Friday, 29 April 2016

Blog Banter #74: The Most Important Reveal at Fanfest Was......

So when this Blog Banter goes live Fanfest will be over. Hungover geeks from around the world will be departing Reykjavik after a five-day binge of important internet spaceships and partying. Whether you were there in person, watched the streams or read the dev blogs on your mobile hidden under your work desk there was probably something in there that gave you a "nerd-boner". What for you personally was the most important thing to come out of Fanfest 2016?

A Blog Banter of two halves…

Sometimes there are unwritten subtexts to tasks or challenges you receive, and in the case of this blog banter, I think there’s two rather important words which are missing:

“What for you personally was the most important thing to come out of Fanfest 2016 from CCP?"

However, since you didn’t specify, I am free, FREE to write whatever I wish.

*Delusions of grandeur intensify*

Now, if there’s one thing that unites Eve nerds, it has to be space. For all of us, it seems that the void beyond our planet holds a certain undefinable attraction. Some of us will have had the luck to watch the moon landing as they happened, but most of us will have dealt with the static’d video and tinny audio. Even so, that had my school friends and I at rapt attention for the entire length of the video.

And so it was with the excellent presentation by Max Singularity, entitled “NASA - There is no lull”. I joined five thousand players in the Twitch chat, and three or so hundred living humans to be blown away by a presentation of unmatched awesomeness. Let me say, if Twitch chat had a “nerd-boner”, this was “nerd-Viagra

From rocket engines to rocket design, from space exploration to space exploitation, this was a presentation that proved NASA’s various departments deserved their hard earned tax dollars. Even better was the boundless enthusiasm of the presenter and actual rocket scientist, Charles White.

Whilst I can’t imagine what it would be like to be one of the lucky, lucky few who have the privilege of working on real spaceships, I do know that I had to consult my online doctor for a medical emergency which lasted more than 4 hours.

Watch his brilliant presentation here:

Note, the YouTube video does him a disservice, and I recommend you watch it on the twitch channel, where Max/Charles’ enthusiasm is even more obvious. It's Day 1, around 7 hours in.

Let’s get ready for Orion 1 in November 2018. I can’t wait.

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