Hard News by Russell Brown


We're Blending again

We have a new round of Karajoz Great Blend events - and it's next week! We've had a couple of details to iron out, which has delayed the announcement but we're ready to go in both Wellington and Auckland and we'd love to see y'all there.

The details are as follows:

WELLINGTON, Thursday Feb 8
The Boatshed
Rough running time: 6.30pm - 10.30pm

All the way Back of the Y: Trash video monkeys Matt Heath and Chris Stapp of Back of the Y join us for a stroll through their chequered career, accompanied by video stretching from their earliest work in Dunedin, through their British TV appearances to their forthcoming feature film debut, The Devil Dared Me To. We'll focus on production stories and how they do stuff without budgets.

Digital Democracy: A panel discussion with Chris DiBona, head of the open-source software programme at Google and a former editor at Slashdot; Rob McKinnon, the British-based Kiwi behind theyworkforyou.co.nz, and Alastair Thompson, founder of Scoop.

I'm also teeing up an interesting briefing for anyone who is interested in the establishment of a New Zealand Creative Commons.

Music: To be confirmed.

AUCKLAND, Sunday Feb 11
Events Centre, Auckland War Memorial Museum extension (south entrance)
Rough running time: 6.30pm - 10.30pm

Yes, we've scored the awesome room at the top of the new museum extension. It's very nice.

The Matt and Chris show again, but perhaps with an added surprise.

Panel discussion: Online Media: With Kristine Garcia, who recently moved here from New York to become publisher of the Herald Online, Rob McKinnon, and Ben Goodger, the lead developer on Firefox and current Google employee.

Chris and Ben are here for Kiwi Foo Camp this coming weekend, and depending what comes out of Foo I may add another panellist, an additional feature in the programme, or both. Let me surprise you.

Music: Isaac Aesili from OpenSouls doing his funky thing.

As usual, the drinks will be cheap, the coffee will be free, the company will be good and the vibe will be warm.

We're indebted to the Great Blend sponsors, Karajoz Coffee Company, Idealog magazine, Hatton Estate wines and Monteith's Brewing Company - there's a page here with links and additional information for all of them. Go have a look.

As ever, The Karajoz Great Blend is free (although there'll be a koha box and we'd be quite grateful if you chipped in on arrival). If you want to come, just click the RSVP link for Wellington or Auckland - and on past form, you'd be best to do so promptly.

NB: Okay, if you tried for Auckland and got a message saying it was full, don't fret. We figure we can fit more this time, so try again in a few minutes (ie: about 2.15) and you will be served.

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