Day 2: HiveFest7 - Close Encounters and Coldbeetrootsoup

in HiveFest8 days ago (edited)

I tried to keep it briefly... but ended up making a longer post. Well... most just look at the pictures, right?

Getting up early again

I woke up before my alarm went off. Nice. Day 1 was awesome. I was looking forward to hearing more about projects, and taking more photographs of HiveFest. There were a few on the list that I wanted to hear about, like PeakD's presentation of the course. I mean... @Jarvie and @Sjarvie kicked our asses last night, so I had to hear what he had to say about that in his presentation of course :p. Was great getting to hang out for a bit.

Day 2 was being hosted in the Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam. You can rent this church, and the money goes to restoration. The church has is built between 1603 and 1611, which makes this venue over 400 years old. The renaissance style surely made this venue another awesome place to host an event. I think they usually rent it out for 2 hours or so. While getting some Sun outside, I saw a few tourists wanting to enter the church until they realized it was a private event. At the very end (when we were supposed to leave the church), I sneaked two tourists in that was very surprised at what the Church looked like from the inside. "It's not a church anymore?". Ha.

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The whole experience of going to HiveFest for the first time has been an awesome thing. At first, I thought, 500 HBD for a ticket would be quite expensive to attend, but really, it's a good deal(!). I'm not saying this because I won a ticket, or simply because I've attended. Roeland has put a lot of time into organizing, making sure everyone had a great time, even though he had like 2-3 hours of sleep every day. I, for sure didn't even notice and at first assumed he just had a good night's rest like most of us.

Looking back at the Live conference on YouTube, I can tell you that there is so much more going on than all the presentations. I mean, we can all look at the presentations and have our opinions about them. But being able to ask live questions, or brainstorm with users after, before, or during is quite valuable in my opinion. It's always a great thing for people to meet eye in eye, and understand each other a bit better, or share your ideas and thoughts. I thought I was 'long' enough on Hive to know most of them, as far as it goes to the speakers, yes, I knew most of them, but had no clue what they look like or how they sound like. But, seeing all these unfamiliar usernames showing up at HiveFest made me feel I have just scratched the surface of the userbase of Hive, as I think I only knew 10% of them.

Overall, it was such a great and positive experience for me. Amsterdam was a great location for me to attend, and I'm already looking forward to where the next hosting of HiveFest will take place. I think I'll start putting aside HBD specifically for HiveFest, or other Hive-related meet-ups.

Roeland, once again, thank you very much!

To those who are just tuning in: enjoy!

© Ruben Cress - Balls of Steel first losers

© Ruben Cress - Balls of Steel winners

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HiQ Magazine

The very first presentation was about the HiQ Magazine that recently popped up in my feed. It was something I was looking forward to hearing all about. The way how they publish their magazines on the chain is certainly something I can see other publishers follow. Imagine newspapers or other magazines start posting their content on Hive.

In a recent post, I learned that some of their publications reached 12,000 words. That's just insane. @smooms (I believe he was presenting, right?) did a wonderful job talking about the project.

ps; it would've been EPIC to see NFT releases of these physical magazines! 150 collectible Physical NFTs... imagine.

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The very first moment when I joined Hive, I was thrown into the OCD group channel. I had no idea what I got myself into, but it became my home since that day. I've been trying to support OCD with motion graphics/gifs, to spice things up along the way. I also missed the point where they changed their community rules, as I usually always posted there as I see it to be part of my home. Oh well! Almost got myself burned. @livinguktaiwan did a great job speaking and explaining, even after the animation she made didn't work. @lackofcolor back at home was sharing how interesting she found the whole presentation and complimented livinguktaiwan.

© Ruben Cress - @jarvie

PeakD Open Projects

@Jarvie my man, the guy who kicked our asses during HiveFest; Balls of Steel. I'm glad to see you guys on that stage taking the first price, so I feel less ashamed of myself. I loved your presentation, and you were just super lucky with the light. Glad that we had a short talk during the activities and presentations.

© Ruben Cress - @jarvie

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Portraying: @howo

A few days before HiveFest Howo contacted me and was wondering if he could commission me to take portraits of him while he is in Amsterdam. He shared with me that he needed new photographs as the ones that he has currently been using were a bit outdated. Howo is also one of the first Hivers that I've met. It was nice to finally meet Howo.

So, we went outside, and surprisingly, it was his first photoshoot ever. I really did not see that one coming... Lol. Howo is a natural in front of the camera, which made my job much easier! I feel honored that he trusts me to take photographs of him. The weather was also perfect as the Sun started to shine. Great timing!

Thank you so much Howo for the job! Awesome!

