Penguincon 2011: It was Fedorable

Oi! Secrets!

Flying into and out of Pittsburgh can sometimes be significantly cheaper than CLE or CAK. Enough to justify poor Mike giving people rides after that? I don't know.

We'll see how it goes. While I'm expecting more people to fly in this year than last, I don't expect any more than 6-10.

We can start planning flights as soon as there's a date.

Huh, I don't think in all the years I've traveled I've ever found it cheaper to fly into Pittsburgh than CLE or CAK. Course, it would have had to have been a truckload cheaper to justify that drive

Pittsburgh and Cleveland have always been pretty competitive when it comes to prices. It's not so much the case these days, but it was common to drive to and fly out of Cleveland over Pittsburgh.

Sorry if I am way behind the times, but is there a date for this yet? Seem like that could be an important thing for flight planning.

That said, things are looking fairly good for me being able to make it. Keeping my fingers crossed though!

No date yet.

On another topic that's completely unrelated, I've heard very good early reviews about this week's conference call.

Excellent. Most excellent.

Hey Oily. For those going to the warm up in May. Will we be getting an address what to put in our GPS?

KingGorilla wrote:

Hey Oily. For those going to the warm up in May. Will we be getting an address what to put in our GPS?

The ones I like, yeah.

Ladies.

Gentlemen.

The conference call has some important information this week. Perhaps you should listen to it?

Spoiler:

International Goodjer Day will be October 15th this year. My S&T will be running the 14th through the 16th.

Good advice, Lou, Thanks!

I don't know how much PC gaming we'll be doing. Honestly, I'm not anticipating more than 20 people to bring PCs.

Of course, I didn't expect last year's turn-out to be what it was either. These things have a tendency to get out of hand quickly.

Speaking of which, let me know if you need help organizing a trip from NC =)

Hey Oily! I heard about this on IRC yesterday. I used to do the network and power for a 120-person regularly scheduled LAN party that BadMojo, Q-Stone, Kurrelgyre, and several others helped set up around here.

Our biggest problem for these events was power. The main location we used had 200A and 400A feeds which we connected into a custom power box we built and brought with us. At the time, a gaming rig with monitor sucked up about 3-4A@120V of power after the initial power on surge. That's a 360-480W per system. We still had occasional brownouts if everyone at a table powered up their equipment at once, or people snuck a UPS past us (which were specifically barred from our events due to the extra power drain). With dedicated server boxes, we were riding on the edge of what the location could supply.

When that location changed management and prices, we searched for another for years and had one good party/BAD power (hotel engineer that was clueless) experience before we called everything off.

Here are some factors/tips that might help you:

- Your typical hotel conference rooms have MAYBE one 20A circuit per wall, and the circuits may be shared with other hotel equipment. If you're very lucky, newer hotels may have a more computer-friendly design. We did not find this to be the case.
- Monitors these days aren't as power hungry, but gaming rigs are even more hungry than they were back then. I'd estimate that you can hook 5-6 machines maximum up to a 20A circuit before you're sure to start running into problems. At 6 you're still pushing it.
- You should map out the power before signing on to a location. Bring a radio to plug in, and start flipping breakers to make sure exactly how much power you have.
- Ask the location's engineer or staff about anything else that might be on the same circuits. If you trip one, you want to know what else is being turned off. (Like the hotel's pay-per-view/cable, for example! Yes... that comes from experience.)
- Ask of you can run extension cords from other rooms in order to boost your power.
- Take your servers and any network equipment into account. Spread the excess as evenly as possible.

If worse comes to worst, see if you can reserve a block of rooms together. Then folks can split the bill for the rooms and there will be no conference room bill. You can keep the rooms open for partying while keeping noise levels within "good neighbor" limits after hours.

That is about 6 weeks before 'Lilnasty 3.0 is born. I think I owe it to myself and the world to make the trip. Boogle, does my chariot await me?

Hmm, right around my birthday. Might be able to swing this

SallyNasty wrote:

That is about 6 weeks before 'Lilnasty 3.0 is born. I think I owe it to myself and the world to make the trip. Boogle, does my chariot await me?

That is the same weekend as High Desert...probably but I still need to confirm some stuff.

