You See? Your Stupid Minds! Stupid! Stupid!

Monday, January 21st, 2008

At the last minute I got a ticket to Northwestern’s annual B-Fest. I’ve been going for the last 6 years or so, and you’d be hard pressed to find a larger collection of nerds and geeks short of a Jonathon Coulton concert. (I can speak to this as a nerd and geek who is a huge fan of Jonathon Coulton.)

B-Fest is a 24-hour film festival (6pm Friday – 6pm Saturday) of non-stop awful movies. The only feature film that is shown each and every year is Plan 9 From Outer Space. Folks who have been there before know all the Rocky Horror-style shenanigans, most notably the tossing of paper plates when the pathetic looking pie-tin flying saucers appear on the screen.

In the last couple years people have begun writing and drawing on the plates, sending messages to the great beyond — or at least someone else in the theater. Many of them are obscure film references. Others are more to the point.

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