Archive: October 20th, 2006

Naked lunch conversations

Shel Israel and Rick Segal are doing a bit of a world tour. They’ve just been to Ireland and now they’re winging their way to Brussels. In between, they made time for a whistle-stop visit to Brighton.

Why Brighton? Ben gave ‘em the heads-up that it’s a happening place.

Andy reserved a table for lunch at Carluccio’s and rounded up a bunch of local geeks and entrepreneurs. Much excellent conversation ensued, much of it about social media and, more importantly, people.

It was a real pleasure to meet Shel and Rick. It’s a shame they couldn’t stick around longer: they were literally in town for just a few hours. We didn’t even have the opportunity to take them out on the pier for a stick of rock.

There’s always next time.

Talking ‘bout microformats

Last night’s Web Standards Group meetup in London went well. I cut it a bit close and arrived just a few minutes before show time. I wasn’t trying to imitate Tantek, it was just that the train from Brighton was experiencing problems (surprise, surprise).

Norm gave the uppercase Semantic Web a good drubbing, I bored everyone with the minutiae of markup, and Drew blew my mind with a visionary look at using microformats as an API for your website.

After that, we convened to the pub where many excellent conversations were to be had. I had a great chat with some of the Multimap gang, and I got to meet Alex Robinson, yes that Alex Robinson. As usual, I had to run away to catch a train back to Brighton. Also as usual, it took me hours to get home.

I’ve made a PDF of my slides but, as is always the case, they don’t make too much sense without the context of the presentation. Hopefully, there will be a podcast of the evening’s talk released. Head over to Stuart’s WSG page where you can subscribe to the feed.

MILK&TWO

The ultimate Web 2.0 social application: a bunch of people sign up to be in a tea group. People in the group issue requests for cups of tea. The app randomly picks someone to make 'em. Genius!