Birthday Resolutions - Review

Last year on my birthday I decided to try setting some goals for self-improvement with a deadline of the following birthday. People typically set New Year's resolutions for themselves, but I wanted to try something different. Partly because I'm a natural contrarian, but also because my birthday last year was unique and offered more than a few reasons for self-reflection. So with another birthday looming, it's time now to review how this experiment worked out.

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PyCon 2015

I went to PyCon 2015 in Montréal last week and it was, in a word, awesome.

This was my first PyCon and the biggest free software conference I've been to yet. So glad I went, although I only had enough time to go to the main conference. There were a few tutorials before the conference that sounded interesting, and a lot I could have worked on during the sprints. But as it is I had three days full of excellent talks and got some ideas and inspiration for future projects.

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DebConf 2014 - First Days

The first three days of DebConf 2014 are over. This is my first DebConf ever, being a long-time Debian user but only recently come into the community as an active contributor, and now seems like a good opportunity to take a few minutes and write about my experience here so far.

First off, I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting DebConf to be or what I was expecting to get out of it. I think for all conferences I've been to, the most valuable thing has been seeing people talk about the projects that matter to them and rediscovering why I use and work on free software. So, certainly that, plus just being around and absorbing as much Debian as possible, which is seriously lacking in my normal circles.

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