Tutankhamun Exhibition

July 17th, 2008

The last couple of days my mother and sister were here to visit me and see London, so I’ve been off doing touristy stuff. Yesterday we went to the Tutankhamun exhibition at the O2 and it’s definitely worth seeing.

Some backstory first though (cause I love talking about myself). I’ve got a bit of a history with Egyptian history. I grew up reading and loving everything about ancient history: Romans, Ancient Greeks, Mayans, Incans, Egyptians, Vikings. To be honest, I didn’t like the history part about it. History is focused on the politics and people, while what I was interested in was all the cultural aspects surrounding those different times. Like the art styles, belief systems, clothes, and other stuff like that (I still love reading myths about the various types of gods; there’s a reason all my hardware is named after a god/goddess). The main reason I wanted to go to the Dutch gymnasium (high school type, if you want to know more about the Dutch education system, there’s a good Wikipedia article) is that you then get Latin and Ancient Greek, plus a great 10 day trip to Rome.

Anyhow, my main love was Egypt. During my second year I studied hieroglyphics as an extra self-defined and prepared course (my school thought some “smart” kids needed more mental stimulation besides the normal easy courses and gave us free reign to whatever extra course we wanted to learn), which, although way more difficult than I at the time had expected, fueled my enthusiasm for all things Egypt even more.

Then for my 16th birthday I finally got to actually go to Egypt for 10 days. I visited Cairo, then took a plane to Aswan and spent a couple of days on a cruise boat to Luxor (only to discover I get very very sea river sick). I got to see a lot of museums, a lot of temple and graves, and of course the Pyramids of Gizeh. I even was contemplating studying Egyptology or Archaeology, but it was my dislike for the politics and actual history that stopped me from choosing that path. That, plus I was practical enough to realise my math and logic skills would be way better suited to computer science (which would also offer much better job opportunities). 

So the Tutankhamun exhibition yesterday was a real treat for me; it kind of re-ignited my passion for the ancient times. You should realise though that Tutankhamun’s death mask and any of the coffins aren’t part of the exhibition. I knew about the death mask (it’s not allowed to leave Egypt anymore), but had expected at least one of the coffins. The other artifacts make up for that though, most of them are gorgeous; my favourite being a golden diadem that was found on the head of King Tut’s mummified body. The quality of some of the pieces is amazing; inlaid stones, intricate details, perfect condition, these objects were buried for more than 2000 years!

The exhibition showcases the life of Tutankhamun and that of his family, explaining the world he was born into. It does a great job of telling a story, without assuming any previous knowledge about it. Unlike some other exhibitions, the artifacts aren’t just put into glass cases in one big giant room and you’re wandering from case to case, not really understanding the context of the objects. Here the exhibition manages to give you the full picture; every room is another chapter of the story and you walk through the exhibition each time learning (and comprehending) parts of Tutankhamun’s life. The atmosphere is mesmerizing and mysterious. The exhibition makes clever use of lighting and shadows, highlighting the artifacts in wonderful manner. There’s a perfect moment right at the start, where you’re suddenly transported to the world of Egypt and it’s secrets. 

For me the £17 entrance ticket was completely worth it and it makes me want to visit Egypt again. Who knows? Maybe next year for holiday?

Tags: Events

It’s exactly three weeks ago that we held this dinner, but I still wanted to dedicate a short blog post to it. Cause it was the first Geek Dinner I’ve actually partly organized. I’ve helped a bit with previous events, but never anything that required too much work (or stress) on my behalf. This time I arranged the venue and food, and on the day itself kept track of all the attendees and payments. You’d think it wouldn’t be too much work, but with over 70 guests (!) I was kept busy the entire dinner.

