Barcamp melbourne 2012 thoughts

Had a great time at Barcamp Melbourne on this weekend.

The last time the event had been held in Melbourne was in 2009. Three years latter, it is great to come back to this great place, and many of the people from the last event as well. Being able to “get my geek on” is beneficial for my creative coding motivation, on top of meeting  people of a wide variety of fields and interests.

Barcamp Melbourne’s own website has a much better description of what it is which I recommend you read here. To summarize, it is an “Unconference”. It is intentionally unorganized, with people attending encouraged to talk about their hobby or project. You could liken it to a grown up’s version of show and tell, however it goes deeper than that. Being aware of others during the event is important, which avoids the stale feeling you have going to sponsored or “sit and listen” events and seminars. The collective consciousness of learning off each other among with being active participants in any way possible makes you much more receptive in my opinion to retain that actual data.

I gave a talk!

In spirit of the event and knowing how it runs in the past, I had plenty of time to organize a talk. While I won’t go much into my talk as I feel it deserves it’s own post, it was titled “I came here for an Argument”, and the slides are available in ODP format here (it was made in Libreoffice Impress). Reception of the talk appeared to be great, with a compliments and appreciative comments from people during Barcamp’s two days. It was an exciting (and exhaustive) process, but I felt awesome after doing it.

Read on for my photos of the event as well as more photos taken.

Linux Conf 2012 – Ballarat

On the tail end of being an Organiser for LCA2012, I would like to thank all the Volunteers, as well as our great delegates for making it a pleasant experience.

LCA Organisers

(Photo with thanks from Polycarbonate1)

The volunteers (which helped man the A/V once setup for each room among many other tasks) themselves were fantastic, and it’s been said many times already but still is just as true – without them the conference just could not run and scale to this level. I’m proud of these photos of the volunteers.


Flickr Photos from LCA2012

My set of photos for Flickr are available on flickr as set LCA2012. I have licenced them as CC Attribution. This means you can use them anywhere (even in commercial publications!), as long as you give me credit for taking them.

There have been many fantastic people I had the opportunity to talk to, including Jonathon Oxer, Andy Gelme, Paul Fenwick and Senator Scott Ludlum. That may sound like name dropping, however in Linuxconf, everyone is approachable and have extremely interesting stories to listen and take in.

During the Penguin dinner, I was able to take a video of Scott Ludlum’s speech about the state of privacy in Australia, from his perspective. It may be a bit shaky, however it’s the first large sized clip with my newer DSLR rig setup, so will be looking forward to using it as a testbed. Photos did come out excellent.

While I am on the topic of photos, I might highlight my favorite ones in here.

  • Jacob Appelbaum


I feel like this photo, along with this slide helps convey the contrast against what we view things as compared to how much can (and is) being monitored against us, with his current slide showing a informational/promotional video by a private company to promote its ability to tap into users data to keep an eye on them.

  • Action Josh


After the organisers have been given some hats (a long and funny story), Sometimes the best photos are candid ones. This one just seemed to be good timing – not to be underestimated!

  • One Geek per Classroom

One Geek per Classroom initiative


Another case of great timing, this talk by Thomas Sprinkmeier, a teacher with the idea of teaching electronics and programming to younger kids, was a talk given a strong voice thanks to his strong presentation, which incorporated his own children to make it fun and enjoyable.

These were a very small selection of photos done, with the full list available at flickr lca2012 set.

Going into the conference with all the preparations done by the rest of the organizing team was a effective way to be able to handle contingencies during the conference, and helped avoid fatigue (besides the physical drain of wanting to put in more). I learned a lot from the event, with the next event being in Canberra I would like to consider being able to attend it as someone checking out the keynotes and worrying about different things – such as which excellent speakers keynote for me to sit and listen in.

New Camera

I just have purchased an Panasonic Lumix GH2 Camera. It’s nice to be able to take nice, sharp photos again, and the texture on the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Phone I have shows that well.

To the photo taking machine!

Currently ordering some fasters lenses as I would love to be able to do some night time photography with it. The stock lens I am still getting used to though, and can see the disadvantages to a zoom lens (aperture), however it’ll be good for video in a pinch – which is the main reason I bought it.

The complete set of photos are available on flickr

Battlefield 3, can’t wait

Incase you did not know, I’m eager as anything to play and be involved with Battlefield 3 – as a player and a commentator.

Battlefield 3 - Caspian border jets promotional image

I also have a clan named H*EA*T which has been around since 2006 – we play both for fun and competitive ladders. Check it out if you are interested in playing in a group.

Mana Bar Melbourne – fun!

Here is a photo of the Mana Bar Melbourne opening. It was a lot of fun, and I was able to also catch up with part founder Yug to find out about what it is.

The actual interview is also available on gamestah, linked here on Gamestah.
Mana Bar Melbourne


New site design

The new site design is now up, and am looking to port some other websites to the newer format as well. It was a lot of fun making this design, and there are some plans to help make it more durable and long lasting.

Still, efficient workflow went well, time to get some content up in!

I’m available using my twitter @superroach or otherwise use the available links which are present in the footer below.