day 0, day 1: 'mad props to <organizers|keithp|...>': So, I turned up to the airport at about 6am to meet
first time in way, way, way too long (2.5 years, I think). We both had a
much-needed espresso and chatted about crap for a while before he jumped
on his flight to Adelaide. I followed suit after a while, going on a
Virgin Blue flight at 0815, arriving at 0900. We taxied to Lincoln
College, and eventually went on a voyage of discovery to St Mark's (after
Thom warning the dude at Lincoln about
Jeff "jdub" Waugh
was going to turn up and ask if they could put him up).
After finding my room, finding Jamie
had a tutor room far, far bigger than mine with a couch
and double bed in the mix as well, seethed for a while, but then got
over it and went out for lunch with Thom and Jeff, and random other
people (including Gus Lees, who later turned up and held forth about a
variety of issues).
I then got horribly lost, and discovered how much Adelaide's public
transport sucks on a Sunday. When I rejoined everyone, "everyone" was at
The Archer (Stewart Smith
Dan Treacy, Gus, David Lloyd, eventually Mike Beattie, Jamie, Colin
Charles, Stuart Young, Nathan Parslow, Jonathan Grey, Jason King), and
we stayed there for a while before eating possibly the best chicken
kebab (the skewer variety) and seafood pack I've ever had. Rock on
Adelaide Burger Bar, on O'Connell Rd (very close to Lincoln, and thus
quite close to St Mark's).
After going home and sleeping, we went off to line up and register. This
netted us lots of cool stuff, including a laptop-ish bag, Vortexes for
the professional attendees (not us skanky students), water pistols,
complete with war games rules of engagement, and other way cool stuff.
The organizers had everything down pat - although it's been said over
and over again, mad props to them. They've done an amazing job.
Debian MiniConf was heaps of fun - rocked up, saw Mike and sat down next
to him, and who was next to him
but Matt Wilcox. Had a good
chat with Matt about various things while KPresenter (not even
kpresenter: kdebase) built on the iBook; I would later beg an AlBook
off Apple as they were loaning them to finish the build. Then a 6'7" giant wearing a bright
rocked up, to the cheers of all, and sat in the rows
ahead of us. AJ Towns
turned up later, as did a few other DDs. Jon Oxer sat
up the front doing a masterful job of organizing
within), while Thom wrote his talk, a row in front of me. Most of the
talks rocked, that's for sure.
The food isn't brilliant, but we're staying at a residential college and
eating at a uni's food court. You can't really win, I 'spose.
Unfortunately, it's been impossible to get connectivity in the theatres
(apparently this will chnage) to do things like look up supporting
material, although I'm sure half of everyone will just IRC. Interesting
tricks with power boards to get laptops charged have ruled the day. At
the end of the day, being absolutely buggered from a massive previous
week (sort of a festival of my 18th), I wandered home, got into bed, and
slept for about 12 hours. Now, breakfast time on day 2.