant?
Maroney traded to Denver. Claims he's not from there, you fargin iceholes
In an attempt to move away from incontinent old musicians, the Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show will feature the Black Eyed Peas. Mission half-accomplished, I guess
Kovalchuk shifts to right wing. Granted, everyone does once they come into money
An internal nut on the Discovery shuttle slipped out of position and fell into the aft compartment during flight prep. I'm so very scared. Help
Australian man sets Guinness world record for the widest tongue. With his winnings, he will not relocate. Happy to stay down under
Patent office rejects perpetual motion machine that was rejected by the patent office that rejects perpetual motion machines that are rejected by patent offices
Kate Gosselin takes time out of her busy schedule of not raising eight kids to pose in a bikini for People magazine
Amityville Horror director sues ex-wife after she duped him into believing daughter was his for 17 years. GET OUT
Kelly McGillis joins gay partner in civil union. This is not a repeat from 1986's Top Gun or 1988's The Accused
Defeated GOP establishment candidate Mike Castle will not give Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell the pleasure of his endorsement. Looks like she'll have to pleasure herself
In the opening Peace Talks salvo, Palestinians promise to increase mortar shelling for the benefit of Israeli civilians. Israelis respond with a F16 Dove carrying a 500lb olive branch
Newt Gingrich demands federal law outlawing any use of Sharia in US. Also asks for a ban on trans-warp drive, holodecks, Pax gas, and anything else that won't ever exist
Bieber a no-show on final day of Bloodstock
Liberace museum closing in Las Vegas. No word on whether the items will go back in the closet
John Mayer closes his Twitter account. Our long national nightmare is no longer confined to 140-character posts
Consumers will pay more for goods they can touch, which would explain MC Hammer's current financial hardship
"Canadian Economy Saunters When It Could Lope." As long as it doesn't mosey when it could gallivant. A meander would be more worrisome than a beeline -- and prancing is right out
As part of a deal for the city to renew their cable television franchises for another 10 years, Time Warner and Cablevision have agreed to spend $10 million to construct WiFi service in parks across NYC but will limit users to
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