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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Paris in 48 hours

But first, TT reports on RPinDC:
About 30 Sad and Rabid Puppies met up in Ballston Virginia last night.  John Wright and his wife Jagi were in attendance and in the center of some interesting conversations.  Several ilk were there, including Salt, Mick-On-Everything, Cargo Squid, Rantor, and the banned Dr Torch.  From the Sad side, discussions about Larry’s, Brad’s and Kratman’s works could be heard.  All in all a good meet up. 
I'm not sure anyone who attended IlkMoot is conscious yet, so any reports on that will be forthcoming.

As for GGinParis, Spacebunny and I arrived on Friday afternoon, visited the Eiffel Tower, then found a small, but very good Chinese restaurant, Shan Gout, in the 12th Arrondissment, just around the corner from two game stores. The next day, we visited the Arc de Triomphe, decided the French were protesting a bit much with regards to WWII, and roamed about before meeting up with Mike Cernovich and the charming @ShaunaGee for a high-protein dinner at Gourmet Gourmand, a wine shop with a single table which is not only excellent and highly recommended, but turned out to be absolutely hilarious.

Remy, who owns the place and is a true Philosophe of Food, actually slapped Mike's hand away from the Spanish version of bruschetta at one point because the flavors had not yet had time to set, and then proceeded to declaim, "Now, we have the food. What does it mean?" Remy is awesome and so was the meat, the cheese, and the wine. He also insisted that we try the Serrano jambon before digging into the Pata Negra in order that those new to the ultimate in cured pig could properly appreciate the latter. Shauna must have duly appreciated it, because no sooner was the plate placed in front of her than I blinked and it disappeared.

We were just down the block from Le Killy Jen, so we strolled over and met the security detail we'd arranged for in light of what happened in DC. Milo was fashionably late and showed up with Allum, who clearly isn't paid enough and will one day write a series of books about the Rabelaisian horrors he has witnessed. About 40 people showed up for GGinParis, including #0053 and Giuseppe Filotto, who presented me with an Item of Cultural Heritage that would probably have gotten me arrested had the gendarmarie been paying closer attention. #53 graciously presented us with GG and Rabid Puppies buttons; I took the former and Milo promptly claimed the other. You can see both of them in the picture of SB and Milo below. The French newspaper Le Monde also sent a reporter, who interviewed a number of GGers and finally concluded that it was very hard to explain #GamerGate in French political terms, although he admitted that "true revolutionaries dedicated to Liberté in the spirit of Voltaire" was something that the French could understand. He didn't seem to quite be able to connect this with his observation that some of us "had said things that are illegal to say in France".

Afterwards, Mike and Shauna and Milo and Allum and #53 and Spacebunny and I closed down a bar in the Place du Tertre over a rather good bottle of Malveaux, then wound up at La Chat Noir until 4 AM. Among other things, this small-hours spree inspired the following comments:

"Where ARE we?"

"Why does that woman keep taking off her clothes?"

"Whatever happened to Allum?"

"Does anyone have a phone that actually works in France?"

Mike Cernovich, to the kid who threw up in the cab: "It happens."

Nefarious plots were plotted, dark alliances were solidified, unspeakable concoctions were consumed, plush raccoons were posed with, new friends were made, and a fabtastic time was had by all.

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43 Comments:

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother #225 July 12, 2015 1:17 PM  

Fear not, we're all conscious.

There were some hijinks to be had at the rifle range, I hear. Isn't that right, Difster?

Anonymous Wyrd July 12, 2015 1:18 PM  

(Peering at the first photo): Who's the bitch and who's the butch?

Blogger Dominic Saltarelli July 12, 2015 1:23 PM  

At the Ilkmoot, I consumed several pounds of brisket and saw more of Nate than I ever wished to see.

Anonymous Steve July 12, 2015 1:23 PM  

I'd have loved to have been there! I'm sure that much awesome in one place is illegal.

Milo looks like a gay supermodel version of Hunter S Thompson in that hat and glasses.

Blogger JCclimber July 12, 2015 1:23 PM  

Life may be short, life often can be hard, but any life that doesn't get enjoyed with friends is not much of a life.

Glad to see that you all can enjoy life without compromise. Also, it is good to drive the shiv in deeper into the haters who cannot enjoy the good life, because their women are atrocious, the men are pedantic twits without balls, and they never can truly relax because they are too worried about their "image".

Anonymous Wyrd July 12, 2015 1:26 PM  

Milo looks like a gay supermodel version of Hunter S Thompson in that hat and glasses.

