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    Ahh, February. The time of year when most people are freezing their asses off in several feet of snow, but the SoCal contingent remains relatively tropical and begins planning the annual run from L.A. out to Defcon.

    For anyone not familiar with the run, the site's at http://www.deathrace2k.org and contains full info for meeting points, the ride and room sharing forums, details on what to bring in the way of radio gear, and info on Desert Crossing Radio, the rolling pirate radio station that goes out with us. Last year we had 50 cars, which is pretty damn big when stretched out in a line down I-15. Believe me on this.

    We're still pretty much going to be posting last year's info at this stage, which is fine - things aren't going to change much, and this is more or less just a pre-announcement. But there are a few things that will which are fairly important.

    Firstly, we no longer meet in front of Dave & Buster's at Ontario Mills. In order to keep the Mall Ninja Security Strike Force complacent to our presence, we've relocated, but the exact spot has yet to be finalised. We're not going somewhere other than Ontario Mills, though - the meeting spot will still be *somewhere* in there. We just have to figure out exactly where. Info will be up on the site as soon as we have it.

    Next up: we had a fiasco last year at Ontario Mills with people on FRS calling the wrong meeting point and continuing to do so despite being told to knock it off. Again, this did not improve relations with the Mall Ninja Security Strike Force and played hell with getting everyone organised to go, so we're going to circumvent this problem this year by *only* making announcements over Desert Crossing Radio - if you don't hear it on 104.7 FM, it's not a real announcement, plain and simple.

    Lastly, there's a small surprise in store for y'all regarding the radio station. It's something that we've wanted to do for some time, and it looks like it's going to happen this year. Once we have it a bit more solid, we'll... Nah. You'll see when you get there.

    I will also try to not lock my keys in my car ten minutes before departure this year, but am not making any promises.

    So there ya have it. To blatantly rip off Boog's traditional closing, hope to see y'all there again and spot some new faces in the process.

  • #2
    Addendum

    I forgot to mention that we'll create a ridesharing messageboard for any group putting together a caravan from a given area. We're working out the details on this, but in the interest of trying to help as many people as possible find rides and rooms, we'll do what we can to help. The boards seemed to work out pretty well last year, so we'll probably just stick with the same format.

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    • #3
      Other problems

      How many cars will wreck when lining up this year? Will SF stay on the same comms this year? Will Techno remember to leave his handset on? Will Spun have as much fun without Sage? How late will we leave? How many cars will die in the desert? Be there and find out the answer to all these questions and more!
      justazero -
      "Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily."
      - George Santayana

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      • #4
        hummm

        hey guys i wanna know more about your little caravan from socal cause i live near ontario mills and well i wanna know if i can drive with you guys, and what not.... thanks

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        • #5
          Keep checking the website http://www.deathrace2k.org. It should make a radical change around early april, and infoshould start flowing.

          Short version? A lot of people who are going to dc get together and drive together. Last year, after the meet up in barstow with the sf crowd it was about ?60? cars. Lots of chatter on the FRS radios, Interesting music from Boog and Techno on Desert crossing radio. Two stops, Barstow and Baker.

          Best thing is that the crew is there for ya. One guys car wouldn't start in Baker and we held out while people tried to figure out what was wrong. If you're by yourself...well you're by yourself. Get into LV around 2-4am depending on departure from ontario, how long it takes to feed in barstow, and if anyone has any problems.
          justazero -
          "Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily."
          - George Santayana

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          • #6
            Re: Addendum

            Originally posted by skroo
            I forgot to mention that we'll create a ridesharing messageboard for any group putting together a caravan from a given area...
            I have already planned to add something like this to the forum.
            Contact me at nulltone@willhaven.org for more info.

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            • #7
              Re: Re: Addendum

              Originally posted by nulltone


              I have already planned to add something like this to the forum.
              Contact me at nulltone@willhaven.org for more info.
              Excuse me, but when exactly was it decided that you are doing this? We've run the ridesharing board for the last two years, and have had absolutely no communication from anyone in senior staff saying that you're assuming responsibility for it.

              We have a new backend and HTML nearly ready to go. Final testing is underway, and neither of us are willing to just let it drop because someone neither of us knows just sorta decides that he's gonna take it over.

              If this is a problem, allow me to suggest that you attend next month's L.A. 2600 (http://www.la2600.org) meeting, and we can discuss it further.

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              • #8
                Skroo,
                Please check your e-mail. I wrote a very lengthily letter which explains my idea, and how it will not conflict with yours. In fact, if our ideas interfere, I will gladly drop my campaign (for a ride/room sharing forum) and aid yours. I should have not been as vague.

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                • #9
                  ya, I wouldnt mess with the existing Deathrace2k board. The SoCal caravan's probably the longest running and most established caravan (started around Defcon 3 if I remember right). The web bbs that supports it has been used with great success the last two years, not just for the California caravan, but for organizing rooms and ride sharing for folks all over the US and into Canada. As the saying goes, if it aint broke, dont fix it.
                  The Deathrace2k bbs was also used as a meeting web board during Defcon last year and it worked out great..not everyone has a laptop or can get their email (or want to in that environment), but you can get just about anyone to let you borrow a browser for 5 minutes..

                  I return whatever i wish . Its called FREEDOWM OF RANDOMNESS IN A HECK . CLUSTERED DEFEATED CORn FORUM . Welcome to me

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, I have sortof figured that one out.
                    Don't worry, I conatcted Skrooyo, and we've worked it out. The dr2k forum will be done soon, and all forum members will be encouraged to visit the dr2k forum for ride/room sharing and caravan planning.
                    A misunderstanding, on my part. But its all worked out now.

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                    • #11
                      we're just waiting on that dns update to push thru... and once that happens, we're live. sorry about the lag folks.
                      boogah
                      boogah[at]gominosensei[dot]org
                      http://gominosensei.org/

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                      • #12
                        we're just waiting on that dns update to push thru... and once that happens, we're live. sorry about the lag folks.
                        Looks like it went through. nice page design boog.

                        I return whatever i wish . Its called FREEDOWM OF RANDOMNESS IN A HECK . CLUSTERED DEFEATED CORn FORUM . Welcome to me

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                        • #13
                          it may look nice, but i'll be damned if anyone can find any information on there... crap.

                          i've been far too busy babying gn. sorry folks.

                          on the upside, the dr2k bbs is working.
                          boogah
                          boogah[at]gominosensei[dot]org
                          http://gominosensei.org/

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                          • #14
                            it may look nice, but i'll be damned if anyone can find any information on there... crap.

                            i've been far too busy babying <a href=""http://guerrillanews.org/">gn</a>. sorry folks.
                            boogah
                            boogah[at]gominosensei[dot]org
                            http://gominosensei.org/

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                            • #15
                              DefCon Cannonball Run - still shameless

                              As another way to go to DefCon, try the First Annual DefCon Cannonball Run. The race will start in Redondo Beach, California. Each Team Member will pay $5 to go into a pot for the winning teams bar tab. The race will start on August 1st about noon, and racers will be 5 minutes apart. It is a race against time. First team with the lowest time, wins a night of free drinks, as long as the money holds up. The website is at http://moloch.org/cannonball and you can always email cannonball@moloch.org for more info.

                              tommEE pickles



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