|Why does a Free Software...|
...culture mean that people feel they have the right to do moronic things like try to fly half full coke cans tied to helium balloons through lecture theatres clearly marked as not allowing food and drink? Why is it that a couple of people acting like three year olds can put such a downer on all the hard work that a bunch of people have put in? Why is it that these people characterise a reasonable request as coming from "the anally retentive geeks" who "like to populate positions of pseudo-power, like being conference organisers"? Are you a moron, or do you not understand how much work goes into a conference?
Oh, and while I'm on the topic, which is it that people feel they shouldn't put their rubbish in the bin... The organisers are trying to run a conference. Do they really have the time to clean up after people as well?
Rant over, and I'm off to bed. Last day of the conference tomorrow. [tags: opensource conference]
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So, your thesis is that the best way to help people obviously under stress is to act like a three year old? I take it that you're incapable of reading the "no food or drink" signs then?
Now, feel like describing the ivory tower we're hiding in? Is that the one where we sit there for hours on end answering the same questions? Care to explain what you actually did for 2003?
Now I feel slightly guilty about having a bottle of iced tea with me during the keynote this morning. In my defence, though, I was far too hung over to try levitating it..
PS, LCA has been absolutely brilliant. Great job. :-)
Peter, I'm not worried about people who retain control over their beverage... Just the ones which want to go out of their way to make trouble. If the helium balloon was released outside (there are lots of vertical spaces around here) then that would have been fine...
I do recall what it took to run a conference. I also recall smiling more, and still having to implement my share of hacks to get things done.
I remember that being behind the desk was, to put it very bluntly, fucking boring. Yet it seems the organisers have constructed themselves an ivory tower, from which they can not have to interact with the community.
This has nothing to do with "free software culture", and more being an engineer, testing a hack. What happens when you release a neutrally boyant (because it was) baloon into a large space. It contained an immeasurable small amount of liquid, and anyway, had landed by 2pm.
It's all about having fun, even for the organisers. It's all about hanging upside down from a scaffold by your knees, with a soldering iron in your mouth, fixing live speaker lines.