18th July, 2009. 10:35 am. Well that's it for this year's Linux Symposium
I am just finished packing up and about to head back home from Montreal from attending the Linux Symposium.
The show was much smaller this year than last year (which was the first time I got to attend), with the number present down to about 185 (from what I was told) from about 700 last year. The number of presentations was half of what it was last year, and a lot felt somewhat empty. Apparently many papers were submitted but due to travel budget cuts at many companies, the presenters now couldn't make it, which hurt the number of presentations a lot.
RuggedCom had 6 people going this year (up from 5 last year), so in terms of people from a single company we were among the biggest there (with about as many attendants as IBM from what I could tell. I think they were closer to 30 people last year, so you can tell their travel budget was cut a lot this year).
Still lots of fun presentations and tutorials took place. They had a slide show going at the end of event party, with pictures from all 11 years so far. I spotted Ian Goldberg a couple of times, as well as some of the famous linux personalities that had attended in the past (Linus Torvalds (and wife and kids), Alan Cox, Rusty, etc).
Well time to drive back to Toronto, and then off to see John Cleese at Massey Hall tonight. Should be fun.
A few not so fun things happened too such as the woman killed at the restaurant next door to the hotel when a piece of concrete fell off the outside wall of the hotel (http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Building+with+falling+concrete+last+inspected+2000/1804706/story.html
26th June, 2008. 10:53 am. OK, I will try one of these then
had this one so I figured I would try that out.
Book list. I loves to read meme.
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Put an asterisk next to the books you'd rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
(OK, still working on 6 and have 7 to go)5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 6. The Bible
* (some of it)
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy 13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne 41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel 52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt 81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
(although I guess I have seen plenty of TV versions)
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(only a few)
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas 98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl *100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Well it seems I have read around 10 entries so far, which beats the average, but isn't great either. I have certainly heard of at least half the books on the list, and seen copies of close to that many, so I am aware of their existence. I have seen TV or movie versions of a number if them, although that doesn't quite count and in the few cases where I have both read the book and seen the movie, the movie has usually been quite disappointing.
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1st August, 2007. 11:14 am. Oww!
I am so sore today, after yesterday's ultimate game. Two hours of running around chasing a frisbee in the heat sure hurts afterward. Probably the occasional wipe outs don't help things. And we lost again (although only 13-10 which was better than the 21-11 last week). We were down 10-3 by half time, and then got 5 in a row to make it 10-8, after which things went back to more even resulting in 13-10.
We were playing probably the best team in our little league of 6 teams, but neither team had very many players show up so we were rather short on substitutes. I think in general our team is outrun by most of the other teams, but we still put in a good effort.
We also need to work on not throwing the disc away so much. No point playing good defense and forcing a turnover just to thrown it away on the first or second pass again. That just causes too much extra running without at least getting points rewarding it.
Being my second year playing, I think I am doing pretty good. My passes are usually good, and my catches not too bad if I manage to get to the disc in time. My running is too slow, and I don't have enough endurance either. I seem to have a natural ability to make the disc go far and fairly straight, although I seem to have caused many sore fingers when people try to catch some of my passes.
Well it's fun at least. So does anyone else want to come join us next year or for pickup games starting in august when the league games end? It's good exercise.