lol sorry - i was too excited. Of course you just can see that with the script, so you still have to be a bit patient
told me about some fancy script yesterday and i have been able to try it out just a few minutes ago. It's awesome. It's just great!
With his help you can enhance your deviations on dA with notes - once it is released for puplic of course. I've been some kind of beta tester and already suggested a few things. But this will be handy for a lot of differnt things.
No idea what i am talking about?
<- look at this in fullview and hover over it
(just for FF though!)
List will be updated as soon as i figure out more people
So for all that requested reports here or over at ginkgografix
because they couldnt make it to the meet, here we go:
My day started at 6.30AM those from the south even had to get up earlier! After checking messages one last time, get some food and checking if I didnt forget anything, I went to the train station about one hour later and the journey began.
Going by train is always nice, because there is absolutely nothing you have to take care for. You just sit down, relax and wait. Ok the waiting part can be a bit annoying sometimes if you travel alone, but to get some distraction you have weird persons in the train.
I sat down on one of those 4 seat places to have some more freedom for the legs. The first half of the journey was nice, the second wasnt.
The couple that sat down next to me was strange
and I really mean it. They behaved like total geeks (doing some random statistics about people in the train), always in a way that they got to know each other shortly before but laughing at every stupid thing they said. Before they left the train I realized that they have been father and daughter. Honestly
if I would behave they same way with my family member there must be something really really wrong
Anyways, the train arrived in time in Berlin and when I got upstairs Anne(aka pica-ae
) was already waiting for me. Tbh I think I would have missed her, if she wouldnt have called for me!
After that it was time to find LineBirgitte
and Lars(her boyfriend), the only problem was that none of us both Annes knew how she looked like and the main station is huge. While running around a bit, my mobile phone started to ring. My first though? F*ck I have to speak English
It was difficult to talk on the phone with all the noise around you in a language you are not used to, but somehow we managed to find each other at the big international M. Mac Donalds!
At that time we had like 2h left until the meet would start, so like planned before we searched for a nice place to have lunch. Maybe we should have stayed in the train station, because there you can get plenty of food, while it wasnt that easy to spot a place that isnt overpriced and close to the Brandenburger Gate. After walking around a while and looking and governmental building we found a place and sat down outside maybe a bad idea if you keep in mind that Berlin was really cold that day.
We talked about a lot of random stuff and names and it was nice to see that we got along very well. Ok there had been some problems with words and translations sometimes, but I guess me managed it all very well
The food we had was nothing special and not really warm. It was typical german (somehow) but there had been better places and better food before.
Well around 1.20pm(or something like that) we left that restaurant and headed back to the Brandenburger Gate. When we arrived it was kind of strange. There had been so many people and you needed to figure out who the hell belongs to dA and who doesnt. After like 10minutes we saw some person that looked familiar and are called spyed
. I also saw MidnightExigent
but I have no idea who the other few persons were. I guess one had to be hexentanz
, but tbh I didnt even saw any other female beside Heidi
. Maybe she was hiding. So we said hello to Angelo and I guess Heidi too(no matter how hard I try I cant remember that part. No idea why. But Im sure we shaked hand with Heidi too
Soon after that it seems like deviants came from all side. Maybe they had been waiting around too and recognized the group after we went there. No idea. So more and more deviants came to the Brandenburger Gate and none looked familiar. In fact it was really interesting to see, that nearly everyone was dressed dark and was young
Yes I felt old that day
Anyway. Random photos were taken and random conversations stated while everyone got their name tag and Angelo + Heidi saying Hi to everyone. While waiting there Gomotes
came along as well and hey he was not complete dark, but yellow!
During all this waiting there was another moment, when someone came close, asked if this was the devmeet. Later I realized it was memod
! Suddenly someone poked me on the shoulder asking if I was Anne. I moved around and saw sachii
! That was really a big surprise as I havent seen her for like 2years and we have met several times before already. So after a really fangirlish scream moment ( I hope not too many people saw us
) we talked about a lot of stuff and later pluschkind
joined us too. Another girl I knew already before.
Some more time went by and then it was time for the big photo shooting. I never would have thought that it would be that easy to get such a big group posing for a photo. But maybe Angelo has some magic skills. Because usually it is a pain to get all people standing still at once. It was also weird to sit there in front of the Brandenburger Gate as you felt like some tourist attraction. All people were curious what was going on and a lot of people were taking photos of us too
At that time I realized that another staff member was travelling with Heidi and Angelo. At least i think it is a staff member. I don't know his dA name, but his name tag said Travis. He was taking the photos of the group.
Right after that it was time to go to the Tiergarten. After some short introduction by Angelo the first group got the chance to get to know more about the feature. While the rest sat down together to share their art, to draw and to do whatever they wanted to do. I didnt get involved too much in this, because
well Im not a person who likes small talk conversations that much and usually I dont talk a lot to people I dont knew before. Walked around with sachii
, took some photos and preferred to watch the others.
When Angelo finished his first presentation sachii
, me and some others went over, to get to know more about the new features too. And Im really looking forward to the new group stuff. Seems to be a great idea and with lots of extra features which can be upgraded too. And the best is, that the release will be soon!
The new(?) portfolios will be a nice add as well. Even if I have my own portfolio already I might use that too. And the search engine, well as Angelo quoted a member of his team it will be great but normal users wont spot too many differences of that what is lying behind
But the new additions he talked about seem to make a search much better. So you can get really excited about all this new things.
I also have to admit that it was really pleasant to listen to Angelo and it was easy to follow his explanations. The way he talked about the new features reminded me of a little child that talked about the new presents it got at Christmas. That was kind of cute!
And Angelo seemed to be a nice and funny guy. Havent talked to him or Heidi at all, but it was fun watching them interacting with their groupies!
After Angelo finished his second presentation it started to drip/rain. Thats why and because it was already late pica-ae
, Lars and I decideded to drink something somewhere we had to get our trains again. To avoid searching for too long we went to the main station, where you have lots of places to get food and drinks. I got my ticket home and after sitting in a Bavarian like restaurant for like an hour I had to leave the other three to get my train.
And being back home my day ended with a very beautiful sunset!
So it was really a nice day. Too cold, too windy but very interesting ok and maybe a bit expensive for just one day.
I would have loved to spent some more time at the meet, but big meets seem to be not my thing, because you dont get to know persons very well. Even with nametags you dont get to know the names of other people, because either you cant read it or you dont want to stare at those tags
Joining smaller meets for several times already, I can say that I enjoy them more. It would have been nice to have a chance to talk with Angelo about the whole CSS issues, but well. Too many people, too many questions, too less time. Maybe it would have been different if I would have stayed in Berlin, so that you had a bigger chance to stay with them for a bit longer. But well, you cant have it all
So for those of you that still have the chance to go to such a meet
It was also good to know that LineBirgitte
and Lars have been able to understand my English, because it felt really weird sometimes. I hope it was not too worse.
Those are the people that I knew already before(either by their name only or because we talked to each other or met before) and that have been to that meet:
(there might be some more, but i didn't read their names, so no idea who was there and who wasn't)
And whoever read all of this, here is a cookie for you
15.12.2007 - 21.03.2009