Flash on the beach (FOTB) 2009 - Brighton
I just attended the FOTB conference in Brighton this year and I must say that was one of the best Flash/Flex/AS3 conference I’ve ever been. Felt way less heavier (corporate message) than MAX Europe which I attended last year in Milan. The atmosphere is really great and I will be back next year FOR SURE!
I won’t be writing here a lot about it since there’s already lots of stuff written in every blog concerning the Flash Platform (and sure all posts will mention Joa Ebert :) ).
One thing I want to add is that I got quite shocked with the reaction of a lot of people during Craig Swann’s session. It was one of my favorites and it was great to see something fresh in a conference like this. During this conference there’s was quite a “twitter attack” and people just started leaving the room. Most I am sure just following others only not to be seen as “He stayed there listening to that”. The only thing I found weird on that session was the fact that apparently everyone in the room (supposedly developers and creative people) is only using IFs and specially ELSEs in their code window and not in their lives. Sure, constants in daily life (routine/staus quo) are more practical and getting them defined by TV and media and politics in general is easier but there’s more around us than just conventions and rules sometimes. And even if not, I like to keep myself open minded. Anyway, just my opinion. I don’t believe in anything just because I read about it or someone supposedly important says it and I like to research and most importantly invest time and test and try it myself (messy sometimes) and research the results I get before I can say I believe it or not… If I can’t then it still stays in the “might be possible” shelf instead of the “impossible” one.
Anyway, now just about Brighton and not the conference, since there’s enough speed coding videos out there already :) The day I landed (one day before the conference), some friends from London came to see me and we ended up in the Brighton Pier, doing all the cheesy stuff you can do there (there’s nothing else to do anyway). Pictures and videos below.
To start, at the entrance a cheesy “Baywatch” picture:
Followed by Erica and Nuzhat in the carousel:
Probably the only carousel where apart
from the typical horses, you can
enjoy riding a cock:
OK, the carousel moment deserved a video:
Andrew could not resist having a Rambo moment:
And before Dinner I just spotted this store
where you can make a boob cast.
The interesting part was an ad on the door
with a job offer for a casting assistant with
tarot reading skills as a preference :)