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Going gonzo at the Bitcoin 2013 conference in San Jose

Amid the vendors, fellow enthusiasts, Winkelvii and serious lack of women, I walked around the Bitcoin 2013 conference the way I used to walk starry-eyed around Disneyland—running everywhere and only stopping for breath to wait for my parents to catch up.  Playing the role of the parent was my good-natured girlfriend, Natalie, who took everything in stride and put up with myself and fellow bitcoin lunatics for days. She was one of the less than 10 females who bought tickets, and if a conference's nerd factor were measured by it's male-centricity, then Bitcoin 2013 conference wins the blue ribbon.