Friday was a great day of KansasFesting; after skipping breakfast so I could get an extra hour of sleep, I headed over to the Eagle’s Nest — the room our sessions have been held in since last year — to attend Ken Gagne’s session looking at some of the best Apple II games that can be gotten free on the Internet.After that, I presented my 90-minute session on Mac OS X programming using the Cocoa architecture, in which we designed and implemented a fairly complete word processor, including printing support, all during the session.
After that came lunch, this time in Whitfield Center, and for a nice change, the food was quite good. After that, we returned to the Eagle’s Nest for Steve Weyhrich’s session about the history of digital music and how digital music works, which was very interesting, including sound examples from electronic music equipment dating back nearly sixty years.
Howard Katz was up next, presenting Unix shell commands and features of use to Apple II users whose ISPs provide shell access. His session included looks at doing email, web browsing, and Usenet access, as well as configuring the environment.
Steve Weyhrich then returned to the podium, talking about how to record digital music from an analog source, such as a cassette tape or vinyl record. After Steve, Sharon Knoblock talked about genealogy — both in terms of research methods and ways to use computers to help track the massive amounts of information involved.
Next, we migrated back to Whitfield Center for the traditional pasta banquet, the awarding of prizes for best tie (to Jeri Ellsworth, who made a dress out of ties — we’ll have a photo available soon) and best door sign (to Jeri Ellsworth and Ken Gagne for a creative door involving a talking fish modified to talk like a Furby and a dismembered mannequin head).
The roasting of Dave Miller commenced after the banquet. Led by emcee Ken Gagne, the panel consisting of Eric Shepherd, Tony Diaz, and Ryan Suenaga presented evidence of Dave’s many, well… few… well, one flaw. Much fun was made of his crashing of our server on the second day of KansasFest last year.
A couple of dozen people then went out to see the film The Bourne Supremacy, which received the universal rating of “Didn’t suck.” The moviegoers stopped at IHOP for food on the way back to Avila, then rejoined the hanging around and goofing off.
The evening ended, oddly, with about a dozen people in the lounge on the first floor of the dorm throwing a long foam pool float back and forth at each other and chatting jovially. This is a lot more fun than it probably sounds.