Editor’s Note: A Bureaucratic Party

The Bygone Bureau Party was the social event of the year (at least here in Tacoma, WA), and we’d like to thank a few people for making it happen.

Thanks to everyone who came out to The Bygone Bureau Party last week to help us celebrate our Best Blog victory from this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Web Awards. We packed Tacoma’s all-ages concert venue The Den, where there was coffee, carrot cake, an exquisite cheese platter, and lots of friendly mingling.

Readers, writers, and family mingled at The Den

Readers, writers, and family mingled at The Den. All photos courtesy of Travel Writer Daniel Adler.

Some piece of plexiglass we found (notice the fingerprints)

Some piece of plexiglass we found (notice the fingerprints).

It's not a party unless there are cheese platters.

It's not a party unless there are cheese platters.

The Bureau Staff also took the opportunity to get creative with PowerPoint. Caitlin started things off with an adaptation of her article “How to Watch the First Season of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ in One Sitting,” and Daniel followed up with his LOLarious presentation about cats. In his scholarly exploration of R. Kelly’s canon, Jeff got to use the word “analingus” in front of an audience. (You might see these PowerPoints appear on the site in the future.)

Kevin introduces Caitlin's PowerPoint presentation.

Kevin introduces Caitlin's PowerPoint presentation.

The audience was surprisingly receptive to Jeff's use of patently offensive language.

The audience was surprisingly receptive to Jeff's use of patently offensive language.

The night ended with indie rock outfit Rituals, playing favorites that’ll appear on their forthcoming EP, as well as performing some new-ish songs. (The set closer “Build Your Own Boat” is probably one of the best songs I’ve heard this year.)

Tacoma's own Rituals.

Tacoma three piece Rituals.

Cullen on drums (and sometimes on bass).

Cullen on drums (and sometimes on bass).

Elliott on bass (and sometimes drums).

Elliott on bass (and sometimes drums).

Matty, lead singer and guitarist.

Matty, lead singer and guitarist.

Special thanks to The Den/UrbanXchange for hosting us, the Boersmas for catering, Daniel for snapping photos, and of course, Rituals for rocking out pro bono publico.

Kevin Nguyen is a founding editor of The Bygone Bureau. His only marketable skill is an above-average knowledge of European geography. He has been useless since the introduction of the atlas in 1477. Reach him by email or follow his Twitter account.