Nice, it falls on my week off, so barring poverty striking, I plan on attending.

Now that we finally have a date for this bad boy, I'd like to ask the community for some help.

I need some people to be staff for this thing. It will be a pretty easy job for the first couple of months, just put up with a gmail thread and we'll bounce ideas off of one another. It might get to be a little more in the way of actual work once we get closer to October and we need to make sure materials are in place and stuff. And during the S&T I'll need other people to run events/ be there if people have questions/ drive me home because I can barely walk/ make sure stuff is locked. You know, the usual.

In return for your blood, sweat, and (god willing) tears, you'll get free admission to the event and hopefully a semi-swanky dinner on Thursday night after we get things set up (if we even need to get stuff set up).

If you're interested, shoot me a PM. I'll only need a few people to help so you might want to try bribing me with words like, "Your promise of semi-swank dinner intrigues me but since I know that any money we make that's over our operating budget goes to Child's Play, I insist on paying for myself. Possibly thrice over!"

Yeah, words like that would be good =)

oilypenguin wrote:

Now that we finally have a date for this bad boy, I'd like to ask the community for some help.

I need some people to be staff for this thing. It will be a pretty easy job for the first couple of months, just put up with a gmail thread and we'll bounce ideas off of one another. It might get to be a little more in the way of actual work once we get closer to October and we need to make sure materials are in place and stuff. And during the S&T I'll need other people to run events/ be there if people have questions/ drive me home because I can barely walk/ make sure stuff is locked. You know, the usual.

In return for your blood, sweat, and (god willing) tears, you'll get free admission to the event and hopefully a semi-swanky dinner on Thursday night after we get things set up (if we even need to get stuff set up).

If you're interested, shoot me a PM. I'll only need a few people to help so you might want to try bribing me with words like, "Your promise of semi-swank dinner intrigues me but since I know that any money we make that's over our operating budget goes to Child's Play, I insist on paying for myself. Possibly thrice over!"

Yeah, words like that would be good =)

Wow, this sounds all official like!

Scary, isn't it?

Thanks for stepping up, everybody!

I've got a staff of 8 right now so we should be fine on staff unless someone wants to bribe me extravagantly.

If anyone else has any suggestions, feel free to put them up on here and we'll kick the tires and see if we can get that done.

I'm working on building up spouse points so I may attend. I'll also probably start thinking about brewing some custom goodjer beer to bring

Phishposer wrote:

I'll also probably start thinking about brewing some custom goodjer beer to bring :)

Well, now you have to come.

toph513 wrote:
Phishposer wrote:

I'll also probably start thinking about brewing some custom goodjer beer to bring :)

Well, now you have to come.

We've already established that. Do the right thing, phish =)

Website is up (kind of).

Meet the holder.

oilypenguin wrote:

Website is up (kind of).

Meet the holder.

The suspense!

Is there going to be an official 'twitters'?

BishopRS wrote:
oilypenguin wrote:

Website is up (kind of).

Meet the holder.

The suspense!

Is there going to be an official 'twitters'?

... kind of. We talked about that a little. I haven't decided if we're going to make an "official" twitter feed or just use mine like we did last year.

The big question is if I have someone else do it or not.

/shrug

Does this mean I am going to actually have to figure out twitter?

Tanglebones wrote:

Hmm, right around my birthday. Might be able to swing this :)

This would start on my birthday. We don't have a confirmed location yet do we? I want to attend, though I need to get some points with the wife first.

obirano wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:

Hmm, right around my birthday. Might be able to swing this :)

This would start on my birthday. We don't have a confirmed location yet do we? I want to attend, though I need to get some points with the wife first.

It will be either in Akron, Cleveland, or someplace close to either. That much is certain. I hope to have a location locked in this week.

Twitter account.

If "normal" card games are OK, I'd like to see a Euchre tourney.

BishopRS wrote:

If "normal" card games are OK, I'd like to see a Euchre tourney.

Then show up and organize one =)

I'll be putting together a poker tournament for sure but if you want a euchre tourny, just let me know.

We'll have a system in place to schedule rooms and/or events so non-staff can do the things they want too.

I've got a tentative OK at the moment. Now to just plan a bit financially.