OSCON day 1: PHP Lightning Talks Plug

On Wednesday George and I are moderating the PHP Lightning talks at OSCON.  The Perl ones have been running for years and are a lot of fun.

If you have something PHP related to talk about, please come and talk to us about it.  The talks are really short (5 minutes) and minimal preparation is required.  If you have never given a conference talk before, this is a great way to start.  Or, if you’ve given lots of talks but really need to rant about something, this is your opportunity.

Email a really short description of what you’d like to talk about to  lightningtalks-oscon2006@omniti.com and we’ll put you on the list.

Hope to see you there!

OSCON day 1: The T-Shirt Index

I’m here at OSCON in sunny, sunny, Portland, and I was just discussing with Nat Torkington my long standing concept of the T-Shirt Index as internet economic indicator.  He pointed out that I should blog about it, so here it is.

The first year I came to OSCON – I now can’t remember if it was 2000 or 2001 – was at the end of the dot-com boom.  That year there was a huge sense of excitement around the place, lots of parties, lots of enthusiasm about Open Source.  On the exhibit hall floor, I collected a total of 14 vendor tshirts.  They were giving them away like candy on Halloween.

The next year, after the crash, I went home with one tshirt, and hence the T-Shirt Index was born.

It’s gradually been on the upswing ever since: in 2005 I went home with 12 shirts.  This year there are a huge number of people at OSCON, the enthusiasm is palpable, and I suspect the T-Shirt Index will be high.

I’ve always been interested in weird economic indicators: at least since I read Robert Heinlein’s Friday, where the protagonist correlates the length of beards, the length of skirts, and the price of gold.  This one is my contribution.