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CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« on: Tue, 03 September 2013, 21:53:21 »
This travel log is a little out of order so if you want to see what I did on Sunday (I went to visit SmallFry), please check out that writeup here. And since I wrote too much and wanted to push some material out, Iíll be posting this and then adding/editing this as I go. So letís do this: Keycon í13 Diary Ė Sunday Edition here in the first post. Keycon for me lasted from Friday 8/16/13 to Tuesday 8/20/13. Here's the story as best I remember it.

I wrote way too much so I had to split this between two posts. I just wanted to have a nice detailed diary of everything I did so that people can live this vicariously. Sunday is here. You can scroll to the Table of Contents. And you can jump to Saturday, Sunday brunch, Monday and Tuesday here.


Dianoda killiní it in with the photos againÖmy KMAC looks better in this picture than it does in real life.

Friday

Iíve been looking forward to Keycon for a long time. I was the first person to post in the Keycon í13 thread and Iím happy that work didnít screw me over so I could attend. mashby and I decided weíd carpool up to Chicago since I was ďon the wayĒ. For a couple weeks, the thing I was most worried about was that I had way too much stuff to bring. I literally had nine keyboards to bring, all my caps, and my Grado SR80s. Luckily, the car that mashby got as a rental was huge; we got a Dodge Avenger.  Best part of mashby coming to my place?  He brought me dinner: Chargrilled chicken breasts, mashed peas, and watermelon. Anyone who cooks and serves me food is amazing, but to give some credit, the Ashbys know how to cook. ^__^

After delicious food, we packed up and tried to leave. But I was an ass and left my EZPass at my apartment. Itís an RFID tag that is used in New York, much of the east coast, and Illinois for paying tolls. Pretty much? I hate throwing change when I can just drive. Funny side story when we turned around, Hashby told me that she got carsick pretty easily. So when we did a U-turn, she was saying that one time hashbyís mom was driving and made a slick move. Whipped the car around into a parking spot and she was sick the whole rest of the night. And now they call it a victory lap. So let Ďem know, next time youíre driving and you wanna make a statement? Whip out the victory lap.

Anyways, I hadnít seen mashby since March so it was great to see him again and catch up. Oh and guys, if you ever get to hang out with him, get ready to talk or listenÖwhatever, Ďcause that dude likes to talk. Oh wait, heís a mod now right? Am I still allowed to talk **** about him? :P  And I love to talk to so we just started talking about everything on GeekHack. Hashby was saying she was so lost and was trying to pick up on all the slang and how our little world even worked. And I remember saying things and having her say that, ďWow mashby, there are other people out there who are just like you and feel the way you do!?Ē  Oh and because heís a show off, he worked on his amazing presentation while we were driving up.



Look at that sexy slide! Mashby in action on Saturday. I just wanted to post a picture of his amazing work that he whipped out during the ride to Chicago (Picture courtesy of prdlm2009)

Now Iím supposed to meet up with Halverson and Sifo since the plan was that we were going to share a room. But we got in extremely late. Mashby and I both have day jobs, we worked all day, then went up to Chicago; just super tired. So I arrive into the room around midnight and wait for the boys to arrive in the lobby.


Apparently this was what they were doing (Thanks to TJ for this video)


We get this swanky hotel and they canít even be bothered to give me free WiFi in my room? How am I going to surf GeekHack?? Sitting downstairs and Halverson shows up but Iím facing away from the door so he scares the **** outta me. I JUMPED out of my seat and saw Sifo and Halvy for the first time in real life. Gotta say, Sifo is really #legitballin and I gotta step up my sneaker game if Iím going to be associated with the D-Squad because they put me to shame. So we ended up splitting up since I guess tjcaustin was neaby and we didnít have that many beds. Sifo has this incredible ability to sleep with earbuds in. And I got a sneak peak at his GON and LZ-S. Oh yeah remember? This is a keyboard thing :P.


Sifoís LZ-S, Dianoda-style

Halversonís Adidas Year of the Snake Ė youíre not ready for the sick sneakers

Sifoís Swag

Oh and mkawa, donít get mad at me but yes, I forgot to get a picture of Sifo sleeping. Plus it was kinda creepy haha.

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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 03 September 2013, 23:01:51 »
i've got you covered bro


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Great read!

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« Reply #3 on: Wed, 04 September 2013, 12:42:11 »
Oh gosh, I have even read this and I know it will be entertaining.
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« Reply #4 on: Wed, 04 September 2013, 12:43:39 »
Thanks for posting
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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 04 September 2013, 13:49:20 »
I scared CPT sooooooo good!

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« Reply #6 on: Wed, 04 September 2013, 15:11:29 »
Yeah I jumped pretty high outta my chair :(
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« Reply #7 on: Wed, 04 September 2013, 16:05:46 »
Was super fun.. gotta hang out again man.
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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 05 September 2013, 15:57:43 »
Love the play-by-play of your travel diary, especially taking smack about me, because I need to be taken down a peg or too quite often.

Let 'em know!  ;)

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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 05 September 2013, 16:05:27 »
Recipe for the mashed peas, please Mashby.

Love the diary CPT. Great read!
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« Reply #10 on: Thu, 05 September 2013, 16:10:34 »
Thanks guys, more still to come :D
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« Reply #11 on: Thu, 05 September 2013, 16:29:04 »
Recipe for the mashed peas, please Mashby.

Love the diary CPT. Great read!

Sautťed Peas with Mushrooms and Thyme

Ingredients:
   - 2 tsp olive oil (I use bacon fat)
   - 6oz Cremini Mushrooms (cleaned & quartered)
   - 1 medium garlic clove (minced or pressed through a garlic press)
   - 1lb Frozen Baby Peas (3 cups)
   - ľ cup Chicken Broth (low sodium)
   - ľ tsp sugar
   - 2 tbsp Fresh Thyme (minced)
   - 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
   - 2 tsp Lemon Juice
   - Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes, until mushrooms are light golden brown. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Stir in peas, broth, and sugar. Cover and cook until peas are bright green and just heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Add thyme and butter and toss until incorporated. Remove pan from heat; stir in lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper; serve immediately.

