“Geeks With Guns” at Penguicon 2012

Put Up

or STFU.

(We will leave it as an exercise for the interested reader to permute the “TF” into or out of each of the clauses of this slogan.)

So Eric Raymond over on his blog was talking about hosting a party at this year’s Penguicon for his readers, and passing out “hacker” ribbons, and …. One of the replies mentioned in passing that there wasn’t going to be a “Geeks With Guns” event this year (as there failed to be one last year also). Ratz! That was something I had been looking forward to, and it seems that the impediment was the absence of an event coordinator.

Now, I could join the chorus of bitching. Or. I. Could. Do. Something. About. It. Penguicon is held in the next major city over (maybe 75 minutes drive time from my apartment), and, hell, I know a factoid or two about organizing events. Hence the opening statement above. I sent an email off to the con’s organizers, and offered to set up and run this year’s “Geeks With Guns”.

We’ll see if they take me up on the offer. And we’ll discuss the details in the comments of this post. If you are planning on attending, please let me know. I’m tentatively planning on earlyish Friday afternoon – 90 to 120 min. of loud noises, back in plenty of time for the FoA&D party. (Yes, I do ask that you register to comment on my blog. Just give me the handle or name you use on “Armed and Dangerous”, and a plausible email address, and I’ll hook you up.)

Cue the Beatles: “Happiness is a Warm Gun (Bang, bang! Shoot, shoot!)”

3 Responses to ““Geeks With Guns” at Penguicon 2012”

  1. karrde says:

    I’m in for the GwG connection.

  2. theAuthor says:

    We are “go” for 2012! Richard Herrell will be our coordinator (I’ll assist). We are scheduling for 2:00 Friday afternoon April 27 at Firing Line Guns in Westland, MI (less than 20 min. drivetime from the hotel).

    Please leave a comment if you are going to join us; we have to have a count of attendees to the range by this Friday (March 16).

  3. theAuthor says:

    After-action report:

    We were as awesomely successful as I could have dreamed! Seventeen participants (6 or 7 newbies, IIRC), a wide variety of guns generously brought by our more experienced shooters, no “jackass” incidents, and Penguicon ribbons! What could be better?!

    Personally, I was able to fulfill my goal of handling several different makes and calibers of handguns, to help decide what kind would suit me best. My heartiest thanks to Eric Raymond and Rob Reed for all their personalized help. To correct my score from earlier, I can now brag of a 15.5 out of 20.

    On to 2013! Now with more ammo and greater silence fighting power!

    “Happiness Is A Warm Gun”