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Sunday September 22, 2002
08:12 AM

Strange happenings and Sony inepitude

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Saturday didn't happen. Honest. ;-)

I did go to Oktoberfest though, the party split with some jumping in a cab and Barbie & friend, Andy Wilson and I going one stop on the U-Bahn. No problem, thought I, we'll meet them there.

No one had explained how utterly, utterly huge Oktoberfest is. I have never seen so many people so drunk in one place ever. And this from a memeber of london.pm ! Needless to say, we didn't find the others but I did have a go on the rollercoaster. It was awesome, even after drinking for most of the day. Sometimes, though, I really wish I didn't wear glasses (I don't get on with contacts) as it sort of spoils the fun when everything is even more blurred than usual. Next year I might actually have to make a special trip to sample Oktoberfest properly.

Sunday dawned bright and early for me as I made my way to the airport at 7am. Somehow I had managed to book an earlier flight than all the other london.pm'ers but in a way that was good as I really was too tired and jaded to talk this morning.

Now I'm back at home and pondering what I learned from YAPC.
  • Larry rocks, we really appreciate you coming all the way over.
  • Schwern is a brave man.
  • Casey West would have provided one of the most memorable moments of the conference, except it didn't happen. :)
  • iBook is the portable computing platform of choice for descerning geeks.
  • Perl is very much alive and well
  • ExtUtils::ModuleMaker and Test::More look very useful and will feature in future projects.
  • Drinking with Grep, Gellyfish and Evil Dave leads to badness. Strictly speaking I learned this last year too but I foolishly seem to have forgotten it :)
  • I really should make more effort to learn the local language. We had 8 months warning after all.

So where are we going next year ? Can't wait !

And Sony ? Well having failed to deliver it before the conference, they also failed to deliver it at the conference. I decided that I didn't want to waste any more money on international calls to listen to their awful hold music so I figured I'd just hassle them when I got back. Guess what I found on my doormat when I got home ? Yup - A card from DHL saying they had attempted to deliver the battery on Friday. So Sony hadn't redirected the shipment at all. I suppose I shouldn't really be surprised :-(

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