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When Geeks Go Camping

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the camptown-racers-sing-a-song dept.

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mikep.maine writes "CNN and Business 2.0 have an interesting article on Tim O'Reilly's Foo camp for geeks - not just any geek - people like Google founders, Tim Bray (invented XML), and venture capitalists. Stashed away in the rolling hills north of San Francisco ... Foo Camp, a new breed of geek gathering organized (somewhat) by O'Reilly & Associates. The idea: Get 200 or so smart folks with a lot in common together in one place at one time, let them pitch tents, toss in a Wi-Fi network, and see what happens. Turns out, quite a lot. You are as likely to bump into a founder of Google (both were there) as the vice chairman of Warburg Pincus. Yes, they had Wi-Fi and marshmallows."

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FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934165)

FP

Re:FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934212)

Geekdom. What is it all about... is it good, or is it whack?

Judensau (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934313)

Gas chamber is ready!

Deutsche, kauft nicht beim Juden!

Re:Judensau (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934375)

Judensau. What is it all about... is it good, or is it whack?

Re:Judensau (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934393)

Whackwhackwhackwhackwhack! Plus Zyklon-B!

Europeans are fags, that's why (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934410)

Don't send a worthless piece of European dog shit to do a man's job. Whether it's Mars, Iraq, the Soviet Union, Hitler, whatever the hell have you: All Europeans are as worthless as the French pussies who are stinking up that woebegone continent.

Attention all You're-a-Pee'ins: Just commit mass suicide NOW and let the adults who are actually RUNNING this planet go about it without all the annoying CARPING from the children running Europe.

ha (-1, Troll)

MonkeysKickAss (735143) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934166)

geeks dont go camping the sun burns them

Re:ha (0)

Isak Ben (702274) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934181)

I wanna GO! ;>

Re:ha (-1, Flamebait)

MonkeysKickAss (735143) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934218)

what the fuck you douche bag why dont you go and fuck your mother up her huge gaping asshole that has so much cum up it from being raped

Re:ha (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934297)

actually you know what you are just a mother fucking little bitch ass pussy no wait you are a huge bisexual ass bitch nerd who will never get pussy because you are to busy sticking your 2mm cock in your computer's floopy drive you queer faggot if i ever find you i will slit your testicles off if you have any feed trhem to you kill your parents and then feed them to after shitting all over your face

Re:ha (1)

after (669640) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934328)

This is why they are under those umbrellas. The image clearly shows that not a drop of sunlight is hitting their tender, precious skin.

WTF? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934169)

A bunch of rich idiots communing with nature and surfing porn. Yay.

Re:WTF? (0)

guzzirider (551141) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934190)

Yep, That about sums it up ...

Howard Dean blows it BIGTIME! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934171)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/ne ws/archive/2004/01/09/politics1546EST0686.DTL&type =printable
Wes Clark wins
Score one for the Clintons

The democrats are irrelevant (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934191)

Bush will have it in a landslide.

You might as well not vote.

Vote for a Winner! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934206)

VOTE Bush!

Geeks! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934172)

Well, I consider myself a geek, but when I go out camping, all I need to take with me is a couple of gallons of gasoline and then I got entertainment for a whole weekend.

Re:Geeks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934193)

Damn, I need a generator, BugZapper and a sixpack. How do you get away with just gasoline?

Re:Geeks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934226)

Uh, uses his car...

Re:Geeks! (2, Funny)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934278)

A litre of gasoline and a match can kill any kind of insect, rodent and, well, pretty much everything smaller than a bear. So that explains why he doesn't need a generator and bugzapper. But I do wonder if gasoline can really replace beer?

Dupe from last summer (1, Informative)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934175)

Duped again.

they shit in the woods.. (-1, Troll)

Dragoonkain (704719) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934176)

poop

Re:they shit in the woods.. (1)

twoslice (457793) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934223)

Here is the link [amazon.com] for those geeks who have never gone camping...

Anal sex a-go-go ! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934177)

You just know those boys were lubed up and ready for action. Taking a lesson for the great conservationist Teddy Roosevelt, these fellas went "bareback" with the "rough riders".

Happy camping, Smokey!

Re:Anal sex a-go-go ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934250)

GEEK, Not GREEK camp! Greeks take it in the ass, geeks would take it, but can't get it even in a SF bathhouse!

Re:Anal sex a-go-go ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934291)

rotfl

Gah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934179)

Gah! This ain't gonna hold me over till the end of my work day! Come on!

