Oct 312010

I’d like to thank everyone that came out for the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” Viewing Party yesterday, as well as Jose and the folks at Taste Gastropub for hosting the event.

Although it got off to a rocky start with technical and audio problems, being the geeks that we are, our technical ingenuity, resourcefulness, and refusal to quit allowed us to overcome the obstacles thrown in front of us.

First we didn’t have any cable, so the plan was to stream it from the web through their projector.

However, since we were already behind the LIVE broadcast, I didn’t want to disappoint those who had taken the time to come out and join. So, instead of connecting to the Comedy Central website feed, knowing that I was recording it back home on my Tivo, I instead connected to my SlingBox back home so I could rewind it and start from the beginning.

Turns out, this was the better solution after we discovered that we couldn’t plug into Taste’s built-in audio system, which was located all the way in the back, away from the projector. Thankfully, the SlingPlayer software offered us Closed-Captioning. At least, that was until Taste’s helpful and generous owner got back from Radio Shack with some speakers that we used instead.

As I said, we refused to give up, and I am very grateful for everyone’s patience and willingness to hang around until we sorted it out.

In the end, we definitely restored our sanity, had some good food, great conversation, and made some new friends along the way.

AFTERTHOUGHT: On a related note, the owner of Taste has promised us that he’ll have a better system for plugging in the audio from a laptop closer to the projector installed later in the week for future events. I think this shows his interest in helping to support our local GEEK community by offering us a venue that is laptop presentation friendly.

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Oct 282010

This event is limited to those who have RSVP’ed either through Twitter or have contacted me directly.

Showtime starts at 7:30.

As for all sneak previews, please show up at least 60-90 minutes ahead of time.

Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and is not guaranteed.

If you are interested in attending, and we have not already spoken, you must let me know as soon as possible as there are a limited # of tickets left.

Each pass is good for up to 2 people.

  • Deborah Zinn (@dee_deez)
  • Sabrina Slapak
  • Alejandro A Loayza (@ameto79)
  • Carla Young (@wherescarla)
  • Jesse Hernande (@Hihguyz) [+1]
  • Mike McDonough (@MiKeMcDnet) [+1]

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#geekviewpreview Tweets:

@highguyz: Yeah thats fine RT @sflsocialgeeks #MegaMind #geekviewpreview is next Tues 730pm at Aventura. That work for you?

@dee_deez: So excited for tomorrow’s @sflsocialgeeks #geekviewpreview of Megamind!

@highguyz: Tonight we a have #geekviewpreview of Megamind. Planning a review of the film so you can know if its worth taking your kids,nephews, neices.

@dee_deez: #geekviewpreview of Megamind! (@ AMC Aventura 24 w/ 2 others) http://4sq.com/4WwfG1

@ameto79: Turning phone off. About to watch Megamind with the @sflsocialgeeks. Thank you #geekviewpreview

@dee_deez: Megamind rocked!!! Great soundtrack, too! Thanks sooo much to @sflsocialgeeks for the awesome #geekviewpreview!

@sethschneids: Lucky RT @dee_deez: Megamind rocked!!! Great soundtrack, too! Thanks sooo much to @sflsocialgeeks for the awesome #geekviewpreview!

@ameto79: Had an awesome time at the Megamind #geekviewpreview with the @sflsocialgeeks. Pretty cool references to movie and video game classics!

@mikemcdnet: @dee_deez @sflsocialgeeks Wish I could have made it.  :~(  Hope to make the next #geekviewpreview.  P.S. Marc, you kick ass!  #KissingAss

@dee_deez: @MiKeMcDnet @sflsocialgeeks He does and so did the movie! Definitely worth checking out! 🙂 #geekviewpreview

@highguyz: @sflsocialgeeksThanks once again for the megamind #geekviewpreview. the 3-D was an awesome surprise. good seeing ya my friend 🙂

@sflsocialgeeks: Thanks to @dee_deez @ameto79 & @highguyz for joining us at the #geekviewpreview last night for #megamind. We had a blast.

 Posted by at 3:31 pm
Oct 152010

Ever since I started the South Florida Social Geeks, I’ve been wanting to do some form of a photo scavenger hunt, but on a scale larger than a single location.  Thankfully, after hearing about the #chevypizzacrawl and #chevycupcakecrawl, I was glad to get Chevy on board to do just that.  With over 2 months of planning, and lots of emails back-and-forth, the first ever #chevygeekhunt took place on Saturday, October 2nd.

The day started with 8 local social geeks assembling at Ed Morse Chevy in Sunrise by Sawgrass Mills.  Like the good geeks that we are, @midtownchica and I laid out how the day would work:

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We would have 4 cars, each with a team of 2 geeks driving around to different locations.  Inspired by the CBS show, the Amazing race, I created Route Info clues to tell the participants where to go, Road Blocks which gave the participants tasks to complete, and there was even a Detour where they had to choose between 2 different tasks.

In order to help the secret of the day’s events, I made sure that we did not list the locations or tasks on the web or on the shirts that we gave out.

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The first stop was LaserQuest in Sunrise, FL.

For those of us who grew up in the late-80s, Laser Tag was a tradition that we all grew up on.  Thanks in no small part to the part that it plays in today’s hit TV show “How I Met Your Mother”, I thought that this would be a great opportunity for everyone to have some fun while venting out any frustrations they might have had from the week coming in.  It’s great exercise, great way to reduce stress, and show your competitive side.  Unfortunately, our timing to get there was slightly off, and we found ourselves face-to-face with a birthday party of young children.  Essentially, it quickly turned into an “us vs. them” with “us” clearly dominating.

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Coming in at first place was @bcirce.

In second place, @krow272.

And in third place, @mikemcdnet.

As the top scorers, they all won the opportunity to come back for another free game; as did @bcirce’s teammate @aguyonclemantis who discovered that he really dislikes ninjas:

9- @aGuyonClematis

After beating each other up, the participants were given their next clue, which took them to the Geek Mecca of Broward County, Tate’s Comics and Games:

Route Information for Stop #2

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Their mission, if they chose to accept it:

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Of course, if that’s all there was to this stop, then it’d be too easy.  After all, what would this race be without a “DETOUR”

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Turns out there were was only team fortunate enough to claim the hammer of Thor:

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But, even those who didn’t get it right were able to become honorary members of the Green Lantern Corp:
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