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CFP for NoSQL Devroom at FOSDEM

CFP for NoSQL Devroom at FOSDEM
NoSQL is an encompassing term that covers a multitude of different and interesting database solutions.  As the interest in NoSQL continues to grow, we are looking for talks on any open source NoSQL database or related topic.

Speaking slots are 25 or 50 minutes. To propose a talk please go to: https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM14

Be sure to specify the length of your talk and select the NoSQL track.

As FOSDEM is a friendly open source conference, please refrain from slagging matches about each other’s projects. Keep it respectful, keep it non-commercial, and remember that all decks are subject to approval.

If you do not want to give a talk yourself but have ideas for NoSQL topics, send them to the mailing list at nosql-devroom@lists.fosdem.org.

Know someone who might be interested in the devroom? Please forward them this email on our behalf. Want to help out but don’t know how? Contact us!

The devroom is scheduled for Sunday, February 2nd and has approx 80 seats. The call for proposals is open until Dec 13th and speakers will be notified by December 20th. The final schedule will then be announced by January 10th.

Any changes will be announced on the mailing list: https://lists.fosdem.org/listinfo/nosql-devroom


New year got off to a good start

New year got off to a good start

It’s been ages since I’ve posted, I need to get better at this.  But so far 2012 has gotten off to a good start. I finally had the back surgery on my back, where they removed part of a bulging disc, it was initially scheduled for 1 hr and day surgery, however the bulge was rather large and lot of extra damage was done to the area so was under for 3 hours and kept in for three days. Which considering I watched the video before hand was a bit freaky waking up to be told it took longer, also really should not watch a planned procedure before hand.  But cannot complain it was worth it and the relief I’ve gotten has been amazing. Been some grueling weeks of recovery and only being allowed to sit for 20 mins at a time is really frustrating, but the physio at my 4 week check up was amazed at my progress and thought I’d was 7-8 weeks post surgery so I was well chuffed. Less chuffed about the elbowing in the back, but I’m told it’s good for me.

End of January came and I decided to surprise the other half with a weekend trip to Paris to celebrate one year together.  It was a lot of fun if not very cold, add in some crazy Paris taxi drivers, a trip to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, and a hop on hop off bus tour and yummy food and it was a lovely weekend away.

Following weekend, we went to FOSDEM, which is my favourite conference, very relaxing, full of friends, great talks, loads of yummy beers and waffles! I took part in a panel discussion on the Sunday with other members from distributions  which turned out to be very informative but did wander off topic from time to time.

Finally I got some great news in February, I joined Canonical on the Launchpad team, and they’ve been great showing me the ropes and helping me settle in and find my feet. Am well chuffed :)



With less than two weeks to FOSDEM taking place a weekend of talks, catching up with old friends and making new ones nearly here.  Jan Claeys has created a wiki page if anyone is going, taking part, wants to meet up or help with the stall. As always it’s voluntary but having lots of people helping does spread the time so folks can go to talks or take part in the corridor discussions that tend to happen.

If you’re giving a talk why not let people know so they can attend, just add your details to the wiki, there is also a dinner on the night organised so keep an eye on the page for details.  See you there, I’m taking part in a panel session on working with community contributors where I’ll be discussing locoteams.