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Camp JS

February 18, 2013

Camp JS was a weekend conference held at Koonjewarre down at Springbrook.

The area the accommodation in was lovely, if the weather had been better I would have definitely done a little bush walking. The accommodation itself was pretty basic, but along with your own sleeping bag and pillow was reasonable for a weekend, but would start getting a bit painful for longer stays. The food on offer was very good for the most part, except for one meal, but that turned out to be a backup meal.

The conference did have planned workshops all weekend, and some of these were very good. However the main point of the conference was not attending the workshops, it was interacting with other developers, both on a technical and social level.

On the upside were some impressive international guests and sponsors. On the downside for me were the smokers who always smoked just outside whatever building I was in. On the interesting side was the open bar, free beer and wine for all, at any time, without any problems whatsoever; something to think about given lca’s recent moves to restrict alcohol access.

linux.conf.au 2011 braindump

December 12, 2010

I finished up at work last Friday, then headed down to TAM over the weekend, then at YOW back in Brisbane, both very worthwhile conferences to attend.

My current plan is to work on linux.conf.au for the next six weeks or so; there’s plenty to do. As an experiment, I’m also trying to give up caffeine..

The Cake

All the important pieces are in place: speakers, venue and accommodation. I got to be on the papers committee this year, and I’m really happy with the quality of presentations we’ve accepted. The venue, QUT Gardens Point, is right in the heart of the city, next to the lovely city gardens. Due to QUT starting off life as a technical college it has no on-campus accommodation, but we’ve managed to secure some new student-style accommodation just across the river.

The Icing

The keynotes we’ve been able to attract are pretty stunning, we’ve got some really useful tutorials as well. All of the social events are organised in the main. We’ve got fifteen miniconfs this year, with an awful lot of content.

Open Day

My main responsibility is the Open Day, plans are coming together well, though I’m still behind the eight ball a bit and have a few groups to get back to. We’re hoping to announce a new addition to the Open Day soon, some public lectures.

Posters

We’re accepting posters this year, you can think of posters as a visual lightning talk. Posters can be on any Open Source project, they can be technical in nature, or can be art in their own right. We’re going to be accepting posters right up until the conference starts.

Communications

I’ve been doing interviews, spamming mailing lists, handing out business cards and attending conferences in order to spread the word about lca being in Brisbane, but I get the strong feeling lots of people still don’t know about it. Any suggestions on how to get the word out there would be appreciated.

linux.conf.au 2011: The importance of a floating position

July 6, 2010

When I put my hand up to help with linux.conf.au 2011 I realised how much work it was going to be. I’d (just barely) helped with the previous lca in Brisbane, and shared a workplace with the chief stress bunny (Raymond Smith) so got to see a lot of the really tedious, difficult stuff that just needs to happen.

I’m not very good at that sort of stuff, I’m much better with short sharp tasks that need to happen yesterday. I’ve put my hand up to run the Open Day as my main task, but I also let it be known I was happy to jump into the breach when needed. So far that’s happened a few times, and I’m happy I didn’t take on too much stuff and have some floating time available to me. I think it’s really important for an all volunteer group to have a few people with spare cycles.

A new website with content is soon to go live, the call for papers is almost ready to go, and we’re starting to sniff around for volunteers.

PyCon AU 2010

May 17, 2010

Tonight I booked flights and accommodation for PyCon Au 2010. I’m going to be presenting a forty five minute presentation on PyProcessing, the Python port of Processing which is designed to make it easy to get into graphical oriented programming.

I’m staying at the lovely Pensione hotel, which is only a few hundred metres from the venue.

$95 Arduino workshop at The Edge, bookings close Sunday

April 16, 2010

A couple of friends of mine from NICTA are running an Ardunio sensing workshop over the first and second of May, I’ll be helping out.

For full details see the main post.

Ignite Brisbane

April 14, 2010

Ignite talks are similar in style to Pecha Kucha presentations but even shorter at fifteen seconds for each of twenty automatically progressed slides.

I recently had a chance to talk about the Open Source Ethos at Brisbane’s first Ignite event.

We had every different talk style imaginable, from infinitely nested bullet pointed lists to single-word-per-slide to stock photos. I liked Hannah Suarez but my favourite talk was Guy Yug‘s talk about setting up Mana Bar.

