The pleasure of your company is respectfully requested for a delightful evening of imbibing, colourful conversation, and musickal merriment. The convocation commences at half past six post meridiem on the day of Thor, 29th Septembre.

What is it?

The Southern Societé of Computational Libationists (est. 1718) has formed a league of high-profile sponsors whose sole charter is to create a magnificent evening of out-of-doors entertainment. This diversion is offered to all Ruby enthusiasts and is known colloquially as “The &block Party.” When spoken in conversation, the Societé has come to prefer the pronounciation “amp-block,” which causes no small amount of amusement when uttered in the company of those learned in the arts of analytical enginery.

We have prepared a fine evening of entertainment for you, including scrumptious delights and the Libationists’ own pleasurable spirits! To encourage intersocialization and jocularity whilst you quaff, we have retained the services of The Lagniappe Brass Band, My Name Is John Michael, and the regionally renowned rotator of storing discii, DJ Black Socks. We respectfully opine that a gay evening shall be had by all-comers.


The Societé has created a schedule which coincides The &block Party with the rubyologists’ annual festival of analysis and engineering, which occurs in New Orleans in the waning days of Septembre. Our soirée commences on the first day of Thor co-incident with RubyConf, specifically the 29th day of the month.

All diversions, libations, and comestibles will be present latest half-past six, and though our formal programme will come to a close two hours before midnight, informal external festivities will continue until all of our gentle guests choose to depart satisfied.


The Societé have carefully prepared the map below as a navagation aide to assist your post-congress quest for delicious comestibles, potent potables, and convivial fellowship. A massive effort has ensured that a city block, in its entirety, will be free of the usual passers-by, auto-mobile vehicles, and other distractions of attention, cleverly and simultaneously making the festivities quite simple to locate.

The letter “A” on the map below denotes your starting location, and “B” your destination.

Camp & Girod

What shall I bring?

We desire only the effervescent delight of your company! The &block Party’s cornucopia of possibility is generously proffered to you by a number of magnificent sponsors, and is completely free to attendees of the rubyologists’ symposium. Please provide us the pleasure of your conversation in whatever attire suits your fancy.

However, to ensure your immediate identification and acceptance, please ensure the ready availability of your conference credentials or official badgery. Hallway-track and unofficial attendees should contact @jbarnette.

Magnificent sponsors?

Indeed! These effulgent individuals have allied their considerable talents and resources with the Societé, and thusly deserve your praise, thanks, and respect.

What say you?

The founding documents of The Societé mandate the encouragement of socialization and locutive intercourse! Find below an ætherical compendium of related missives, gossipings, ejaculations, japes, and goings-on, using the godforsaken enginery of “Twitter”, a dæmonaickal contraption hellbent on savaging the good and decent methods of traditional discourse preferred by all virtuous ladies and gentlemen. Should you wish to add your voice to the conversation, use of the #ampblock hashtag is heartily encouraged.