I had a great time at the San Diego Firefox party, organized by numist. Most of the people at the party were a lot of UCSD computer science students, but there was also at least one Cog Sci major and an English major. Many of the computer science majors were juniors who had just finished struggling with difficult OCaml assignments in a Programming Languages course.
Not everyone who was at the party uses Firefox as their main browser. While some of them use nothing but Firefox trunk builds, the host uses Safari for most of his browsing.
Lawrence Eng, a market researcher at Opera Software's San Diego office, also joined the party. We discussed differences in anti-phishing approaches: Opera's default protection involves contacting the server with URLs you visit, but Opera promises to only use the URLs it collects due to the feature in specific ways. He also admitted to having tried out Thumbs, saying that "Firefox has Opera beat there".
Some people at the party were disappointed at the lack of Firefox t-shirts, but said they weren't going to switch to Opera or Safari as a result. I replied that it was a good thing Lawrence hadn't brought along any Opera shirts.
I brought my copy of Apples to Apples. It is one of my favorite party games, along with Taboo and Scattergories. About half an hour into the party, I tried to start the game. Not many of the partygoers knew the game, so we started with four players and let others join gradually.
Like any good party game, Apples to Apples is fun even if you're not winning; it's possible to play without keeping score at all. This was good for me because I'm not an especially strong player and many of the other players had the advantage of already knowing each other.
Perhaps in part due to my overall low score, I was very satisfied with how I won the last round. The adjective to match was "Frightening" and I played "A sunrise", initially hoping to win on irony. But after seeing that my "sunrise" was up against the Anne Frank card, I had a flash of insight. I explained: "You've been up all night working on a project, you're not even close to done, and you look out the window and see the sun rising." Another player had been in exactly that situation the morning before the party, and the judge picked my card.