I got my shipments of The Perl Review this afternoon, and a lot of my afternoon was talking to magazine people in the press room. There are a lot of experienced publishing people here, and they have all been very kind and willing to help. I have to talk to these people again after the conference so I can take advantage of their experience. I’m glad that I knocked myself out to get TPR ready for OSCON because it has let the right people know that I am serious about this thing, and they are here to meet me and offer their help. I have one copy I’m keeping all of my notes in.
Besides that, I talked to, or rather, listened to Brian Ingerson tell me how Kwiki can help TPR editors and authors work together. I’m sold. I didn’t have a use for Kwiki before, but now I do. It all sits on top of version control stuff, which is one of my big requirements. We also talked a lot about IO::All, which abstracts most input/output so it looks the same. I think I mentioned this before, but I keep running into Ingy as he toils away on his kwiki stuff.
I had another good steak at Sanders (down by the river and around the corner). I really am not that much of a red meat eater, but I’ve been a bit decadent lately. This obsession will pass, and maybe in several years my arteries will unclog too.
This evening’s activities included Eric Raymond announcing some new Open Source awards, saying that we need such institutions in the community to get the attention of the non-technical world. This is not the new thing he wants to make it out to be: Perl Mongers started the White Camel awards in 1999, and gave out cash prizes to the recipients. They have given out the awards every year since, and during that time, other communities, like the Apache folks, gave out awards too. This reminds me of all of the press releases in my email this week. Every one of them claims to be the leader of their field. How many leading companies can there actually be?
Larry Wall is giving his “State of the Onion” talk, but without much state or onion, but a lot of screensavers and his take on them. Still, Larry says that according to Sturgeon’s Law, which says that 90% of everything is crap, since this is his eighth talk, he still has two more chances.
While I am half-listening to Larry’s talk, I wanted to transfer some images from my phone to my computer via Bluetooth. I told my phone to scan for Bluetooth devices so I could connect to my computer. I had to wait a while, since all the PowerBooks around me apparently have Bluetooth, as does Tim Bunce’s phone, Nat Torkington’s something-whose-name’s-too-long-to-fit, several Macs, and lots of other computers. I stopped scanning after I found my computer, but by that time I had already found over 50 other devices. Bluetooth has been around for a while, but all of a sudden its everywhere.
Paul Graham is talking now. He gets to follow Larry Wall, poor chap. I’ll wait to write about that later since only two people are still reading at this point. The rest are probably aactually listening to Paul explain why Dilbert is not just commentary, but office anthropology, and why big companies squander their technological talent.