Last weekend I was at Barcamp Banglore 3 (BCB3) which is an unconference where all the geeks come together and network and also talk about things about they know and spread the knowledge in a very informal way. It’s generally fun to be there and attend the sessions and also we get to meet a lot of interesting like minded people. There were lots of wise cracks heard at the barcamp this time. I just thought I will share them here.
Jai and I got introduced to ace photo documentary essayist Mahesh Shantaram on the first day.
Me: Hi I’m Umesh (gave him my card) I work in July…
Mahesh: Oh wow. So what do you for the rest of the year?
Jai wanted to strike off a conversation with him
Jai: So what language do you speak at home?
Jai: Oh ok. What about your parents?
Jai: Well what language they used to speak when they were children?
Mahesh: Do you want to know my mother tongue?
Mahesh talked to me for some time and asked if he can take a picture of mine against the pink flowers. Later he said about the picture.
Bad light. My fault. But couldn’t resist the flowery shirt!
Sidhi joined us when we were having lunch and we started talking about blogging et al. We asked Mahesh…
Me: Mahesh do you blog by any chance?
Mahesh: I used to be an A list blogger way back in 2000. Then I got married and I had to choose between blogging and my wife.
Jai: Umesh this is bad news for you
Me: Well I’m happy that bloggers do get married.
While introducing BCB3 for the audience Kiruba concluded his talk saying Barcamp is all about using the two legs principle and invited some one to explain it. He said…
Two legs principle says if you are not comfortable use your two legs to be comfortable.
After Payal’s risk management to beat stress session I asked Sid how he liked it. He said
She is good looking. That’s about it.
At Zook mobile search session they showed a keyword and a shortcode using which one can send sms to do a mobile search. Someone sent the sms and he didn’t get a reply and he cried out
This is not working. I haven’t got a reply yet
Zook guy: Are you using Hutch? Hutch sucks.
Jai: Yeah Hutch follows you but never reaches you.
At Savita Kini’s “Are we ready to move from service to products” session the discussion was on what we need to start a product company. Bang came Sujai‘s reply.
Sujai: Balls. One needs balls to start a product company.
Savita: …and why is it tough to hire good talent for the product startups?
Sujai: Oh they are afraid that they won’t get married. Better option is to join infosys. I’m planning to send my employees to infosys so that they can get married soon and then come back.
Rajiv Poddar played a video which showed how his product Thin Fone works. Someone shouted from the back…
This looks like an Al Qaida video
Rajiv: Thanks. I would like to take it as a compliment.
While talking about podcasts Kiruba said
Its good to use a girl’s voice in a podcast just to cut the monotony. You know Mandira Bedi and Charu Sharma types…
At the closing talks the organizers asked if we have any comments on the event. Some one said
It was too organized. We want barcamps to be unorganized
There were chairs to sit. We would have loved to sit on the floor.
Some one suggested to go to Kingfisher for sponsorship
They might give us beer as the official drink
Kiruba replied to that suggestion:
Boss, then it will be a Beercamp, not Barcamp