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Wednesday July 02, 2008
10:41 PM

Iceland, where YAPC::NA and YAPC::EU can meet

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For the last year I've been mildly advocating that a Nordic Perl Workshop be in Iceland, mostly because I'd like to go to an NPW in all of the Nordic countries and Iceland has as much of a chance as Finland of hosting one. Heck, let's even have a YAPC there.

I just found another good reason to have it in Iceland: it's literally on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Well, duh, of course Iceland is where the Earth's crust is pulling apart, but I never really thought about it since it is way up there almost not in the Atlantic anymore. Because of this, Iceland straddles the tectonic plates of North America and Europe. There's even a bridge that you can walk across to go from one plate to another (which is definitely cooler than seeing a dusty ditch Californians call the San Andreas Fault). Iceland is expanding by a couple of centimeters each year, so eventually it should take over the world and Perl will already be there.

North American Perlers and European Perlers can meet at the bridge. We could even have the conference taking place on the North American and European side at the same time. There could be t-shirts showing geology nerd stuff.

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  • Where do I sign up?

    I suppose holding the conference in the Perlan would be both impractical and excessively expensive.

  • Technically it's still a ditch, though the day I was there it was raining sideways and my daughter* and I couldn't do more than dash out look around and dash back into the car.

    I'm with wirebird though, where do I sign up? I love Iceland and recommend a stop over there to anybody who's traveling between NA and EU.

    * Here's a fun vacation game, try explaining Plate Tectonics to a 3 year old :)

    • I used to work for an airline that borrowed Aer Lingus planes during the off season to run vacation charters out of the (USAn) East Coast. At the beginning and end of the season, us employees had the chance to ride the placement flights for free. Unfortunately, since I didn't want to (well, I *wanted* to, but you know what I mean) stay in Ireland throughout the charter season, I would still have had to pay for the one-way trip the other direction. As I recall, flying to/from Dublin one-way would have been l

  • On the plus side, Iceland is a very beautiful country and a wonderful place to visit.

    On the negative side, airfare is expensive, and I don't think there's anyone offering to organize it.

    • Well, I'm looking into what the costs would be, and from there we'll see how to go about it if the NPW people think it could work.

  • ... will be under the bridge, where we'll emerge from to collect tolls.

  • Several years ago, a Debian developer (using DD's coordinates, http://www.debian.org/devel/developers.loc [debian.org], over the sphere) found out that Debian's center of mass is very close to Iceland. Sadly, that does not mean that airfare is cheap...
    But anyway, European DebConfs since I joined (2003, 2005 and 2007) were respectively in Oslo, Helsinki and Edinburgh - relatively close to Iceland at least!
  • jonasbn approached me informally about this (on irc.perl.org)
    recently. For those that don't know I'm probably the best known Perl
    guy in Iceland amongst the regular conference going crowd having
    written a few CPAN modules and hacked core a bit.

    There's no monger group in Iceland which would somewhat impede the
    execution of a plan such as this one, however that's no /real/
    obstacle really. Arranging everything could be done through the help
    of local organizations such as the newly-formed FSFI (which is holding
    a la
    • ...take that Turkey!

      Heh! I don't think this is comparable to TR Lira. We used to buy Coke for half a million (old) lira you know :p Anyway, YTL does not have that annoying zeroes :)