Day 0: moved in, pub, registered at conference, pub, newbie session by Trusty Rusty, PUB, followed by an excellent meal at TQR Thach’s Quan Vietnamese.
That really about sums it up. Alcohol quota consumed in a day. Met new awesome people (Canberra seems to have a strangely high concentration of smart nerds) and caught up with just some of the others. Went to bed with a gurgling stomach of spicy food.
Day1: breakfast at the St George’s servery (legit uni name!). I think it’s their first day back or something because clearly the staff could not keep up with requirements for eggs and bacon in various forms. I hope tomorrow it will be a) less busy b) less faily. The eating venue itself is very Harry Potter-esque, just look at this:
In any case, breakfast aside, we heard an excellent keynote from Dr Suelette Dreyfus on whistleblowers and some related statistics, all of course spiced up by data on how people feel about information that is kept secret from the public. Wonderful speaker, succint topic, all kept everyone’s attention at a high level. The humorous codenames shown in the presentation files added flavour.
There was question time, that started off in a somewhat wtf way with some self-described philosopher-geek-doctor who had a speech prepared himself, not getting the whole “question time” need for questions to be asked. However other people properly heckled him off which sped up the actual useful continuation of that portion of the conference. It did seem odd however that having called the chap a “weirdo” in Twitter, some nerdgirl decided to jump to his defence by calling me judgemental. She must be new on this planet, so let’s forgive her. Anyone wasting time with their own agenda deserves to get told to fuck right off immediately.
The SysAdmin miniconference was also excellent, alas I missed the last bits of it for a very good reason. The earlier parts can be summed up with: Puppet, Chef, and their respective holywars, the details can be viewed at: http://sysadmin.miniconf.org/presentations14.html so there we are.
Calling it a night early, tomorrow is definitely ERMERGERDERPENSTACK day. So much at this conf seems to be about OpenStack and related bits, I wonder why
Among things to read/investigate: http://linux-ha.org/source-doc/assimilation/html/index.html