– Day 0

Me at LCA

Yesterday was day 0 of my adventure to in Brisbane. I woke up extremely early (5:15am AEDT, which is 4:15am AEST) and caught a flight to Sydney and then on to Brisbane. I caught the AirTrain into the city (which is awesome, so much better than any other capital city’s offering) and met my friend Michael to drop off my bag at the hotel. After catching up with my sister for lunch (she lives in Brisbane) I headed off to the venue for the conference, QUT in Kelvin Grove.

I sat around with a few of my friends from the ##australia IRC channel on Freenode, while discussing the conference’s preperation on on Freenode. After a while, I went and registered for the conference, and got some awesome swag. The item of note is a Yubico Yubikey, which seems to be a really awesome solution to the password problem.

The LCA Venue

After the registration, I went with a few of the other ##australia geeks to get pizza from a local place in Kelvin Grove. It was a lot of impromptu fun, especially when a few more geeks from showed up and also had a bite to eat.

After the pizza, it was back to the conference venue for the “noobie’s talk” which introduced us to what happens this week. In short, it sounds like a lot of fun. The presenter of the talk, Rusty Russell, has a great sense of humour. We then went off to the pub with the other first-time attendees, but we didn’t stay long because it was loud and we went off to something better.

Most of the attendees are staying at a place called Urbanest, which looks like an interesting place, mostly because of the density of geeks. Last night I went up to Urbanest for an hour or so, and watched the cricket and talked to a few other geeks. I met Jethro Carr, a geek from NZ whose blog I read. I then retired for the night, because you can only be awake for so long without a drip of caffeine.

30 Days of Geek #14: Favourite computer conference?

I’ve decided to partake in Jethro Carr’s 30 Days of Geek challenge, so I’ll be writing a post a day on my geekiness for an entire month! You can find all the posts in one spot here.

Seeing as I’ve never been to one (yet) I can’t really have a favourite. However, I’ve been to the National Computer Science School (ie computer camp) and it was possibly the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. A week of writing scripts in Python, having access to powerful computers and a fast Internet connection, and most importantly, making friends.

During the week we had to write a search engine spider as part of a website we built for a charity. My fondest memory of the week is, along with my good friend Michael Wheeler, modifying the spider and setting it to work downloading as much of the Internet as we could before Python crashed. It took a while.

I’m looking forward to attending (named after its domain name) in Brisbane in January 2011. It should be a blast.