© Ruben Cress - Cold beetroot soup being prepared

LunchBREAKING Cold Beetroot Soup

The guys from @coldbeetrootsoup have been helping out during HiveFest and serving their signature dish to all Hivers around. I got to say, @minigunner and @artakush have some great energy. They're both cheerful and during the whole event, they made me laugh. Besides smiles and stuff, these guys were pretty chill and relaxed. Since I'm not logged in on Hive on my phone, so I couldn't make donations on the spot, I thought of making some photographs for the guys so everybody on the chain knows exactly how much love this soup is being made.

We already talking about a meetup in Den Haag with @Blind-spot, which would be pretty cool. Let's hope @lackofcolor is getting better soon, so we can chill at the beach.

SO, GUYS, you've been waiting for these photographs. I would've published this article yesterday, but I had some quality time with my father, who I recently reconnected with again after 4 years.

© Ruben Cress - Cold beetroot soup being prepared

© Ruben Cress - Cold beetroot soup being prepared

© Ruben Cress - Cold beetroot soup being prepared

© Ruben Cress - Cold beetroot soup being prepared

© Ruben Cress - Cold beetroot soup being prepared

© Ruben Cress - Cold beetroot soup being prepared

© Ruben Cress - Cold beetroot soup being prepared

© Ruben Cress - Cold beetroot soup being prepared

Guys, this was delicious! I'm going to make this back at home with @lackofcolor, she's going to love this.

After learning you guys have been volunteering and were asking for donations, I was more than happy to take some extra time and take these photographs. Hopefully, they will help you remember this awesome day!

© Ruben Cress - @starkerz

SPK Network

The guy with the white sneakers. @Starkerz is just a legend, he's been one of the most active Hivers during HiveFest, and should've been given an award for all the questions he asked during all the presentations. I've spoken with him on Discord and was looking forward to his presentation as well. It was both educating and entertaining to hear what he had to say. Looking forward to SPK!

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Lightning Strikes Hive / Podping

I've heard @brianoflondon when I'm tuning in during the Twitter Live Spaces. You should tune in as well. So, Brian is using Lightning with/for Hive. Something that is going to be a big thing. These kinds of things make Hive superior in my honest opinion, we utilize and bring other blockchains together. That's the power of the social aspect that we have on Hive.

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Unfortunately, I'm not Ash Ketchum

I didn't take photographs of all the speakers, but I am sure you will be able to watch the entire conference on YouTube as there are two live recordings available for you to watch.

Day 1:


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One of the most GENIUS things I've ever experienced in Amsterdam must have been the JukeBells. I did not even KNOW this was a thing. It reminds me of playing Spotify back at home, while I wasn't even at home, just to annoy my neighbors, as they were blasting music whenever I was trying to sleep and/or work.

JUST imagine, walking through Amsterdam, and at some point, you hear these church bells playing a song that sounds... quite... familiar. Is this... R Kelly, I believe I can fly?

Well done Roeland!

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Pinmapple got hacked!

Did you know you can recognize specific shouts and cheers? For example, there is this one cheer that indicated that money has been won. It was different from when the national soccer team is playing and scoring. The cheering from -I don't know who did all of the cheerings- was exactly like that. I immediately grabbed my camera and moved my way to take some photographs of the brief moment that I was able to catch.

@minigunner, @jeffjagoe, and @lecharles are the lucky winners!

So, what happened? @Martibis, from Pinmapple, hosted a treasure hunt where people that could crack the code win over 1000 Hive! In the Goodie bag, there was a card with a hint with an anagram. At the time when I tried to solve it, I didn't get further than DRONKFEST, and I might have been accidentally motivating myself to get myself some more beers.

© Ruben Cress - @minigunner, @jeffjagoe and @lecharles solving the @Pinmapple treasure hunt

© Ruben Cress - @minigunner, @jeffjagoe and @lecharles solving the @Pinmapple treasure hunt

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Closing time

I thought this would be a good time for me to put away my camera. I've been taking a lot of photographs during the event, and I'm quite happy with how they all turned out. I've been spending some time on my PKM to implement all my notes and now I can finally visualize my memories.

I've attended #beersaturday, which was hosted by @detlev, where I've spoken with @rollie1212, @holdonla, and his son @d4vidos, and a few more. I was going, planning to go to the Poker venue, but as beers started to flood in, the motivation to move faded. In the end, I ended up chatting with two old friends from the chain until it was closing time. This is how I nearly got stranded in Amsterdam afterward, as my phone battery had like 4% left, and I was in pursuit of a 'temporary' bus stop. Like... yes, those things are hidden.

