Ohio Linux Fest 2011

Traveling to far flung Budapest for Transfabric followed by a jaunt to Columbus, Ohio to attend the Ohio Linux Fest may seem like an odd juxtaposition. In some ways it is, mostly in the obvious differences in the logistics of traveling to each. In other ways these two events are about many of the same kinds of themes. The funny thing is that I think the experiences I had in Eastern Europe may help me see the overlap, the familiar aspects of the coming event with some greater awareness.

I don’t expect Ohio Linux Fest to be as diverse as Transfabric but I am sure I will meet people coming to Linux from many different backgrounds and for many different reasons. One of the key personal lessons for me from Transfabric was realizing the extent and important of the differences around a common focus where it is often too easy to take for granted what motivates people to Make. At a Linux fest, focusing on a tool I use every single day of my life, it would be even easier to unknowingly have a blind spot filled in with my own assumptions and biases.

I count myself rather fortunate for being able to experience these two events back to back. The fact that I am now much more keenly aware of how short a short flight it will be to travel just a couple of states away, that I won’t have to carry my passport or exchange currency already puts me into a different state of mind approaching what would otherwise be a familiar, even a comfortable experience. Hopefully the much simpler nature of the trip itself will allow me to focus on paying more attention to those things I take for granted in the Linux community.

I have no set schedule for the fest, just following my interest. I hope to be able to maybe capture an interview or two but haven’t had time to approach anyone ahead of time. At a minimum I expect to be able to do some networking that will bear fruit as future interviews and segments for the podcast.

Last but probably most important I know that some listeners and readers will be in attendance at Ohio Linux Fest. If you haven’t already, send me an email. I will be getting in Thursday night and leaving Sunday night so there should be plenty of time to meet with anyone interested in doing so. I haven’t signed up for any of the goings on Sunday and don’t have to be at the airport until later so maybe if there is enough interest we can pull together an ad hoc meet up over lunch.

Lab Move Status and Show Hiatus

As I mentioned in the last two shows, I am in the process of moving my lab to a different room in my home. I call it my lab because it is both a home office and a studio. That and I have the domain name, bitbucketlabs.net.

Today we cleared one of the major hurdles in this process. I completely emptied the old room. We moved my younger son’s bedroom into the old room and cleared the room into which my lab will be moved in the process. The room into which I am moving my lab was our original nursery for the boys and has been hard used as such, then a shared bedroom, and then just a bedroom for the younger of the two. It needs paint, carpeting, and several small repairs.

Now that it is empty, we can schedule the painting. We have a contractor that we’ve used for some other serious home improvement work who coincidentally called the other day offering a discount on painting for the rest of this month. Hopefully once we have the estimate and date, then everything else should go quickly. We’ve used a national carpet retailer who does installation before with good results so are confident we can have that done within days of the paint being dry.

I have my great grandfather’s large, nara wood desk which is the last obstacle. I love this desk since it is simply huge so affords plenty of space for my mixer, mics, monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc. It has several slide out panels, too, for temporary, additional workspace. It is, however, quite huge. I cannot move it myself up two flights of tight stairs and I am thinking it is probably worth the price to pay for a few hours of some professional movers time to move it. I also have my father-in-law’s tall, teak book shelves which will line one wall of the new lab. If we are getting pro movers, they can take care of those, too.

Painting, carpeting, and moving will probably take a couple of weeks. I am optimistic I can have it all done by the end of the month, before I am scheduled to interview Jonathan Zittrain.

In the meantime, I’ll experiment with trying to get one or the other computer setup in a temporary space for recording in the meantime. I am less optimistic about that working so well. I get the house to myself on Sundays, which may be workable, but the only space I can use is adjacent to our living room, which simply may not work for weeknight recording.

I will post some audio tonight with this same explanation and to announce that the show will be on semi-hiatus for the next couple of weeks. I will post regular updates, both on the blog and will try to get corresponding audio out for those who do not subscribe to the blog. If I can, I’ll try to get a few episodes out during this transition but realistically, it just may not happen until my new computer is hooked up to the new FIOS router in the new lab. Regardless of my audio production, I have a couple of ideas for the next features so may just be able to get a bit ahead of writing for the show if I don’t get any episodes out.

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