Notes: Do not thaw the peas before cooking. Regular frozen peas can be used in place of baby peas; increase the cooking time in step 2 by 1 to 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice right before serving, otherwise the peas will turn brown.

:::WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:::
Frozen peas have already been blanched, so the key to a good frozen pea recipe is to avoid overcooking and to create inspired dishes that donít interfere with their convenience. For our frozen pea recipe, we found that just five minutes of simmering was all that was needed to produce bright, tender green peas. Switching from a saucepan to a skillet allowed the peas to heat more quickly and evenly over the larger surface.

Source: http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/detail.asp?docid=20867&Extcode=L2NN2AA00

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« Reply #12 on: Thu, 05 September 2013, 18:13:36 »
no record of mashby ending my cool-career with his car horn?  SHAME ON CPT
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Hush child, the part where you make the best Binge face and pee your pants is incoming :P
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« Reply #16 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 14:22:59 »

Back to the Table of Contents in Post #1


Some Clacks with the X-Rite ColorChecker Chart, a really awesome picture from Dianoda

Saturday - Keycon
Got up in the morning, not really knowing what the game plan for the day was. Went downstairs to grab coffee and met mashby. We figure out that weíre going to go pickup Binge at 9 am and then head into town to try and setup beforehand. I wake Sifo up and we head out; mashby is driving while hashby, sifo, and I are passengers. I get a hold of Binge and we head to OíHare. Since Iíve seen his stream and I know what he looks like, we scared the **** out of him by beeping the horn and asking if he likes candy :D. Unfortunately Iím an absurd person and Iím terrible at navigation. We did establish that my voice is better than Siriís but I got us lost probably three or four times. Instead of actually straight to the venue, we went to the wrong UIC campus and then I took us on a scenic tour of every hospital in Chicago. It took us about an hour, maybe ninety minutes, to get to the proper UIC campus.


UIC Ė Engineering and Science Building (prdlm2009)

Roll into the UIC building and get lost of course. Poor mashby has all the soda for the Con along with all his stuff. Turns out that itís on the tenth floor and the room is smaller than I thought. But we didnít get access to the room until around 10 am Ė 10:15 am. We were locked out and I managed to get a hold of mkawa, along with Professor Chris Kanich, and open up the doors. And of course being kawa and myself, we go crazy with trying to set everything up in time. I rush downstairs to hang up banners and flyers so that the other GHers know where to go. I think I met HoffmanMyster, The_Beast, Melvang and Mrs. Melvang, and jameslr downstairs. Oh and I somehow had mkawaís cell phone and was posting pictures and stuff to GeekHack; that all important bathroom information and the pictures of the banners? All me baby.


Portal to our little Keycon world (prdlm2009)

Anyways, when I finally come back upstairs at 11 am or so, I find a spot in the front right corner of the room and setup shop. I had just finished picking out my spot near Halverson, Sifo, Elton5354, The_Beast, prdlm2009, HoffmanMyster, and Binge and unpacking when the guests of honor arrived. Baby_Fry, LargeFry, and Mama_Fry were introduced by mkawa. Kawa gave a speech, I almost teared upÖand then pizza. Yeah, weíre great at timing lol.


Giordanoís Pizza! (Picture courtesy of prdlm2009)

After lunch we had presentations and introductions. The presentations were really cool. I gave a really horrible one since I didnít know that a) people would care b) they were actually happening. I thought there were going to be any and then the schedule got posted like two days beforeÖIíll come prepared next year. The_Beast showed us pictures of his workshop, mashby had this insanely good history of compact keyboards, Binge laid out how he made his Binge-caps and then did a live carving, Sifo educated us on the real Korean board (DT-35), and i3oilermaker introduced Project Praiano a.k.a the TechKeys keyboard controller/business card. If you guys didnít watch the stream or the VOD, do yourselves a favor and watch it. Binge is so ****ing handsome, i3oilermaker created something really cool, The_Beast really loves wood and is great at woodworking, and Sifo knows whatís up with Korean boards.

And then the INSANELY long introductions Ďcause kawa got too excited and interjected a lot (to be fair I did as well but I blame the kawa :P). But itís ok, during this time I got to play with the following keyboards:
  • GH60 Rev A PCB with Kirkle-Clears (55g lubed ergo-clears) in the undyed wood case that The_Beast and I designed
  • Poker X with 55g MX blacks in the dyed black black case
  • Tipro with The_Beastís collection of MX clacks (Itís like Skittles, feel the rainbow!)
  • Realforce 23UB with some Clacks including the translucent green one!
  • The_Beastís 65% Model M
  • Dolch PAC keyboard with stock MX reds
  • A couple of his wood wristrests


Part of The_Beastís collection at Keycon (Picture thanks to Dianoda)

Other part of his collection (Dianodaís picture)

My thoughts about his boards: The lubed blacks were nice but too light for my tastes; I also didnít like the stock reds for the same reason. It was insanely awesome to play with the wood version of the keyboard case that The_Beast and I designed though. When I realized that, I was very happy and proud. Anyways, Iíve played with the Tipro before, it was the twin of the one that was originally in my keycap and switch test tour, it has stock MX blacks which I really like. I did really enjoy the 1800 layout though so Iíd like to try that out again. Far and away my favorite board that he had though was the modded 60% buckling spring keyboard. The layout was fantastic and I thought it was really cool that he made the layout himself. Iím probably going to do the same thing at one point.  He had an SSK as well but I was really smitten with his 60%. Or maybe itís a 65% because of the function row...

