XK Cee you Dere September 8, 2007 5:13 AM   Subscribe

XKCD meetup in Cambridge? Is anyone thinking of doing this?


Date: September 23, 2007.
Location: Coordinates: 42.39561, -71.13051. A park at the corner of Cedar St & Dudley Street, North Cambridge, Massachusetts. See the map.

Time: Approx. 2:38 PM Local time (EDT)

There is a livejournal community with a decent amount of information/background for those who are curious.
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:13 AM (35 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Hmm, can we have the [more inside] field respect line breaks, since they're not chomping up front page real estate?
posted by Eideteker at 5:14 AM on September 8, 2007

OMG that is so geeky even by geek standards. Please do this.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:16 AM on September 8, 2007

Oh, that's funny. I'll see if I can make it.
posted by olinerd at 5:27 AM on September 8, 2007

Btw, I have at least two kites I can bring with me.
posted by Eideteker at 5:43 AM on September 8, 2007

Someone made a Facebook event for it, and it currently has 863 confirmed guests.
posted by danb at 6:39 AM on September 8, 2007

But yeah, I live two miles away, so I'll definitely be there.
posted by danb at 6:41 AM on September 8, 2007

I just gave your more inside a private linebreak massage. For what it's worth, the mi has never respected \n breaks in askme, so this is consistent behavior—manual <br> deployment'll get you there.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:50 AM on September 8, 2007

I'm planning on going.
posted by brett at 7:07 AM on September 8, 2007

Gracias, cortex. I never use AskMe; my expectation of the behavior was based on "non-front-page text-area" = "line breaks ok", which is how (almost) every text area works on the Internet. The no line breaks thing is, in my head, an exception specifically pertinent to MetaFilter's front page areas.

I think for MeTa, it should work the same way as it would work if you were composing your own [more inside] comment. That's just my user expectation, others' may differ. No comment on AskMe, since I don't use it.
posted by Eideteker at 7:36 AM on September 8, 2007

I will absolutely be there.
posted by backseatpilot at 7:42 AM on September 8, 2007

Yeah, I'm not saying it's intuitive or even necessarily "right"—and I don't know if it's documented, either—just that that's how we got here, I think. We might want to change it up to behave like a normal comment field for the [mi]; I'll bring it up.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:47 AM on September 8, 2007

Are there rollercoasters in Cambridge?
posted by loquacious at 7:54 AM on September 8, 2007

Oh, THAT Cambridge.
posted by smackfu at 9:13 AM on September 8, 2007 [1 favorite]

Cripes. I'm so tempted. I love that strip.

I'm also so far away :(
posted by Kickstart70 at 9:29 AM on September 8, 2007

I will probably be there as well.
posted by Ryvar at 9:39 AM on September 8, 2007

Oh man! I'm so going!
posted by Kattullus at 10:26 AM on September 8, 2007

Geography sucks.
posted by deborah at 12:44 PM on September 8, 2007

Yes, but Geology swallows.
posted by Eideteker at 12:59 PM on September 8, 2007

What's the facebook link?
posted by delmoi at 2:10 PM on September 8, 2007

I read that strip but didn't bother to check where the coordinates were. I live in Cambridge, and plan to be there.
posted by tepidmonkey at 2:44 PM on September 8, 2007

The event on Facebook.
posted by tepidmonkey at 2:56 PM on September 8, 2007

What could possibly be happening there? A giant Linux?
posted by tehloki at 4:38 PM on September 8, 2007

I live a couple of blocks away and will be there.
posted by allen.spaulding at 7:54 PM on September 8, 2007

Oh so far. I don't know that it'd be worth 20+ hours of driving. (I checked the coordinates as soon as I read the strip that night, and at that point they were in the middle of nowhere in western NY.)
posted by parudox at 12:46 AM on September 9, 2007

Oh goddamn! I had a complete brainfart and thought it was next weekend. Fucking hell! I have two obligations on Sunday there's no way I can back out of without being a total asshole. Once the asshole I could have lived with, but not double assholery. Damn... well... tell me how wonderful it all was :)
posted by Kattullus at 11:53 PM on September 21, 2007

There is suddenly a chance I might show up to this.
posted by Arturus at 12:18 AM on September 22, 2007

I'll wear my MeFi t-shirt.
posted by danb at 1:10 PM on September 22, 2007

I'll be there, either in my motorcycle gear or wearing my hat that says "EVIL" on it. Possibly both!
posted by Eideteker at 6:37 AM on September 23, 2007

Just got back. Lots of people. Eideteker, did your motorcycle jacket say "Vanson" on the sleeve? I may have seen you.
posted by Mapes at 12:05 PM on September 23, 2007

I met danb and a lurker!
posted by nonane at 1:43 PM on September 23, 2007

I met nonane and Eideteker and someone whose handle I don't remember (sorry!) and THREE lurkers. (One of the lurkers told me "Five dollars? Matsui can kiss my ass!")

Pictures sometime tonight, hopefully.
posted by danb at 3:30 PM on September 23, 2007

(Unfortunately, Eideteker is the only MeFite/lurker I thought to take a picture of. He was running around in circles trying to fly a kite on about four feet of string; how could I not?)
posted by danb at 3:33 PM on September 23, 2007

Mapes: No, that was my friend Sheldon from another forum, though. I got some of my motorcycling buddies together, as well. Dan, it was a pleasure to meet you. Maybe at the next meetup, we'll have more of a chance to talk.
posted by Eideteker at 4:30 PM on September 23, 2007

Here are two pictures with me in them.
posted by Eideteker at 4:46 PM on September 23, 2007

Here are 130 pictures of, well, everything.

Here's Eideteker with his kite. Here's me with Randall Munroe, apparently having a ridiculous face contest.
posted by danb at 9:26 PM on September 23, 2007

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