I wasn’t really happy with a lot of my slides, but I was happy with how they were organised – a simple timeline of open source achievements. I had to submit the slides a couple of weeks in advance of giving the presentation, removing the temptation of changing the slides greatly eased coming up with the captions. I’m not sure what really prompted me to do it, but I changed the opening line of the talk in my head just minutes prior to going on stage, channelling Rusty a bit maybe. I wasn’t at all nervous; until I got up on stage and started fumbling with the mics.

Oh, although the movie up above appears to show me completely out of sync with my slides, I was actually pretty close most of the time. I practised by the obvious way, staring directly at my slides on my computer till I got the timing right. On the night there was no presenter facing monitor, so I ended up turning around to look at the screen to get in sync, which was distracting. I’m happy with how I went though, read that as I managed to get through all my lines without falling in a big heap :)

Gimp workshop at The Edge

March 23, 2010

A free Gimp workshop is being held at
The Edge.

When: Wednesday 7 April and Wednesday 5 May 2010, from 4pm to 6pm.

Humbug meta

March 20, 2010

One complaint I often hear about Humbug is how difficult it is to attend our weekend meetings due to our Saturday timetable.

In an attempt to make Humbug a little more accessible I’ve got some week-night room bookings at Brisbane’s Central Library, from six to eight pm.

I’m calling these meetings Humbugmeta for the time being.

These meetings are much shorter than the regular Humbug meetings, so I expect they’ll be different in style.

Plans are very fluid at the moment, possible things to do are:

  • talks
  • workshops
  • computer help
  • presentation practices

As Humbug likes to see itself as an umbrella group, these bookings are available for use by any tech / design / edu group if they need a space for whatever reason. I’m particularly hopeful that groups will use the space for speakers that have a wider audience than their own group.

Wifi should be available to those with a library account.

The actual dates I’ve got booked are:

  • March 24
  • April 29
  • May 14
  • June 21
  • July 22
  • August 25
  • September 22
  • October 28
  • November 25
  • December 22

I’ll be shutting up a little early this Wednesday to attend Pecha Kucha.

Ignite Brisbane

February 8, 2010

Ignite talks are five minute lightning talks hosted by popular technology publishers O’Reilly. Brisbane’s first Ignite night is coming up in March and I’m giving a talk on Open Source.

I see this as an excellent opportunity to advertise all the different open source groups in Brisbane, as well as our premier upcoming event, Linux.Conf.Au 2011.

My talk is based on the all the reasons everyone should know and like the open source ideals. It’ll be based on the keynotes at this years lca. I’ve got time for twenty slides, I’m thinking one slide with the logos of all the different open source groups in Brisbane, and one slide for lca.

If you’ve got ideas for one of the slides, or an open source group based in Brisbane, please mail me the details.

Linux.Conf.Au 2010 in Wellington

January 26, 2010

Last week I was in Wellington attending Linux.Conf.Au. It was an extremely well run conference, and as has been the case for many years, the highlight of my past twelve months.

I started out by cleverly flying to Auckland and taking the
Overlander train to Wellington, sidestepping the weather that diverted many flights.

The first day was spent in the Ardunio miniconf, soldering the finishing components onto my pebble board (arduino I/O break out shield, kinda). Was exposed to the Aiko library, which essentially provides a mainloop and event callbacks, which very much fits with my view of the world. Managed to burn my hands a couple of times, distraction is a killer. The organisers felt sorry for me and I won an Arduino starters kit, with lots of little odd components. I promptly gave away the actual Arduino as I already have a couple of them.

My favourite talk was on adding GCC Plugins, then the GCC update, then the Linux kernel performance event API.

There were a *tonne* of good talks besides these, and many I couldn’t attend due to lack of personal spatial redundancy.

Yes, like previous years, I intend to do a debrief, at least at Humbug and at work. I’m going to try something different this year and hire out a speaking room at the library as well.

The big news for me personally is that we were finally allowed to tell the world that next years Linux.Conf.Au will be held in Brisbane. I’ve taken on the role of Open Day organiser.

We’re running a competition through our website, followtheflow.org, to solicit ideas to augment the conference. We have a range of free registrations for the most creative ideas that we can actually execute.


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