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DevBeat · This was an odd but not-bad lit­tle developers’ event in San Fran put on by VC-biz pub Ven­tureBeat. I’m not 100% sure what DevBeat 2013 was try­ing to be, but any­how the venue was cool and I got a neat pic­ture of RMS ...
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DevBeat · I nor­mal­ly don’t post here any more about events I’m speak­ing at, but DevBeat looks un­usu­al. I mean, fol­low that link and look at the list of en­ter­tain­er­s, which in­cludes RMS, Al3x, DHH, Ras­mus, and Mo­jom­bo. Who have in com­mon, near as I can tel­l, ex­act­ly noth­ing. It’s a Ven­tureBeat thing so I guess it’ll be crawl­ing with VCs and peo­ple look­ing for mon­ey; I’ll try to mod­er­ate my gen­er­al neg­a­tiv­i­ty about the cur­rent state of VC. But I have to say, it’s one of the few events where I look at the ros­ter and think “That should be interesting.”
 
Upcoming Gigs · I think this counts as a travel-planning Per­son­al Worst. In Novem­ber, I’m com­mit­ting speechi­fi­ca­tion in Toky­o, Shang­hai, Broom­field, and An­twer­p ...
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Upcoming Gig: MWC · That stands for Mo­bile World Congress, right around Valentine’s Day, in Barcelon­a. A whole tribe of An­droi­ders are go­ing, and the mock-up of our booth is bog­gling minds all over the ’plex ...
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October in Montevideo · I’m go­ing to be at RubyConf Uruguay at the end of this mon­th; there are sur­pris­es ...
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Upcoming Gig — JAOO · I don’t know what the acronym stands for, but JAOO 2010 is in Aarhus, a place I’ve nev­er been to in Den­mark; Oct 4-6. It’s a pop­u­lar event and I’m hon­ored to be among the speak­er­s. What hap­pened was, be­fore I start­ed at Google, they in­vit­ed me to come and talk about my Do­ing It Wrong piece, which I re­gard as sum­ming up my years at Sun. After I joined Google, I wrote back and asked “Can I talk about An­droid too?” so I’ll be speak­ing twice on suc­ces­sive days ...
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Upcoming Gig — GDD Tokyo · GDD stands for Google Devel­op­er Day; since not ev­ery­one can come to Google I/O, we take I/O on the road to var­i­ous points in sev­er­al con­ti­nents and both hemi­spheres. GDD Tokyo, on Septem­ber 28th, is 2010’s first; I’ll be help­ing out there talk­ing An­droid in the keynote. I as­sume the Tokyo Googlers will find some­thing else use­ful to do while I’m there. Reg­u­lar read­ers here know that I have a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with Tokyo — can’t wait to be back.
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Upcoming Gig — Mobile Tech · That’s Mo­bileTech Con­fer­ence in ful­l, a new con­fer­ence in Mainz, about which I know noth­ing ex­cept for it’s near Frank­furt. It’s by the same peo­ple who do the well-known “JAX” con­fer­ence se­ries all over Ger­many. Septem­ber 6-8; no­table for be­ing my first keynote ap­pear­ance on be­half of my new An­droid day job.
 
