We kicked off the evening with yummy soft fish and fajita tacos provided by Trudy’s here in Austin. We have plenty of food outside under the big white tent where there are also comfy chairs and a DJ spinning real albums!
I finally met Jon Lebkowsky author of Extreme Democracy. People have been telling me for years that he is someone I need to meet and they were right. The ideas were flying furiously! He gave me a copy of his book so when I’m tired of sitting in front of this computer, I’ll curl up on one of these large, comfy looking bags and read.
Silona gave a presentation of the overall goals for the weekend and the variety of projects volunteer programmers can work on. Adam Mayer who flew in from NY for this event gave an overview of how Drupal works and how to use some of the tools in Drupal. I was a bit lost, but I don’t really need to know the messy details. I’ve got my own “To Do” or shall I say, my own “tada” list of things I want to accomplish this weekend. (So far, I’m mostly adding to my list as I meet people who refer me to more cool tools!)
Joel Greenberg of Friends Talking Podcast interviewed me. He’s got a sweet set up for on location podcast interviews. He uses a shotgun microphone mounted in a homemade shockmount made of pvc pipe, a bicycle handle grip, and black rubber bands. The microphone probably runs about $250, but he save at least $150 with his gerryrigged shockmount. His recorder is a Sony High Mini Disk Recorder with USB which makes downloading a breeze. I love my little snowball mike, but I don’t have the portability that he has.
Well it’s midnight and the beer just arrived. The accordion player couldn’t make it so we won’t have midnight polka music. Probably just as well…everyone is still pretty hard at work!
Now off to add my wish list to the project wiki for this roomful of programmers to tackle. Pinch me!
[note to self: add “learn how to spice up blog entries with graphics” to tada list!]