In late August, the organizers have yet to finalize a date, Vancouver will hold BarCamp-style conference titled, appropriately, BarCamp Vancouver. I've started a PubSub feed for the unconference, which I will attend. After BarCamp Toronto, while waiting for my fligh back home at the airport, I started writing out my thoughts about that unconference in particular and unconferences in general (keeping in mind that I have only attended the first day of one of them, of course). Joey explained the concept of BarCamp (really well, I might add), and he says that the confusion about the philosophy of "no spectators" applies “doubly so for events with programmers”, mentioning that 75% of them classify themselves as introverts. It's not clear, though, what he prescribes, so my article, still in heavy drafting mode, will attempt a prescription.
Working for a small, Vancouver-based web startup (we call ourselves a company now, though), you come across a lot of articles about how to succeed. The following are just the ones I came across recently, missing one I've lost in the shuffle:
Robert Scales and my coworker Kris Krug (of Raincity Studios and Bryght respectively) are headed to China soon. Of course, as somewhat of an expert on China (see my 'china' tag, which gets syndicated over at Watching China), I'm jealous that they're going without me, but I'm excited for them as well.
Most of the time, I read the reviews only after seeing a movie or a play. A review in The Georgia Straight of Morris Panych's production of Waiting for Godot at the Stanley Theatre here in Vancouver decidedly gives it a thumbs-down: “the stakes are so low on every front that there's virtually no reason to watch. The script tells us the tramps are subsisting on root vegetables and even those are running out.
John Atkin: “The 2600 block of 24th is one block of nothing but Vancouver Specials all built in 1972. This much maligned house style is an effecient use of land, cheap to build (the shallow roof line is the maximum slope you can still use a tar and gravel roof on), easy to maintain and not as bad as commentators and urban critics make them out to be.