I talked to a packed room about Putting Weird Things in Coffee, internet fame, blogging, and how social media and the accessibility of the internet are changing the way creative people do their thing. I was a bit nervous, since I'd never done anything like that before, but I ended up enjoying the hell out of it.
If you wanna see my slides, you can get a clickable Quicktime movie (showing my spiffy slide transitions) here, or a PDF with all my secret notes (ruining the illusion that my witty jokes were improvised) here.
|Actual audience reaction. I am mildly amusing.|
I got a lot of flattering feedback, and some good suggestions for the coffee blog. From the always-creative Nik Harron came the idea for putting despair in coffee. I.e., tears. I wonder if tears of shame taste difference than tears of mourning?
I imagine the former are a little more spicy.
|It made no sense btw.|
Also: I won a pool for predicting how many dicks would show up in Chatroulette in a 30 minute period (six). I'm like a psychic predicting how many children you'll have, except it's how many dicks you'll see. (See also). It was good times. I'm surprised none blew their load when they saw they were performing in front of an entire room full of people.
There were more substantial thrills to be had, too. The sense of community was palpable. I have another psychic prediction: good things are coming in London Ontario's future. There is an increasingly-less-underground group of diverse personalities who are passionate about making great things happen in this city and beyond. Upcoming projects like Changecamp London and UnLondon are just a few examples.
Between Podcamp itself and the sloppy after-party, I came across this Canada goose:
I've seen him there 3 or 4 times, always just standing there looking at his reflection in the window. He's, like, a metaphor for life, man. Just staring, all day, pondering his place in this crumbling city. The goose is us, man. The goose is us.
1 That's what he said?
Update May 10 9:30pm: I have been informed (thanks a lot @BillyW64) that the goose stares at his reflection because he thinks it's his mate that he lost last year. There was a story about him on A Channel (I guess they interviewed the goose to obtain this information). The goose picture is now more sad-deep than intelligent-deep. Man.
Update May 11 3:15pm: Here is the fluffy A Channel story about the goose (thanks @joeradman, you are rad, man). Not sure about the veracity of the story or if it's even the same goose (mine is in a totally different location). Maybe geese are just vain. Still, it's sad to think about. There is also a Facebook page for him/her.