Impossible Is Nothing: Aleksey Vayner at ROFLCon

Posted on February 24, 2010 by Tim Hwang
Categories: Getting People, ROFLCon II, Tim, Triumph

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We’re honored and thrilled today to announce that we’ve officially confirmed that one Aleksey Vayner will be attending the conference in April!

You might remember Aleksey from his leaked video in 2006, “Impossible Is Nothing,” which, beyond spiraling into internet fame on its very own, also spawned a seemingly limitless universe of cultural references and remakes, both online and all over the pop culture consciousness.

He’ll be at the conference, discussing what he’s been up to since those fateful months, the issues around privacy online and crisis management, and recounting and reflecting on the experience of being swept up in the middle of the memetic storm.

Welcome Aleksey! Don’t know about you folks, but we’re psyched.

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It’s Rob Cockerham At ROFLCon

Posted on February 23, 2010 by Tim Hwang
Categories: Getting People, ROFLCon II, Tim, Triumph

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We’re super glad glad glad today to announce that Robert Cockerham, the man behind the long-standing and much revered Cockeyed.com, will be attending ROFLCon II!

You might remember Rob from his series How Much Is Inside?, in which he has been meticulously documenting (for over a decade now), how much stuff is inside various things by actually measuring/pouring/spreading it out. This includes, ridiculously, the amount of gold in Goldschlager, the white-frosty-filling in a package of Oreos, and wrapping a whole car in aluminum foil.

It’s surprisingly engrossing and well worth the read, if you haven’t had the experience yet. More recently, Rob has seriously trolled a seriously shady Cash4Gold scheme, and revealed the hilariously disappointing real-world comparison between McDonalds and Burger King. So in other words, he’s tip-top ROFLCon material, and we’re pumped to have him.

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Charlie Schmidt in the (ROFLCon) House

Posted on February 19, 2010 by Tim Hwang
Categories: Getting People, ROFLCon II, Tim, Triumph

Thanks to the titanic efforts of a few awesome attendees, ROFLCon is glad to finally round out this week by delivering on a long-standing promise: Charlie Schmidt, the former owner of Keyboard Cat and fantastic general all-around-artist-guy, will be attending ROFLCon!

Also, in a moment of internet history — we’re glad to reveal word from Charlie’s representative Ben Lashes, who tells us that the baby blue shirt-jacket of “Fatso,” seen in the video, will actually also be coming along with Charlie for the conference. It’s seriously going to be like original debut of the Shroud of Turin, only, you know — like, internet-y.

More to come next week! Have a good weekend, folks!

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The Secret Masters of Digg at ROFLCon II!

Posted on February 17, 2010 by Tim Hwang
Categories: Getting People, ROFLCon II, Tim, Triumph

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In the dark, moisty moisty jungle of internet subculture, few cabals have been more rumored about, speculated upon, or obsessively hated against as the power-users of Digg.

We’ve been hard at work for the past few months here at HQ, and superbly pumped to report today that we’ll be having a selected group of them at ROFLCon. We’re glad to announce today that we’ve assembled a three-person panel at the conference this year to rep these elusive folks. Specifically:

* Andrew Sorcini (MrBabyMan)

* Muhammad Saleem (MSaleem)

* JD Rucker (oboy)

Avoiding the usual lame-o discussions around poweruserhood (anyone who asks how to become a power user will be forcibly ejected from the room), the Diggerati will be taking ROFLCon to switch gears and focus on the history of the backroom culture of power users, politics/machinations with site management, and the future of Digg (and social news) generally. Should be good times.

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