So, why is it called Gnomedex, anyway? As “pointed” out by the recent entry in the YPN blog, And DonÃ¢â¬â¢t Forget Your Pointy Hat, we have our reasons:
Ã¢â¬ÅWhatÃ¢â¬â¢s the opposite of COMDEX?Ã¢â¬Â? asks Web entrepreneur and Lockergnome.com founder, Chris Pirillo (see Polls, at right). Ã¢â¬ÅGnomedexÃ¢â¬â?something small thatÃ¢â¬â¢s really big, something people want to attend instead of being mandated to attend, something where everybody gets treated like a VIP.Ã¢â¬Â?
Before the question changes to another, you might try your hand at YPN’s current poll (found in the sidebar on their main page). Why is Chris PirilloÃ¢â¬â¢s website called Ã¢â¬ÅLockerGnomeÃ¢â¬Â? and his conference, Ã¢â¬ÅGnomedex?Ã¢â¬Â? The real answer will surprise you:
ÃÂ· ChrisÃ¢â¬â¢s favorite book is Ã¢â¬ÅGnomesÃ¢â¬Â? by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet.
ÃÂ· ChrisÃ¢â¬â¢s favorite Disney movie is Ã¢â¬ÅThe Gnome Mobile.Ã¢â¬Â?
ÃÂ· Chris’s high school senior nickname was “Gnome.”
ÃÂ· Chris is originally from Nome, Alaska.
ÃÂ· Chris prefers GNOME to KDE in Linux.
ÃÂ· Chris wears tall, pointy hats when he’s in Internet chat rooms.
ÃÂ· Chris was arrested for stalking Noam Chomsky in 2001.
ÃÂ· Chris wants to go where “Gnome man has gone before.”
ÃÂ· Chris was a German Folklore major in college.
ÃÂ· Chris won the Midwestern Gardening Open Championship in 1998.
What’s your guess?