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive..." And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?"

Anonymous kfg July 12, 2015 1:30 PM  

Milo looks like he's made a new imaginary friend.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet July 12, 2015 1:33 PM  

That image of spacebunny is clearly fake. Obviously a photoshop of an unreal person.

Anonymous Steve July 12, 2015 1:36 PM  

Wyrd - Obligatory.

Blogger MidKnight (#138) July 12, 2015 1:39 PM  

So a good time was had by all (and nothing had to happen to Sir Robin's minstrels)

Blogger rycamor July 12, 2015 1:40 PM  

Le Mond also sent a reporter, who interviewed a number of GGers and finally concluded that it was very hard to explain #GamerGate in French political terms, although he admitted that "Voltairean revolutionaries dedicated to Liberté" was something that the French could understand.

That really is awesome. The French would look at the origin and evolution of this thing and wonder what on earth all those people were fussing about.

Anonymous Wyrd July 12, 2015 1:44 PM  

Wyrd - Obligatory.

Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only real cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas. To relax, as it were, in the womb of the desert sun. Just roll the roof back and screw it on, grease the face with white tanning butter and move out with the music at top volume, and at least a pint of ether.

Blogger Guitar Man July 12, 2015 1:52 PM  

Meanwhile I was redoing a section of my roof this weekend. Glad you ask had fun.

Blogger rcocean July 12, 2015 2:07 PM  

"we'd arranged for in light of what happened in DC."

I missed that. What happened in DC?

Anonymous MrGreenMan July 12, 2015 2:12 PM  

@rcocean

Christina Hoff Sommers had a Gamer Gate event at a bar; The Magic Chu and his Twitter Twat pals got after the bar owner, then they called in a threat that forced everybody outside for a little while.

Anonymous MrGreenMan July 12, 2015 2:14 PM  

@rcocean

Here's the story - they really have a problem when Milo goes to be among his people.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/05/03/dc-gamergate-meetup-disrupted-by-feminist-bomb-threat/

Blogger So Meh July 12, 2015 2:15 PM  

if you were a bottle of Malveaux my love nominated for the Hugo's '16.

Blogger jay c July 12, 2015 2:24 PM  

I thought the fireworks at ilkmoot were a nice touch. And other than the overwhelmed toilet and a few hangovers, there were no real casualties that I know of.

Anonymous Eric Wilson (#0242) July 12, 2015 2:42 PM  

So Milo is what? Like 5'10"?

Blogger Daniel July 12, 2015 3:16 PM  

I like the Cory Hart brothers. GG is like business back when business was fun.

Hmmm...before Soylent Co. Came up with the concept of "Human Resources"

Blogger David-093 July 12, 2015 3:34 PM  

"So Milo is what? Like 5'10"?"

5'9" if he's standing on his toes.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 12, 2015 3:42 PM  

More fantastic times to follow.

I'm sad I missed out on Salt.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 12, 2015 3:44 PM  

First pic; hat is too cute, hat stays!

Blogger Salt July 12, 2015 3:50 PM  

Didn't know if it would be drinks or what, so I grabbed a bite of Chinese and a beer before getting to the party. Sent Vox a lousy phone pic from the party, see if he can add it.

Met a few at RPdc. Talked a bit with Rantor and met the banned Dr. Torch. Listened in to JCW using some large, mostly unknown, obscure to us heathen, words... would you talk with your grand-mother that way? It was definately a group of rather like minds when it comes to the SJWs. Some of our conversation were rather un-PC. Good thing we weren't in polite DC company.

Anonymous Lulabelle (68) July 12, 2015 4:16 PM  

Ahhh............Dr. Torch. I asked Nate about him at the Austin meet-up. I didn't realize he'd been banned.

"Serrano jambon ". I'm so jealous.

Anonymous Valiant July 12, 2015 4:17 PM  

Pata Negra is so good.

Anonymous Statists are so dull July 12, 2015 4:17 PM  

Its so hard to tell. French people are notoriously small due to all the socialism.

Anonymous Clint #47/#73 July 12, 2015 4:54 PM  

Ilkmoot 2015 was a blast. I only made the first half, but it was still great. I look forward to the report from those that were able to enjoy the whole thing.

Anonymous daddynichol July 12, 2015 4:54 PM  

Three groups with the prints of Vox Day on them meet on the same weekend. Coincidence? I think not! A conspiracy is afoot!

