What on earth is "W00tstock"?!?

To put it simply, w00tstock is awesome. Three-ish hours of the very best entertainment that geek culture can provide, courtesy of Mr. Adam Savage, Mr. Wil Wheaton and Messrs. Paul and Storm, and a selection of special guests. Previous shows have included musical interludes from Miss Molly Lewis, Mr. MC Frontalot and Miss Felicia Day, Mr. Sandeep Parikh and Mr. Jeff Lewis from The Guild.

Here's what Mr. Storm of Messrs. Paul and Storm says about w00tstock.

OK, sounds fun. What's it like?

I haven't been lucky enough to go to a show yet. Which is sort of the point of this blog. Anyway, have a look at the w00tstock Flickr photosets, check out some audience videos on YouTube and subscribe to the official YouTube channel. That should give you a feeling for the level of epicness achieved during the three-ish hours. Special attention must be drawn to the w00tstock 2.2 Chicago show, where the 3 minute-or-so "Captain's Wife's Lament" took the cast 35 minutes to perform!

Yes!! I want w00tstock!! What's next?

First, we need an audience to spur on the w00tstock guys. All you need to do is go to w00tstock's Eventful page and add a demand or use the Eventful widget on the right-hand side of the page to demand a London show. After you've added your voice, spread the word far and wide!

Monday, 14 June 2010

The Reply

Time wandered lazily by. Work slammed me, I wrote alliteration-laced prose for Wil and John Scalzi's Unicorn-Pegasus-Kitten fan-fic competition and attended @media 2010 in London. The idea curled up in a warm corner of my mind and had a bit of a doze. I checked the inbox regularly. Just the usual stuff. I would nod sagely and go back to creating D&D 4E characters, because that's the way I roll.

The idea stretched, yawned and scratched itself. I felt it moving around and gave it a quick prod, to make sure it was still active. Metaphorically sucking on a bitten finger (which is incidentally the name of my Annie Lennox cover band), I decided to try the email address on the w00tstock site. Very shortly, I had a reply.

(Note to self, organise yourself *before* you start writing a post, that way you don't have to wait a day before you can continue)

Mr. Paul of Messrs. Paul and Storm took the time to write back. To whit:

"It's not so much about getting a particular number (though certainly the more, the better); an eventual UK w00tstock tour is definitely something we'd love to do.

It's more about aligning all our schedules such that we can take the time needed to do such a tour; that's the hard part.

So a sign-up drive will certainly be helpful in spurring us on, but it's not like we'll hit some magic number and then decide to do it."

The idea stretched, trying out wobbly legs, getting its balance. Of all the possible replies, this was a good balance between hope and reality. I wasn't expecting "dig out the extension cables and the lawn chairs, we'll be right there", but there was a bit of me dreading "yeah, nice idea, but too expensive, it'd never work".

The idea tried a couple of steps, just to see what would happen.

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