I haven't posted for a while, primarily because Paul has kept this blog busy with his excellent show reports (and great snaps from Joby). Similarly, nothing spectacular has happened here -- about the most exciting development is... Wait for it... I got my hair cut!
This morning was kicked off with a visit to Sears's café off Union Square. These guys are supposedly famous for their pancakes, but, drenched in maple syrup, it tasted just like all the other pancakes served in the US!
Paul seems to be having much too much fun out in America, with visits to the zoo and midnight cheesecake and what not (er, no time to write your PHP tutorial, Paul?), so I thought I should bring things back to the source: namely, the production desk at LXF Towers in Bath, England (where they don't ask you for ID in bars once you're over 18) (and rarely do it when you're under 18 either). This is where the copy is edited, the headlines are tweaked, the pictures are checked and, with shameful regularity, the typos are added.
Joby has sent over a couple more pictures from OSCon last week, so here's a picture from the Larry Wall interview (shot on the Max light rail train in Portland), and Jim Jagielski, shot in front of the Oregon Convention Center:
I missed blogging Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, because the days were rushed and we all enjoyed our first break all week. So, to catch you up, here's Friday:
For us, OSCon kind of fizzled out: we had a busy day on Friday, going to the Women in Open Source talk (you'd be surprised how many attended!), then the EU Software Patents talk with Marten Mickos (MySQL), Michael Tiemann (Red Hat), and Hartmut Pilch (FFII).
I received an intriguing email today from the SpikeSource PR agency. Yesterday, during my interview with Kim Polese, I asked them why they were calling themselves the leaders in open source testing when they had only really just launched. So, this morning I get an email from the PR people saying, amongst other things, "The follow-up was mostly around this notion of
SpikeSource claiming to be a "leader". It's totally counter to the humble approach they take with the community. They don't beat their chests in press releases or on the website."
It's a well-known fact that you need about two hours minimum to do a good interview with someone. You need time to meet up, find a good spot, sit and chat for a short time so that everyone was relaxed, enough time for the interview itself, and of course enough time for the photographer to work their magic.
Today we did four interviews in one day, along with shooting from place to place to get extra shots. Poor Joby has lots of work to get all the pictures converted from Nikon NEF format to TIF (and JPEG for this blog), so you'll need to wait until tomorrow to see his pictures.
OSCon kicked off for real today: Joby and I were at the conference centre for the 8:30 keynotes, and he got some great shots as Nat Torkington, Tim O'Reilly, and Kim Polese spoke. Tim and Nat's topic was, as per usual, The O'Reilly Radar: what's hot and what's not for ORA. Interestingly, Perl book sales are down almost 20% year on year - "if anything is an inspiriation for those working on Perl 6 to hurry up, this is it" said Tim.
I was lucky enough to be able to sleep to 7am this morning, because it was a busy day: in the morning, five hours of IronPython from Jim Hugunin, and in the afternoon another five hours of Mono. Well, at least that's the idea - I could only stay for the first 90 minutes of the Mono talk because I had an interview with Andrew Morton, the esteemed kernel hacker. We had a great time: Andrew is really chatty, and - fortunately for Joby - really open to do some unusual pictures. I think you'll understand what I mean when Joby finishes playing around with them and gives me one to upload!
After a busy morning, it's only right I have a busy afternoon. Things started to go wrong when I ordered the nachos from the hotel Quick & Light menu, only to receive a veritable mountain of food in return. I ended up leaving half of it and still arriving late to my afternoon session: Law for Geeks, by Lawrence Rosen.