A collection of articles, ideas, and rambling from a guy who wrote some software that one time.
The attendance list seems a bit anemic so far, so I thought I'd point it out:
Twisted Birds of a Feather session at PyCon 2007
I'll be there.
Perhaps you would be willing to use some of your influence to spread the idea that maybe future venues should be selected in countries that respect the rule of law, don't "disappear" people to secret prisons, don't illegally deport my fellow innocent citizens to third parties for torture, etc. (It really is "the little things" that matter.) After all, the Python community is more international every year, and the US was recently found to be the worst country in the world to travel to. I for one intend never again to speak to an INS agent, and I don't think I'm alone.I'd do it myself but A) I have no such influence and B) I seem to have to be a jerk about it (probably contributing to "A").
Yeah, this is the reason I've never asked my employer to send me.On the other hand, the Open Source Developers Conference is going to be in Brisbane, Australia in December. CFP will be going out in a few weeks, expected attendance 200-250 people. Seperate Python/perl/php/ruby/java streams. Should be fun!
What makes you think I have any influence? I don't. If I had any at all, we'd still be having it on the east coast.I can respect the problems that travel to the USA creates for you. I have similar problems traveling abroad, as foreign governments have done retaliatory penalties for Americans requesting visas elsewhere. However, there's more over here than antiterrorism rhetoric and secret prisons.Evaluated on that basis, pretty much all of Europe, Africa, Russia, and China are only in differently bad positions. (I think that Australia is about to become a state next year? I need to check on that...) No massive nation-state's hands are clean. Your request for countries which don't deport or imprison innocent people probably requires that we have PyCon on the moon instead.All that aside though: I generally keep non-technology politics off this blog, and that's on purpose. I'd appreciate it if you'd do the same.
I meant social influence, not deciding influence. Thought you might be willing to feel out the idea.I'm sorry you see these issues as "political". I do not. I see them as matters of decency and basic freedom. However, though I have more to say about it, I'll respect your wishes and keep it to twisted from now on.
Exerting influence on PyCon is very easy. You simply have to volunteer to organize the conference, and then you can host it wherever you like. As far as I know, there has never been any competition for this :). I don't have the time to do this.However, the purpose of PyCon is to be within the US - EuroPython is done by the same organization, i.e., the Python community (see the pycon website).Thanks for honoring my request though.
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