Anonymous Lulabelle (68) July 12, 2015 4:57 PM  

Clint has 2 minion numbers? Double the fun?

Anonymous Difster VFM #109 July 12, 2015 4:58 PM  

Herein lies an incomplete account of Ilkmoot 2015 in Cedar Creek, TX and surrounding areas.

The Friday night Puppies meetup was relatively uneventful. Perhaps there just wasn't enough time for people to show up, but we still had a good time.

Markku didn't make it to the meetup because he got stuck in Detroit with a broken plane.

Nate was late getting back to his hotel to get ATF started so the plan was to drop me off, get my car and head back to the airport get Markku. Well, I was locked out of my house because Mrs. Difster wasn't home yet and I didn't have keys. There was no time to attempt a break-in. The big problem was that all the booze was at my house.

So automatthew and I went to get Markku and went to Nate's hotel room. Nate announced on ATF that we had just walked in and then unceremoniously terminated the broadcast.

At the hotel there was much imbibing. A couple of the guys went out to get snacks and automatthew returned and brought a bouquet of flowers for Nate, it was all very sweet.

The rest of the night was drinking, and discussions that meandered through various theological subjects, as well as Nate going on a long rant about what defines gay sex. It should be noted that there were no offers of a demonstration.

As to question of whether the Finn could out drink the redneck, I have the photographic evidence that answers that question but I'll leave it to the parties involved to either confirm or deny whatever rumors might be spreading around.

...Details about Saturday are forthcoming.

Anonymous Wyrd July 12, 2015 5:04 PM  

Peering at the first photo): Who's the bitch and who's the butch?

Vox cheated by making the first photo secondus.

Anonymous Jourdan July 12, 2015 5:09 PM  

I regret not being able to make any of these three gatherings.

I hope Vox's wonderful Parisian tale will make some of our more French-hating comrades consider they may be mistaken. While Paris is a lot like New York--it's huge, loud, you either love it with passion or hate it with passion--France itself, the real France, is the most wonderful spot on the planet.

Congrats to all for forging some real world ties. I'm personally very proud of all of you for standing up in the real world for what you believe in.

Anonymous Poli_Mis July 12, 2015 5:25 PM  

I'll share the same story I shared in person:

When I arrived at the Mean Eyed Cat a few minutes after 6pm, the place already had a fairly good crowd going inside and out. Without a shred of an idea of what anyone looked like, I sat down and pretended to play with my phone as I tried to figure out which table was inhabited by the infamous Dread Ilk. After a moment, I realized my best course of action was to imagine which group was most likely to be packing ... And not in the usual Texan way. At that point it became most obvious.

How I wish I could've joined in the rest of the weekend's festivities. I'll definitely be around for the next one.

Anonymous Lulabelle July 12, 2015 5:33 PM  

lol. Poli_Mis.
My strategy was to walk up to the most red-neck looking crowd.....and I was correct.....but I did spot Nate's hat as a confirmation I had found the right group.

Blogger Lana J July 12, 2015 5:36 PM  

Lulabelle, you were in Austin on Friday night? Now I'm really sorry I didn't drive down for Friday. Dang it!

Anonymous Lulabelle (68) July 12, 2015 5:41 PM  

I was there, LanaJ! I wondered where you were.

Anonymous Giuseppe July 12, 2015 5:57 PM  

It was great finally meeting you in person Vox.
Ditto SB, who is charming, funny and witty.

And if, as she claimed, she is the product of your very advanced hologram/virtual reality technology, I'd like to register now for my own ideal virtual wife.
I have a long list of requirements, but given my past, am probably your best bet to test potentially deadly Beta versions of the tech on.

Blogger ajw308 (#98) July 12, 2015 8:00 PM  

...unspeakable concoctions were consumed...
One, no doubt, tinted blue with a tincture of unused SJW brains & a small umbrella to protect it from the light of the moon.

Blogger Vogon X July 13, 2015 4:21 AM  

What on earth was said that was illegal in France? Did somebody demand a paternity test?

Blogger David-093 July 13, 2015 9:47 AM  

@Vogon

It was something about frogs and not liking the way they taste.

Anonymous Statists are so dull July 13, 2015 10:49 AM  

What on earth was said that was illegal in France?
Probably something about Arab Muslim extremists being Arab and Muslim. It is illegal to refer to race in any way in France. Socialism has decided race doesn't exist, they're just waiting for biology to catch up and start obeying the law.

Should be any time now...

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