Monthly Archives: October 2010

Academia, gogo!

In today’s exciting post I describe a rather amusing series of events and the end result of it:

The events:

  • In August I submitted a paper to a Computer Vision conference being held in New Zealand in November. This is entirely sensible because my honours research received a first-class grade and was in the field of computer vision.
  • In September, a large earthquake occurred in the Christchurch region, causing much pandemonium amongst organisers of said conference.
  • On Tuesday this week, my paper got accepted. Naturally, the conference was organised by people in Christchurch, and they were disrupted by several weeks due to the earthquake.

So the conference is on November 8 and 9 in Queenstown, New Zealand; this leaves me just over two weeks to:

  1. Arrange travel
  2. Revise the paper based upon reviewers’ comments
  3. Prepare a poster to present at the conference
  4. Get there


30 Days of Geek challenge

My friend Jethro Carr has just suggested another 30-day blogging challenge, and unlike the last one, this one doesn’t require me to be highly introspective and emotional, which I can gladly cope with :). Instead, the topic this time around is 30 days of geek.

The topics that Jethro’s suggested are:

  • Day 01 – Why do you consider yourself a geek?
  • Day 02 – Preferred programming language?
  • Day 03 – What does your day job involve?
  • Day 04 – Greatest application written to date.
  • Day 05 – Quick nifty hacks you’re proud of
  • Day 06 – Primary geek fuel (snacks/drinks)
  • Day 07 – Preferred smartphone platform. And which do you use?
  • Day 08 – Preferred method of communication with humans
  • Day 09 – What OS/distribution do you run?
  • Day 10 – Picture, screenshot and specifications of your primary computer.
  • Day 11 – Favourite hacking environment – music, light, seating, etc
  • Day 12 – What area do you want to expand your skills into?
  • Day 13 – How did you become such a geek? Career? Personal interest?
  • Day 14 – Favourite computer conference?
  • Day 15 – Earliest geek experience
  • Day 16 – First computer you’ve ever owned & your favourite ever.
  • Day 17 – Post a useful HOWTO to solve a challenge you’ve come across recently.
  • Day 18 – Most cringe-worthy geek moment
  • Day 19 – Most hated computing environment.
  • Day 20 – Where do you stand on Internet Censorship?
  • Day 21 – Favourite thing & worst things about working in IT?
  • Day 22 – Release some software under an open source license that you haven’t released before.
  • Day 23 – Post a review of an application that you use.
  • Day 24 – How do you feel about Open Source vs Proprietary software?
  • Day 25 – Microsoft – friend, foe or other?
  • Day 26 – Apple – friend, foe or other?
  • Day 27 – Fix a bug in some open source software and commit the patch
  • Day 28 – How many computers lying about the house?
  • Day 29 – Looking back (at geek life), would you have done anything differently?
  • Day 30 – Where do you see technology advancing in the next 20 years – and where will you fit in?

Hopefully by the end of this you’ll have a good insight into my geekiness — posts will start showing up on November 1st.

One week left for LCA2011 Miniconf proposals

In case you’ve missed it in other channels, the 2011 miniconf CFPs close on Friday October 22 (for the most part).

For my part, I’m still looking for more presentations for the Open Programming and Research & Student Innovation miniconfs. The descriptions are as follows:

Open Programming Miniconf

The LCA2011 Open Programming Miniconf helps bridge the gap between the low-level developer and the end-user by bringing the topic of tools and techniques for application development to

We invite 25-minute talks on a wide range of topics, tools and languages with the aim of bringing together open source developers with presentations that share techniques, best practices and values amongst users of all open source programming languages.

If you know something about a topic of interest to the LCA Developer community, please read our call for presentations and submit a proposal!

To submit a proposal for the Open Programming Miniconf, you can find the CFP at

Research & Student Innovation

The FOSS in Research and Student Innovation Miniconf brings together researchers and students with an active interest in Free and Open Source Software with the broader community to highlight exciting work taking place within the often esoteric world of academia and educational institutions.

We invite 25-minute presentations on topics in two streams: “FOSS in Research”, which provides an informal outlet for those pursuing topics of interest to FOSS communities in their studies; and “Student Innovation”, which brings the perspective of the student delegation to the forefront, by allowing them to share their experiences of FOSS with the broader LCA community.

To submit a proposal, visit the CFP at