Head Count Fiction · When con­fer­ence or­ga­niz­ers count peo­ple, the num­ber they care about most is reg­is­tered pay­ing at­ten­dees; they track that ev­ery day as the con­fer­ence ap­proach­es. Sup­pose you are an out­sider, con­sid­er­ing at­tend­ing or spon­sor­ing or ex­hibit­ing at the con­fer­ence, and you in­quire as to the like­ly at­ten­dance. You will nev­er be giv­en the re­al num­ber; in­stead you will be told a num­ber which is at least twice that, and usu­al­ly high­er. This is jus­ti­fied by in­clud­ing trade-show exhibitors’ staff, the con­fer­ence organizer’s own peo­ple, PR folk and jour­nal­ist­s, the food ser­vice crew, and is ba­si­cal­ly pulled out of a monkey’s but­t. Just thought you’d like to know.
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Three Pictures of Illuminares · For many years, Vancouver’s Public Dreams So­ci­ety has pre­sent­ed Il­lu­minares, a summer-evening fes­ti­val built around a lantern pro­ces­sion. Typ­i­cal­ly held out­side, around Trout Lake, it’s a nicely-hippie-flavored ex­plo­sion of fire and noise and en­er­gy. This year, be­cause Trout Lake park is un­der con­struc­tion, they held it in­side and it was still fun, if not quite as much. I got some pic­tures which are sort of pret­ty and rep­re­sent a new fron­tier I think in my cur­rent low-light-photography ob­ses­sion ...
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Five Pictures of OSCON · It’s my fa­vorite con­fer­ence, I think. I love the small­er, more fo­cused events too, but OSCON is a gath­er­ing of the tribes and we need one of those ...
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Upcoming Gig — Scottish Ruby · Next March, I’ll vis­it Ed­in­burgh (for the first time!) to keynote the Scot­tish Ru­by Con­fer­ence, along with the ex­cel­lent Jim Weirich. In­ter­est­ing­ly, this is the for­mer Scot­land On Rail­s; they’ve de­cid­ed to broad­en their spec­trum.
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JavaOne 2009 Notes I · I’m cov­er­ing these events in my ca­pac­i­ty as a blog­ger; here in the press room, the con­sen­sus is that this is JavaOne’s last go-around. I have no in­side in­for­ma­tion and not even a guess, so this is 100% fact-free spec­u­la­tion, but Or­a­cle does have a track record of rolling in the trade shows of the com­pa­nies they buy: BEA, Siebel, Peo­pleSoft, and so on. I’d prob­a­bly be in fa­vor, just be­cause I know the crush­ing load that this kind of shindig puts on in­sid­ers to get their wares ready to show; I’m not sure you could do this more than once a year, ef­fec­tive­ly ...
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CSS · That stands for Colorado Soft­ware Sum­mit, which I at­tend­ed on­ce, four years ago, and have been try­ing to get back there since. With eight months to think about it, maybe I’ll man­age this year. I to­tal­ly rec­om­mend it.
 
Annotated Questions · OSCON has tra­di­tion­al­ly fea­tured bun­dles of short fifteen-minute keynotes. I gave one en­ti­tled “Programming-Language Questions” and loved the com­pressed in­ten­si­ty of the for­mat. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, my slides were ir­re­triev­ably lost in the post-speech disk crash (yes, I usu­al­ly drop ’em on a USB stick, this time I didn’t). There’s video on­line at blip.tv, but the qual­i­ty is pret­ty ba­sic, and I sus­pect that the on-screen URIs and code sam­ples not use­ful. Here are all the miss­ing pieces, should you want to watch it (on­ly 15 min­utes, re­mem­ber); plus a lit­tle ex­tra com­men­tary ...
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Nine Pictures of OSCON · Here­with some il­lus­trat­ed take-aways from OSCON 2008; I en­joyed it (and, I think, ben­e­fit­ed from it) as much as any con­fer­ence in re­cent years ...
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OSCON and Marca · I’ve got a gig at OSCON 2008 do­ing a mini-keynote, fif­teen min­utes en­ti­tled Lan­guage In­flec­tion Point. This was in my mind when I stum­bled across Marca’s Public speak­ing ver­sus blog­ging. I think he’s re­al­ly wrong ...
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RESTful JavaOne · I on­ly man­aged to take in a few talks here and there, but the ones I did catch sure had some first-rate REST preach­ing. To the ex­tent that there’s a sur­pris­ing trend at this year’s J1, I’d say it’s REST-is-in, “Big Web Services” (see be­low) are out ...
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JavaOne Day One · What­ev­er your feel­ings about Java, the open­ing of the JavaOne con­fer­ence is re­al­ly an out­stand­ing­ly great even­t. I’m not sure if, in any giv­en year, it’s the sin­gle biggest gath­er­ing of soft­ware de­vel­op­er­s, but it’s re­mark­ably huge. I have some pic­tures to sug­gest the fla­vor of be­ing there, and some specifics on the Neil Young seg­men­t ...
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Whatever One · I spent most of Mon­day at Com­mu­ni­tyOne, and it makes me won­der about the fu­ture of JavaOne ...
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CommunityOne! · I haven’t been re­al­ly that in­volved in the work on Com­mu­ni­tyOne, al­though I’m MC’ing a Ru­by pan­el. But just now I was pok­ing around the sched­ule [PDF; bad, bad Com­mu­ni­tyOne!] and holy cow, this is turn­ing in­to one heavy­weight geek-fest. Whether your jones is for for Free Cul­ture or Sub­ver­sion or Vir­tu­al­iza­tion or alt-JVM lan­guages or many-core pain or Ubun­tu news or Post­greSQL, this is the place. And al­so it’s free. If you’re a Bay Area geek or a JavaOne at­tendee you’d be nuts not to spend May 5 at the Moscone.
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Upcoming Gig: Tech Days Mexico City · I’ve on­ly vis­it­ed Mex­i­co on­ce, for a few days fif­teen years ago, and loved it. I’m to­tal­ly look­ing for­ward to ap­pear­ing at Sun Tech Days Ci­u­dad de México, May 21-23. I en­joy these events; they draw a young, ea­ger, re­fresh­ing crowd.
 
