[BALU] OSCON '07 - July 23-27, 2007 Portland, Oregon

Fran Fabrizio fran at cis.uab.edu
Thu Jun 14 08:12:18 CDT 2007


They get a ridiculous amount of talk proposals so I'm not taking it 
personally.  I've spoken at two past OSCONs and one EuroOSCON, it's a 
lot of fun to do and there are a couple of nice perks (like free 
conference registration and a break lounge with snacks!) and of course 
it is fun to give back to the community.

The Doubletree itself is nice, and it is 1/2 block from the light rail 
stop.  The conv. center is I think 2 stops away, or a nice 5 or so block 
walk.  The Dtree is next to Lloyd Center, an unremarkable mall.  Two 
blocks or so on the other side of the mall is a street whose name 
escapes me but has a few decent ethnic eateries (I remember eating 
Ethiopian on that street a few years back).

As far as sessions themselves, highly depends on what you are going to 
focus on.  Is it Perl, PHP, Databases, etc...?  Ruby has been hot there 
the last year or two.  The weirdest tutorial I'm doing is Mastering VIM 
(sounds weird, but I have a trusted friend who said this blew his mind 
last year, and Conway is a great speaker, so giving it a shot).  I have 
to look up the other three.

For Perl, the big speakers are Conway and MJD (Mark-Jason Dominus). 
Definitely see one each by them at least.

For me, OSCON is tech geek overload, so I have to get out into the city 
and away from the conference several times to avoid going insane.  I 
skip a lot of the evening events for that reason.  Portland has awesome 
places to eat and things to see and great neighborhoods.  If you are 
wanting to get away from the immediate convention environs, let me know. 
  My main goal this year is to find the place I went to on my last visit 
with the insanely good mac and cheese.  And if the opportunity presents 
itself, a return visit to Voodoo Donuts.  24 hour donut shop featuring 
oddities such as the maple donut with bacon on top and the Cap'n Crunch 
donut.

Note also: Thurs-Sun at the end of the week is the Oregon Brewers 
Festival.  Right on the river on downtown side.  80-something beers on 
tap, including plenty that are over Alabama's alcohol % limit.  It draws 
a very large crowd, great for people watching.

Of course, lots of the OSCON attendees live for that 24/7 geekfest, and 
that's great too.  There will be laptops hacking away at all hours in 
the Dtree lobby.  This is where it sucks that the event is not in a 
hotel - back when OSCON was in San Diego, the late night culture was 
better because everyone was staying right there.  But, OSCON outgrew 
hotel ballrooms quite a while ago.

You do have to do the tech geek thing and hit up Powell's Technical 
Books.  It's a must because when you are used to the one bookshelf of 
computer books at our local bookstores, that place is heaven.  OSCON may 
even have an event there (the author book signing is sometimes there). 
It's on the downtown side of the river.  The regular Powell's, two 
blocks from Powell's Technical Books, is a huge 4 story bookstore.

We'll definitely have to meet up while we're out there.

I guess we should take the rest of this offline so as to not bore the 
rest of the list.  I'm sure they're all thinking "why didn't he think of 
that before typing this novel"? :-)

David Wilkins wrote:
> Cool.  Steve Spicer and I are going, and staying in the DoubleTree
> (official hotel?) close to the event.  I've got the Hotel booked for
> the Sunday before, and the Saturday after, just in case something
> comes up.
> 
> I need to sit down and spend some quality time with the list of
> sessions, there's a lot of good stuff being presented - sorry to hear
> you're not presenting.  I'd be interested in any tips you can send my
> way.
> 
> dhw
> 
> On 6/13/07, Fran Fabrizio <fran at cis.uab.edu> wrote:
>>
>> Sorry, catching up on like 2 months worth of BALU email.
>>
>> I will be there, my 8th (?) consecutive OSCON.  Going out Sunday night
>> (well, going out Saturday but seeing friends in Oakland first), leaving
>> Friday morning-ish.  Staying downtown on the other side of the river, I
>> find that side of Portland more interesting - the immediate area of the
>> conv. center is not at all interesting (not even any good food options
>> nearby, seems silly given its the convention center) but the free mass
>> transit makes staying on the other side of the river a breeze.  It's not
>> like the official hotel is at the convention center either, it's like
>> 5-6 blocks away.
>>
>> They rejected my talk proposals this year, but I'm going anyway. :-)
>>
>> I'm also looking at USENIX LISA (Dallas, November) and VMWorld (sometime
>> in the fall, Sept. maybe, San Fran) at the moment.
>>
>> David Wilkins wrote:
>> > Folks,
>> > Spicer and I are going to OSCON '07 - anyone else thinking of going?
>> >
>> > http://conferences.oreillynet.com/os2007/
>> >
>> > dhw
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>> University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Fran Fabrizio
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University of Alabama at Birmingham
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