Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Lollapalooza Days

This might seem off topic. However, I would like to comment on my experience at Lollapalooza.

I had the great opportunity to go to Lollapalooza last weekend. The festival was located in Grant Park at Downtown Chicago. I long list of bands played during three days of a good (sometimes, not so good) rhythm mixture.

Lollapalooza was probably the biggest music festival that I have been so far. I would say that the second in size was the Rock In Rio III (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The infrastructure of Lollapalooza was perfect, my only complaint was the fact that they were not selling beer, only Budweiser. :-) The concerts were perfectly scheduled and I really enjoyed the whole environment around Grant Park and Downtown.

Last Monday, a friend sent an article from MIT Technology Review about Technology @ Lollapalooza. This is just one more example that networked technology is part of our daily lives.

Despite the fact that the technology device that I took more advantage was a portable fan with an attached water mister during the very very hot weather on Friday, it was interesting to see the high-tech tends packed.

I was wondering later that one could enjoy this huge live crowd to perform a kind of field experiment with sensor devices attached to people. Perhaps, some of the collected data in this "live experiment" could be useful for future simulation based studies.

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