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Notes from OSCON 2011

I was at the Oregon Convention Center 7 days in a row last week, which feels like it should qualify for some sort of marathon record. First to attend CLS, where I learned a lot about open source foundations and various projects’ deploy processes, then OSCON, where I learned more about foundations and deploying (oddly enough). I left with a big stack of ideas to work on for Calagator and other projects.

Christie, Sherri, and I gave a well-received talk on event planning at OSCON (“Event Planning for Geeks”). We’re still building this out, but an initial event planning handbook is live on the Stumptown Syndicate site. You can also view our slides. We realized in the course of writing the talk that we have way more material than we’re comfortable squeezing into a <1hr slot, so we'll be working on expanding this into a 2-3 hr. long workshop.

In response to several conversations we had over the week, we set up a Citizen Code of Conduct site to make it easy to share our open source citizenship-focused guidelines from Open Source Bridge. The document is CC-licensed, so you can easily re-use it for your own events and projects.

Another cool thing happened while we were busy at the conferences: “Collective Agency” announced its plans for the space formerly known as Souk. Stumptown Syndicate is happy to be one of the initial workgroup partners, and we’ll be working on how we can use this space to support the local user group community.

So—onward to August.

Build Up

Things I’m thinking about:

  • Antarctica
  • The ridiculous face Kirk is making right now (he’s napping in one of those sprawled out poses)
  • Coast Trip, July 2010 Coast Trip, July 2010 Coast Trip, July 2010
  • Documentation for unconferences, code sprints, and other tech activities, and how much time it’ll take to produce the docs I want to use
  • This report (PDF) on personal income gaps between Oregon and the rest of the country, and in particular the parts about lower proprietor incomes, and lower wages in higher paying industries (like technology)
  • Pondering whether tech workers getting paid lower while working in Oregon is a conscious choice (maybe it’s a partial choice, but then the workers getting paid below the median don’t realize they’re paid less, so they think they’re making a smaller trade off than is actually the case?)
  • Nonprofit regulations (we wrote bylaws for Stumptown Syndicate over the weekend). There’s so much good information for nonprofits in Oregon I wish I had on hand a few years ago.
  • Stuff.

Presenting: the Fall Fieldbook

Fall Fieldbook!

Labor Day is fast approaching, and with it, the end of the pages I allocated for my Summer Fieldbook. For fall, I wanted a slightly more gothic tone, something to encompass crunchy leaves and cooler weather and Halloween. This Fieldbook runs from Labor Day weekend through Thanksgiving weekend, and contains short fiction by H.P. Lovecraft, Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky”, and several images of anatomy and mollusks.

I’ve been keeping a daily activity log for almost a year now, and over the summer I found that having a notebook dedicated to this practice helped me stay more motivated. I also realized, through using the Summer Fieldbook, that really part of the book’s function is to be a point of inspiration throughout the season, something that will encourage me to note what’s grabbing my interest, what topics I want to pursue. So the fall edition is geared slightly less toward planning and more toward noticing things, and having a space to an ongoing record.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, your very own Fall Fieldbook can be purchased through Lulu. Let me know if you try it, or if you have comments on the summer edition fieldbook. I’m interested in hearing how other people make use of it, and how personal record-keeping fits into the rest of what you do.

5 Things I’m Thinking About

Everyone’s doing it, or so I hear.

  1. Community spaces for technology, and how to create and sustain one.
  2. Long-term unemployment stats, and what happens two or five years from now if we’re still at roughly the same level of unemployment and it’s mostly the same people.
  3. What print is good for. What digital is good for. (And how to build more of each.)
  4. Ladybusiness.
  5. Storytelling, and “what happens next?” replacing points and check-ins and scores. Possibly these stories involve dinosaurs or detectives or emergent AI or creepy crawlies from beyond or …?

Fieldbook Giveaway: The winner is…

The winner of a shiny new Summer Fieldbook is Eva! Who will be having a fun and busy summer, from the sounds of it.

If you didn’t win, or skipped the contest but still want a copy, Lulu has a free shipping offer through tomorrow, so get your order in now and save a few dollars. The discount code is FREESHIP.

Happy summer adventures!

Fieldbook Giveaway

Giant soccer

When I ordered my proof of the Summer Fieldbook, I bought a second copy so I could compare shipping options (really, I was worried that the default shipping would be slow). Surprisingly, the “slower” media mail book arrived on Saturday, and the FedEx Home Delivery one only got here yesterday. So the faster shipping option wasn’t actually faster, at least in this case.

This means I have a spare copy of the Fieldbook to give away to you, my fabulous blog readers. All you need to do is leave a comment with something you’re looking forward to doing this summer. Like watching the World Cup, or eating ice cream. I’ll pick a winner at random on Monday, May 10th, so be sure to fill in an email address I can use to reach you.

Ready to Go: Summer Fieldbook

Since September I’ve been keeping a daily notebook. It’s just a little report on what I did: work, side-projects, events, going out to eat or have drinks somewhere.

Notebook Pages

I’ve been reading about other people using print-on-demand to make custom notebooks for a while, and seeing the results of the SXSW Fieldnotes books gave me an idea for a project to try of my own.

I designed a notebook to be used as a summer journal and memento. There are day pages to keep track of what you did, blank notebook pages, QR code bookmarks to things you might want to look up on the go, dinosaurs, and a full map of Forest Park, which you can use to plan a hike or keep track of where you’ve been.

Fieldbook: map of Forest Park

If you’d like your own copy, it’s for sale on Lulu now. Since the books are printed as they’re ordered, I recommend getting your order in by May 14th to make sure that it’ll arrive before Memorial Day weekend (when the datebook starts) using the cheapest shipping option.

This is a book that’s meant to be scribbled in, have things taped to the pages, and need a rubberband to hold it shut. I’m excited to use it and look for ideas on how to make the next one even more fun.