It’s been a busy two weeks over here, with lots of work to do and events to go to. I’ve met some great people and learned some interesting things in the process — and I also got to hear some great music. The event rundown:
I finally went to my first BarCamp, a tech unconference of sorts where all the attendees are presenters (if they want to be) and the loosely structured gathering can yield talks on everything from WordPress tricks to whiskey tasting. I spent most of the day hanging out with Jason, who gave a hilarious talk on digital “tent removal” and introduced us to such flowery terms as “scrotoscoping” and had everyone cracking up about the lengths films go to to keep actors’ bodies looking the way they want them. I also went to talks on hacking relationships, Twitter games, the evolutionary theory of memes and steam-powered cars.
Mobile Geeks of LA
Though I wouldn’t exactly classify myself as a mobile geek, I have grown very attached to my iPhone — and I knew the people throwing this event (Jeb Brilliant, Matt Singley and James Whatley) at the Cat and Fiddle on Sunset. Plus, James and Vikki were in town from London, so I wanted to see them. Though there was some talk about phones, it was mostly just a meet and greet with some great people, including Tuttle regulars like Geoff and Jen. Someone also brought along a Motorola Cellular One, which was so large I thought it was a giant walkie talkie from the back.
The day after Mobile Geeks, we had another Tuttle LA, with James and Vikki as our special guests. We had a group of about 10 people, including new faces Steve, Vaughan, Karen and Al. We were all interviewed about our mobile phone choices for The Really Mobile Project, Vikki actually tested out one of the massage chairs, and we had a fun morning talking tech, playing with phones and meeting some new people.
Velvet Interactive Playground/VIP Lounge
This past Thursday, some friends I had met at BarCamp, Demi and Travis, were throwing a tech/music/art event at a club in Studio City, so I went along to see what it was all about. There was some good music and cool video exhibits, but my favorite part of the night was seeing Zombies Without Borders perform their dance/comedy show, which full of randomness, including zombie bananas performing Peanut Butter Jelly time and a fanatastic Michael Jackson-Gwen Stefani song mashup.
KROQ Weenie Roast
Of all my years living in Southern California, I’d never been to a KROQ concert. Yesterday I finally made it to my first one, the annual Weenie Roast at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine. It was a last-minute, unexpected invitation, and I jumped at the chance to go, and I got to see the Silversun Pickups, Weezer, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jimmy Eat World, Kings of Leon and Rancid. Weezer was my favorite, but everyone else was great, though we didn’t enjoy the impromptu mosh pits springing up on the lawn during Rancid, and after Guiselle got completely bowled over on the dark, steep hill, we decided to leave. It was a great day spent drinking beer, eating festival food, being out in the sun and enjoying good music.