TR BBQ IX: probably the best yet

The ninth annual edition of the TR BBQ is in the books, and it may just go down as the best one yet. We converged on Dr. Fish’s lake house in Holland, Michigan on Saturday for a day’s worth of conversation, food, and activities of various sorts.

As you might imagine given the crowd, we crammed an abundance of goodness into the short span of a day, aided by technology in various, well-refined forms. There’s no way I could cover everything that happened in a short post, but let me offer up a few select pictures to give those of you who couldn’t attend a sense of what you missed.

The setting, at the lake house, is pretty much ideal, and the first official item on the agenda is a barbecue lunch.

Of course, there’s lots of spirited tech discussion. Above, pcgeek86 holds up a plate to demonstrate the size of pixels on your typical Android tablet.

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After lunch was the main competitive event, the baggo/cornhole tourney. I played Just Brew It (on the right above) for supreme forum admin rights. He won, sparing hundreds from arbitrary banning and censure for yet another year.

Thanks to the generosity of MSI and Gigabyte, we had a bunch of prizes to hand out to the winners of the tournament.  Frobozz (on the right below) took first place and selected an MSI Z77A-GD65 mobo to take home. We also handed out prizes for those who traveled farthest to attend and such. Then we just started giving away stuff at random. I think pretty much everybody came away with something.

The prestigious Wasson Cup, given to "the most worthy," was fittingly awarded to Kelli, our rib chef, who also scored a Gigabyte A75 motherboard for her efforts. Those ribs are magical, world-class BBQ. I’m going to have to steal the recipe.

Here’s Captain Ned with his amazing potato cannon, which he toted all the way from his home in Vermont in order to launch spuds deep into Lake Michigan for our entertainment. I’ve seen potato cannons before, but this was the most impressive yet. The interior of the barrel is rifled, for goshsakes, and when the potato leaves it, well, good luck tracking the projectile. My only chance was to watch for the splash.

Here’s the obligatory group shot, which I think includes most everyone but some of the kids who attended. I believe the turnout was up a bit from last year.

After the baggo tourney, everybody emptied out the trunks of their cars and held a swap meet with PC hardware. Dposcorp busted out a whole gaggle of old laptops to sell.

Once darkness fell, we had a beachside fireworks extravaganza, including the 119-shot monster on the right there.

After the fireworks, it was time to play with fire differently. Yes, the flamethrower was back again, taking us from zero to campfire in 60 seconds or so. Nobody ever had to worry about getting a fire or grill going ahead of time.

We huddled around the fire for warmth, cooking hot dogs and s’mores, until late into the evening. At some point, JBI started supplying me with samples of various craft beers as he and eitje skillfully extracted deep TR business secrets. Fortunately, I didn’t give away too much classified info before we were interrupted by the launching of several sky lanterns, which traveled down the shoreline for miles, climbing to great heights, before burning out.

That’s how the day went, in part. Of course, various folks shot a ridiculous amount of photos and videos throughout the day, and the pictures are already filling up the TR BBQ IX forum thread, starting on this page.

As always, the highlight for me was the conversation with an amazingly good group of people. We are continuously humbled to have TR’s name attached to this gathering, which is becoming a highlight of the the year. Thanks again to everybody who made it happen.

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    • bhtooefr
    • 7 years ago

    Man, one of these years, I need to make it to one of these.

      • Captain Ned
      • 7 years ago

      It was only a 1900 mile round trip for me.

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    <<<<<BREAKING NEWS BANNER>>>>>>

    As reported earlier, a radical, break-away TR splinter group held their own BBQ at an undisclosed East Coast location. The meeting was very, very well-attended, with two – two!! – TR alumni showing up: sweatshopking and dpaus, both on very short notice (hey, whatever we lacked in quantity was more than made up for in quality).

    And you guys think [u<]you[/u<] had swag?!? A few lousy motherboards and some t-shirts?? No CPU chips at all? Hah!! Well, the East Coast group had a whole [i<][b<]bag[/i<][/b<] of chips to give away, and after a brief staring contest, ssk walked off with [url=http://i.imgur.com/twUjV.jpg<]the entire haul[/url<] (and yes, he really does have devil eyes - that's why I quickly lost the staring contest). And although there's no photo evidence, the Splinter Group BBQ was also attended by many, many extremely hot, gorgeous babes in LaraCroft-worthy skin-tight black leather outfits. No, seriously, it was. The entire group of attendees will swear to the veracity of that statement. The Mid-West Regulars had best take notice of this East Coast Splinter Group; we expect to be able to [i<][u<]more than double[/i<][/u<] attendance for next year - a challenge that we sneeringly throw at the very feet of the so-called 'official' group! And not just double the TR members, but double the babe-count, too. Will the Mid-West Regulars even acknowledge the challenge, let alone accept it? Film at 11.... EDIT: Oh, yeah, and 'probably the best yet'?? Ours was [b<][u<]definitely[/b<][/u<] The Best Yet 🙂

      • Captain Ned
      • 7 years ago

      East Coast location with chips from Minneapolis???

