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  • Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

    When I travel to different locations, I often seek out events and spots that interest me. What places have you found in your travels or in locations near you that you like or are interested in seeing?

    Some examples:

    Bay Area, CA:
    * Exploratorium: Many exhibits designed to demonstrate discoveries in science, or properties of systems and the world around us.
    * NIKE MIssile Base: SF-88: Docent lead tours with history of how the base was run. Good stories from people that actually worked at Nike Missile bases.

    Los Angeles area, CA:
    * Discovery Science Center

    Las Vegas, NV:
    * Atomic Testing Museum: History of nuclear weapons and research.

    Fort George G. Meade, MD
    * National Cryptologic Museum: Not just crypto, but surveillance, and parallel computing. Best way to go here is see if any Docent are giving tours and walk with them.

    Paderborn, Germany:
    * Heinz Nixdorf Forum: technical museum with history of mechanical computation, electronic computation, a working "mechanical" PBX (electronic with lots of moving parts and telephones), computers calculators, a small crypto exhibit, "hacking" exhibit featuring commentary on people like Wosniac and the CCC, and more. Very little English. (Their website has more English support than their museum,and the people that run it look at you like you are going to steal or break stuff, but it was one of the better technical museums I've been to in Germany.)

    Oranienburg Germany (Northeast, or Southeast of Sachsenhausen Germany):
    * Sachsenhausen: Tours of prisons, concentration camps, and places where people face significant resource restrictions can reveal examples of humans providing intelligent, and clever inventions that re-purpose existing tools and technology for other uses. (Sounds like hacking, doesn't it? :: "necessity is the mother of invention.") This takes many forms from weapons to tattoo guns, to fermentation to yield alcohol. Yes, there is more to learn than this narrow focus at these sites, but I am trying to avoid the "no politics" rule we have. (Google Maps) I've visited other prisons, and prison museums to find that inmates/prisoners can be clever and ingenious when it comes to re-purposing what they have into what they need or want.

    Denmark:
    * Experimentarium: Many exhibits designed to demonstrate discoveries in science, or properties of systems and the world around us. Most exhibits support Danish, German, English and French.

    What places can you suggest or recommend to other people as good for geeks/nerds/hackers to visit?

    Also, a recent strip from AbstruseGoose mentions both http://www.penn.museum/ and http://www.freekesef.com/ which brought me to visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gam...easure_hunt%29 where I see mention of this game being played in many other places, including Seattle.

    Anyone care to comment about this game if you have played it in Seattle? If not, elsewhere?
    Last edited by TheCotMan; March 27th, 2011, 01:09.

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    Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

    Originally posted by TheCotMan View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gam...easure_hunt%29 where I see mention of this game being played in many other places, including Seattle.

    Anyone care to comment about this game if you have played it in Seattle? If not, elsewhere?
    as the Wikipedia article mentions, the movie Midnight Madness was based on The Game. It's a cheesy 80s movie, but it's fun too.
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      Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

      Museum of Communications in Seattle, WA. In addition to being a good telco history museum, they have a functioning crossbar switch.

      Also, the Seattle Pinball Museum located in the ID/Chinatown neighborhood.

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        http://www.mil.no/felles/nhm/start/eng/

        The Norwegian Resistance Museum has been a frequent spot I've visited in Olso, Norway. It's amazing how much of the hacker spirit you can see in their creative solutions to fighting in oppressive conditions.
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          Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

          Originally posted by renderman View Post
          Norwegian Resistance Museum
          hear hear... i second that. one of the best spots to check out in Oslo. (along with the Viking Ship museum and dinner at Stortorvets Gjæstgiveri... one of the few places where you can taste whale. or you can order the reindeer stew and you may never want to come home again)
          "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
          - Trent Reznor

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            Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

            The Museum of Science, Boston. All around geeky goodness.


            National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
            at Washington Dulles Airport. Where else are you gonna see the Enterprise, an SR-71 Blackbird, and the Enola Gay? Besides, the Space Shuttle simulator is not to be missed. You may loose your lunch, but you'll be thinking you made orbit.

            Originally posted by Deviant Ollam View Post
            ... or you can order the reindeer stew ...
            Well, THAT explains the lack of presents this year!
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              Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

              Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA

              http://www.computerhistory.org/
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                Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

                England:
                http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/ : See the Enigma and Bombe, WWII decoding, and home of the modern computer.

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                  Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

                  i haven't been in a little while, but as a kid the Franklin Institute was my favorite place in Philadelphia.
                  "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
                  - Trent Reznor

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                    Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

                    Though I've never actually been, I've heard nothing but good things about The Spy Museum in Washington DC.

                    Near Alamagordo, NM The Trinity Test Site (unofficial page) on the White Sands Missile Range is open to the public twice a year. All I can say is that standing in the room where the "gadget" was assembled, standing on the spot where the world's first nuclear device was detonated is an experience for any science/history geek.
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                      Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

                      Well if you can find some time somehow in Vegas around 10:00 in the morning, Check out the Neon museum and bone yard. They say you need to make reservations way in advance, however they often have last minute available spots. It really is a great tour!

                      http://neonmuseum.org/

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                        Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

                        Another Philly one - Mutter Museum - home of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. It's awesome.

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                          Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

                          Check out the Bavarian Hunting and Fishing Museum next time you're in Munchen. Even if you're not into the dead critterz, pay attention to the names of some of the hunters on the trophies, and you may repay a visit to the 3. Reich.

                          All that aside, their collection of classic hunting weapons is sublime. You will see examples of the gunsmith's craft that, quite simply, belong in a museum.

                          It's walking distance from the Glockenspiel in the Rathausplatz (close to the REAL Hofbraeuhaus). Best link I can find is https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ischereimuseum


                          WB

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                            Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

                            OK, getting into the spirit of this shit (literally)....

                            Monterey Bay Aquarium. Budget several hours. This is where the whale / aquarium scenes from Star Trek (who remembers which one?) were filmed. Hang out with the cannery row row-rats in the local watering holes afterwards. HINT: Walk uphill to avoid tourist traps. Major initial funding was from David Packard (the "P" of HP) and it's dedicated to Doc Ricketts of Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Yeah, there are still row rats around, just like in the novel and the later movie.

                            Baltimore..... This takes some planning.... http://www.bpaillc.com is Boris Peters digs in the worst fukin' part of downtown Baltimore. CALL AHEAD, and only talk to Boris, unless you speak russian. This place is the computer equivalent of the government warehouse at the end of the original Indiana Jones flik. If you like old hardware, this place is the shit. He is a major recycler of obsolete computer schtuff, and so has a business to run, but has been known to entertain a geek or two who wanted to drop in and take a look around. I have a friend who, NO SHIT, bought several working Cray supercomputers here.....

                            The Valley: Weird Stuff warehouse..... just fukin' google it. Budget a couple of hours minimum if you are into old or weird iron. Call Bodoman while you in town if you're into that shit, unixsurplus.com, and check in with him in the vendor area. HINT: he likes Maker's Mark, ice cold and straight up (as the Lord intended.....)




                            WB

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                              Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

                              Seattle: When visiting the Emerald City Comicon take some time to stop buy and say hello at the Metrix Create:Space.
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