Upcoming Gig: J1 Blogger · There’s a re­al­ly strict lim­it on the num­ber of JavaOne pass­es for Sun em­ploy­ees. I can usu­al­ly man­age to score one, but that’s one that some­one else isn’t go­ing to get. But I’ve not­ed with ap­proval that there are press pass­es for suc­cess­ful tech­nol­o­gy blog­ger­s; I’m one of those so I ap­plied, and now some­one else can get that pass. I’ve missed two J1’s in a row, so I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting back in­to that cul­ture a bit. Now, can I ac­tu­al­ly dig up some news?
 
Upcoming Gig: Silly Valley Ruby · This is right in the mid­dle of San Jose, April 18 and 19. To be pre­cise, SDForum’s Third An­nu­al Sil­i­con Val­ley Ru­by Con­fer­ence. SDFo­rum seems like a good or­ga­ni­za­tion. I ac­tu­al­ly have nev­er been to any kind of Ru­by gath­er­ing in the Bay Area, so have no feel for the lo­cal cul­ture; I’m look­ing for­ward to this.
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Upcoming Gig: BCnet · Hey, two con­fer­ences in my home-town in one mon­th, April 22-23. The full name is Light­ing the Path: Con­nec­tions for the Fu­ture but ev­ery­one just says “BCnet”. I’ll be wear­ing my Sun hat for this one, and hop­ing to see some of the home­town folk.
 
Upcoming Gig: Open Web · Right here in town, as the name sug­gest­s: Open Web Van­cou­ver 2008, April 14-15. This is put on by the Van­cou­ver PHP Users As­so­ci­a­tion; it’s great to see the Web re­li­gions open­ing up to each oth­er like this.
 
Launch Party Vancouver Jan. 25 · There’ll be geek­s, VCs, hangers-on, and good times, all at the Launch Par­ty Van­cou­ver 3 this Fri­day at the no­to­ri­ous Lamp­lighter. And there re­al­ly is go­ing to be a launch: Sun’s Start­up Essen­tials will be do­ing its Cana­di­an launch. That’s a pro­gram that’s easy to un­der­stand. Be less than four years old. Have less than 150 em­ploy­ees. Get cheap hard­ware. I’ve got a gig in Austin that day and even though I free up in the morn­ing, will have trou­ble get­ting home for the par­ty. Pfui.
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Undergrad Geeks in Montréal · I’m talk­ing about CUSEC 2008, that’s the Cana­di­an Un­der­grad­u­ate Soft­ware Engi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence. What a blast. If you’re a stu­dent up here do­ing any­thing software-related, at­tend. If you’re a vet­er­an and they ask you to speak, ac­cep­t. If you’re an em­ploy­er look­ing for tal­en­t, spon­sor. With some ultra-cute pic­s ...
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Upcoming Gig: Austin Summit · To be more pre­cise, that’d be the Av­enue A | Ra­zor­fish Tech­nol­o­gy Sum­mit on Jan­uary 25th. It must be hip be­cause, wow, it’s list­ed on Face­book. Oh no, that was 2007; it must be lame, be­cause it’s list­ed on, you know, Face­book. It’s free (if you have a re­la­tion­ship with AA|R) and looks pret­ty in­ter­est­ing. I’ll talk about Web 2.0 cul­ture and tech­nol­o­gy to an au­di­ence that sounds like it’ll be a lit­tle more main­stream than I’m used to.
 
