I'm back in Cleveland for another Pycon. Yesterday was my first full day here. Along with Matt Seale, I was a helper at Matthias Bussonnier tutorial ("IPython and Jupyter in Depth: High productivity, interactive Python). The sticky system is efficient at signaling when someone in a classroom needs help, and a lot of folks don't know that this practice was popularized by Software Carpentry workshops and continues to be used at The Carpentries.
I stepped out for a coffee refill and bumped into a large contingent of Bloomberg folks I'd never met (Princeton office). I guess we have something like 90 people at the conference this year, and I made the usual and true remark about how I go to conferences to meet the other people who work at our company. Then after his tutorial concluded, Matthias and I bumped into Tracy Teal, exchanged some stickers, and chatted about The Carpentries, Jupyter, organizing conferences, governance and sponsorship models, and a bunch of other stuff.
Matthias was a good influence in trying to participate in the swag bag stuffing,
but it turned out we had almost an hour to
kill maim (we decided injury's a
better fate than death for that hour). Luckily, we bumped into John
Lam and proceeded to chat away and entertain one
another. The swag bag stuffing was really fun - highly recommend it to everyone!
Smart people performing a task that allows for lots of banter and brief social
interaction turn while there's music and a chance to move around turns out to be
a good way to have time continue flying by. Too many people to name here, but
Scopz was there and we made terrible puns, as
After the swag bag stuffing party, reconnected with Tracy and we chatted some more while walking around and picking up swag (mostly socks), joined by Gil Forsyth who handed me Xonsh sticker, bumped into Saul Shanabrook. Then stopped by to say hi to Jess, a friend of Anna Vu's, whom I only ever see at PyCon), and then chatted with Scott Sanderson, met Hugo Bowne-Anderson, and got to briefly greet Jonathan Helmus.
I walked Matthias to his hotel, then went back to Butcher and the Brewer (again, Matthias joined me for dinner there the night before), and wrote out the poem you'll find below. After I wrote it, a bunch of my Bloomberg colleagues showed up, and I ended up chatting for long time with John Purviance. In keeping with tradition, though we work at the same company, I met John by accident at a coffee shop during last year's Pycon (he works in the New York office, whereas I'm in SF).
One day down, and it's already been a wonderful Pycon.
May 2nd, Pycon Cleveland Two, as well The social wealth observed, created not jaded, lots to say and listen to Bring energy and silliness, too My objective to subjectively inject a crack and tear decorum fabric be vulnerable a buzzing bee break up the swag bag stuffing monotony walk the path, switch sides, talk trash Great folks, give stickers, smiles, rehash A splash of warmth, a squak, a "BAM!" A nudge - we jam enjoying this team work not work at all - a play - a sandbox roles all clear yet much room left to improvise Devise a way to make us laugh each finds their path rocking forth and back swaying fro and too a rhythm of a train a-moving Clapping celebration when we're done "Hey-hey! We're done!" - a dinner earned and well deserved - many socks collected New people met and old friends reconnected Tutorials and opening reception done and now Pycon 2019's officially begun