Saturday, May 1, 2010
A solid dyson sphere of Awesome; The JSConf experience
I can easily say that this was one of the best conferences I've been to, maybe the best one. The reasons are, I suggest, threefold;
2) The speakers were generally critical-mass awesome.
3) Track C - "The first rule of Track C is that you don't talk about Track C" - as Peter Higgins, president of the Dojo Ajax Toolkit has been known to tweet.
Track C meant hanging around the corridors of Hotel Palomar, pilfering beer from pirate chests and having interstellar discussions about programming. And joking. And talking about SF books. Epic.
Aaron is a foodie. He's a great Ruby and JS guy as well, but he is a very passionate foodie, and the level of passion and knowledge in his talk about making your own bacon, history of and how to barter it for microbrew was both entertaining and cheeky.
Actually, the cheek belongs to Chris Williams, Pirate Captain of JSConf who, as always, risks all by choosing a *non-programming* keynote for a programming conference. That in it self was almost as fun as seeing it. Naturally Passion is key, and Aaron did weave in some pseudo-code to refer to the different experience of making food and making code. But the core of the talk was, IMO, about what makes us tick, as foodies, as developers and as human beings.
Also, Chris actually planned JSConf together with his wife (who had a T-shirt with the text 'Pirate Pending' on), which was really nice and the very antithesis of Corporate.
Another cool thing about the conference was that over 100 people who sent in their abstracts didn't get chosen. Actually, that is just the way it is and neither here, nor there, but since many people *really* wanted to get a place speaking at JSConf and vented some steam on twitter, Kyle Simpson (@getify) proposed having a pre-conference conference, the so-called Scurvyconf, which was open for anyone who couldn't speak at the actual JSConf.
There was vodkas and Guitar Hero and lots of falling into each other arms and crying, figuratively speaking, naturally.
It turned out, when I looked at my pictures, that I was not the only one so inflicted.
I'll wrap this up now, and leave you with some more random pictures and a huge thanks to Chris and his pirate family for creating a completely stellar experience.