Get Your War On

astera | Posted 2009.02.17 at 10:00 pm | Perma

fffff.a.t. vs. NYCResistor

Starting last Sunday, Jan 15th 2009 at 00.00 midnight, NYCResistor and the F.A.T. lab have declared war against each other.
The expectedly epic battle will last for exactly one month, combat area is – go figure – the Republic Of Thee Internetz.

NYCResistor announced on their blog today:

Fat Lab has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged NYCResistor to a war. From Feb 15th – March 15th we’ll be tracking website hits, YouTube views, Twitter followers, Facebook fans, RSS subscribers… whoever posts the biggest gains wins. Grading will be conducted by Internet Famous Class technology.

Official war page w/ preliminary stats is available here.

After looking at that link, I’m a little nervous, how are we going to compete with the amount of eyeballs that have seen the things they have done?

We’ve got a strategy to create and release awesome projects this month.

You can help NYCResistor win!

* sign up for our new Facebook group
* follow twitter.com/nycresistor to receive frontline dispatches.
* tell your friends

The Rules

The rating is based on the FameLab app, to be accessed via login only, unfortunately.
It’s tracking the spaces’ sites and social networks pages for hits, subscriptions, and – even more importantly – comments, as well as each 10 personal ‘properties’ per member (like their twitter accounts, soup.io accounts, tumblr, digg, delicious, etc.) and thereafter rates their internet fame.

It’s gonna get exciting…

Round 1: Fight!

See the current stats of the most epic battle of our epoque here!

Btw, the date of January 15th also marks the 1 year anniversary of NYCResistor.
Happy Birthday!

And a short note on the header: I’m still a little sad about the fact that David Rees‘ popular Get Your War On video episodes on 23/6 ended by the end of January 2009. With Bush out of his – former – office, I guess there’s no more use for them.
However, he continues to do cool shit.

Categories : fun  hackers  hackerspace

Benjamin Franklin’s B-Day! With The Hacktory.

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.01.17 at 9:17 pm | Perma

ben-franklin-kool-aid

Inventor, hacker, political maven Benjamin Franklin, an oldschool hacker if there ever was one, is having his 302nd birthday celebrated by no other than The Hacktory.

Excerpt:

Today is Ben Franklin’s Birthday, and (if he were still alive) he’d be 302 by now. That would be one old hacker. Ben is in a lot of ways the prototype of the modern hacker/maker, and it’s worth the time to read up on him bit, and think “wow. That dude did a LOT of stuff.”

He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica’. He formed both the first public lending library in America…

If you’re in the Philadelphia area and want to party like it’s 1776, here are the details.

-E.