My LinuxCon Talk

I delivered my talk, “Hacking the Kernel, Hacking Myself” at LinuxCon on Wednesday. This is the third time I’ve delivered it, and it’s getting better with practice. The best speeches aren’t written in stone and delivered once; they evolve over multiple deliveries. I’ve tried to show what the OPW program, my mentor, and the Linux foundation have done for me that helped me the most. This time, I brought in some new material about how to support someone who’s seeking to become part of the community.

I was amazed at the response I got. I had quite a few people approach me to tell me not only that they enjoyed the talk, but how the picture of outreach and support that I painted was meaningful to them.

My slides don’t make much sense without the accompanying talk, but if you’d like to see them, here they are.

I’m Back, With Tasty Presents for You

Hello my readers,

I’ve been gone for awhile, but now, I’m back. I’m here at OSCON, and I’m so happy (and tipsy) that I just have to share it with you. In fact, I’ve got something wonderful to share with you–a ticket to Linuxcon North America! I ended up with an extra one, so the first person at OSCON who comes to my office hours at 2:30 tomorrow–or, failing that, my talk on Thursday at 11:50–and says “Linux Rocks!” gets the ticket! So if you’re having a good time and don’t want it to end, get yourself another round!

Here’s my talk.

And of course, we’re long overdue for a spider (or two). Here’s a little romance. Enjoy.


Two Victories

After all the intensity of the past four months, I’ve now gotten the payoff, in a big way. First, my swapoff project is finally working correctly, and can be considered tentatively complete. I’ll be meeting my mentor face to face at the Linux Collaboration Summit tomorrow, and he’ll be introducing me to some other Linux and mm folks. We’ll sit down together and walk through the code, looking for ways to improve it. Plus, of course, a piece of software is never complete, it keeps evolving throughout its useful life. Still, I can now count this as a finished project.

Second, I competed in another Toastmasters Area contest, and this time I won First Place. I’ve won Second twice, and have now graduated to the Division stage. One club elder who has been a big help to me says that if the club can be compared to elementary school, this is like a junior high graduation, and I’m ready to go on to high school.


Thanks so much to everyone who helped me, in both areas. I’m keeping names private; you know who you are. You rock.

Fridie Spidie: Safe and Protected Nest

Regal Jumping Spider - Phidippus regius

“Phidippus regius is a common spider in peninsular Florida. The first impression made upon the casual observer is of a moderately large, black, hairy spider; to the uninformed, this impression leads naturally to the conviction that the spider is a black widow. The black widow, however, is a globose, shiny black spider with long, spindly legs that is not noticeably hairy at all. Jumping spiders are harmless, beneficial creatures. The larger species, such as P. regius, are capable of delivering a painful bite, but will do so only if held tightly. The bite itself causes a sharp stinging sensation which subsides in a few minutes and requires no treatment. These spiders are easily tamed and can be induced to jump back and forth from hand to hand.”

Yes, that’s an egg sac she’s protecting.

Photo by Jim.