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Winter Gatherings

We recently had a YouTube winter Gathering up here in Glasgow. About a dozen people attended so an okay sized crowd. However there was a bit of a personality clash between two of the people there which added a bit of unwanted tension to the day. Well, you can’t go through life liking every single person you ever meet, and you can’t expect every person you meet to like you too. What goes to make up your own character is how you handle these sorts of situations. If there’s someone there you don’t like do you let it get to you (and your negativity influence those around you) or do you have the strength to accept such situations and enjoy the fact that there are more people there that you do like than you don’t.
This was very quickly followed by a run down to Manchester and a Gathering there. I like Manchester. It does have the advantage of being centrally located and relatively easily accessible to the majority of the country’s population. A bit over a couple of hours on the train up from London. Close enough to Glasgow (and Edinburgh) to make day trips from these places practicable.
That was then followed the next week-end by a hop across to Dublin. Was quite surprised how expensive the ‘little things’ were across there. More expensive items were not really that hugely different, it was things like paying twice the price for a cup of coffee in Dublin than in Glasgow or Manchester that caught me out.
The week-end after that was Tom Milsom’s Painfully Mainstream album release event. Not a typical YouTube Gathering, but an evening music session in the upstairs room of a central London pub. However just about everybody there was YouTube connected, and had ‘gathered together’ in one place; you can make up your own mind if you want to call it a Gathering or not.
Before Tom’s evening session there was for me an interesting diversion in the shape of meeting a group of Deviant Art types who were holding a DevMeet, starting at lunchtime in Tate Modern. A really nice crowd.
Then this last week-end and the London Festive Gathering. At one stage a quick head-count counted 35 people. Assume a few were missed, so say a bit over 40, but the count was done after some had left, so we’re talking around 50 to 60 people there at one time or another. Note to Gathering organisers; If you are going to do a middle of winter Gathering, make sure you have the option of meeting in a location that has at least some level of cover and shelter. Standing for an hour or so exposed out in the freezing cold on grass that was rapidly turning into mud is foolish.
Then on the way back from that a very pleasant diversion via Manchester and meet a (YouTube) friend. Yet another example how internet contacts can become Real Life friends.
All great week-ends, one after another, but there comes a time when enough is enough and some alone-time is needed. Things can get tiring, often more mentally than physically. However it is coming up to Christmas which is not really an alone-time period.
A period that also does show how lonely it can be even when you are in large crowds of others.

Manchester Gathering & stuff

Manchester’s mini-Gathering went well. Went down Friday evening, so had the Friday and Saturday nights there. Stayed in a rather crap hotel. One of those places where you don’t leave any sort of valuable in the room, but take them with you. Mind you, I’ve stayed in worse.
The Gathering itself was great. Usual story of nice to see a few familiar faces and nice to see some new ones. A couple of people there new to Gatherings, and they seemed to have a good time too. Bought a couple of (for me) rather odd trousers there. Black, baggy, with various metal and other attachments on them.
Not too sure when the next Gathering is. One thing I’ve found nice with them, and that is that they give you something to look forward to in that medium time-scale of a month or two.
Next week Mhazz (omgMhazzrocks) will be doing a gig in a local Beanscene coffee shop, which I’ll try and get to. Wonder if I could try to do a BlogTV from there using my mobile phone as a modem for my lap-top. Have done it before, but it does need a very good signal to get a suitable upload speed.
Some of the students I work with are starting to find themselves a bit ‘busy’! Usual story of leaving things too late. They are all turning up wanting help with project stuff which they really should have started some weeks ago, but…
Despite recession and things, most are getting good jobs. Thank goodness they are engineers rather than administrator-types, who appear to be the main victims of this troubled times.
Really need to get some better (more user-friendly) video editing software. Use Corel VideoStudio12, which is OK, but no more than OK. We’ll see.