Careful, Leander, You’re Posting Daily Again

just-the-owlThe thing about travelling for work and going to conferences is that it puts me in a certain daily routine with a lot of quiet time in places and while I could ramble on and on about the whys and wherefores, the end result is that I’m able to write here more regularly.

Hi.

This week I’m in Buffalo New York for Code Daze, a conference with the kickass tagline, “Reviving The Art Of Code & Building Community”. I had no idea that I knew one of the organizers when I applied with The ABCs of Being a RDO OoO ATC talk, but it’s a small small world.

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This Is What’s On My Mind Lately. Cause REASONS.

photo-1425668273332-3a46ab26b161I submitted TWO talks to OpenStack Summit Barcelona today.

Based on two talks that I’ve given in other places. The deadline is today and I’m still drowning from the last three months / FOUR conferences I attended / SPOKE AT, so I sent in:

The ABCs of Becoming an OpenStack ATC
What does it mean to be an OpenStack active technical contributor? It means that you are a developer or designer or support engineer or tester or project manager or writer or END USER and you’d like to become involved in an open source project.

It means that you want contribute to a specific project within OpenStack, like TripleO, which is a project within the umbrella space, and that you’ll join the RDO community for guidance, feedback, and support.

And, sure, while it’s actually more like ABCDEF, GEE, I’m hoping you’ll enjoy this overview of OpenStack and what it is to become an ATC.

AND

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And Then We All Held Hands And Sang Kumbaya

I might’ve bit off slightly more than I could chew yesterday because in addition to SPEAKING at Red Hat Summit, I decided to run the Red Hat Summit 5k BEFORE the talk and then attend the Women’s Leadership lunch AFTER the talk.

And while those three events were so kickass awesome and totally worth it and wonderful all in their own right, I am UTTERLY EXHAUSTED today.

I felt pretty damn good about yesterday’s talk (and since it wasn’t recorded, I can say without proof otherwise that it was ABSOLUTELY EPIC AND PERFECT AND WOAH, YOU MISSED SOME BRILLIANT WORDS, PEOPLE) but it is pretty affirming when you open up the floor to questions and people ask #ALLTHEQUESTIONS.

The dialogue was AWESOME and wonderful and the questions were thoughtful and, sure, I didn’t know all the answers, but invited people to email me directly cause I knew who to forward those questions to to get the answers they’re looking for, so I totally hope they take me up on that offer.

HINT HINT.

The talk itself ended up being forty-five ish minutes and the questions took the rest of the one hour allotted session and people touched base after as well until I had to run to the lunch. Therefore it wasn’t until after the lunch that I saw all the KICKASS tweets.

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Become An OpenStack TripleO ATC – Easy As ABC

just-the-owlOne of the barriers for trying out OpenStack TripleO and its derivatives has been the relative difficulty in getting an environment installed and configured quickly.

To this end, we’ve put together a script that prepares the system, configures the repositories, and builds the virtual machines for you.

At the end of this talk, you’ll understand how the tripleo-quickstart script works and be well on your way to becoming a TripleO active technical contributor.

What does it mean to be a RDO / OpenStack / TripleO active technical contributor?

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ZOMG RED HAT SUMMIT PANIC! PANIC! PANIC!

VaQfBiWGI KEEP OVERHEARING PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT REHEARSING AND I DON’T HAVE A FORMAL REHEARSAL TIME BLOCKED OUT THAT I KNOW OF – AM I MISSING SOMETHING TERRIBLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE I AM MISSING SOMETHING TERRIBLY IMPORTANT AND I DON’T WANT TO PANIC BUT I AM TOTALLY PANIC’ING AND WHERE IS THE SPEAKERS GREEN ROOM CAUSE I COULD REALLY USE A QUIET SESSION ALONE BUT NOT IN THE HOTEL ROOM CAUSE IN IN THE HOTEL ROOM IT FEELS LIKE I AM SEPARATED FROM LIFE THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING WHEREAS IN THE GREEN ROOM IF SOMEONE NEEDED TO COME FIND ME THEY COULD COME FIND ME AND I WOULD BE THERE AND EVERYTHING WOULD BE OKAY.

I THINK.

WAIT.

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I Am LITERALLY Flying BACK To The United States RIGHT NOW

photo-1459179379156-37103a6cfa72Via Iceland.

Cause DAMN they’ve got some good sales.

This time I’m headed to California for Red Hat Summit where I’m giving a talk on Wednesday, Jun 29, at 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM and I’d rather not think about that right now because it’s a very intimidating and stressful subject[*] so let’s play WHERE WERE YOU A YEAR AGO TODAY?!?

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[trigger warning] I Understand What It Is That I Am Fighting For

photo-1429051883746-afd9d56fbdafTRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.

I have had something on my mind for months now – ever since I decided to “come out of the closet” and post about reporting an incident (and the outcome) to the OpenStack Foundation – and that is how do I mix the unrelated combination of technology and tripleo and openstack with these very personal experiences that I’m having at the moment.

Further, that Brock Turner case happened and talking about waking up in the tub and having / dealing with / recovering from PTSD – it’s all very triggering.

What if someone comes here because of a google search for openstack tripleo leander to read about articles related to that, but stumble upon unexpected triggers.

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Once Upon A Time, a bedtime story

photo-1464285465579-b6eb46054b63i was drifting off to dream land tonight, like a good kid, at ten o’clock local, when i remembered – i hadn’t posted today.

and i committed to posting once a day.

every day.

forever.

AND EVAR.

so i nudged myself out of bed – it wasn’t too hard because we’re expecting some friends from across the pond so the entire house is abuzz with cleaning and organizing and preparation.

read: utter chaos.

happily, when i opened up the laptop to write EPIC WORDS OF WISDOM i checked email, like ya do, and found:

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