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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