There was a lot of talk about the various conferences that are coming up. Who's going? Who's not? gellyfish thinking of backing out since his birthday's in the middle and he doesn't trust people to drink responsibly. Other people promising to make it next year. Other people saying that hearing about it they'd like to come. It's all coming together - deadline for signing up with essuu is Monday IIRC.
Related to this several people asked me about talking at the next tech meet - especially if their slides get picked for YAPC::Europe (the next London tech meet is the Thursday before YAPC.) Must sort out this (and a venue) soon.
jerakeen and I started a crazy talk about the Template Toolkit. He had some crazy scheme where he wanted to pass a object into TT's process method rather than a hash, and have TT call the object's methods to get things. davorg suggested he post the idea to the TT mailing list and let the now amazingly less busy Andy and Darren in on the idea. davorg and I chatted about the new TT book, and how he, Andy, Darren and gnat have been worked really hard on it recently.
There were some people at the meet that I haven't seen in ages. Shevek (from Bath.pm) was in town to pick up a rack for his bedroom, and scared muttley with some of his work on virtual machine security. Bob was far below form having been drinking in the Star the night before for a company party. Spurkis started a really bad trend of asking people in the room what they wanted to drink, meaning that fourteen pint rounds weren't that uncommon (though they were paid out of the kitty, so it's not as bad as it sounds.) When it was my turn I wrote down what everyone wanted and simply handed the list to the bar lady - it was just easier.
Various people involved in siesta chatted about various things though out the evening - adding more output types for marriachi (RSS?) and how that should be handled (yet another pipeline?) simon had a couple of suggestions for getting the summary information out of emails.
Marna turned up and handed me a pile of books to read that I'd asked her for on irc. Evil Dave told me about a ORA party that I can't go to since I'm off at YAPC::NA. And I finally got to talk to Todd right at the end of the evening, a guy who'd mailed me offlist and I'd been meaning to talk to at the start of it. He's developing a business providing mail systems for IT professionals and looking for someone with Perl skills to come aboard the project. Anyone want in?
We (well I) totally failed to sort out where we're going next month for our social, or where we're going for drinks with Perrin Harkins on Wednesday 25th June when he's over. Suggestions to the usual place (i.e. the mailing list.)