It’s been a while since I’ve attended a TLUG technical meeting. I usually enjoy the meetings but I’m not that interested in Linux and sometimes the talk topics are too specific for me. Since Marty was speaking today I decided to brave the heat and humidity. I really dislike summer weather in Tokyo but I can’t spend the rest of the month hiding in my air conditioned apartment. (I’ll be spending most of August in Europe.)
The other thing that sometimes stops me attending the meetings is that they are quite far away. The public transport system is really good but it still took nearly an hour and half to get to the venue. One day I’ll get used to living in such a large city and remember to ask in advance where exactly in Tokyo a meeting is going to be held.
At the start of every meeting every person is expected to introduce themselves. This is not something I enjoy. It’s obvious that at least 50% of the attendees are really uncomfortable having to do this. It also ends up sounding like the opening of an AA meeting just with Linux Users. “Hi, I’m X and I’ve been using Linux for X years”.
Marty gave a talk that he is planning on giving at YAPC::EU in August. This is going to need quite a bit of work as it’s more than twice the length it should be. At first I thought it was because he was having problems with the live demos but actually Marty always runs over time. He gets so excited. It’s obviously much more fun to jump around and draw diagrams on the white board rather than actually stick to the scheduled timings.