RailsConf Europe starts tomorrow morning. I arrived this evening for PizzaOnRails, a social gathering for Railsters, tonight held in 1 Leicester Square. It’s a chance to meet people who’ll be around for the conference (and, it turns out, people who won’t be there and came just for the pizza event). It was a good evening with free pizza, free beer (at least, to begin with) and unfortunately rather a heavy recruitment vibe. At least one big recruitment company was working the room quite hard with about 4 staff, plus random freelancers were looking for talented hackers.
I had a fun evening, and made a few new friends very quickly. One of the first people I met turned out to be a fellow Hursley-ite, which was quite a coincidence. No other IBMers to be seen so far.
At various points during the evening, ladies would appear in front of a camera and drape themselves over the crowd. Here’s me being draped on.
Perhaps sensing my nervousness (my wife spends nearly as much time online as I do), my draper did at least introduce herself to me first. Notice my fixed grin, and how my hand is kept firmly in my pocket! :-)