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Thursday July 31, 2003
08:36 PM

Hello from DefCon

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I'm in the lobby/bar area of DEFCON, a big ole security/hacker/cracker/white hat-black-hat type conference. Black t-shirts, goatees, pony tails, as far as the eye can see. I am already regretting packing only white t-shirts. I stopped off to have my hair cut on the way here--perhaps I should have had it shaved.

I'm feeling quite the fish out of water. It's weird to be at a conference and not know everyone--a sign, I suspect, that I've attended too few Perl conferences and spent too little time with the rest of the world's population. I'd like to meet people to go to dinner with, but I have no idea how to do it aside from walking up to random people and saying "hi, you don't know me, but I'd like to have dinner with you" which sounds a lot like a come on :-) I wonder whether a designated "hang around here before you go to dinner to meet other people who also want to eat" type place would help that (file that idea away for OSCON next year). God knows I could do with it right now.

They have a wireless network, which hasn't crashed yet. Their web site is cool--someone's running a web bbs on which people can hook up, discuss events, and so on. That's a nifty idea. And there are "radio stations". There's one on an FM band, but I'm not sure how I'm supposed to access the radio station on "34". I'll sort it out tomorrow, I'm sure, when my friends who have been here before start to arrive.

Oh well, time to strike out and attempt to Make A New Friend for dinner. Wish me luck! (My boss has already noted that bail is not reimbursable)


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  • (My boss has already noted that bail is not reimbursable)
    I've noted that most non-TV jobs have this requirement.

    You are what you think.
  • by hfb (74) on 2003.08.01 4:56 (#22655) Homepage Journal

    but not to yapc? Sad, especially when DEFCON is mostly lame anymore. Look around for Wozz and the r00t crowd. Very good, very bright guys. :) Tell Wozz[Matt] I said hi if you bump into him.....

  • If it makes you feel any better, you made the
    trip for me. I'd have bought you dinner.
    Next time I'll wear a Republic of
    Perl shirt instead of the Amiga Deathbed Vigil
    or NetBSD World Tour.

    I've brought friends in previous years. Always
    the same, they leave their laptop at home the
    first year and bring it the next. I spent most
    of the the trip in front of mine with the headphones
    on. Working on The new version will
    suck much less, I promise. Of course, anything
    I write succumbs to Xeno's suck paradox -