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Two free Alt Party tickets for Scred users!

Posted in Arts, Scred by setok on October 20, 2008

Alternative Party

We are launching a mini competition for Scred users (remembering that registration is free) and offering two free VIP tickets to the hottest digital party this autumn, The Alternative Party, which takes place this weekend in Helsinki. VIP tickets include full access to the whole event, from beginning to end, plus the Thursday VIP event and Sunday sauna with organisers and special guests.

Sounds nice? All you have to do is respond to this blog with a story about some digital adventure you have had. Been at a weird art gallery? Performed live to the Queen? Reverse engineered a processor? Hacked into NASA? Tell us about it in a few lines.

Alternatively you can also tell us why you deserve the ticket! The deadline is Wednesday-Thursday night 24:00 GMT. We’ll pick the winners for Thursday.

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  1. […] you have had or alternatively – why you’d deserve these tickets. Please comment at the Scred blog, if you wish to participate in the […]

  2. Dmitry said, on October 20, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I have just made it to 100 people in searching system competition. The competition consists of 20 challenging questions, for each of which you have 2 minutes and any search engine you can think of. The geography of participants is the whole world, but all should speak Russian.

    The examples of questions to tackle:
    1) Which object from the UNESCO World Heritage List spans the territory of ten countries?
    (“Какой объект, включённый в Список Всемирного наследия ЮНЕСКО, находится на территории десяти государств?”)

    2) What bird is depicted on the emblem of a town in the Moscow district, which (town) had the name “Leninsk” in mid 1920s?
    (“Каково название птицы, изображённой на гербе города московской области, в середине 1920-х называвшегося Ленинск?”)

    3) What are name and surname of first wife of a man, who held a post of executive director of Lufthansa?
    (“Каковы имя и фамилия первой жены человека, занявшего в двадцатых годах ХХ века пост исполнительного директора “Люфтганзы”.”)

  3. Maria Riikonen said, on October 20, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    hei hei,

    I absolutely deserve to be in this party! :-)Based in Finland, I just assumed the position of Community Manager of what we hope to be the world’s largest virtual educational community for users of Internet era learning solutions and education technology.

    Please see our concept demo:

    Thanks and I look forward to a lively and dynamic interaction! Cheers, Maria

  4. Jyrki J.J. Kasvi said, on October 20, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Maybe the one where I kill the Berkeley university mail server by accident qualifies?

    It happened about 14 years ago when our son was born. I had taken my Canon Ion, one of the first digital cameras on the market to the hospital and took pictures of the wrinkly one. Then I transferred those images from Ion’s analog disks(!!!) to my computer and emailed them to my friends studying in UC Berkeley without compressing or downsizing them.

    While those pictures were tiny by today’s standards they were big enough to crash the UC Berkeley mail server. Next morning my friends got a very frustrated call from the university computing department asking them to download those ### pictures and clear the disk space for proper use. Later, this incident was used in UC Berkeley as an example, how not to use email.

    Of course, nowadays we know better than to send digital pictures as email attachments.

  5. Kaitsu said, on October 20, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    About 10 years ago when I was in secondary school (seventh/eight grade) taking my first steps into the world of software development we started a project with my school mate called doggy land (after snoop dogg). The goal was to make a virtual death star where people could play star wars related games together and communicate with each other. We started modeling star wars crafts for our virtual world and had a fancy homepage for the project which had star wars theme (midi) on the background. We had huge plans. Then we got more interested on girls and partying than role games and computers. Now 10 years later I find my self in a tech startup wondering how cool it would be to do live video streaming in virtual worlds. Taking something from the “real world” to the virtual ones. I guess what goes around, comes around.

  6. Teemu Arina said, on October 20, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    When I was 16, I got interested to console hacking. I was one of the first to translate a great japanese RPG called Chrono Trigger (SNES) almost completely to Finnish. My problems started when it occurred to me that the ROM had serious programming errors in pointers and my software rendered parts of the game to a complete mess. It was around 98% complete and I never got around to add any error detection to my translator.

    Frustrated by this (and perhaps because I was 16 and horny) I re-translated the whole game with sexual references everywhere and edited the sprites – especially for the female characters – to include larger boobs and typical DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball Hack style clothing. The new storyline was the kind of 60 hour adventure everyone and I wanted to be part of.

    For my misery, my harddrive crashed and all that hard work was lost in the ether, never to be recovered again – expect the original incomplete Finnish translation.

  7. setok said, on October 20, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    A Death Star … called Doggy Land. Uhm… :-)

    Keep the stories coming!

  8. Ksenia Avetisova said, on October 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Oh, digital adventures =)) the one and only best adventure that i can think of was the participation in the Ars Electronica. This is the biggest media art festival in Europe, in Linz, Austria. In 2006 we had a campus exhibition there, having works of Media Lab Helsinki presented at the exhibition. Artist passes… free entrance to all the events… networking… parties =) It’s been an amazing week and unforgettable experience!
    Check out some of the blog entries My project is named The EyeSight, and can be found here

    The weirdest stuff of all the festival was the competition of the sounds in the small corner pub, which somehow fit huge amount of festival people every night. There were these phones that recorded any sound of duration around 10 seconds and kept on repeating it until the new sound was recorded. We had a team of several people participating in the competitions =) it was super funny, laughing till tears on the strange sounds (can’t really call it music) that were produced =)) all digital. very digital =)

    that’s in short about my adventures!
    i’d be glad to tell more once i get the VIP invitations for Alternative Party! hopefully =))

    Kind regards,

  9. Kalmisto (Kalma/wAMMA) said, on October 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I think I deserve a ticket
    because: wAMMA

    (ps. unemployed=either party or food or neither)
    (pps. even if I got a job [roflmao] I wouldn’t get paid in time to get to the party)
    (ppps. party needs more wAMMA or: partyfun < [partyfun=partyfun+1] SYNTAX ERROR)


    A STORY: I had a great digital adventure when I first got my Atari 800XL as a kid and received this huge Basic programming manual. There was this text about registries and stuff which was an example of how to get a colourful banana being drawn into the screen. The example had this capital letter text (translated from FINNISH to ENGLISH here): DRAW A BANANA OUT OF DATA MEANING “YELLOW”. and since every code examples in the book were in capital letters I thought this ‘code’ would actually give me a picture of a banana. It didn’t, no matter what I tried so I got frustrated and stopped and started playing Donkey Kong and Ms.Pacman. It was my first programming frustration ever, and it’s a dear and a most valued memory these days. I ALMOST CRIED BACK THEN!!1 ;___; DD':
    That is why I must get to the party to hang out with ppl who know programming so maybe I’ll learn some eventually too so I won’t get frustrated cause I can’t draw a banana with Basic in 8 words I CAN HAS ONLY SO MANY DEER MEMRIS!

  10. setok said, on October 23, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for the fun stories. Winners will be announced shortly.

  11. Tuomas Toivonen said, on October 23, 2008 at 10:39 am

    lol++. Thanks all for some really entertaining stories! Hard to decide the winners…

  12. Ksenia Avetisova said, on October 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    you guys should announce all of us winners and get us all on VIP list =) it would be a nice company :))))

  13. setok said, on October 23, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    We’d love to, but can’t. I still very much recommend coming to the Alt Party. It’s going to be the hottest event of its kind all year. Extremely impressed by how the venue is building.

  14. Tuomas Toivonen said, on October 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Btw, tickets are still being sold at Sales end midnight today. You can even use the discount code “scred” to get your tickets a bit cheaper!

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