Geek Dinner with The Moo Crew

Photo by Craig Murphy

After our previous (regular) venue kind of screwed us over, we were forced to find a new location. Now finding a Geek Dinner venue isn’t as easy as it may seem, cause we need quite a lot of flexibility. For starters, we don’t want to pay for the venue, so it has to have free room hire. Then the food can’t be too expensive. Plus, we never are really sure until the day itself (and even then it remains a rough estimate) of the number of people that are coming. Which for a lot of venues is a problem, cause they want to order the food at least a week beforehand. Besides that we really need a separate room, not some balcony or back part of a pub, cause otherwise nobody can hear the speaker. So yeah, pretty specific. (Btw, if anyone knows any other good venues in central London, please let me know. Any suggestions are always appreciated.)

Geek Dinner with The Moo Crew

Photo by Craig Murphy

Purely by accident, I stumbled on the Thai Smile restaurant, situated above a pub, close to Holborn. And they did exactly what we wanted. They were even fine with me phoning the numbers through a couple of hours before it started. The food was about 8 pounds per person and almost everybody thought it was delicious (I at least didn’t get any complaints). We’re definitely going to go back there, cause they did exactly everything we needed.

The Moo crew talk was great; they hadn’t prepared a real presentation, they just explained the origins of their company and then accepted questions from all the guests. There were some cool little moments, like Moo was first called ‘PleasureCards’ and, while talking about the Moo.com url: ‘The cows were annoyed’. Ciaran’s got a short video of part of it up on Qik (quality isn’t that super, but it’s better than nothing). Cristiano also made a timelapse of the entire evening:

GeekDinner with Moo Timelapse from Cristiano Betta on Vimeo.

It was a great event and I’m glad it went so well. I was pretty much busy the whole time, but I guess that’s the price you pay for volunteering for these type of events. If we don’t organize it, who will? That being said though, do contact me if you want to help out; the more people that get involved, the more events we can organize!

One last question: what would you think of a GeekDinner hosted Chocolate Party (your “entrance fee” is a box of chocolates)?

I haven’t blogged for the last couple of days, because of a not-so-fantastic combination of being extremely busy and sick. Last Thursday I had the first Geek Dinner I in part had organized (meaning I was “working” for most of the evening) and then last weekend I attended BarCamp London 4. Added to that, I caught some bug at the Geek Dinner, so since then I haven’t been feeling that well, spending Friday, yesterday and today in bed. Despite being sick though, I had a great time at BarCamp London 4!


With all the fuss surrounding the sign-up for this BarCamp, I was going in with my fingers crossed hoping it would turn out to be a good BarCamp. And it was. There were some minor “glitches” which I’ll come back to later, but overall it was a great experience. This time it was held at the GCap offices in Leicester Square and was organized excellently by GCap’s Ross Bruniges. I’ve split this post up in two parts (this doesn’t necessarily mean though Day 1 and Day 2), cause it just got too long.

Breakfast, Registration and Lunch

So last Saturday morning together with Cristiano and some Dutch friends who were specially here for BarCamp (Reinier, Martijn and Joost) I made my way to London’s cinema center. We were there quite early (9ish) to first grab some breakfast at a small cafe near Leicester Square, meeting up with Simon and Kevin. Completely satisfied by a yummy traditional English breakfast, we then headed to the GCap building, where the BarCamp magic (well, the registration at least) was about to start.


After registering, we found much to our delight that the venue had a roof terrace and spent the next hour waiting there till the intro talk began. As always we got a general dos and don’ts speech (“fires are bad”), a thank you to the sponsors and the “every single person in the room introduces themselves”, which takes like forever. After the talk, lunch was served and everybody got to fill in the session boards. Osmosoft sponsored the lunch, a great batch of Pret-A-Manger sandwiches and salads. I decided to do my talk in the very first slot, getting it quickly over and done with. Btw, I won’t write about every single session I went to; just the main ones that stood out for me.

