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  • Who can help a blind hacker experience the Shoot again?

    Some of you may remember a buddy of mine who came to the Shoot last year for the first time. Shaf Patel, totally blind since birth and from the UK, had never so much as handled a firearm let alone shot one.

    He came to the Shoot last year, and had an UNREAL time. He was totally safe, loved all the attention and care that others showed while making sure he understood what was up, and he got an experience that was unlike anything he had ever dreamed of in his life.

    He would like to come back again this year.

    Is there anyone out there who can make this happen? I will gladly comp his badge, but we need a volunteer (or volunteer team) who can guarantee the following...

    1. a spot for him in their car going to the shoot
    2. a spot also in the car coming back from the shoot
    3. most of all, this is not just transportation... someone is needed to escort Shaf around the Shoot site and be with him while he is there.

    Shaf is a remarkable person and totally competent and safe. In no way do I wish to convey that he's incapable of anything to which he sets his mind. However, it is simply best responsible practice for us to have someone there to assist him (or anyone else who is blind and would want to come, which i encourage!) so that at all times there is ZERO doubt in his mind that he is remaining behind the firing line and in a safe area when he walks, etc. Also, the ground out there is a little uneven and the whole site is unregulated, so this is all the more reason that best prudence dictates he have a minder while on site.

    This is a substantial endeavor. It will take up the bulk of one person's time (and hence i am wondering if a team of two or three people would like to do this) and can't be a situation where someone volunteers to do it and then flakes off after a while. That is NOT OK. If you say you will do this, you HAVE TO actually do it for him once you're out there. No bullshitting.

    Shaf is a great guy and a key figure in the hacker world. If you can help see that his participation at the Shoot is again possible, i'd be very grateful. Please email me at shoot@deviating.net if you are able to help.
    "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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    Well, obviously I can't take time away from the line, but, bring him by and I'll make sure he gets to the front of the line.

    Weinie

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    • #3
      I'll have space in my lane, free ammo for him and anyone helping him, and guns to shoot. If anyone volunteers to guide him but can't provide transport, I'll change my car reservation to something that can handle all of us.

      I'll be there for both Wednesday and Thursday, so either, or both, days are covered.

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      • #4
        Deviant Ollam, Lilly from last year said she will be at the shoot and happy to assist all 4 sessions. Same goes for me if I have any free time from my RSO duties.

        ~L0G1C

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        • #5
          it sounds like we're pretty well-fixed-up on this front, thank you all!
          "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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