A couple of things of interest happened today. Very good things happened, in fact.I attended BarCamp.
Probably the most productive, interesting, and educational conference I went to this year. Basically, it was the big get together for hackers, coders, designers, marketers, and enthusiasts. There was no pre-ordained schedule, if you had a topic you wanted to discuss, you could discuss it.
This may sound crazy, but after years of being around people who didn't "get it", I finally got to mingle with the crazy ones, the infidels, the mad geniuses. These aren't just people who use
the Internet, they create it. I found out that one of the trustees of Gentoo
lives here in Vancouver. I also found out about the Vancouver Hacker Space
, and I'll definitely check that out.
The highlight was when a spokeman from TOR
spoke about the wonderful humanitarian services it provides, and how it is furthering democracy in Iran
. It is great to discover that privacy is alive and well on the Internet -- and so is human dignity. What a welcome contrast to We Live in Public
Watched The Invention of Lies.
It's not by any means an Oscar winner, nor would I rate it as one of the "great" comedies, but it was interesting for its philosophy. Also hearing people utter what would otherwise be their most private thoughts was absolutely hilarious. The concept was great, and it was just what the doctor ordered.
It also made me think of religion, and how man people think the world would be better without it. However, as this film implied, maybe it's better to think about heaven than the other alternative: empty nothingness.