Oh and he brought some wood samples and plates but unfortunately, I didnít get a chance to check those out.


Hoffmanís keyboard collection (counterclockwise or CCW from bottom left): LZ-GH with blue and black switches, Dolch PAC with CMYK caps and blue switches, and a Poker II with red switches. Other stuff include a Mimic/tjcaustin cable, Girldc Vader cap, an F&F cap, and a Sony NEX-F3

Oh and while I was there, I played with HoffmanMysterís LZ-GH, Dolch PAC, and Poker II. I also had the chance to try check out my first girldc keycap: HoffmanMysterís Vader. First off, can I just say that Hoffman and I are brass cap bros because we have these amazing photekq caps? Theyíre amazing. I wish I didnít tarnish mine as fast as I did but itís still cool. See?


My cap on the left, thanks to photekq!, and Hoffmanís on the right (DianodaĎs picture)

Iíve also got to say, I was skeptical about the girldc caps. But now that Iíve played with the Vader, Iím convinced. I really like them. Kawa described the process as something crazy. I guess the core is an odd alloy, and then he casts it as another layer in silver and then finishes it with an outer coating in black, silver, or gold. I forget exactly how the process works, I hope kawa will see this and explain. Regardless though, I was FASCINATED. I love metal and metalworking, and I was enthralled by the description. I really want a Ghostbro now.

What did I think about HoffmanMysterís boards?
  • LZ-GH (MX Blues) Ė The salmon color is a bit silly, not gonna lie :P. But I actually really liked it. It helped that my man had MX blues on the board already. But the board just felt very solid. Those LZ-GHs are a real beast, just too heavy. The kids didnít lie, *all* of the weight is in that foot bar thing. I wish I had the chance to check out the macros and lighting. Oh, and he had MX blacks on the arrow cluster and on the escape key. That was a fun touch :D.
  • Dolch PAC (MX Blues) Ė Iím not sure there was vintage blues in this board. The last time I tried the Dolch with vintage blues, they felt pretty good. The switches were a bit lighter and a bit smoother than the newer blue switches, but I think thatís due to the wear on the stems. Anyways, I love the layout on the board but it feels a bit too light. Itís not heavy enough and it feels a little flimsy.
  • Poker II (MX Reds) Ė This was the first time I got to try this keyboard. I sincerely wish I got to try the programmable layers, but Iím ok with just trying the keyboard out. Iím a little mad that Hoffman removed the greatest spacebar ever: Enjoy your feeling, but I think I can overlook that small slight. Anyways, it retained the Poker X layout which was really cool. Iíd like to test out the layers in the future.

I got to play with the OG Korean keyboard: Qsenn DT-35.  I wonít lie; I was pretty excited to test this board out because Iíve heard so much about it. In the SC2 world, itís become this board with a bit of an aura. Since all the PC-Bangs/PC cafes in South Korea had those keyboards, many SC2 pros got used to the keyboard. I think it was Boxer that had the checkered pattern on his DT-35. And guess what? I was really impressed by it. For a rubber dome keyboard, itís nice. The domes are almost crispy; there is a wonderful rebound and feel really snappy. I couldnít believe it. I wish I was joking when I said this but I actually liked this keyboard more than I like Topres. And I love how Sifo laid it out:


Heís so handsome, both Sifo and Dianoda

Close up of Sifoís DT-35, prdlm2009 style
 

Oh and before I forget, Binge was being a machine the entire time; he was carving caps and offering us Sculpy to make keycaps with. Sifo carved this awesome Swag cap, Halverson made an amazing cap with a snail and a squirrel on it. I made a little stone that had 518 on it. But Binge? Binge made a custom derpling for me. Heís unbelievably cute!


Custom derpling cap from Binge, natural colored Sculpy on an orange SP gamer profile cap

I also got a chance to play with 2TU as well. Iíve been oogling that board since Binge posted information about it. It just looks so good, SO GOOD. And itís very programmable/customizable. The case is an aluminum and polycarbonate sandwich. Thereís three layers: aluminum on top, polycarb in the middle, and aluminum on the bottom. The polycarb is frosted and theres LEDs underneath the keycaps and inside the sandwich. Oh and Binge had 65g blues in his board and I love them.

So somewhere during my stealth keyboard adventure, Guchi finally lets everyone introduce themselves (You know Iím joking right? <3) and we start to get to play. I of course, made a bee-line for the maker of i3oilers. Why? I NEEDED ONE OF THOSE BUSINESS CARDS. SERIOUSLY AWESOME. Check it out:


Oooo, ahhh (Dianodaaaaa)
Video from Sifo of the card in action

I had to have one. Had to. And Iím sorry to jdcarpe and Halverson that I didnít get you guys one. Very sorry. I got too excited and Iíll make it up to you guys. Iím glad at least I got to get Sifo one.

I actually skipped mashbyís boards mainly because I got to have an intimate one-on-one time with them already. You can see our little get-together in Nashville here. No offense hashby and mashby :D.  I think since I was already near them, I went to play with jcrouseís Clack collection. How could I not? I really love Clacks, more than I let on sometimes. Iíve spent countless hours staring at colors and organizing the Clack Info Thread and Clack Wiki. So it was a sincere treat to get to check out all these great caps. He had them laid out in a chip dip bowl and wasnít even guarding them! Check it out:


Best chip-dip bowl ever. My favorite rare caps were the Lego head caps! (Picture from eth0s)

A more organized picture of some of jcrouseís Clacks (Picture from eth0s)
 

Jcrouse also had THE BEST COLLECTION OF KEYBOARDS. Seriously, he brought in a dolly and brought in literally *stacks* of keyboard. I think he made three trips and took up an entire table on his own. No oneís body was ready for this insanity:


LZ-SE, Industrial SSK, 1391401 Model M, some kinda Sky Blue keyboard (I think an LZ-S) with SoWaRe (prdlm2009)

Realforce 10AE?, HHKB, couple of Phantoms in litster cases with Valentineís and Rebel Red Alert? (prdlm2009)

A proper picture of Johnís collection (Dianoda)

Think about this guys. His collection was *so good*, we didnít even get enough pictures of them. He must have had 30-40 boards. LZ, Phantoms, KMAC Happy, any Korean board I ever wanted to try? They were there. That LZ-SE was SO HEAVY that I literally hurt my shoulder after injuring it a week before. It seriously weighed 30 pounds; maybe more. I loved the board because the case looked incredible, the badge was amazing, the switches felt great to type on because of the build, and I got to try the Ragnorock set. Unfortunately, that board would destroy my wimpy keyboard tray.

