The first copy of my latest book arrived today, and I'm over-the-moon happy with it. This isn't a surprise: after two years of writing the book, I spent a further year working with the editing team at O'Reilly to add, delete, edit and rewrite large chunks until everyone was happy with it. It's about a third of the size of the online book (Practical PHP Programming), but much of the difference is straightforward cutting of non-nutshell topics. So, making games, ASCII art, etc, all went first.
Only moments before I would have been discarded on the waste pit of humanity, I decided to come home to The South. This is a good thing: my cats are pleased to see me, and my wife saw me too. Take from that what you will ;)
Toby the cat is pleased to see me.
At LinuxWorld London, I bumped into the journo with whom I got lost in Barcelona last month (see this entry for the gory details). He'd had only three hours sleep the night before, so it was just like old times. Aaah. Meanwhile, Nick and I gave out some prized LXF Awards -- here's Nick with the Gentoo chaps, who proudly displayed the awards on their stand for the rest of the day.
I expect all of you noticed Mike's evil Gimp-ery of my esteemed profile, as he tried to prove himself better than me at something. Having lost his chance to be better at pool, he thought he could use the power of free software to make himself better at me than UT - but he had one fatal flaw. If you examine the image carefully, you'll notice my hair is parted on the wrong side! He would have got away with it if he wasn't too short to see that high ;)
Apologies for the tabloidese headline. But after Hudzilla's last post, I thought I'd better reveal some more deep secrets at LXF Towers! You see, dear readers, the truth needs to be told. Our Paul is very good at UT2004, and does have a tendency to win, but he's not as infallible as he suggests. On Friday we had a quick go of UT in which I managed to amass a whopping 2,637 points, whilst Hudzilla only scraped together a mere 3.
And I was on the phone for half the time. And writing HotPicks too.
And to think it's my birthday tomorrow too...
[Glares in Hudzilla's direction]
That is all. I was going to do a write-up of the expo, but instead I'll just ban everyone else. Yes!
Over here some LXF readers are posting their thoughts on the LinuxWorld conference. Something Nobber said made me laugh out loud: "Mike Saunders is smaller than I had imagined." It's funny, because Nobber just doesn't realise there's a long story behind that...
I was very disappointed with the quality of LinuxWorld UK, and not just because Linux Format didn't have a stand there. From LXF, we sent Nick, Graham, Mike, Channelle, Joby and myself - six people is a pretty big representation, so I think we tried our best. And what happened? Zip. The Great Linux Debate was largely dominated by Microsoft (again), although Nick managed to get some good points in by grabbing the microphone as it went by. The stands were even drearier than last year, with the highlight being the little gecko sitting in the O of the Novell logo.