ZooCon 2014 part III friends

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You can see a selection of all the pictures taken at this event on my Flickr account.
 

After the successful conference part of ZooCon 2014, we moved to our favourite pub; the Royal Oak. Here I declared my love for Chris again, for making all of this happen. For putting together this loveliest group of people. We chatted about the lectures, the future of the Zooniverse and about how we’ve all been. I’m afraid we also laughed a bit when Grant said he had thought his 10,000+ classifications would make him part of the top 10 classifiers (please note that in all seriousness it was never a competition and every click helps!)
 

We also laughed a bit more at Els, for being the big green dot in Rob’s Talk infographic, which means she probably should spend less time Talking. Having said that, Julianne is well on her way to become a just as big blue dot and after the close of the forum (which we discussed briefly too), I have made my first move towards the ‘new’ communication tool too. I’m not planning on beating either of them though, unless I find a way to become that Panoptes creature Chris had put in his slides maybe. The one that never sleeps.
 

Speaking of Rob by the way, who couldn’t be here this weekend but who was visible in many of the others’ slides, he become a whole new job description and I told Chris I want to become a Rob when I grow up too. I also learned this evening that Grant often mentions me in his talks and that he uses one of my Playboy pictures to go with that. With Tom the Penguin Doctor we discussed the (romantic) sex lives of penguins and I sang Do A Beer* with my dear Annie Q. Then this other group started to sing rather loudly and Chris asked if we didn’t know a powerful Queen song to top that, so I started that bit of: “So you think you can stop me and spit in my eye…!”
 

Speaking of that creature that never sleeps: we really didn’t want this evening to end just yet and so some of us moved to this other interesting looking bar called Freud. Here I learned of a mule/rum cocktail and I may or may not have seen someone giving someone a lap dance (this probably sounds way less innocent than it was, but unlike our very first Zoo meet, nobody was thrown out this evening). Intensely tired but high on life we eventually walked out, some stumbled out, we tried to get hold of a taxi and then Grant let me find the way home. (I suspect he must have been testing if I was really as rubbish at finding the way as I had told him).
 

When I had seen his guitar earlier and we had said we should sing a bit later, I hadn’t expected we would actually still do that, but he is right: that Britney Spears song uses the same chords as Hotel California! Who knew? We talked a bit more about life, the universe and everything, until the Sun came up. I concluded that it’s great to be part of the Zoo and to have found a thing in space, but the best part is the people I have met because of it. So to any of you reading this: thanks again for a lovely meet-up! After having found the pub for the Sunday lunch by myself too (it really wasn’t that hard, mostly thanks to that church) and we slowly had to end the weekend, I felt very sad to leave. But I guess that’s a good thing.

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The excellent organiser Grant Miller, Julianne, Els, Bunny & I

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The excellent photographer Inf, Anders, Yvonne & Richard

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The awesome Brook & Tom

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Chatting at the Royal Oak

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Annie & I singing

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Graham & Zooites in the background

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The lovely Penguin Tom & I

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Chris & mods Els & Julianne

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Me, Grant & other mod Christine

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