Thursday Jun 28, 2007

Ruggers '85 vs. Hackers '07

As I mentioned in my Haggis flashbacks entry last week, I had some pretty freaky deja vu moments while attending Debconf7 at Edinburgh University.

On arriving home I dug out my photo album from my '85-'86 year at Edinburgh and have paired some of those pictures with ones I took last week, 21 years later.

Enjoy...

Teviot Hall dining room -- 1986 


Rugby Club's Burns night supper

Teviot Hall dining room -- 2007


DebCon7 hackers lounge #1 (same lights but the pictures above the mantel are gone and the walls are now red).


Teviot Hall dining room -- South West Corner -- 1986

 
A toast to the Haggis 

Teviot Hall dining room -- South West Corner -- 2007

 
Much hacking (Notice the walls have been painted, an Exit sign has been added but the mantel and light fixture are the same). 

 

Upstairs at Teviot

 

 

 1985:  Burns night Ceilidh 2007: DebConf7 Ceilidh. (The dancers in the foreground are two of the hosts for DebConf8 to be held in next year in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

 

Upstairs at Teviot, the stage

 
 Ceilidh band 1985
 Ceilidh band 2007 -- featuring (on the far right) guest fiddler and Linux Journalist, Heike Jurzik.

 Pau for now...

 

Wednesday Jun 20, 2007

Live from Debconf7: Haggis flashbacks

Life has a funny way of sometimes looping back on itself.

I arrived in Edinburgh this morning and since my hotel room wasnt ready, I decided to head directly on over to Debconf.  The event is being held at Teviot,  the student union at the University of Edinburgh where I was a student many years ago.  Given that today was the day of the Day trip, half the attendees had headed off to an island off the west coast of Scotland via a train, bus  and ferry and the student union was pretty empty.  I headed up to "Hacklab 1" where Ive been chatting with folks and answering email for the last several hours. 


What I soon realized though after getting settled is that "Hacklab 1" is usually referred to by its proper name, "the dining room" More specifically it dawned on me that this is the exact room where I attended the Edinburgh University Rugby Football Club's Burns night supper over 21 years ago.  In this room where I now blog I once drank whiskey, stood while the haggis was piped in and listened to toasts and poems by Scotland's most beloved poet. 

As a toast to Rabbie, here is the poem of his that is always used to close out the evening:


Auld Lang Syne.

     
 

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.



Pau for now...
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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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