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Call for papers opens soon

It's time to start thinking about your talk proposals, because the call for papers is only eight weeks away!

For the 2013 conference, the papers committee are going to be focusing on deep technical content, and things we think are going to really matter in the future -- that might range from freedom and privacy, to open source cloud systems, or energy efficient server farms of the future. However, the conference is to a large extent what the speakers make it -- if we receive many excellent submissions on a topic, then its sure to be represented at the conference.

The papers committee will be headed by the able combination of Michael Davies and Mary Gardiner, who have done an excellent job in previous years. They're currently working through the details of the call for papers announcement. I am telling you this now because I want speakers to have plenty of time to prepare for the submissions process, as I think that will produce the highest quality of submissions.

I also wanted to let you know the organising for linux.conf.au 2013 is progressing well. We're currently in the process of locking in all of our venue arrangements, so we will have some announcements about that soon. We've received our first venue contract to sign, which is for the keynote venue. It's exciting, but at the same time a good reminder that the conference is a big responsibility.

What would you like to see at the conference? I am sure there are things which are topical which I haven't thought of. Blog or tweet your thoughts (include the hashtag #lca2013 please), or email us at contact@lca2013.linux.org.au.

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Syndicated 2012-04-02 20:45:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Memorial service details

This is what will be published in the paper on Wednesday this week:

Robyn Barbara Boland
24 April 1948 - 30 March 2012

Dearly loved and cherished mother of
Catherine and Michael, Emily and Justin
Jonathan and Lynley, and Allister.
Proud Ma of Andrew and Matthew.

Robyn took Jesus' hand and
walked peacefully
into her Heavenly Father's arms.
She was a friend to all who met her.
Robyn will be deeply missed.


A celebration of Robyn's life will be held
at Woden Valley Alliance Church,
81 Namatjira Drive, Waramanga on
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 commencing at 1pm.


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Related posts: A further update on Robyn's health; RIP Robyn Boland; Doh...; Weekend update; Bigger improvements; Robyn's Health; More on Robyn; Update on Robyn from Catherine; Continued improvement; Small improvements

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Syndicated 2012-04-02 00:41:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Update on Robyn from Catherine

I apologize if there are factual inaccuracies in this post. It has been written with the best information I have available at the time.


Cat sent this update out to robyn-discuss last night, but I am reposting it here for those who aren't on the mailing list.

25 Mar 2012 (updated 25 Mar 2012 at 11:08 UTC) »

Weekend update

I apologize if there are factual inaccuracies in this post. It has been written with the best information I have available at the time.


Robyn's blood test results are showing a slight decline in both liver and kidney function. She was awake for slightly longer periods this morning, but was back to being really sleepy this afternoon. Based on her ability to stay awake this morning they were talking about removing her breathing tube.

Robyn is still breathing on her own but she but they want the breathing tube to stay in place until she is more conscious and able to be roused. Disappointingly this afternoon she was back to being mostly un-responsive. Over all her condition is stable but she has a long way to go.

Tags for this post: health robyn liver sydney
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Syndicated 2012-03-25 02:59:00 (Updated 2012-03-25 11:08:32) from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Continued improvement

I apologize if there are factual inaccuracies in this post. It has been written with the best information I have available at the time.


Here's the next status update. Robyn is awake for brief periods. She is on marginally less medication for her low blood pressure. Overall the ICU nurses say they are happy with how stable she is. It should be reinforced that she's still very ill and has a long way to go, but she has improved marginally.

Tags for this post: health robyn liver sydney
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Syndicated 2012-03-21 17:04:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Bigger improvements

I apologize if there are factual inaccuracies in this post. It has been written with the best information I have available at the time.


Last night Robyn went for a CAT scan. That involved detaching her from dialysis. When she got back from the scan they didn't bother to connect her back up, and her kidneys seem to be coping on their own now. Since this morning she has also been breathing without assistance, which is also good. Robyn continues to respond to input which is also good.

Next steps are that Robyn needs to increase her blood pressure, her kidney function needs to improve, and her kidneys need to start producing urine again. The kids also need to decide at what point they're going to go back home, which is hard for them at the moment as they're all pretty tired. It seems that discussion will happen tomorrow sometime.

Tags for this post: health robyn liver sydney
Related posts: A further update on Robyn's health; Robyn's Health; More on Robyn; Small improvements; In Sydney!; In Sydney for the day; Planes at 600 meters!; Sydney next week; Getting ready to leave Sydney; What are we doing with the pets?; Slack talk at SLUG; Don't use Jetbus Sydney if you want to catch your flight; Travel details so far; In Sydney; Sydney 1, Mikal 1; Sydney redeems itself, if only a little; Google? Sydney?; On the potentially sorry state of second hand science fiction book stores in Sydney

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Syndicated 2012-03-20 19:48:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Small improvements

I apologize if there are factual inaccuracies in this post. It has been written with the best information I have available at the time.


I've just been told that Robyn has opened her eyes briefly and is responding more concretely to input than she was previously. Specifically she is squeezing people's hands in response to questions and moving her head around. This is more communicative than she's been for the last few days, so it seems small but it is still a move in the right direction.

Tags for this post: health robyn liver sydney
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Syndicated 2012-03-19 17:14:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

More on Robyn

I apologize if there are factual inaccuracies in this post. It has been written with the best information I have available at the time.


I have just got off the phone with Robyn's kids at RPA. My understanding is that if Robyn's health doesn't improve they can no longer do a transplant. If she doesn't improve within a couple of days the doctors want to start talking about turning off life support.

Tags for this post: health robyn liver sydney
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Syndicated 2012-03-18 19:44:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Rage of a Demon King




ISBN: 0006482988
HarperVoyager (1998), Paperback, 656 pages
LibraryThing
I've been reading this book for ages, but finished it last night. It feels a bit trivial to be writing this now, but I tend to read more when I am stressed, and I finished this while waiting for the kids to go to bed last night, so I may as well quickly write it up.

This book is the Kingdom war promised in Shadow of a Dark Queen and Rise of a Merchant Prince. I was a lot more comfortable with this book, because its mostly not about Roo wanting to shag every woman on the planet. In fact, a lot of people get their comeuppance, which is nice. However, heaps of people who don't deserve it also die. Its almost like a A Hymn Before Battle or Legion of the Damned, which are both books which stick in my mind as being ones where most everyone dies. Overall a good book, which a good ending which I think is a little rare for large scale combat novels.

Tags for this post: book raymond_e_feist midkemia combat crime fantasy sword_and_sorcery serpent_war
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Syndicated 2012-03-18 15:58:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

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