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Monday April 01, 2002
05:59 AM

Fantasy TPC sessions

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What sessions would make TPC irresistable for you? Watching Larry reminisce about Perl 1? Mark-Jason Dominus walking you through the hardest program he ever had to write? Damian Conway forced to write a simple program? DJ Adams showing you 15 uses for Jabber that you never thought of? Simon Cozens railing against egotism, pedantry, and ingratitude? Guido van Rossum to tell us to get over our whitespace bigotry? Matz to convert us to Ruby? Tom Christiansen to give us his patent workout program? Damian Conway to give us a week-long bootcamp-style exercise regimen? A woman to advise us on dating? Eric Raymond to give us sex tips? Elaine Ashton to tell us why there aren't more women in Perl? ....

I haven't talked to any of these people on any of these topics, I'm just throwing off ideas. What would YOU love to see at TPC?

I ask because I've just been given an extra room for ULTRA GEEK STUF. Some of the above (sex tips) would probably go in the Emerging Topics (ho ho) track, but hardcore tech stuff would go in ULTRA GEEK. I'll take your suggestions and the talks that narrowly missed out for the Perl tracks and see what I can come up with ...


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  • The Duel

    Put Matt and Damian in a room for 2 hours, their mission is to crank out as many modules as they can. The audience hands out for usefulness / sillyness / style / originality / whatever, and writes the tests (bonus points for most bugs found).

  • Tag team professional wrestling: Larry and Damian on one team, Dan and Simon on the other. With Chip Salzenberg as ring girl! Er, ring guy!

    Is it April 1 in your time zone too?

  • Given my current financial situation, the _only_ thing that would make TPC irresistible for me would be me giving a tutorial, cause then I could actually afford to go ;)
  • I would like to see Richard Stallman and Bill W. Gates discuss software. Maybe they would annihilate each other.
    • RMS is going to be there. Billy-Bo-Bob Gates won't. With whom should we try to hook up an RMS session? I'm currently trying to get an RMS and Miguel de Icaza panel/Q&A session, because they have an interesting mix of similar and different opinions.

      We (ORA) have reasonably good friends at the EFF. Anything fun to do there? Want to get the headsup on the NEXT piece of asshole legislation that Viacom et al are trying to ram down our throats? "Activism on Less than 45m/day!"?

      A "Slashdot vs The Reg

  • How about "How to get a fucking sense of humour in a few hours time" or "How I learned to look at the calendar and realise it was 1 April"? :)

    Hard core for this year would be to get somone like Thomas Dolby, who has done a number of tech conferences, to come and talk about digital music, how he does his own and even what the copyright laws mean to him and others. I don't know if he uses Perl but it never hurts to ask :)

    If I want to see people 'debating' I can load up on usenet until my eyes bleed for fr

    • We can always try the old standby suggestion of Fashion Tips for Geeks. My wife volunteers to present, and ThinkGeek can sponsor!
  • How about Brian Ingerson telling us all about YAML [], and the Camel?