The Village Idiot / The Ice Breaker

When I was younger, I used to go to mini-raves in the various clubs in Zagreb, I liked to dance, and the evening was more or less enjoyable based on various things. One evening I went to a club and there was a smaller crowd, so you could see everyone around you and the lighting was a little bit stronger than usual, so everyone felt a little bit self-conscious and most people weren’t dancing, making it a poor party. In a little bit, an older guy showed up on the dancefloor, and started doing some weird-looking funny dance, but it broke the ice and everyone slowly started to dance and enjoy themselves more, and it turned out to be a great night.

I like to credit myself for breaking the ice at both companies I’ve worked at recently (Canada’s Web Shop & Tactica) , and I think my “Village Idiot”-like appearance and attitude facilitates this quite well, because since I am sincere about who I am, the others lower their guard, and so we are able to see each other as normal people we can identify with.

What do you think about my claim? Do you have any similar experience like this? Do you have a different theory to explain this?

Thanks for reading.

Secret Handshake

I had fun at the Secret Handshake meetup last night. It was great to meet some great young people working in different professions.

I met some Rails Web developers: @marcjean, @gmarik, @ssoroka

Some network security experts: @ron_bowes, @xorrbit

Some designers: @toderash, @timder, @instant_noodles (

SEO/SM: @thewebgrrl (who I met at the Winnipeg WordPress meetup), @steveosnyder

And some other people, including @TishTishTish, @visuallizard, @4letterw0rd and others.

Notable quotes:

“Vim is better than emacs” – @marcjean
“We could make it into a framework that people can extend and use however they want” – @ssoroka

Best business card: @toderash with Strategic Intuition. An oversized piece of paper, with perforations to tear out the business card (But beware, the small print below the perforation says: “Tear here to limit thinking”). It can stand up, and be used like a table name tag.

I had a little bit of trouble finding the place, I think mostly because I did not have my glasses on, so I could not read their sign, since I did go by the place twice before I finally entered it the third time.