Attention Denizens of Black Rock City

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Our eye in the sky reports two angry evil (but devishly good looking) cyborg units, XSP 2000 and TRS-80, are fast approaching Black Rock City. They are considered very armed and dangerous. In fact, they are mostly armed and not much else.


These cyborgs do not come in peace. I repeat, they are to be considerd hostiles. However, we’ve received a secret communiqué that reveals a weakness built into these cyborg models. Due to a lack of TDD during development, a bug in their FOF system (friend or foe) causes them to view anyone offering a frosty beverage to be a friend, not foe.

Any attempts to engage with these hostiles will result in calamity unless you offer them an ice cold beverage. For the sake of your beloved city, I suggest stocking up.

Intelligence confirms they are headed towards their evil cyborg camp at 8:15 and Kyoto on the Playa and are predicted to arrive on Tuesday morning. If we band together, we may be able to save our fair city by, once again, offering frosty alcoholic beverages in order to confuse their FOF system.

You’ve been duly warned.

This blog (and associated Twitter account) will go quiet for at least a week as communication systems are nonexistent within the Black Rock City area.

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13 responses

  1. Avatar for Chris
    Chris August 29th, 2010

    This turned out better than expected.

  2. Avatar for Scott Galloway
    Scott Galloway August 29th, 2010

    Umm...yes...hope you and Mr Lipton enjoy Burning Man!

  3. Avatar for Paul Betts
    Paul Betts August 29th, 2010

    Awesome! Just to be pedantic though, the FOF system is usually called the IFF system (

  4. Avatar for Simone Chiaretta
    Simone Chiaretta August 29th, 2010

    Have fun at Burning Man!!

  5. Avatar for Slava
    Slava August 29th, 2010

    Nice party man, what do you mean by "offering frosty alcoholic beverages in order to confuse their FOF system." ?

  6. Avatar for Karma Adjuster
    Karma Adjuster August 29th, 2010

    Hey! Those arms look familiar! Nice work Phil!

  7. Avatar for wife
    wife August 29th, 2010

    LOVE IT!!! Have a great time!

  8. Avatar for Jennifer
    Jennifer August 29th, 2010

    Nice Phil. By looks of things as long as I stay in doors I should be fine since it looks like they wouldn't fit through anything smaller than a single car garage. :)

  9. Avatar for Mike Harder
    Mike Harder August 30th, 2010

    But how will you drink said beverage with those giant arms?

  10. Avatar for Peter Kellner
    Peter Kellner August 30th, 2010

    Wow, I wonder what Microsoft is feeding it's engineers lately. You guys seriously need to start reading the labels!

  11. Avatar for Turnkey
    Turnkey August 30th, 2010

    FYI - the "burning man" tag is broken as it goes to a missing page report.

  12. Avatar for Filini
    Filini August 31st, 2010

    Have fun :)

  13. Avatar for Adam
    Adam August 31st, 2010

    I hope Scott is pounded into goo :(