They BLEW it - WRONG Headline! (-1)

Amsterdam Vallon (639622) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934180)

Dude, the headline should've read:
200 Geek All-Stars Buy Camping Equipment From Their Old [greenvilleonline.com] Co-Workers [chron.com]

Hahahahahah! I think GOOGLE and SLASHDOT are the only remaining tech companies in America THAT STILL EMPLOY AMERICANS.

Hehehehe!

YOURE SO GAY (-1)

nil5 (538942) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934240)

it hurts. tro0ll

Games? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934182)

If the campers play games, are they known as the Foo Fighters?

omgwtf (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934184)

If you went camping with your geek friends and you woke up the next morning and your butt hurt and you couldn't remember what happened would you tell anyone?

no...

Want to go camping?

Are geeks different from everyone else? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934186)

I mean really, why would anyone go camping? If you can answer that, then you know why geeks go camping. As always, we geeks are debating about ourselves in a self masturbatory way, as if we are somehow superior to everyone else.

marshmallows? (4, Funny)

rduke15 (721841) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934187)

they had Wi-Fi and marshmallows

I suppose that's a typo. You meant mushrooms, no?

Re:marshmallows? (1)

xmedar (55856) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934404)

Actually it should have read -

Wi-Fi, 'shrooms, Anarchist Cookbook and ingredents for 50 gallons of home made napalm

when geeks go camping... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934188)

nature loses

geek camping. (1)

geekwife (565260) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934189)

Isn't that called Pennsic?

Re:geek camping. (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934224)

Only at knight.

Campfire Activities (5, Funny)

SomeoneGotMyNick (200685) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934195)

Do they all sit around the campfire popping pimples and telling network management horror stories while holding LED flashlights under their chins.

Re:Campfire Activities (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934331)

>

No, they sing ordinary campfire songs. On IRC.

"You geeks sure do ... (2, Funny)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934196)

have purty mouths. Can you squeal like a pig?"

I'll stick with the city, thank you very much.

Hiyo (1)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934302)

Reference lost on younger audience.

Geekfest? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934197)

NOT! be real Tim.

Re:Geekfest? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934256)

"Looks like we're going to need another Timmy!"

And tonight... (5, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934198)

We'll go snipe fragging!

Camp Foo teaches valuable skills . . . (1)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934199)

. . . like orienteering, starting fires with sticks, learning how to walk on dirt, and not petting badgers.

Stefan

Re:Camp Foo teaches valuable skills . . . (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934253)

But he was a nice badger, with friends. They danced, we played, they fed me mushrooms.

I don't remember much after that.

KFG

Re:Camp Foo teaches valuable skills . . . (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934312)

You were probably okay with the badger. Just so long as you didn't take any turkish delight from some ice queen.

Badgers? (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934292)

and not petting badgers.

We don't need no stinkin' badgers!

Re:Camp Foo teaches valuable skills . . . (1)

TehHustler (709893) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934400)

Badger, badger, badger, badger, MUSHROOM, MUSHROOM. (sorry)

when i go camping (-1)

nil5 (538942) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934208)

I typically set up:
1) a Bluetooth perimeter to keep away unwanted guests.
2) a long range wi-fi network consisting of parabolic dish antennas and 802.16 horns to communiate with other geeks.
3) break out the spam and start a campfire for spamburgers.

This usually attracts the attention of many attractive female homosapien-sapien, so be prepared for acook out.

btw this s
s
d

I dunno man (2, Interesting)

sulli (195030) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934210)

Chaos Communication Camp [www.ccc.de] sounded more fun. Wish I could have made it.

Re:I dunno man (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934249)

Germany supports terrorism and should be avoided!

Re:I dunno man (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934268)

America supports terrorism and should be avoided!

Re:I dunno man (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934401)

Everyone supports terrorism and should be avoided! Why do you think we are sending probes to MARS?

hehehe (2, Funny)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934211)

Tim O'Reilly's Foo camp for geeks - not just any geek - people like Google founders, Tim Bray (invented XML), and venture capitalists.
The idea: Get 200 or so smart folks with a lot in common together in one place at one time, let them pitch tents, toss in a Wi-Fi network, and see what happens.

So, were the VCs there for comic relief then? Please say so, it'll be very hard to sleep tonight when I keep grinning like this...

Not a lot of difference... (5, Insightful)

young_hacker_1991 (739658) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934214)

There's not a lot of difference between outdoorsy boyscout types and computer geeks -- I have several friends who enjoy both, and I'm sure there's a lot of overlap between both groups in general. Both camping and hacking require an ability to pay *very close* attention to relatively tedious tasks, and offer a similar feeling of relaxed accomplishment.

My dad and I go camping all the time, and he's the one who's encouraged me to get into computers!

