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The SparkFun Viking Funeral is tonight!

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A couple of weeks ago, we announced a new small-scale event - the SparkFun Viking Funeral. Well, the time has come and tonight is the night. Today, October 5th, at 6 PM, we will gather to send off a few of the SparkFun products in style. Here's what is going down...

The idea of an honorary burial came about as we sought to identify some of the "pain points" of a few of our board designs. We ended up with a list of about 13 designs that needed some improvements - and then narrowed that list down to a top five. They are:

So tonight, we will load each of these onto a homemade ship and send them out on our pond for a proper funeral. Viking attire is encouraged and there will be live music and fun to be had! Swing by if you can - it should be a good time! Hope to see you there!

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  • dr.light / about 12 years ago / 1

    what, no viking funeral for COM-09203?

  • rcheli / about 12 years ago / 1

    I wish I was there to see stuff get burned!

  • n0qbh / about 12 years ago / 1

    The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands
    To fight the horde and sing and cry, Valhalla, I am coming
    -Led Zepplin

  • rub0t / about 12 years ago / 1

    will you be streaming the event?

  • MattQ / about 12 years ago / 1

    So are you dumping all the extra boards on to boats that will then be set on fire on the pond? The smell will fuel your nightmares. Isn't this just elaborate dumping of commercial waste in to a body of water? Won't this seep in to the ground water? Am I being a kill joy?

    • no, no, yes, yes

      • Blacklab1 / about 12 years ago * / 1

        Well if it is like the white water ponds around Boulder that I remember as a kid, it couldn't hurt anything living in them (or not).
        You couldn't pay me to drink out of the lye ponds.
        Then there was the cooling pond east of the freeway, south of town that never froze over- north of lamb farm, you know, where the lambs had three and four hind legs… Thanks to our glow in the dark government secret projects lab

      • yes, yes, yes, yes more like. so what?! it's fun :-)

    • Spoiler alert: our ship will not be going down in flames tonight.
      And nothing but memories will be left in the pond when this funeral ends. We do live in Boulder, after all.

      • TeslaFan / about 12 years ago / 1

        Wait... so you're NOT burning the ships? What about explosions? You're gunna have explosions, right? No?
        You need to have my buddy over at organize your events for you.

  • R_Phoenix / about 12 years ago / 1

    Wow, what a waste.
    How about you send them to me instead of destroying them?

  • I'm sitting here with my viking helmet - seriously, I am - bemoaning the fact that I will not be able to leave work before 6:30 tonight. I guess some of us can only dream of Valhalla.

  • adamj537 / about 12 years ago / 1

    Can you elaborate on the "pain points" of the designs? I'm curious and would love to learn from this!

    • Certainly! We will share more details in a week or two on why the 5 "finalists" were chosen and what we are doing to bring them back (some might say reincarnate) stronger than ever. That more detailed post will likely also include photos and video for those not able to personally join in on our slightly weird fun tonight!

  • sgrace / about 12 years ago / 1

    I think I shall listen to viking metal all day for this, just in case if I can't show up.

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