Ian Chillag, NPR
Tron Guy had to instruct the many photographers taking his picture not to use flash, because it washes out his suit's awesomeness.
An unusual gathering by almost any standard, ROFL Con 2008 begins Friday in Cambridge, Mass.
Internet memes, academics, makers and purveyors of all that is funny and wonderful on the Internet will spend the weekend at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, deconstructing online culture. Attendees also have been promised that there will be some "rocking out."
BPP producer Ian Chillag reports that the festivities started with Scott Beale, the blogger from Laughing Squid, opening a tab at a bar nearby. "Scott was one of many people drinking with one hand and Twittering with the other," Chillag reports.
Chillag is on the lookout for the biggest Internet memes. He says the Cheezburger, of I Can Has Cheezburger and LOL Cats fame, caused a stir when he entered the room. Chillag compared the entry to the scene in Boogie Nights when people crowd around the porn-star protagonist. "Cheezburger was actually signing autographs," he says.
On our blog, Ian Chillag files 25 hours a day from ROFL Con.