Blog posts tagged "cats"

Seattle and Portland

July 20th, 2006

I’ll be in Seattle this weekend for c@ts, held at the lovely Emma Goldman Finishing School.

Then in Portland all next week at OSCON.

See you there?

p.s. haven’t had a chance to look closely at the OSCON schedule yet, anyone got a list of not to be missed sessions?

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Carl Zimmer Has a Blog

January 22nd, 2006

Carl Zimmer’s At the Water’s Edge is an excellent introduction to the complexities that lie behind (and support) evolution, a subject too often simplified to the point of trivialization. So it was great to see that he has a blog, and amusing to see him bring his particular spin to “cat blogging”.

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Digital Projectors

November 14th, 2004

Its Sunday morning, wrapping up my second consecutive geek weekend, first cAts, and then Open DB sprint. Eugene has a post on the history of code sprints, and changing technology.

Of course, the ubiquity of high-speed wireless and four-pound laptops make it much easier these days.
To that I would add the increased availability of small, low(-ish) cost digital projectors. Sitting in circles, with a dozen folks, all of whom have miniature media centers on their laps, passing around the projector cable its interesting to see the standard “presenter with slides” model turned on its head.

Stories

Most interesting to the storyteller in me was seeing people’s lives leak through around the terminals, and web browsers. The handful of Windows users gave very little away about themselves, Windows was Windows. Linux users were aggressive in their distinctiveness, being handed someone else’s laptop to do a quick show and tell, inevitably kicked off a mini-skillshare on window managers, terms, and Debian arcana. But Macs told people’s life stories in strange, almost uncomfortably voyeuristic detail, a snapshot of the person’s mental state scattered over a background image of favorite trips and significant others.

The 6ft by 6ft baby picture slideshow was probably the winner in the “street finds its own use” category, but I think my most distinct memory is when the screensaver kicked in, and we all sat, for minutes and minutes, watching Electric Sheep, nobody wanting to startle the laptop back into its mundanity.

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Cascadia Anarchist Tech Skill-Share

October 24th, 2003

If you’re a radical techie in or around Seattle (crews from Vancouver and Portland are coming) then you should to CATS this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, at the IMC.

CATS is an informal skill swap and socialize aimed at activists who are using technology in their work. Bring your own presentations, discussions, projects and hardware. Except conversations on collaboration, geek culture (and its negative impact on diversity), building secure webservers, VoIP (we’re all hoping someone will show up, and tell us all how its done), Debian NP, and whatever else people are moved to discuss.

See the wiki for some projects which people have said they would be willing to talk about (or have been volunteered to speak about)

Now and forever.