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Geek's Guide To NYC Travel: Interop Preview
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Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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8/8/2014 | 11:18:29 AM
Beer and Arcade Games!
I would love to spend an evening drinkng beer and playing Double Dragon or Guantlet. Of course, the more beer I have, the more you'll hear "Blue Elf shot the food."
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/8/2014 | 12:34:09 PM
Re: Beer and Arcade Games!
@Drew- Don't shoot the food! Elf needs food...badly. :)

My favorite was Rampage. I loved knocking down buildings like King Kong or Godzilla (though I preferred to play the werewolf). 

I worked at a miniature golf course with an arcade when I was young. I used to go to sleep with the sounds of the arcade in my head. It is strangely...soothing.
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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8/8/2014 | 12:54:15 PM
Re: Beer and Arcade Games!
I like Rampage too. I'd definately drop some quarters in that one. My favorites, which the bar doesn't seem to have, are Tron, Star Wars, and Heavy Barrel. Not to mention Street Fighter 2. I spent way too much time in arcades as a young man.
Brian.Dean
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8/9/2014 | 6:03:40 AM
Re: Beer and Arcade Games!
Arcade games and super hero movies have a deep connection to IT, for example, movies such as "The Matrix" would be impossible to create without the computational capabilities of computers as well as without IT/simulations, the viewer would not be able to conceptualize the story. 
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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8/8/2014 | 1:56:35 PM
Brooklyn Bias?
@Dave: my Queens-girl ire was up when I saw how many places on the list are in B'klyn. Then you redeemed yourself with the World's Fair site and the Queens Museum, which boasts - among other attractions -- this lovingly maintained Panorama of the City of New York. It's also fun to stroll around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (where the museum is located) and walk amongst the post-apocalyptic ruins of Worlds Fairs past. Oh, and it's just steps from the Hall of Science--added bonus is fantastic Latino food to be found along Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights, or a visit to the classic Italian  The Park Side Restaurant of Coronoa, with dessert at the nearby Lemon Ice King of Corona followed by a game of bacci ball in the park. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/8/2014 | 2:15:02 PM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
@Susan- Don't blame me. I just follow the geeks to wehere the geek stuff is. :)

Also if anyone from Long Island or the Bronx wants to trumpet the geek cred of their neighborhood, go for it. :)


jastroff
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jastroff,
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8/8/2014 | 6:32:09 PM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
Brooklyn is just the also-ran of the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Nobody would bother with Bklyn unless they couldn't live in Manhattan.

Also, avoid the Superheros around Times Square. They are not licensed, and they have questionable behaviors for some time.

But, welcome to NYC, and enjoy! You can get anything here you want, and pretty much do anything round the clock!
Alison_Diana
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8/11/2014 | 9:59:58 AM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
Great point about the superhero characters. A few made the news over the past few weeks, not for saving damsels in distress or beating up villains but for trying to shake-down tourists who apparently didn't tip adequately. All anyone has to do to join the melee is don tights and a cape, so you never really know who's behind the mask!
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/11/2014 | 12:11:12 PM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
I've never understood the economy around getting your picture taken with a non-famous person in a ranted costume in front of a landmark. It happens in NYC, Vegas, and Hollywood, and it is starting to spread to more cities. I mean, I vaguely get it in Disneyworld because at least it is "official" that the character is attached to the landmark. 

But what are you getting out of getting your picture taken in Times Square next to a dude in an Elmo costume?
freespiritny25
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8/11/2014 | 3:13:00 PM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
I don't get the "characters" in Times Square either- and I am referring to the ones that are dressed in costumes. Love the pigeon/skyline photo! I hope to make Interop in NY this year, I am really looking forward to it. 
impactnow
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impactnow,
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8/12/2014 | 4:35:23 PM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
Dave thanks for all the great suggestions some were new to me and I am a native New Yorker! I need to visit the 3D prinitng store!

