The ‘talk’ and the ‘talks’

Thursday, February 28th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Tonight, I went into the city for the second time this week (the first was Amazon Web Services on Monday). This time for the February Web Standards Group meeting with Paul presenting the latest version of Starting an Open Source Business.

I wasn’t that interested in the talk as I had already seen it, definitely at a perl mongers meeting leading up to an OSDC and possibly another time (excellent all times I’ve heard it). But as I was saying to someone earlier in the week:

“The ‘talk’ doesn’t matter, the ‘talks’ do”

After linux.conf.au 2008 was over I really regretted not going as it won’t be held in Melbourne for a few years. Then by the time I thought about going to BarCamp Melbourne the registrations were well over the limit. More regret as I hear it too was excellent.

Because of this I decided that I will make much more of an effort in going to (and possibly helping with) more of these type of community events. Even if the topic of the event doesn’t necessarily interest me. I generally get as much or more out of the discussions over drinks/dinner (the ‘talks’) than I get out of the main presentation (the ‘talk’). It is this type of thing that makes it a community.

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2 Responses to “The ‘talk’ and the ‘talks’”

  1. You should have signed up for BarCampMelbourne2008 anyway – there was plenty of space with about 60 participants in attendance.

    We’re starting preparations for the next one – hopefully you’ll be able to make that one.

    If you want to be part of the planning discussion, sign up to this list: https://secure.benshosting.com/mailman/listinfo/barcampmelbournediscussion

    Cheers BB

    Ben Balbo - March 5th, 2008 at 9:57 am

  2. The number of registrations wasn’t the only factor. Because I didn’t think about going until a few days before, I would have had to reschedule something else I had on.

    I am starting to plan further ahead so next time I won’t have any excuses.

    Stephen - March 5th, 2008 at 11:13 am