So, I’ve been thinking about electronics stuff recently. One thing I’ve been
occasionally reading about is hand etched circuit boards. One way to
make a circuit board is to draw the solder side traces out by hand,
then etch a plate revealing the traces.
Then it occurred to me that a lot of my doodles look kind of
like circuit boards.
So now I’m thinking about maybe trying to “etch” a doodle
into a circuit board.
I think it might look pretty cool.
It was a small ( ~250 attendees). It was cheap (~$150). It
was all in about 4 rooms in a building at George Washington University.
These are all good things for a technical conference. No boothpeople,
no booths at all, for that matter.
Most of the big name folks were there.
Lots of interesting conversations. Some even about
python. Lots about Red Hat/Red Hat Network/Red Hat Linux 9,
etc. Lots of talk about free/open source software in schools.
Had some interesting talks with pychecker”s
author Neal Norwitz, Andrew Kuchling about ideas for
python packaging and distribution. Had a couple of interesting talks with
Patrick Ball about the Human Rights Data Anaylsis Group at
the American Association For The Advancement
Of Science Science and Human Rights group. Mostly about there use of
free software (including Red Hat Linux and python) to catalog, archive, and analyze
data about human rights violations.
Some very interesting work being done there. And some interesting tech issues to
solve. Not to mention the large scale human rights issues. See the presentation
Power and Human Rights
Oh, and one of the coolest things. The building right across the street from
the hotel had a giant wind viel sculpture by Ned
I feel funny. I think it may be an electron shortage from all the bits
going out the big pipe on the 4th floor.
Heading off to the Python Conference
this week in DC.