Last weekend we shipped Typesafe's Philipp Haller and Cake Soloution's Jan Macháček to Edinburgh to talk about Scala, and we have the compromising video to prove it.
This was the second of our "Launchpad" events - a series of training days designed to get local developers up to speed in interesting languages and technologies.
These are community events open for anyone to attend.
They're inexpensive because they are run by unpaid volunteers, such as Jan and Philipp, who want to share their knowledge and increase the uptake of the technologies they care about.
NCR chip in by picking up the tab for the volunteers' expenses and opening up our offices to host the events.
Although we could make the events completely free to attend, only a limited number of places are available on each course so we charge a nominal ticket price to try and ensure that people claiming a ticket are serious about attending.
The event was very popular.
We tried to spread the tickets around a little by releasing them in batches, but each batch sold out within 24 hours.
I was still receiving e-mail from people seeing if tickets were available the night before. This made it particularly dissapointing that there were a number of no-shows on the day. For the next event we might need to try something different to ensure that spaces are not left empty.
We'd have been lucky to get just one of Jan or Philipp to come to run the course, but having them as a double act was fantastic. Feedback from everyone was very positive.
People from the course joined Jan and Philipp for drinks and food afterwards.
We had to say goodbye to Jan on the Sunday evening, but in between pubs my colleague Mike took Philipp for an impromtu tour of Edinburgh.
I am therefore able to present for you now Philipp Haller, respected programing language researcher, spitting on the Heart of Midlothian to the sound of bagpipes.
Despite this strange behaviour we would be happy to invite him back.
Spitting on the heart is in fact an old Edinburgh tradition.
The heart used to be the site of the Old Tolbooth prison which was infamous for its hellish conditions. People used to spit on it's door to show their contempt for it.
Allthough the prison was demolished in 1817, the tradition of spitting on the spot where it once stood for good luck persists.
Or so Mike tells us . . .
The Jan / Philipp double act will be difficult to follow but we're going to have a go.
For our next Launchpad we're going to wheel out a language creator to run the event.
More details to follow soon.