BarcampLondon5, eBay, London – day two

After a bit of a hot-cold-tossy-turny night on the funny chair arrangement, I woke up at 8am to find half of my fellow crashers were already up and eating dead piggy butties. I found some muesli and soy milk. Most luxurious and very rare for a barcamp were the on-site showers, the eBay offices are very modern and plush, so it was nice to have a watering and feel less grobbley.

The first round of talks have started and I’m presently listening to Ian Forrester talking about Boxee and other home entertainment systems.

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My next talk of choice, is with Christiano and Melinda, her write up is here. We’re sharing and playing with our gadgets. I’ve just watched a gaggle of geeks nearly decapitate each other with a tiny helichopper in a very small space and there’s a lot of peeking and poking with various laptops, such as OLPC, Acer and Eee PC. I’ve brought my DS and a load of games, as well as the Xacti video camera. Oh yes, there’s a lot of camera comparing and general poking too!

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Cathy’s calligraphy workshop

Cathy gave us amazing Chinese caligraphy lesson. She told about her experiences when she was learning at 5-6 years old. Cathy tells us that when you first start to draw you have to train your muscles . You’re supposed to prctice without touching the paper. The 9 grid is what you use – you might think writing bigger paper is easier, but it isn’t. You still have to get the characters in proportion. Sit up, have a good posture and go slowly in time with your heart. The main challenge is how to stay calm and not wobble with people watching you!

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Geek girl (and one boy) karaoke

I’m presently having the best karaoke fun, with the Lucky Voice beta player – it’s amazing and I’ve truly murdered some great songs but my companions are far too polite to say anything! Oh yes, it wasn’t supposed to be a strictly girl event, just that except for one fine chap, all the other guys refused to come and sing – scaredycats! ;-)

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