Before Geeks had Computers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934338)

We were Hams, and went on a camping trip with our shortwave radios, transmitters, and antennas, and it was called Field Day. A test to see if we could set up out in the woods, etc. and talk to as many other hams as possible. Stayed up all nite. No computers, those things hadn't been dreamed of as something we could have at home, or anywhere outside of some sort of Secret Government Base, or something.

Re:Not a lot of difference... (2, Interesting)

caino59 (313096) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934397)

yea, there are a bunch of us computer geeks that are eagle scouts, I've met quite a bunch.

One things for sure, we can defiantely be an imaginitave bunch.

Re:Not a lot of difference... (3, Interesting)

Bagels (676159) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934399)

Yup. I work at a Boy Scout camp during the summer (Camp William Hinds), and at least half of the staff is the biggest group of computer/anime/gaming geeks you can imagine. One of the guys there has quite literally over four hundred VHS tapes of fansubbed anime; I can also remember incidents such as putting together "new" computers for the camp from the scavenged parts of older machines. Fun times.

Woah (1)

Alystair (617164) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934215)

Where can I sign up? Are we going to be creating little stick RIAA/SCO men and burning them in the pit later on?

UNPLUG, you guys!!! (4, Insightful)

MadChicken (36468) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934216)

Camping is the anti-tech. It's the ultimate getaway when over-teched.

Camping is not about wi-fi. It's about burning things. And reading fiction.

Re:UNPLUG, you guys!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934282)

And getting naked, beating your chest while dancing around a fire, hooting and howling, grunting, getting dirty, chopping down wood, and drinking.

Re:UNPLUG, you guys!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934288)

No, I'm sorry, you're mistaken. Camping is about about roasting marshmallows over an open wireless router with 300 clients :).

Re:UNPLUG, you guys!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934298)

Yes, but if the fiction you want is Harry Potter Erotic Fan Fiction, the Internet connection is a must.

Re:PLUG, you guys!!! (4, Insightful)

rw2 (17419) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934319)

Camping is the anti-tech

Codswallup. Camping is very high tech. It may not typically have many electronic parts, but it is very high tech in almost every other way. Heck ever when it comes to transistors GPS and two-ways are devices many wouldn't care to do without.

*And* you've missed (or made light of) the entire point. Get away from the office and chat with your peers about the work that makes you peers. They happened to do it camping. Sounds fun to me!

Maybe we should have slashstock at a national park somewhere.

Come on... (4, Insightful)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934340)

Camping is not about wi-fi. It's about burning things.

Actually, I'd say that a great deal of the thrill in geek-camping comes from having lots of sophisticated electronic equipment in a setting where it's not really supposed to exist. The surreal superposition, the defiance of nature and embracing of technology -- I mean, cool, eh?

And reading fiction.

So load up Slashdot while you're out in the forest.

Re:UNPLUG, you guys!!! (5, Funny)

pavon (30274) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934370)

You are looking at it like a vacation. Think of it instead as the ultimate telecomute:

* You don't have to pay rent
* You don't have to shower
* You get to live off ramen noodles
* The company pager is futile
* You have the biggest most scenic office window ever.

Sounds like a geeks dream to me :)

But!!!!!! (1)

swordboy (472941) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934379)

But none of the latest hand-held submersable GPS equipment can play OGG, damnit.

Bewahret die Herrenrasse! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934219)



Deutsche, kauft nicht beim Juden!

This sounds great! (2, Interesting)

yebb (142883) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934222)

I think Slashdot'ers should organize such things!
I'd go.

I am a geek (1)

codepunk (167897) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934225)

I am a geek but when I go camping the gear stays at home. Instead I drink alot of home brewed beer and play cool games with the ladies like spoons, mexican, naked twister,etc ...

Re:I am a geek (1)

de_boer_man (459797) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934266)

The phrase "with the ladies" shows that you are NOT a geek.

Or maybe you are a geek and you're just saying "with the ladies" so you look less stupid than if you say "with the guys."

Dashboard (1)

chendo (678767) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934230)

Nice to see that they mentioned dashboard [nat.org] in the article and at Foo Camp.

Homebrew cooker (5, Funny)

va3atc (715659) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934232)

put all the wi-fi access points in one spot
and you have yourself an outdoor lowpower microwave :)

UF Storyline (5, Informative)

Beolach (518512) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934234)

This storyline [userfriendly.org] on UserFriendly is about geeks camping. It's one of the best storylines, IMO. It continues until July 04, 2000.

Too easy (3, Funny)

worst_name_ever (633374) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934243)

Get 200 or so smart folks with a lot in common together in one place at one time, let them pitch tents...

Ladies and gentlemen of the audience, you are cordially invited to supply your own joke here.

