This is one sad panda.
NERF and other projectile weapons (toy or otherwise) have been banned in the office. I guess this is the final cease fire for The Great Office War.
Viva Le Resistance!
I’ve been home from PyCon US for three weeks, which has given me plenty of time to reflect on the experience. Now that the Easter break has started, I also have the time to put some of those thoughts into words.
PyCon US this year was huge, or so I was told. Many of the 2250+ attendees were, like me, making their first appearance. Maybe consequently, there was a strong theme of ‘welcome’ for the conference. Stormy Peters encouraged returning attendees to meet somebody new during her keynote address. People wore funny hats and called themselves the Welcome Un-Committee. And so on.
As great as these initiatives were, what made a strong difference for me was the group of people who consciously went out of there way to welcome me to PyCon. Sort of my own, personal, Welcome Non-Committee. What I want to do now is publicly acknowledge and thank them for this. It’s quite a long list of people, so after a couple of weeks of soul searching I created a list of five names that have made a lasting impression.
David, without doubt one of the friendliest, engaging persons I have ever met. One day I hope to visit Canada and be able to see one of the modular, futuristic, signage displays you work on. Thank you.
Maciej, made joining PyPy for sprints the welcoming, entertaining and over all fun experience it was. The enthusiasm you imparted on me leaves me feel guilty for not working on PyPy even while I write this. Thank you.
Taavi, even after giving his highly rated presentation to PyCon was happy to have a conversation with me on the topic at dinner. I still smile when recalling the steady stream of often hilarious ‘WTF’ on NumPy edge cases you delivered at the sprints. Thank you.
Andrew, a fellow Australian, government employee, PyCon first time attendee. Being able to share the roller coaster that is PyCon tutorials, conference and sprints while spending a fortnight away from our families made an enormous difference. Thank you.
Of course, there is a very long other names that I could/should have included.
As Steve Holden said, “people come for the programming language and stay for the community”. Each of you, as well as all the persons I was unable to name above, are that community for me. Thank you. I hope we meet again.
If asked what you would miss from your modern life style, how would you answer? The internet? Your mobile phone? Perhaps electricity? Would you have considered answering with running water?
Yesterday we arrived home from a long weekend away to discover a leaking pipe. Fortunately it was a small leak and (we believe) fairly recent. Unfortunately it was inside the brick exterior wall. As we discovered it at the end of the day, we had to wait till the next day for a plumber to come and repair it. And so the mains tap was turned off.
In the hours that followed turning off the main water supply I realised just how much I take running water for granted. Simple practices such as washing hands and cleaning teeth became vastly more inconvenient. I was grateful to have done a load of washing almost as soon as we got home.
The pipe is repaired now, the baby is bathed and life has quickly returned to a comfortable existence. Hopefully in the future though I will better appreciate what those less fortunate than us don’t have with regard to clean, running and drinkable water.
Ok, so strictly speaking it wasn’t for winding down, more that the farm has incredibly limited wireless internet. That and I was unable to fit my laptop in amongst the other 47kg of luggage that comprises the family Iles travelling road show.
Wikipedia now enables users to create their own books from a compilation of wikipedia articles. Books can be downloaded as PDFs or printed through Pedia Press. 10% of the sales of printed copies goes to the Wikimedia Foundation.
While heapq predates collections. The standard library has never been considered a fossilized structure. Reorganisation has (and will) take place when necessary.
So, is it time to relocate heapq to a logical home in collections?