I dove down to the CambridgeSide Galleria last night to check out a eat-meet-geek-greet organized by Scripting News' publisher Dave Winer and got a chance to meet some new people like Philip Greenspun (pictured on the right in a discussion with Dave Winer while Dan Bricklin [center] records the discussion for his podcast of the event). Greenspun who amongst other things is an amazing photographer, gave away copies of his book Travels with Samantha. I already started reading it. The book includes stunning photographs of Greenspun's trip around North America and a heartbreaking first chapter about the four-legged companion of his (George) whose passing inspired him to take the trip. The ratio of new technology demos:attendees probably exceeded any "real" industry event -- perhaps making intimate gatherings such as these the places to be in order to keep your thumb on the technology pulse. Bricklin demo'd wikiCalc. Winer caught some of that action on video. RSS Labs Bela Labovitch was there demonstrating OPML Search (what is OPML?) and all sorts of interesting podcasting gear -- some of which I've never seen before -- was being shown off (Bricklin uses an Edirol R1 to record his. Early last year, I spotted the R1 for its potential as a great mobile podcasting rig). More photos from the event here.