BarcampCHS: Spread the word!

The 4th annual BarcampCHS is getting closer! Spread the word, invite your friends and family and come out to learn new things and share the things that you know!

You don’t have to be a great speaker, a professional or an expert in the field. You just need to be willing to share what you know with others or be interested in learning something new. Whether you’re just providing some tips and tricks about something you do a lot of, talking about more advanced topics or just want to present on something because it will force you to learn about it, it will be welcomed at BarcampCHS.


These are the sessions I have lined up to present on

  • HamCamp: a Barcamp within a Barcamp where I hope to get other ham radio operators to share what they know with others. If this turns out well, there’s even the possibility of spinning it off into its own event!
  • How to become a ham radio operator: A bit about the ham radio licensing process, resources, how I got mine, and then what to do with it afterwards.
  • History of Computers Museum: This is less a session and more just a place for people to lay out some of their vintage hardware to show off and reminisce with fellow geeks.
  • CT Scanners: How do they work?: In which I leverage some of what I do for a living to educate others.

I can only claim to be mostly an expert in medical imaging, but I’m interested enough in ham radio to make me willing to share what little I know about it with others. I’m also looking forward to learning about things that others are willing to share.

Come on out to BarcampCHS and hang out, learn stuff and teach stuff!

BarcampCHS 4 planning

BarcampCHS 4 is going to be held November 10, 2012 most likely at the College of Charleston once again.

Planning for the 4th BarcampCHS is underway and things seem to be rolling along nicely so far. If you want to participate in the planning, we’re currently meeting every other week. Watch the BarcampCHS Facebook page or BarcampCHS Google+ page for additional information and updates.

We’re currently looking for sponsors and have a number of sponsorship levels available. Contact the organizers if you’re interested in becoming a BarcampCHS sponsor!

It’s also not too early to propose a session you want to present, or that you’d like to see presented. Visit the sessions page to see the current list of sessions and suggest/propose a session!

Southeast Linuxfest 2012 in the bag

Another successful Southeast Linuxfest wrapped up yesterday. Came back with a little over 450 photos to go through which dropped to around 410 after a quick first pass.
Saw a fair number of people go through the conference and a bunch of familiar faces. This year ended up pretty database heavy as far as topics went and I managed to catch a fair number of good talks. Learned a few things about MySQL DBA, much of which I will probably never need, but there were some handy little nuggets to learn.
SELF stretched over three full days this year in a new venue which I think worked out pretty well. Aside from Time-Warner Cable not being able to provide the Internet service as originally promised, the rest of the meeting seemed to go pretty smoothly. Instead, this was where the Internets came from.
I spent most of it wandering around taking photos (in an “official” capacity this time), sitting in sessions and manning video cameras. Seemed like a pretty sizable crowd this year, with some early estimates putting numbers at around 500 people or so. Pretty respectable I think.
The Charlotte DrupalCamp put on by CharDUG went off pretty well with a good turnout. With three tracks, there was a little bit for everybody.
Already looking forward to next year’s SELF, June 7-9 at the same location.

Southeast Linuxfest: T-2 days

Two days left until another Southeast Linuxfest!

There’s a lot of stuff packed into this year’s SELF and it should be a fun time.
I’ll be hitting the road for Charlotte tomorrow to help with getting things set up. This year I’ve been given the Official Photographer duties so my new Speedlite will get its first real workout.
There is also an official SELF ham radio frequency, 147.555, and the 6600 Net on 145.190 at 9PM Saturday. I have no idea what the 6600 Net is, but with my new call sign I’m hoping to find out.
There will also be ham radio licensing tests given at SELF this year, on Saturday I think. I’m planning on trying for Extra again, but I’m not sure I’ll be much more prepared for it this time than I was last Saturday. There’s still much reading left to do. Well, I still have 3 days left.

Pure epicness

This is going to be the most epic bout of movie watching I’ve done since the back to back showings of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back before the premiere of Return of the Jedi.
Avengers movie marathon at Cinebarre Mt. Pleasant
I already purchased my ticket. Who’s going to join me for this massive gorging?
I may be comatose by the time Avengers plays.