Thursday, 30 January 2014

GeekFest. The Wrap.


The 3D printer printed, the talkers talked, the Oculus Rift immersive 3D gaming experience thingy was too scary for me to try out and Jay Wud played a glorious gig much, one suspects, to the unease of the various residents of Emaar's Downtown district. The sound splashing back from the surrounding expensive high rise was a strange demonstration of wave theory. I bet he's never played to a grassy sward scattered with geeks sprawled on bean bags before.

I got a 3D printed penguin from Jackys' Ashish Panjabi (a clearly unkind reference to the DJ I wore to host the t-break gaming and technology awards) which I find unreasonably cool. Grumpy Goat got his copy of Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy which appeared to make him happy (you owe me Dhs60, ya goat) and we all got to meet loads of people we haven't seen in ages - but see online every day.

Huge thanks to Nick Rego for organising the Oculus thingy as well as the stupid cartoon game that had a small crowd enraptured for the whole evening, as well as to the chaps from Eureeca, Sekari, the most laudable Sameness Project and Nabbesh - it was nice to see the Sameness Project folks, Eureeca and Nabbesh all work out they might have business together. Thanks, too, to Uber for the Dhs100 limo vouchers, although I'm not sure how many people actually used them.

DSF's Market Out of The Box (Market OTB) container-based alternative marketplace continues through this week and I do recommend a visit - there is much funkiness to be found there. Baker and Spice's pumpkin quiche is quite, quite ridiculously good.

There are no plans to do it again, but Saadia had a nasty gleam in her eye as we parted. She is small and I find myself all too easily bullied by small people.
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4 comments:

Grumpy Goat said...

It was great fun, and I'm glad I went. I'm also glad I wore my motorcycling earplugs, so I could get up close to the band without making my ears bleed!

Grumpy Goat said...

I tried to give you money, Alexander, but you seemed to be too busy running the entire show. However, don't worry; I never forget these things, and there's always a Next Time.

Alexander McNabb said...

I'd say you're an honest goat at heart and so trust you totally...

Grumpy Goat said...

Expat Woman Festive Fair. I paid up. Sadly, you'd gone to lunch, but there is actual photographic evidence of my payment of debts.

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