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NYC LOCAL: Sunday 15 April 2007 New York City Debian Release Party for E

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Sunday 15 April 2007 New York City Debian Release Party for Etch
Date: 14 Apr 2007 16:47:21 -0400

At 7:00 pm on Sunday 15 April 2007 some Debian folk will assemble
before, and perhaps within, a dark opening on the south side of
West Fourth Street, just east of Sixth Avenue.  The name of the
place and the formal address are

Vole de Nuit
148 West 4th Street
New York City, NY 10012.

The mussels are good, and the beer is good and the liquor is
good, and Debian Etch has been released upon the world.

For further information:

Jay Sulzberger <>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.

Personal Postscript:

We will assemble, but neither the name of the place nor the
number of the place is visible.  A persistent rumor is that the
odd, almost invisible, thing is an inadvertent product of old
military research into "blindsight, tactical scotomata, Nyxian
and Apatian dream-forces", as the original ARPA proposal put it.
In one sense the project was successful.  Strong effects, at low
conventional cost, were demonstrated: various structures were
destroyed (according to one minority conjecture, not really
destroyed, but rather "radically diplaced"), volunteer subjects
were rendered incapable of combat, logistic networks were
disrupted, all without delivery of any gross material agent.  Yet
the Department of Defense, after proof of concept, did not fund
further work.  It was felt that it would be difficult to
integrate the techniques, and, perhaps more, the successful
students of these obscure matters, into any regular military

Some say that a few of the children of both the researchers and
the volunteer subjects later discovered one another, on certain
BBSes of the Eighties and early Nineties of the last century, on
certain long walkabouts, on certain Usenet groups which Google's
public archive has no record of, and in bars with very good
mussels, in garlic sauce, cooked in crude pottery suggesting,
somehow, wonderful paintings of auroch hunts which some can see
in perfect dark, when the last noise of the City's traffic is
dimmed by a step into something which is hard to see.  These
children discovered one another and, as their joined strength
grew, they started a number of projects.  Others say that the
standard account of the founding and flourishing of Debian is
mostly accurate and mostly complete, and that old, nearly
forgotten, crazy ARPA wild goose chases do not determine where
Debian folk gather at the turning of the versions.

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