London Calling - DrupalCon 2011

The London drupal community has thrown a bid into the hat to host DrupalCon 2011. It is a strong bid from a strong team for one of the best cities in the world. So just vote in the poll The preferred venue is Southbank Centre. It tickles me silly to just compare that to a leg of lamb. Don't ask. Ok. Fine. won't be that cruel. Just imagine a pub and food - that's one memory from the first Drupal meet in London. And now Southbank...

There are community polls out on g.d.o for DrupalCon2010 and DrupalCon2011 in Europe. These polls do matter, but are not deal breakers. They are there to reflect the community preference.

And just one last note - I would love Berlin for 2010. I love that city, especially East Berlin. Sorry Copenhagen =(

The design of dikini.net

This website is built on drupal - a content management system extraordinaire. Until the start October 2009 it used to be based on a modded version 4.6, but I upgraded it to the latest release, as part of my 'looking for a job and pimping my assets' project. Now it is just a vanilla Drupal with a custom theme. A variation of the theme I created for the South Wales Linux User Group as currently seen on http://beta.swlug.org

the new look theme

It is based around a grid "theory", to enforce some regularity and rhythm. The base for maintaining the vertical rhythm is 12px font/18px line height. The horisontal grid is organised around 6px (0.5em) units and is currently split into 12 columns. This gives enough room to play with in the future. It is a simple two (8/4) column design.

running a conference using openconf

I've been involved in the organisation of a number of scientific conferences over the past few years. For example 4m/ICOMM 2009 (submissions), I*PROMS 2009 (submissions). The conference sites are usually powered by drupal, the submissions using OpenConf. Managing the submission and peer review of papers is a chore, unfortunately, as is often the case, software gets in your way. So here I try to skim over some of the experiences I had with OpenConf - the good and the bad.

I've tested indico, which looks like a very good system, but it is heavy and over-engineered, especially if you want to run a couple of events, and not hundreds or thousands. It might be good for organisations managing a big number of events, but not for us.

After going through a number of trials I've settled on openconf. It was simple. It fitted the current web infrastructure - LAMP. I reckoned, I could eventually integrate it, or simply transfer some of the data into drupal, and maybe even benefit from code reuse. Surprisingly, I ended being both pleasantly surprised and not so.

spacehijackers nicked helping to police g20

"11 Space Hijackers were arrested under section 19 of the Police Act (impersonating police)
and taken to West End Central police station."

Well... I'm not wearing blue overalls again.

CAN HAS UR FEED

HAI
IM IN UR BUCKETS MAKING UP FORMATS
GIMME FEEDS
   I CAN HAS FEED DRUPAL PLANET
      ITZ AT http://drupal.org/planet/rss.xml
      INVISIBLE METADATA
      LOL
   I CAN HAS FEED DRUPAL GROUP POOL
      ITZ AT http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?group=35237091376@N01&lang=en-us&format=lol
      INVISIBLE METADATA
      LOL
   I CAN HAS FEED VERTICE'S PHOTOSTREAM
      ITZ AT http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?photostream=44124348472@N01&lang=en-us&format=lol
      INVISIBLE METADATA
      LOL
I IS BORED
KTHXBYE.

php closures and lambda functions rfc

There is a discussion going on in php land about introducing closures and lambda functions, there was even a discussion on haskell-cafe about it (chx strikes again ;). About time, I would say. Having this functionality is a bonus. Having it implemented badly or half-arsed is going to do more damage than help. This is a short summary of what do I understand from the rfc and what do I think about it.

Why this came into my sight after eurovision?

thanks slashdot, reddit, youtube for starting me this morning

Talks Yochai Benkler: Open-source economics

from TedTalks

Law professor Yochai Benkler explains how collaborative projects like Wikipedia and Linux represent the next stage of human organization. By disrupting traditional economic production, copyright law and established competition, they're paving the way for a new set of economic laws, where empowered individuals are put on a level playing field with industry giants.

mailman, mailman, whois hailing from at?

#! /bin/bash
#member_match
LISTS=`list_lists | cut -f1 -d- | xargs echo`
for list in $LISTS ; do
  echo $list
  list_members $list | grep $1
done
cow:~# ./member_match "at$"

He Sells Shell Scripts Not Just to Intersect Sets

He Sells Shell Scripts to Intersect Sets is a good read. Set and multiset operations from the command line or in .sh. Rather clean, straightforward shell magic.

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