Making Celestal try some typical Dutch food

On the last day, @lackofcolor was coming to Amsterdam, and as the closing dinner would be too packed for her, we met up with just Celestal, as it was a long ride for her. First, I made him buy some typical Dutch stuff like Stroopwafels, Pepernoten, and chocolate pepernoten (and some chocolate that's just too good to skip) at the grocery store, and when lackofcolor arrived, we ate some 'poffertjes' together, also known as "Dutch Mini Pancakes". If it wasn't for Celestal, I think I probably would've been a loner, hiding behind my camera. Seeing him again after all these years was awesome. I realize that I may not be the only one, soo... if so; I encourage you to meet up with fellow Hivers on a smaller scale, as it will be so fun (and easier) to meet again.

But before all of that, we really required some food, so we went on a hunt to acquire something to feed our bellies... I went to Box Sociaal, someplace close to the Zoo of Amsterdam. Lel... You had to make a reservation if you would like to eat. Man, there were 6-8 people outside, waiting in the rain, to eat a disgusting pancake (I felt so bad afterward, it still boils some stuff in my stomach when I think about the taste).

We ended up waiting 1 hour + to have some lunch at a place. I had a pancake with Strawberry, lemon ricotta and... PESTO. wtf. WTF. Should've taken the stuff the guy next to us had. Hahaha. Celestal's reaction was so priceless, "it must be a trendy place eh?", ahah... well... usually when I don't like stuff, I just tell the staff when they ask, but I kind of froze and could go as far as "it was unexpected, and... insert pause... good" when the waiter asked me if I liked it. Of course, not soon after, we burst into laughter, because I was really hungry.

© Ruben Cress - recovery drinking at 2.30 PM with @celestal

HiveFest <3

Thank you all! I'm not going to tag every one of you who've I met, for the love of notifications. Those who I have connected with; you know who you are, and I'm already looking forward to seeing you guys again. But for now... I'm REALLY in need of some sleep. I've been busting my ass trying to edit these photographs as soon as possible, as the memory is still fresh.

What was your legendary moment @ HiveFest?


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Thanks to you and your updates, I got myself a free virtual tour of the event hehe, high IQ plays baby.


Yet, jokes aside, this is just gonna fuel me up and remind me to invest more and save up for the upcoming events, which is a win win situation in my books. Getting to know more people from the chain, while also getting to travel a few more countries; two birds with one stone, just how I like lol.

Everyone's just enjoying the moment, smiles and giggles all around it seems. And man, it seems like you're having a blast too, whether it be attending or just posting about the event, loving the energy.

You're surely doing a great job in keeping us all updated about the event as well. Btw, how many does is the event planned for?

LOL! Nice man, it's good to hear that these pics and stories give you the feeling you were here with us, but; NEXT TIME, let's enjoy it in person! I try to save up HBD for the next event. I think it has been always around 500HBD, but it also depends on your stake in the platform. I was so lucky to win a ticket, so make sure to check out contests next year!

but; NEXT TIME, let's enjoy it in person!

Already on it brother, trying my best here, it's going to take a bit more time I'd say.

And I know that the stake in the game does matter and I'm working on that; even the tickets can be managed, but the main issue for me would be with the travel cost, flights, hotels etc

Since I'm over here in the South East Asian region, the plane tickets should cost a lot. Yet, for now I'm quite hopeful. If things back here are back in good form again, with my income and all that. Maybe even if we start seeing a good amount of green in the markets, then it'll surely be possible to be present in the next Hive Fest.

I feel honored that he trusts me to take photographs of him.

Don't mention it, your art speaks for itself :)

Oh dangg! It was great meeting up Howo!

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Congratulations! This is a great achievement for the blockchain and the different communities! I would love to be there! It was clearly an epic event!!

It really was, and thank you!

@rubencress BRO!!! These pictures are amazing 😍 You definitely gave us extra energy to make #coldbeetrootsoup with your camera 😎 It is fun having you around and it feels like we can talk to you about anything 😊 Hope your GF gets well soon and we all meet on #DutchHiveMeet 🙌

Tyty! It was great seeing you guys at HiveFest! Seeing you guys making and prepping the soup was a lot of fun! Glad this donation is accepted as I had not connected Hive on my phone xD. Thanks!

OMG @rubencress! That looks amazing!

Thanks for the energy and conversations we had. I know you are around so I hope to see you at the new location!

P.S. I hope you liked the soup :P

Bro, I'm actually going to make an attempt to make the soup today for @lackofcolor! She's here for the weekend and she saw the soup already and thought it would be quite refreshing! Yeah man, we will for sure meet-up!

Great photos. I'm enjoying re-living the Hivefest experience. If you have any of me performing then I'd love to see them.


Thank you Steevc! Ah man, at the time when you performed my belly was hungry, and I was finally able to speak to some people. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of you.

No problem. I have seen a few from other people. There is never enough time to speak to everyone at these events.

At first, I thought, 500 HBD for a ticket would be quite expensive to attend, but really, it's a good deal(!).

also had no idea how will everything look like but with everything that was organized it does feel like a really good deal.

