Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

Tips for Treasure Island

Oracle OpenWorld attendees, you've made it through three days of conference sessions, keynotes, labs, lunches, demos, meetings, and networking receptions. Now it's time to have a bit of fun. 

The long-awaited Oracle Appreciation Event is TONIGHT. With superstar-status performers, complimentary food and beverages, arcade games, amusement park rides, and remarkable views of San Francisco, it's pretty impossible to go wrong. 

That said, here are a few tips to ensure you'll have the best experience at tonight's bash:

  1. Wear your wristband. If you are registered for a full conference pass, then you will receive a wristband to attend the Appreciation Event. You must bring this with you or you will not be allowed on a shuttle bus or into the venue. You don't need your conference badge, but you do need your wristband. Should I say it again? Wear your wristband.
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Wednesday Sep 21, 2011

Where the Bands Played On

By Tom Caldecott

Rock Out at the Site of the 1939–1940 World’s Fair

When you step onto Treasure Island for the Oracle Appreciation Event on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, you'll follow in the footsteps of audiences who started visiting the island for entertainment some 72 years ago in 1939. The island was built for the Golden Gate International Exposition, also known as the San Francisco World's Fair, the theme of which was the "Pageant of the Pacific."

That pageant included entertainment by Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Edgar Bergen and his Charley McCarthy, Tarzan legend Johnny Weissmuller, swimmer/entertainer Esther Williams, and the King of Swing, Benny Goodman. In less than a month, Benny Goodman played to more than 1 million people on the island. Visitors could also stop by "The Gayway," an amusement area with rides and shows such as the famous fan dancer Sally Rand and Sally Rand's Nude Ranch, Follies Bergère, and Robert Ripley's Believe It or Not.

The Pageant of the Pacific came and went, but some of its buildings remain, now converted into sound stages. During the Oracle Appreciation Event, the performers will play in and around the buildings used in the making of movies such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Robin Williams' Flubber and Bicentennial Man, as well as The Parent Trap, The Matrix, and Caine Mutiny.

Rock to the history. Rock to the music.

Thursday Sep 23, 2010

Eclectic Lineup Rocks Treasure Island Appreciation Event

Live Twitter Feed Makes Attendees Part of the Act




Upwards of 25,000 customers and users, techs and execs, partners and vendors all came together and partied down at the Oracle OpenWorld 2010 Appreciation Event on Treasure Island. Nobody had trouble finding something to do, with entertainment that included a full carnival midway with lots of games and rides, tents and booths serving up food and drinks, a diverse lineup of musical acts, and a stunning full moon that rose over the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

On the main stage, Berlin opened with their hits from the 80s plus some modern-sounding new releases. Midway through their set, tiny Terri Nunn hopped onto a roadie's shoulders and took a tour of the audience, happily greeting fans and leading a sing-along.

"Can you believe this?" she asked the crowd. "What a company party ...!"





Next up, the Black Eyed Peas stormed the stage in full hip-hop regalia with dancers, props, and neon exoskeletons. They played a full set and left the crowd dancing and calling for more. Steve Miller closed things down with a long set that concluded with Terri Nunn back on stage for a duet.



On the indoor stage, the English Beat, Montgomery Gentry, and Don Henley kept their half of the crowd cheering and dancing to three genres--and three generations--of great music. Henley closed his set with the Eagles' Grammy-winning hit "Hotel California."


Between sets, two giant video screens scrolled through tweets that used the conference and Appreciation Event hashtags. There were tweets like these:

RT@mandiho426 Does your DB security provider hire Steve Miller band for you? #oow10ti Yea Oracle!

RT@briancharrison Black Eyed Peas were great at #oow10, but Montgomery Gentry is what American country is all about. Wish I had my hat and boots.


RT@arewold Hello Larry, I am a Java developer, and right now I like you quite a lot! #oow10ti #javaone


RT@larrywake Updating presentations to include new Oracle tagline "Hardware and Software Engineered to be Fergalicious." #oow10 #solaris

And the somewhat less fortunate:

RT@ghrd Huge queue at Moscone for party buses. From experience I strongly suggest taking a bus from a hotel #oow10

RT@binoy1 Can we apply some cache fusion to the food queues at #OOW10

RT@ddelmoli Where are the Oracle snuggies? It's cold out here #oow10

RT@rootwyrm Well, #oow10 has officially destroyed any hope of making deadline with their awesome music. Whoops!

Wednesday Sep 22, 2010

Ready to Rock?

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