28 Jul 2000 Bryce   » (Master)

What can I say about the Zero-Knowledge party,..
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Wel boarded the bus that was laid on for the party and was taken quite a few miles outside the main centre of Ottowa to a small farm/ranch (humm did I say I wouldn't be on a Canadian farm on the entry card to Canada? damn). First sign of trouble. There was some girl on a horse carrying a texas state flag,.. unfortunately it was upside down (sign of distress) umm,..

The bar (such that it was) was this tiny affair in the corner of the barn and wasn't really up to serving real beer which seemed to partially annoy some of the party attendees. I was ok though 8) pleanty of diet coke 8)

There was some sort of tabletop bouncy castle type novelty outside on which people would play some variant of 'king of the hill' trying to push each other off. This seemed to hold some mild attraction for people for a while until it started raining.

Realistically it wasn't a terribly good party and the fist bus out of there (22:00) was full. 8(
A pity really that it didn't go well

On getting back to Ottowa, a group of us went off to Art Cannon's suite (IBM rep at OLS) and jsut had a quit night talking about linux, free vs' commercial world, various upcoming technologies, tax, country/cultural differances etc. That was much better. and at least I didn't have to scream over loud music to get myself heard. 8) BIG BONUS.

Saturday

Last day of OLS *weep*

Had breakfast in the shopping centre. Some nice greasy sausages, some bacon and scrambled eggs with a glass of orange juice. Lovely 8)

Went to lmb's talk on failsafe if only to show moral support. There has been semi bad blood running in the mail-lists for a while and it would have been inapropriate to not turn up.

Skipped the next session to do some clothes shopping and lunch but came back to listen to Wensongs talk on LVS in the kernel. Nothing new or startling, I did talk to Wensong a couple of times throughout OLS so at least himself and I got to see each other in the flesh rather than being disembodied people at the end of an email.

Went of to the closing keynote by Dave Miller. Whats disturbing is that nearly everything he was talking about, I was around at the time watching the events unfold (I came into the linux fold at version 0.10 though 0.11 was available the same day)

Went downstair to do this diary but found that the OLS people were busy removing the terminals and networking 8(
Thought Id be able to copy it all up when I returned sunday night (Appendum: Ha! more fool me! I was knackered when I got back)

Went off to the Helixcode party at about 18:00. Turned out that we were probably the first people to arrive though by about 18:45 it was starting to fill up. Heavy drink ensued and I personally am responsible for putting away at least 6 diet cokes 8)

Spent some time talking to taj. quite a nice bloke to talk to, however, as with all other parties the music was too loud and I ended up shouting again <croak!>

Somewhere around 22:00 the drinking got a bit more serious and I saw all kinds of liquers and exotic looking fluids being ordered. dwmw2 and dan_b seemed to be on a mission from the Dionysus (greek god of wine) to consume 2x their body weight in alcohol.

The party went on and seemed to be a success, even if dwmw2 ended up sleeping at ajh's place and dan_b was seen by taj to rebound off the hotel's revolving doors 8)

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