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.
Another trip to Sydney
A lot of people have been complaining recently that I don't write enough in my journal. While I'm quite flattered that anyone reads the thoughts I jot down here, there are usually excellent reasons why there are periods when nothing seems to happen. It's usually because I'm interstate, and working very hard.
Last week was no exception, with me spending a week in Sydney teaching more Perl. The courses went down very well, some of the feedback and testimonies were just wonderful. I was pleased to have such a curious class, I ended up staying back late at lunchtimes and afternoons to keep up with all the questions.
As part of my trip I gave my talk on conference presentation to Sydney Perl Mongers. It seems I actually started a minor kefuffle on one of the SLUG lists, as I was talking about mind control, which we all know is evil. I started my talk with a song reminding everyone to wear their tin-foil hats.
My actual talk went down extremely well. So well that I ended up giving it a second time a few hours later, after Andrew Savige gave a presentation on Perl Best Practices (including a plug for Damian's courses). I'm seriously considering expanding my talk to tutorial length for the conferences in 2006.
Highlights of the evening included meeting with Pia Waugh, of Linux Australia fame, and obtaining photographs and movies of last meeting's flaming drinks from Conrad. (Seen inline on the pjf.id.au version of this journal.)