Zombie Apocalypse LARP: Started human, ended human, participated in six of the game’s major explosions. Good times.
Steampunk LARP: Started the game as a Gentleman Boxer nicknamed “The Doctor” (for a boxer, I had disturbingly high medical knowledge), and the bodyguard/meat shield for The Patron. Over the course of the game, I was involved in assisting the timely disposal of a large bomb (somedays, you really can get rid of a bomb) and the untimely disposal of an escape vessel (somedays…wait, used that line).
Both LARPs were best described as First Person Actor games, and for a non-LARP player, I play a wonderfully devious characterisation with wicked lines to the straight people characters around me. All up, well awesome in game, and massive fun for close combat acting.
Day 3 sees me back on hallowed ground in the L4D tournament structure.
It’s okay, I’ve sent an e-mail to the fire brigade.
($) Dr Stephen Dann says: just burnt a potato in the microwave
($) Dr Stephen Dann says: trying not to trigger the fire alarm and dispose of the potato’s corspe
($) Dr Stephen Dann says: door wide open, aircondition on cold,
Jen says: oh dear
($) Dr Stephen Dann says: crisis mostly averted
Jen says: you’re telling the internet, right? :P
Fire + potato = good (most of the time)
I am now. FWIW, when you’re staying on the 15th floor of an apartment building, and you decide to sacrifice a potato to the microwave gods
a) open the pod bay doors Hal.
b) put the airconditioning down to the coldest setting it has available.
c) place exotically crisped potato in body of water
d) place still smouldering plate under extractor fan cranked to the max setting
e) hope like hell that alarm siren is coming from next door (it was)
f) plan something with rice for dinner.
A few weeks ago, I was speaking at BarCamp Canberra. I mentioned that the early adopter/innovator phase of the internet was on the way out, and the next way of early majority was inbound.
Ashton Kutcher might just be the pinnacle point of the early adopters who usher in the massive wave (34% of a market, compared to innovator 2.5 and early adopter 16%). With the arrival of the Million Twitter Follower Contest, CNN and A2K’s measuring contest (get a ruler and a room people), and the impending @Oprah possibilities (which strike me as the potential for unmitigated levels of direct awesome in this space), we’re over the obscurity hill and into new territory.
Part of this new territory is the TwitterListener who picks up an account to follow others without having any real desire to post anything themselves – if Twitter wants to produce a monetized area, they should look into an paid placement / advertising sponsored Twitter Reader Client (iPhone, PC, Mac) that just draws the streams of content with offering any capacity to reply or post beyond an autoretweet/share function. There’s a new generation of twitter users who want to follow, to listen and to observe without participation. Time to accommodate their needs alongside our own early adopter broadcast models.
Of course, the amusing thing in this entire proceeding was that I distinctly recall a cohort of geek early adopters (A) bemoaning that nobody knew about Twitter. Right now, I’m amused to see a number of geek early adopters (B) bemoaning that too many people know about Twitter (Note: A and B have overlap in C, but A != C and B != C)
The only thing worse than being tweeted about is not being tweeted about at all
The other consideration with Ashton Kutcher, Oprah and famous rich people showing up on Twitter is that people who have cash, and enjoyment of Twitter are around when the technology sector angel investors start to dry up. This could be a really useful thing for a company like Twitter to have some deep pocket users if the well starts to run dry.
A glorious day of technology, people, ideas and political thoughts .
BarCampCanberra (#bcc2) also combined my love of liveblog journalism with the twitterstream plus streaming photos to Flickr (barcampcanberra2). I was a quasi-sponsor this year, having set aside a budget to cover misc.cost.other and rolled out some on-the-day equipment (including putting my video camera into some serious testing with the 16gig memory card getting a good work out), and providing that sort of random cover fire for the commanding officers of BarCamp Canberra.
I presented on my rather odd sideline habit of “Documenting the Future” as I spend my time writing textbooks that need to be relevant and functional in the future, and thus far, they’re doing okay on that front.