Because I had quite a difficult year in several respects, especially health-wise, some short notes on my 2012 accomplishments.
Ran AdaCamp. AdaCamp is really originally my baby and AdaCamp Melbourne was significantly my work (with Val, and Skud as local organiser). AdaCamp DC was significantly less so (because I was on study leave between March and May), but still, even on the day they’re a lot of work.
Delivered three talks at linux.conf.au. We gave an Ada Initiative update and an allies workshop at the Haecksen miniconf and our Women in open technology and culture worldwide talk at the conference proper.
Submitted PhD thesis. This was, of course, the end of a huge project. I enrolled in March 2006 and was full-time until December 2009. I was then enrolled part-time from July 2010 (after maternity leave) until May 2012 when I submitted the thesis. The submitted version is 201 pages long, word count is difficult with LaTeX.
Delivered the keynote address at Wikimania. This is to date my largest ever audience, I think.
Saw a total solar eclipse. Less of the work, just as much reward. The photograph of the eclipse shown here isn’t mine, and isn’t exactly like our view (we saw the top rather than the bottom through our bank of cloud) but it’s also from Port Douglas, and is very similar.11.11.11
I’m all but all booked in for linux.conf.au in Ballarat! (Need some accommodation in Melbourne for AdaCamp and to book the train to Ballarat.) So, time to share my early picks of the program:
Saturday (in Melbourne):
- EFI and Linux: the future is here, and it’s awful by Matthew Garrett
- IPv6 Dynamic Reverse Mapping – the magic, misery and mayhem by Robert Mibus
- Developing accessible web applications – how hard can it be? by Silvia Pfeiffer and Alice Boxhall
- Helping your audience learn by Jacinta Richardson
- Mentoring: We’re Doing It Wrong by Leslie Hawthorn
- Patch piloting for safer landings by Martin Pool
- The Samba tour of scripting languages by Andrew Bartlett
- Women in open technology and culture worldwide by Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora
- The copyright safe harbour is no longer safe by Ben Powell (will have to catch on video or maybe Best Ofs, since it clashes with mine)
- Saving Australian music from obscurity, the open source way by Alex Bayley
- Challenges for the Linux plumbing community by Jon Corbet
- Bloat: How and Why UNIX Grew Up (and Out) by Rusty Russell, Matt Evans and Alisdair Rawsthorne
- The Fallacy of the Zero-Sum Game by Allison Randal (clashes with Rusty et al)
- Rescuing Joe by Andrew Tridgell
It’s skewed a little by my interests for the Ada Initiative now, that’s where all the mentoring stuff comes from. And I doubt I will get to all of this although presumably Valerie and I won’t be whisking people off to private meetings about the Ada Initiative as much. (At LCA 2011, when we were yet to launch it, we did almost nothing else.) It looks like Tuesday is a day to catch my breath before Wednesday. My family have decided to travel home Friday, so sadly Friday won’t be.