John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey
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Geek Convention -- Where Are the Klingons?

Today was spent at CFUnited, which although it could be thought of as "See Funny Ted," is actually "C.F. United," as in ColdFusion. That's the scripting language I build webpages in for work, you see.

Yes. I was at a convention for a programming language. Such things actually exist. And frankly, 90% of the people who were there, looked like they could just as easily been at Dragon*Con, AnthroCon, Comic-Con, etc. Heck, the conference rooms were named things like "Galactica" and "Gondor" for cryin' out loud. All you needed to do was pull out a d20 and yell "Roll for initiative!" and you could have started a riot.

But, what was surreal about it, was all these geeks were being professional and day-jobby. Sure, they were wearing t-shirts and jeans, but they were t-shirts for things like Linux and various ISPs rather than "Cthulhu For President: When You're Tired of Voting for the Lesser Evil." And we all talked ColdFusion all day.

So it was a weird cross between being at a convention, and being at work. Consequently, it was simultaneously rather fun and incredibly dull.

-The Gneech
Tags: i.t., work
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