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Sunday morning, in the wee hours of the morning, while packing, I discovered that I didn't know where either my DL or my Passport is. After spending an hour searching, I gave up, and decided to throw myself on the mercy of the TSA. Which I did at the airport. The TSA supervisor checked my credit cards, FlyClear card, corporate ID card, and CostCo card, and then stamped my boarding pass. I only need to do this 3 more times on this trip, and then do a very deep search of my room when I get back.

After I landed at SJC, I discovered that Tim Lord has shared the flight with me. If I had known that ahead of time, I would have let him share my taxi ride from Capitol Hill neighborhood to the SEA airport. As it was, I let him share my ride to San Jose Convention Center. I was actually too early to check into my hotel room. So instead I checked in my luggage, and then went off to find the Postgres Day.

Meeting up with open source community geeks, watching lightning talks, hacking, taking pictures.

I accidentally left my jacket in one of the meeting rooms, and ended up having to bid for it in an auction. So now I owe $20 to the Postgres Foundation. :)

Monday, I spent hacking and geek socializing, hanging out in the speaker room. Some of the tutorials, but I didn't end up going to any of them. Lunch was at the Good Karma cafe, which I had stumbled across the last time I was in San Jose.

Also on Monday, I hooked up MontyT with someone who may have a solution for automating the build of Drizzle on Windows machines, without manually maintaining Visual Studio Project files, or porting Autotools to Windows.

Tuesday, I went to the Gearman tutorial, and while in it, started working on http://forge.gearman.org/ and also started implementing a bunch of basic "plumbing" gearman workers that need to exist, to link together filesystem, mogilfs, couchdb, amazon web services, memcached, and Erlang.

Right now, I'm sitting in the Ignite talks. BrianA just won an Google O'Reilly Open Source Award.
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This is a RepRap "Darwin" "Child". This reprap machine was printed by another reprap machine just like itself.
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Yesterday morning, I drove down from Seattle to Portland, along with Brian Aker and Steven Walli. The event? OScon.

Very soon after arriving, I met Monty Widenius, Ronald Bradford, and Stewart Smith.

The presentations at the PostgreSQL meeting were interesting. The conversations at the dinners after were often more so. Josh Berkus is an interesting guy.

Oh, my aching liver...
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I just did a big upload to Flickr, over a month's worth of pictures. BiCamp 2007, OScon 2007, my recent trip to Utah, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and other stuff.

Check them out, feel free to leave comments.

(Wow, they're already starting to get views, after only an hour online. My philosophy of having lots of topical tags seems to work well for getting eyeballs.)
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One of the talks a few days ago here at OScon, was a session called "Body Hacking". The room was crowded, the speaker was interesting, and the topic was fascinating. I know I have people here on my f-list who are into transhumanism and/or medicine. Check this out:

Presentation outline after the cut )
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I went to the keynotes, took some pictures, which I will post to flickr.

While walking to my first session of the day, I ran into one of the OLPC people. Carrying around those bright plastic devices is a great calling card. We chatted a bit, and he told me what evil underhanded stuff Intel, Microsoft, and the Gates Foundation has just pulled last month that seriously threatens to destroy the OLPC.

Now I'm in the "Managing Technical Debt" by Andy Lester. Good stuff, careful notes. But mostly stuff already know.

The exhibition floor. Someone has a Penguin Robot! $85. Runs Python, controlled by Python. Can be used as a VoIP phone. It reads email and rss feeds.

Someone is showing off their 3D printer in the lobby. It can actually print it's own parts. The guy says that the version 1.1 will be completely self-fabricated. It will need a couple of bucks of cheap electric chips, and then clever monkey paws to do final assembly, but otherwise is completely self replicating.

Session "Xen Image Manager" by Johnathan Oxer. Must keep in touch with this project. It could evolve or point the way to an open source gridOS.