The Phantoms? Jcrouse was like yeah, they were pretty cheap so I snagged four of the litster cases. They looked really sharp but more importantly, jcrouse was a really cool guy to talk to. Heís very personable and knowledgeable; he trusted all of us around all these goodies, and someone later told me he made sure I got my 3D printing samples back. Great guy, I wish I had more time to hang out with him.

Oh and one of the bigger surprises of Keycon was that I found that I really enjoyed the KMAC Happy. I was skeptical of the HHKB layout but I think it was the Topre switches related to it. I loved that keyboard. Really wish I had a picture of it. The layout finally made sense to me, and I obviously love the KMAC build, so it all just fit great overall.

Unfortunately, jcrouseís collection also convinced me that I really donít like Topre. Iíve now had plenty of exposure to Topre and Iím not finally done with trying them out. jcrouse had a Realforce 10th anniversary and an HHKB. Like I said right above, Iíve grown to like the HHKB layout. But I donít really like the Topre switch. Itís a buttery smooth rubber dome. I think thatís great but itís nothing special to me. Itís a refined rubber dome experience, but it still feels like a rubber dome to me. I donít think itís worth what I pay for it, the experience isnít that much better. Itís not like when I first touched clicky MX switches or buckling springs or Alps; I couldnít live without them after first touch. And to be honest, the switches hurt to type on for me; the bottom out was harsh. It felt like my pre-modded FC700R. The vibrations felt bad. I did give the HHKB one more real chance later, Iíll explain more later.

I had a little conversation with eth0s next. He showed me his Clack collection and I confessed to him that I thought he was a girl until like a week before. Sorry man!

I made my way over to grab something from my bags and started talking to Jalajís girlfriend. Iím so sorry I forgot your name but I met a lot of people really fast :(. What I do remember was that she told me she LOVED my keyboard colors. I mean obviously I do but who doesnít like Valentineís on my Pure or my KMAC :P. I had a really good time talking to her because I enjoy talking to people who are outside the hobby or new. Itís just fun to see how people react.  And teaching to enthusiastic people can be a fun experience.

As promised previously, hereís my collection. All pictures courtesy of Dianoda. Youíve seen my KMAC at the top of the article.


In the middle: Pure with MX whites, Valentineís keycaps, various GH caps and on the right, jalaj playing with my MX switch tester

CCW from top left: Dauphin DCK-84 with Linear Black Alps (I think complicated); Filco Majestouch 2 with MX blues, mix of Raindrop and Valentines caps; Siig Minitouch with Monterey Blue Alps clones; Rev A of my Tofu101 board (currently just a 1087XM with Clicky White Alps)

Bottom right: Leopold FC700R with MX blues, WASD and mods from GMK, White on Black Cherry caps

One of the highlights of my Keycon experience would come next: I made my way over to wcassí and rkinzeís table. It was the table that they promised they would cover with buckling spring boards and they werenít ****ing around. But first, I got sidetracked by prdlm2009ís Ergo-Dox and Sifoís GON and LZ-S.

I already had a chance to test out the GON and the LZ-S; seriously impressed by the GON. It was everything I enjoyed about the 2TU in a TKL format and low profile.  In other words, there isnít lip or wall or edge which blocks the bottom of the switches and keycaps. The caps and switches sit above the case. I enjoyed the design and the look. And the keyboard felt really nice to type on. Sifo had ergo-clears in the board.


prdlm2009 and Sifoís boards (Dianoda)
 

Actually, we did a little experiment too. He swapped out some springs so it had 62g springs: silver and gold. And then he had vintage and modern blacks. He did them all together on one board and didnít tell me really where things are so I could try them. Thoughts?
  • 62g silver springs: Check out my thoughts on them here.
  • 62g gold springs: They are slightly longer than the silver springs I think. At least Sifo pointed that out to me. They feel heavier than the 62g silver springs but just barely. I think the most accurate description of these is how Sifo described them: 63.5g springs. They do feel different, but just barely.
  • Vintage blacks vs modern blacks: They feel ever so slightly smoother than modern blacks. And the spring actuation is a touch lighter than modern blacks. Itís so gradual that I can barely feel the difference; even less so when the cap is on the switch. I think the difference is so insignificant that itís nice that I have some but if I canít then oh well.
  • Lubed blacks: I forgot which board I tried these on so Iíll just put the thoughts here since it makes sense anyways. For me? Iím going to forget the vintage vs modern debate and focus on the lube vs non-lubed debate. Lubed blacks are SO SMOOTH. And to me, the Korean springs like 65g have a slightly different feeling at bottom out so they feel a bit cushiony. Lubed blacks and Korean springs provide my favorite linear MX experience. I liked the lubed blacks so much, Iím going to re-open all my 65g blacks I prepared for my eventual Epsilon build and lube it.
Prdlm2009 had some new boards I was into: Ergo-Dox and this G80-1800. I was skeptical of the Ergo-Dox because I had no idea what to expect. Itís so divisive, thereís no, ďHey, that keyboard is so-soĒ.  And Iím still unsure about a lot of the ergonomic mechanical keyboards in general. I tried his Maltron previously and previously they had all blank keycaps. It was completely mind boggling and uncomfortable to type on.  I did like his Kinesis though. Anyways, with all these reservations, I actually enjoyed the Ergo-Dox a lot. Its non staggered but itís not in straight rows like the Maltron or the Kinesis. There is still a bit of shift between the rows.  Itís that slight shift that made the keyboard more comfortable to me to type on. I was surprised that I didnít have more issues with it. But Iím not sure how Iíd set up an ANSI QWERTY setup on it like Iím used to and prefer. I literally just typed randomly on it because prdlm had his own personal setup on it which made zero sense to me. The G80-1800 caught my eye because of the relegendables and I really like Cherry keycaps. He had it for sale and I ended up buying the keycaps later :D.

