Time Traveler Convention

The first ever time traveler convention is being hosted at MIT on May 7, 2005. Time travellers from all eras are invited to attend, if they haven't already. This will also be the last time travelers convention ever, since obviously only one is needed. The coordinates for this event will be: 42:21:36.025°N, 71:05:16.332°W. (via Boing Boing)


Posted on Sun May 01, 2005


I will be there. I have been travelling through time all of my life.
Posted by BugbearSloth  in  earth, 3rd planet, sol system  on  Mon May 02, 2005  at  12:48 AM
Stephen, are you going?
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon May 02, 2005  at  05:48 AM
Are you kidding, Maegan?

To prove his device works, he'd have to go around clubbing people on the head with it.

Hmm, I think I just figured out what I'm gonna tell people at my next high-school reunion LOL

"And what do you do now?"
"I'm an inventor. Wanna try my time travel machine? I guarantee it works, but sometimes you have to use it twice to get the proper results..."
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Mon May 02, 2005  at  06:15 AM
Very clever and funny. Too bad its at 10:00pm as I need my beauty sleep.
Posted by Floormaster Squeeze  on  Mon May 02, 2005  at  08:30 AM
I went. It will be a pretty good party. Stephen will show up about five times. One of him will get really pissed and start hitting on the wall lamp. Actually, now that I think about it, all of him will get pissed. One of him will leave with a hooker, but I'm not so sure she isn't really going to turn out to be a he.

Just remember to leave by 1:15 'cause that's when the time cops show up. Fortunately I will be in the men's room at the time and they will miss me.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Mon May 02, 2005  at  11:09 AM
I'd be a lot more impressed if they scheduled their convention for, say, 1802, or 2525.
Posted by Big Gary C in Dallas  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Mon May 02, 2005  at  12:40 PM
I enjoyed it so much I/we took an entire table to my/our self/s near the back. You'll recognize/recognized me/us by the cloud of redolent puns floating around it.

Have/have had fun!
Posted by Mark W  on  Mon May 02, 2005  at  01:11 PM
Just coincidentally, was I there?
Posted by Jeremy Flint  on  Mon May 02, 2005  at  04:52 PM
Jeremy, I think you meant to say, "Will I be there?"
Posted by Big Gary C, droning on about animals again,  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Mon May 02, 2005  at  06:06 PM
Apparently it's already will have gone very well.
Posted by t2  on  Mon May 02, 2005  at  09:13 PM
As we are all fairly certain that time travel doesn't currently exist, and we're also certain it hasn't existed in the past (here on Earth at least), then this party wouldn't have any time travellers at it at all would it? I mean, we know that if time travel exists, it'd only be possible to move forward in time, right? Otherwise we'd know about it conclusively because someone from the future (however distant when it was created) would have arrived here by now.
Posted by Daniel  on  Tue May 03, 2005  at  09:17 AM
Shit I missed it.
Posted by Beasjt  on  Tue May 03, 2005  at  12:46 PM
I am a time traveler. In the time that it took to post this, I traveled from 4:14 30 seconds to 4:15 10 seconds. I have been traveling in time for my entire 46 years of life.
I can teach you how, too.
1. Look at your watch, note the time.
2. Look away.
3. Keep looking away.
4. Look at your watch again. Note the time.
5. Subtract #1 from #4 to discover the distance in time travelled.
Posted by wayne levy  on  Tue May 03, 2005  at  08:18 PM
Yes, travelling through time isn't really all that impressive. I seem to travel forward about 24 hours every day without even trying.
Now, if somebody could figure out how to STOP traveling through time (without dying), that would be useful.
Posted by Big Gary C in Dallas  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed May 04, 2005  at  01:40 PM
Bad jokes aside, which for me is something, I can think of three reasons for this convention. 1) the organizers really believe it 2) they are trying to sell somehting 3) it's an excuse for a party. Since I won't be there / wasn't there or whatever, I can't tell which is which. So, I can only say, I had a great time.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Sun May 08, 2005  at  06:11 PM
I thought I was going to be late attending this conference but I soon realised I arrived just at the right time so I left again to arrive a little earlier. On my second visit I greeted myself arriving so I decided go and come back a little later. One my third return I greeted myself a few hundred times and settled in the bar for a great party with many like-minded people (all called 'me' 'myself' and 'I'). I am likely to be filling the bar for some time so get here soon
Posted by Time Lord  on  Tue Mar 21, 2006  at  07:22 AM
It's funny, I was describing this event to my son today, describing what a cool job the organizers did to create a really fun evening.

I was there back in 2005 (RSVP'd early, and was in the main hall-- plus, it was my birthday, what a great present)

I think the organizers didn't really realize what a chord they struck in the world of SF minded 'wouldn't this be a cool thing anyone would want to be able to do' individuals-- but compensated very nicely.

This event was hugely attended. People wanted to be there. The content was absolutely spectacular-- physicists explaining the current views science has on time travel, and some nice stunts-- twin brothers pretending they were part of the same timeline-- repeated ala 'Groundhog day', a DeLorean just parked outside the hall when attendees exited.

Even if conventional physics says this can't be possible (except to travel forward in time near the speed of light, if that could be done), maybe the real legacy of this event was to put some 'reality' to dreams everyone enjoys.
Posted by George Capalbo  in  Massachusetts  on  Sun Mar 08, 2009  at  09:19 PM
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