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Tuesday June 27, 2006
05:40 AM

[yapcna2006] Day 1, morning - the talks

[ #30062 ]

Conferences for Beginners, by Jim Brandt, David Adler, Randal Schwartz, Michael Schwern

This talk was to explain what people should do to take the most out of a conference, and it focused a few interesting points:

  * Decide what you want to see beforehand
  * Note down 5 points about each talk you see
  * Report back to your boss (so that he'll send you again next year)
  * Beware regarding security issues ("Don't use POP3 over the wireless!")
  * Finding and using the networks (in this case, IRC, blog aggregator, SubEthaEdit and the Wiki)
  * Meeting the Big Egos (how to go about approaching them)
  * Some cautionary points
  * And the post-conference activity (basically, keep in touch)

Opening Ceremonies, by Josh McAdams

Josh came on stage and he told us a bit more about the conference:

  * There will be a DVD
  * Over 60 talks
  * Around 400 attendees, representing 13 countries
  * 8 months planning
  * Dozens of volunteers
  * There's a job fair (with Acxiom, CheetahMail, Google, LiveText, Performics, ValueClick, Shopzilla, Follet Library Resources and a bunch of other companies; somebody already tried hiring me!)

Pretty good organization, I must say :-)

Keynote, by Damian Conway

Damian got on stage with two purposes:

  1 - Thank ValueClick, which is sponsoring Damian into going to 4 different locations as a speaker, this Summer, Chicago being one of them;

  2 - Introduce Larry (Brilliant, Devout, Dedicated, Insightful, Witty, Inspiring and a lot of other adjectives I wasn't fast enough to write down).

Keynote, by Larry Wall

Larry has just become a grandparent and he has a thing for wires.

His talk was on Blindness and, appropriately, was based solely on pictures... O:-)

Larry spoke about the several forms of blindness and presented us with some sentences that I think we should all think about:

  - "There are several forms of blindness. Look again. Think again."

  - "Another reason we're often blind is because we're going in circles."

  - "Something's you don't see unless you have courage."

  - "Something's you can't see unless the timing's right."

  - "Sometimes we don't see things until after we've taken the picture."


This was the morning.

But there was another talk...

After Larry spoke there's was a small break, but betweeen going to the bathroom, grabbing something to eat and talk to several people I ended up not being able to see Bill Odom's keynote :-(

I did manage to say hi to him the day before :-)

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