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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Wanted: A Lodge for Nerds

Hunters have the Ozarks, Veterans have the Elks and Freemasons have both the Shriners and a national treasure sought by Nicolas Cage.

Either I'm missing something, or the nerds need a place to play.

If our fathers, uncles, grandfathers, etc. have been able to escape for nights or weekends at a time to attend to club duties, why haven't us geeks been able to establish a similar club that's devoted to technology? Think about it...escaping to a lodge with:

- a full blown LAN (or LANs) for gaming purposes
- a separate LAN for intellectual purposes (research, etc.)
- perhaps ANOTHER LAN for "file sharing" purposes, (ex. a giant MP3 library for people to listen to music, read ebooks, etc.)
- a bar (okay, the bar will have a LAN too)
- other stuff that's currently escaping me

As for community activities, people could volunteer time for PC assistance, training classes, perhaps even schedule knowledge sharing sessions for people to BS about certain technologies.

Aside from cash flow, the biggest drawback to this is that it would force us to socialize. Primary attendance would be around 2 AM when we'd hope no one else would be around (although reverse psychology would probably dictate since we'd all be thinking the same thing, meaning the best time to come would be 7-8 PM).

Anyone else have any great ideas for this Utopia? Does anyone have a lot of money, or a big building we could rent? I could offer up my basement as a launching point, but I think the wife would get that wouldn't really be an escape for *ME*, now would it? ;) (just kidding, dear!)


Anonymous Spike said...

Well I'm always up for creating a secret brotherhood/society. We could come up with an extensive history and call ourselves "The Ancient Order of the Microchip" or something.

7/29/2005 9:00 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

We could claim we invented the 1 and 0.

7/29/2005 9:40 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

I had a horrible dream! There were twos!

7/31/2005 11:28 PM  

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