Ramblings from the Warrior's Den
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Whaddya' mean I'm a geek?
Well OK, maybe the casemodded computer and the XBox sitting on my computer desk were a bit of a giveaway. Anyway, Along with about 20 other people, I attended the geek dinner that Robert Scoble put on tonight. Among the attendees were Dan Appleman, who was earlier speaking at the Barnes and Noble to promote his new book Always Use Protection: A Teen's Guide to Safe Computing and talking about some of the basic topics of computer security that provide job security to tech support people. The talk pretty much confirmed what I alreasy knew, which is that I've probably got a nice little "Hax0r m3" sign hung up somewhere in the den. Among the other notables were Sam Gentile (I wasn't able to hear a whole lot of what he was saying, but the one thing I did get out of it was this: If you use C++, you should probably be shot) and Anita Rowland.
Originally, the idea was to go to the Rock Bottom Brewery in Bellevue, but the wait was going to be too long, so instead we ended up at the Taphouse Grill. When all was said and done, I think I spent a whole lot more on dinner than I had originally planned to, but that's my fault. The Ribeye steak was quite good, even if I did almost need to take out a loan. Actually, it's not as expensive as some places around here, but it's not by any means cheap either. A bit of the conversation went over my head, but I'm sure that even in a room full of ubergeeks (and a couple of not-so-uber ones) everyone's going to be in over their heads on something. It's a good excuse to get out from behind the computer for a while, and I'm looking forward to the next one.