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Should we call it 'Geekmas'?

There's a long gap in the UK between the August Bank Holiday in the late summer and Christmas day, the next public holiday .... yet there are then 7 public holidays in 5 months (Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May day and Spring Bank Holiday).

So, a couple of years ago, we declared the holiday of "Geekmas" over a weekend in November and had a small gathering (I think I should use the word "select", shouldn't I?) for whom Open Source is both a hobby AND a job around to join us.

This year, it's "grown up" a bit and we have a technical weekend on 27th and 28th November. Looks like we'll have a gathering of perhaps ten or a dozen people (not bad when you consider that most of our contacts are business contacts who treasure their weekends, and who live far from us) and I'm asking ... should we still give it the slightly frivolous name of "Geekmas".

Initial Announcement
Summary of talks and sessions (new)

If you're already expressed an interest, I'll be emailing you in the next few days. If not, please feel free to contact me - not quite "the more the merrier", but almost. Though I say so myself, the sessions look enticing and I know that your company would be great.
(written 2004-10-25, updated 2006-06-05)

Commentatorsays ...
Custard:I think it's geeky, so it must be ok ;-)

Well, I must say I'm really looking forward to the weekend, and the curry of course.

It would be interesting to see a tentative list of what sort of things people will be talking about too.

And I'm scared silly about doing my bit too, so what I might do is run by you some of the ideas I was going to cover in my 10-15 minute slot ;-) It would be useful to know what level to pitch at too. I'm planning on being perl based but hopefully with ideas that can translate to other languages.

Roll on Geekmas!!!
(comment added 2004-10-25 20:02:02)
gje:No need to be "scared silly" - you'll be amongst friends and I'm sure you'll be great ... but then I must admit that even after all the training I do, my adrennalin gets going sometimes ;-)

The "Summary of talks" link above gives you an idea of what's on the agenda, but I shall be doing a further "round robin" to folks as not everyone has the time / inclination to read this place. You may have tried the link earlier and had it fail - this was because I can't spell "href" - but it should work now!
(comment added 2004-10-26 01:51:12)
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