BTW Elmo would be your safest option these days in Times Square,on my last visit there was a woman in front of Toys R Us who wore only painted clothes. A little difficult to explain to a child  going into the Disney store or Toys R Us.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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8/28/2014 | 7:22:39 PM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
@Dave: I have a picture of my Mother In Law with The Naked Cowboy in Times Square. It is truly priceless to me.
Alison_Diana
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8/11/2014 | 9:58:00 AM
Re: Brooklyn Bias?
Seeing the World Fair site is always a bit jarring, although I must admit i don't believe i've ever made it to the actual site -- just driven by (or more likely been stuck in traffic) while driving the LIE into Manhattan.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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8/9/2014 | 6:15:55 AM
3D Printers
It is just a matter of time before every city in the world has at least one 3D printing store, this would help individuals utilize equipment for which manufactures have stopped producing after-sales parts. For example, if a car's tail light that is not being produced any longer is broken, a customer could just find the design, send the files to the printing store and the printing store would mail the customer their new tail light -- all in a single day. 
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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8/11/2014 | 9:56:05 AM
Re: 3D Printers
Looking even further into the future, most likely there'll be a day when a decent percentage of households own a 3D printer. This device will revoutionize many industries, from healthcare (as we're already seeing) to distribution (say goodbye to 10-14 business days for parts delivery)! It could become a similar scenario to that seen with PCs: Many middle and upper class families will own one (or more) while the less fortunate, those who only need them occasionally, and others will access them at libraries or other centrally located community sites.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/11/2014 | 12:08:05 PM
Re: 3D Printers
@Alison- Do you think people will ever "print" their pills? I've always thought one of the more controversial uses of the 3-D printer in the future would be 3-D printed medicine with and without a prescription. Imagine people self-diagnosing themselves with some disease, deciding it wasn't worth going to the doctor for it, and finding some pirate file of the medicine for it and "printing" it for themselves. 

That seems like a total disaster but entirely plausible. 

And that doesn't even include street drugs and other issues. If people got upset up a 3-D printed gun just wait until this happens.
Alison_Diana
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8/11/2014 | 4:08:58 PM
Re: 3D Printers
I'm less sure about printing medicines, at least in my lifetime, because of what you'd need for the "ink." It's possible at some point, but I don't think it would be cost-effective (although if it's for illegal drug usage, than there always seems to be someone around to pay the price asked!). But for legitimate users, I would think it'd be far more expensive to have all the chemicals on-hand necessary to print up your newest prescription...
Susan_Nunziata
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8/28/2014 | 7:24:09 PM
Re: 3D Printers
@Brian_Dean: I have put the 3D printing store on my Interop itinerary. I expect that we will see our lives completely transformed by this technology, the only question is: When?
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8/12/2014 | 8:20:10 AM
Re: Geek's Guide To NYC
If my past convention experience is anything to go by, most people will find they have the energy to do little else  after they attend the convention. I haven't been to an Interop, so maybe it's a little better run, but I'm used to the checking in, venue navigation and waiting in lines taking about as much time as the convention itself... which is surprisingly exhausting. We have the Penny Arcade Expo every year here in Boston, and while I live here (so I'm in no hurry to see the sights), the companies that run the show host all kinds of cool concerts, premiers, and bar crawls over the convention weekend... and let me tell you, I've never been to one. Hopefully the Interop attendees will have a little more energy than me, because this is a great list.

I suppose it's no surprise that New York has one of everything (including a superhero supply store). In fact, as you point out, it has two of many of these things, which is exactly why you need someone to point you in the right direction. Since you mentioned video games in the description, I would've liked to have seen Next Level make the cut (though I suppose it's not really a tourist attraction). If you're into competitive games, it's where some of the best players in the US duke it out in the modern (and classic) iterations of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Tekken week after week. It doesn't look like their calendar is set for the week of Interop either, but there's usually something going on.
athorndike
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8/12/2014 | 6:51:48 PM
Love this geeky guide to NYC
So many things I haven't heard of...can't wait to visit some of these spots in October!
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8/28/2014 | 3:24:33 PM
I love travel geekery
I'm going to have to go for drinks at the Dr. who theme bar once I get back to NYC. I'm not surethough if I can let my family in thee forbidden planet. I may never get them out again 9without the lure of a tradis at any rate.) Thanks for the geekery I can add to my next trip.


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