Sneak peak: this year's VCF PNW/East/West shirt design

Ian Finder ian.finder at
Wed Jan 31 14:56:07 CST 2018

I've been told the fellow in the picture is someone active from the
community who I had never heard of or recognized, but who has fallen ill.-
which is very sad.
And the shirt was made to recognize him.

My criticism of the shirt was, admittedly, originally based on the
"stereotypical computer collector" on front.

While I'm not a big fan of the design in general, it's a nice gesture and I
think it would be helpful if Evan and co. chimed in with the context of the
shirt and why it exists- maybe a bit more about who the guy on it is.

Without this context, I ended up criticizing it for something it didn't
intend to portray- inadvertently insulting the subject in the process. :^(

Context! It's important! Not everyone picks up on every reference.

- Ian

On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 12:31 PM, Fred Cisin via cctalk <
cctalk at> wrote:

> Gene wrote...
>> Yeah, agreed. No.
>> Fred wrote...
>>> The "nuts" and "bolts" should be capacitors and chips.
>>> The squared off U shaped object nearest on the desk >should be replaced
>>> by
>> an Escher Fork (aka impossible >trident).
>>> soldering iron and scope, instead of hammer.
>>> maybe some magic smoke escaping from whatever he >works on.
>>> inadequate clutter.
>>> howzbout some books and schematics
>> On Wed, 31 Jan 2018, Jay West wrote:
>> Completely agreed (Fred). But by the time you add all that... it's too
>> detailed for a t-shirt. Actually, already is.
> Then, howzbout: leave out the guy.  He isn't "distinctive" enough to add
> much.  Then just show a cluttered vintage computer collector workbench.

   Ian Finder
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