I got this idea yesterday after seeing a man propelling himself on a skateboard with a paddle like object and thinking that was wild and I needed a journal or something to keep track of all the weird forms of transportation I've been seeing around Austin

It might not seem like there would be enough transport options out there to but just in the bike type you could have:

- road
- mountain
- electric
- double-decker(super rare)
- tandem
- recumbent
- folding
- cruiser
- trike
- cargo

You could be rewarded points based on the rarity of the devices in your collection and compete locally and globally.

It could be accessed as an app on your phone. You could take a picture whenever you saw a new transport device to 'catch' it and get credit for it.

Each entry would include info to educate you about the transport device.

I'm imagining a Pokédex, but instead of Pokémon it would be a catalog of all the different modes of transportation and would keep track of the ones you have personally encountered or used.

Urbadex?
Mobidex?

Note that this does not prevent pockets of self organization. Earth being but one example

The entropic arc of the universe is long and it bends towards decay.

On the other hand, If you go to these things just to wait in line for crappy themed games, buy the merch, and get an autograph I think you should be questioning your life choices.

If your a game developer, cosplayer, pro gamer, or just have a group of online friends who play together and use these events as a way to meet irl then I'm glad you've found your community, even if it's not my own.

That's not to say you can't find enjoyment as a consumer of a communities' output and culture, but you will quickly hit a hard ceiling on any perceived benefits it if you can't find a way to contribute.

By biggest takeaway from the event after reflecting on why I got so little from it while others where having fun is to not try and be part of a community you can't bring anything to. If your only relationship with it is as a consumer.

Demographic wise it was about 10% female, although half where there with a male child, brother, or partner and had little interest themselves from what I could gather.

About 70% percent white.

Overall slightly more diverse than I would have guessed, although not by much

The games were all halo-themed versions of activities like laser-tag, flight simulators, vr shooter, etc. All things you could do elsewhere for less money and without waiting in line for an hour+. We spent the majority of our time waiting for things like this. It was awful.

The exhibits gave the lore of the franchise a museum treatment. With impressive sculptures and illustrations with accompanying text describing the context of the items and where it fit in the timeline of the universe. I actually really enjoyed this part.

My brother, thankfully, was not interested in glad handing with the actors and watching panels of streamers or pro-gamers so we mostly kept to the exhibits and games.

For context, Halo is a popular video game franchise, a sci-fi shooter. There's a new game coming out in 2020 so the ppl behind it are having a touring event with halo-related games, exhibits, signings with the created and voice actors, things of that nature, panels and the like.

I recently went to the Halo Outpost Discovery event in Houston. Not the kind of thing I would normally go to, it was mostly a way to spend time with my brother.

Thought I'd do a thread about my impressions and thoughts from it.

A waiter is like a lawyer in that a lawyer is someone you hire to help navigate the beuracracy of the government and its legal system while a waiter is someone you hire to navigate the bearucracy of a restaurant.

Biking in the Texas summer ain't so bad. The key is to never stop moving. As long as you're pedaling you got a slight breeze and the effort itself keeps your focus elsewhere. Once you stop the heat catches up and begins to consume you. Stoplights are the enemy!

In return, any ghosts or spirits who's bodies once resided in that former cemetery may do as they wish to those now occuping that land with impunity.

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