My Talk: Probabilities Explained Through Poker, Werewolf and Deal Or No Deal

I noticed at previous geek gatherings that a lot of people don’t get their probabilities right and thought it might be interesting to do a hands-on session on that topic with some easy and cool examples. Idea was great, execution though… not that great. I hadn’t prepared that much (just some examples) and during my talk I fell silent way too often. Plus I don’t think I actually know/play enough poker to say a lot about it. I might do this talk another time, but I’ll have to polish it up a great deal. Cristiano actually filmed the entire thing (and a lot of the other sessions), so you can watch it here:

The Quest for a Open Source Event Management Solution
I went to this session expecting a demo of an event manager, which for me was interesting with Cristiano having just created his own event manager for the Geek Dinners. Instead though it was about gathering people together who are all interested in helping on an open source event manager. There wasn’t anything implemented yet; it was about how a general “use for every type of event” solution could be created.

Faceball Tournament

If you don’t know what Faceball is, check the official website out. The main idea is to hit the other person in the face with a pink or blue Flickr ball (don’t worry they’re very soft). I wasn’t planning to participate, but after seeing all the previous people play, I wanted to know for myself how difficult it was. Surprisingly though, while I didn’t win (Cristiano beat me in the semi-final), I did get the highest score! I’ve got a bunch of Faceball photos up on my Flickr and the video of it here, only the grand finale is missing. Cristiano won though and got us two Flickr pro accounts.

Beauty in Web Design

This was a great (and pretty) presentation from Cennydd on what beauty is and how we should attempt to create beauty in websites. He showed a couple of great examples of how art is perceived and how beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. My short description doesn’t do it justice and I wished I had recorded this, although sometime this month podcasts should be coming out from all the sessions. For the mean time, check out the slides on SlideShare.

The rest of this blog post will follow tomorrow or sometime later, once the videos become available. To check out the videos we already have, head over the Vimeo BarCampLondon4 Channel. I’ve also got more photos up on Flickr.

Free Comic Book Day

May 2nd, 2008

I just found out that tomorrow today (I haven’t gone to bed yet, so for me it’s still “tomorrow”) on Saturday May 3rd is Free Comic Book Day. As the name indicates, it’s a day when participating comic books stores give away comics to anyone who comes to their stores. It depends on the store and their policy how many free comics you’re allowed to receive, but every visitor will receive at least one absolutely free comic book.

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event, held on the first Saturday of May. It started 7 years ago as a promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help attract new readers to independent comic books stores. Typically major comic book book publishers will produce special edition comics aimed to attract non-comic book readers. For instance, past special editions included titles from Archie, Disney and Battlestar Galactica.

Broken Trinity Transformers HellBoy

This year’s FCBD has 41 titles to giveaway for free, as well as 2 miniature Star Wars and Iron Man figures (again it does depend on the store). If you want to see the full list of comics offered, check out the FCBD site. There are a couple of interesting looking comics, a number of which I could easily see non-comic book readers pick up*.

So people: check if your local comic book store is participating and if so, head on down to it and get your free comic books!

*Disclaimer: I am not a real comic book reader… yet. See my next post.

Two Days of Geeky Goodness

April 12th, 2008

With Cristiano off to the Netherlands to get his wisdom tooth removed (which I am glad to report went way smoother than mine), I thought I’d be bored out of my mind. The two past days though have just been one constant stream of geek activities. I should address each event in a separate post, but I know if I attempt to do that, I’ll end up only blogging about half the stuff. Instead I’m going to try to summarize all the stuff I’ve done here.

London Girl Geek Coffee 2

I only announced it two days beforehand on the Geek Dinners and the Girl Geek Dinners site, so I kind of knew that not many people would show up. However, I didn’t expect to find myself completely alone at the chosen time. It gave me time to check out the venue (Smiths of Smithfield), but I soon discovered it wasn’t really what we were looking for. Half an hour later, Patricia Hanrahan (Gondul) showed up, with Rachel Clarke following quickly thereafter. We spoke about a whole bunch of things, including Rachel and I explaining to Patricia what we’ve experienced so far in We Tell Stories. Here’s where this event kind of flowed into the next event:

We Tell Stories Meet-up

For the past 4 weeks I’ve been following the We Tell Stories project. As I’ve mentioned before, besides the six public stories, there’s a hidden seventh story in the form of an ARG. I’m not going to explain everything here, but a couple of days ago we (all the ARG players on the forum) found out one of the characters would be in a bar…in real life! Jacques the French bookstore clerk, depressed because his girlfriend Bella dumped him. The idea was to bring him gifts and tips on how to woo Bella back, which somehow would lead to more clues.

