Ever since I wrote my first program (I believe I was 12 or so), I've been searching for a community that I'm pretty sure does not exist. You know, the brilliant jack of all trades hacker types who are both socially proficient yet are discriminating in with whom they associate.
When I was 14 or 15, I moved to Montreal and landed what was at the time, my dream job. I somehow tricked a cyber cafe (this was back before there was even a term for this sort of endeavor) into hiring me to maintain their client machines and networks, write web sites/applications, and the occasional counter-security jobs.
My manager was a 20 something guy named Robin who at the time I believe met all of the above criteria. He was absolutely brilliant, mad hacker of all things, produced electronic/techno shows in his spare time, and was a world class ultimate frisbee... um... guy. Like me, he wasn't socially reclusive, but rather discriminating in with whom he spent his time.
His place was a dark wonderland of electronics, code, robotically controlled hydroponic hanging wall gardens, techno and there was always some exotic drugs to be sampled. A 24-7 hacker party dungeon where we were free to do as we pleased, and somehow the necessary resources always just rolled in. Despite all the geekery, somehow Robin always managed to have exceptionally stupid women hanging around, which I should have recognized as a red flag. Oh well.
So it was Robins house on which I built my community expectations (for the most part). Sadly, I've never found anything remotely similar to this day.
I decided to look up Mr. Robin recently and discovered that he, like every other well appointed geek I've met, has left almost no digital footprint. I found evidence of a few past employers and a few more techno shows being produced, but by and large it seems that his house in 1997-98 was the crescendo. He apparently went full recluse again sometime around 2002-2004, and the only evidence of his existence I can find from then on, are a few sparse rants about him from extremely dis-enfranchised clients who he'd either blatantly ripped off, or accepted partial payment for a job he never completed.
Where are all the mad hackers?