There has not been a Napkin post since the wonderful Hannah did one way back in May. So here is a bumper post with lots of napkins and welcoming LOTS of new people to the Social Hobart community.
So, let’s get straight into it and welcome people:
- Pauline Mak who got John Dalton into a state of excitement rarely seen as they talked DevOps.
- Toni Fish who I didn’t get to meet personally but I really want to. If you have any consideration for leaving the world better than when you arrived I suggest you check out what she writes about.
- Maree from Elite Health who has a very interesting business in the stress management space.
- Patrick Johnston and Kirsten Bacon who are busy learning about social media for their business Great Expeditions.
- Paris Buttfield-Addison and Jon Manning from highly successfully, Hobart based, and one of my personal favorites, startup Secret Lab. Oh, you haven’t heard of them? Because it’s a friggin secret!
- Matthew Dobson who brought along Lego to his first Social Hobart. A surefire way to make yourself welcome.
- Anna Cushion who brought along Matthew Dobson to her first Social Hobart. Another surefire way to make yourself welcome.
- Richard Tubb who was still revelling in his post Gov Hack glory for which he was the state co-ordinator.
- Michael Cordover who I didn’t get to met personally but I hope he comes back because looking at his digital footprint he sure looks interesting.
- Dave Tunks who is a WordPress Tasmania regular and, by virtue of coming to Social Hobart, it appears he’s decided to give this Twitter thing a go too.
Big props go out to Liz & Jarod Pulo for hosting one morning, Tania Fordwalker for her graphic inspiration (If you want to know “Why?” a My Little Pony, you’ll need to come along and ask. Odds are you will get a different answer if you ask more than one person.) and to Pop Cafe who welcomed each of those first timers with a free hot drink. Yes, that’s right. If you’re reading this and you’ve never been you get a FREE HOT GLASS OF WATER.
And last, but not least, thanks to all the regulars who, without your fantastic Friday morning buzz, this wouldn’t be possible. See you tomorrow for our special Dark Mofo Social Hobart!
In the early hours of Friday morning, in the Cafe Pop, within the tech quarter of Hobart, a breakfast revolution was underway that would change the world. In the absence of Tzar Craig Clarkovsky and Number II Bendakk, a power vacuum was threatening to topple an institution. Tired, hungry and huddled by the cash register awaiting their daily allowance of bacon, a small group of the twitter proletariat had gathered. Where was their leader? Where were they to look to for their direction now?
One brave prole dared to mutter what they were all thinking – this was their chance. This was their time to bring down the bourgeois social media experts who had denied them their rights and their retweets! Energised by the smell of fresh espresso in the crisp morning air they rose up and by seizing the means of coffee production for the people (from the very gracious Pop Cafe) a socialist social media utopia was declared – Socialist Hobart was born! Friday the 10th of May, 2013 would be remembered by history, whispered by the downtrodden and shouted by the oppressed.
“All breakfasts are created equal, but some are more equal than others,” protested the social media guru Bourgeoisie, “and who will organise the napkin?”. Their fears were unfounded – Socialist Hobart was enjoyed by everyone, with enough coffee and pictures of cats to be shared by all. Coffees were subsidised by the state(ly Pop Cafe, with thanks) for those who were newest to our ranks: Adrian Bold and Jo Cook
Socialism may be for the people, but philosopher’s pose that it is a system against human nature. Comrade Craig, who, thanks to the kindness of the revolutionaries, avoided being sent to the desolate gulags of Risdon Vale, and was instead permitted to partake of coffee and networking. I, Comrade Hannah, fear that Socialist Hobart will be short lived and that Comrade Craig intends to stage another coup to take back power from the people and restore the Social Hobart status quo*.
So come, good people of Hobart, claim what is rightfully yours – why should the ruling classes get the best coffee and all the favstars? They are no better than you. Join us! Free coffee for all**!
*which, admittedly, is pretty great
*one free coffee for newcomers from the fine people’s cafe Pop Cafe.
Either someone spiked my coffee or that was an unreal Social Hobart. It’s always hard to back up after a Bendakk Breakfast, and there wasn’t any hottub filled with coffee this week, but it felt good for me. How was it for you? Leave a comment and DON’T GO “THERE.”
Have a great weekend and see you next week.
This week Social Hobart attendees were treated to more than their normal spritely breakfast, coffee and conversation…
…because it was a Bendakk Breakfast Bonanza!
Attendees were flabbergasted to discover the next door Cancer Council carpark had been converted into a SIDESHOW ALLEY complete with JUMPING CASTLE, FACE PAINTING, SHOWBAGS, JUGGLERS and even Casey Farrell doing FIRE-BREATHING thanks to some hot sauce on his breakfast burrito, ándale!
Inside the world-famous Pop Cafe, the floorboards had been removed to unveil a 4m x 4m hot tub FILLED ENTIRELY WITH COFFEE. Skimpy waitresses bought out trays upon trays of Rocket Energy Drink topped up with tequila as we watched LIVE SUMO WRESTLERS WHO WERE ALSO ON FIRE.
At one point, Jarod punched a bear in the face. Like *smash pow* right in the kisser.
Overall we had over 12 BILLION AND SEVENTEEN attendees this week, including four new-comers: Dr. Hannah Spudly, M.D., Chris Jnr, as well as Katey and Damian who unfortunately are not on Twitter (yet). Thanks to Pop for the free coffees (and the waitresses and the alcohol).
Also if you waited until after the credits (about 9.20am or so) Tania showed up and asked us all to join The Avengers. Unfortunately most of us had left by then.
All in all, the whole morning was RAD, and if you missed it then bottle your tears so I can taste their sweet sweet nectar of regret and pain.
*Disclaimer; all or none of this post may be factually accurate.
We did have breakfast and it was cool. So there.
This week Social Hobart attendee’s were treated to more than their normal spritely breakfast, coffee and conversation. Thanks to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery we were given a tour of our newly renovated museum.
It was a great opportunity to learn about some of the exhibits. For example, the mummy and sarcophagus which had been displayed for decades described as that of an Egyptian princess, the information which was provided when the museum received it, was sent away for CAT scans while the renovation took place. It was then discovered that it was actually the body of a young boy from a completely different time. Who knew there was so much misinformation in the “museum business.” It seems it’s a constant place of discovery for the curators as well as the visitors.
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Back to regular programming next week. Have a great weekend and see you next week.