activities

September GeekDinner

I attended my second GeekDinner on Monday evening. It was a fairly small occasion with about 30 people turning up at Asoka in Gardens.

Joe gave a very intriguing talk on lifestyle design. Some of the points included work less and cheat, which I didn't really agree with, but the basic idea of doing the things you love was good. Jonathan then spoke about actually doing something with your ideas, which was quite inspiring. I don't really get "big" ideas, but I'm going to try anyway.

The other Jonathan showed us Half Price Tuesdays which is an idea he's been working on. I'm helping with the alpha test and it's looking very promising. Kerry-Anne then did a fantastic slideshow karaoke prepared by Jonathan. She gave us some tips on how to survive a GeekDinner talk, but unfortunately needs to implement some of those tips herself :-P

Many thanks to Asoka for hosting us, and to Perderberg for the wine sponsorship. I hope to see more people attend next time.

July GeekDinner

I attended my very first GeekDinner last night, for which I managed to get a place at the very last minute (although not everyone made it and I could have gatecrashed anyway ;-) ). It was hosted by Da Capo in Greenmarket Square, which was an awesome venue. (I had the Tomato and Basil Soup for starters, and the Polo Piccata, both of which were delicious.)

Andy spoke about his experiences in Nigeria, which was quite an eye opener. We often complain about Eskom and Telkom here in South Africa, but we actually aren't that bad off. Donna gave a talk about her various activities aimed at encouraging and educating women about IT, and Kerry-Anne spoke about running a daily photo blog.

Mandy then presented a slideshow on personal finance (prepared by Tim) which she had never seen before. The result was hilarious due to the dubious advice in the slideshow, and more humour was provided by the questions afterwards (involving emails from Nigerian princes and the best way to launder money).

All in all it was a fantastic evening which I enjoyed thoroughly. Thanks to Perdeberg for sponsoring the wine (even though I don't drink, it did make things more interesting ;-) ), and thanks to everyone involved with organising the evening. I look forward to the next one.

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