I completely forgot to bring something, but during the GGC Rachel convinced me to write down a song and sing it for him. Weirdly enough I agreed to do this and even stranger I chose a Dutch nursery rhyme (I have no recollection whatsoever in what prompted me to choose this particular song). Anyhow, Daisy, one of the other girls on the forum, also came to the GGC, hauling along freshly baked muffins and printed out poems.

Abandoning Trish (who would wait for the other GGCers) we went to the bar where Jacques was and there we met up with 2 others from the forum. At 17:30 we entered the bar and there he was…Jacques, looking depressed as ever and drinking red wine. We all gave our gifts and each of us received an item in return. Some of them were clearly “only” prizes for showing up (a Terry Pratchett book, for instance), but others were actual clues. I got a blue Wedgwood tray with snippets of rules of a card game. If you want to find more, check out the We Tell Stories website and the Unforum.

Jacques (on the right)

SEO Party

After the cool weird meet-up with a fictional character, I made my way back to the GGC (now expanded with Emma Persky and Weefz), only to discover that the SoS was packed. There was no way we could talk in there. I suggested to move to the Starbucks down the street where the ARGers had gone to sort out all the clues. Patricia, though, deserted us to meet up with Judith ‘deCabbit’ Lewis at an SEO party, but invited us to join her later. After a short half an hour in the Starbucks, we went in search of the SEO party.

We arrived a bit before 8 and the bar was crowded with SEOers. I was surprised to discover at least one person I had met before: Chris Hambly, whom I had met at MediaCampBucks last year. I had a short talk with him about some upcoming events, including a second MediaCampBucks and a MediaCampLondon.

Despite having no actual experience in search engine optimization, I had some interesting conversations with a couple of the SEOers there and was amazed when I realized I had been there for more than 2 hours. Around the same time, Patricia and the others decided to leave too and I slowly made my way back to home. Of course, even though arriving home at a fairly early time, I managed to only get to bed at about 3.

Social Media Cafe

Naturally, I slept through my alarm and I arrived quite late at the Social Media Cafe. I had met Lloyd Davis (the organizer of SMC) back in October in Berlin and had been meaning to come to a SMC for some time now (wisdom tooth removals and sleeping the cause of missing previous ones). I’m glad I finally made it, cause I got to meet a lot of new people (I’m not even going to try and list everyone). What I found interesting was that (if I’m not mistaken that is) this was a completely different set than the usual Geek Dinners and BarCamp crowd; most people there hadn’t even heard of those two events before!

Just when I wanted to leave, it started pouring outside (even lightning!), so I decided to stay a little longer. I talked some more with LJ Rich and after the rain cleared up, she suggested having lunch at a Vegetarian Thai Buffet close by. Great food and great conversation with both of us geeking out about TV shows, books and other stuff. Having already spent most of the day procrastinating networking, I realized I wouldn’t get any real work done today, so it wouldn’t hurt to go to:


Three words: real life rickrolling. By now there should be enough reports and videos documenting this event.

So those were my two action packed geeky days and all I want to do now is sleep. I’ve announced the next Girl Geek Coffee on both Geek Dinners sites and a new idea for another event (Geek Meet). Let me know if you’re interested in either of them by leaving a comment on one of those blogs.

Tags: Events, Geeky

It’s a bit last minute, but the next Girl Geek Coffee will go on next Thursday. We’re going to try out a new venue and I’m hoping it’s suitable. It’s the Smiths of Smithfield near Farringdon tube (also a potential Geek Dinner venue). I haven’t tried it out yet (so fingers crossed), but I’ve heard a lot of positive things about it.

When: Thursday, April 10, 2008, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Smiths of Smithfield near Farringdon
Cost: attending is free, cost for coffee and food will be on a “buy your own” basis
Upcoming: 465894

If you have trouble finding the place or are running late, you can phone me (07521 294 391) or Twitter me directly (mseckington). Please use the upcoming link or comment below to indicate your interest.

