The Hotel Story (aka Cambridge sux)

Posted on March 31, 2008 by Tim Hwang
Categories: Announcements, Crowdsourcin!, Sux, Tim

Many of you have been asking about hotels, and a bunch of people on the ROFLCon team been frantically trying to work out some sort of arrangement before the conference goes down, but I’ve come to the conclusion that, frankly, Cambridge really kind of sux.

Originally, we were thinking about just cutting a deal with the hotel that we’re putting guests into so that all you attendees could nail some semidecent housing at a good price. Unfortunately, it’s been kind of a perfect storm: it’s not only MIT Parents Weekend, but Harvard’s Pre-Frosh Weekend as well (so crazy parent quotient is up up up). So, the best we can do is ~$200+ a night (sadface) at the Kendall Marriot. If you are interested (bully for you), drop us a line at tim@roflcon.org.

If not, options:

1) Post that you want/are willing to house people here. Hope that the magic of crowdsourcing gets you through.

2) Couchsurfing.com: A kind of awesome project where you find people who’re willing to house you for free for good company/conversation. Membership is kind of involved though.

3) Cheap Hotels: Not too familiar with the Kendall Square area in terms of cheap hotels (post if you’ve got any ideas), but if you’re willing to commute a bit, there’s a Holiday Inn Express nearby, and a series of semicheap bed-and-breakfast type places over in Harvard Square.

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The Official Drink of ROFLCon: Brawndo the Thirst Mutilator

Posted on March 30, 2008 by Tim Hwang
Categories: Partners and Friends, Tim, Triumph

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Over the past few months, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing lil’ baby ROFLCon mature into a shambling leviathan of awesome. With this has come the unique chance to consider who among various worthy suitors will get to sponsor the event. So, today I’m happy to announce that Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator (from that little gem of a movie Idiocracy) will be THE official energy drink of ROFLCon.

Why, you might ask? We chose Brawndo the Thirst Mutilator because it compares itself to a monster truck you can pour into your face. And because it promises that you will be able to perform complex mechanical repairs with your fists. And the fact that their commercials are voiced by the guy who did Powerthirst. It’s got electrolytes too. We love that stuff.

You heard it here first: the conference will be intellectually stimulating AND highly caffeinated. I don’t know about you — but that spells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G to me.

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Alice Marwick To Give Keynote @ ROFLCon!

Posted on March 27, 2008 by Tim Hwang
Categories: Academics, Tim, Triumph, keynoters

Fresh off her role as a moderator on this year’s SXSW panel “I’m Internet Famous,” I’m happy to announce today that NYU Grad Student Alice Marwick will be giving our Saturday morning keynote! Alice’s research delves into the intricate ties of tech and culture, identity and online social behavior. A hot delicious taste of what you’ll be getting is available here.

Bad. Ass.

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Mozilla Partners Up With ROFLCon

Posted on by Dean Jansen
Categories: Press, forums

Some may have noticed that the Firefox logo crept onto our sidebar… We’re so enthused: Mozilla has decided to sponsor ROFLCon!

I took a vow of silence, so I can’t divulge too many details, but be assured that they’ll be unleashing some sort of unholy mayhem when ROFLCon rolls around. I think it’s all part of their master plan for the upcoming release of the Firefox 3 browser.


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