Does your Saturday include a lunar eclipse and floating on cardboard?

Well, many of us here at OWC will be getting up pretty early this weekend for some atypical events.

First off, it is well-known that Other World Computing has an affinity towards all things outer space related and tomorrow morning there will be a lunar eclipse visible to most residents of the United States. Here at the corporate headquarters in Woodstock, IL, we should see the start of  the eclipse at 5:17 a.m., and it is expected to last about three hours. Our condolences to our New England area friends as the moon will set there just prior to the eclipse starting.  Check the above link for visibility in your area.

Then, it’s off to our neighboring town of Crystal Lake where, for the fourth year in a row, Other World Computing will be competing in America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta. This annual event features participants from all over the globe gathering to race across the lake in vessels made entirely from cardboard. Proceeds from the event are donated to several local charities. If you are in the area, feel free to come and cheer us on at Crystal Lake Main Beach in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

For this year’s race, we’ll be entering three separate vessels in hopes of bringing home a few trophies. With the good karma of the lunar eclipse to start the day, we feel there are other worldly forces smiling upon us. And of course, fueling us throughout all these activities is the best tasting coffee in the universe at Java Planet Coffee & Internet Cafe.

UPDATE: The Cardboard Cup Regatta was rescheduled for July 17th due to many beaches in the area being closed due to high E. coli counts.


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  • Aaargh! I got all excited, until I got to the part about New England. I don’t even live here, I just happen to be working here for a few months.

    Well based on the map in that link it looks like the Boston area is in the maybe-kinda-sorta zone. I’ll try anyway. (shakes fist at the heavens)