Tags: Events, Geeky

London Girl Geek Dinner 19

March 29th, 2008

I’m doing this the wrong way around, aren’t I? First blogging about an event from yesterday and then about an event from two days before that. Heck, if I have time, I might even blog about Barcamp Brighton 2, even though that’s been already two weeks ago.

Anyhow, last Tuesday I made my way to the 18th Girl Geek Dinner, this time held at The Knights Templar. The main theme was SEO (search engine optimisation) with all speakers supposedly talking on this subject. Juddith “deCabbit” Lewis held a great talk explaining the basics of SEO. It was actually an hour long presentation she uses for her clients, cut down to only 15 minutes. I would have liked to hear the full talk, cause that would have been so much more interesting than the stuff that came after that.

Girl Geek Dinner 18 by Cristiano Betta

The second talk was from Sheila Farrell about Semantic Markup and Organic SEO. I don’t want to be too harsh, but seriously all I remember from this talk was “tables are bad, tables are bad, it’s geeky to use tables (??), but tables are bad”. The third presenter was McVitte, the CEO of Texperts, talking about the mobile search perspective. Texperts is a mobile search SMS service that allows users to text a question to a (human) team of experts who text the answer back. The talk was okay, but wasn’t as technical as I was hoping it would be.

The food was sponsored by Latitude and as sponsors they were allowed to give a small 5 minute business talk. I have to applaud them though for foregoing the marketing pitch and just wishing us a good time. We need more sponsors like that! There was more than enough food (mainly fried finger food) and by the end most platters weren’t even finished. The wine on the other hand went very quickly, although most people only had one glass. I shouldn’t complain; it’s better than having to pay yourself.

Girl Geek Dinner 18 by Cristiano Betta

The main problem with this event was the venue. While The Knights Templar is a great pub, it’s not quite suitable to hold an event like this. We were in two small upstairs rooms, but upstairs meant half a level higher in a sort of balcony overlooking the rest of bar with all the hassle and noise reaching us. Yeah, that’s not that great when you have an event with speakers.

Next to that, the two rooms were connected with a small dark doorway and the presenters were forced to stand somewhere in the middle, so that people in both rooms could kind of see them talk (actually from where I was sitting I didn’t see anything). The rooms were supposed to fit 50 people, which might have been able if everyone was standing and all the tables were moved aside. As it was though (with everyone sitting at the tables) there wasn’t that much space at all; I barely left my seat only because there wasn’t any room to maneuver around.

Girl Geek Dinner 18 by Cristiano Betta

It wasn’t the best Girl Geek Dinner I’ve been to, but as usual it was great fun meeting up with some old friends and some new friends. The next Girl Geek event is going to be a joint Geek Dinner and Girl Geek Dinner event with a surprise mystery speaker on April 26th [Upcoming]. Before that though is another Geek Dinner event on April 7th with David Terrar with a talk about creativity and the current education system [Upcoming]. So set the dates in your calendars, people, and I’ll see you there next time!

London Girl Geek Coffee 1

March 28th, 2008

The idea of a London Girl Geek Coffee had been spinning in my head for a couple of weeks, but I never had the time or effort to actually organise it. While talking to Emma during the Girl Geek Dinner last Tuesday, she took matters into her own hands and on the spot created an event on Upcoming for two days later aka: yesterday.

So yesterday in the late afternoon the first Girl Geek Coffee took place at the Starbucks inside the Espirit on Regent Street. It was a small gathering with 5 Girl Geeks, including Emma and me, showing up. For a good two and a half hours we chatted and sipped our Lattes, Mochas and Espressos. The topics covered a wide range of things, from TV shows to university life to geek chic clothes (I’m thinking of cutting up conference swag T-shirts and turning them into minidresses).

