So ends the fifth GUADEC. The third day focused less on technical issues and more on political issues, things like using GNOME in schools, in developing countries, in governments, etc. It was interesting, although I think the beautiful weather won out in some people's minds.
Hackers at rest
Contrast with the scene at Paddy's later that night.
Hackers in motion
Frankly, I think more Irish pubs should have WLAN access. Thank you.
The ceremonial Winning Of The Pants this year was done by Andrew Sobala, despite his insistence that they are in fact trousers.
Luis and jdub prepare to award the pants
As pphaneuf keeps reminding me, conferences are all about people, not so much about what specifically you learn. It's always great to meet cool new people, and I really enjoyed catching up with other people I hadn't seen in a while. After the conference, Strike Force NITI went out for supper with Luis Villa and Fred Crozat, where the three of us managed to polish off an unimaginably large bowl of unimaginably good seafood soup.
Outside Høgskolen i Agder, where the conference took place, is a series of twelve stone benches with seemingly random phrases engraved on them. Nat showed them to me, we agreed that they're incredible, and we each photographed all of them so as not to lose them. Individually most of the phrases aren't too surprising, but the cumulative effect of walking around and reading them all is a surreal experience to be savoured.
I don't know who wrote them, why they're there, or anything else. There were no signs taking credit for them. They were just there, saying what they say.
I transcribed them all on the train back to Oslo this morning.
This is the first time I've been out of the country on Canada Day. I am
wearing a festive red shirt.
(Posted on July 1, 2004 17:40)