Help improve open source, make the world a better place, AND travel to Australia

The LCA 2012 Call for Papers (speakers and tutorials, really) is still open. The Linux Conference Australia audience is bright, curious, and eager to learn more. In particular, LCA attendees seem to love talks about file systems and storage, and I know there’s at least one fewer file systems-related talk than usual in the system this year!

Part of the reason I went to LCA 2007 was to fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing a giant squid in person – and it totally worked.

VAL and giant squid

One of the big secrets about a career in open source is that you get to do interesting technical work that makes the world a better place AND travel around the world without paying for (most) of it. If you think you have something even vaguely interesting to talk about, and happily would go to Australia if you could work out the travel somehow, please consider submitting a proposal and figuring out how to pay for it during the next few months. LCA wants fresh faces and new ideas, and if your topic is interesting enough, everyone can work together to find a way to make it happen.

Giant squid on display at the Smithsonian

Bruce Schneier’s Friday Squid Blogging informs me that two giant squid are going on display at the Smithsonian at the end of September!

I am seriously considering a trip to D.C. just to see them.

No, I don’t know why Bruce is into giant squid, but I’ve been fascinated with them ever since I learned they were not, in fact, entirely mythical. It was like learning that, say, pegasusses[1] had been discovered roaming the Siberian tundra. My last encounter with a giant squid:

[1] I googled for the correct plural of “pegasus” and to my vast amusement, found that the best reference is a letter from the Laurel King of Arms. for the Society of Creative Anachronism dated 1985, in which he complains of not having enough time because he’s working for a “hightech startup.” This is amusing because (1) somehow I think of startups as something that began in the 90’s, (2) I used to be in the SCA:

Summary: pegasusses and pegasi are both correct.