Oldskooler Ramblings

the unlikely child born of the home computer wars

@theEndOfTheRoad

Posted by Trixter on June 22, 2010


So around January of this year, this happened to me:

http://www.randsinrepose.com/archives/2009/01/25/a_disclosure.html

Seriously, that’s exactly what happened to me.  I couldn’t have put it any better.  So if you’re wondering what happened to Trixter, now you know.

I had just enough money and free time to attend @party this year, but minus the amount of free time that would have granted me time to make a production, code something, etc. so I spent much of the time there working on the MindCandy production notes script I’ll be recording tonight.  I met some great, talented, wonderful, kind, giving, selfless people.  I also realized that I was old enough to be the father of some of the people I met.  With no productions to work on and no oldskool hardware to show off, I was a bit of a fifth wheel.

I am nearing the end of the road of that particular part of my life.  While it’s fun to dream about a magnum opus to peace out with, I think it’s more productive to realize that I will never find the time to do so and should just let it go.  I turn 39 in a few months, I’ve had a good 20 years in the demoscene, I’ve had my 15 minutes of fame, it’s time to move aside and move on.  MindCandy 3 will most likely be my last scene production.

So, what else did I learn on this trip?  I learned that connecting flights suck balls because you have to go through security again if you have to walk between terminals — even if you never step foot outside the secure area.  And I also learned that you never ever ever bring a high quality USB microphone with you on a trip that utilizes commercial aircraft because you will get stopped at every single security checkpoint for at least 15 minutes while they try to figure out if the metal cylinder loaded with wire and electronics in your duffel bag is a bomb.  If it weren’t for the fact that the microphone was still in its commercial packaging, I’m sure they would have forced me to open it, releasing its magic forever.

Ah well.  Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.

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9 Responses to “@theEndOfTheRoad”

  1. Mel said

    Does it help at all to know how very much I love you and how proud I am of you? :-).

  2. Tom said

    That’s pretty funny about the microphone! I ran into the same thing bringing Atari 2600 cartridges back from CGExpo; I encountered a doofus of a security guy who had no clue that there was a time when video games didn’t come on a disc and didn’t like the look of all that circuitry my backpack contained when x-raying it…

  3. Metoikos said

    I learned that connecting flights suck balls because you have to go through security again if you have to walk between terminals — even if you never step foot outside the secure area.

    I’ve connected plenty of flights and never had that happen. Even going between terminals REALLY far, like in Minneapolis.

    I didn’t have time to socialize you, but would have liked more. I understand if it is a long way to travel, but I would like to see you again. At a demoparty or not. You’re intelligent, you’re observant, you’re kind, you’re interesting.

    And you’re not a fifth wheel. If you felt that way it was my failure as a host, not yours as a guest.

    And if you say you’re too old for the demoscene at nine years older than me, what’s my future to be as I’m just starting a party?

    • Trixter said

      Connecting terminals: I blame LaGuardia. #1 paranoid airport, for obvious reasons.

      Fifth Wheel: At the PARTY, not your place. You and Mike are gracious, quirky, funny hosts!

      Age: Organizers are always 10 years older than the rest of the scene. Gargaj is the exception ;-)

      You did a great job. I’m sure lessons were learned — don’t forget them, and next year’s party will be even better.

  4. V said

    re

    Fifth Wheel: At the PARTY, not your place. You and Mike are gracious, quirky, funny hosts!

    I was your host at the party too ( :

    And yes, lessons are learned. Be well. And ditto what yesso said on pouet…if you haven’t seen, go look.

  5. Dear Sir.
    You are the only human I know of in this world who has the power to do this:
    Please convert “Divine Booty” by Plant to a video.
    You know the file in question is ftj_love.zip on the scene archives.
    Please. For the love of all that is Divine and the shape of things Booty!
    I’ve always wanted to share this lovely video with friends, and only you can help make it possible!
    Thanks!

    -subliminal-

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