      Methinks some obfuscation doth commenceth. 😉

      Besides, once they’re chips they’re not ammo.

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]once they're chips they're not ammo[/quote<] Depends on the intended target, now doesn't it? Do you use a sledgehammer to swat a mosquito? These days, it's all about 'right-sizing', don'tcha know?

      • dashbarron
      • 7 years ago

      Geeez, someone is nutty enough to not only meet up with SSK but alone?!

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        Uh, not quite…. Remember Khadafi’s all-female ninja bodyguards, who became unemployed several months ago? And thus available for, um, say, ‘executive protection’ duties?? And the mention above of a bevy of really hot babes in leather outfits?

        Naw, I was OK. Totally OK.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        the fact was, it was I who was at risk. I’m a pretty big guy, But this guy’s a monster. it’s not often somebody looks down when they talk to me. Never mind the leather and the chopper he was riding. I was lucky to survive.

        AND you know you’d love to meet up with me. You’re just jealous you didn’t get to dine with such fine company. I mean, come on! DO YOU SEE THAT WALLPAPER? it was a high class only.

        Really, i’m just going to have to look at that picture all day. I don’t remember the last time I saw 2 such handsome gentlemen. seriously. I’ve been staring for like 20 minutes already, and I just can’t stop. THAT GORGEOUS.

        Next year we’ll see about opening this baby up to boys and girls from all over the north east. people might [i<] even drive an hour to come! [/i<] it'd be THAT fun! Free up your calendars now, boys, if you want a chance to touch my muscles (dpaus wanted to like 100 times...), then you'd better get here for the next. You can't feel my tight body over the internet!

          • dpaus
          • 7 years ago

          Hey!! You said what happened at the cheap motel stayed at the cheap motel! And [i<][u<]you[/u<][/i<] were the one looking at [i<][u<]me[/u<][/i<] with lust in your eyes. At least, I think it was lust - either that or a pair of hi-intensity LEDs. Now that I think about it, maybe it was the hot leather babe taking the pictures that you were staring at. That'd be understandable too.

            • dashbarron
            • 7 years ago

            I could have sold tickets to this circus. Next year, next year….

    • Dposcorp
    • 7 years ago

    Here is the best video yet: The Prize Ceremony

    [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RNTU5jE1Qk[/url<]

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Next year… If the world still exists. Otherwise I’ll be fighting zombies regretting never having went to BBQ IX.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 7 years ago

    Even Krogoth would have been impressed.

    Once again, a great time and great to see you all again.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    Look guys, i KNOW you all wanted me to go. I realize that. But please stop PMing me BEGGING me to go to the next one. it’s simply too far.

      • eitje
      • 7 years ago

      we were telling you to make your own, down in the basement hovel from which you post. 🙂

      • anotherengineer
      • 7 years ago

      We could have our own, but if I met you have way we would both be deep in the fatherland of Quebec. Pass on that one, although some Quebecer’s are pretty decent to party with.

    • ClickClick5
    • 7 years ago

    I hope to be able to make my first TR BBQ this next year. I’ll do my best to show! Go 2013!

      • drfish
      • 7 years ago

      We’ll watch for you in the the next thread.

    • Dposcorp
    • 7 years ago

    More pics, including my new cameras panoramic mode 🙂

    [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/mnuiwujfyd4f5rt/DSC00161.JPG[/url<] [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/8enm9fssfjsteiz/DSC00163.JPG[/url<] [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/lets6zuunc07tem/DSC00164.JPG[/url<] [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/f76kim4vxb4xbdh/DSC00165.JPG[/url<] [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/4d45pjmsrsaqzrk/DSC00169.JPG[/url<] [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/v32ci8yl9zczulz/DSC00181.JPG[/url<] [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/jlmrr8o4fqjlttw/DSC00182.JPG[/url<] [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/3hq8xm3g8snfqtj/DSC00183.JPG[/url<] [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/9a51shiqir842z0/DSC00207.JPG[/url<] [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/hhrfhzp8ypm9s8u/DSC00187.JPG[/url<] [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/stcwzz55w71uhkr/DSC00228.JPG[/url<] [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/stcwzz55w71uhkr/DSC00228.JPG[/url<] I'll post these in the official thread as well.

