back to article Bored Ape NFT party is a real eyesore, say irritated attendees

We've heard of getting burned by non-fungible tokens (NFTs), but this is a new one: attendees at a Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) event over the weekend in Hong Kong are reporting eye pain and difficulty seeing after an evening party went wrong.  ApeFest, which took place over the weekend in multiple venues around Hong Kong, …

  1. Rich 2 Silver badge


    “…undercutting one of the primary use cases…”

    NFTs have a use case???? Whoever knew….

    1. UCAP Silver badge

      Re: Wow!

      NFT's have only one use case: parting fools[1] with their money.

      [1] Definition of a fool in this context: someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

      1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

        Re: Wow!

        "someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

        Exposure to UV light causes tanning/sunburn. There is a perma tanned Florida resident currently arguing the price /value of various properties around the world at a Federal court in New York

        1. LogicGate Silver badge

          Re: Wow!

          "perma tanned Florida resident"

          THAT is not a tan!

          Exactly what it is is a harder question to answer. It is also definately not applied by a professional.

          ..Ah.. I think I amay be onto something:

          1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

            Re: Wow!

            THAT is not a tan!

            He does have an expensive fake tan habit. He is extremely wealthy, so can afford it

            1. LogicGate Silver badge

              Re: Wow!

              I just think he read paperback romantic novels (you know the kind) and misunderstood the therm "bronzed skin"..

              Although at the same time, I can hardly imagine him reading a book in the first place, so I may have to re-evaluate.

              Pornographic videos on a badly adjusted monitor maybe?

              1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
        2. katrinab Silver badge

          Re: Wow!

          That's UVA light, not UVC.

      2. KarMann Silver badge

        Re: Wow!

        NFTs have two use cases: parting fools with their money, and money laundering.

  2. trevorde Silver badge

    Perfect explanation of NFTs

  3. David 132 Silver badge

    Oh no! How awful!

    Anyway, moving on, James has great news about the Dacia Sandero...

  4. Howard Sway Silver badge

    painful eyes, sudden vision loss and even skin burns

    It's not the first time the people who bought into this bollocks got burned.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: painful eyes, sudden vision loss and even skin burns

      Eye sore what you did there.

      1. David 132 Silver badge

        Re: painful eyes, sudden vision loss and even skin burns

        My, aren't we all in a j-ocular mood...

        1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

          Re: painful eyes, sudden vision loss and even skin burns

          Cor near the knuckle with these puns.

  5. sarusa Silver badge

    What a missed opportunity

    It's really too bad those twats didn't have their eyes burned out or hair set on fire.

    But to make this comment productive, this used to be a real problem on all movie sets! Back around the 1920s-1950s, movie film couldn't expose fast enough to do 24 fps without having giant arc lights making everything insanely bright. And it was even worse for colour film, which needed twice the illumination. For example, the recommended brightness for normal work is 50 foot-candles (FC). If you're doing really detailed work, like inspecting small parts, you might want it as high as 100 FC. Well, black and white movie film needed 250-400 FC, and colour film needed 800-1000! Wizard of Oz (1939) had so much lighting that the temperatures on-set reached over 38C (100F), and many actors in costumes had heatstrokes and needed vast quantities of water. Pity the poor Tin Man or Lion. To get back to the original point, this was one reason actors wore such thick makeup - to prevent 'sun'burn. But there was nothing they could do about their eyes, without having everyone wear sunglasses, so most of the actors and actresses had photokeratitis. Several of the Wizard of Oz cast say it permanently damaged their eyes.

    Starting in the mid 50s (Eastmancolor), films started getting fast enough that they could start easing off on the crazy lighting, though it would take decades.

    1. David 132 Silver badge

      Re: What a missed opportunity

      Coo. I did not know any of that.

      (I'd love to know what the rationale of your downvoter was.

      An NFT investor perhaps, upset that he can't clearly see his ugly Jpegs of monkeys any more and that we're all mocking THE NEXT BIG THING IN GETTING SUPER RICH FAST™?)

    2. Alan J. Wylie

      Re: What a missed opportunity

      [bright lights] used to be a real problem on all movie sets

      It still is. High power lamps shining onto an aeroplane to simulate sunrise during filming caused some of the plane's windows to fall out

  6. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    Digital magic

    People envision magic when they hear about a digital product that is unique and impossible to copy. All the NFT startups are hyping that you can buy, collect, and sell NFT media with no risk. Some even use the ledger for pyramid hierarchical payments.

    Of course anything can be copied. All you're buying is a space on a tamper-resistant ledger claiming ownership, and that claim may never have been valid.

  7. bertkaye

    criminal negligence by the organizers

    I feel sorry for the attendees - because of the UV overexposure, in later years they will get cataracts earlier.

  8. Conundrum1885

    Can confirm

    I also had "Arc Eye" from messing with near UV lasers AND UV LEDs. You'd think I'd learn but didn't know that back reflections even with UV blocking goggles were enough.

    Did some tests, and typical green gas welding goggles DO NOT BLOCK narrow band UV from an LED, especially not the sort used for light reactive nail varnish or glue.

    Exceedingly painful, and symptoms can be delayed by hours or in some cases days depending on wavelength and exposure time.

    Incidentally you can get a mild dose from being outside on a sunny day.

    Some fluorescent tubes with specific glass (ie BLB) are less harmful but still not something you'd want to stare at for days on end.

    Now, had the Shenzenite manufacturers who sent me the diodes with NO WARNINGS WHATSOEVER or even a datasheet actually done the right thing, I'd have

    known that these were in fact hazardous to the eyes.

    Was told that they were near UV ie 410nm not as it turned out closer to 370 according to my Note 4 and testing LED vs known UV-B diode.

    After speaking to an optician who berated me about not using £xp£n$iv£ eyewear they confirmed no permanent damage had been done.

    I did actually consider writing to the manufacturer but its a game of Whack-A-Mole with these folks.

    Interestingly UV-C (230-320nm, 2-130mW) can be had if you know where to look, these really will ruin your day.

  9. Alan J. Wylie

    Good video from Big Clive

    The cause of the Bored Ape UVC eye burn incident?

    As mentioned in the article, It's not the first time that there has been UV eye damage at a function in Hong Kong. He thinks that this time there was a "lavatory" theme room with exposed UVC germicidal tubes around the top of the walls.

    1. katrinab Silver badge

      Re: Good video from Big Clive

      And not the first time he's done a video about UVC eye damage at a function in Hong Kong.

      I wonder if the toilet-themed room was to signify where their money was going?

POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon

Other stories you might like