TXOSS 2008

The Texas Open Source Symposium in San Angelo is a wrap. This was a small one day event in San Angelo organized by Jeremy Fluhmann (who did an excellent job by the way). I rather enjoyed it, and providing that it becomes an annual event (which I understand is the idea), I will certainly try and make it back next year.

I gave a talk on Mercurial during the 11:00am slot. I'm not convinced that I did a very good job, but most of the people seated in the audience seemed to be paying attention and several people asked questions both during and after, so maybe it was alright.

The talks I attended were of excellent quality, I especially enjoyed both of the talks given by Patrick Michaud on Parrot and Perl6 (even if they did pretty much convince me that my shift in focus to Python was a Good Idea :).

Accomodations in San Angelo

I'm giving a talk on Saturday at the Texas Open Source Symposium entitled An Introduction to Mercurial. I'll be driving there but hadn't considered making a room reservation until today. How hard could it be to book a hotel room in San Angelo Texas, right? Sheesh.

I started out with a Google maps search that included the zip code of the venue, and began working through the options ordered by proximity and user submitted reviews. So first up were places like Comfort Suites and Holiday Inn, about a mile from the venue with reviews like, "I've never had customer service so good!". It ended with obscure motor inns on the opposite side of town with reviews like, "WHATEVER YOU DO, NEVER STAY IN THIS DISGUSTING PLACE". I called 18 different places and they were all booked.

Apparently there is some kind of triathlon or something going on this weekend.

Fortunately for me, Tarus Balog is also speaking. Fortunately for me he is also a smooth talker because he was able to get his room upgraded to one with two beds, (after finding out that he had made his reservations for the wrong month and got them to give him a room anyway, I might add).

Update: It's been suggested that this is the reason all of the hotels are at capacity.