27 Dinner

event  /   /  By Nafisa Akabor

Last night I attended my first 27 Dinner and it rocked, literally. The Xbox Guitar Hero: World Tour tournament had a lot to do with it.

Capello’s in Sandton City was buzzing… with geeks. So naturally it was dominated by males but I think there was decent turn out of women.

The guest speaker for the evening was Katherine Roderick from Microsoft (her twitter bio location reads: In front of my Mac), who spoke about Silverlight (to rival Adobe Flash), Surface and S2B in her Q&A with Mike Stopforth. She then took questions from the audience.

Katherine and Mike

I remember reading about Surface about two years ago, wondering when it’s going to hit our shores. Sadly, she confirmed that we won’t be seeing in any time soon or in the near future.

After the formalities were over we had already eaten our starters (the sushi was very good) and almost done with our mains, when everyone began mingling and networking. I went along with @SingleSyllable and got to see some friends again, @ilvapie @saaleha @zk @ismail and met some new faces @ncallegari, @melodymaker @eved (we met briefly) and some others who I’m not sure are on twitter.

Then the fun started – Guitar Hero: World Tour tournaments. Some of those guys were really good. It’s pretty obvious that’s what geeks love doing – playing GH on expert level in their free time. Our band, “hashtag” failed our song on 47% (in my defense, I play really well in my living room). Hashtag members comprised of @ncallegari, @saaleha, @SingleSyllable and @thecharmed1. All bands were given one warm up round and second time around was the real deal. Although – some bands were given a third chance. It was all good fun.

As @SingleSyllable says, “I love GH too, but enjoy my social life – what little of it there is – just a tiny bit more :)”

long live hashtag...not!

long live hashtag...not!

I’m not sure which band won the Sandton City vouchers and Xbox games because we left at 10:30pm.

It was an evening of full of fun and I look forward to attending the next Jozi geek dinner.

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  1. Syllable 28/01/2009 at 11:12 Reply

    Man I love that pic! It looks like I’ve got a halo. Except the rock chick shoes and nails are obscured. They never counted for anything anyway, so I guess it doesn’t matter. *sulks*

  2. Echoes 28/01/2009 at 11:19 Reply

    lol! talk about bad ass rockers. v v cool pic.

  3. saaleha 28/01/2009 at 13:36 Reply

    I think we would’ve rocked Hotel California on the first go:)

  4. Nafisa 28/01/2009 at 13:42 Reply

    @Syllable – lol thats the closest you gonna get to being an angel 😛

    @Echoes – thanks.

    @Saaleha – possibly, if I chose bass.

  5. Ilva 28/01/2009 at 14:11 Reply

    Wow – awesome! Nice to see y’all there! Pity I couldn’t stay to rock on…

  6. Syllable 29/01/2009 at 08:04 Reply

    I’m actually glad we didn’t play Hotel California – do you know how long that song is?! It’s a pity we couldn’t do Fleetwood Mac – that’s one of my all time favourite songs. Desperate for World Tour now 🙁

    Ilva – loving your avatar!

  7. redsaid 29/01/2009 at 22:57 Reply

    Damn… I really ought to move to Jozi. You guys have the BEST FUN up there! So what song did you play in the end? And did you win anything?

  8. redsaid 29/01/2009 at 22:57 Reply

    P.S. I love these avatars that are with my and Ilva’s comments too. The resemblance between me and it is UNCANNY!

  9. Echoes 30/01/2009 at 08:35 Reply

    hey….psssssst…redsaid…there are 27Dinners in Cape Town as well. I go. It’s a blast. You should come. *hint hint*

  10. Echoes 30/01/2009 at 08:36 Reply

    ps: I also want a funny monster avatat *sulk*

  11. Syllable 30/01/2009 at 14:39 Reply

    I’m just leaving this comment to get a cool avatar 😛

  12. Echoes 30/01/2009 at 14:50 Reply


  13. Nafisa 30/01/2009 at 14:52 Reply

    redsaid – I thought it looked like your Facebook avatar 😛

    I chose the MonsterID so it shows something colourful (and random) instead of the Gravatar logo.

    Syl – lol, Friday afternoons 😉

  14. Echoes 30/01/2009 at 14:55 Reply

    I’m wondering why my comment is awaiting moderation? Whhhhyyyyyy?

  15. Nafisa 30/01/2009 at 15:01 Reply

    Just a safe option 😉
    Ok, I’ve changed the settings so that if you’ve been previously approved, your new comments wont be held for moderation.

  16. Echoes 30/01/2009 at 15:02 Reply

    Yay! Let me 411 spamming start :p Friday afternoon, I have loads of work, but I can’t concentrate.

  17. Deon 30/01/2009 at 15:33 Reply

    lol @ 47%! Better luck next time!

    Looks like fun, I think I’m gonna try make the next one…

  18. Syllable 30/01/2009 at 17:30 Reply

    Bwahahaha! Deon – Your Avatar is totally you!

  19. zk 06/02/2009 at 12:28 Reply

    i know i know
    i’m commenting late but
    GH is cool if i even knew how it worked
    and 27 Dinners always rock just even if it means networking and meeting old friends 🙂
    mmmm vouchers went to singer who rocked @mylifescape though the guys challenged her
    and the overall winners were the group who started first…damn they were so serious about it all lol

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