Pre-camp Coordination 2017
Retro Computing Hardware
(added by @mattgodbolt and @borjasotomayor)
We’re planning a retro hardware session and would love people to bring along their old computer hardware. We’d also love people to come along and share their first computer stories, or first production systems horror (or otherwise!) stories. Pretty much anything is welcome: we plan on grabbing a slot on Saturday with a decent sized room and seeing where it all leads!
So far we have the following:
- Dreamcast (barely retro…)
- Spectrum +3
We will also have an HDMI monitor and a SCART-to-HDMI converter for any hardware that is able to use them as a display.
Edit this list or ping Matt or Borja if you plan on bringing something along.
Creatures on the Loose
(added by @sandor)
I’ll be holding at least one (hopefully two) stagings of my new puzzle game, Creatures on the Loose. Currently thinking of doing it during+after the last session slot on Friday (it takes roughly 2 hours), and then after the closing plenary on Saturday. I’ll put a sign-up sheet on the Big Board. Capacity is 40 people, with 5 teams of 8.
In the spirit of Sarah Brown’s CRINGE sessions, we share a cathartic moment by pushing past our fears and getting the embarrassment out of the way early. Kind of like a psychic skydive that you can use as an adrenaline-fueled surfboard for the rest of ORDCamp. Dig deep…drag out those childhood diaries; stories of your first kiss/beer/bad performance review; angsty high school poetry; your rejected online dating profile; regrettable emails; unrealized song lyrics; crazy failed business idea; or unshared love letters. For extra ambiance, we’ll be happy to project any and all humiliating photos of you submitted to us by Thursday before ORDcamp. Come as you are, in all of your vulnerable and magnificent glory…no audition needed. We’ll supply the unconditional approval and mutually-experienced imposter syndrome. We just ask that you try to keep your soul cleansing submission to 5 minutes or less.
This session will likely be late (late) Friday night.
Tea is the new Coffee
A coffee session at ORD Camp a long time ago resulted in the design of a Coffeemaker. A tea session a more recently led to a Tea Maker. So I’m going to bring a bunch of traditional teas from Spirit—teas that expanded my previously coffee-focused mind—and we will drink them and get tea-drunk. I’ll tell you about what I heave learned about traditional tea, but I would invite folks who have a passion (or expertise) in all kinds of teas to join in and bring their favorite teas and brewers!
I’ll bring: 1 gallon water heater, gaiwan-style tea makers, teas (oolong, green, white, black), paper sample cups, 6 small carafes for sharing, what else?
This session will likely be Saturday late morning
(added by Elizabeth Koprucki: @ekoprucki)
I am bringing some Chinese and Indian teas to highlight some recent developments in tea (newer than 3D printing, in one case). Innovation isn’t just limited to apps and machines. We’ll look at the influence of season, terroir, and processing and taste some different varietals.
Saturday late morning sounds great, although I was also thinking about 4:00pm Saturday. It is teatime after all!
This year, Shane Glynn, Dan Nelson and I are going to do a session to show you how to open a bottle of champagne with a saber (if you don’t know what this means, here’s a demo).
This is going to be a hands on session and, thanks to Lagunitas, we’ll have a few cases of 220z beer* bottles to practice on (and consume), but if you’d like to bring your own bottle to saber, please feel free to do so (you may want to put your name on it and set it out on the patio to keep it chilled — sabering works best on chilled bottles. We’ll not only show you how to use a champagne saber to open bottles, but several other fun and non-conventional things, such as a meat cleaver or a frying pan!
This session will likely be Saturday night right after dinner.
* It turns out that you can saber just about any bottle that contains a carbonated beverage!
I’ve spent the last week of 2016 Germany and I found quite a bit of crazy chocolate:
- Earl Grey tea chocolate
- Dark chocolate with coffee beans from Kenya.
- Milk chocolate with coffee beans from the red soil of Ethiopia.
- 50% milk chocolate from madagascar.
- Milk chocolate with salted butter caramel.
- Caramel Nougat
- Tyme passionfruit caramel chocolate
- Scotch Wisky chocolate
- Cherry schnapps marzipan chocolate
- Milk chocolate with cinnamon
- Dark chocolate with pink peppercorns
- Green anise dark chocolate
- Milk chocolate with hot masala spices
- Hot chocolate mixes with guarana!
- Ritter sport with tortilla chips
- Chocolate with Cardamon
I’ve also got a pile of more mundane supermarket chocolates that are still amazingly tasty — so far I’m €100 into this game for this year. 🙂 I’m also going to go digging here in Barcelona for crazy chocolate as well — I’m bound to turn up more tasty stuff!
Not everyone needs to bring Kilos of chocolate, but don’t let me stop you. 🙂 If everyone could find 2-3 bars of the most interesting, esoteric, tasty sounding chocolates that come across their path, that would be ideal. Remember to bring your chocolate on Friday and then deposit it on the Chocolate Table. Then come back frequently and sample all you like!
ORD Bar: Whiskey Tasting
(Added by Andrew Huff, email@example.com)
At past ORDcamps Scott Robbin and I have led a conversation about liquor, followed by a tasting, at the end of Saturday’s sessions. We’ve covered a wide variety of spirits, from bourbon to gin to rum, as well as aspects of the distillation process. This year, we want to bring it back to bourbon, which is where it started back in 2010. But we were thinking it would be interesting to show the breadth of what one distillery does: different sibling brands, different ages, etc. — sort of a global flight tasting. Let’s see what similarities and differences we can discern.
ORDbar will be scheduled at the very end of Saturday, as programming shifts to socializing. We’ll have a broad range of whiskeys to taste and compare, as well as mixers and garnishes — and as in previous years, it’d be great to have help with provisioning. We’ve got a spreadsheet set up where you can list what you’ll be bringing; please lend a hand if you can! And if you’re flying in and don’t want to stow a bottle in your checked bag, we’re happy to make a liquor store run and you can pay us back. We also appreciate any donations to help fund the fun; you can paypal me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORD Bar: Cocktails
(Added by @amac email@example.com)
If I get my act together and flights cooperate, I’ll bring at least two cocktails and infuse there for transition to socializing on Friday night. Both are from Death & Co. to which I have no affiliation other than admiration. The first is a coffee bean and chili infused Negroni. The second is a weird earl grey infused tequila drink called a Prima China. These drinks inspired me to take a shot at infusing, which is much easier than you might imagine. Others can and should bring cocktails as well.
(added by Justin Massa)
At the first session Saturday morning, we’ll be doing a session on tattoos featuring an actual tattoo artist! We’ll cover everything you have ever wanted to know about tattoos but were too afraid to ask – a tattoo artist will be there and is up for answering anything that you may want to know.
There’s a handful of slots open for people to get tattoos at ORDcamp from a special sheet of ORDtattoo “flash” (aka designs you can’t change) – hit me up via Slack or email (justingmassa at gmail dot com) if you’d like one of those. As of 1/12/17, it’s very nearly full.
If you have tattoos, please come! It would be awesome for you to share how you got into them, what you have, and what they mean to you / others.
Would you be interested in this session?
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