Onto wcassí and Rkinzeís boards; these guys are crazy in all the best ways. If you didnít already notice, thereís a bit of a flow to this writeup because this is pretty much how I bounced around the room. So Sifo/prdlm2009ís table was to the left of wcassí and rkinzeís table. Anyways, hereís a picture of some of the insanity they brought:


wcassí table of pure Buckling Spring madness (Dianoda)

wcassí and rkinzeís mix of buckling spring boards (Dianoda)

My KMAC hooked up to Melvangís rig, rkinzeís MX boards including his keyboard with R4 SA keycaps (forget what board that is, I thought it was a QFR) and a Phantom in a litster case (Dianoda)
 

Where oh where do I start with these boards:
In the first picture, these are wcassí boards from top right, clockwise or CWÖ
  • Buckling spring tester: Itís a bunch of buckling spring switches mounted on a flat acrylic plate. Wcass wanted to show how the BS switches would feel if they didnít have the angle that 1391401s (or the ďstandardĒ IBM Model M) have. And you could see how the switches worked. It was incredibly cool.
  • XT F modded to ANSI:[/u] He made a custom acrylic plate which modded the keyboard to look like a monstrous TKL board.  There was a six-pack/nav pack and arrows made from 1.5x mods. It had the wonderful capacitive buckling spring switches AND a format I really liked.
  • Terminal SSK: He cut off the six-pack/nav pack and number pad on a M122, what I call an aircraft carrier, and then molded the mat. Iíd still tap that. It was a really amazing layout.
  • Winkeyless Unicomp: Iím sure this was cool but Iím sorry, I was too excited when I sawÖ
  • Custom 60% Model M: WCASS DID IT. HE MADE THE DREAM COME TRUE: 60 PERCENT BUCKLING SPRING BOARD WITH A CUSTOM CONTROLLER AND PROPERLY CURVED PLATE. Iím yelling because Iím excited. You have *no* idea how happy I was to see this. It had the proper Poker X and Poker II layout but in buckling spring switches. The angle was right. He had a controller that worked with USB. Iím drooling just thinking about it. It *felt* so good to type on it. I could keep going on and on but look, wcass is going to sell these, I will buy this faster than anyone else does. I promise you I will have the first one he has to sell. Check out more of his project here.

From the second picture, CW from top left:
  • M122 and some SSKs, not that exciting since they were sitting next toÖ
  • IBM 1391401 with a grease mod: First off, notice how the badge seems off? Wcass HAD A BUNCH OF BADGES CUSTOM ORDERED AND GAVE SOME OUT. He had gold on black, silver on black, blue on silver, etc. They look AMAZING. And I have one now. I canít wait to put it on my SSK or another IBM keyboard. Anyways, the grease mod makes the switches feel smooth. Think lubed ergo-clear or lubed MX Black smooth. I think you put grease into the barrel and then sit the spring and caps on. Anyways, itís a smoother buckling spring experience that I loved. I was gushing when I pointed this out to rkinze who told me that it was messy but I donít care. I want this done now. Iíll probably be doing this to my SSK.
  • IBM 1391401 with a floss mod: Think a BS board but slightly muffled and quieter. Thatís how this felt. It wasnít as pingy and not as loud. If I could get this effect with a grease mod, Iíd be in heaven. However, the grease will make the floss soggy so it wouldnít work out.
  • M13: Pretty cool. Black with the little nib as a pointer.

Third picture thereís really one keyboard that stuck with me. Check out the board with blue and grey caps with white legends/alphas, middle of the picture. I forgot what keyboard this was but it doesnít matter. For me all that matters is this sexy keycaps:
  • Round 4 SA keycaps in the ďSpace CadetĒ (blue mods, grey alphas) colorway: I *love love love* these keycaps. Theyíre tall and somehow they seem to reduce the travel in the switch. The top of the caps are bowl shaped and cup my fingers. The caps are made from ABS and super smooth. And even the corners of the caps have these fat fillets on them so they accentuate the smoothness. I havenít been so taken with a keycap set/profile in a LONG time. The colorway is great too. It just feels so smooth and sexy under my fingers. Amazing.

Iím not going to lie; I have the biggest nerd/keyboard crush on wcass. Heís really knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic. He knows a lot about anything keyboards and I wanted to steal most of his keyboards. Wcass dropped some serious knowledge bombs and he has some real dedication; flying in from Florida with his huge collection. Plus heís fun to have a meal and joke around with. Great guy, I canít say enough about his projects. Get his 60% BS board.


Next I found myself talking to Melvang who gifted me his breakout board. I got to check out his awesome activity LED mod on his DasKeyboard. My favorite part of talking with him though? We wanted to figure out how the MX lock switch mechanism worked so we immediately popped out open. Live keyboard science? Iím loving it. I had setup my KMAC on his computer earlier so I gave his rig a test drive; he figured out a really sick trick too. So on the rig, thereís a power button and itís just the right height Melvangís kid to hit and play with. Melvang rigged the case so that the power buttonís circuit would only be completed if he put in this little headphone jack adapter. Really cool idea. I loved it.

