Monday, 28 April 2008
|0748 - ROFLcon|
If you've been watching the geekier side of the net, you've no doubt heard of ROFLcon. Everyone seems to think I'm one of the biggest names who went. I was constantly mobbed by people wanting a picture, or an autograph, or just a word or three. Just about every media outlet that sent someone - G4, CNN.com, the BBC, the CBC, the Boston Globe, Martin Sargent's Internet Superstar, Rocketboom, Make Magazine, the list goes on - wanted at least a few words, if not a full-blown interview. A filmmaker is doing a story for Current TV, and followed me around with a camera and an assistant for the entire time.
All of this attention leaves me mildly bemused, as I really don't think of myself as an Internet superstar. I'm just a geek who made a costume that caught people's eye.
The con itself was fantastic. Everything went off without a hitch (well, after they fixed the minor detail that I wasn't on the guest list at registration - fixed by someone with a pen who filled out a nametag on the spot). The organizers did a fantastic job, even after having to switch venues at the last moment because they'd overflowed the first one. I made a point of telling them how impressed I was, and I'll repeat it here.
The coverage I've seen has been very positive. I'm really pleased by the Rocketboom story; they did a very nice job. There's been no "let's make fun of the fat guy in spandex" factor that was so prevalent when things first started happening.
Along with Matt Harding of wherethehellismatt.com fame, I did an hour-long panel on surviving Internet fame. That was a lot of fun. I'm told the entire thing will show up on YouTube soon; when it does, I'll link to it.
I'm wasted. It was all a lot of fun. Even so, being on stage for two days straight took a lot out of me. On top of that, yesterday was a long travel day: I went to Logan Airport at 8 AM, flew to Minneapolis, swapped suitcases, and flew to Atlanta, arriving at the hotel just before midnight. I'm going down to Eastman today to visit the airplane factory, have a class tomorrow, then back home Wednesday. I'll work from there a couple of days, and then I have no idea what I'm doing next week.
current mood: exhausted
Mind?! Hell no! Especially after the way the denizens of Fark treated me... Besides, you drew me more flatteringly than a lot of other folks have. :-)
Nice to see you again! It was all an amazing experience and I hope they do it again haha.
Hey, Jay, it was great to meet you at both Penguicon and at ROFLcon. Great times, and all I ever heard were comments about how cool, self-aware and accessible the "Tron Guy" was. Keep doing what you doing.
- Jason Scott
jason, i enjoyed your panel and i am really digging your icon.
and to jay: it was great just to see you everywhere around the con and chat with you every now and then.
My take on that is simple: just because I've become an Internet celebrity doesn't change the fact that I'm a regular guy who likes talking to people and commenting on things I see online. It's interesting to see the reactions when I drop a comment into someone's LJ...
I went to ROFLcon to have fun, and I did, in great amounts. Talking to people was just one part of that.
I just saw the Rocketboom video summary of your talk. Damn, wish I'd been there (though you can has tough competition). I'm going to have to make sure to watch the whole thing when it goes up online. I've been a ham for 37 years, and around BBSes and Usenet for a long time; the perspective will be interesting.
I have no idea why you weren't on the list...biggest oversight of the century. Especially since the night before we had all been talking about how excited we were to meet you...
Point is, yay Sharpies! And I'm glad you enjoyed the con, it was fabulous getting your take on this whole crazy thing.
Head Merch Lady & Sharpie Buccaneer.