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January 16, 2012

Those who know me well know that, among other things, I really don’t like ice hockey. Oh, I root for the San Jose Sharks in the National Hockey League because they’re the “home team” here, just over the hill in the Silicon Valley (Edit: One thing about hockey I do like is The Green Men at the Vancouver Canucks games — very funny performances outside the visitor’s penalty box). But to be honest, it’s a sport that makes me grind my teeth. The truth of the matter is that I don’t like it because I can’t play it.

SCALE 10XSkating on ice is hard enough. Canadians, Scandinavians and Russians: I know you all have a gene that allows you to turn pirouettes on the ice straight from the womb, and that’s great. But I can’t stay perpendicular for very long while on skates on frozen water. Add to this that I’d have to stay perpendicular on the ice and keep a rubber disk in front of me with a stick; difficulty squared. The clincher? Keeping perpendicular on the ice while keeping a rubber disk in front of me with a stick while people are trying to knock me down (which, of course, would anger me to bodily harm on the ice, and I understand that you can’t legally hit people with your stick, unfortunately).

“So,” you ask, “are we going to get to the point of this blog anytime soon, Larry?”


While I don’t like hockey, currently my favorite article of clothing is my SCALE hockey jersey, which is now packed and ready for SCALE 10X. SCALE 10X is being held Friday to Sunday of this week, a mere four days from today, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel.

A little history: At SCALE 9X last year, the powers that be at the show figured there should be some way to identify the staff on the floor of the show — something that would make them stand out. The result: SCALE hockey jerseys, with the name of the staff person across the back. If you were a speaker, a vendor, an exhibitor or anyone else at the show and you needed something, you needed to give a hip check to the person you saw running around with a hockey jersey.

Or you could find me: I’d be the one in the hockey jersey taking five steps and immediately falling down, but I digress.

I’m giving two presentations at SCALE 10X this year — “User Groups 2.1: Noob Morning in America” (a reprise of last years “User Group 2.0” talk) at 10 a.m. Friday in the hotel’s beautiful Catalina D room, and “On Beyond Zenwalk” on Saturday at 3 in the hotel’s Los Angeles B room. I’m also your host for the CrunchBang GNU/Linux “Birds of a Feather” event on Saturday evening as well.

Just don’t ask me to shoot and score.

More on SCALE 10X coming this week in this blog. Watch this space.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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  1. January 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Jesus saves! But Gretzky gets a stick on it.


    Have fun in LA.

  2. Tom Callaway
    January 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Do I need to bring my Bruins Jersey? 🙂

    • January 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      If you like — that would be great! See you at SCALE, Tom! 😀

  3. January 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Larry, Larry, Larry: you missed the point of your own post! Which is that you like Linux better than hockey, because you can and do participate! Because Open Source is a diverse community of contributors: programmers, designers, artists, musicians, geocachers, hikers . . . you don’t have to be athletically gifted or a math genius to contribute to FLOSS.

    • January 17, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Heh. Touche, Alison. I didn’t really miss the point — I get that everyone contributes at their own level and ability — but I wanted to point out the stark irony that I’ll be wearing a jersey from a sport I don’t like at an event that I absolutely love. That, and don’t get me to ice skate, even at gunpoint.

      Also, I’m still laughing at your url — that’s the best one I’ve seen in quite some time.

      • January 17, 2012 at 8:23 am

        I love to ice skate. If we have time over the weekend, I’ll tell you about how I nearly had to skate to my qualifying exam.

        I’ll be in the Hilton starting Thursday night. See you there!

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