In the latest exciting episode of From Python Import Podcast, we had the pleasure of sitting down with James Tauber (Pinax, Eldarion), Kenneth Reitz (Requests, The Hitchhiker's Guide to Python, Tablib), and Chad Whitacre (Gittip, Aspen) for an end-of-conference chat at PyOhio 2012.
We could try to summarize the conversation here, but it frankly wouldn't do it justice. This is a great conversation between some bright guys, and it was a ton of fun to bring them all together. The links above will get you started, but you are best served to listen and simply enjoy.
Some linkable things we discussed include:
- If This Then That
- Apple II Emulator (ApplePy)
- Introductions all around. Gladhanding. Bona fides. Poledancing (Not).
- The history of PyOhio: "This one time, at PyCon..."
- Fortune favored the bold...let's make a conference!
- Columbus was chosen because iot was between everyone. Look at a map. It really is.
- The AV staff is a bunch of steely-eyed missle men...and women. They rock. All the talks are on Blip.tv and PyVideo.
- Year one had 80 people. Year 5 - over 200.
- Did we mention that PyOhio is free? It is. And it is the People's Conference. But in a good way. Not in a creepy propaganda-poster kind of way.
- The bulk of the funds to run the con is from the sponsors and donations.
- A person can help by Volunteering. Platespinners, catherders, and co-chairs welcome.
- There is an Expanded Mission. But you're going to have to listen. I'm not telling you what it is. Nyah.
- Ok. I Lied. PyOhio wants to get into teaching the youth and other folks new to Python, "Day Of Python" events.
- People come from all over the country to PyOhio. It is at destination, nay, a PILGRIMAGE.
- PyOhio has just become a Non-Profit Organization in the State of Ohio. Federal 501.3(c) coming soon.
- There is a lot of useful info about how to become a non-profit detailed in the show, but show notes cannot do it justice. You must listen. Really.
- FreeGeek and Ohio Linuxfest folks were very helpful. Word to your mothers, gentlemen.
- Growth is the primary challenge. Growing pains require more help, more volunteers, and more publicity. Must not preach to the same choir.
- The future, it is bright. Shades are required.
- It would be awesome for Ohio to be a Python talent hotbed. Stop the brain-drain to the coasts.
- PYOHIO WILL BE THE WOODSTOCK OF PYTHON. With less drugs. Cause, you know. That's just wrong. And stuff.
- The campaign to get PyCon to Ohio has begun. Plans within plans. Oh yes. Plans within plans.
- Eric spoke on processing a million images to find "interesting things" in the night sky. Wound up finding fascinating data about the path of the year, the tracks of the planets in the sky, and how the length of the day changes throughout the year.
This is the last of our interviews from PyCon, so I guess that means we have to get off our butts and make some more episodes happen. Don't panic--we don't plan to disappear for a year again (though that wasn't really our plan to begin with). In fact, with any luck, we should be recording at least one episode in the next few days to help get us back on track.
In this episode we interview Christine Cheung and Sandy Strong of PyLadies at PyCon 2012, get excited about what they're doing for the community and diversity, lament the rise of the brogrammer, and pass judgment on modern Lego kits.
What can we say about Katie? We met her at PyCon 2012 and, frankly, we were starstruck. She's a woman of many talents...
- She codes!
- She does things to the Internet!
- She blogs!
- She talks sometimes!
- She likes to hear from people!
Most importantly, she's a pythonista and she agreed to talk with us. This is that talk. Enjoy!