More thoughts about Foo Camp (for those who don’t know, it’s this weird but nice gathering of mostly geeky folks in Sebastopol, CA, for a weekend of camping and chatting).

Many of the things I most liked about Foo Camp were the campiest (pun intended). For example, while there wasn’t that much of a bonfire (too many californians means that campfires are apparently illegal throughout the state due to pollution), there was at least a symbolic one, and then some non-traditional versions, including a big flame throwing contraption, and a flaming zen garden version (search flickr for details).

More interestingly were the odd effects of seeing people in camping contexts, such as as they get out of their tents bleary eyed, desperately seeking the (excellent) coffee, or, even more revealing, their behavior at Werewolf, a game of deceit and dissimulation which reveals that some VCs aren’t necessarily that sneaky and some web developers are truly scary (stay away from Cal at poker). (Aside: having people like Danah Boyd and Jane McGonigal around to keep the games alive is a good idea). It’s quite odd to see the morning-after consequences of being ruthless at night show up in different contexts.

I’m hoping to have at least a few Werewolf games in Vancouver soon. I can’t wait to see how people I think I know act when given a chance to act differently…

Footastic fun

Foo camp this weekend was a lot of things, but most of all it was uplifting. Something about the confluence of so many high energy, high output, high optimism people, combined with their willingness to try new things, meet new people, and not necessarily know it all, was very inspiring.

Things to talk about in later posts:

* Clowning lessons and coincidences
* Werewolf: the game that will keep you up late at night and stick with you in the morning
* Leadership hacks & management advice
* How net worth does not correlate with behavior sometimes
* Social entrepreneurs are quietly taking over (and fixing?) the world

But mostly, how Tim & friends seem to know amazingly optimistic, can-do people who see no hubris in just fixing whatever’s wrong, missing, suboptimal, or otherwise wrong. Very refreshing!

Craigslist to the rescue!


Originally uploaded by David Ascher.

So the airstream comes with a built-in 8-track player. I didn’t have any 8-tracks (imagine!). Luckily, craigslist is here to facilitate all these weird transactions. Now I have a box of 69 8-tracks, most of them in the original packaging, to build a soundtrack for Gambier. A delightful mixture of “hits of today”, crooners, country, disco, “flashback to the 60s” and others. The hardest part will be figuring out where to store them!