A funny thing happened on the way to the hangout…

Image of BrasiliaAndy Rush and I were talking about what we were gonna do for today’s DTLT Today episode, and I pushed the idea of having a breakout chat space for the K12 Online Conference video session on ds106. I figured the conference might need a little space for conversation, and I was being a bit idealistic that anyone from the #k12online conference would a) see my tweet announcing the session and b) really want to discuss it. What’s more, Andy’s less than enthusiastic response to doing a session on the K12 Online video was yet another omen, but I pushed on.

Well, as it turns out no one from the K12Online conference showed up, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a party. Brian Lamb, Larry Hanley, David Kernohan, Noiseprofessor, Luis Valencia and Leslie Linballe and Todd Conaway a bit later on joined the hangout. But what turned this from a bunch of people we know tolerating us going on about the K12 Online Conference video to making this episode a bizarre cross between the Twilight Zone and Hollywood Squares was an unknown, shirtless google hangout crasher named Vitu (V2?) who was ostensibly Brazilian and basically having a blast messing with us. What ensues was pretty hysterical, at least from my perspective. I would suggest going to minute 15:30 or so of the video if you want mainline the madness. It builds from there, but don’t expect anything coherent or logical—this is in many ways a theatre of the absurd.

And the animated GIfs of the occasion was brought to you care of the inimitable noiseprofessor!

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4 Responses to A funny thing happened on the way to the hangout…

  1. Ben Harwood says:

    Jim, I was there, too. I showed up about the same time Vitu did! 🙂


  2. Tim Owens says:

    The longer I watched this the more was losing it. My lungs hurt by the end. What a crazy ass show.

  3. Ben Harwood says:

    That was one of the most “real” online moments I ever witnessed in the sense where it would have been just as awkward to have met a person face to face for the first time at a designated time and location and then realize during the course of the meeting that it wasn’t who you thought it was! I guess that makes it really real if that makes sense. I have a personal anecdote to illustrate for another time. Still, Vitu seem truly engaged and happy to participate to the best of his abilities.

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