Girl Geek Coffee

The coffee was lovely, but the location this time wasn’t that great. It’s normally quite nice (I’ve used it as a work cafe a couple of times), but now they had turned up the heater quite high and it was just too warm to sit there comfortably. Next to that there was another group (of about 6 people) who decided to meet up there and they were as loud and as annoying as you can get. Next time we’ll have to find another location (if you have any suggestions, email me).

All in all, the first London Girl Geek Coffee was a succes and we’re definitely going to hold more in the future. I’m thinking we should hold this event every other week, so the next one would be Thursday over two weeks (April 10th). In the future we’ll have an actual Girl Geek Coffee site (maybe something together with the Geek Dinners, Geek Werewolf and I’d like to see Geek Poker), but for now if you want to join us keep an eye on this blog and Upcoming for the next event.

Barcamp Berlin

November 13th, 2007

Before moving to London I used to be a boring student hanging out with student friends at student events (not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you). Once in London I discovered a whole different world with engaging Dinners and Camps to go to. For me, it started when a couple of months ago Cristiano went to Barcamp London, came back completely enthusiastic about it and dragged me to a London Girl Geek Dinner (LGGD). I really liked the LGGD, but wasn’t really that sure about the Barcamp from what I heard about it. At the time I just thought that it wouldn’t be something for me. Then Cristiano dragged me to Barcamp Brighton (the dragging isn’t as bad as it sounds like) and I really loved it. The atmosphere and dynamics of the event were just so inspiring and interesting, I even held a last-minute presentation myself on emotion recognition (which to be honest wasn’t that good).

When Cristiano suggested we should go to Berlin for the Barcamp and the Web 2.0 Expo, I was initially not too sure about it. I mean, it’s in a different country with a different language. I know, I know, I’m Dutch and should be able to speak German, because we get it at school, but I only know how to read German. Listening and speaking? Nope, not my forte at all. Anyhow, in the end we did decide to go and so last Saturday I found myself at the Cimdata Medienakademie for Barcamp Berlin.

BarCamp Berlin 2

Overall Impressions

Compared to previous Barcamps, the Berlin one had a very different feel to it. I may have only been to the Brighton one, but other more experienced BarCampers also claimed the atmosphere was slightly off. It wasn’t that it was a bad event, but it didn’t have that feeling of a BarCamp to it. In part, I think this came through various circumstances.

For starters, the event wasn’t overnight, forcing you to go back to your hotel, which created the option of sleeping in. The second day I got up at 11:00 and arrived at BarCamp only at 13:00, missing the first 2 sessions. Yes, that is my own fault, but with an overnight it definitely wouldn’t have happened. Further, the overnight generates a more relaxed and informal environment, creating a great atmosphere for burgeoning friendships, hack sessions, last minute presentation mashups and a string of Werewolf games.

Next to that, the food organization was a bit weird; there was bread and toppings available for lunch on both days, but no dinner at all. I did hear though that with previous German BarCamps they did provide more food, but because of no-show-ers they had to throw a lot of it away.

BarCamp Berlin 2

Day 1

The first session I went to was about how game mechanics could be applied in the design of web community sites. They gave a list of 10 principles that were used within games and showed how they could be used for web communities. My problem with this presentation though was that most examples weren’t that convincing. With some the connection to game design seemed forced, as if the presenter was seeing a game design that wasn’t there. With others, they didn’t use the strongest examples available; I don’t remember it all exactly (unfortunately), but I came up with a couple more powerful examples.

BarCamp Berlin 2After that I went to a presentation of Kathrin Grannemann about procrastination. Most of the techniques she showed I had heard about already and it would have helped a lot if she had used slides. What I found most interesting was that most people there had never or only just recently heard of the term “procrastination” before. Some wanted to know who made up the term and when it first appeared, as if someone just recently invented it. It’s a fracking normal English word!

I then went to see a presentation about OAuth, a web-based protocol for API authentication. The idea is that most APIs (Flickr, Facebook, Upcoming) all use different authentication methods, while there should be an open standard used by all parties. I had heard about OAuth already before at the Future of Web Apps, so I was interested to know some more about it.

