This time last week I was still recovering from sleep deprivation and the remnants of the hangover left over from the day before.
The hangover was a souvenir from ‘up North’ and the great night put on by Phil Campbell entitled N0shIT (Nosh-It).
This social media event was far more social than media and I had no issue with that as I got to totally exercise my Epicurean desires.
Great food great wine and great company. All of the people I met at N0shIT I already knew digitally from Twitter
You would think that going to an ‘in the flesh’ social gathering would take a bit of the magic away from peoples content.. You get to see the reality behind the avatars, the hidden truths behind the great content and perhaps this can be slightly disappointing..
Maybe on bigger events yes, but on this occasion I can safely say all of these guys are so multi faceted, what you see in the flesh is just another dimension to a really deep and creative bunch.
They say alcohol brings out the worst in people.. At N0shIT though it just brought out some hillarious interaction in the most unexpected of flavours.
If there were any uncomfortable moments shared with these people I was only just getting to know, I don’t remember any..
But then, I am famous for not remembering most things after a certain cut off point in any night on the wine.
I remember being really hungry and then loads of great food being placed in front of me by Dimitri of Mykonos then it kept on coming… Just like the wine.
I have to thank Rupert for jogging my memory with THIS.. I am sure he has been kind in the edit.
Me and Rupert ended up sharing one of the complimentary doubles that Phil had kindly supplied and my last memory of the night is of Rupert saying “Wow.. you have the video of David Icke on Wogan”. Then he passed out.
Any way, I am inspired. Before and after the drinking we had made time for inspirational talk and the bouncing of ideas off one another and all the other times, we had fun.
Above all this, solid connections were made and the avatars that adorn the various web 2.0 apps we saturate ourselves in now have a living, breathing, flesh and blood person behind them.
I feel like I work with these people everyday.. Whether it be a clients project or my own meandering adventure in new media, the tweets, pm’s and seesmic’d moments pop into my perspective like a call across the office.
Working at home has never been more sociable.
It’s great to be able to choose your workmates from the millions of creative minds floating around out there… And I do so everyday with a click of a ‘follow’ or an ‘add me’ button. And if you want a bit of privacy from someone’s mutterings.. It’s as easy as closing a door.
This in many ways was a works night out with a few of the people I share my day with. There are a handful of others I have already met and a load more I can’t wait to meet on another night like this.
Cheers Phil’s for the great night.. After this I am inspired to create my own meeting of minds.. Perhaps a weekend somewhere even more out the way.. if people can spare the time..
Keep your eye on www.GeekRetreat.info to see if this happens.