Barefoot around 6h30, when it’s perfect
Note: I’d like to thank Naz, Dominic and Barefoot for all their support of writers, artists and general misanthrophes – both digital and analog. I think the ICTA gets a lot of money for this sort of thing, but the Sansonis are the closest thing the blogging community (as it were) has to patrons.
Double-Note: Uh, I crapped up again and the foot wasna available on Wed, so now it’s Tuesday. My bad,
Not that I’m in any position to officiate anything, but meh. I think we should bump the meetup to next
Wednesday Tuesday so more people can make it (specifically, Electra and the Wala crowd). There’s also like a conflict with the Moju launch and a birthday, yadda yadda. This is like the third fourth time I’ve delayed it, so nevermore. Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday. Mahangu and Electra will be there for sure, so I won’t feel too terrible. I couldn’t organize a ham sandwich, but I think a meetup is important. The connections and new ideas that come out of these things can actually be very powerful, in my experience. I have prepared an agenda and set of events. There will be a Chief Guest and Prize Giving, followed by tea, mutually enforced alcoholism, and fighting.
6h: lighting of lamp and traditional burning of garbage on the street
6h15: uncomfortable silence
6h20: jello fight between Electra and her slanderer
6h30: Sophist chases me with a cricket bat
6h45: Walalasekera releases their list of Top 25 Hotties (or vehemently denies its existence)
7h: People actually show up
7h15: Prize Giving for Best Attendance, Sportsmanship and Grooming
7h30: Thora ponnaya!
7h31: Royal ponnaya!
8h: Abu Jihad and friends thrown out for removing pants
Actually the real schedule consists of me going to Barefoot at 3 to check a quick email, staying there till 6, Mahangu and Dilantha showing up, getting a little tipsy by 6h30 and crying at 6h45 when not enough people arrive. Then everyone will actually show up at 7 but my eyeliner will be ruined. Here’s a guest list of sorts:
1. Bloggers, on Kottu or not
2. Photographers, on Flickr/Blogspot or not
3. Walalasekera Members (from Google Groups)
4. Any Developers
5. Anyone who comments
6. Anyone who reads
If you want to remain completely anonymous that’s cool and people should try to respect that. There’s no point anyone getting dooced if they don’t want to. Also no one is giving any speeches, unless they really want to. I would also assume that you can take photos without getting your pants ripped off. There’s WiFi at Barefoot if you want to bring laptops, I think they might be persuaded to leave it on.
In all seriousness the only point is for people to meet each other and possible germinate new ideas. I will probably have something to drink if you’re looking for an activity. I used to not understand the point of these things, but then I met a bunch of interesting people including Sam, Alefiya and Dominic at the Serendipity Launch, and my life and work have changed for the better since then. That is to say, in spite of my willful ineptitude as an organizer, these mixers are important in ways you might not anticipate.
And that is set, I’m not going to think about it anymore. Try to RSVP on this thread, if you canst. Tuesday March 21st, 6pm.