Wide-eyed monkeys and many-eyed bugs

I really REALLY enjoyed last night’s Monkeys with Typewriters book launch at Cass Business School. Thanks again to everyone who made it down.

Despite the dodgy statements that everyone was forced to agree or disagree on (written by me), and the fact that we somehow *lost* £200 of the book takings (which later appeared in Matthew’s inside pocket) and the average (and hard to get hold of) food at All Bar One afterwards – it was a truly great night!

Thank you Benjamin Ellis for taking some fab pictures. As you can see in the one above, everyone is laughing. This kind of sums up the night for me (and that was even before the drinks got flowing)!

Thanks again to Matthew Fairtlough, my editor at Triarchy Press (far left, holding the mic) and of course my fellow panelists (from left to right), Suw Charman-Anderson, Euan Semple, Clive Holtham and – on the screen – Luis Suarez.

Luis had the particularly tricky task of joining the debate virtually by phone all the way from Gran Canaria – a challenge which he completed successfully with aplomb! That crazy laugh probably helped. He he.

It was fab to see so many friends, colleagues and family (mum, little sister and brother in law) all in one place – possibly a once-in-a-lifetime experience? My sis was particularly thrown by Suw’s remark that “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” – what was that about the bug with all those eyes, she asked, a wee bit horrified. (Suw was referring to Linus Torvald’s rule that if you get enough developers on board, software problems will be sorted out quickly).

Luckily I don’t need to go into too much detail here because Broadstuff’s Alan Patrick has done a good round-up of the discussion and voting. And, if you’d like a peak at the action, the rest of Benjamin’s photos are here. (Update: if you need more, here are two further launch reviews by Benjamin Ellis and Joanne Jacobs).

For anyone who missed it or would like to re-live the moment again, the debate was recorded and will be streamed online soon – I’ll let you know where and when.

Thanks again everyone for taking part, and a very special thanks to Cass Creatives and Cass Business School for hosting.

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