December was not very impressive, books-wise. I started Malazan (), which I didn't manage to get into at all, and then there was the whole business of Chaos Communication Congress, so I kind of didn't read at all. One book, and one short story, and that's it.
Or: Have fun handing out wristbands to sixteen thousand people
Chaos Communication Congress has grown to be a huge event – this year, more than sixteen thousand people are expected to attend 35C3, and the numbers have been steadily growing to reach this point. It's an overwhelming event, organised entirely by volunteers, who take care of drinks, space allocation, medical services, logistics, finances, internet and phone services, content selection, talk streaming and recording, and so many other areas that I could fill ten blog posts just telling you about them.
November was good! I got some work on projects done, 35C3 feels like it can come (and didn't eat all of my time), and I read some good and some great stories! My reading list continued to grow, but it didn't grow unchecked.
And that's it for October! Let me tell you, I had better months. I was sick a lot, including having caught a cold twice, and finding myself down with a mysterious allergy to something I ate. 0/5, cannot recommend. But, fortunately, I still found the time to read a couple of books, so here you go:
I'm pretty happy with the range of topics this month: It's a bit heavy on the tech/science side of things, but not all that much.
So this was September, huh? The year is closing in on its end, and there's not much news to tell y'all. My reading list is still steadily growing. Part of that is due to me finding /r/fantasy and /r/printsf for new recommendations, part is finding authors whom I adore (Lois McMaster Bujold!) on Goodreads and going through their recommendations etc. Other than that, September was fairly quiet. I organised another conference, so that made reading a lot a bit harder. I seem to have caught autumn blues in the last few weeks, but what can you do except read until it's gone?
This month is a bit mappy.
This was a busy month, reading-wise, and also in terms of book discovery! I started a fediverse account for my reading endeavours, at scifi.fyi, so if you want to read more about what I'm reading and how I'm dealing with my reading list, feel free to follow me there (just make sure to introduce yourselves if we haven't talked about books before).
I usually only do writeups for conference talks I attend in person – it's what helps me focus on the speaker and the talk. But I found myself with these notes after watching the recording of Andrew's talk from PyCon Israel 2018, so with his permission I'm releasing the notes, in the hopes that it makes this important talk more accessible.
In July, I was on vacation in Scotland, which was brilliant. It also left me a lot of time to read and explore local book stores. Lots of good science fiction this month! I also culled my reading list by restricting it to one book per author (and then expanded it again, due to said visits to Scottish book stores). Oh, and due to this brilliant book award for alternate history.
Martin Christen is a professor of Geoinformatics and Computer Graphics at the Institute of Geomatics at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).
What is geo data? There are some standards, but the most important thing is that it has associations with gographical data (on earth for now). There are popular GIS, for example ArcGIS (ESRI) and QGIS, both of which can be used via Python. But today we'll talk about how to manipulate, analyze, and present geodata using Python.
Mark Smith has been a Python developer & trainer for 18 years and is now trying out Developer Relations to see how that feels.
Functions are normally taught early on, because curricula want to go through with the basics fast, so the details get lost at first, and sometimes you never catch up with them.
Stefan Behnel is a core developer of Cython and lxml.
The Python data ecosystem consists out of NumPy to integrate data, and Cython to integrate code.
Nick Radcliffe is running Stochastic Solutions, and is an organiser of PyData Edinburgh, and was taught Quantum Field Theory by Higgs.
If you've heard anything about Quantum Computing, then you've probably heard that if Quantum Computing is possible, then SSL and encryption is in trouble. This is not sure, not proven, but this is how it goes: