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Lulu Tech Circus 92

Stacy Doster writes "Lulu Tech Circus, the latest endeavor of Red Hat co-founder Bob Young, is coming to Raleigh, NC, Sept 27-29th. Then on to Boston, DC, Chicago, Toronto and Atlanta. Lulu Tech Circus is going to have everything geek - Don Becker, LAN tournaments, a swap meet, Robot building and more. Check out the cool experiences. Stop by or nominate yourself or someone you know in the Raleigh area for The Lulus. Three Lulus will be given to the three winning uber-geeks. The winning prize is a trip for two to Kennedy Space Center."
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  • by hndrcks ( 39873 ) on Wednesday September 04, 2002 @02:14PM (#4196491) Homepage
    "The winning prize is a trip for two to Kennedy Space Center."

    Second Prize is a trip for four.
    • I know someone who dragged his new bride here [atomicmuseum.com] for his honeymoon. He's not a geek though so I won't nominate him :)
      • I lived in Albuquerque 10 years ago, and have been to this museum. If Taco took her there, then props to him for going to a cool place- and shame on him for not going somewhere cooler and more fun [slashdot.org]. shame shame shame...........instead of da' bomb, you are a goof!

      • Yeah, I grew up 2 miles from here [spacecamp.com] and here [nasa.gov], and now live 10 miles from here [si.edu] and here [nasa.gov], so going to KSFC doesn't really get the ol' motor started.

        Especially for a honeymoon. Who the hell goes to Albequerque on their honeymoon?
    • From the site [techcircus.com]:

      WIN XBOX!

      Tech Circus is giving away a XBOX to one lucky winner from the first 1000 paid registrants


      So why is Bob Young giving away a Microsoft product for a prize?
  • Hmmm. Wouldn't uber-geeks want to go to LBJ in Houston instead of Kennedy Space Center since that is where all the real geeks monitor the US Space program?

    Oooh! Or what about JPL? They always seem to have really cool stuff going on there. Of course the geek would annoy the hell out of his significant other by fawning over their rack-mounted clusters and robots... so I guess going to Kennedy is best.
    • Hmmm. Wouldn't uber-geeks want to go to LBJ in Houston instead of Kennedy Space Center since that is where all the real geeks monitor the US Space program?

      Well, what do you expect for peanuts [techcircus.com]? :P

      Soko
  • That seems so far away...

    Then again, that gives me time to build up my small ubergeek to super "Larry Wall" uberness.

    OK, you may now mod me to oblivion, I am full of love. =)

    -Cyc

  • Everything geek?

    So no women then? except for the kind you gotta pay for? That last expo I went to was costly...They should include a discount in the admission fee...
  • by dazdaz ( 77833 )
    There is a heck of a lot of marketing shite on that website which abstracts what they are actually doing.
  • I made the mistake once of driving 3 hours across Florida to go to Kennedy Space Center. What a disappointment! Anything the public gets access to is run by a lame amusement park company and the whole thing is set up more for 8-year-old boys obsessed with rockets than geeks. The only particularly cool aspect of the place was the actual Saturn V rocket hanging, disassembled, in an enormous hangar-like building. Other than that, though, it pretty much sucked.
    • I made the mistake once of driving 3 hours across Florida to go to Kennedy Space Center. What a disappointment! Anything the public gets access to is run by a lame amusement park company and the whole thing is set up more for 8-year-old boys obsessed with rockets than geeks. The only particularly cool aspect of the place was the actual Saturn V rocket hanging, disassembled, in an enormous hangar-like building. Other than that, though, it pretty much sucked.

      When I went to Houston it wasn't bad, though I would have liked a little more technical detail on what was going on in the control room at the time (they were running a simulation of an aborted shuttle takeoff, where the shuttle makes a big u-turn in the sky and lands) would have been nice. There was the whole visitor-centor nonsense that seems to plauge more and more landmarks these days, but overall the experience was interesting, if only for about an hour or so.

      Now, touring an aircraft production facility (for general aviation aircraft) ... that can be really interesting, if you like aviation. More meat, less fluff in my experience (since, in a real sense, they are generally trying to sell you on an airplane, or at least an airplane's concept, and assume you're knowledgable enough about aviation to be worth selling to).
    • You should've come during the KSC FIRST Robotics Competition Regional. The park may be lame, but anywhere that lets us take over their parking lot, then throws us a party in the saturn V building is ok in my books.
  • For the Side Show, a real never before seen "Secure OS" from Microsoft.
  • Uhhh.... (Score:2, Funny)

    by unicron ( 20286 )
    No civilized person on Earth considers a trip to Alabama a "prize".

    "Cuz they may be training them there, but no way are they lettting people from Huntsville fly this stuff."

    "Larry busted out of the capsule and is trying to hit a satelite with a beer bottle. Oh, and we need to know how to unclog the toilets because the boys ate all the freeze-dried chili and they're tore up something fierce."
    • I think the KC is in Florida. But the rest of your post still pretty much applies.
    • Re:Uhhh.... (Score:3, Informative)

      by Rand Race ( 110288 )
      The Kennedy Space Center is in Cape Canveral/Kennedy Florida. The Marshall Space Flight Center is in Huntsville Alabama. And actually Huntsville isn't that bad of a geek-tourist destination, they've also got a supercomputer center there that's quite cool. Getting to see a Saturn IV and a Cray SV1 on the same day is nice. Plus there's always the chance of fresh cattle mutilations to the north in the - totally coincidental - area around Arnold AFB near Manchester, TN!

  • I'm interviewing for the tech circus "IT wonder human" role in 30 minutes... wish me luck.
  • for obvious reasons [kuro5hin.org].

    Sorry, I'm just kind of obsessed that a country would outlaw electronic gaming of any kind. Wow.

  • Yeah, I just loved the effect that this experience [techcircus.com] has in showing how.... professional these geeks must be! Cmon, this is a TECH circus, how hard it is not to print database error messages to your web pages?

    Warning: Unable to connect to PostgreSQL server: Sorry, too many clients already in /usr/local/adodb/drivers/adodb-postgres64.inc.php on line 296
  • ... it will be really awesome. I was working with them over the summer working on my website, GoRobotics.net [gorobotics.net]. They have a whole lot of really great ideas. Believe me, they don't want it to turn out to be a big trade show that normal geeks can't afford any more than we do. While some thing may seem expensive you have to remember that this stuff does cost money and nothing is free in this world ... including music and software. The TechCircus still has a few bugs to work out, but hey, this is their first show. I've talked a bit with Will Jahnke, the head guy at the Circus, and he definitely has a vision. Fear not geeks, it could really rock!
  • Wasn't she Boss Hogg's wife?
  • Just wanted to let everybody know that this is going to be a cool event.

    I am a member of a team of people who are presenting our Opensource Fighting Robot, OpenSaurus, at this event.

    We have a booth and are doing a talk about autonomous fighting robots.

    If you have a fighting robot and are willing to bring it to fight ours, please email andrew@liststream.com and we will chat.
    Check out our web site at http://opensaurus.com for more info.
    • Right now I have a fast fire fighting robot.

      I've played with the idea of building a fighting robot. It would have a Tesla coil and a hv lead all the way up it's gripper arm. Liquid Nitrogen
      will be sprayed on it's victims and then slammed
      with a hammer. Electronics jammed with a Tesla coil. I'd use a faraday cage around my electronics to protect me from the Telsa coil.

      I'd use a modified sumo wrestling algorithm.

      Modified as in it won't just be a shoving contest, I'd use on board weapons as well.

  • by helixblue ( 231601 ) on Wednesday September 04, 2002 @03:34PM (#4196933) Homepage
    Although I'm planning on going, mostly because Andrew Hunt of Ruby [rubycentral.com] fame is going to be there, I got kind of burnt out by all the human-spam in the Raleigh area.

    What do I mean by human spam? I mean, first I hear some LuLu rep talking about it at the local Triangle Mac Users Group [tmug.org] meeting.. I laughed because 90% of the folks in that meeting don't know what "Darwin" is, let alone what most of the cool talks are about (except I did see they are offering Final Cut Pro seminars!).

    Then the worst. A few days later THEY SPAMMED OUR SLASHDOT MEETUP [meetup.com]! Of all the things to not spam, they sent some droid (Photo #2 [toadstool.sh]) over to our nice meetup at Flying Saucer, to sell us all on the idea of going to this thing.

    After about 25 minutes, his salesmanship is over, and the business cards handed out, he dissappears.

    What the hell were they thinking? Welp.. I guess if it gets folks to go.

    Of course, our local slashdot trolling committe made fun of the silly name. But that's typical.
  • by XaXXon ( 202882 ) <xaxxon@gma i l . c om> on Wednesday September 04, 2002 @03:35PM (#4196936) Homepage
    Mildly interesting tangent, we had a sales guy from this group show up at our second Slashdot Meetup [meetup.com] in Raleigh, NC. He showed up and pretended to be interested in Slashdot and geek stuff, but really was trying to recruit people to show up or present or whatever. I was never quite sure what he wanted, but he really came across as a sales guy.

    He made sure everyone used the right buzzwords.. it's not a conference, it's not a trade show.. I don't remember what he called it, but I wasn't impressed. He had to explain what the heck a Lulu was (all I could remember was the little girl from my mom's old comic books). One of the guys I was with had a beef with RedHat, as well, as he had lost a tad of money, and the guy who was starting Lulu Tech Circus was still making tons off it.

    Anyways, the guy was giving out cards and stuff, but he didn't really impress anyone, I don't think. We were far more impressed with the fact that the bar we happened upon had a wireless network and two people had randomly brought laptops..
    • Wow a slasdot meeting in Raleigh I had no idea.
      Let me know [mailto] when the next one is.

      Tylers Speakeasy in Carboro has wireless lan as well and you can get on the UNC-1 network from the front poarch at the Dead Mule in Chapel Hill(Thats where I am sitting right now).

      BTW We [opensaurus.org] will be at the Tech Circus.

  • Please oh please oh please oh please come to Southern California with this show.
    I'm tired of the same old "computer shows," harvest festivals, and monster truck/dirtbike events. I need this!!!

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