Douglas Adams, ApacheCon, and horns aplenty

Dyas, Alex alex.dyas at
Fri Oct 27 17:07:08 BST 2000

> * Nik Clayton <nik at FreeBSD.ORG> [001027 04:14] wrote:
> > Hi guys,
> > 
> > Thought some of you might get a kick out of this.
> > 
> > We (i.e., BSDi) were at ApacheCon in London 
> Tuesday/Wednesday of this week.
> > 
> > The keynote speaker on Tuesday night was Douglas Adams.  
> > 
> > I wasn't in the auditorium to witness it myself, but 
> apparently he stopped
> > in mid-sentence part way through his presentation, and in somewhat 
> > incredulous tones said
> > 
> >     Er, are people wearing *horns* in here?
> > 
> > which prompted much laughter from the conference goers.
> > 
> > I'm just kicking myself that I didn't have the presence of 
> mind to hand him
> > a pair before he started. . .
> What percentage of the audiance/conferece were wearing the 
> horns?  Just
> wonderdering how much of a presense we had.
> -Alfred

Speaking as someone who had to peer through a set of horns to see Douglas
Adams on stage, there were a fair number of them dotted around the audience.
Some of them were even flashing, about which he also remarked.  BSDi had a
booth at the Expo, I think that's were all the horns originated.  Very
interesting talk by him, and a fantastic conference in general.

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