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For a few weeks earlier this year there were parties over the road in the Villa Elephant on the River. Every Saturday hordes of young people would arrive from about midnight onwards and the sound system would start up with bass booming through the night. At least that’s what I’m told happened. I always sleep like a log and so missed even the loudest bits every week.
Then a couple of weeks ago we got a letter through the door saying that the police were going to make sure nothing happened and that week and last weekend, all was quiet. But about 8.00 tonight we saw this scene where the police seemed to be making sure that the sound system and all the kit was packed away in a big van. The police have gone, but the party organisers are back out on the street, occasionally remonstrating with each other. Later on, it might get interesting if people arrive for the party but have to be turned away.
1. What does “only original vouchers accepted” mean in this context? Do I have to dial up my mail on my phone and show the waiter the pic? Or am I allowed to print it out. If I can print it out, what’s to stop me printing out 50 and giving them to my friends? And what, apart from their high ethical standards, is to stop anyone reading this downloading it and using it?
2. does “exclusivley” mean the same as “exclusively” (I’m just guessing here)
3. I didn’t realise I’d signed up to be a wagamamama covent garden member. I don’t know if I like wagamamama’s food as much as I like wagamama’s. AFAIK there are zero wagamamama covent garden members so this is a bit worthless really.
I’m trying today to get my dns records sorted out so that I get my mail for lloyd at perfectpath.co.uk and http://www.perfectpath.co.uk pointing here to the blog.
Apologies to all those who have been bounced of late. For now, the best way to e-mail me is still lloyd dot davis at gmail dot com, to see the blog come to perfectpath.wordpress.com (rss from http://feeds.feedburner.com/perfectpath ) skype me as perfectpath or telephone +447919182825
So after Open Coffee and a meeting up in Islington, I took a stroll and rambled on to myself into my recorder about what a busy and exciting day I was having – I touch on Open Coffee, Theatre Blogging, Social Media Club and the Nomads, all this while navigating the wilds of N1 (it really is grim up north london)
I could only make half an hour at Saul Klein’s Open Coffee yesterday but managed to talk to John Hornbaker, Nic Brisbourne, a guy looking for investors for his food social network and Euan before striding off north-eastwards to see a prospect. It was a really buzzing affair – I’m definitely going again next week with more time to spare – it still is bizarre to walk through the practically empty shop up to the Starbucks upstairs which was packed full of blue jeans & blazers and a smattering of black t-shirts. A great example of the power of face to face that Kathy Sierra’s talking about today.
Steve Moore passed this on from Jonathan Simmons at PublicZone:
“Public Zone have become involved in a wonderful campaign called May Day For Nurses, which aims to highlight the plight of nurses as the lowest paid public sector professionals, by asking every premiership footballer to donate their wages from the last day of the season to a hardship fund.
We don’t want your money (that will come from the players), we just want your support. We have built a fan table on-line www.maydayfornurses.com (it even has space for non football fans!), please go and register your support, it will really help us get press, and convince the players.”
I have, why haven’t you?
I was going to go into big detail on the four types or groups of people – or perhaps they are characteristics found within individuals that I noticed at the Uploading Innovation unconference on Tuesday, but I think I’ll just present them for now and maybe fill in the detail later.
The four elements I saw coming together more than I have done at other events are People People, Geeks, Capitalists and Philosophers.
People People – who focus on the social nature of collaboration, what it means to us as individuals and as groups of people
Geeks – who focus on technological facilitation of collaboration, what machines can do for us
Capitalists – who focus on making new businesses, how to make more money out of collaboration
Philosophers – who focus on the ideas and constructing theories about what this all means for the human race
Having contributions from all of these, rather than just one dominant group was one of the things that made the conversations on the day all the more interesting and productive. Thankfully most of those who came were aware of their shortcomings and there weren’t too many know-it-alls (my prejudice is that this is a geek trait – people people, capitalists and philosophers are willing to admit that they could know more about the tech, but some geeks insist that they also know everything about people, money and ideas) [ducks for cover]