Great photos.

Even though I won a ticket, I can imagine spending 500 HBD on this (if I started saving for it). Nice seeing you man! It was surely awesome seeing the legendary Bil in person!

Glad i had an opportunity to chat a bit more with you.

funny that we are both here from January 2018 and hivefest was needed to bump into you and your work :)

Legendary 😂

Haha, it was great meeting you in person. I saw your work before on the chain, so I probably spotted you before you me :-p

some more photo discussions needed :D and at least one argument about is sony or canon better 🤣

Haha, I use both Canon and Sony, soooo... that argument won't do well for me!
I tend to enjoy Sony more, but sometimes I'm craving the warm colors Canon used to give me.

i started with canon powershot then 600d, 80d and r6. tried Sony for few days and i had no idea where the buttons are :D i almost had to google how to change aperture because i didn't noticed the front wheel :D

Another amazing report, and great photos. I already told you that you were a great photographer, didn't I?

Cheers :)

PS: now @howo will be able to update his online face to an older one ;)

Thank you Lemouth, you're so kind! Ha, I think... you mentioned something about the photographs before :P thank you very much. It was awesome seeing and meeting you at HiveFest! Loved the story you shared of the Louvre (and the attempt to explain me how these... particles respond and move, very interesting! (I wish I unlocked that part of my brain, haha))

ps; seems Howo did it! Yay!

ps; seems Howo did it! Yay!

Victory ^^

Duuuude nice snaps here as well again! Photos for business, it feels valid because you have skills for sure.

Good you stuck the camera away at a certain point as well, with would never have gotten any better :)

Thaank you Karin! Ah yeah, that was really awesome of Howo to do! I always enjoy to be able to combine work and pleasure at the same time ^^

At some point, it is enough, right? I feel I missed some cool stuff while taking snaps, but it is all worth it. Was nice meeting up!

It looks like you had an awesome time 🙌

At the time when I tried to solve it, I didn't get further than DRONKFEST, and I might have been accidentally motivating myself to get myself some more beers.

I'm trying to figure out what it might be... Let me guess, it's nothing to do with beer?

We surely had! Thank you.

Hmm, you want a hint? ^^

Someone copy pasted your content and I sadly reacted to his post. But I'll leave you the comment that you should have gotten. LOOL

Ayyyyyyy. It was me presenting for @hiq (or for english people @hiq.magazine) we tried making NFTs out of the issues. But nobody buys them. Minting NFTs costs and it doesn't pay of sadly. But we are engraved on the Hive Blockchain. That's pretty nice, too I guess. 😊

Edit: Ah and !hiqvote 😜

Oh damn, I just noticed. LOL

Great presentation!

How much does it cost if you are making 200 (PDF) issued NFTs for the magazine @ NFTShowroom on HIVE? You can also peg them to the number of issues that were given away @ HiveFest for example.

It would increase the value of the brand over time. I don't know if you're planning to print physicals of the HiQ Magazine all the time, but if you grow, and do, you could tie the NFT to the physical copy of it that people purchase(d). Otherwise, I can see it would be quite expensive indeed regarding printing, put a QR sticker on it that takes you to the link of the unique NFT transaction/itself (and send it to the wallet of the person). 15 HIVE + Shipping costs per edition doesn't sound too bad (as well as in terms of marketing budget/expenses), right?

For example;
Issue 1: 200 minted NFTs (giveaways)
Issue 2: 10 minted NFTs (people who bought the NFT)
Issue 3: 20 minted NFTs (people who bought the NFT)
And so on the increment goes on

As you progress and get to the 100th issue (whether people have bought them or not, the person who holds issues 1 and/or 2 as an NFT has a pretty awesome collectible (proof of reading/support/brain/work/etc).

Oh well, just an idea :P

Sounds like a nice idea. I guess we have to ponder about it a little bit.

The printing is somewhat break even at the moment. We managed to squeeze in some ads at the last minute. It was only the express delivery that skyrocketed the price to 200%.

We sell the remaining physical copies for 5 HBD + shipping to everyone who is interested. Infos are in the last post of @hiq.redaktion. An NFT you can touch so to say. An analogue NFT. 😁

If all goes well we will be definitely make more physical issues of HiQ for HiveFest. I hope we can attend next year. But there is still a lot of time until then.

I am happy that you like our stuff. 👍

I keep seeing hive fest popping out and it makes me feel bad that I wasn't among the people who went to Amsterdam but to be honest with what you wrote it seems to be very fun and educative.

Appreciate that! But don't feel bad, there's always next time yes? Start to save some HBD if you can, if you can't make it next year, safe until you can ^^.

Thanks for the word of encouragement.

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