Finally the last real memory I have is catching up with keymaster and his girlfriend who I had met earlier this year. I grabbed my MX switch tester and had a nice conversation with them about the modded switches and switches in general.

Oh and there were some giveaways and I saw tjcaustin trying to show people how he repaired and worked his cables. But what this meant is that it was near the end of the KeyconÖthen I realized Dianoda was taking amazing pictures. I mean he had a little corner of the room sectioned off with these flash umbrellas, his DSLR, the X-rite checker, his laptop to properly check the pictures, and a table. It was SO official. I mean seriously, how good are these pictures:

Bingeís 2TU with a custom CMYK cable
 

And unfortunately with that last note we had to leave and move on to the after party.

Saturday Ė Keycon After Party
After we get everyoneís stuff stashed safely we round up the gang to walk over to Three Aces. Halverson drove a Suburban so he had SO much room. Everyone stashed their stuff in his car or mashbyís. Think we had Sifo, Halverson, tjcaustion, Elton5354, Rkinze, mkawa, wcass, rkinze, hashby, and mashby in our little party. GH rolls deep you know? We walked about twenty or thirty minutes to the bar and I was super excited to see that there was an outdoor seating area. It was pretty comfy:


Outside of Three Aces (prdlm2009)

Some lovely Geekhackers at Three Aces, chowing down (prdlm2009)
 

I was seriously happy when I got my food. Just look at this menu. It looked incredible just from the website and tasted amazing in person. I ordered an ace burger with fries and Bolognese sauce. I would say itís the top three best burgers Iíve ever had. Actually I ate so well while I was in Chicago. I didnít have a bad meal there at all :D. And the company was incredible.  A few highlights:
  • Mkawa telling us about his adventure with Krytox. I believe his exact quote was, ďI have two keys of stuff and I need to push it outĒ. I laughed so hard.
  • Watching Halverson eat slowly; Iíve never seen anyone eat so slow in my entire life. Oh and I think he had $80 worth of beer?
  • Sitting down with wcassí and picking his brain about an actual 60% layout buckling spring board
  • Watching Sifo perform his lighter tricks with a Zippo
  • Busting on engineers with Melvang and Mrs. Melvang. Iím an engineer and Iíve spent time on the shop floor trying to interpret the engineerís thoughts. I totally understand his frustration.
  • A very enjoyable conversation with John, also known as jcrouse. We chatted about trying to find a good machine shop that would allow us to work in. Thereís nothing like access to proper tools like mills and lathes. He was telling me how he used to be able to make cocktail table style MAME cabinets at his workplace.
  • The_Beast, jcrouse, Binge, and I sitting down to try and figure out how exactly Clacks are made.

I had a great time at Three Aces. Apologize if I missed anyone. I wish I had more time with all these lovely people:


Group photo at Three Aces (mkawa)

After, we kind just walked up and down the street trying to find a bar to hang out in but we just ended up standing around in various street corner and drank wonderful frozen lemonade. Had rkinze drive Binge and I back to the Holiday Inn where there was free wifi and where Elton5354 was staying. During the drive, Binge and I picked rkinzeís brain about all things GeekHack, modding headphones, and amps/dacs. I really enjoyed the ride and conversation. At the Holiday Inn, Tjcaustin, Sifo, Halverson, Binge, and Elton5354 had a DongSquad and friends mini-meetup. Itís so hilarious because usually we just hang out in a Skype chat, surf GeekHack, and shoot the ****. We did the *same exact thing* in person. Oh and we had some audio stuff so I got to try Bingeís Mad Dogs and I shared my Grado SR80s.

Finally that night at around midnight, Binge and I retired to the hotel room.

Sunday Ė Brunch after a visit to see Smallfry
This is what we did in the morning. After visiting SmallFry and his family, mkawa, myself, mashby, and hashby went to Bite Cafť in the Ukranian Village in Chicago. Hoffmanmyster, Iím sorry we didnít invite you along. We had a crazy good brunch. I had the second best poutine Iíve ever had in the USA at this cafť. Surprisingly there is a pub in Cincinnati that has a crazy good poutine. I enjoyed mkawaís story about taking apart and rebuilding his WRX, talking about food stuff, and trying to comprehend kawaís intake of caffeine. Then mashby, hashby, and I drove home. Thanks again for the ride guys!

Monday and TuesdayĖ Halverson, Sifo, and Elton5354 visit
Halverson has been sending a bit of stuff to my house since US shipping from eBay was cheap to my place. He sent me, a few items:


Just a few thingsÖ(Elton5354)

The craziest thing he sent me was three selectric typewriters. At the time I didnít have a car so when I went to the post office with a co-worker, they gave me a cart with literally four man-sized boxes each weighing around thirty pounds. There were selectrics, a tactile NMB brown board, NIB Dell AT101W, and a bunch of other things. So he came to visit me and pick up his stuff.

We had Chick Fil A after I left work and then I took them to a store in the local mall called Game Swap which sells retro video games and Magic cards. We looked for some shoes first then went to Game Swap to get some goodies including two boxes of Magic Cards.


Back at my place we sorted Halversonís crap bag and then I watched Sifo and Halverson play magic and do a draft. Elton5354 loved some of my mechanical music boxes and we just hung out. I also played with Halversonís HHKB, an Altessa/Filco keyboard with grey Alps, and a Unicomp Wildcats keyboard. This is the nail in the Topre coffin for me. Just grew less and less impressed and hurt to type on. The Altessa were like a less refined version of the Matias Clicky switch. And the Wildcats board had an AMAZING colorway (CCnB?) and a touch lighter than the standard 1391401 switches.

