I went to yet another conference last week, but this one was a little different. For one thing it wasn’t a web conference! Mostly not. At Geekyconf there were a load of talks on a load of subjects as well as games and food. It was more about delight than take-homes and it’s hard to draw together a writeup, so I’ll just point to a few pics I’ve put on my Flickr and touch on some highlights:
- Sex, Love, Dwarves, Bacon
Dr Esther MacCallum-Stewart
About “Love” or emotional attachment in computer games, which is hard to manufacture, basically, giving odd abstractions like how the affections of most NPCs can be bought with the right bribe.
- The Wonders of Stuff
Materials science. Invisible balls, gecko tape that only sticks to smooth surfaces, regenerating concrete, optic concrete; SCIENCE!
- Scandinavians hitting you with sticks
Larping, like tabletop RPG, is something I like to think about but could never provide the level of commitment needed, so it’s nice to hear other people talking about it so knowledgably.
- How to turn Drunk Ideas into Books
That guy with the nasty postcards. Seen a similar version of this talk a couple of years ago but it’s still funny.
- Omnibus Racing for Beginners
Did you know there used to be such a thing as pirate buses? And because individual buses competed, they used to race to stops? RACING PIRATE BUSES.
- Determining the fastest person on two wheels
I begin to switch off when cycling’s brought up as I can’t even ride a bike! But Edd gave an excellent collection of nerdisms and infographics.
- On The Counting Of Sneezes
Hillariously deadpan talk on a frivilous exercise that boiled down to a few profound reflections.
- Five Facts About Smell
Fun, funny, interesting. Explaining how smell works. The answer? NOBODY KNOWS.
It was great, so I was surprised that the attendance seemed to be pretty low. Maybe the vague premise of geekdom is too hard a sell? The (surprisingly lovely) hall could have held double or triple the attendees and looking at their website some speakers, sponsors and caterers must have pulled out or been downsized, leaving when MAC met CHEESE to feed everyone and Giddy Up Coffee to dole out continuous coffee. Maybe it wasn’t a bad thing though as both were really excellent (and free for attendees).
Bottom line is I was in dev / gamer / geek / spicy-mac-n-cheese / deep-fried-oreos / good-coffee-on-tap heaven and I hope it happens again next year!