Re:Too easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934322)

What girl wouldn't want to "pitch a tent" over all that that hunk-o-men?

Not a girl I would want to touch for three obvious reasons.

I'm a geek, I like to camp (1)

cens0r (655208) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934251)

But a computer is fucking heavy. My pack is heavy enough with food and shelter and extra clothes. About the most high tech thing I take is my iso-butane stove and my water filter.

Re:I'm a geek, I like to camp (1)

chill (34294) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934318)

You're new here, aren't you?

Check out this link [slashdot.org]

Re:I'm a geek, I like to camp (1)

cens0r (655208) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934357)

That weighs a ton in terms of camping gear. Try adding that to your 20lb pack and you'll know what I mean. People who camp alot do things like pay hundreds of dollars more to shave an once or two on a sleeping back and cut the handles off their tooth brushes and eating utensiles. I don't go that far, but my last overnight trip saw me carrying about 25lbs (my girlfriend had 20), and I don't want to carry much more.

Let them pitch tents, toss in a Wi-Fi network? (1)

mikeophile (647318) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934257)

So it's pretty much what geeks do at home, sans campfire and threat of animal attacks?

Re:Let them pitch tents, toss in a Wi-Fi network? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934305)

Animal attacks in the hills north of san francisco? Unless you are referring to "bear" [google.com] attacks, I wouldn't be too worried about them.

The sweet smell of success? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934264)

Geek camp? I guess the fact that the campsites don't have showers won't be a problem for these folks.

"pitch tents" (1)

Spamhead (462189) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934267)


'nuff said.

Camping (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934279)

These [volkermord.com] guys did also like camping quite a lot.

Geek Camping (0)

3lb4rt0 (736495) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934280)

Back packs full of tech gear and tents with adsl and wifi.

No chance of survival anywhere theres no mains electric :D

Any women? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934283)

Sounds VERY homoerotic! Mmmmmmmmmmmm, homos!

Sebastopol is not San Francisco (2, Informative)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934285)

Um, Sebastopol's not near any rolling San Francisco hills. I lived their a few year ago. It's at least an hour and a half north... if traffic is good.

And on a side note. I wish I would've stayed friends with the folks I knew at O'Reilly, Then perhaps I could've gone to geek camp :(

damn :(

Wi-Fi??? Camping? Good grief! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934286)

If anyone brings Wi-Fi on a camp out with me their access point is going to be used as a fishing wieght, their Laptop will be used as cooking utensil, and their PDA is going to be used to strike against flint to make that fire. YIKES!! WI-FI?!?! While camping?
GET A LIFE!

How will they .. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934293)

identify the bodies? RFID or fingerprint scanners? I'd privacy issues with either if I died thank you very much!

uh huh huh uh (-1, Offtopic)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934296)

he said "pitch tents" huhuhuhhuhhhh

Campfire stories (5, Funny)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934310)

"He was all alone in the house, when suddenly...the Blue Screen of Death appeared right in front of him!"

around the campfire... (5, Funny)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934324)

Around the campfire sat the founders of Google when someone came around and tried to scare them with a SCOst story..

Elites group together..this is news? (4, Interesting)

swb (14022) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934325)

Elites have been grouping together in these kinds of retreats forever. Bohemian Grove is one of the older ones, although it tends to attract more of an "old money" crowd and I believe is all male as well. Then there's that one out east that Clinton made somewhat well known during his tenure.

All in all, I don't really see why its news. That VCs were there just explains its about figuring out new business schemes under the guise of fun. I guess Tim O'Reilly's presence there somehow adds a sheen of approval over all of it.

As far as camping goes, the most advanced thing I take with is a gas stove. Why the fuck you'd want Wifi or any of the other trappings of city life in the peaceful woods is beyond me.

Re:Elites group together..this is news? (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934361)

That VCs were there just explains..

Tax write-off. It was a business conference. Honest.

I hope they have lots of batteries... (5, Funny)

twoslice (457793) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934327)

"It is pitch black, you are likely to be eaten by a grue"

NEIL PEART IS ON TEH SPOKE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934334)


Tim Bray's account of camp (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934337)

It's always interesting reading his journal and here's his take on the camp.

http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2003/10/11/ FooNotes [tbray.org]

I'm not even going to read the article. (1)

mcc (14761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7934359)

If it has "foo" in the name, I already automatically hate it.

Step 1: Roll a fat joint (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7934407)

Rolling a fat joint (or blunt depending on your preference) is always the first step to getting your camping trip off to a good start. Hell, I couldn't imagine sitting around a nice campfire without a doob and maybe some whiskey too if it's chilly. Did the geeks toke up on this particular trip?
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