Oct 7, 2016
Welcome to Episode 65 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where a summer computer camp for middle-aged geeks is the highlight of our year. My name is Randy Kindig. This is a very special edition of Floppy Days produced and contributed by my good friend Mike Whalen and it includes sound bites from many of the attendees of this year’s annual week-long KansasFest Apple II event that always happens in Kansas City, Missouri. Mike is a long-time Apple II and retro-computer fan and one of the hosts of the currently-dormant Electric Dreams BBS Podcast. I met Mike at the one-and-only KansasFest event that I’ve been able to attend thus far, that being in 2014. I would certainly recommend the event to anyone that enjoys getting together with a large number of vintage computer nuts for an entire week, living the college dorm life, and generally immersing themselves in the out-of-date-but-still-loads-of-fun Apple II computer. It’s one of things that you must experience at least once, although for most people it tends to be like Lay’s Potato Chips: no one can stop at just one.
I’m amazed at the effort and quality Mike put into this podcast. I want to thank him and the Apple II KFest community for allowing me to air this ode to KFest on Floppy Days.
KansasFest Website - http://kansasfest.org
KansasFest talks on Internet Archive - https://archive.org/details/kansasfest
KansasFest HackFest - http://www.kansasfest.org/hackfest/
KansasFest Door Contest from 2015 - http://www.kansasfest.org/2016/07/door-signs-2015/
YouTube playlist of Dr. Steven Weyrich's KFest-related Parody Songs - http://bit.ly/2dkQfvc
Twitter Accounts for some of the folks involved:
@a2fan -- Sean Fahey
@the_jongleur -- Michael Mulhern
@quinndunki -- Quinn Dunki
@callapple -- Call A.P.P.L.E.
@retroconnector -- Charles Mangin
@kevinsavetz -- Kevin Savetz
@CT6502 -- Chris Torrence
@textfiles -- Jason Scott
@65816guy -- Dagen Brock
@ultramagnus_tcv -- Mike Whalen
Call-A.P.P.L.E. - http://www.callapple.org
8-Bit Weapon - http://8bitweapon.bandcamp.com/
Bits With Byte - http://8bitweapon.bandcamp.com/album/bits-with-byte
BlipTastic by ComputeHer - http://8bitweapon.bandcamp.com/album/bliptastic
Charles Mangin's RetroConnector - http://retroconnector.com/
Quinn Dunki's Blog - http://quinndunki.com/blondihacks/
Nibble Magazine - http://www.nibblemagazine.com/
Mike has provided links in the show notes for Web sites that can help you find out more about the attendees you heard in this episode and about KFest itself ; just go to floppydays.com for the full list. If you wish to contact Mike about this episode, you can find some contact information for him in the show notes.
I very much encourage you to provide feedback for the show at iTunes or on the Web site, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, via Twitter at @floppydays or on Facebook, at http://www.facebook.com/groups/floppydays . I also want to mention that Floppy Days is also a member of the Throwback Network, a network of retro-themed podcasts. Check it out at http://www.throwbacknetwork.net. For one more way to listen, Floppy Days is also available for streaming at stitcher.com.
Until the next show, pull out a vintage computer and compute as if it were yesterday.