18-Apr-2019 (Thu)
Wherein it's time to prep for the Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge, and also I talk about The Gong Show for some reason.

The date for the sixth annual Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge has been announced: Sunday, July 21!

Do you like ROBOTS? And DRINKING? Experience incredible robot bartenders serving you drinks, lovingly crafted with MAD SCIENCE by the finest competitors in the art of robotics and bartending.

If you're thinking about building a robot, that's closer than you think! As always, please reduce my anxiety by signing up with your robot early instead of the week before. Please?

Oh yeah, also I got Tempest working, and there was much rejoicing.

It's been a little while since I did a photo dump, so here are a few recent photo galleries.

Let me particularly draw your attention to our Fyre Festival party, which was hilarious. I hope you visited the FEMA tent, and managed to snap up one of the sandwiches before they were gone! So many influencers. So many influencers.

Also, the Little Big show from last week deserves some mention for being awesome. For not having a lot of, uh, "instrumentation", they really knew how to work a room. And the room was here for it. They even got most of the crowd doing that ridiculous dance.

You may notice that there haven't been many photos lately. That's because it's damned near impossible for us to find photographers who will actually show up. It's even a paid gig! Finding consistent photographers has never been easy, but I feel like it used to be easier. Perhaps "I blew $4k on a DSLR" is no longer the status signifier that it once was?

Fyre'd
Little Big
Powersolo
Jungle Juice
DAMSF

Bootie Disney
Space Station: 1999
St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Undersea Burlesque
If you've seen the kind of events we've put on our calendar over the years, it probably shouldn't surprise you to know that The Gong Show has long been one of my favorite things. And so it makes me ridiculously happy to report my recent discovery that we had our second set of DNA Lounge alumni make an appearance: Peelander-Z (last seen at DNA Lounge last April, it's been far too long) appeared on episode 9 of the 2017 Gong Show revival! (I'm a bit behind.)

They got a respectable 27 points, but they lost out to a couple of kids doing a terrible Trump and Pence impression. (I'm sure their parents will look back fondly on that when those kids are in the camps.)

Our previous Gong Show alumni were The Fuxedos, who performed here in 2009 and 2010 and appeared on the 2009 Gong Show revival:

They did not get gonged! That's quality content, my friends.

2 Responses:

  1. Creech says:

    For the love of GOD someone put together a SF Gong Show. I promise to be a judge.

  2. Leonid says:

    Little Big, wow. They are huge in Russia. Glad you liked them.