Tag: conferences

  • I attended All Things Open 2018 (November 2, 2018)

    My second visit to this annual open-source conference inspired me to improve my own project leadership, organizational repping, and joyful public API hackery.

  • I attended IndieWeb Summit 2018 (June 28, 2018)

    Notes and thoughts from the eighth annual IndieWeb conference, held in Portland, Oregon.

  • Places to find me, June 2018 (June 8, 2018)

    I'm traveling all over the north-western hemisphere this month for a variety of interactive fiction meetups and technology summits.

  • I attended All Things Open 2017 (October 27, 2017)

    Three major themes I took home after attending this large and friendly open-source software conference in Raleigh.

  • I spoke about BumpySkies at TPC 2017 (July 6, 2017)

    I presented BumpySkies: A Passion-Project Postmortem at The Perl Conference 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia last month. It remixes my !!Con 2017 talk from May , adding five minutes of newer stuff at either end. In this 20-minute talk I tell more or less the complete tale of how I spent much of 2016 making BumpySkies , a commercial-flight turbulence forecaster. While it works just as I’d hoped, I kind of dunno what to do next with it — and the increasingly anti-scientific stance of the country that provides its data gives me concerns for its longevity that I didn’t have when I began the project.

  • I want The Perl Conference to steal !!Con’s policies (May 18, 2017)

    I love The Perl Conference (née YAPC::NA), a humbly scoped annual gathering that — like any good language-in-the-title conference — succeeds at focusing more on the creative community that happens to center around a particular programming language, rather than on that language itself. As I noted here last month , I plan to speak at its June 2017 iteration in DC, and earlier years saw some of my first talks at any technical conference with a venue larger than a pub. After attending !!Con , though, I find myself increasingly unsatisfied at some of ways that TPC seems to stumble into the same too-typical tech-conference pitfalls every year, ones that nimble !!Con has found ways around. I think TPC can do better! Let me name the problems I see, and then recommend ways that the older conference can learn a thing or two from the younger one.

  • My !!Con talk, and other notes (May 13, 2017)

    The video embedded below contains the entirety of !!Con 2017 ’s day-one livestream, recorded May 6. Clicking it will cue up the ten-minute talk I delivered to its New York City audience that day. I describe how I overcame some early obstacles in BumpySkies development by pushing past my natural resistance against asking strangers for access to tools and data.

  • My summer speaking schedule: !!Con, The Perl Conference (April 21, 2017)

    Pleased to announce that I plan to speak about BumpySkies , my air-travel turbulence forecaster, at two conferences in the early summer. (One of them you can still get tickets to!)

  • Listen to me chat about Perl for an hour (June 17, 2016)

    Last Wednesday afternoon, I joined Tom Radcliffe for an hour-long ActiveState -sponsored chat about Perl: my favorite general-purpose programming language, and the tool I use to create the majority of the software I’ve built since the late 1990s. It was a lot of fun, and you can listen to the whole thing here .

  • I attended YAPC::NA 2015 (June 28, 2015)

    Earlier this month I attended the 2015 edition of the North American Yet Another Perl Conference in Salt Lake City. This was the second YAPC I had ever attended (and, happily, the first I attended without dividing my attention to deal with emergencies unfolding elsewhere). I arrived early, and I have already written about the couple of days I spent eating and sightseeing before the conference started. Now I will write about the conference!

  • My YAPC::NA 2015 talk about blogging (June 9, 2015)

    Please enjoy The True Story of Plerd: or, Why I Wrote a Blogging System in Twenty Fifteen , a talk I delivered at YAPC::NA 2015 in Salt Lake City. This video is about 21 minutes long.

  • I’ll be speaking at YAPC::NA 2015 (March 16, 2015)

    Update: The full conference schedule is now online .

  • Just Make your Thing (June 22, 2013)

    A five-minute talk I gave at YAPC::NA earlier this month, on the topic of project focus. The context is Perl (due to audience) and game programming (due to me) but I hope it’s of interest to anyone as obsessed as I with turning things they love into code.