A week of community.
By Duleepa Wijayawardhana on Nov 15, 2008
Monday started in Columbus, Ohio spending an excellent two days with Jay Pipes and his family while I received "on-the-job" training from Jay. We had discussions of the importance of MySQL ubiquity, "magic" code and a stirring analysis of blob storage in databases compared to stuffing cows in fridges.
From Columbus I headed off to New York to meet Giuseppe "Datacharmer" Maxia during his US North East Tour (in-progress). The hotel room was literally a closet, but it was right next to Times Square and the Sun offices on Park Avenue (fully stocked with coffee and tea). I discovered Giuseppe outside Giusseppe's Pizza (note misspelling which led to a snort of disgust from the correct Italian).
The presentation that night was a talk in front of the New York PHP group at Suspenders Bar and Restaurant on "Writing a social application in php/mysql and what happens when a million people show up on opening day". Slides are now available on Launchpad. Good to see my former colleague from BioWare, Julian Karst.
Morning discovered us on a Greyhound bus on our way to Baltimore. We were the annoying geeks on the bus discussing how to do Memcached on MySQL Proxy for use by php and other applications. Despite the best efforts of our Baltimore cab driver we did find our way to the hotel in Elkridge, MD. Our task was Giuseppe's presentation for the MySQL Meetup organized by Greg Haase.
We decided to rent a car and find our way to Charlottesville, VA where we promptly got lost on multiple first, second, third and so on streets before paching someone's free Internet outside their house. Thank goodness there were no guard dogs.
From here I'll post on Open SQL Camp seperartely. Thanks to all those who I've met, please get in touch with me so we can keep chatting (I have no business cards currently... which is a bit... well, annoying).