[Pdx-pm] Craftsmanship Panel -- tonight!

Seven till Seven scratchcomputing at gmail.com
Wed Sep 13 09:38:38 PDT 2006

Tonight!  Sept 13th, 6:53pm at Free Geek -- 1731 SE 10th Ave.

The Panel on Craftsmanship consists of three very experienced and 
talented individuals, all of whom have some enlightening thoughts about 
craftsmanship and software.  More information below.

  hacker:     David Wheeler
  machinist:  Dan Falck
  writer:     David Levine

The questions will be at least as hard as:

  o In a world of rough carpentry, does craftsmanship matter?
  o The bottom line is important, but which one?
  o What effect does open-source have?


  3 difficult questions
  1 hacker
  1 machinist
  1 writer
  24 oz. water (ice to suit)
  10-30 slides, miscellaneous props


  Introduce the panel, water as needed.  Stuff with questions and
  grill on hot coals for 45-60 minutes, until the answers run clear.
  Garnish with slides and props.

  Remove from grill and serve with locally brewed beer.


David Wheeler is principal of Kineticode, an open-source software  
development and support company. Best known as the maintainer of the  
Bricolage CMS, he is lately hacking object-relational mappers,  
developing an integrated query language for Perl, and creating custom  
PostgreSQL data types.

Dan Falck is a guitar and bass player who is into music of all kinds.
By day, he works for King Cycle Group on tooling design, shop equipment,
project planning, and QC -- which is like riding a bike after 14 years
at Gibson Guitar.  Dan shares his lifelong joy of woodworking with his
wife of 15 years and their kids (ages 8, 12, and 14.)  He also finds
time to machine and engrave guitar parts using linux-powered CNC,
program in Python, and peruse the FORTRAN^W C code of an APT processor.

David D. Levine is an award-winning science fiction writer.  His stories
have been published in such magazines as Asimov's, Fantasy & Science
Fiction, and Realms of Fantasy, and 3 of them have appeared in Year's
Best anthologies.  He recently won the Hugo Award for his story
"Tk'Tk'Tk." [http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0604_5/tk.shtml] In his day
job he is a user interface designer for McAfee; he has also worked as a
software engineer and as a technical writer.  His web page is at

--Eric the Zamboni Driver


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