Coordinated with [livejournal.com profile] snippy via SMS to meet for dinner at 6pm. I was originally going to couchsurf at their place this week, but then scored crashspace at the hotel.

Session "Google Summer of Code" with Chris DiBona and Leslie Hawthorn.

Dinner with [livejournal.com profile] snippy and [livejournal.com profile] sinanju. They picked me up, and took me out to a German place, for sausages and lentil soup.

BOF session for AWS EC2/S3. BOF session for MySQL Community.

Stayed up till midnight hacking.
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Someone here is selling an open source robot penguin. Only $85. I am really really tempted...
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Sunday afternoon, I took the Amtrak from Seattle down to Portland. I think from now on, if I want to go to Portland, that will be the way I will go. It's about as fast as driving, a lot less stressful, it's cheaper (looking at the cost of gasoline), and I have a power outlet. And no damn TSA to deal with.

Portland is a lot like Seattle, only with trains and more hippies.

The O'Reilly folks are helpful and friendly.

Monday, I had wanted to do the morning session on Xen. But it had been cancelled. Foo!

So instead I went to the "Code Like a Pythonista: Idiomatic Python" by David Goodger. It was very cool, and I improved my Python skillz just from watching his examples.

That afternoon, I to went to "A Taste of Haskell" by Simon Peyton-Jones. I picked it because I knew almost nothing about it, except that it's something very different from the CS research world that had made the jump to actual use. It make my head hurt, and I want to learn more about it.

Afterwards, at the end of the session, Nathan Torkington said hello, because I had asked a Perl related question. ("Is there anything like CPAN for Haskell?") Behind him was Larry Wall. I had to tell them that while I used to be a heavy Perl user and worked in a very heavy Perl-only shop, now my language of choice is Python.

That evening, I went to a keysigning BOF, and increased my meshing into the GPG web of trust, and also picked up id points from Thawte and from CAcert.

That night I went to dinner with Brian Aker of MySQL, Rasmus Lerdorf of Yahoo, and Rob Lanphier of Linden Lab.

Tuesday, I attended the morning session "OpenID Bootcamp" by Simon Willison and David Recordon. I didn't learn much new about OpenID itself, but I did learn about Jyte.com and more about ClaimID.com

I had lunch with the OpenID guys. David gave me a "Verisign Identity Protection" fob. PayPal sells them for $5, Verisign sells them for $30. They probably cost a quarter each in quantity from the manufacturer. I then set up my PayPal account and eBay account to use it. I am annoyed that my bank and my credit card web accounts dont use it, and am annoyed that Verisign makes it difficult and expensive to be a VIP RP, when they should be making it cheap and easy.

That afternoon, I went to "Simple Ways To Be a Better Programmer" by Michael G. Schwern. There wasn't much new there for me, but it was interesting to see it all together in one place. Part of it was about code, part was about increasing your own productivity, part was how to "to be an asshole", and part was about peopleware.

After that, I went to the AWS S3/EC2 BOF. Interestingly, most people where there to learn about it, and I was the only one with both experience and opinions and advice. So I ended up being an impromptu speaker/moderator. I got a lot of business cards, and had productive exchanges with Renat Khasansyn of Apatar, who I had met at MySQLCon, and with Kimbro Staken of JumpBox.

That evening, I went to the MySQL party. Several people from O'Reilly helped me navigate the train system. At the party I met Kaj Arnö, which was productive and hopefully profitable. Then Kaj and Monty treated me to a particular Finnish drink called Salmiakki Koskenkorva. I liked it, but then I got a taste for dark black licorice from my mother.

After that, I went back to the convention center, and hung out with Julian Cash, Rob Lanphier, and Robert Kaye of MusicBrainz. Fifteen years I was annoyed when CDDB took all the data that I and many other people had shared together, and basically stole it to start GraceNote. Robert Kaye was so annoyed, that he started MusicBrainz with the goal of smashing them. It's apparently been a threadbare task until recently, when Google started buying his datafeed.


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