3 Geeks in an Elevator

Recently at the MVP Summit, Scott Cate was stuck in an elevator for a short stint (last night actually as he told the world his ordeal via Twitter). Elsewhere in the universe, a video surfaced of Nicholas White who was trapped in a New York elevator back in 1999. For 41 hours. Being stuck in an elevator is one thing, being stuck there for 3 days without the ability to pee is a whole 'nuther world.

It piqued my curiosity though. If you were trapped in an elevator for 41 hours who would you want to have with you and what would you talk about? So here's my Internet meme experiment. Blog your idea and link back or leave a comment here on my blog. There are of course some rules:

  • You're allowed to spend your elevator time with 2 people and they must be living (that leaves Keith Richards and Charles Babbage out).
  • They must be of the geek persuasion. This could be anyone from famous to unknown (Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Ward Cunningham, or even Justice Gray, be creative).
  • You have 41 hours with them in an elevator and no access to the Internet, a laptop or any other technology to speak of. Just you, two geeks, and your powers of conversation.

Being locked up with someone for this long, what would you talk about? Would you pit Linus Torvalds against Bill Gates on an open source discussion, or pair up Martin Fowler with Donald Belcham to discuss the finer points of Canadian whiskey?

Okay, go.

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2008 6:28 AM by Bil Simser
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# re: 3 Geeks in an Elevator

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 9:45 AM by Simone

ScottGu and either Phil Haack or Scott Hanselman, and talk about the future of ASP.NET? is that too obvious?

# re: 3 Geeks in an Elevator

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 11:09 AM by Damien Guard

Err, Keith Richards isn't dead... but he still wouldn't make my list.

[)amien

# re: 3 Geeks in an Elevator

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 11:17 AM by Derick Bailey

the three Scotts: Bellware, Guthrie, Hanselman. It would be a bloodbath for sure, but I bet that ASP.NET would make a significant shift after that.

# re: 3 Geeks in an Elevator

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 11:19 AM by Darren Kopp

Sergey Brin and one of those scientist guys from the movie face off.

# re: 3 Geeks in an Elevator

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 11:36 AM by Bil Simser

@Damien: Keith died about 100 years ago. He just doesn't know it yet.

# re: 3 Geeks in an Elevator

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 12:48 PM by Lee Brandt

Martin Fowler, Jean-Paul Boodhoo and Jeff Atwood. I would love to talk about Agile, TDD, Dependency Injection and Patterns. I'm boring, I know.

# re: 3 Geeks in an Elevator

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 1:42 PM by Bil Simser

BTW, apparently geeks can't count. I said "2" people with you which makes a total of "3". This does not mean you get to have "3" plus yourself, because we all know that would make "4" geeks in an elevator and I would have to change the title of this post wouldn't I?

# re: 3 Geeks in an Elevator

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 2:38 PM by Darrel Miller

I would love to see Don Box and Roy Fielding go a few rounds.  It would be a festival of sarcastic wit.

# re: 3 Geeks in an Elevator

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 6:12 PM by Shaymaa

Heather Solomon and Natalya Voskresenskaya stuck with me, lol..

# re: 3 Geeks in an Elevator

Thursday, April 17, 2008 2:42 AM by casey

anders and oren, and then I would whisper "internal" and let the fun commence