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AV Geeks

This past weekend my wife and I had the pleasure of joining the first couple of AV, AVDawn – Dawn Mead and MrAVDawn – Harry Meade, as they competed and played in the pipe and drum competition in Kansas City that is Winter Storm. If you are a fan of bagpipes, drums, and the like, I would highly recommend you make the trip next year. We did not make the concert, but congratulated Dawn on winning in her tenor drum competition and took part in the after party.
The party consisted of scores of drummers and pipers from all over the globe getting on stage in impromptu performances. There is apparently the pipers version of “Stairway to Heaven” which every young hot shot bag piper feels like they must attempt, even if ever-so-badly. As we talked with the Meades about the various places and people one thing struck me as an odd connection between pipers and AV folks; and not just Harry and Dawn. Both bands have their share of geeks, and it is a majority not a minority.
There was a fair share of geeky humor to be had at this party, just like any AV get together I have ever been a part of. There were revelers dressed up as the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who, Star Wars quotes on t-shirts, and the obligatory “Scotsmen Do It in a Kilt” type humor. All of this geeky-ness had me reflecting back on our own culture. Why are there so many geeks in AV?
If you take a look at the titles for a number of the 73 AVWeeks we have had, a good number of them are geek references. Episode 71: Babel Fish is a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference. Episode 55: It’s Not a Cookbook is a Twilight Zone reference, and Episode 29: Service Pack 813 is a Microsoft reference. As early as Episode 2: Bring Out Your Dead, there was a Monty Python homage. When the R2-D2 projector was talked about, there wasn’t an AV person I knew who wasn’t at least a little excited about it. You can’t really have an AV gathering without quotes being bandied about from Monty Python, Harry Potter, or Red Dwarf. Well, maybe not Red Dwarf. However, is it the AV that makes the geek or the geek that gets involved in AV?
From what I can tell it is the geek that gets involved in AV. You see, I read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, watched the original Star Wars trilogy, and was indoctrinated into the cult of Monty Python before I ever set up my first light or programmed my first control system. However, it was this love of geek-ness that propelled me into AV. What AV peep doesn’t get excited when there is a story of a working tricorder? Who among us doesn’t dream of the day when transporters, hyper-drives, and warp engines are a reality; or, at least a handy “book” in computer form a’la Hitchhiker’s or Mote In God’s Eye? Does that sound like an iPad to anyone else? It is all of these technologies that we have watched and read about for years that drives us, the geeks who now put this stuff together, to push the boundaries of what is possible. I am certainly not suggesting that we will develop transporters by connecting a Crestron DM system, but who knows? In the meantime, I salute you geeks who are my fellow brothers and sisters. Geek on.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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