    • credible
    • 7 years ago

    Looks like everyone had a blast, good to see:)

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    Capt. Ned wears tie-dye? WHAT?

    Ned, is it legal to carry that thing across state lines?

      • just brew it!
      • 7 years ago

      You’d be less surprised by the tie-dye if you knew his tastes in music.

      He did mention that he took a slightly longer route than he would’ve otherwise, to avoid having to pass through Canada with the potato cannon!

        • anotherengineer
        • 7 years ago

        We have been known to make some pretty decent potato canon’s up here in the North………..need them to keep the bears at bay, kids off the lawn and that sort of thing 😉

      • Captain Ned
      • 7 years ago

      State lines – yes. ATF has actually issued an opinion letter stating that as long as it’s just potatoes, it’s not a “destructive device”. I wasn’t about to risk it with Canada Customs or Homeland Security.

      And yes, I frequently wear tie-dye. Ain’t conceptual continuity great?

      EDIT: ATF opinion from the site where I bought the rifled barrel.

      [url<]http://www.spudtech.com/content.asp?id=13[/url<] EDIT 2: Front page action. I'm honored. Really.

    • eitje
    • 7 years ago

    Your memory of events is a little… off.

    drfish launched the lanterns BEFORE we extracted the top-secret, corporate intel.

    I think it was Inkling’s brother being completely blitzed (or that it was 1:30am…) that was the reason y’all left. 🙂

      • WhipClash
      • 7 years ago

      Completely Blitzed? Well, okay maybe mostly.

      My mistake was trying to hold my own against JustBrewIt all day long. Somewhere around +Midnight, it got very fuzzy. Clearly, he has more experience managing his alcohol intake than I. For that, a new award should be awarded!

        • eitje
        • 7 years ago

        Do you remember standing in the driveway and saying “I’m gonna.. hey, Adam! I’m gonna make a beach here. Watch this. Oh, hey, let me just… lean against you real… do you mind if I lean against you? I just need to…. real quick…” and then dumping out a little bit of sand from your shoe?

          • WhipClash
          • 7 years ago

          Ummm….what do you think?

    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    Looks like a sausage fest. Yikes.

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      I went to engineering school. That ratio looks very average.

      • eitje
      • 7 years ago

      most of the women there are wived to the attendees.

        • sis_of_fish
        • 7 years ago

        I am wived to no man! *prances*

          • dpaus
          • 7 years ago

          Yeah, we had some prancing at ours, too…

      • TheEmrys
      • 7 years ago

      If you are going to a tech website’s BBQ to meet women, you are doing it wrong.

        • ClickClick5
        • 7 years ago

        Zing!

        • equivicus
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]If you are going to a tech website's BBQ to meet women, you are doing it wrong.[/quote<] This should be documented somewhere! 🙂

        • Bensam123
        • 7 years ago

        Don’t crush the glimmer of hope!

      • JoshMST
      • 7 years ago

      Was the dog a boy or a girl. That changes everything…

        • Captain Ned
        • 7 years ago

        Well, I didn’t perform a close inspection but with the name Ivan, I’m guessing male.

          • Bensam123
          • 7 years ago

          Or a really awesome russian female!

      • albundy
      • 7 years ago

      well, it aint Miami beach, so yeah.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 7 years ago

    Looks like a splendid time. I hope one day I can get up there. 🙁

    • Duck
    • 7 years ago

    Is that dog wearing sunglasses?

      • eitje
      • 7 years ago

      ZE GOGGLES.

        • ludi
        • 7 years ago

        ZEY DO NOTHING!

          • sis_of_fish
          • 7 years ago

          Doggles, yes, and they actually do act as sunglasses and make a difference to Ivan. He’s been known to pout in the shade after a bit too much sun, but then with the glasses, he frolics anew! ..until he gets sick of wearing the Doggles and paws them askew 😛

        • Squeazle
        • 7 years ago

        DOGGLES.

    • Forge
    • 7 years ago

    I am tired of hearing about the win, and hearing about all these poor people who were not blessed by my presence. I am committing to attend BBQ X. Forget pencil, INK me in, biyatches.

      • Flying Fox
      • 7 years ago

      Not chiseled onto a stone tablet or something? 😉

      • drfish
      • 7 years ago

      Awesome! I’ll put you on the confirmed list as soon as I start the thread!

