I help with Melbourne Perl Mongers.
I spend an awful lot of time talking about Perl, and have had my picture in the Australian newspapers with a camel. That's rather scary.
A very Perlish Sydney
I spent the end of last week in Sydney, presenting our Object Oriented Perl course. This is one of my favourite courses to teach, as it covers some very interest concepts, and gives me a chance to really show off Perl's object oriented features.
In the evening of my first day of teaching I got together with members from Sydney Perl Mongers, the Sydney Python Users Group, the Sydney Linux Users Group, Sydney LinuxChix, Open Source Industry Australia, and SAGE-NSW to give my small-business talk. One of the best things about presenting in a pub is the relaxed atmosphere; no doubt assisted by the presence of amber fluids. My talk was well received, with much exchanging of business cards and stories afterwards.
After the meeting a number of members, including myself, travelled to a nearby bar, where salsa dancing appeared to be very popular. We enjoyed some quite spectacular flaming drinks, of which combusting cinnamon was a prime ingredient. I'm hoping to get the photographs that some people took of these if you took photos at the bar, then please send them in.
Overall Sydney was one of the most enjoyable travelling/training experiences I've had so far. Being able to get together with so many local user groups was fantastic. I'd recommend it to all techies visiting Sydney.