Living in the vibrant multi-everything community that is the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI), I hear and overhear many conversations and animated discussions, tutorials and debates, usually in groups and usually in a mood of positive energy, delight in sharing, and much laughter. These conversations happen in many places - in the INI itself and at various conferences and workshops that INI members are involved in organising. The conversations are mostly about aspects of the science we practice, but they also reflect wider concerns that include the humanities, academia, and society. Too often I wish I could have written notes on some of these discussions and their insights, but perhaps even better would be to communicate some of the content and flavour of these interactions more publicly. Hence this INI blog - to be written by members of INI from all corners of our community - students, group leaders, technical and administrative staff, perhaps even the professors - and who knows where it will go? Let the cameras roll! Kevan Martin.