I'm mostly an open content geek: recording all that can be in the digital memex (i.e the Wikimedia universe); mapping and walking in Fremantle (for OpenStreetMap); striving for a bit of simplicity; and now and then building bits of wooden furniture by hand.
I cycled to Perth yesterday, mainly as a way to stop thinking about things. I didn’t really think there would be any OSM mapping to be done on such a popular route, and there wouldn’t have been if it weren’t for the roadworks along the freeway
which forced me to cross over the overpass and ride through the streets of South Perth. The official detour ended and I could have crossed back, but I carried on… through non-cyclepaths and large detours around intersections.
I looked at the map, and it did actually look like there was a whole path along the golf course that wasn’t on the map, but actually it was added a month ago and OSMand hasn’t updated yet.
But it was interesting to see the new timber shingles being put on the Old Mill.
On Saturday I went to my second DDD Perth conference. This is an annual one-day event that seems to bill itself as being something different from the usual tech conference and to be more accessible to people who might not normally go to these things. Which, I reckon, is pretty great; it feels like a more friendly place (even though I am the sort of person who usually goes to these sorts of things). There is something of a corporate vibe, though, which sort of mars the ‘community’ aspect — although that’s where the low price of the tickets comes from, so I shouldn’t complain!
The welcome to country was done by Nick Abraham, who gave an interesting talk. I liked the lists that he rattled off the names of families he’s part of and places they’re from.
All of the presentations that I went to were interesting, but the two that have stuck with me were about CSS Grid (Amy Kapernick), and WebAuthn (Ben Lowry). I want to experiment with both in my personal projects. Don’t suppose I’ll do so, though. (Too many fun things to explore; not enough time.)
I’m very glad that the Perth developer community is able to support this sort of event these days.
I went along today to my first open source hack afternoon,
a regular language/platform agnostic hack group that’s now meeting at the Artifactory.
It was a hot day today, with dark orange skies from the fires up near Mundaring,
and when I got to the Artifactory there was a bit of a delay in getting inside
and so we sheltered in half a metre of shade against a hot wall for a little while.
We had a pretty good room with an portable air conditioner that made it just about a bearable temperature (and provided white noise, in case that’s useful).
Stephen brought a projector, so we could share things more easily.
I’m looking forward to next month—and maybe more people will come! Maybe it’ll be nicer weather.
Today I left Australia for the first time in 16 years. I was rather looking forward to the vertical acceleration of the aeroplane, as a sort of marker of the beginning of this trip, but it seems the Boeing 777 is a bit too cool for that. Anyway, I’m jolly excited.