Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
If you really want to find out more, buy me a Guinness
Sunday. The three of us hit breakfast at the same time, and got to drink hot
chocolate and croissants on the verandah overlooking the Grand Canal. Gondolas
went by as the mist cleared and the view across the water appeared like magic.
I took an hour out to quickly look round the Piazza San Marco and head towards
the Rialto Bridge. Due to the amount of tourists, I took the scenic route, and
I'm glad that I did. Some of the buildings off the direct path were wonderful.
The bridge itself was quite something too. I quickly headed back to check out
of the hotel with Karen and Marty. We then got a nice boat ride to Piazza le
Roma along the full length of the Grand Canal. Finding the shuttle bus to the
port proved troublesome, but Marty managed to find other geeks and located
where the bus was supposed to be. On arrival at the terminal we found Dave
Cross, Allison Randal and a few other geeks. Larry Wall and family found us,
Casey West found Marty, who couldn't find Casey, despite him following Marty
for the last 15 minutes around the terminal building
Monday. The talks begin at 8.30am. Robert talked about 'Optimising
Your Perl Code', which mostly highlighted the benefit of benchmarking and
profiling. The day was broken up with a stop in Bari to bring on more people,
but also allowed for some to go ashore and do some sightseeing for a couple of
hours. For the afternoon I went for a short talk, 'Email Filtering in Perl' by
Casey. The afternoon session was broken by a lifeboat drill. It seemed to go
well, and the entertainment people seemed to have fun explaining how to put on
lifejackets. I spent the early evening looking for other geeks, though they all
seem to have dispersed. It was a bit strange, and later we managed to agreed
for other geeks to meet in the bar by one of the conference rooms. The wireless
coverage was good there so it was an obvious choice. After dinner we started
the tradition of Fluxx/beer/chat and sex of the beach. There is a story that
unfolds here, but there is someone else who should tell it.
If he doesn't expect a completely unbiased observers perspective some time next week