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  • I don't recall seeing anyone smoking at YAPC::EU::2004 nor at LPW 2004...

    I'll keep an open eye at YAPC::{NA,EU}::2005 this time :-)

    Heck, I might even call for a show of hands at EU ;-)

    This campaign has resulted in disallowing smoking in all Victorian (and a few other states') restaurants and cafes, sports bars, casinos and gaming lounges.

    Ain't you guys the lucky ones? :-) A similar law was about to get approved, here in Portugal, a couple of months ago, but all the rufus it caused made the poli

    • Ontario has disallowed smoking in public buildings, generally. (There are some grandfathered exceptions. For a while, restaurants were allowed to build a well-ventilated smoking area - they are still allowed to continue to use them for now, but they are being phased out. I suspect that the bingo halls will be the ones that suffer the most when the smoking ban become absolute - they tend to have a bigger smoking area that is packed an d a smaller non-smoking are that is sparsely used.)

      So, at YAPC::NA, an
  • First, don't generalize : saying that geeks don't smoke is like saying that geeks like guns, or are libertarian, etc.

    Secondly, I've maybe an idea about the low percentage of smoker geeks : smoking is typically a social skill, acquired during social events, parties and so on; things that self-called geeks maybe tend to attend less, preferring smaller focused groups or computer hacking. (Trying to avoid generalization as well...)

    • I didn't really mean to say that geeks don't smoke. Even though it's not mentioned in Hackers, I'm sure that there were MIT hackers who smoked away from MIT. I am very aware that there are geeks who smoke, I just don't know many.

      What I was marvelling at really is that most of the geeks I come in contact with (in Australia) don't smoke. Geeks who do (in my (Australian) experience) are few and far between. This is wonderful for me as it means that I hardly ever encounter cigarette smoke.

      You're prob