Friday, April 27, 2007
Wikipedia meetup with Jimmy Wales
Well, that was a pleasant breakfast meeting! I was pretty nervous through the whole event, worrying whether everything would fall into place properly, since I'd taken it on myself (well, sort of) to organise this gig. But it all seemed fine. Jimmy Wales was good value - soft-spoken but very friendly and articulate, and very willing to share his knowledge and experience with the group who turned up. There were about twenty of us, none of whom I'd met before, so I'm not sure that I've remembered many of them, but hopefully there'll be other occasions.
The Blue Train worked as an excellent venue for a breakfast meeting. I realised later that I'd underpaid my share of the bill by a couple of dollars (ah yes, I did have a coffee as well as my eggs benedict), so in addition to giving the place this free plug I'll have to leave a generous tip next time I'm there. Thanks to whoever miscalculated in the other direction, because the bill was covered. :)
The photos I took were pretty rushed and didn't come out very well, alas, but this one of Jimbo talking to the group isn't too bad.
Next time Jimbo is in Melbourne, whenever that may be, we must all twist his arm to stay a little longer so we can show him around and demonstrate that Australia is not just a big corporate hotel.