Cristiano then held a session about how he created a lifstream with Yahoo Pipes. Most people though didn’t know what Yahoo Pipes was, so it would have been more interesting to do just the presentation about Pipes. FYI, Yahoo Pipes is an online service that let’s you combine, filter and edit different feed types, creating personalized feeds. I haven’t tried it out myself yet, but I have some RSS-feed problems that could be solved with this.

BarCamp Berlin 2

After all the sessions were over it was announced that an hour later the games evening would begin, including the BarCamp favourite Werewolf. So together with Cristiano, Reinier, Alper and Eelke, I quickly went in search of some easy dinner; I couldn’t risk missing Werewolf, especially because we wouldn’t be able to play whole night (like normal BarCamps). We ended up getting Doner Kebab at a cute little snackbar, where the sweet guy behind the counter gave us free tea (cool and weird at the same time, right?). After that we hurried back to the BarCamp where Ian was organising and explaining the rules to all the newbies of Werewolf. We had a couple of fun games (3 if I remember), one of which was the weirdest game of Werewolf I ever played.

Although there wasn’t any official food, some people had the idea to order pizzas. Great idea, only it took more than an hour for it to arrive. Slightly before 12:00 when we were supposed to be kicked out, the pizzas finally arrived and everybody quickly wolfed them down.

BarCamp Berlin 2

Day 2

The second day didn’t start out that well, waking up at 11:00. Add to that the difficulty of finding a coffee place open in the morning on Sunday and the general hassle of getting up, dressing up, getting ready and getting there, we only arrived at the BarCamp venue at 13:00, missing the first two morning sessions. I was actually planning on holding a presentation, but to my surprise (and a lot of other people’s surprise) the whole day was booked! Every single session slot was taken! Anyhow, I’m definitely going to have a session at BarCamp London 3, you can count on that.

That day I first went to a discussion session about which Mac Apps you use and recommend to others. I had a lot to say, because I was one of the few which knew which apps worked under Leopard and I have a lot of obscure little apps. I like this type of session, but only once the “usual” stuff has been handled; they always mention the obvious apps, like Quicksilver, Twitterrific and TextMate. I’m thinking of doing a similar talk at BarCamp London 3, but adding some kind of twist to avoid all those boring apps.

BarCamp Berlin 2

I then attended the discussion session about fostering Barcamps over Europe, led by Nicole Simon. She explained the problems they had with organizing the Berlin BarCamp and the reasons why it couldn’t be like a “normal” BarCamp. Some people mentioned future BarCamps they were planning and I am glad to see the BarCamp wildfire is raging everywhere.

As my final session of BarCamp Berlin, I went to the Librarian session by Patricia Hanrahan. I didn’t really know what to expect; I mean, librarians, they’re those stuffy old people with books, right? Who uses books nowadays anyway? (Just kidding, if you know me, you know my obsession with books. I’m the type of person who loves the smell of old crumbling books) Patricia explained though that librarians use a lot of digital techniques; heck, they’re the ones who invented tagging! There’s a problem though with the mindset of the younger librarians versus the older (stuffier) librarians, with the older ones not fully embracing the digital era.

BarCamp Berlin 2

We ended BarCamp with a great party at St. Oberholz, meeting a lot of great people (*waves at Patricia, Nicole, Frode and Nav). I’m really looking forward to BarCamp London 3 now; so many people I know are coming, it’s sure to be great!

Last Day In Berlin

November 9th, 2007

It’s exactly a week ago that I arrived in Berlin and I am now just so exhausted. So much has happened in these last seven days, that I haven’t even had time to blog about any of it yet. To make sure I actually will blog about it and not let it go completely to waste in the obscure labyrinth that is my memory, I’m making a promise now of the posts you’ll see from me in the next couple of days:

  1. Barcamp Berlin + After Party
  2. Web 2.0 Expo Berlin + Web2Open
  3. Girl Geek Dinner Berlin

Not sure yet when I’ll post them, cause I’m just so tired now, but you should expect them to roll out the next couple of days. If not, feel free to kick me :D.