Stressed at Social Media Breakfast

I have to be very honest. I was totally exhausted during last Saturday’s Social Media Breakfast, so I only had about 50% presence of mind. The other 50% of me was zoning out on sleep-deprivation-induced hallucinations.

Some SMBers might have noticed me occasionally favouring the striking pink floral wall at Cafe Domus with a glazed, sometimes shocked, stare.

[Woah. Don't get sucked in.]

The wall is quite garish, if I may be honest, but I do realise perhaps it’s meant to be alternative or retro or whatever and I do respect artistry even if I may not appreciate the art.

Now, since I was feeling rather sleep-deprived, I turned up in my jammies.

[Sleep is for the wicked]

I found this photo in my camera when I got home and remembered that Coleman had taken liberties with it while I was engaged in a conversation with Bernard about his writing projects.

Coleman had taken this very interestingly-angled photograph of me with my camera while I was distracted.

Which was just as well, now that I realise that, in my incapacitated state that day, I had quite forgotten to camwhore.

I managed only to take a few random photos during the moments I wasn’t busy eating or chatting, which was hardly.

Oh, those aren’t really jammies I was wearing. It’s just that someone came up to me and expressed his shock at seeing me in my “pajamas” because I’m usually “all dressed up”.

All I can say is that it’s a lucky thing I didn’t turn up in one of those little skirts I’m usually fond of wearing. (Once in a while, a barely-conscious sixth sense kicks in.) Michael‘s camera had made history by becoming the first non-human to receive a tag at an SMB.

[Tagged. You're it.

What an honour. Or not.

Incidentally, this same camera caught me babbling incoherently when Mike decided to interview me, Daryl and Derrick for the Geek Goddess Show in our roles as organisers of SMB (although, other than contributing feedback at our periodic MSN meetings, I didn’t help much in the planning of SMB2, so I’m lucky D & D still consider me part of the team).

Anyway, now, I’m hypothetically wondering whether it’s better to get caught in an upskirt video or be filmed talking nonsense and having people think you’re a complete ditz.

I suppose it depends on whether you’re wearing attractive undies.

I believe I was also caught babbling incoherently on Tech65‘s very scary contraption that records voice.

[He quite enjoyed his new mirror

I don’t even know what to call this intimidating-looking device.

You people are making social events very stressful, you know that?

NTT (picture above) and his Tech65 mates wielded that device with glee, traumatising everyone at the event.

Someone even chose to make his trauma known publicly:

[He liked his new name, too

Of course, the upside to dealing with Tech65 is that audio recorders can’t record upskirts. So, as long as you shut up when any one of these people encroaches within 50 metres of your personal space, you’re quite safe.

Unfortunately, being sleep-deprived is sometimes akin to be drunk. You don’t know when to shut up.

I hope everyone enjoyed SMB2.

I managed to meet a few new people but I didn’t manage to talk to as many people as I would have liked to.

But that was actually a half-baked ploy to minimise on the incoherent babbling.

See you at SMB3?

Tag your friends in real life

This is going to be fun, although I guess it depends on whether people are going to be shy or sporting.

I’m helping to organise an event called Social Media Breakfast (Singapore franchise) for people who are into social media, web 2.0, blogging, and all that.

The fun part is that we’re borrowing an idea from a cool American guy named Jeff Pulver, who invented what he calls “real-time social tagging”.

It’s kinda like bringing Internet interactivity to real life, which is the opposite of what people have been trying to do for years, that is, bringing real life to the Internet. That makes it highly amusing and entertaining.

Ok, watch this video, in which I attempt to explain how real-time tagging works, but doing a bad job of it because we only had 45 minutes to shop for props and shoot the video, without a storyboard or script.

I left out a lot of things I wanted to say because I just couldn’t remember everything on the spot. So, if you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, ask.

The two guys who decided to bring this event to Singapore are Derrick Kwa and Daryl Tay. They bumped into each other on the net several weeks back and found a common purpose. Funny thing is they will probably be meeting in person for the first time at the very event which they are co-organising. Hahaha!

By the way, everyone is invited this Saturday (March 29). You can just drop by, but it’ll help if you inform us beforehand so we can prepare the correct number of breakfasts and tagging toolkits.

Breakfast is not free. But it’ll only be $4 or $5, so don’t be a cheapo! The tagging toolkits are free. Getting to know more like-minded peeps is priceless.

We encourage casual discussions on topics relating to social media, web 2.0 and blogging, although I suppose you could just choose to mingle, get to know people and tag them. Tagging is very much encouraged!

If you’re in Facebook, you can sign up for the event here.

Social Media Breakfast Singapore
March 29, 2008 (Saturday)
9 am — 12:30pm
Frujch @ SMU (Basement 1, School of Information Systems)
50 Stamford Road

See you there!