Next day I had lunch with them and then the left me. Finally, it was the end of my four day Keycon experience. If I forgot anyone, Iím sorry. I really tried to write down all the details I could remember. Youíre all wonderful people and I canít wait for future Keycons.

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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 14:30:07 »
Hush child

No more dribbles.

How about that for an update smartass :P
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« Reply #18 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 14:46:59 »
It's the next best thing to actually being there!! Great write up as always!! Enjoyed reading it.

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« Reply #19 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 14:49:28 »
Awesome, awesome writeup. Thanks for this.

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« Reply #20 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 14:57:19 »
always impressive to see the result of 'busy doing a write-up'
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Hush child

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How about that for an update smartass :P

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« Reply #22 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 17:41:12 »
Awesome, awesome writeup. Thanks for this.
i know right, and he's so new! when did he join, like the day before yesterday?

amazing that people can pick stuff up so quickly!

also the bite in chicago is an AMAZING brunch place. there, big star and longman and eagle were definitely trip highlights for me, and i grew up in sf. there's a joke that there are 3 restaurants for every SF resident, and it's not that far from the truth.

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« Reply #23 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 18:18:06 »
I commissioned the swagling from binge :P I just forgot to take it with me. But it's okay you can have it!
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« Reply #24 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 18:23:02 »
I commissioned the swagling from binge :P I just forgot to take it with me. But it's okay you can have it!

My bad, I'm sure he'll make you a teal one to replace the one I stole from you :P

Awesome, awesome writeup. Thanks for this.
i know right, and he's so new! when did he join, like the day before yesterday?

amazing that people can pick stuff up so quickly!

also the bite in chicago is an AMAZING brunch place. there, big star and longman and eagle were definitely trip highlights for me, and i grew up in sf. there's a joke that there are 3 restaurants for every SF resident, and it's not that far from the truth.


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« Reply #25 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 18:38:21 »
Yea, the ergo boards are crazy to type on.  But once you go ergo, you cant go back.

Great write up overall.  Thanks for spreading around the attention.

Oh yea, I will charge $5 for each of my pictures that you used.
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« Reply #26 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 21:41:00 »
I kept up with the pictures, watched the stream twice and read most of the forum posts, but this write-up is JUST the thing I needed to put it all together. Thank you so much for writing all this, it really helps me immerse myself in my remote keycon experience! Maybe I can do a graphic design workshop next year? lol.

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« Reply #27 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 21:54:29 »
who owned the pink 456gt o-o? And damn jcrouse's lz-se..

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« Reply #28 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 21:55:47 »
Crouse's 456GT.
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« Reply #29 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 22:00:19 »
Crouse's 456GT.

man I'm getting all the Korean boards after him.. -.-

hope he isn't getting a Koala and 356cl too or already had one :[

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« Reply #30 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 22:08:55 »
I can't see a 456GT anywhere :(

Crouse's 456GT.

man I'm getting all the Korean boards after him.. -.-

hope he isn't getting a Koala and 356cl too or already had one :[
Honestly I don't think a single person in the west owns a 356CL. Can't say for certain, but I've definitely never seen one posted here and I know that it's one of the most (if not THE most) rare customs. Same goes for the koala, but I think I remember seeing a czech person with one.
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« Reply #31 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 22:11:49 »
I can't see a 456GT anywhere :(

Crouse's 456GT.

man I'm getting all the Korean boards after him.. -.-

hope he isn't getting a Koala and 356cl too or already had one :[
Honestly I don't think a single person in the west owns a 356CL. Can't say for certain, but I've definitely never seen one posted here and I know that it's one of the most rare customs. Same goes for the koala, but I think I remember seeing a czech person with one.

There was a 456gt from a different album, :)

Kind of ironic though that jcrouse and I have the same color on our lz-se and 456gt.. But he got them first so I must be a copycat :<.

I'm jealous of your board though, seems like the best of both worlds.. Do you think it's heavier? :o (I believe lz-se is like 4kg or so)

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« Reply #32 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 22:14:14 »
There was a 456gt from a different album, :)

Kind of ironic though that jcrouse and I have the same color on our lz-se and 456gt.. But he got them first so I must be a copycat :<.

I'm jealous of your board though, seems like the best of both worlds.. Do you think it's heavier? :o (I believe lz-se is like 4kg or so)
I still wish I had an LZ-SE 84 in red. I've always loved that board so, so much. The colour, the design, everything. I just adore it. It's the only korean custom that I truly want, although there are a few others I really like too.

My board is 3.4kg with the plate installed but without pcb/switches/cable/keycaps. I remember someone telling me that the 456GT was about 3.2 or something? Not sure about the LZ-SE..

If you could weigh your LZ-SE and 456GT that'd be great. I'll let you know how much mine weighs once I have it fully installed and built :)

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« Reply #33 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 22:22:54 »
Yea, the ergo boards are crazy to type on.  But once you go ergo, you cant go back.

Great write up overall.  Thanks for spreading around the attention.

Oh yea, I will charge $5 for each of my pictures that you used.

Might get an ergo-GP/Nexus/AcidFire keyboard. We'll see how I feel after that. And I'll never pay you! :P

I kept up with the pictures, watched the stream twice and read most of the forum posts, but this write-up is JUST the thing I needed to put it all together. Thank you so much for writing all this, it really helps me immerse myself in my remote keycon experience! Maybe I can do a graphic design workshop next year? lol.