    • Dposcorp
    • 7 years ago

    If you had your eyes closed during the group pic, hopefully you opened them up at some point during the 30 second post-group pic video. 🙂

    [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UJKNggRxD4[/url<]

    • drfish
    • 7 years ago

    I had such a great day – thanks to everyone that made the trip and thanks also to the few people that watched the LiveSteam and made my entire Hatcam rig count for something. Further thanks go out to Kelli and to Gigabyte and MSI for their amazing contributions.

    Here’s a direct link to some of the photos my wife took:
    [url<]http://bbq.dr[/url<]_fish.speedymail.org/2012/pics See you next year! [b<]Edit by JBI[/b<]: It seems the front page comments system has an issue with links that have an underscore in them. Here's an underscore-free redirect: [url<]http://justbrewit.net/misc/drfish-redirect.html[/url<]

      • eitje
      • 7 years ago

      bbq.dr isn’t currently registered, but it should be!

        • drfish
        • 7 years ago

        Don’t know why url failed…

          • grantmeaname
          • 7 years ago

          It’s stopped the link in the middle where the underscore is. Try posting the url inside the url= bracket; BBcode is supported up front here.

            • drfish
            • 7 years ago

            It hates me. 🙁

            • just brew it!
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, I tried fixing the URL tag too; no dice.

            [b<]Edit[/b<]: Try this link instead: [url<]http://justbrewit.net/misc/drfish-redirect.html[/url<]

      • zgirl
      • 7 years ago

      hey I am just the cook, who got The Wasson Cup for her efforts. Really? Why do I get a trophy shaped like a toilet for my food? I think you all are trying to tell me something.

      Still I had a lot of fun, glad everyone liked the ribs(hey I can be proud the KC guys loved them, talk about tough judges!!)

      Oh and how about the most unflattering picture ever!!! yay.

        • just brew it!
        • 7 years ago

        The ribs were fantastic. I went back for seconds. You’ve got me wanting to try out your recipe now.

        • ludi
        • 7 years ago

        If you’re doing BBQ food right, it flatters the north and punishes the south. So a throne-shaped trophy keeps the universe in balance.

      • Duck
      • 7 years ago

      Examples…

      {url}http://bbq.dr_fish.speedymail.org/2012/pics{/url}
      {url=http://bbq.dr_fish.speedymail.org/2012/pics}text to display{/url}

      Replace curly brackets with square brackets gives results…

      [url]http://bbq.dr_fish.speedymail.org/2012/pics[/url]
      [url=http://bbq.dr_fish.speedymail.org/2012/pics]text to display[/url]

      edit: duck is disappoint

        • drfish
        • 7 years ago

        It hates the underscore…? Works fine in the forums…

    • Dposcorp
    • 7 years ago

    Awesome write up Damage, thanks!

    I am gonna start linking pics in video in the official thread, since I have some of the tourney, and the firing of the BIG GUN!

    • pcgeek86
    • 7 years ago

    Those are some pretty big pixels, let me tell you ….

    By the way, the blue goggles on Ivan (the dog) were awesome.

    I’ll send some pictures soon …

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      *not pictured: the serving platter used to show pixels on the iPad 2

      • sis_of_fish
      • 7 years ago

      Please do 😀 Looked like you had some superb shots!

    • pedro
    • 7 years ago

    Lovely work people. Hopefully one day you’ll hold one in Australia!

      • Flying Fox
      • 7 years ago

      The BBQ started out as some self-organized event for some of the gerbils in the MI/IL area. Then it just got so big that the bosses start noticing it and pimp it on the main site.

      There seems to be a few Aussies (and NZers) around. You can organize your own and make it as big (if not bigger) than this one!

        • superjawes
        • 7 years ago

        This is what I was thinking. Australia is only one country, too. I know we have Canadian and UK users, and the MI/IL location is a pain for some east coasters (probably west coasters, too).

        So go for it! And if that weren’t enough, the BBQ is becomming popular enough that you might be able to convince some people to travel the country/world to check it out or promote it. If you build it…

        • pedro
        • 7 years ago

        I might just do that. I think there’s a Queenslander on here (i.e >2000 km from where I live). Any other Aussies out there?

      • eitje
      • 7 years ago

      here’s what you do: find a place, start a thread, and invite people.

      If we get enough people in enough time zones involved with next year’s thread, then TR BBQ X can be an around-the-world, all-day event.

      That’s how enthusiasts roll.

    • firewarrior565
    • 7 years ago

    Someday I would like to make the pilgrimage. Always looks like a good time!

      • ClickClick5
      • 7 years ago

      Indeed.

      All gerbils need to make the journey at least once in their lives.

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