Social! · Our tra­di­tion­al (well, this is the third in four years) New Year’s Day so­cial went off very nice­ly, thank you. We had RSVP’s from 40 or so adults with at least ten kid­s. Things that we kept the same: Cor­don Rouge, gaz­pa­cho, lentil soup, and cof­fee cake. In­no­va­tion: hir­ing a re­al babysit­ter to hang out up­stairs with the kid­s. Em­ma was great but went home look­ing fraz­zled; there are still a few nerf darts on the ceil­ing ...
 
Upcoming Gig: CUSEC 2008 · This is the Cana­di­an Univer­si­ty Soft­ware Engi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence. They ac­cost­ed me out of the blue at some con­fer­ence last fall and said “Come to Montréal in January?” I love aca­dem­ic crowds and it seemed like a good and well-organized even­t, so I’ll be at CUSEC 2008 speak­ing at 10 AM on Jan­uary 17th. They seem well-enough or­ga­nized not to need a plug from me, but to­day I dropped by the speak­ers ros­ter and well, oh my good­ness. I’m in damn fine com­pa­ny. I’d pay re­al mon­ey to hear what these oth­er peo­ple have to say. Go­ing to have put some ex­tra work in­to my pre­so or I’ll look lame.
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In The Audience · At mod­ern high-tech con­fer­ences, many in the au­di­ence go on­line, and stay on­line dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion­s. To fa­cil­i­tate this, con­fer­ence or­ga­niz­ers of­ten pro­vide wire­less net­work­ing, and ex­ten­sion cords for lap­top pow­er. There is strong dis­agree­ment as to whether this A Good Thing or Ap­palling Dis­cour­tesy. I have ob­ser­va­tions both from in the au­di­ence and on the stage ...
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Northern Voice 2008 · In Van­cou­ver, Fe­b. 22-23, the North­ern Voice “personal blog­ging and so­cial media” con­fer­ence. Lau­ren has more de­tails. My fa­vorite lit­tle blog­ger con­clave.
 
Bad Ruby · I en­joyed at­tend­ing RubyConf im­mense­ly, but I al­so re­gret­ted it. Not all is well in my per­son­al fa­vorite open-source com­mu­ni­ty. (This ar­ti­cle is full of com­plaints; for my love-letter on the same sub­ject see here.) [Ouch, check the com­ments. My po­si­tion on week­ends is, um, not uni­ver­sal­ly held.] ...
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Good Ruby · I was at RubyConf ten days ago and just now catch­ing up, been over­load­ed. This was my sec­ond RubyConf and, like last time, I came away in­spired. This is an il­lus­trat­ed fan let­ter; but there are prob­lems in the com­mu­ni­ty and at the con­fer­ence; I’ve writ­ten about them sep­a­rate­ly ...
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UnGigs · Be­ing a list of some cool events that I’m go­ing to but not speak­ing at, or not go­ing to but un­hap­py about. Item: I’m go­ing to both RubyConf and ApacheCon, but I have no at­ten­tion of climb­ing on a stage, I’m there to lis­ten and learn and schmooze. Item: I’m not go­ing to QCon San Fran­cis­co, even though they in­vit­ed me in the nicest way and it looks like a great pro­gram and good peo­ple. Just couldn’t make it work. Item: I’m not go­ing to the Colorado Soft­ware Sum­mit (I com­mit­ted to the Shang­hai gig) and this one breaks my heart, it looks like an out­stand­ing pro­gram. Item: I’m not go­ing to Grails eXchange 2007 be­cause I’m signed up for that Mid­west trip. A pity, that back­ground Groovy buzz isn’t let­ting up at al­l; glad to see there’ll be Sun peo­ple there.
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Upcoming Gig: Midwest Java Days · I’ll be do­ing the open­ing keynotes at the Mid­west Ja­va Tech­nol­o­gy Days in Min­neapo­lis and Chica­go on Oc­to­ber 16th and 18th re­spec­tive­ly. There’s an amus­ing sto­ry be­hind this one ...
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Upcoming Gig: Shanghai · I’ve signed up to do a cou­ple of pre­sen­ta­tions at our Tech Days events; the first is in Shang­hai, Oc­to­ber 23-25. I’ve been to Hong Kong lots but nev­er to the PRC prop­er; ex­cit­ing! Ob­vi­ous­ly I’ll have to pull to­geth­er some oth­er things to do if I’m go­ing all the way across the Paci­fic.
 