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« Reply #34 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 23:33:59 »
i want to say that tsangan has a 356CL, but i think he only has that 356 mini. CYG has a 356cl but he literally had to turn heaven and earth over to get it.

other than you may be right -- no one in the west has a 356CL... that said, the problem with the 356cl is that it uses that damned a87 board. the phantom v1 board is far superior to it, and the phantom v1 really needs to be revved. the kmac boards are head and shoulders above the a87. i have no idea at all why otd is so into that board. ahrgetjahergthjagr

also cptbadass just told me that i spent like 20 minutes explaining how girldc makes his caps on the stream vod, so i'm not going to bother doing it again

ALSO BECAUSE I JUST DID IT AGAIN AFTER SOMEONE ASKED BEFORE I KNEW THE VOD EXISTED

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« Reply #35 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 23:35:50 »
Explanation of how girldc makes caps from mkawa since I'm not sure exactly where in the VOD it is.

1) he makes a master positive by hand using pure silver
2) then he gives that to a guy who cads up a solid that captures his sculpted cap
3) they work on that a bit until he's happy with it
4) then they use the cad to find good places to cut up the solid so they can make multiple castings
5) ok well anyway he makes molds of each piece, casts in sterling silver
6) and then does 3-5 layers of electroplating with increasingly exotic matals to get gloss, sheen and color
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« Reply #36 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 23:36:18 »
also jcrouse was the one who reported that the ps2avr/a87 boards don't work with the id innovations adapter (because he has so many of those boards ;)). this not the only reason he doesn't like those pcbs. the programming software is a pain to say the absolute least.

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« Reply #37 on: Sat, 07 September 2013, 23:48:35 »
i want to say that tsangan has a 356CL, but i think he only has that 356 mini. CYG has a 356cl but he literally had to turn heaven and earth over to get it.

other than you may be right -- no one in the west has a 356CL... that said, the problem with the 356cl is that it uses that damned a87 board. the phantom v1 board is far superior to it, and the phantom v1 really needs to be revved. the kmac boards are head and shoulders above the a87. i have no idea at all why otd is so into that board. ahrgetjahergthjagr

also cptbadass just told me that i spent like 20 minutes explaining how girldc makes his caps on the stream vod, so i'm not going to bother doing it again

ALSO BECAUSE I JUST DID IT AGAIN AFTER SOMEONE ASKED BEFORE I KNEW THE VOD EXISTED
Who's CYG? :-[

I really, really want to make a TKL PCB done properly with SMD, full led, USB etc. but I just don't know where to start with designing a PCB.

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« Reply #38 on: Sun, 08 September 2013, 05:49:51 »
I didn't think I could get any jelly of not being in the US, but this thread has shown me another side of me. :P

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« Reply #39 on: Sun, 08 September 2013, 08:21:12 »
i want to say that tsangan has a 356CL, but i think he only has that 356 mini. CYG has a 356cl but he literally had to turn heaven and earth over to get it.

other than you may be right -- no one in the west has a 356CL... that said, the problem with the 356cl is that it uses that damned a87 board. the phantom v1 board is far superior to it, and the phantom v1 really needs to be revved. the kmac boards are head and shoulders above the a87. i have no idea at all why otd is so into that board. ahrgetjahergthjagr

also cptbadass just told me that i spent like 20 minutes explaining how girldc makes his caps on the stream vod, so i'm not going to bother doing it again

ALSO BECAUSE I JUST DID IT AGAIN AFTER SOMEONE ASKED BEFORE I KNEW THE VOD EXISTED
Who's CYG? :-[

I really, really want to make a TKL PCB done properly with SMD, full led, USB etc. but I just don't know where to start with designing a PCB.
well, start with bpiph's gerbers for the phantom board, and read up on restrictions on trade width and separation for SMD design, and talk to komar a lot. he uses kicad, which is free. it's pretty terrible, but it's free, and frankly komar has become an expert on it, so he's a great person to talk to.

bpiph also designed the original phantom PCB with kicad, so he knows the ins and outs. kicad is frankly, not very good pcb layout software, but we have a wealth of templates for cherry switches and other things; for example, komar has a teensy layout template that places a teensy on the design without socketing. talk, design, be happy!


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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #40 on: Sun, 08 September 2013, 08:22:44 »
I didn't think I could get any jelly of not being in the US, but this thread has shown me another side of me. :P
choi young gyoo on the forums. but please address him properly as either CYG or Dr. Choi (since he is a doctor). and please don't bug him about his 356cl. thanks buds.

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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #41 on: Sun, 08 September 2013, 08:37:49 »
For me Sketch up and KiCAD seem the next software.

I can read and edit files in PCB, still not good enough to start from scratch.

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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #42 on: Sun, 08 September 2013, 12:40:32 »
well, start with bpiph's gerbers for the phantom board, and read up on restrictions on trade width and separation for SMD design, and talk to komar a lot. he uses kicad, which is free. it's pretty terrible, but it's free, and frankly komar has become an expert on it, so he's a great person to talk to.

bpiph also designed the original phantom PCB with kicad, so he knows the ins and outs. kicad is frankly, not very good pcb layout software, but we have a wealth of templates for cherry switches and other things; for example, komar has a teensy layout template that places a teensy on the design without socketing. talk, design, be happy!
Helps a lot. Watch this space :))

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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #44 on: Sun, 08 September 2013, 17:46:14 »
I'll agree with CPT, I'm pretty handsome.
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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #45 on: Sun, 08 September 2013, 17:50:14 »
And so modest too Binge  ;)
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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 09 September 2013, 01:25:15 »
Awesome write up once again.  It's like I was there.   :p

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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #47 on: Mon, 09 September 2013, 04:24:49 »
well, no one ever knows where hoff, man of mystery was or is.

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« Reply #48 on: Mon, 09 September 2013, 04:52:50 »
Mostly based on vague descriptions: http://i.imgur.com/gX1glbG.jpg

Could someone fill in the missing and correct if I got any wrong?

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Re: CPTBadAss' Keycon '13 Diary
« Reply #49 on: Mon, 09 September 2013, 05:11:15 »
top -> bottom, left -> right, missing names are: elton, melvang, hashby, wcass, girlshark, jalaj, boilermaker + his krew, rknize


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