Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ignite LA -- Monday Mar 1

Ignite LA is Monday March. Downtown at Cinespace, 7pm.

Speakers get only 5 minutes to give an amazing, inspiring talk.

In LA, there are tons of different communities at the intersection of tech, art, green/sustainability, unique lifestyle design, digital/collaborative media, and social action that don't know each other but should. Think of Ignite as a set of trailers for exciting projects people are doing that you should know about.

I'm hoping to make this. I don't plan to give a talk on anything

Anyone need a ride from the Westside?

Register now:

Thursday, February 18, 2010


SCaLE 8x,the Southern California Linux Expo, starts tomorrow, Feb 19, 2010. "Where OpenSource Happens". SCaLE 8 will be held at the Westin LAX.
The premier Open Source conference in the U.S., now in its 8th year, has content for everyone! If you're looking to learn, choose talks from a developer's track, a beginner track, or one of the three general interest tracks.

Looks like a fun event for this weekend.


Dear managers,

Please set a good example by taking your vacations. Leave the laptop at home and really unwind. Encourage your employees to take theirs. The short term cost of the week or two lost in a couple of project schedules is going to be made up in improved worker productivity, quality, and engagement on return. If you can't accomodate that amount of slowdown, you probably have other problems too.

I'll let you know next week when I'm back from Hawaii. This is my third visit to the Kaimana Klassik ultimate tourney. I've had a total blast, though I have yet to find time to sneak in a day or two of work like I'd hoped. 10 days is a long,luxurious, wonderful trip -- and drains my vacation account down to roughly 0 hours.

No perl posts for you this week! I did do some fun re-factoring while flying over.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Bil & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Can't afford to attend TED in person? Consider a BIL conference.

BIL 2010 Starts tomorrow, Friday Feb 12th in Long Beach. I'd go if I wasn't on vacation in Hawai'i. Props to Tilly for telling me about this conference at last month's Mindshare la, I hope you're going and taking notes.

BIL 2010 is happening right now in Long Beach, CA. View the livestream or the BIL2010 website.

BIL is an ad-hoc conference for people changing the world in big ways. It's a place for passionate people to come together to energize, brainstorm, and take action. We invite you to bring your world into ours.

John Smart -- Evo Devo Universe
Understanding the universe in an evolutionary and developmental way
Kiem Tjong -- Democratizing the University Innovation Process
Why is it so difficult to commercialize university technologies, and how can we better harvest the work of our brightest minds.
Cameron Sinclair -- Open Source Architecture: From TED Prize to reality
Open Architecture Network, winner of the TED Prize and the world’s first open source site for architectural solutions to humanitarian crises.
Brad Templeton -- The Evils of Cloud Computing
There is a darkness to this cloud computing movement: we are giving other companies all our personal data to store and handle.
David Hale -- Pillbox – Identify Unknown Drugs
This tool allows users to visually search for and identify unknown pills using appearance information and high resolution images.
Alexandros Pagidas -- University of the Future
Current education does not create free, creative and wise individuals, but workers for the requirements of the market. Most universities give you an education that will supply you with a career – not a good life.
Jayson Elliot -- Rethinking the Modern GUI
Why are we stuck with the same user interface computers had 30 years ago? Jayson explores the future of the Graphical User Interface.
John Schloendorn -- A Garage-Level Biomedical Research Effort is Taking on Death
Using out-of-the-box thinking and a shoestring budget to attempt to cure human aging.
Chia Hwu -- Communities in Healthcare
Healthcare is about people. How can communities be used to improve it?
Deep Learning for Artificial Intelligence
How do we build natural intelligence into machines?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

LA Perl Mongers, January Recap

We had a great meeting this month! Thank you guests and presenters. Twenty mongers in attendance at the start with a few more filing in later. I thought I had over ordered by getting 5 large and one XL pizza, but they disappeared within 20 minutes.

Looking forward to seeing you all again on Wed February 24, 2010.

My talk on Hadoop::Streaming had to cover too much breadth of background to spend much time getting into the code. I look forward to doing a part two where I display a non-trivial example. The talk and slides covered an overview of Hadoop, Hadoop streaming, writing streaming jobs manually, writing streaming jobs using Hadoop::Streaming from CPAN, testing jobs locally, and finally running jobs on the cluster.

The slides will be posted soon. There was a hardware failure on the * hosting box on Tuesday into Wednesday, so I didn't push an update. You can see them in raw vroom format in the Git Repo.

Aran was kind enough to come down from Thousand Oaks and present a nice talk on "Coding Concisely in Perl." This was a fun, interactive presentation discussing various ways to make your code (or your inherited code) cleaner and more representative of its core ideas. From simple changes like using ternaries for setting variables, using map/grep to replace cut-and-paste code, and finally a look at the ValueClick method of mocking the production DB. Their DB Mock layer uses a shim to create a local sqlite3 db by autoloading the schemas from the production databases. It's quite clever.

The slides on DB testing have company code on them, so we are waiting on his CTO to approve releasing them for publishing. I expecte to have them up on soon.