Which “One”? · At the be­gin­ning of the week now end­ing was Com­mu­ni­ty One, an open­ing act or a curtain-raiser or a pre­lude or what­ev­er for Ja­va One. I was on stage twice, once in the open­ing, and man­aged to vis­it (I think) all of the track­s. I was one of three thou­sand or so peo­ple there. It’s tak­en me a few days to fig­ure out what I think about it ...
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Upcoming Gig: CANHEIT 2007 · It’ll be back to my old stomp­ing grounds in Water­loo in late May to do a ple­nary at CANHEIT 2007, which is the Cana­di­an Univer­si­ty IT con­fer­ence. I hope to see one or two of my old com­padres.
 
Upcoming Gig: RailsConf 2007 · I’ll be head­ing to Port­land, Ore­gon for a keynote at Rail­sConf 2007, May 17-20. I gath­er that like most Ruby-related events it sold out more or less in­stant­ly. There’s a fun­ny sto­ry about how I came to at­tend ...
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Mashing with Mike · To­day we had that Mashup event at the Sun cam­pus with Mike Ar­ring­ton. There were some­where be­tween 100 and 200 peo­ple there; I had fun and learned things ...
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Upcoming Gig: RubyKaigi 2007 · The week of June 10 will find me in Tokyo for RubyKaigi2007, where my ti­tle is The World in 30 Min­utes. For­tu­nate­ly, they’ve pro­vid­ed this map. Wish me luck; I’ll need it.
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Upcoming Gig: AEA Seattle ’07 · To be ex­ac­t, An Event Apart Seat­tle 2007, way off at the end of June. I don’t know the first thing about it, but with Mey­er and Zeld­man in­volved it’s got­ta be good. I can feel my in­ner ty­pog­ra­pher squirm­ing at the prospec­t.
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Upcoming Gig: WDW SF ’07 · To be ex­ac­t, Web De­sign World San Fran­cis­co 2007, March 26-28 at Moscone West in San Fran­cis­co. I’m up first thing on Mon­day morn­ing. I haven’t any idea what I’m go­ing to talk about, but stil­l, it’s been too long since I’ve spent time hang­ing out with de­sign­er­s; so I’m look­ing for­ward to it.
 
Upcoming Gig: Mashup with Arrington · The Sun mar­ket­ing per­son said “We’re do­ing an­oth­er start­up out­reach even­t, think you could come down on the 19th and pitch in?” I said prob­a­bly and asked for more in­fo. “This fel­low named, uh, Mike Ar­ring­ton, has agreed to do a pan­el, do you know who he is?” So I said I’d come. It’s called the Mashup Event and it’s an af­ter­noon thing, ba­si­cal­ly just Mike and me talk­ing a lit­tle bit about Web 2.0 and Ven­ture Cap­i­tal, fol­lowed by cock­tails and schmooz­ing. I’ve nev­er met the ubiq­ui­tous Mr. A so I’m look­ing for­ward to it. If you’re in the area and can spare an hour, drop by our coo­lio Men­lo Park cam­pus and join in the fun. Our entirely-unhidden agen­da: find out what’s go­ing on, & lis­ten.
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Moose Camp · This is the one-day Un­con­fer­ence that hap­pens the day be­fore North­ern Voice. Un­for­tu­nate­ly I missed North­ern Voice, due to a com­bi­na­tion of a child’s soc­cer game and a vi­cious one-day ail­ment of some sort that knocked me com­plete­ly on my butt for 24 hours. Any­how, Moose Camp was 100% ex­cel­len­t. It ir­ri­tates me that I went through the first forty-something years of my life with­out hav­ing had the Un­con­fer­ence ex­pe­ri­ence ...
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Starting Up! · Yow, I just looked at the Start­up Camp sign-up sheet and if you want to go, you bet­ter get on the list PDQ. Of the names that are there, I rec­og­nize al­most none; which is ex­act­ly the idea. I asked David Ber­lind why peo­ple who are com­ing wouldn’t want their names to show, and he says two rea­son­s: stealth-mode star­tup­s, and peo­ple with jobs who are look­ing for an­oth­er one.
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